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So I was trying out my tablet with my new computer and new free art program.  I'm not sure where the problem is, but there was a lot of lag between pen and screen, and it was sucking, so I decided, crazy idea, to just go sketch with a pencil- and glory of glories, it stopped sucking.  Now if only my scanner had compatible drivers with Windows 7...  So you all get to see the phone-pics in all their horror instead.

Meant to be a 'different ages' meme.  Goes with the orcs I was babbling about in the last entry. ; Orc girl at 5. ; Orc girl at 13. Orc woman at 17. ; Orc woman at 25.

Annnnd the links are sucking.  The only working one is '17', so if you want just go to that one and then head to my scraps gallery on dev-art from there.
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(campaign setting) Orcish word for 'making' and 'breaking' is the same.  Or at least extremely similar, because in their creation, they were broken, and the concept remains central to the culture to this day.  Once high and haughty Sidhe, they were captives from the great war when humans first harnessed their own magic and fought back against their faerie overlords.  The Circean empire took prisoners and with subtle magics and unsubtle torment, broke them to their will and made of them slaves.  The orcish kind are unlovely, but are strong, fierce, resilient, and long-lived unless killed outright- and in the case of the Pit-Born, need not even be raised from young before becoming useable soldiers.  They all (but especially Pit-Born) are vulnerable to both magical control and the bullying of stronger leaders because it is all they have known since the first days.  They expect that life will hurt, because it does.  They expect teaching to be harsh and pass on the same lessons the same way.  It isn't just their personal experiences within their generation that reinforces this- constant reincarnation means that while each newborn orc is its own individual, echoes from the past often blur their perception of the present, including memories of not just endless generations of war, but up to and including the original tortures and breeding programs that made them what they are today.

To make is to break, because what was before is always destroyed or marred in the creation of a new thing.  To break is to make, because one's strength and will to change what is becomes imbued upon what, or who, is broken.

So there's a damn good reason for why the female elite of the central orcish territories are effectively the Marine Corp.  "Neither held nor hindered, neither bound nor bred.  Never again."  They refuse to ever be in that position again.

Sometimes orcs become more aware of their past-life experiences, though rarely all at once- the Awakened, along with those few who still live from the ancient days, often find themselves in positions of power because they are the most experienced (and frequently know the most dirty tricks, both giving and avoiding).  Some find the memories overwhelming and become maddened by them, either becoming driven tyrants or fleeing to live alone in the wilderness, seeking solitude in their pain.  It is rumored that one such has been living up in the high hills since just about the ancient days themselves, a great hulking being of the breed most commonly called 'ogre'.  In the time of war, they were used as a terrible combination of shock-troops and siege-engines, so terrible to behold and so prone to shaking the earth that only those who fled survived, and while many of them were killed, those who lived on were even worse when encountered alone, away from their controlling officers.  When it thunders, people of the lower hills say it is Last Shadow coming out from her lair.

Small Shiny

Feb. 1st, 2012 02:27 pm
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Orc Mural
by ~weirdlet on deviantART

Bit of a scribble for my larp character, Greshka.


Sep. 23rd, 2010 04:17 am
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Shiny new picture, except I'm going nuts trying to figure out what to do with the corners of the walls, whether or not there should be more jewelry and tattoos to go around, how to shadow the walls to suggest a big feast going on.

Orcish Warchief
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A riff on the classic 'big pimping' barbarian chief/heroic adventurer settling down to spend their coin.


Mar. 26th, 2010 02:29 pm
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by ~weirdlet on deviantART 

And the art is rolling again!  Stayed up too late doing this- after I get some cleaning done, going to take another stab at commission-stuffs.
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Always with the characters... I keep stumbling on little bits of stuff that one day I'll put into stories, but meanwhile just kind of sits there in my head, awesome, shiny- and alone, with no plot. My orcs, in particular, keep ending up with kickass heroines that I haven't got the faintest clue what adventures to send them on.

My latest tidbit? The descendent of an orcish pirate queen heavily modeled on Ching Shih, who kicked ass up and down China's coasts, was finally given amnesty after she defeated every fleet sent against her, and retired to be a casino and brothel-owner. Several generations later, the descendants of this (my version, not the historical woman) successful raider are still in business as a major merchant enterprise, considered to be local nobility of a sort, and the girls in line for succession are all tattooed with the same reputed whipmarks across the face that their ancestress had, starting out on a slaver's ship as she did.


Nov. 1st, 2009 09:36 pm
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So far one person has come through with sending me the pics they took last night- here we are^^

Edit- a couple more have turned up^^

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Fixed up the Orc Priestess pic a bit- added/changed the shadow, added a bracelet to show movement in her raised hand, finally gave up on putting glowy runes or interesting cave art on the walls and just put in some sparks to fill the visual vacuum. 

Next up, note to self- do up some pics of my tiefling girls.  The one where the paladin comes to find a tiefling rogue's been chained in his chamber and put in his charge, their adventures together and strange courtship- and later pics of their daughter.

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I got a scribble to work- shiny orc priestess in a room full of the skulls of chiefs of the past.  I figure past a certain age, male orcs get the really exaggerated tusks (and the Bogart accent to match, sound like they're talking around a cigar) and for those with the wealth and the tolerance for pain, scrimshaw and inlay are not far behind.

Something feels a little off-kilter, and I'm trying to figure out how to balance the pic out- possibly put some work on the walls at the sides, some line-art daubed on, or possibly the carved spirals where glowy green stuff grows.  That's where priestesses tend to get the ink for their more important tattoos- I'd considered putting some on her, but it seemed like a bit much.


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