Eeek, yet another nearly month between posts. Well, this is again due to work, primarily, as I’ve changed to a new more senior position that requires considerably more of my time and effort. And well, this is also a bit of dry period for this blog, between anime seasons, since I’m not of the mind to be posting about individual episodes for the most part.
What I have been doing alot of, again, is sketching. I still seem to on a run of explosive colour since christmas. There was a time when I swore by monocrome, but I guess those times are behind me and colour is here to stay; since I’m still cranking them out after two months.
This time, specifically, I’m posting up a treble set of the NPC’s from my long running Dungeon’s and Dragons campaign, Retoria, which is now well into its second season. It had a bit of a stall recently wherein I had GM’s block and had to briefly run the Tomb of Horrors instead, but I think I’m inching past that now after a bit of improvisation and a slight player shakeup. I was becoming a little worried, since it would have been a bit of a shame to have to suddenly end it after all this time; I mean, assuming the PC’s don’t end up destroying the world, there may well be a third season of them playing descendants of their descendants. Heh.
Anyway, onto the sketches. First of all, my newest sketch, and a recurring character from the first and second season of the game, the bumbling time mage girl; Victoria of Taiidaan:
She first showed up in the original campaign imprisoned in a pirate ship, where she thanked each of the PCs by name despite them never introducing themselves, and teleporting off. This confused them quite a bit. Of course, in their second meeting with her, she didn’t remember them at all, because for her it was the first meeting… ah the wonders of chronomagery…
Anyway, she helped the PCs return to the ancient past of the Dragon Wars to prevent a terrible alteration in the timeline that caused the extinction of the Drakahn. In the second season, she was initially the Archmage master of one the PC’s, and has been meddling in their affairs ever-since, including closing some amusing time loops that they didn’t realise existed, like how one PC fought a level 1 Owlbear in the first session that led to him being obsessed with the creatures (and passing this onto his daughter). Turned it was so weak because it came from a domesticated Owlbear enclosure set up by him in the future that got in the way of Victoria. So he is responsible for his own obsession. LOL.
Since she is originally brought up in the ancient Taiidaani Empire (which has significant parallells to Ancient Rome and is totally not named after a similar empire from Homeworld, LOL) I tried to put some Roman touches into her design with the relatively unembellised mage robe, braided ring of hair, and the jewellry. Of course, pocket watches are essential to the vocation, and are probably taken from the future. (Present day Retoria is verging on Renaissance~ there are primitive firearms, clocks and flying ships etc.).
The PC’s are currently in Ancient Taiidaan in fact, attempting a heist of the Emperor’s armour, which turns out to be the breastplate of the Goddess Corticarte and his source of eternal life. They have realised that this act, assuming they go through with it, will cause a genocide to prevent a worse genocide, so they’ve been having a bit of moral quandary at the moment.
After that, we have the two Silverscale twins; Darien and Mirielle. They are the children of Alicia Silverscale, a rather important NPC from the first season of the campaign, and her (eventual) husband Alain Alamont; inheriting their mothers Silver Tail and their father’s golden hair; as well as, of course, the Sapphire Eyes that mark them as Drakahn Nobility and true descendants of the Dragon God Rahlyah.
Here’s Darien Silverscale:
As crown duke of Silesia, the southernmost Drakahn nation, he is set to inherit the state from his parents whilst Mirielle enters the Princess Waltz. Since the first campaign, Drakahn/Human relations have become alot more cordial, especially between Renais and Silesia, to the point where Darien spent a year training his Archery at Hassan with Brigit Yulear (also the mother of one of the PC’s in the second season).
Since he’s a high Charisma Archery Warlord; I had a fun time trying to get a good mix of masculinity and prettyboy into his design; which I think I pulled off fairly decently, though I think he errs slightly towards prettyboy; a bit like his father.
He’s been in the party on several occasions since they first saw him outside the Tower of the Master Maker aiding in reconstruction after a bizarre meteor shower (although he was mainly evading the insistent courtship of vain Susie Drayke at the time!), including helping the investigation of Zakura Fafnir’s severed contract with one of her angels (again, Zakura is the mother of one this generation’s PC’s), and the discovery of Teres Couslind; and then a period where they investigated the Dwarven ruins amidst the low-gravity jungles of Golgotha.
Since Mirielle’s victory in the Waltz, and Silverscales ascenscion to House of Royal Retainers as a result, he’s been bogged down with ceremony and paperwork, though, poor guy!
And his twin sister, Mirielle Silverscale:
Since Mirry combines dad’s natural aptitude for the Imperial Sapphire Guard style of fighting that utilises a Drakhan’s superior strength and balance to dual-wield Bastard Swords, and her mum’s swordmagery that allows her to make her blades invisible to light, she was immediately set to be one of the greatest female Drakahn warriors of her generation. Which, of course, is a mixed blessing, as such girls are expected to partake in the Princess Waltz, a battle contest between skilled noble Drakahn girls to determine the wife of the next King of the Drakahn, with their house being elevated vastly in status as a result.
Her mother Alicia was also in the contest, but was beaten by Helectivia Velorianne in the final match that resulted in her leaving for human lands to escape what she considered at the time to be a ‘runners-up’ marriage to House Alamont (and also concealing the secret that she was having an affair with one of the original 12 dragons, Araun, who ended being killed by the rogue Blade of Lagaard, Ettie).
In any case, more recently, the PC’s turned up and decided to help her in the contest. First of all by retrieving the ancestral Silesian blades from the Silverscale crypt, and then by actually becoming her retainers in the Waltz. Although she had some close fights against Sophia Tyrryn, Mir Argent, and Caitlyn Copperthorne, she eventually emerged victorious; and was declared Princess-Consort of Prince Logan Rahlever. Much to her relief too, they ended up sharing an interest in Ancient Draconic Poetry, much to Party’s amusement and the confusion of the Queen.
Whew, I wrote quite alot about the campaign, but I like to think of this as one of the tools that is allowing me to move on and create some new material by summarising the old in brief. To be honest, this barely scratches the surface of what’s going on, what with the impending war between the deities; the ressurrection of the eldritch goddess Illitheya, and the truth behind the Spirit Wars that gut the human population of the world down to merely a 1/4 of what it once was (though also result in the creation of the Aurican race).
Though I probably should get around to a midseason anime summary, I’m not making any guarantees here and now, since I am truly quite busy at the moment. Hope I didn’t bore you to death with this huge post; and at the very least there’s some pretty pictures, eh?
Stay tuned until next time.
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