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This has been a prolific week for me artistically. In all likelihood you won't see me post the much new material anytime soon. This is my Urban Ranger for D&D 4E LFR. I've liked the idea since I saw it in some 3rd Ed book (possibly a Mongoose book but I can no longer recall).

I envisioned Luna as the opposite end of the Shifter spectrum from my other Longtooth Shifter character, Wolfpriest. Where Wolf worshiped the moon goddess who hates lycanthropes because her clan agreed to hunt their own kind, Luna worships the goddess of coin because her family hires themselves out as urban guides to traveling nobles and merchants. Where Wolf is a quiet, snarling beast thirsting for battle, Luna is a talkative, upbeat pup with a bit of wanderlust. Where Wolf is an animal with a human face, Luna is a person who goes through a lot of shaving razors.

I originally built her with twin bastard swords but since she's one of the two finalists for the character that I will bring in as a brand new Paragon level character in a couple of weeks I rebuilt her to wield a pair of light blades, which incidentally fits the mini I have for her already. If she does not make the cut I still have a H1 tier version of this character so I can still use what I have.

*Edit* Not only did she make it into Paragon before Pip (or I got forced into having another high level leader), but now that LFR allows non-Dark Sun themes I can make her a full blown Werewolf who gets perpetual combat advantage, does even more damage, can turn into a wolf at will and still use powers, and now moves faster than a racehorse. Sometimes I just love power creep.

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jmsnooks Featured By Owner May 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cute, I like her. I also like how you're putting out all this form fitting armor. Although the armor might get in the way of turning into the wolf form.

Anyways, maybe I will have you do some illustrations for the novel I'm working on.
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mindflenzing Featured By Owner May 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. The nice thing about light armors is that they can be form fitting. As a (in her case probably less than) half-breed, her transformations are not full transformations. Shifters like her are not true lycanthropes. They can effect minor physical changes but not enough that it would change her clothing size. Think more along the lines of lesser vampires whose teeth grow and eyes change more than your traditional werewolf. Her transformation makes her do a little more damage and have a little regeneration when heavily wounded but not the full regeneration, physical enhancements, and disease spreading features of a full lycanthrope.

What are you working on?
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jmsnooks Featured By Owner May 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So maybe what you were going for was a character with attributes more like Wolverine or something?

I'm working on a story that has been in my mind for years developing in secret. I said a bit about it in my journal but I can send you my notes when I get home.
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mindflenzing Featured By Owner May 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Shifters may or may not be able to pass off as human depending on how many generations back the lycanthrope goes. How much of a transformation they experience also depends on that.

I saw the post after asking.
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jmsnooks Featured By Owner May 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Don't all the werewolves have a humanoid form anyways?

Ah yes.
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mindflenzing Featured By Owner May 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Werewolves have a human form and a beast form. Shifters are always somewhere inbetween, never becoming fully human or fully beast. Luna is always swarthy, hirsute, with long ears and teeth, and inhuman colored eyes. These features just get more distinct when she gets angry.
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jmsnooks Featured By Owner May 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hmm... That sounds like a bad deal.
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mindflenzing Featured By Owner May 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They give you dhampyr as a series heritage feats then later as a race. Full vampire is a class. Longtooth and Razorclaw shifter are races but full Lycanthrope would be a class also. There are two backgrounds you can take as a shifter that state that you look like a human or elf and give you a +5 bonus to bluff checks to pass yourself off as one but otherwise people can tell that somebody peed in your gene pool.
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binkibonsai Featured By Owner May 23, 2011
Very pretty; love the outfit, though she screams more of an assassin to me, albeit a rather cheerful one.
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mindflenzing Featured By Owner May 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. I'm curious about what elements of her design suggest assassin to you.
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binkibonsai Featured By Owner May 23, 2011
I think it's the dark figure-hugging light armor, clear preference to quick, light weapons and the low cut neckline.
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mindflenzing Featured By Owner May 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So, it's the light weapons and armor that suggest assassin to you.
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binkibonsai Featured By Owner May 24, 2011
Yarp. I mean i can see how it equates to ranger, but something about it seems more, eh, assassin-y.
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mindflenzing Featured By Owner May 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It probably depends on what image you conjure in your head with Ranger and Assassin. I remember Rangers wearing metal armor from back in the AD&D 1st Edition days. I also remember Assassins as black cloaked figures in black studded leather with a dagger from either first or second edition. I modeled her color scheme after Drizt the famous Forgotten Realms Ranger.
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binkibonsai Featured By Owner May 24, 2011
Oh I see. No wonder the color scheme looked familiar. Then again not much diff tween an assassin and a ranger; they both involve skulking about and stabbing people at the right time.
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mindflenzing Featured By Owner May 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Generally Rangers are more about keeping the wilderness roads clear of bandits and monsters where assassins are more about eliminating high value "undesirables" from cities. This character is mostly about protecting caravans from bandits and other hostiles in trade routes between major cities and the underdark. Still, when a ranger specializes in killing humanoids...
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hangemhigh13 Featured By Owner May 19, 2011
which paragon path have you chosen for her? Tundra something (the twin-light blade ranger), the Shock trooper or something rogue-y?
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mindflenzing Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was going with Blade Dancer since she has a lot of minor action attacks and powers that make two attack rolls she has a good chance of getting the AC and Reflex bonus. I'd consider giving her Ruthless Punisher but their class features only work on humanoids and the 16th level feature requires her to do ongoing damage which I've yet to find a way to let her do at-will or with most of her encounter powers. There aren't any good paragon paths for her available in Forgotten Realms legal sources.
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ArmenDangerous Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm digging the extra details on the face - the goggles/glasses and bandage in particular.

Just out of curiousity, how many different D & D character do you have?
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mindflenzing Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. She seemed to me like a character who would have random bits and bobs hanging off the end of her swords, uneven braids with beads, and goggles that do nothing but sit up there.

I have about 40 active Living Forgotten Realms characters. I'm in a couple of groups that mostly have a rotating cast of new players so I end up playing the same handful of modules a lot. This gives me an excuse to regularly try out new builds and classes.
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ArmenDangerous Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yikes! You ever thought of writing your own stories with these characters? Or are you quite at home in the realm of D & D?
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mindflenzing Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wrote characters into a setting I had in college and I would make cameos for various characters when I was running home games. Most of my characters are not really dependent on the setting or world. However, I don't tend to get far writing stories. I could probably do well with the short story format (the only thing I have the patience to finish) but I prefer to tell stories than write them down. I'm more of an extemporaneous speaker than a writer. I wrote two complete short stories and one short comic in college but those are the only stories I've ever competed.
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Scumdog47 Featured By Owner May 19, 2011
Very nice!
I like the concept of an upbeat and cheery shifter. Brooding and gloomy is so done. :D
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mindflenzing Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That is the same reason why I made my Tiefling both borderline evil and happily upbeat about it. I have brooding characters but when their class or race makes it a given I like to change it up. This also why my Shadar Kai character is a monk and probably the only member of the species without a single piercing. Its probably also the reason why all my Dwarves sound Russian instead of Scottish.
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theubbergeek2 Featured By Owner May 19, 2011
It's hard to make a brooding, depressing even character without sounding 'emo', but I have a drow rogue whom I think I pull it rather well. Bitter, sarcastic, mean, bitchy...

Sugesstion for an accent - for gnomes, old fashioned ones; try our Quebie accent for them, its a great match. XD
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mindflenzing Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think Wolfpriest is probably my only brooding character. But she's more like the old one-eyed veteran who won't sit without their back to a corner and pulls knives on strangers who wander into camp type, than hair perpetually over one eye, slouching in the back of class, and pulling the martyr routine on strangers type.

I actually have no idea how Quebecois sound. None of the Canadians I've known even speak with the stereotypical great lakes Fargo accent they depict in movies.
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theubbergeek2 Featured By Owner May 20, 2011
nice

[link]
Here is a little bit from a second movie in a serie of famous quebecker comedies with a famous redneck idiot character from Falardeau.
Maybe you will chuckle some, there is an universal slapstick taste to it - he end up... arguing with a *talking car*. XD
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mindflenzing Featured By Owner May 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can tell some differences between Qubie and French but It I wanted to imitate it at a table I'd have to hear dozens of hours of English with a Qubie accent. That is a level of commitment I don't have. The clip was amusing though. It looks like those two are the French Canadian Cheech and Chong.
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theubbergeek2 Featured By Owner May 22, 2011
yeah, its kinda radical hehehe

indeed, Falardeau wanted a lot of american-style slapstick into it
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mindflenzing Featured By Owner May 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Makes sense.
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Scumdog47 Featured By Owner May 19, 2011
That's a nice take on Dwarves for sure!
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mindflenzing Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's a change of pace (and accent) at least.
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theubbergeek2 Featured By Owner May 18, 2011
oh wow =D she look nice
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mindflenzing Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks.
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theubbergeek2 Featured By Owner May 19, 2011
The swords look like a certain drow's, but straight-er x3
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mindflenzing Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've seen reproductions of Icing Death and Twinkle, they are straight single-edged blades but that's about all they have in common.
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theubbergeek2 Featured By Owner May 19, 2011
ah well
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mindflenzing Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Those two are sweet looking blades though.
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theubbergeek2 Featured By Owner May 19, 2011
yeah, I just resaw the beta FR setting cover with drizzt
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mindflenzing Featured By Owner May 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You can actually buy reproductions of them. I'd probably take a Gandalf's Glamdring or Obi-Wan's Lightsaber first.
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