Though I don’t really think it’s all too much of a spoiler, I would like to talk about some weapons. Aza, Xandie and Sols have weapons that they will receive. Epic weapons. They aren’t in the game or anything, I take pleasure in making stories for the weapons, though I’m only finished with the design for two of them (there are actually four…I’m excluding Solstia’s shield because it’s not really a weapon, and yes I know you can hit people with it, but you can hit anybody with practically anything).
The Alignment of Causality – Azarizotza will receive a staff named The Alignment of Causality. The pocket watch that Aza’s father gave her is just a “magically folded” form of the staff. The Alignment of Causality consists of 13 hourglasses (6 convex and 7 concave) stacked on top of one another. In the center of the staff is the pocket watch, open-faced. The cool thing about this staff is that the sands flow at different rates between the hourglasses, so they are almost never in sync. However, every so often, if you balance it right, you’ll have the same exact amount of sand in each glass. This causes time to warp and slow down around her.
The Tail of the Phoenix and The Mind of the Phoenix – Solstia was given a sword and shield by General Gushma, she just hasn’t realized it yet. What she doesn’t know was that her father was a great engineer among the High Elves and was a Paladin (quite rare actually). Quelystra has had the mace as long as she could remember, but frequently uses it as an engineering tool. Constantly looking for ways to “engineer” the powers of The Light, he eventually crafted a sword and mace efficiently engineered from the powers of The Light. He was swept away in a vision and was told his two daughters would be the ones to wield the creations. The one who would hold The Mind of the Phoenix would serve as the Judgement of the Light, the one who would hold The Tail of the Phoenix would serve as the Wrath of the Light. The rest is history…or untold story…
The Guiding Reflex – As a note here, it’s near impossible to come up with stuff involving Xandaria, mostly because the player of her character is my wife. I design her sexy, she insists she doesn’t want to look like a piece of meat, I design her conservatively and she’s like “It wouldn’t hurt to show some midriff! Do you even find me sexy anymore?” Now, she demanded that her weapon looked like a Reflex Hammer because that’s what doctors use… I seriously could not find a way to make this work, except if it was a Giant Kodo Tooth strapped to one of its bones. That’s exactly what it is. Yup…
In case I don’t get around to updating Tuesday (I’ve been so very busy with moving and wedding planning and…jerks stealing my money…), I would like to mention that all is well with my life. How are you, by the way?
In other news, Azarizotza, Xandaria and Solstia were featured in a video made by an “up-and-coming” machinimator by the name of Dreyfus Xano, along with much of the World of Warcraft web-comic community. I’m honored to be included in such a thing!
In other news…*SPOILER ALERT*, there’s seriously something wrong with this elf-teen
So. Perhaps some of you have noticed I
have had a paypal donate button. I originally had the idea that it would generate a bit of revenue here and there…but NEVER did I think it would give a Chinese asshole hacker my account name so he can use one of the many tricks I know exist to get around my password that I was ASSURED was protected against and have him send himself $180 of money I DON’T HAVE.
So enjoy that, motherfucker, I hope it buys you some sunshine in your horrible distopian, overpopulated, overpolluted, dictatorship of a country.
Though you might think the characters I develop are…just random, I put a VERY great amount of thought to the metaphor of the characters… I make sure every character shown (with the exception of guests) has some real meaning in their design. This post is a result of an e-mail from a certain SOMEONE (if you’re reading this you know who you are) who thinks I like to just draw blood elf females because they ” are hot”.
Azarizotza–She is originally based off of the generic High-Elf mage character from Warcraft 3. I just so happened to like the mage mechanic, though I almost chose a rouge at the time…so she became my main character. I designed her so that she had “wild” red hair to represent her fiery passions but held back by a thin strip of “discipline” which is the blue band, given to her by her mother before she died, just knowing that one day…being smart and sensible would avenge her mother’s death…
Xandaria– NOW I will admit, her tan was initially a weird mistake with my color filters and compression…but I remember telling the actual Xandie (after I posted the first comic) to “f**k it all, I’m gonna keep consistency no matter what”… Now the actual Xandie IRL is actually Irish and..quite “fair”, which is the funny problem…but whatever. I designed her cowl to represent that she willingly keeps her passionate concern for the well being of others under “wraps” though it leaks out. She’s a healer and is in pain when others experience pain. She hides it with her crass, hardened attitude, which is representative of her cowl with bright blonde hair (light) leaking from it.
Solstia–She was raised by a Worgen (yes a Worgen…not a Wolvar)…Her parents abandoned her and she was forced to work in Ambermill as…someone who harvested lumber for her foster mother who has become increasingly involved with someone in Shadowfang Keep…) Years of working with many pounds of Lumber led her to be very strong, physically, but missing out on the general socializing of children her own age and race. It didn’t take her long to realize she was “Adopted” when her adoptive mother eventually abandoned her, and was told by the “voice” in her head where to find Aza and Xandie… but that is a story for another time…do any of you remember this? That’s right. Solstia wasn’t always “cleavage-tastic”. In fact, I was a bit against it. But realized, given her past, I wanted her to be defended with Plate armor, but be VERY vulnerable at the same time. Now I know that if you penetrate your GI system (stomach, intestines), it tends to be a very dangerous situation. This is because bacteria from your intestines leak into your other-wise sterile body, causing HORRIBLE infection. I wanted to add that vulnerability, but I also felt her heart should be “QUESTIONABLY” exposed. I tried a few different designs before I came up with the “pentagonal” design for the breastplate exposure…giving an idea of…if she was hit there with an arrow…would it hit her heart or would she be protected? Who knows..given her vulnerable state…
Also as Xandie said “It never hurts to show cleavage or midriff for viewers…hey, why don’t you give Xandie midriff every so often…DON’T YOU FIND ME SEXY?!”…
Zarillion– He wears sunglasses when he’s “playing the part” but takes them off when he’s showing emotion. He wears his tie loose around his neck to represent, he isn’t so fond or strict with the rules he has to uphold…
Amarantha– She keeps her hands out of sight, unless she is admiring them. She loves her work, and admires it obsessively, though has a certain rebelliousness with herself expressed by…her other appearance features…aheeamemehcoughahemGOTHYahem…..
Zerkest– You’ll frequently see him pointing and with thick glasses. Implying that he is “focused” and is always “instructing”. I appreciate his instructions…despite what you may think about the last comic….
….Hmmm, all of them have representation, just comment and I’ll tell you what each means!
Yes, yes, I resolved to update more. I know. What a surprise, I haven’t.
I’ve come across a small snag see…Aza and Zerkest get into a bit of a scuffle in this next comic and I underestimated by leagues and bounds how hard it is to draw my characters fighting. Things like running, jumping, hiding, grabbing. I can’t imagine when things like punching and kicking come in, how long is that going to take me?
Anyway, I keep getting discouraged, but it’s coming along…
Hang in there…!
Alright. Torment of the Week is totally better than you because we’re celebrating Canada Appreciation Day! I’m making it today, June 20th, from now on!!!
NO THIS IS NOT AN EXCUSE TO EXPLAIN MY CSS RESETING AND ME NOT HAVING TIME TO FIX IT!
To show you I’m not lying here’s a video that I didn’t make is not starring me!
So yeah. Today was our 3rd unsuccessful week of trying to take down the Lich King. We noticed he doesn’t have a problem convincing us he’s still our daddy. But he did tell us a story after he wiped the floor with us!
“Once upon a time there were three runeblades…Frosty…Bloody and Unholy-ly?”
This also reminds me, You guys have never really seen Aza, Xandie and Sols in game. Well, here they are! We’re on US:Illidan if any of you guys ever want to harass us.