-Check out the WIP-
my favorite character from "Super Mario RPG" turned out to be quite a challenge - would it be easy for anyone to make a Spear android look metallic without
using metallic paint? Even I couldn't do that only with acrylics, so had to use also color pencils.
Anyway, here's one more Yaridovich (or rather, three - the original one and two "morphs"). My countryman. Not a boss or a villain to fight, but an ally of the Mushroom World this time. [And now, prepare for a PHILOLOGICAL TEXTWALL...]
I remember I promised to tell more about Yaridovich's name - so here we go.
MarioWiki explains his name quite simply: yari
is a Japanese word for "spear", which he was based on (a bishamon yari
, to be precise - they in fact have two crescent-shaped sideblades parallel to the long central one). The wiki also shortly states that it resembles a Russian patronym.
And even although it's unknown if the game developers mean his name to sound Russian or simply slapped a first random suffix onto it - in many Slavic languages in fact exists a stem *yar
) with meanings that suit him pretty much. Being a philologist, I simply couldn't miss such a piece to study...
Old Church Slavonic jarŭ (яръ)
means "severe" or "furious"; its Russian derivative jįrost' (ярость)
means "rage" or "frenzy". (Gamers, remembered fighting him in the Seaside Town?)
Only two negative meanings. And how many positive ones?
, Polish (archaic) and Russian (not so archaic) jary
means "spry", "young", "eager", "strong". (Don't know what's about "young", but "eager and strong", he surely is.)
Russian jįrkij (яркий)
means "bright". (No comments )
- "furnace heat", Polish jarzyć się
- "to shine" (self-explanatory as well, I think)
, Old Russian jaro
with a meaning "strong" are prefixes of many Slavic names - both archaic (Jaropełk, Jarogniew, Jaromir)
and not (Yaroslav)
...That's it. Hope now you understand why I don't portray him as a villain. With such a name, remaining evil for long is impossible
. Acrylics, color pencils, A4 watercolor paper.
Yaridovich (C) Nintendo / Square