Volcano Koopa

Koopas have a somewhat…complicated history with lava, but this form shows that they can quite happily co-exist.

STATS

  • Card Combination: (Foundation) + Rock Mushroom + Fire Flower
  • Height: 8′ 6″ (about 2.6 meters)
  • Weight: 1,986-2,203 lbs (about 900-1,000 kilograms)
  • Eyes: Silver
  • Horns: Standard
  • Hair: Black
  • Body Colors: Ruby Red, Yellow-Orange
  • Shell: Banded, Charcoal Gray
  • Breath Type: Lava / Gas

DESCRIPTION

The slight scent of ash and sulfur likely presages Victor’s presence in this form, and the sight of deep red and bright yellow-orange body scales provide further clues that he’s embraced a rather fiery persona. Going by a few names, the volcano or islander koopa looks quite at home in a high (or low) island habitat. Still his usual eight and a half feet in height with his usual one ton-plus in weight, the old koopa has much the same girthy build he typically sports, with muscle-swollen arms, pecs, and legs…right along with that infamous koopa gut to go with it. His shell looks as big and (impossibly) durable as always, while he also retains his curious stripes.

His eyes have turned to a curious silvery color, though still exhibit reflective properties. While his horns look the same shape-wise, they’ve taken on a jet black hue, much like his slightly longer, still semi-curly hair. All that plus the ruby red scales on his face help reinforce a third nickname for the sub-species: “devil koopa”. His snout and neck, now scaled a bright yellow-orange, still have their usual bulbous shape. His voice sounds quite the same as his normal self; deep and sonorous, but with a hint of deviousness. Curiously, a polished blood-red ruby sits in the center of his forehead.

As ever, Victor sports a massive figure befitting of a koopa lord. His ruby-scaled arms end in large hands with black claws, the muscles packed with Thwomp throwing strength and size. Much the same can be said for his legs, the massive feet featuring three clawed digits. The striping of his arms, legs, and sides of his torso is now thicker, though less dense. Like most testudines, said torso is what draws quite a lot of attention; the yellow-orange, banded ventral scales display his thick shelf of chest muscle and thicker round belly. If one looks at the opposite side, Victor’s now charcoal-gray carapace with its thick ivory rim features a smooth surface, save for the ten ivory pyramid-shaped spines that are lined up in three columns. Finally, his tail has grown out, and perhaps appropriately enough, has a spaded end.

His usual outfit is fairly simple: orange floral-patterned short-sleeve button-up shirt up top, grey cargo shorts down below.

As far as accessories go, he wears dark orange, custom-fit ceramic bracelets around his wrists and ankles, as well as a matching collar of sorts. All of the pieces are smooth, with the bracelets being enough to cover his wrists and lower ankles respectively, while the collar is thinner by comparison. Orange-lensed sport (prescription) sunglasses with a flexible grey frame help him see the world. A silver colored ring adorns his right hand.

POWERS, SKILLS, & ABILITIES

  • Lava Breath: At base height, spits a softball-sized projectile of searing lava or a shorter ranged spray. Because this is heavier than normal fire breath, it has much more limited range, but sticks as it burns.
  • Gas Breath: Victor can exhale various gases with varying properties, degrees of toxicity, and concentrations. This includes obscuring smoke, burning ash, intoxicating or sleep-inducing fumes, and so on.
  • Fire/Heat Immunity: What it says on the tin.
  • Gas Immunity: Likewise.
  • Surface body temperature is elevated, usually feeling like sun-warmed stone.
  • Scales feel slicker (reduces slag buildup).

SUPER RANK CHANGES

Many of these changes carry over to other forms.

  • Base height increases by half a foot.
  • One tail spine added.
  • Hands and feet take on charcoal grey color, slight rocky texture.
  • Base abilities upgraded.
  • Fire/Heat Absorption: These now make him stronger.
  • Gas Absorption: Same.
  • Eruption Stomp: Causes a burst of lava to erupt from the ground instead of a blast wave.
  • Surface body temperature further increases slightly.

ULTRA RANK CHANGES

All Super Rank changes, plus…

  • Base height increases by another half foot.
  • One (more) tail spine added.
  • Rocky texture/grey coloration extends to forearms and lower legs.
  • Base abilities upgraded.
  • Lava Elemental: Turn fully or partially into living lava.
  • Needs to be in contact with sources of extreme heat on a regular basis.
  • Surface body temperature further increases slightly.

BACKGROUND

The volcano or islander koopa, also known as “devil koopa”, so-named due to its habitat, red coloration, and spaded tail, can seem quite fearsome, though the sub-species tends to be fairly laid back. It tends to make itself known from its telltale scent, never mind the usual koopish attributes of size and weight. Groups of them bathing in hot springs or lava pits are not uncommon – the former is usually preferred due to it being far easier to clean up after.

One note of interest is that right before breathing lava, during the inhale, their bellies will glow red.

DESIGN NOTES

Following my story “The Storyteller Shellback”, I thought I’d make a more demon-like form, though only in appearance. Plus lava, the color red, and so on.

This form was the form of the month for July 2014.