24 November 2017 at 11:40:38 MST
Balina Gail Mahigan is the headmaster (or 'Head Moof') of the Balinological Technical Institute. Formerly Placedale Community College, it has grown under her care into a full-fledged research campus, centered primarily around the developing field of parallel realities. BTI houses some of the largest facilities in the nation capable of remote observation and transportation between realities, and is often on the forefront of new developments.
As lucrative as this has proven so far, BTI's focus on the subject is due entirely to Ms Mahigan's particular interests. It is her belief that she is a universal constant, that every reality contains precisely one Balina, even (and perhaps especially) when there is no reasonable reason to believe she should be there. The specifics may differ, but they are always unmistakably the same person born into a different life. The only thing more insane than this premise is that, thus far, it has shown itself to be correct. Dozens of Balinas have been discovered, and the field of Balinology has, against all odds, gained some proponents outside of the college itself. Never one to pass up a chance at self-promotion, the head moof has ensured the campus has an inordinately well-stocked gift shop, selling everything from t-shirts and postcards to models, plush toys, curated footage taken from other realities, confectionery, self-help books, and beyond.
Beyond Balinology, BTI is perhaps best-known for its very public partnership with Ignis Dextremeties, a leading manufacturer of robotic prosthetics, telepresence, and assembly-line equipment. Ignis robots are a common sight on campus, and the head moof herself can usually be seen wearing a quartet of iconic IDX-series prosthetics. In exchange for equipment, BTI serves as a real-world testing ground, and the headmaster often acts as a spokesmodel for the company, beyond the fact that she's practically a walking billboard as it is.
Assorted moof trivia and design notes:
It served well for the last couple of years, but the prior ref sheet was starting to show its age, and updating it to the head moof's new outfit would have meant redrawing almost everything, anyways. AmberAria was somehow able to find the time in her busy schedule to venture back into moofish manufacture and minutiae, updating and refining a busy sheet into this wonderous piece of work. Everything has been given the benefit of a couple of years of experience, and I daresay the head moof has never looked better.
Extra special thanks go out to Ciraeon for their excellent help and patience in perfecting the hoofpaws. The hooves have bulked up and spread out a bit; looks like they weren't quite done developing after the initial incident that split her hooves into toes.