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Dark Star: Age of Magic - Helvetican Empire 2 by Crafty-Jack Dark Star: Age of Magic - Helvetican Empire 2 by Crafty-Jack

This is a drawing for a fantasy role-playing game that my brother ([link]) and I are creating for fun. This picture is one of the types of "classes" you can pick. It's basically similar to a ranger/fighter type class.

#2 pencil on paper

LONG DESCRIPTION (If you've seen my previous drawings for this RPG then you should know the first few paragraphs of that description are just cut and pasted here. Skip ahead to "NEW STUFF" to get to the text that talks about this specific drawing):

Oh...hey, there...glad you could join us. many fantasy worlds ours is loosely based on a quasi-European geography. My brother is creating the background stories for the Northlanders, who are, as you might suspect, heavily influenced by nordic cultures. I am working on the area to the south. In real-world terms it's kind of like a combination of the Holy Roman Empire (Medieval Germany) and the remnants of the actual Western Roman empire...all rolled into a once-great, but now declining civilization of feudal baronies owing allegiance to the emperor.

The arrival in the last century of a new kind of religion (our version of Christianity) has resulted in the formation of a variety of knightly orders (similar to the Templars, Teutonic Knights, Hospitallers, etc.). So, if your character is from the Helvetican Empire you don't pick a class you pick a knightly order with an assortment of specialties, perks, and penalties (long before Helvetica was the world's most popular font it was a tribe of Germanic the Goths or, I'm using a lot of parentheses in this description).

So...this picture shows the next knightly order I'm working on: the Knights Justicar (name is a work-in-progress). The Justicars' main tenet is the spreading of good works throughout the world. A young Justicar starts training with a sword at an early age. His (or her) training consists of the sword and a code of honor until they reach an age somewhere between 16 and 20 (depending upon their skill). The Justicar fencing schools are the best in Helvetica. Once their training is completed they go on a 7-year pilgrimage. The knight is not constrained to go to anyplace in particular, but is encouraged to travel far. Where ever they go, they look for injustice and fight against it. They live off the land and beg for food (or volunteer for odd jobs) when they need to. Their only possessions are their horse, armor, and longsword.

Once they have completed their pilgrimage they may choose to start a new one, or they can begin one of the many other jobs that a post-pilgrimage Justicar can perform (fencing instructor, custodian of a Justicar pilgrim temple, etc.). Every moon a Justicar is asked to check in at one of the order's way-stations. This is how the order can be mustered to fight as a battlefield unit for the Empire.

The guy in this drawing is a little older, so I'm guessing he's on his second or third pilgrimage. The horse is from reference: [link] and the knight is from a photo I took of myself in my back yard. The longsword is a distinctive weapon of the Justicar, but the shield is unusual. The symbol on it is from another order, and the Justicar probably took it from a knight he killed in an honor duel ("Oh, look's one of those high-and-mighty Justicar pansies...let's see how tough you ladies really arrrrrRRRRRRRGH!") Justicars are not ones to waste anything and have no qualms about salvaging from the dead.

Oh yeah....I have no patience for drawing backgrounds... so...yeah, sorry.

Once again....if you made it this far, thanks for the interest!
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Timata Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013
some real nice setting you drew. Enjoyed it alot
Crafty-Jack Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great! Thank you so much.
Luvecerviere Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013   Digital Artist
I'd really like to see this finished in color, shaded or inked. Nice composition.
Crafty-Jack Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Me too!

(...and thanks)
Luvecerviere Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013   Digital Artist
De nada!
Satroa Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing technique and posing :D gj
Crafty-Jack Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much!
Satroa Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your welcome :D
mrepicpony Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Student General Artist
WOW this is amazing!!!
Crafty-Jack Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I appreciate the feedback.
mrepicpony Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Student General Artist
sure! and indeed horses are very difficult especially in gallop.
Valarian-Warrior Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
Great work! Thanks for using my stock. :)
Crafty-Jack Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you...and it was my pleasure, thanks for making my work so easy for me. I can draw a person without reference, but anatomy-wise I don't know a horse from a donkey.
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