NOW'S YOUR CHANCE TO BE A - DELTARUNE
he looks like the devil jk he has fuschia skin that fades to blurple at his horns and tail and highlighter/chartreuse yellow hair thats a little above shoulder length (he just tells ppl hes blond lol). if you know what yellow mildliners look like it's that color. its pretty light colored tbh like platinum blonde but neon. the shadows for his hair are closer to teal (like more bluish) than green. he has dark eyebrows tho don't ask me how that works. his eyebrows have like little horns on them but i usually draw them as ram eyebrows to simplify them (like link legend of zelda's brows)
his eyes are dark grey w no visible iris or pupil (but he does have them) and the pupils are light reflective (like the way animal's pupils reflect light) so you'll know if he's looking at you at least. also his eyes are kinda downturned and he always has them half closed (he just has a lot of eyelid). also his bottom eyelashes are more prominent than the top ones i always draw him w an eyelash at the corner and one at the center of his bottom lashline.
his suit is also light reflective bc he likes gaudy shit. his tie and shoes look more black than this pic its just that i made the lineart dark purple so i just rolled with it, they look black at a glance but when light hits them they look more purple. absolutely nothing about him is inconspicuous.
when he's not wearing Business Attire, he dresses very 80s. so like colorful windbreakers + button ups with funky patterns that are unbuttoned just enough to look a Little slutty <3.
At home he wears those really ugly graphic t-shirts because he thinks they're really funny (he gets a lot of them from anthe lol). Examples of this would include the shakira akira shirt, the garfield neon genesis evangelion shirt, and the shirt that says pennsylvania in the castlevania logo font.
he has scarring along his forearms but they're from magic overuse and not physical damage i don't have a ref for it yet but they wrap around his forearms and are just a little lighter than his skin color. also he's left handed!
he has unstyled hair because he thought it would fit the asshole businessman look, but he usually changes his hair up a lot (both the hair length, style, and color)
some hairstyles he's worn in canon:
art: 1. suit in normal lighting; 2. suit being light reflective (idk how to color light reflective shit ngl)
Mangus originally set out to attend some really prestigious wizard school to learn transmutation magic, but then he realized he absolutely hated school lol. What really pushed him to drop out and start doing what he currently does is that while he was celebrating the end of his first semester with some bros he ended up pissing off one of the strongest beings in the known universe </3.
so he like bought a round for his friends and was like lol i'll just put the tab on some rando in here and as he was walking out of the bulding he felt a hand on his shoulder. he turned around and saw a gloved, white hand attached to a loooooong fuzzy arm. as this cloaked figured approached him the arm slowly unstretched back to its normal length. while this guy wasn't exactly imposing, mangus could tell they were gonna get his ass for putting the tab on them.
the person offered to settle the tab over a game, which was much more entertaining than the alternative. mangus agreed, but as they started playing, he noticed that they were hardcore cheating. instead of calling him out on it he was like No i have a better (worse) idea and proceeded to play in such a way that made his opponent look so fucking bad that he'd be embarrassed enough to pay the tab regardless of who won.
needless to say he succeeded bc hes actually really good at gambling games but it kinda backfired once he realized his opponent was none other than Rickey Rat, the Archdevil of Entertainment known as the Herald of Darkness. who happens to 1. hate looking bad (and mangus totally made him look like a dumbass) and 2. losing money (guess who had to pay the tab lol what a loser). so he reacted the only way an evil mascot would: he was like kh2 mickey mouse voice "You'll pay for this..." and promised that next time he saw him he'd come to fucking collect (mangus' soul). but like he had a backlog of souls to collect already so he'd be back in 10 years.
once mangus processed what the fuck happened, he realized he wouldn't be able to amass the amount of power he needed to survive The Ratpocalypse by just wizarding it up at school. so he decided he'd turn to...other means ahaha. being related to both a famous warlock and a devil who rickey rat would retailate against, he decided he'd do all his work in a way that kept it unassociated with his family. and thats how his worksona vesper was born <3
as a warlock he treats his pacts more like contracts, being able to work for higher beings in exchange for power. BUT he doesn't have to do anything binding like handing over his soul or devoting himself to them in any way. he's generally pretty informal towards them, as he was partially raised by one, which definitely pisses some of them off - but honestly he's so good at his job that nobody really says shit to him.
at this point, he's worked for fiends, celestials, the raven queen, a great old one, and an archfey. his constant exposure to magic that's over his level and the power higher beings radiate can mess him up a little bit physically, but he'll worry about that After the rat is taken care of.
Ok so Alric took the job at Petaldive because his potential patron was like "If you do this job...you'll never have to work again" aka "WE'RE GETTING RICKEY RATS ASS!" so how could he refuse? Then he was like omg our t(aaa)skforce supervisor (Kon) is cute...i want That One. Then it turned out that Kon was his patron the whole time lol alricgetstrolled. Then it turns out Thyme is his patron even more bc his contract with them is to help Kon?!!?!? He doesn't even see them as his patrons tbh bc he hangs out with them off the clock often and they actually know who he is and shit. And they don't see him as their warlock bc neither of them have worked with other warlocks before. They were friends but now they are all more than that <3 they're all playing 5d chess with multiverse timetravel.
Anyway Alric has never had a more stressful job and he's had a LOT of high stakes could probably die jobs. but none of them compare to this it's actually his personal hell. Like the company is constantly trying to find out his personal information and has literally forced him to say some shit that he'd never tell people about. SO embarrassing of him tbh. But yeah he doesn't like being perceived so this job sucks so bad. Like the fact that he keeps getting doxxed and almost running into people who are trying to steal his soul is pretty terrifying ngl.
He's normally competent but he's been slipping lately and he's really embarrassed about it. He isn't easily fazed or shocked, it just so happens that he's being regularly exposed to his biggest fears right now and its making him look bad. Like since he's super stressed and his mental darkness (omg needy streamer overload moment) is way lower than usual he's actually having normal emotional responses to shitty things happening, as opposed to not really caring, which is lowkey getting in the way of doing his job. Kon and Thyme telling him that he's genuinely doing really well given his circumstances doesn't make him feel better tbh. Like he knows it's true but he hates that he's struggling in the first place. He needs to be better than that.
He's also not a fan of the office part of his office job like making calls is pretty easy for him but it's so boring. Again he likes high stakes jobs like "oh wow time to fight a big monster!" not "oh wow i'm being psychologically tortured for money!" or "oh wow i'm sitting at some desk doing fuck all!" He's glad Kon gave him a free pass on regular work, at least. He uses that time to draw on mspaint or surf the net instead. And then he sends cool stuff that he finds on the internet to his friends if they remind him of them. Also you KNOW hes got those forum signatures on his work email he doesn't give a fuck.
Also he has two plants and he likes to talk to them (it's one of the few times he talks out loud because he almost exclusively uses telepathy he's got semiverbal swag <3). He only talks to them about mundane shit tho bc plants like to gossip and Kon can totally hear them. Except he doesn't listen to Alric's plants on purpose because he wants to respect his privacy but Alric just assumed Kon was listening the whole time and sometimes leaves messages or tells stupid jokes AND HE DOESN'T KNOW. HE DOESN'T KNOW THAT KON DIDN'T GET HIS MESSAGE </3
Anyway Alric tends to get attached to others easily - he speedruns his relationships bc he usually doesn't have a lot of time at any given "job" he's at to genuinely get to know people, but he still wants friends and humanoid connection or whatever. It worked out though bc Aglet and Arial also have attachment issues so now they're a lesbian centric semi platonic throuple (a friend group where two of them are dating). He genuinely likes most of the people at Petaldive which is great bc most ppl he meets on the job are annoying assholes. So this time he genuinely has friends instead of just pretending hes friends with annoying people to survive. Win!
ARIAL: he kind of made a poor first impression on her (as he usually does) and looked really stupid but he was able to fix it once they both had that silent Oh Youre Gay Too moment. they are very mlm wlw hostility. He got kinda annoyed when she would work out in their shared doorway but he's slept in her room enough times that he just kinda got used to sharing stuff with her. He also likes sparring with her since she's strong asf and making wagers with her (its 1:1 but alrics won more money from both so whos the real winner ;) ). She does accounting shit for his sales stuff bc she knows hes shit at math and does it under the guise of rubbing his mistakes in his face but hes just glad shes better at it than him LMAO. He doesn't know how to feel about how willing she is to take hits for him in battle tbh he's just gonna keep making her "Thanks for saving my life again" carbonara <3 They both poke fun at each other and get on each other's nerves but alric still considers arial his first friend at petaldive since she was the first person who made an effort to get to know him (even if it was by trying to figure out if he was into kon LMAO also the answer was yes).
AGLET: at first he didnt know how to talk to her bc she was so customer service and arial was so gay so he would just kinda leave them on their own. when she saw him drawing on mspaint she was like omg that is soooo cool and then he jokingly told her to read a how to draw manga book (thankfully she didnt i think?) but she did start drawing and became a multimedia artist. tbh he thinks her art is soooo cool and is =:) that she got into art bc of his silly little get out of working hobby. once she started freaking out more he kinda felt compelled to look after her, and once he realized she had issues with rickey rat and buisney he understood why. he also appreciates that she definitely knows some things about himself that he's tried to keep secret but is upfront about not wanting to pry. he also wants to be there for her but knows that talking about her shit sometimes gives her literal psychic damage so. idk they are both there for each other and will talk about it eventually. also he likes to rag on her for being a fruit. peace and love
KON: he has so many feelings about kon because like. kon is alric's current patron who brought him to petaldive so they can beat rickey rats ass which needs to happen or he'll work at buisneyland for eternity. also he hates his petaldive job so bad and is pretty upfront about how it's wearing him down - and kon doesnt mind at all, they've been very lenient with him and try to encourage him because they genuinely think he's doing great. also alric basically admitted to enjoying arson (twice now) and kon was like Thats fine :). In general Kon being very accepting of all of Alrics shit awakened something in him. Alric's really scared of the consequences letting Kon in could bring, but also knows that he cant expect Kon to be honest with him and trust him if he cant do the same. So Alric's answer to that is just being as honest as he can, but he's not very used to talking about himself so sometimes he'll say a little Too Much but it's worked out much better than not being honest did. Frankly its so funny that Alric had no idea Kon was into him the whole time but was letting him initiate bc of how hes Like That.
THYME: tl;dr listen to the name of the game by abba that basically tells you everything you need to know.
he considers thyme his closest friend by virtue of being the only person in petaldive (and also the world probably lmao) who knows every part of him (like mangus, vesper, alric, all that shit). he likes that he can ask thyme weird invasive questions without coming off as rude and he lets thyme do the same and its just really comfortable. like he knows thyme is some weird af incomprehensible cosmic being trying to understand what it means to be a person and that makes him want to understand them too. like alric knows that putting thyme under a microscope will probably kill him a couple times (kill count: 1) but he doesnt care bc the risk makes it fun (also they can put him back together so easily that it doesnt even matter to him). needless to say he thinks thyme is really reliable and he originally trusted him reluctantly because he had no choice, but at this point that trust is genuine and he doesnt know how to unpack that. idk he feels like he doesn't have to hide from thyme which is cool bc he really needs someone he can just exist around who genuinely cares about him. alrics just glad that despite thyme consistently seeing him at his worst and most embarrassing they still want to hang out and go on smoke breaks with him. also they have kissed a couple times but its not weird <3 like they have both established that they're into each other by now.
TARO: they both stay up late so they usually run into each other when they're getting their midnight snacks. He is the roommate of both of Taro's...lovely office workers so they run into each other in the living room in the middle of the night pretty often. Taro stays over a lot but he doesn't mind because they eat midnight snacks together.
ARISA: she thinks he's suspicious and he took that personally. she reminds him of another boss he had and things are kinda dicey between them now...so whenever arisa breathes he's like Oh god this is just like the time when The Raven Queen-
QUIZMASTER: he thinks this guy gives pretty sound advice and is also super chill to hang out with. he's glad that he didnt have to take the "am i gay quiz" with them. they still need to talk about how he's getting married!!!!
PEEBY: he thinks peeby is a little baby and is so cute. BUT he wishes peeby would just ask him about what he does directly instead of asking his friends about him (and showing them like random footage of alric doing weird shit). it is worrying to know that peeby is watching and recording like everything he does but he is granted more privacy just because he Needs it. unfortunately the holes in peebys Alric Info are what prompts them to ask others to fill in the blanks in the first place.
GARDENIA: alric's lowkey scared of her because she's his boss but also potential mother in law and he doesn't wanna look bad yk? also she knows literally everything about him because she had been tracking vesper's actions which terrifies him but it's ok because he made a deal with her to never sell his info ever. he hopes that she likes him bc he wants her to be cool with him and kon and thyme dating LMAO
LEMON: HE HAS A 9 Y/O DAUGHTER??!?!? WITH KON AND THYME???!?!? tbh he's only known lemon for a day but if anything happens to her he'd kill everyone in the building and then himself. he's definitely not ready to be a father rn but it's nice to know that other alrics in the petaldive multiverse actually get to be happy and married and have a family and shit. he didn't realize that was something he wanted in his life but knowing It's Possible gives him a little hope for his circumstances
SEN: his actual real corporate boss in sales & marketing who he thinks has a stick up his ass. sen and alric actually have a lot in common since sen is an ex merc but alric is still in that business and he would rather die than tell sen that he's vesper. its especially bad since they used to be drinking buddies for a bit back in the day BUT SEN DOESN'T RECOGNIZE HIM BECAUSE OF THE DISGUISE LMFAO. alric likes to antagonize him even though sen is the only one who will actually kill him over it because if he stops then sen wins. maybe if things were different they could have been friends...maybe they could have- no, forget it...(been good coworkers).
ZACK: alric's best friend 5ever you will never understand the strength of their bond. alric was zack's cause of death (the second time) but there's no hard feelings about it because they both respect the rules of 1v1 also zack has a nice job and doesn't have to be on the run anymore (unlike alric lmao) so it kind of worked out! they also explored each others bodies /p because they used to be extremely popular tag team pro wrestler duo The High Rollers.
BANI: his older sister whos a weirdo in the mad scientist way (she's an alchemist whos into transmutation magic) and is the pride and joy of the family. she calls him super often bc theyre very close and get along well. shes the family member alric talks to the most because he lowkey avoids most of his family but he could not shake her off shes so nosy /celebratory. she's the only family member who knows about him being vesper (but not about how he's beefing it with the rat). at work he tells ppl her name is alice starbrand, but her real name is bananice (alric calls her bani though).
DURAYIN: alrics human grandpa, god basically said copy/paste @ the two of them. hes basically like Omg ur just like me son <3 and alric cant even be mad bc its unfortunately true. durayin's like the family member who would pretend to be alric's dad whenever he got in trouble so his parents wouldn't chew him out for it. he did his mage apprenticeship under him, but he handles his warlock stuff differently so people don't associate them. he worries that durayin knows more about his situation that he lets on because he's the type to silently intervene (he does and already has lmao). he appreciates that durayin still tries to keep him out of trouble, even if it's in his weird 5d chess way.
ANTHE: alric's devil grandpa and kind of dad. he has more in common with durayin in terms of facial structure and personality, but he and anthe both like flashy things and pyrotechnics. hes glad that despite their entanglement with the chain, anthe is still able to live his life as usual and have fun. he did his Devil Nobility Education Speedrun (jic) and pyrotechnics apprenticeship under him. alric takes his advice to heart and is where he got his slacker tendecies from lol ("work less it's good for you"). he worries about how rickey rat would retaliate if he found out the two were related.