Emblematic

Many scattered thoughts, often about Fire Emblem

…huh, is it Radical-Dreamer? Excellent artist, and I can see the style resemblance, but I checked that blog and didn’t find it.

I am so clueless when it comes to art. >_>

If anyone knows the source for this, I would be very grateful; I couldn’t find it already on tumblr anywhere.
I find it very neat, though. Costume swaps are always fun, she looks like she has a personality, and I like that the Brand of the Exalt is so prominent. It’s easy to miss, but it’s nice to occasionally have a reminder of that unearthly sign in her eye.
I imagine it might even become creepy to see her looking at you through the Brand: but creepy or not, it’s part of who she is.
…I wonder if this person ever drew Robin in Lucina’s clothes? And was it m!Robin or f!Robin? Could always do both!

If anyone knows the source for this, I would be very grateful; I couldn’t find it already on tumblr anywhere.

I find it very neat, though. Costume swaps are always fun, she looks like she has a personality, and I like that the Brand of the Exalt is so prominent. It’s easy to miss, but it’s nice to occasionally have a reminder of that unearthly sign in her eye.

I imagine it might even become creepy to see her looking at you through the Brand: but creepy or not, it’s part of who she is.

…I wonder if this person ever drew Robin in Lucina’s clothes? And was it m!Robin or f!Robin? Could always do both!

oracleether:

That was my one problem with Bravely Default.

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Can I just say that I stalled out and was unable to finish Bravely Default, for this exact reason? I like the gameplay, I liked the characters, I was interested in the plot… but after the second time, I just had no patience for doing that again. It was cheap, lazy padding.

mewiyev:

Watercolour & digital Lucia, from Fire Emblem

You know, it’s rare for me to find a picture of Lucia I really like…
But I think this one may be perfect.

mewiyev:

Watercolour & digital Lucia, from Fire Emblem

You know, it’s rare for me to find a picture of Lucia I really like…

But I think this one may be perfect.

oracleether:

One Elincia graphic edit for Irandrura.



Firstly, many thanks to Oracle Ether for doing this image for me: go and check out her blog if you haven’t already!
My ulterior motive for this is that I’ve been playing a lot of Civ V using the Tellius beorc civilisations (from here), and have been enjoying a few games with Crimea. More thoughts about them later.
But what I would highlight is that I didn’t tell Oracle which picture of Elincia I was interested in a graphic of. There’s lots of official art of Elincia: FE9-civilian, FE9-military, FE10, FE13. As it happens, Oracle picked my favourite one, and I think that one is the most popular official image of her.
Why?
I think the FE10 version is the strongest picture of Elincia. It is the only one that shows her as a reigning queen, and it is the most confident and capable of the images. The civilian orange dress shows Elincia as innocent and inexperienced. The armoured version with a heal staff still shows her in a definite support role. And the less said about FE13 female character art the better. Only the FE10 version shows someone who has fully come into her authority as a leader of her nation.
Incidentally, I just realised that none of the Crimean four made it on to my old Tellius top ten list. That is a disgrace.

oracleether:

One Elincia graphic edit for Irandrura.

Firstly, many thanks to Oracle Ether for doing this image for me: go and check out her blog if you haven’t already!

My ulterior motive for this is that I’ve been playing a lot of Civ V using the Tellius beorc civilisations (from here), and have been enjoying a few games with Crimea. More thoughts about them later.

But what I would highlight is that I didn’t tell Oracle which picture of Elincia I was interested in a graphic of. There’s lots of official art of Elincia: FE9-civilian, FE9-military, FE10, FE13. As it happens, Oracle picked my favourite one, and I think that one is the most popular official image of her.

Why?

I think the FE10 version is the strongest picture of Elincia. It is the only one that shows her as a reigning queen, and it is the most confident and capable of the images. The civilian orange dress shows Elincia as innocent and inexperienced. The armoured version with a heal staff still shows her in a definite support role. And the less said about FE13 female character art the better. Only the FE10 version shows someone who has fully come into her authority as a leader of her nation.

Incidentally, I just realised that none of the Crimean four made it on to my old Tellius top ten list. That is a disgrace.

Apropos of nothing

1) Your orc shaman character is a minor villain from the comic and not Thrall? The hell, Blizzard?

2) Stop trying to make it look as if Rehgar is/was a gladiator. Rehgar is a slavemaster. He didn’t fight in the arena: he bought and abducted people and forced them to fight to the death in the arena, against their will, for his own profit. Rehgar is an evil scumbag; the primary difference between Rehgar Earthfury and Aedelas Blackmoore is skin colour! But I guess that makes all the difference, right?

So my Wii U and a few games were stolen a while back, including my copy of FE10.

Here I go looking for replacements…

Would anyone like to explain to me why FE10 is now over a hundred dollars?

It wasn’t that popular, was it? Just a few years back it was sitting in preowned shelves for $30 or so, and let’s be honest here, it has terrible production values, terrible acting, and a hatchet-job of a translation. Everything about it smacked of cheapness.

It shouldn’t be this expensive, dangit! What the heck happened?

Did everyone just wake up over night and realise that it was the best FE game ever? I mean, I think it probably is, but I was supposed to be in the minority on that! All you kids today are meant to love your FE13, while the nostalgic appreciation is meant to be for FE7, or FE4 for the grognards. I guess people really liked Ike in SSB, but still…

Bah.

I’m going to have to pay a lot of money to reacquire it, because I like it so much. :(

Ah, hang on, Chrom is Robin’s final smash, isn’t he? Pair up? It would make sense as a companion to Marth’s critical hit and Ike’s burning-fiery-thing-of-doom: each character’s ultimate weapon from the games. And Robin and Chrom are so close, even to the point of it being really uncomfortable, that he’d have to show up.

And then a lot of Lucina’s moves look the same as Marth’s, so she might just be an alternate skin, or a very similar clone of him (cf. Roy).

That would take it down to three real FE characters in the game, all with distinct play-styles (Marth/Lucina: quick and stabby, Ike: slow and slashy, Robin: depleting store of limited use items), which seems more reasonable for a minor Nintendo franchise.

So, we now have… Lucina and Robin? Plus Chrom and f!Robin? I get the impression the latter two might be reskins, though.

Am I the only one who got a Lucina/Robin ship feel from it as well? That works for me!

Let’s see, other comments… Captain Falcon can parry sword strikes with his fists, which is pretty cool. Really, though, I’m just surprised they’ve included at least four different FE characters. Six if you count Chrom and f!Robin. FE isn’t that prominent a Nintendo series.

You know, I quite like composite Zeldas: melding all the different games’ versions into one, or where the artist creates his or her own version of the Zelda character. Each game has its own Zelda, but there is an archetype running through them all, so that they are all recognisably the same character. Creating your own interpretation of that archetype is fascinating to me.
I like the portrait style as well. She looks very impassive; this feels like the sort of sketch the court artist would produce before making an official portrait. The impassivity and serenity of the expression leaves you to wonder what she’s thinking: I look at this picture and see a Zelda aware of the fact that she’s being sketched. Does she find it tiresome? Just another duty? I wonder.
And what’s going on with the leaf ornamentation? Hylians are not Wood Elves; Zelda is not a Kokiri. I believe it’s only TP-Zelda who has a tiara with leaf patterns on it, reminiscent of the laurel wreath of victory. A crown of leaves could connote oneness with nature; or it could connote military victory and strength. If Zelda’s father united Hyrule through warfare (as in the OoT backstory), incorporating victory laurels into royal imagery has a slightly threatening undertone.
Or maybe it’s just there to be pretty.

You know, I quite like composite Zeldas: melding all the different games’ versions into one, or where the artist creates his or her own version of the Zelda character. Each game has its own Zelda, but there is an archetype running through them all, so that they are all recognisably the same character. Creating your own interpretation of that archetype is fascinating to me.

I like the portrait style as well. She looks very impassive; this feels like the sort of sketch the court artist would produce before making an official portrait. The impassivity and serenity of the expression leaves you to wonder what she’s thinking: I look at this picture and see a Zelda aware of the fact that she’s being sketched. Does she find it tiresome? Just another duty? I wonder.

And what’s going on with the leaf ornamentation? Hylians are not Wood Elves; Zelda is not a Kokiri. I believe it’s only TP-Zelda who has a tiara with leaf patterns on it, reminiscent of the laurel wreath of victory. A crown of leaves could connote oneness with nature; or it could connote military victory and strength. If Zelda’s father united Hyrule through warfare (as in the OoT backstory), incorporating victory laurels into royal imagery has a slightly threatening undertone.

Or maybe it’s just there to be pretty.

(Source: tyaren.deviantart.com)