CAW: Adrienne Riddle by Danendesign

I did Adrienne last week, and again this week. As it stands, she has the most artwork collected for her. So don’t be surprised if you see a lot of artwork for her. More than the others. At least for a bit.

This picture of Adrienne was drawn for me by my friend over at Danendesign. She is a personal friend of mine and she drew this for me as a gift.

I absolutely love the face and the hair in this picture. The expression is somewhere between mild curiosity, kindness and boredom. Which is pretty fitting for an earlier Adrienne.

Be sure to visit her Danendesign Deviantart!


CAW: Caalix by DeeDeeSteele

Here is Caalix again! Done by the same artist as last week, DeeDeeSteele.

This picture I also like better than the last Caalix picture I posted. The mace looks much more realistic, Caalix looks more demonic (as he’s supposed to), and again, the dynamic pose and coloring get to me.

You’ll notice the symbols on both pictures though. When he was created as a character for Forgotten Realms, he was a Cleric of Selune, the Moon Goddess.

This is no longer the case, and he has therefore obviously gone through an armor redesign, as I’ll show later. His coloring is also slightly different. More of a burnt red rather than the bright red in this picture. And his eyes are green instead of red now as well.

Again, make sure to visit DeeDeeSteele‘s website if you like it!

Races for Novel!

Alright, so I mentioned that I would be updating with race images soon, right?

Well, here they are!

Most of the Races included in the Novel

On Deviantart

In order from left to right:

Korrigan (Female)
Haltija (Male)
Sidhe (Female)
Human (Male)
Huldra (Female)
Urisk (Male)
Tomte (Female)

More information to come!

Novel Info (for fun)

So I mentioned in my last post that I was creating races for one of my novels. Well, first off, I’ll inform you: It’s not just a novel. It’s a world that I intend to have more than one novel set in. Including a series of short stories following around a character named Mairwen.

Mairwen’s story is set some 100 years before the novel I am currently writing. Yes, they tie in, but only marginally. As a matter of fact, these two plots started as vastly different as two fantasy based stories could be.

Mairwen’s story was meant to be a low-magic based fantasy, with her, very cliche’d, as a member of a rare race of magic beings. Focused more on episodic struggles than anything large and epic.

Alyse’s story (the novel), was originally meant to be a send in to Wizards of the Coast for their Forgotten Realms setting. When the landscape of Forgotten Realms changed drastically to tie in with fourth edition, my story ended up being a moot point.

Both stories were put aside for quite some time. Until I got the insane idea of  combining both of them. Yet somehow it’s been falling into place quite nicely. Tying in the stories in a way that makes sense gave me some issues at first, of course. Especially since I didn’t want either main character to be related to any of their party members.

So off to create a world (that currently has no real name) for stories that cater to a variety of characters. With plenty of subtle and overt social commentary and fantastical adventures!

I will be posting bits and pieces of the story’s information on here, as well as short stories that will introduce the characters and the world. Why? For fun.

Issues with Culture Creation

Culture is one of those funny things that never quite goes as planned when you’re busy creating it. There are many ways that you can create a culture, and while many of them will vary from one issue to another, and different methods will work for different people and stories, there is no right or wrong way to go about it. Well, I suppose making blatant and obvious stereotype cultures may be considered a wrong way, but in some stories, it could actually work. I guess.

Regardless, the biggest issue with cultural creation is believability.  You can have a lot of leeway with it, of course, because there are already so many diverse and sometimes strange seeming cultures that exist in our world today, but you have to balance the strange with a sense of familiarity. You must make it so that, while some of your readers don’t understand it, they could see it as being an actual culture. At least in your world.

When it comes to fantasy realms, this can get tricky. You may be inclined to create outlandish cultures that, in the end, are entirely ridiculous and unbelievable. Maybe that’s the point? But your readers may not like it, and it may be hard to create a realistic character that comes from that culture.

Especially when you want to play with something that it a touchy topic in our society. The story is a dark fantasy, and I have been determined, thus far, to include realistic magic in the setting. Now, when I say realistic magic, I don’t mean that I am going to try and over explain all of the magic in every instance to cry to the reader “look here! this could happen!” but rather to instill a sense of reality in the fantastic, because I get rather annoyed at the whole “oh it’s magic, anything can happen” hand-waving nonsense that is in so many fantasy novels.

Largely because I like an explanation, so I, personally, know where the limits are for the magic. What can and can’t be done. So when you’re trying to include realistic magic with the purposeful idea that a race does not sexually reproduce, you may hit a snag. I know I did. I am still trying to figure out a mostly realistic reason why this primarily homosexual race will keep on living without delving too much into the fantastic and strange.  I’m still swimming with ideas of how to achieve this without any real conclusion. It doesn’t help that I already know that the idea of a culture that considers heterosexuality a sin to be something that people will at first only see as a badly pieced social commentary.

So excuse me while I figure out how to incorporate social commentary with magic and realism, and prepare for some introductory pictures of the races that I’ll be including in my story. 🙂