Merry from my story Groaning Cake
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Alright let’s see…MERRY. I first created Merriweather and his wife Guinivere during my freshman year of high school (around 2007 ish i believe).
They have both DRASTICALLY changed from their original designs. Merry and Gwen were actually a designs I had for a scifi post-apocalyptic story set in one of the world’s last remaining cities with the main characters based off the tale Little Red Riding Hood. Merry and Gwen represented the hunter and little Red and had lames names with Merry being Hunter and Gwen’s was Hoodie (Hunter is good, but Hoodie…fucking slap Past-Me plz). They had a shit load of piercings with Merry in a pink hoodi, shorts, knee-high socks and shoes, and Gwen had black boots, pantyhose and this dress that was (based off a black dress I wore as a child and as short dress when I was in middle school) and of course a red hoodie.
They both still have their blue and pink hair thing going on (something I just could NOT let go), but just about everything from their appearance, personalities, and story have changed. Originally Merry was 16 years old, with this gift for controlling the earth and plant life who was very innocent and childlike (basically a man child) and Gwen was one of those hardass rebel agents and was in her late twenties.
My junior year of high school I started to draw them again and this is when I changed their names from Hunter and Hoodie to Merriweather and Guinivere. For a short time they were a subject of a bunch of strange but happy artwork I was drawing of this couple. Merry became known as “Muscle-Man” to my friends and classmates because his new design he had transparent skin so he looked like a human walking around with no skin. They continue to have affection for one another but with Gwen being happy instead of constantly angsty.
Then during spring time I started to draw them even more and I decided to take a a dark turn on their story that was more subtle then some action adventure. I still wanted them to have a deep bond, for Merry not to be a man-child anymore, and I’ve always loved story of mermaids (both good and bad kind) so I wanted to do a horror story with mermaids, and have a sort of folk-life in the story, so I ended up combining the three which became pretty much what the story is today with a few minor changes since then. Merry is now older being in his mid to late twenties, and Guinivere in her early thirties(or atleast that’s what she wants others to believe).
Their personalities have also changed with Merry changing from naive and childish to being very dark and violent. Merry is a good person and is sweet in general, but there has always been a dark and sinister part of him growing since his childhood after witnessing (SPOILER ahead um sort of) the traumatizing death of his older brother by a mermaid. When he became an adult and also king, tensions have grown between his people (who live in a more humble culture) and the other 3 more lavish kingdoms of their region of the world. The banishment of Merry and his tribe to an abandoned port in the ocean (with waters that are known to be infested with mermaids) by the High King only increases Merry’s anger and bitterness, and is driven to do terrible horrors for what he believes is the right thing to do in order to save what’s his surviving villagers from starving and sickness (not to mention his wife and two sons with one who was born not long before the banishment).
As I mentioned before Merry is a sweet person. He cares deeply for his wife who is the only person he completely trust and of course cares with great pride for his sons. What he doesn’t know is that his wife is actually a mermaid. The mermaids that Merry has so much hatred for are vile with an unrelenting hunger for human flesh. They have become the evil creatures that they are because they have consumed human flesh. Mermaids like Gwen (tho they still can be mischievous) are generally good and forever beautiful for they have never eaten any humans. That lack of knowledge of this difference definitely comes with some consequences later. Despite being different from the evil mermaids Gwen is still of the same species and is terrified of her husband when starts to become more aggressive but most of all after she finds out that the food her husband has been providing the villagers are really mermaids that Merry kills.
And that’s the history of Merry’s making and his current character and story. :’)
Sorry this is so long ;w;