Species: Skorned

Age: N/A

Personality: Lazy, Reasonable, Grumpy

Description: As Artie stepped into the horrific scene of his peaceful village torn to pieces, he quickly hides when he hears a monstrous-sounding voice in the distance. Three werewolf-like figures entered the scene; one of them being Usn.

In contrast to Cern’s overactiveness and Bern’s determination, Usn is a total slacker. He generally doesn’t like getting into fights; not because he’s against the principles of the Skorned, but because he just wants to sit back and relax. However, his laidback nature comes in handy as the voice of reason between Cern and Bern’s arguments. Hence why is often seen with the two of them.

His laziness is of course what got him demoted from captain to elite soldier. Cern and Bern took their demotions pretty hard, but Usn hardly cared less. He just wanted a place to sit down and view all the action as opposed to being in the action. That is why he definitely still wants to be in a position of authority; so that he can order others to do the legwork, while he sits back and watch. Don’t let his disposition fool you however; Usn is quite skilled. He is quick on his feet and can cleave through anything with his sharp claws. He adores eating meat, as does every other Skorned, but he seems to have gained quite a palate for the innocent civilians of Yanside.

Another disadvantage to Usn is that his sense of smell is rather weak compared to the other Skorned. This turned out to be his downfall as he was sniffing in the wrong place when Artie dropped a windmill on him.

Appearance: Usn is the shortest of the trio. He is also the fattest of the trio. His skin colour is also the greyest of the trio. The similarities that he shares in appearance with Cern and Bern is that they are of the same breed (golden jackal), and their Life Armour (which is what I’m calling them now) is on their entire jaw. His appearance and disposition make him seem like a really old Skorned, but in actuality, the Skorned do not age, so this is merely a visual oddity. Even though he looks old, he is by no means crotchety when it comes to physical strength, though this only makes others wonder why he makes himself look like an old wolf. He wears a live tail of a serpent on his own tail, possibly to cover up its scraggy and short look, which to the Skorned, is a humiliating trait. It looks weird on him, but no one has the heart or the care to tell him that.

– Cern, Bern and Usn are all based on the classic mythical beast; Cerberus, in many ways. For starters, there’s the name. Cerberus is split into three syllables which make up their names. Usn is the last of them of course.
– Cern, Bern and Usn are all based on the Golden Jackal breed of coyote because that is what Cerberus was said to be inspired from.
– Cerberus was sometimes depicted with more than three heads; sometimes even with 500 heads, but in this case, I went with the classical three-headed dog for this trio’s inspiration.
– The Golden Jackal had a reddish hue in its fur, along with its grey coat. This fact was also used to inspire the skin colour of Cern, Bern and Usn. Usn’s is more grey than Cern’s and Bern’s, though he still has a reddish tint to it.
– Cern, Bern and Usn each wear a different type of accessory to represent three different visual traits that Cerberus had. Usn wears a tail resembling a serpent to represent Cerberus’ “serpent-like tail.”
– Cerberus was also to be believed that each of his three heads represented the past, present and future. This tidbit also inspired the design of Cern, Bern and Usn. Each one of them has tail and shoulder fur that resemble flames. The appearance of these flame-like fur pelts for each character represents past, present and future, like Cerberus. In Usn’s case, he represents the future, with his tail and shoulders looking scraggy and short, like a burnt-out flame.
– Usn’s name is pronounced “oo-zin”, said rather fast.