Jeral Bernito Cormier / Arbustombre ("Bush-Man," formerly going by Botan the Plant-Man) is a major character in The Gerosha Chronicles, primarily featuring in Sodality.

He was portrayed as an anti-villain in Ciem, and more sympathetically the Comprehensive Gerosha universe of Ciem: Vigilante Centipede. He becomes more of a heroic figure in the Cataclysmic Gerosha series Sodality, but his ill temper remains intact.

This page disambiguates his most notable iterations throughout the evolution of Gerosha mythos.

Alternate reality versions

Jeral Cormier

(as Botan the Plant-Man)
Jeral Cormier

(as Botan the Plant-Man)
Jeral Cormier

(as Arbustombre)

Game premise versions

Battle for Metheel
Percolation Pawn


Jeral Cormier was first created in The Sims 2: Seasons on the Dozerfleet Portable station from 2007, a Dell Inspiron 6000 laptop from 2004, as a way to experiment with the PlantSim life state. He was then integrated into the plot of Ciem. Initially, he was intended to be a parody of Samuel "Plantman" Smithers in the Marvel universe combined with the Sandman from Spider-Man 3. His last name of Cormier was chosen by the game engine, as it's one of the default Townie surnames. While his shoehorning into the plot of Ciem felt forced, it seemed like a waste to not include him at some point.

Desire to make better use of the character compelled a reinterpretation of him for Comprehensive Gerosha, though that too ended in failure. Several specific minor details of his origin story were then tweaked to make his inclusion in Cataclysmic Gerosha, and his role in the Sodality of Gerosha, to make more sense.

His alias of "Botan the Plant-Man" was changed to "Arbustombre" (Spanish for "Bush-Man,") in order to avoid confusion with both the Marvel Plantman character and to avoid bumping into a trademark dispute with JFC International - distributors of Botan Calrose Rice. Furthermore, the name change prevents him from being confused with Botan from Yu Yu Hakusho.

Versions of Jeral as a plant-man Phex-1 have been attempted in various rendering software and games, but the Sims games are the most common source. His Sims 3 and Sims 4 looks were decided before the PlantSim occult state was officially added to either of those games. Once added, he adopted functionality based on those games. A mod was used for The Sims 4 to ensure that his PlantSim version in that game wouldn't expire after a set number of days, as PlantSims are only permanent by default in Sims 2.

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