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Katka WP by mindflenzing Katka WP by mindflenzing
I spent a couple of hours waiting for my car at the shop this morning. Being unable to play Fallout: New Vegas for that long I got a sketch done for my broken Executioner/Warlock Hybrid. I also did a Revenant Blackguard/Executioner which did more damage but after all the eminently more broken charging Pixie Thieves I've killed recently, I decided to go with a race the DM could not "accidentally" coup de grace because they were still standing while below 0 hp. Besides, the Dwarf has more personality.

We had been patiently waiting for D&D Essentials Hybrids to give us a way to break the rule that striker hybrids only got striker damage on striker class powers and Executioner did that for us. Now all the classes with melee basic at will powers can use them in conjunction with the Executioner bonus damage for single handed weapon attacks. Since I have tons of Paladin Hybrids and a lot of Blackguard ones recently I opted for Warlock and that gives me a lot more ranged options though I can't stack free action bonus damage encounter powers the way I could with Blackguard. Fresh out of character gen this character was putting out a brutal 2 1d10+1d8+1d6+7 on melee basic attacks, or roughly 22.5 damage on average per hit where the typical brand new striker gets 1d10+1d6+4 or an average of 13 damage per hit with such powers.

For her personality I kept thinking back to playing Dragon Age Origins as a Casteless Dwarf working for the Carta. I liked the idea of a classless outcast Dwarf who spends money like it will evaporate with dawn and brutalizes people for a living. I also decided that as a relatively low Charisma character she would be fun to have as my horny female character (my horny male character is an insanely high Charisma half-elf bard who talks like Ricardo Montalban). As a Dwarf she has a nice rack and she's not bad looking though she's a bit plain, has manly shoulders, and a big nose. Where my Warlord, Pip, just uses inuendo, Katka will straight-up proposition NPCs (i.e. "Nice boots, let's f**k."). It tends to make for interesting (and sometimes awkward) table talk when the brutish PC looking to get lucky is a less than entirely attractive female rather than the typical low charisma barbaric male PC. I think I might try an Intimidate check to get the character laid just to see the look on people's faces. Other people have high Charisma slutty female characters but those are played as the butt of jokes. A low Charisma high Intimidate aggressive slutty female character would turn the tables on the rest of the party and force the fighter to question his decision to go commando. If you've read about most of my other characters you will notice that I love to twist common archetypes to feel superior to other players at the table. Horny tomboy the rest of the group does NOT want to have relations with has turned out to be a rather amusing twist so far.

I'm more or less happy with the character design (especially the Dwarf Ancestor face on her Craghammer) and characterization but not with the name. I was originally going to name the character Agrafina Svetlova (so that everybody who who has read Brothers Karamazov will groan) but while I wanted to give all my Dwarves Russian names to make them different from the typical Scottish and Norse Dwarves, I can't do any more character voices in Russian accents. I'm thinking of going with an underclass Boston or Bronx accent but then I'd really need to change the name. I thought with Katka, I could morph it into Kat, Kitty, Tabby Kat or something later.
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CheeseburgerTom Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015
I'll be honest.  I clicked on this because the hammer looked cool.  She's a little taller or thinner than I imagine dwarf women, but it is a difficult thing to nail.  I think the legs are right, but the torso to stretched.

All that said, after reading her backstory and your comments, I love the character concept.  I like that she's sort of an outcast from dwarven society who either consciously or unconsciously compensates by eschewing all dwarves and most general social mores.  It's almost a vicious cycle that ensures no dwarven society will ever take her in.  Two things I want to point out that I think add to then effect are her hair and nail polish.  I have never seen a dwarven woman with painted nails so I imagine she seems more than a little trampish even before she propositions the first warm body in the room.  Similarly, I always sort of imagine dwarven women with elaborate braids and hair ornamentation, but her lack perfectly plays into her character.

My main concern with this character is that all that seems to make it very likely to see her eventually drift into an out and out criminal lifestyle especially given the long dwarven lifespan.  That could just make the character all the more interesting if tragic so have fun!  Excellent job!
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mindflenzing Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't draw a lot of dwarves so you might be right about proportions. I used to draw Dwarves with proportions like in Games Workshop games (i.e. Warhammer) but moved away from the 3 heads tall version of Dwarf. I ended up doodling this away from reference material (as I often do) so my lack of practice is more of a hindrance then usual.

Dwarves with braids and horned helms talking about their alcohol, ancestors, and grudges is too boring to me so I had to do something different. You certainly picked up a lot of the design elements, even ones I didn't entirely to be intentionally different. This character was mostly spawned out of one of my runs of Dragon Age Origins where I ran the Caste-less Dwarven Thief. It struck me as a very interesting story which I drew heavily upon for Katka because I wanted a character who bore no love for typical Dwarven Stereotypes or Dwarven culture in general. I had also considered basing a Dwarven character on the clean-shaven Varric from Dragon Age II and I suppose a bit of him ended up in Katka also. Dragon Age just had such compelling stories where characters veered off from the standard tropes enough to be quite interesting. Since I love playing against type I had a world of fun using similar ideas to make unusual dwarves.

The character was made for Forgotten Realms Organized Play so there's only so much damage you can do there. Then again, I also had twins who were former enforcers for the thieves guild in RPGA play. I only got to play the insane sister since they never quite made a build that worked well with garotte fighting (poor Damion "The Waterdeep Strangler" Mason never got his chance to shine). They got out of the guild when their boss tried to force himself on the sister who dismembered him and ate his eyes. Looking to make new "friends" who could protect them from the guild, they realized that adventurers basically intimidate and murder people for the city watch with legal impunity and decided to get in on that racket. So, for Katka, the biggest difference between working for crooks, as a freelancer, and the guard, as vigilantee for hire, would be associating mostly with government officials who aren't on the take. I think her goal would be more to get paid to travel around and crack skulls while spitting on the culture that shunned her by cozying up with the competition and their wild modern ways.
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AndyVines Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Very cool design. I really like the map in the background too.
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mindflenzing Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. The map was originally for a campaign world I created for a home game. I based it on Tolkien's maps from the Hobbit. I used it as a background for a character pic I did for the campaign and liked it enough to just recycle it for various D&D characters since.
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binkibonsai Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
Beautifully done, tho you might wanna define her feet a bit more; at first glance she looks like she's got hooves.
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mindflenzing Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I kinda finished that part in a hurry since they had just finished working on my car.
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jmsnooks Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice work man. You did a female dwarf and you managed to make her decent looking. I hate it whenever people do female dwarfs and give them beards. In your case you put the beard on the axe, which I guess gives no meaning to the term 'bearded axe,' and which accentuates the element of dwarfishness without overdoing it.
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mindflenzing Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. I was trying to put her a couple of beers away from hot. Technically its a hammer. This way she can give Dwarven headbuts without breaking her own, somewhat prominent nose. I'm almost going to have to have it that she sawed the head off of an ancestor statue and had a weaponsmith make a hammer out of it.
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jmsnooks Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha, that reminds me of something. Will send you a note. True, true. Wouldn't that be unspeakable blasphemy or something?
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mindflenzing Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, casteless does not necessarily mean classless but in this case it does in both meanings of the word.
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jmsnooks Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
haha
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Malcolmd Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
I agree with Chief-orc--that is a very well-designed hammer, and I like your explanation of its potential "the ancestors" name. :)
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mindflenzing Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm definitely going to have to use that now.
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chief-orc Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
Sweet character, I dig the hammer!
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mindflenzing Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. I'm thinking, as an outcast Dwarf, she might start calling that hammer, "the ancestors" so anybody calling her lineage into question can "speak" with "the ancestors" (and by that I mean get their skull caved in by a big old Dwarf-faced hammer).
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jmsnooks Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
haha
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mindflenzing Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Its kinda like naming your shotgun, "the family", making meeting the possible future in-laws a whole new level of awful.
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jmsnooks Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey that's not a bad idea. Thanks man.
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mindflenzing Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know I plan on doing that.
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jmsnooks Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
excellent
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GeckoSith Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
Female Dwarves DO exist! :jawdrop:

Seriously though, nice work. I always enjoy the background and story you add, too. Thanks!
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mindflenzing Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, just nobody plays them because they are the opposite of the willowy waifish supermodels people like to play. In order to give her a different backstory, with her criminal involvement, than "Face-rip Mason" and her brother, "The Waterdeep Strangler" I think I'll go with her guild being edged out by Halflings rather than the classic no honor among thieves betrayal. This gives me a great reason to be racist and unreasonable in dealing with NPCs.
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