Benlet & Gordlet
Origin of Sin: The Full Untold Story
In the spring of 2020, twitch streamer wayneradiotv and friends created a series called Half Life: VR but the AI is Self Aware. In this series was born Benrey, a character based off of the Half Life 1 security guard model and played by Scorpy. On May 27, 2020, twitter user @buggleboos posted art of Benrey depicted as a small blob that Scorpy later retweeted:
Later, on June 19, 2020, Scorpy streamed the premiere of the Gameclam. It featured drawings by Logmore of creatures called "joglets". The wayneradiotv server was quickly inundated by pictures of Benrey drawn in a similar style (reminiscient of @buggleboos' drawing) called "Benlets". However, as the wayneradiotv server was reset in 2021, many of these were lost.
On May 5, 2021, when a friend of mine was visiting me, I drew the HEV suit from Half-Life with the proportions of a character from Among Us. I then removed the beast's coverings.
Friend Pivot modeled him in zbrush with unprecedented speed. I was in awe of the power of this depiction. It cemented him as a feature of our psyche.
Fast forward to May 2021. I got the urge to play Spore again, encouraged by my foray back into Amazing Island and the creatures I made in it. I considered it my mission to recreate Gordog in any game with a creature creator. However, @buggleboos depiction of Benrey was on my mind, though I would not be able to relocate it until later. I ended up creating this beast, which I named only "benrey":
My attention, and the attention of my friends, whom I was streaming for, was quickly captured by him. However, I was bothered by how absolutely terrible he looked. So, after downloading more mods for Spore, and with the direction of my friends (the pink pawpads and cheeks were jaymes' idea), I created this creature, who I named "benlet". He later recieved a paint job to give him back his "boots", as you can see at the top of the page.
The rest is history. He captured our hearts and minds. My friends and myself have drawn countless pictures of him.
He is Benlet.
As an addendum: On June 28, 2021, I began searching for the tweet containing the original benlets, which I had lost. I shouted my search into the ether (tumblr), but no one could produce it. It was not until September 4, 2021 when I was finally able to locate it again, and the ouroboros was able to close its lips upon its own tail.
Update as of Jan 1st, 2022: Scorpy has released merch featuring the original benlets. Buy it here.