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The Last Survivor.
No greater tribute can a man give to those around him than to give of himself. On April 2, 2017, The Last Survivor of an era of wrestling long lost to the mists of history took his final walk down the aisle. I hope we made every minute of his career worthwhile. He deserves nothing less.

#ThankYouTaker

#UndertakerForever
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It's very difficult to say goodbye to one's childhood heroes.

It's even harder when one of those heroes continues to be active into one's adulthood.


After 27 years, The Undertaker, has apparently hung it up. 

For wrestling fans in general, it's a stunning moment.

For myself in particular, it feels almost like a punch in the gut followed by a boot to the head.


It's no exaggeration to call The Undertaker the longest running and best loved member of the WWE roster. The man began wrestling officially for the WWE under the Undertaker gimmick in November of 1990, making his on-camera debut at the 4th annual Survivor Series pay-per-view event. The character was created in a time where gimmicks that seemed to come out of comic books and cartoons were the norm. Yet despite all the other characters the WWE (Then the WWF) had at that time, Taker stood out. Where others were colorful and bombastic, Taker was slow, calculating, methodical, and effectively monotone, with his jet black outfit paired with gray gloves, tie, and spats. He looked like— and so far as anyone could tell actually had his look modeled on— the depictions one would see of an undertaker out of the Old West.

At nearly seven feet tall and over three hundred pounds, Taker was as close to the mythical 'total package' as any athlete can hope to get. And as far as wrestlers went, he was a perfect fit. The size. The look. The voice. The charisma. The absolutely unbelievable agility for a man his size.... In the years that followed his Survivor Series debut, The Undertaker garnered many nicknames, but perhaps none was more appropriate than that of The Phenom. He lived up to that in every possible way. Taker was rarely out on injury, a fact that I and many other fans are thankful for. But what helped him become such a classic figure in the wrestling world and the community that has sprung up around it over the decades, was that above all else, he was incredibly adaptative.

Taker's look and even aspects of his gimmick changed over the years. From something resembling a half vampiric mortician (The Deadman) from the days of Wyatt Earp to a demonic monster and/or priest of a demonic cult from a comic book (The Lord of Darkness), to the motorcycle driving American Badass all the way back to the original Deadman persona, Taker managed to roll with the times, transitioning easily from the more fantasy based characters of what we might call the Federation Years to the grim and gritty days of the Attitude Era to the  PG 13 era and back to the Federation Era, always able to keep himself relevant. And at all times, laying it all on the line to entertain the fans. It was for good reason that I and so many others would cheer our heads off when that tell tale gong would ring. He gave us the best years of his life and tried to give us more than our money's worth every time he went out to that ring. I can only hope that in some small way, we were able to give him back some of the joy and excitement he brought to our lives week after week for the last twenty-seven years.

It can truly be said for anyone who remembers my character Warwolf's original beginnings that Taker was not only among those who inspired him, but in many ways was the most direct inspiration. Without The Undertaker, there would likely have been no Warwolf, Esheraso or otherwise. In that, I owe Taker a very personal thank you as a writer for providing me with the spark that gave birth to a character I might never have dreamed up otherwise.

In recent years, Taker has gained a new nickname; The Last Outlaw. I would like to amend that.

He wasn't just The Last Outlaw.

He was The Last Survivor.

He was a part of a time we'll likely never see again in our lifetimes, and the chances of seeing another individual who could ever do what he did is slim to none, no matter how many wrestlers come and go. He was a part of my childhood and teenage years who kept rolling with me until April 2, 2017, when he finally said it was time to go.

One thing many people have said about the Undertaker is that he very much believed in the tradition that when you go out in the wrestling business, you go out on a loss, to give back to the fans and the company. I can tell you here and now nobody would have been upset if he had gone out on a win. But he respected tradition. He took only the second loss he's ever had at WrestleMania, a show that carried an indelible magic due to his insane winning streak. Another feat we'll never see again in our lifetimes. For this last sacrifice on the part of a man who gave his all to please us in the wrestling community, much respect is due, and much respect is given. 

You've earned your ride into the sunset, Undertaker.

And so the final bell has tolled.

The lights have faded to black.


God I'm gonna miss him.

#ThankYouTaker

#UndertakerForever


Godspeed, Deadman.

And thank you. For everything.

We'll miss you.

The Last Survivor. by WarwolfPrime
Love by Yuletide's light
Warwolf and Atsuko enjoy a bit of holiday romance by night.


The first piece I ever commissioned specifically with a holiday theme in mind, and I have to say that Ayacinth nailed it out of the park! Warwolf Esheraso and Atsuko Yamiarashi have a unique look as it is, and the rendering for the light and the clothes came out beautifully. While neither Warwolf nor Atsuko are Christian, being of a different species and religion themselves, they don't exactly find any reason to complain about THIS particular Christmas tradition. Atsuko looks particularly nice in that slinky black dress she's in.

Many thanks to Ayacinth for her time and effort. I would definitely recommend her to those looking for commissions.

Warwolf Esheraso and Atsuko Yamiarashi © me.

Art by  Ayacinth
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Warwolf Book Cover
The cover to my first book from 2006. Left hand side is the back cover with the back cover blurb, the  middle is for the spine, and on the right is the front cover, all done as one piece. The artist, Red-Dog over on Furaffinity, who also did four interior pieces for me (Warwolf Esheraso I being one of them, and that's him on the cover as well) along with this cover piece  swears that the colors got mangled by the printer and give it a reddish tint, making him tinted red (and she even says reddish-pink) in the final printed product. I don't quite see it. Maybe I'll scan the printed version of the cover sometime.

Sadly, I couldn't afford a major print run, so I only had something like 200 copies, give or take, and most of them have been sold or given out to a few people. I have...what, seven or so copies left. Maybe a little more than that, I'm not sure.

Anyway, book is from 2006. Warwolf Esheraso I is (c) me.
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Reavus
A commissioned piece done for my first book by the same artist who did Warwolf Esheraso I, Gatorin, and Banta, who also appears in Warwolf: The Centurion Warrior Book 1: The Warriors.  This is Reavus, Warwolf I's best friend. Loyal to the end and something of a wiseass. Like Warwolf, he's a werewolf-type Lycanthrope. He's also deadly with that blade of his.

Reavus (c) Me.

Art by Red-Dog
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It's very difficult to say goodbye to one's childhood heroes.

It's even harder when one of those heroes continues to be active into one's adulthood.


After 27 years, The Undertaker, has apparently hung it up. 

For wrestling fans in general, it's a stunning moment.

For myself in particular, it feels almost like a punch in the gut followed by a boot to the head.


It's no exaggeration to call The Undertaker the longest running and best loved member of the WWE roster. The man began wrestling officially for the WWE under the Undertaker gimmick in November of 1990, making his on-camera debut at the 4th annual Survivor Series pay-per-view event. The character was created in a time where gimmicks that seemed to come out of comic books and cartoons were the norm. Yet despite all the other characters the WWE (Then the WWF) had at that time, Taker stood out. Where others were colorful and bombastic, Taker was slow, calculating, methodical, and effectively monotone, with his jet black outfit paired with gray gloves, tie, and spats. He looked like— and so far as anyone could tell actually had his look modeled on— the depictions one would see of an undertaker out of the Old West.

At nearly seven feet tall and over three hundred pounds, Taker was as close to the mythical 'total package' as any athlete can hope to get. And as far as wrestlers went, he was a perfect fit. The size. The look. The voice. The charisma. The absolutely unbelievable agility for a man his size.... In the years that followed his Survivor Series debut, The Undertaker garnered many nicknames, but perhaps none was more appropriate than that of The Phenom. He lived up to that in every possible way. Taker was rarely out on injury, a fact that I and many other fans are thankful for. But what helped him become such a classic figure in the wrestling world and the community that has sprung up around it over the decades, was that above all else, he was incredibly adaptative.

Taker's look and even aspects of his gimmick changed over the years. From something resembling a half vampiric mortician (The Deadman) from the days of Wyatt Earp to a demonic monster and/or priest of a demonic cult from a comic book (The Lord of Darkness), to the motorcycle driving American Badass all the way back to the original Deadman persona, Taker managed to roll with the times, transitioning easily from the more fantasy based characters of what we might call the Federation Years to the grim and gritty days of the Attitude Era to the  PG 13 era and back to the Federation Era, always able to keep himself relevant. And at all times, laying it all on the line to entertain the fans. It was for good reason that I and so many others would cheer our heads off when that tell tale gong would ring. He gave us the best years of his life and tried to give us more than our money's worth every time he went out to that ring. I can only hope that in some small way, we were able to give him back some of the joy and excitement he brought to our lives week after week for the last twenty-seven years.

It can truly be said for anyone who remembers my character Warwolf's original beginnings that Taker was not only among those who inspired him, but in many ways was the most direct inspiration. Without The Undertaker, there would likely have been no Warwolf, Esheraso or otherwise. In that, I owe Taker a very personal thank you as a writer for providing me with the spark that gave birth to a character I might never have dreamed up otherwise.

In recent years, Taker has gained a new nickname; The Last Outlaw. I would like to amend that.

He wasn't just The Last Outlaw.

He was The Last Survivor.

He was a part of a time we'll likely never see again in our lifetimes, and the chances of seeing another individual who could ever do what he did is slim to none, no matter how many wrestlers come and go. He was a part of my childhood and teenage years who kept rolling with me until April 2, 2017, when he finally said it was time to go.

One thing many people have said about the Undertaker is that he very much believed in the tradition that when you go out in the wrestling business, you go out on a loss, to give back to the fans and the company. I can tell you here and now nobody would have been upset if he had gone out on a win. But he respected tradition. He took only the second loss he's ever had at WrestleMania, a show that carried an indelible magic due to his insane winning streak. Another feat we'll never see again in our lifetimes. For this last sacrifice on the part of a man who gave his all to please us in the wrestling community, much respect is due, and much respect is given. 

You've earned your ride into the sunset, Undertaker.

And so the final bell has tolled.

The lights have faded to black.


God I'm gonna miss him.

#ThankYouTaker

#UndertakerForever


Godspeed, Deadman.

And thank you. For everything.

We'll miss you.

The Last Survivor. by WarwolfPrime

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I am a writer, working on various book projects, including comic book concepts, and also learning my way around screenwriting.

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terrybgoode Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2016
Kindle that book, man! The world is waiting!

Does he finally marry Atsuko in book six? I've been hungry like the wolf for YEARS!
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Natsuko-Hiragi Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2016  Professional Photographer
Hey thank you for watching us^^
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Scopimera Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Is there any way I could find a copy of Warwolf? I've checked every book database and it doesn't show up in any of them.
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WarwolfPrime Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
It wouldn't. It was a short POD thing. Been trying to put it back into publication. I do have a few copies left that I'd been selling out of my hoime though. PM me if you really want one. I was planning to keep the last few for myself, but if you want, I'll give you a decent price for one.
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