This post was supposed to post some time ago but I never got the Arbiter’s design done so it just sat around instead until I had the good sense to take the Arbiter out and put it in a new post.
The Orienter (Synthesis + Desolation) is a kind of living compass, with eight floating arms that each “point” to one of the Directed attributes. It has a great directional sense, and will gladly give directions to whoever wants them, drawing from what seems to be an uncannily great knowledge of the layout of the universe.
Here are the Arbiter in progress, Cragwing, and a quick Fuchsia I literally just drew, from one of many pages that’s been sitting in my folder way too long.
The former two I’m gonna describe a bit later in a Sangkara post but I may as well say a bit about Fuchsia you may not have gotten. She’s one of a number of side characters that played important roles in Aluma’s history; to be a bit more specific she was a superhero of sorts known as The Superpower, and the first of the Superpower archetype. In present times there’s at least one comic about “The Superpower” very loosely based on her, but almost everybody forgets it was based on an actual person. Kris, one of the main characters, was greatly influenced by this comic.
I’d had the basic idea for her design with the big poofy wing-shaped hair and the “feathered” cape for some time but then recently I found out about SU and realised it would make way more sense if Kris with her vague mineral theme admired somebody who also had a connection to minerals… so I shamelessly gave her a dark pink topaz stone clasp as a rôle object. :p
(Fun fact: Fuchsia is supposed to represent Faith, so her original name was Fiducia [trust/confidence in Latin], but that sounded like Fuchsia so I decided she’d probably go by that more often, and then fuchsia became the colour of Faith, so her gem is meant to match both her attribute and her name)
The stone is supposed to turn into a pair of big fragmented floating wings but I wasn’t in the mood to draw that at the moment.
Nosrock! I figure when something makes me design an entire creature, in this case the cragwing, it’s worthy of posting.
That’s it. That’s the cragwing. It’s literally just a slightly smooth protruding rock face with jagged stuff at the bottom and teeny, wispy wings at the side. And a tail of cloud because I didn’t know what to do with its tail. :p
I don’t know what it was about the brass in this song but it just immediately made me imagine a bunch of these things flying around high above looking completely incongruous (I thought the song/creature were Incongruity until I introduced Clarity, actually).