The Wildmother swirls in his undercut was actually a point I’d forgotten to make!! Thank you for reminding me :)
Yeah, between the swirls, and the stuff growing on him, and the ‘my family doesn’t approve of tattoos (followed by muttering something under his breath about his ear gauges),’ I’d be willing to bet that a good portion of his presentation up ‘til now is actually related to his faith in some form or another. His body just another medium for a particular kind of worship*. He had a rather single-minded existence in the grove, I think…
Highkey this is my favorite official art of him yet. He just looks so cute. I can’t wait to see all the fanart going forward!!
*as if the literal bioluminescent growths and the ritualized death + resurrection backstory weren’t evidence enough of that.