Because sometimes, despite grumbling and avoidance, characters age.
It occurred to Accolon the other day that he was betting older. If the fact that he had two grandkids wasn't evidence enough.
He's still fairly young by the standards of his people (evolution has given them certain advantages). He just can't walk around looking like a 20-something. It's life. People get older.
And so he's made a few changes. He stopped trying to tame his hair. That's it's natural texture. He also stopped cutting it. (Where he's from, men earn their hair length. He may wear it shorter than earned, but not one inch longer.) There are a few more lines on his face. And then there's the beard. I think it's great. He remains unconvinced about half the time.
It will still take some fussing (mostly from him), but he's in a good visual place right now.Character and art (C) *NuisanceBearEull