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Skates WP by mindflenzing Skates WP by mindflenzing
After many weeks of playing around with designs which I didn't at all like, I've come up with a design I like for Skates, my new Deva Artificer for LFR. I got the chance to play her for the first time last Wednesday when our healer could not show up for Encounters. We were at a table with characters who have about no healing surges and an extremely ugly fight. She had to pull off three Arcana checks well over DC 20 (as a first level character) fortunately with her +11 Arcana and Memory of a Thousand Lifetimes power she did not miss a single check. Without her powers, half the group would be going into their next fight bloodied with no healing surges.

Skates is a Deva and basically she served Oghma, the god of knowledge and pissed him off with a flippant comment about Mystra's (the goddess of magic) death and was condemned to field work in Toril for an indefinite period of time. She's great with Arcane and Divine knowledge as well as History and isn't half bad with Stealth and Thievery. She's basically a tinkerer and astral engineer with a big mouth and little regard for mortals though she needs the community service hours to get back to the Astral Sea. One of the most fun things about the character is the anime elements she has. She's sorta got the whole angel and devil on her shoulders. She has a book imp familiar which is a construct that looks like a chibi version of her with bat wings and a pitchfork and does her healing powers with another chibi construct that looks like her in a nurse's outfit with a huge syringe that she jabs into the hindquarters for healing infusions.
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No-36 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
so those constructs are her homunculi??, by the way I am adoring this pieces so far!
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mindflenzing Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pretty much. Those two would jam needles up the party's keysters till they didn't want any more healing. I just wish there were a halfway decent mini for either of them.
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fencesan Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the goggles! And the fire...and the evil smile, and the cute hair. I'd love to see a pic of the book imp--she sounds hilariously cute and scary.
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mindflenzing Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I never did come up with designs I liked for the "devil" on her shoulder or the one on the other side (with the gigantic needle for "healing infusions" sent right up the backside). I haven't gotten to play the character lately as we've had dry spell of face characters and meat walls, and alas, Skates is neither. I've had a few fun characters come through lately but I've been too busy to draw any of them.
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jmsnooks Featured By Owner May 17, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Pretty slick design man. It's interesting how high up the boots go. Personally I have never experimented with boots going up so high, but I might have to give it a try eventually.

What species is she supposed to be?
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mindflenzing Featured By Owner May 17, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. I synthesized a pic I got from the Pathfinder RPG with another oddball mini I found and ended up with a character that looks more like an Eberron (think Maltese Falcon meets Lord of the Rings) character than a Forgotten Realms one.

She's a Deva. They're basically angels that have become trapped in the mortal world being reborn time and again as new adults with vague memories of their past lives. They generally depict Devas with blue, white, or purple skin but I love to find little ways to buck the official description of many races because I can.
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jmsnooks Featured By Owner May 20, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh? I thought it was completely original. You know I'm getting ready to create a comic series, or thinking about creating one, where this guy goes to a world populated by beings I have dreamed about. It would be pretty diverse and alien.

I think from a design perspective you did the right thing. Blue or purple wouldn't have the same effect.
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mindflenzing Featured By Owner May 20, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A new one I take it.

Probably. With the brown jacket purple and blue are less fitting.
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jmsnooks Featured By Owner May 20, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yea a new one, where the main character would just be a regular guy not a superhero. The comic would basically be a long series of "what the crap?!" moments.

Well yes, with the costume brown and blue wouldn't go as good, but if you used the traditional colors you would also have to go with either brighter colors or black and I'm not sure how well that would fit your characters profile/personality.
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mindflenzing Featured By Owner May 20, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There is a bright yellow and the green has bright highlights. Black is too somber for this character. She's kinda like a talkative "Masshole" (jerks from Massachusetts). With Charisma as a dump stat being outgoing and talkative is not a virtue.
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