An old mongrel from Mexico, Esqueleto has had a dark cloud hang above him his entire life. His temper is foul and he doesn't have the heart left to trust anyone, but there has been a few rays of sunlight in his life, found in his adopted daughter, Sabina Laveau, and the music that he plays.
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Species: Leto is a mongrel through and through, and his mixed heritage is shown in his appearance, from his thin tail, to his longer, hound-like face.
Fur: Leto's fur had once been a silky double coat. Glossy and pretty to look at. However, across the years his fur has been shaved and cut that it remains short and spiky, falling in random whisks and tufts of hair and showing no natural flow. Age also hasn't helped his fur, as it now appears rough and discoloured rather than clean.
Optime Hair: Leto's hair is kept short, almost non-existent. The only bit of hair visible is a thick tuft that rests across his forehead.
Facial Features: Leto's face is sunken with age and possible undernourishment. His eye sockets are especially sunken, and his cheek bones are very visible beneath his thin layers of skin and fur. He earned his name as the Living Skeleton for a reason, and nothing demonstrates that more than in Leto's face.
Build and Size: Leto is an average build, perhaps just under average in height. He is incredibly skinny however, from both age and mistreatment, but holds himself with confidence.
Lupus: Long and lanky, his ribs and other bones are more defined and obvious in this form.
Optime: Incredibly skinny, with thin arms and legs that give him a skeletal appearance. There are signs of some muscle and fat coming to his waist, but not much.
Humanization: Leto is very humanised. He wears a straw hat as often as he can, as well as a worn down set of clothes that still hold some Mexican dirt on them from how long the old man has gone wearing them.
Pure white, although this has faded into a more yellow-ish tone due to his age.
Discolourations in the form of yellows or browns in his fur, mostly around his lips, ear stubs and toes.
The only natural markings on Leto are black patches over his eyes.
However he often paints bright patterns across his face and body, like flowers or dots. Most of these markings are in bright pinks, purples or blues.
Scars: Leto's body is covered in scars, mostly small cuts, that are unfortunately very visible because of how short his fur is. Across his back is the worst, where there are obvious years of lashes from a whip shown across the thicker cuts. His worst scar is what is left of his ears, which were cut off when he was younger. All that's left are stubs that can barely move, and scarred tissue that has grown a bit of fur back through age. His right thigh is just as damaged, scar tissue covers the upper limb and has left Leto with a limp.
They aren't tattoos, as they can be washed away, but Leto covers himself in brightly coloured markings made using paints, mostly on his face and arms.
Leto has a passion for painting skulls, and likes to wear his proudest creations when he can as accessories. Because of how much he dislikes his own appearance, when he feels that adding colour to his face isn't enough, Leto will wear wear a wooden or leather skull over his face. These aren’t the most detailed or realistic looking skulls, thanks to the man’s old age and more fragile fingers when making them, but Leto wears them with pride all the same. These skulls are painted in bright colours and with fun and exciting patterns on them.
Jewelry and Accessories
Leto wears a small bird skull, painted in bright colours, around his neck.
Leto also has a few trinkets such as rusted badges, pins or feathers sewn into his waistcoat.
Leto always holds or wears his precious guitar. Made from a dark wood, the old Spanish Guitar has seen some wear and tear in it's life, but in the many years Leto has possessed it he's been determined to keep it in good condition. He has painted a few pink, purple and blue flowers into the body of the guitar, but hasn't completely covered it in colour, keeping it simple in comparison to his painted skulls.
A faded turquoise waistcoat. Tattered near the bottom but kept colourful with various trinkets sewn in.
A pair of simple dark pants that are also tattered and come up to his knees.
62 lbs (28 kg)
27 in (68.5 cm)
Not very often as he can't do much in this form. However, for a bit of pain relief for his bad leg, he might use Lupus to put more pressure on his other feet.
121 lbs (55 kg)
38 in (96.5 cm)
Similar use to Lupus.
146 lbs (66 kg)
5ft 7in (67 in / 170 cm)
Leto uses Optime form the most, because it gives him the use of his hands. However it is the worst form in terms of joint pain and pressure on his bad leg, but Leto is willing to put up with a bit of pain so long as he can play his guitar and paint.
Speech: Strong Mexican accent, uses Spanish when swearing.
Scent: Old Dog, Paints, Alcohol, Wood
Quirks, Gestures, Etc.: Gestures a lot with his hands when he talks.
General Posture and Body Language: Leans heavily on one leg when standing, carries a judgemental and grumpy look on his face almost all the time.
Red Oni, Vitriolic Best Buds, Deadpan Snarker, Creepy Good
His heart might be in the right place, as it always has, but Esqueleto has hardened into a stubborn and nasty old man over his years of a hard life. He acts cautious towards others, on the border of hostility, and refuses to lend others his trust. His only faith left lies in his adopted daughter, Sabina, despite her habits and ability to get into trouble. The old man has lived without love for so long it hard to keep giving it, but so far Leto hasn't let Sabina go, and doesn't plan to. In short, this makes him very protective of the girl, as she is literally his whole life at this stage. The only other passions the crippled old dog has left are in his guitar and his love of art.
Dislikes: Being old, Cold, Mornings, Looking ugly, Needing help.
Anyone associated with owning slaves should burn in hellfire.
Alcohol is soothing, and also leads to better dance and song. He doesn't partake in Sabina's more experimental experiences but doesn't care that she likes them, only that she's responsible about it.
The dead have a voice, they just need someone to listen. Some slight believe in Christian afterlife, the idea of Heaven and Hell. Leto likes to think that painting bones and skulls is a way of communicating with the dead, and adding some colour to their higher existence.