The Balakor is a race that takes great pride in their mental and physical strength. At around 7’ tall and possessing little fat, it’s easy to see that they take pride in being extremely physically fit. However, it doesn’t stop there. Their belief system is based on the fact that the mind and body are linked. This pushes them to study and improve the mental strength, as well as their physical strength.
Unlike many races in which the weak are culled out, the Balakor learns to compensate this weakness by greatly improving the mental state. It is unknown what happens to those who cannot meet the requirements of both states but there are tales that indicate that they are killed. The thought is that those who are killed are generally agreeable to the treatment since they have a hard time living with the idea that they do not meet the base requirements of their village. Other tales say that there is a remote location that they are exiled to. However, no one has ever found it and, since the village always seems to have strong and healthy people, the first rumor is usually the one that persists.
As many other races have noticed, the mental and physical strength of the Balakor has caused them to be a bit arrogant. Overall, the race does not go out and boasts of their feats since they believe that actions are more important than words. However, it can be seen in their eyes and the way that they carry themselves. When dealing with other races, they will only defer to those individuals that are stronger or more intelligent than they are. If not, then that person is generally ignored.
As mentioned earlier, the Balakor is a very proud race but is willing to learn from others who are stronger or smarter than they are. When they are first met, they will tend to size up other people and see if they are worthy of further communication. If the person is not worthy, then they will ignore them. However, it should be noted that they aren’t actually totally ignoring them. They do understand that their evaluation could be based on incomplete information. So, if they spend some time with someone, they may, later, evaluate that the person is smarter or stronger than they first appear.
Although the Balakor will use standard armor or weapons, their favorite method of fighting is hand-to-hand using their own bodies. As with many elementals, they are able to shift a portion of their body into different instruments. For the most part, they will shift one of their hands into a shield and the other one into a grappling tool carrying a sword or an ultra-strong spike.
During combat, their favorite tactic is to use their attacking hand as a putty-like soft mace and, when it strikes their opponent, their hand shifts into a set of ropes. By shifting their great weight backwards, they are able to surprise their opponent and pull them off of their feet. They then shift both hands into spikes and engage in close combat. This is extremely effective maneuver for their bulk and speed.
Image Size: 8” wide x 10” tall
Matted Size: 11” wide x 14” tall
Original Pencil Drawing on Bristol Paper
Signed by Doug Hoppes (artist)
Provided with separate Bainbridge Clay Coated Archival Foam Board (1/8” thickness) with archival matting