Hello! I realize this comes a bit late, especially since I first started working on this concept shortly after the kickstarter ended, but I didn't really have any finished idea or fixed finished references that I could really show off. But now its been submitted, along with some information! And so I thought maybe I'd share it here in the forums just to see what people thought.
This is Papo! He's a sun bear on an epic journey to track down and eventually capture the "King of Fish". He's been traveling all around the world, tracking the migration of this elusive and majestic prey which he has documented thoroughly in his journal. The fishing rod however is actually just for show, he doesn't know how to properly use it. Instead, it's part of his brilliant disguise as a human fisherman! Despite his lazy attitude and constant slip of tongues (confusing hands with paws) he is absolutely convinced that he's nailing it, and everyone has been completely fooled into thinking that he's just a normal human. He made the hat himself, but it still bothers his ears so he takes it off whenever no one is looking!
He's rough around the edges, and has a tendency to be grumpy and complain but will warm up to the player pretty easily with the right kind of attitude!