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Seltsam Reference by witchpaws Seltsam Reference by witchpaws

Currently in the process of updating all my character references. Seltsam's definitely needed some tweakings. xD
I noticed that a lot of people draw him without his accessories, BUT THEY ARE NOT OPTIONAL. Read his backstory below to find out why!!

Seltsam is NOT my fursona--he is just my main OC/mascot ^u^

Age: 2.5 dog years (17 human years)
Birthday: July 26
Sexuality: Bisexual, biromantic.
Personality: Loyal, natural born leader, a bit arrogant, can be cynical/sarcastic, deeply protective of those he is closest to.
Enjoys: Sailing, eating fish, tying knots, helping others, showing off.
Dislikes: Serious conflict, snobby/ungrateful people, storms.




Seltsam's Story

Seltsam was raised in a pleasant European seaside town called Indslev.
When he was a young puppy, a violent thunderstorm hit the village.
Seltsam's mother, a street dog, tried to protect her litter of 8, but unfortunately the winds were just too strong.
Seltsam did his best to get his brothers and sisters to safety, but he got swept away by the gusts in the process and blacked out.
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Later, Seltsam was found by a young fisherman named Wynn, who looked after him.
"Ya poor thing, I can't imagine what would've happened ta ya had I not found you wedged in between my fish crates!" Wynn would always remind Seltsam.
They did everything together and became inseparable.
Wynn even took the young puppy along his fishing trips with other men on their big wooden ships.
Seltsam was very well-behaved on the fishing trips; he loved the chilly ocean breeze and the smell of saltwater that splashed all around.
Wynn thought it was very peculiar for a dog to take such a liking to the sea; most dogs were afraid of being on ships.
"You're such a strange dog," he'd always tell Seltsam with a big goofy grin.
So, Wynn gave the dog the name "Seltsam" (pronounced SELT-sum.....German for "strange"), a word that he'd picked up while trading goods with foreigners.
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Wynn, who also had a passion for ocean adventures, decided to venture out one night in his own small rowboat despite storm warnings from the villagers.
Seltsam whined nervously when Wynn untied the boat from the dock. He had a bad feeling about this, but he couldn't leave his best friend alone.
Wynn and Seltsam sailed out quite a few miles from the shores of Indslev, when the sky darkened and the waves started worsening.
Thunder rang out, and Wynn knew it was too dangerous to continue in their little boat. Seltsam felt relieved, but only for a moment....
Right as Wynn turned the boat around to go back, a monstrous wave swept under the wooden rowboat.
Seltsam braced himself under a plank seat, but Wynn had no time to brace himself.
He went flying out of the boat and came crashing down with a splash into the dark ocean water.
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Seltsam panicked; Wynn had just surfaced and was gasping for help.
"Selt....Seltsam! Help!"
Wynn's eyes teared with desperation as his limbs flailed in a vain attempt to keep afloat.
Seltsam looked at his struggling best friend and noticed a huge gash bleeding profusely across his forehead.
The terrified shiba inu dove in after Wynn, but the waves kept knocking him further and further away.
Seltsam's hope was draining, and so was Wynn's life.
Wynn's head went underwater, and didn't come back up.
"No no no no no," thought Seltsam, barking and whining, trying to call out to Wynn.
But Wynn never resurfaced.
Seltsam kept diving under the water trying to find Wynn, but the water was too dark, and the waves too strong.
He was gone, and there was nothing Seltsam could do.
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After a while, Seltsam saw Wynn's captain hat, goggles, and scarf surface from the depths of where his friend had sunk.....
Without thinking, he swam over to them, grabbed them with his mouth, and just started swimming....
and swimming....
without looking back.
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Seltsam woke up a few days later, washed up alongside a sandbar.
His vision was blurry, he couldn't feel any of his limbs.
Then he remembered.
Seltsam whined out in heartbreak, mourning for his best friend.

"It's all my fault that he died.
I couldn't save him."....


Ignoring his broken body, Seltsam shakingly pulled himself onto all fours.
Wynn's clothing, the only thing Seltsam had left, sat on the sand in front of him.
Seltsam wrapped the purple scarf around his neck, and nudged the hat and goggles onto his head.
What would he do now?
He lost everything....his family, his only friend....
There was only one thing to do: walk forward.

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:iconmegasartsandcrafts:
MegasArtsAndCrafts Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooo may I ask how tall Seltsam is? ;v;
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:iconneko-the-bumblecat:
I just saw this character for sale..
And. it basically looks like Seltsam.. > .<

I'm not sure if it'll be gone by the time you see it, since I reported it. ; v ;

Sailor cutie by Crazypanda2014
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Crazypanda2014 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Really? I'm sorry if it looks a lot like it I'll take it down. I was selling it for a friend from another site sense she dosn't have a da but if she stole it I sincerely apologies.  
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Neko-the-Bumblecat Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014
Yeah. ; v ;
The colors are definitely similar, including the design.
I think it's best to take it down, to avoid any trouble. > . <
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Crazypanda2014 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I did thanks so much for telling me :3 
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xxxHUSKYPUPxxx Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
He is really cute but has a sad story.
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Maria-the-pony Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Really cute!
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snowpony9177 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014
Such a sad back story and Seltsam was such a brave dog on moving forward. I salute you! Salute Emoticon 
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petcollie Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I might just have to do fan art 
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Paintsplattersartist Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I just realized my birthday is a day after Seltsam's and where I'm at today is his birthday XD HAPPY BIRTHDAY SELTSAM
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xWolfRipple Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Student Digital Artist
;; that backstory tho


',gdfkgdj i'm going to draw him some time today dood
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xXGodsGirl757Xx Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Doesn't need any tweaks to me It is perfect!
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:iconfluffypufflove:
fluffypufflove Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
MUST DRAWAAAAAWWWWWW
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:iconfeathery-blue-otaku:
feathery-blue-otaku Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
awwww that story >o<
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Yesterday-Torrey Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Student Digital Artist
NEED TO DRAW!
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twinelights Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The story is so touching ;;
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UNlVERSE Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that story
i cry to easily aaa

must
attempt
fanart
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MishkaWolf Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Student General Artist
Love the character c:

And the story was very good and sad <3 
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Anosofa Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014
Wow his Design is simple but amazing XD
Its funny, because Seltsam means Weird in german xD

I like his colors o3o !~
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SMASH-ii Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014
Ahhhh I wanna draw a fan art but ... I only draw anthros ;w;
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:iconwitchpaws:
witchpaws Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014   Digital Artist
It would be super cool to see Seltsam as an anthro haha!! :'D
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SMASH-ii Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014
Great to hear ! :'D
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MiaPuppeh Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
such i little cutie pie! i need to draw him ^w^ <3
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Toshiko-paws Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
hes such a cutie ; w; if i knew how to make hats i would totally make a plushie of him V wV!
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Carressa Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I might draw him sometime! He is SO adorable, you did a great job designing him!
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pastelmutt Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aghh, Seltsam is so cute, and his backstory is amazing <3
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sausagee Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hhh he's so cute i need to draw him someday,,,,
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:iconwitchpaws:
witchpaws Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013   Digital Artist
thank you <33
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sausagee Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
welcome ;v;
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Isihock Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
omg that backstory is amazing ;;u;;
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:iconwitchpaws:
witchpaws Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013   Digital Artist
thanks!! ;v; <3
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Isihock Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013
No problem <3
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Reminel Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay, I've read the backgroundstory after commenting. :-D sorry
Okay, I've read the backgroundstory after commenting. :-D sorry
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Reminel Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Did you know, that "seltsam"means strange im German :-D ?
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Reminel Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay, I've read the backgroundstory after commenting. :-D sorry
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ghstu Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yE
now i can draw this qt<3 i'd been planning on drawing a gift of him anyway eee
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witchpaws Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013   Digital Artist
omg yay!! :')))
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catdoq Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013   Digital Artist
precious baby oh my goodness
this is one of my favorite characters on dA i think aah `n`\
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witchpaws Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013   Digital Artist
oh my gosh
that means so much, thank you!! *A*
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GalaxyEyed-Fox Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
Aww hes a cutie
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scqttergun Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
he's awesome ;;
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lilnillasundae Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
oH GOSH WHAT A CUTE BABY  (´∇`*)ノ
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spookyDiNGO Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I am going to draw him.
He is so cute.
THERE IS NOTHING YOU CAN DO TO STOP ME ASDFJKL HE'S SO ADORABLE BUT HIS BACKSTORY AWWWWGHHHHH WHHYH 
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sinotus Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
yes omg i love seltsam so much *-* <3
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witchpaws Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013   Digital Artist
thank you!! <3 i'm rly glad you like him ahhh
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sinotus Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
hhh he's just such a babe, seriously, no problem!! ♥ ;v;
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chubbyfurries Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh my gosh, what a little cutie!! i love his bio
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:iconwitchpaws:
witchpaws Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013   Digital Artist
thank you! ;v;
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TherealNightstripes Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Daww, poor Seltsam. D: Will you ever draw a picture of him and Wynn?
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witchpaws Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013   Digital Artist
yes definitely, i've had one sketched out for like a year now but i'm just too lazy to color it ^^;
i want to turn the story into comic form cuz i think that'd be cool, but also a lot of work.
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