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Re: [Adonthell-artwork] Character portraits

From: Andrew Phillips
Subject: Re: [Adonthell-artwork] Character portraits
Date: Wed, 7 Jan 2009 07:51:12 -0600


Given the difficulty of the last two decades before the story on Ella, premature age and a permanent sadness would be appropriate for her look. At the same time, I think you have a good point on there being something a bit Elvish or Half-Elvish about her. That might come out as mostly grey-white hair with Yellow or Red highlights, if we want to be obvious; or hints of a light brown if we want to make her simultaneously old and young, but still essentially Human.

For the Maladrim, there should be something animalistic about each of them. That something should be suggestive of their species while not being terribly obvious. Lareth dunTelro, for example, is Mingled with a Red Fox (vulpes vulpes), so his hair would be distinctly red-orange, with dark eyes and a sparse, whisker-like mustache of red hair. A normal Human (or a Player) would realize that there something is unusual about the Maladrim without being able to specific the non-Human component.

For the Forestkeepers, Maladrim and otherwise, there should be something wild and unrefined about them, buth as a result of their wilderness lifestyle and their closeness to the Half-Elves. Where the residents of the towns, cities, and villages wear wool, cotton, and other fabrics, the Forestkeepers wear buckskin, leathers, and rougher fabrics. They are able, sometimes even powerful people, but they don't have a lot of money and need their clothes to last. Of course, as foresters, they would prefer greens and browns.

Others, like Samis Desorin, would dress in keeping with their professions. Samis is a shepherd, so he would dress in rough wool (very cheap for a man who tends flocks for their wool). He is practically penniless, so he might have one or two splashes of color - a colored neckerchief or a faded shirt.

More to follow,


On Tue, Jan 6, 2009 at 1:21 PM, Kai Sterker <address@hidden> wrote:
continuing the thread from ...

After having seen some of the portraits Ingo has made for Vega Strike,
I took the opportunity to ask for his help with a few Dun Barethsol
characters. Since the character information on the Wiki
is a bit sparse with details concerning the character's look, I'll
start to post a number of notes for some of the more obvious ones.
Feel free to give me a hand! And beware of spoilers.


Not sure if it's a stretch, but I'd say she'll have to have hair the
color of copper. (the dictionary had "cupreous", but that sounded more
like an illness to me ;-)). Probably wears it short and a bit wild,
but still handsome. Maybe something like that:, at least as far as the hair
is concerned.

Padrig and Merigan probably won't appear as characters to talk to, so
no portrait should be required for them.

Ella: she's age 60 or beyond, earnest and maybe a bit sad. Not sure if
she'd look more grandmotherly or if she'd have a bit of a
Elvish/Half-Elvish touch, considering her powers.

Not sure how obvious to make the next few ...

Risartus: A beard to hide a goat in.

Guess if you'd use the photos as a rough guide and apply the same
degree of obfuscation as the names have, it should be fine :-).

So much for the first round. Maybe somebody more able than I can come
up with something for a couple of the other characters.


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