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One of these three isn't who they seem...and you may be surprised by the secrets they're all hiding. :evillaugh: But for now...it's a mystery :iconleleleplz:


If you watch me, you'll probably recognize Captain (left), Rum (center), and Lackadaisy (right, AKA "Lack", "Lackluster", "Lackey", "Lackwit" etc), who are characters from a story I've had floating around in my head for awhile now.

So Captain is shockingly NOT wearing his gray jacket today :o Sorry, ladies, I'm afraid this is as much of a strip tease as you're ever going to get from him...love life of a monk, and all that :doh: Also, there IS a reason why he seems to have -fish scales?- on his body, but I can't really explain without giving away one of the story's secrets. ;P Captain is the head-honcho of the main antagonists of the story; he fights Rum on numerous occasions, and although he should technically be her greatest enemy, the fact that Captain is a good guy trying to be a bad guy (because he's convinced that basically selling his soul to this organization will help control its evil members) makes it a tad confusing to figure out whose side he's actually on. He's rigidly moral about his personal life and takes himself a bit too seriously. He's fond of convoluted plots and chessmaster-type strategies, and this puts him at odds with Lack, who he dislikes for being ignorant, selfish, and disorganized. He keeps his nascent interest in Rum bottled up inside because he's just that kind of twerp :XD:

Rum has a power similar to waterbending and is capable of great of destruction, but she is terminally ill with an autoimmune disease that sometimes afflicts people in the world of the story (this is the reason for the dark circles under her eyes). Rum struggles to ignore the fact that all her vast power means nothing in the face of a body that's falling apart with her inside it. Her pain makes her desperate, and she spends a lot of time searching for something to fight for. Fortunately for the plot, she's not actually gonna die, since :XD: she is granted a reprieve from her death sentence in the form of the girl on the right, Lackadaisy, who has healing powers. Lackadaisy can't cure her, but through daily healings, she will be able to keep Rum alive indefinitely. Speaking of...

Lack is a petty thief and con artist who's in it for the lulz and doesn't care about the consequences. She's fun-loving, clever, and mischievous, but also greedy and manipulative. Her healing power is utterly wasted on her; instead of using her ability to selflessly help others, she extorts money out of people in desperate need of medical help and then still complains about what a lame power it is. She admires and covets Rum's destructive power, and she heals Rum in exchange for loyalty and "bodyguard services". This leads to a sort of co-dependence between the girls, with each relying on the other, yet neither one totally trusting the other. Rum especially fears that Lack will leave her, thus condemning her to death, but there's some indication that Rum is one of the few people that Lack actually likes enough never to abandon. Then again, it's really hard to tell with her...

Boy, it sure would be nice to know who to trust! :giggle:

Other work of them: Uncertain Loyalties by Acaciathorn Your Life and Mine by Acaciathorn
Tools: Photoshop CS3 and Opencanvas
Time: Longer than the life cycle of some insects
NaNo why have you forsaken me? :'(
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Characters from a story I've had floating around in my head for awhile now...

Their names are Captain (left), Rum (center), and Lackadaisy (right, AKA "Lack", "Lackluster", "Lackey", "Lackwit" etc). I won't give a full description of the world/plotline, in case I do end up writing it, but I'll give you a basic outline of their personalities and relationships:

Rum has a power similar to waterbending and is capable of tremendous acts of destruction, but she is terminally ill with an autoimmune disease that sometimes afflicts people in the world of the story (this is the reason for the dark circles under her eyes). Rum struggles to ignore the fact that all her vast power means nothing in the face of a body that's falling apart with her inside it. She is a girl who suffers a lot from fear and doubt, and she desperately searches for something to fight for. Fortunately for the plot, she's not actually gonna die. :XD: She is granted a reprieve from her death sentence in the form of the girl on the right, Lackadaisy, who has healing powers. Lackadaisy can't cure her, but through daily healings, she will be able to keep Rum alive indefinitely. Speaking of...

Lack is a petty thief and con artist who's in it for the lulz and doesn't care about the consequences. She's fun-loving, clever, and mischievous, but also greedy and manipulative. Her healing power is utterly wasted on her; instead of using her ability to selflessly help others, she extorts money out of people in desperate need of medical help and then still complains about what a lame power it is. She admires and covets Rum's destructive power, and she heals Rum in exchange for loyalty and "bodyguard services". This leads to a sort of co-dependence between the girls, with each relying on the other, yet neither one totally trusting the other. Rum especially fears that Lack will leave her, thus condemning her to death, but there's some indication that Rum is one of the few people that Lack actually likes enough never to abandon. Then again, it's really hard to tell with her...

To the left we have Captain, the guy I've been shoving in your faces for nearly a year now (for some reason he's looking especially like a Korean pop star today. In fact, if you really look at his pose here, you'll realize that he's poised to stroll straight out of the frame and launch into a badly dubbed boy band rendition of Singing in the Rain) ;P Anyway, my failure to draw masculine-looking men aside, let's get into his character. Captain is the head-honcho of the main antagonists of the story; he fights Rum on numerous occasions, and although he should technically be her greatest enemy, the fact that Captain is a good guy trying to be a bad guy (because he's convinced that basically selling his soul to this organization will help control its evil members) makes it a tad confusing to figure out whose side he's actually on. ;) He's rigidly moral about his personal life and takes himself a bit too seriously. He's fond of convoluted plots and chessmaster-type strategies, and this puts him at odds with Lack, who he dislikes for being ignorant, selfish, and disorganized. He keeps his feelings bottled up inside, but he's interested in Rum because she's doomed, and his robot brain finds her contradictory strength/weakness fascinating.


Please tell me what you think of their designs :iconsocuteplz: No critiques on the shading or anything, though, I just did this quick for fun...
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So long, and thanks for all the fish

GUYS....IT'S DONE!!!
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FIVE EFFING YEARS LATER, AND IT'S FINALLY DONE!

Thanks to everyone who read/commented/drew me art...the characters (and I) want to express our appreciation. :heart:

SENSE OF ACCOMPLISHMENT OVERWHEEEELLLMMMIIINNNGGGGGG
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Oh lord...I can't believe I never submitted this.

I drew this pic back in January(?), but I guess I hated it or something because I buried it on my C Drive.

I have absolutely no idea what was going through my mind when I drew this thing ^^; I'm gonna go crawl back into my corner now...


Jimmay (c) The great people at DNA Productions and the souless, merciless overlords of Viacom
Pic (c) an indeterminate mental state of mine
Dedicated to ~twisted-vision, because she draws all the really cute JN fanart while I draw all the really weird shit :doh:
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For :iconlochi: :iconsantaslittlesecret:

It's green and red because...well, it's Christmas! :w00t: I keep pushing myself to do more painterly-style pics...and I never seem to get any better ^^;

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This is why I don't draw backgrounds. :iconimdeadplz: I spent all my energy on the water and sand, so by the time I got to the clouds, I was just like :iconfuckitplz:

But hey...look who it is! :la: Lack and Rum have returned from their visit to the mighty kingdom of Neglectopia! These characters are from a story I've had floating around in my brain for a couple of years now. Recent events forced me to put the project on the back burner, but I haven't stopped mulling over (and hopefully refining) the concepts and characters. Right now I'm in the process of trying to negotiate the relationship between the two main protagonists, Lackadaisy (left) and Rum (right). I thought I'd had them pretty much figured out, but you know how OCs are...evolution is inevitable. I won't say anything about the plot and not just because I have jack shit in terms of direction, but I will give an updated run-down of the characters for anyone interested.

Because of Reasons™, Rum has a power similar to waterbending and is capable of tremendous acts of destruction. However, she is terminally ill with "Blight", an autoimmune disease that sometimes afflicts people in the world of the story. After a chance meeting with Lack, who has healing powers, she is granted a reprieve from her death sentence. Lackadaisy can't cure her, but through daily healings, she will be able to keep Rum alive indefinitely. Rum struggles to ignore the fact that all her vast power means nothing in the face of a body that's falling apart with her inside it. She believes deep down that the universe has dealt her an unfair hand, and so she becomes very angry whenever she encounters injustice in the world, often lashing out against those responsible with savage force. The rest of the time, she is reluctant to use her fighting abilities, a fact which annoys Lack to no end. Rum is an existentially tormented character who frequently withdraws into herself to escape her physical pain; she spends a lot of time pondering the big questions without ever really arriving at any answers. Despite her suffering, or perhaps because of it, she is an equal fan of gallows humor and the quiet moments of wonder which can be found in everyday occurrences.

Lack is a former street child and current petty criminal who's in it for the lulz and doesn't care about the consequences. She's quick-witted, fun-loving, and roguishly charming, but also selfish and irresponsible. She has problems with gambling and impulse control, and she exhibits a lust for power that disconcerts her far less ambitious friend. Her healing power is wasted on her; instead of using her ability to selflessly help others, she extorts money out of people in desperate need of medical help (with the exception of homeless/destitute people, whom she heals for free - her motto is "if they can pay through the gills, they should"). Lack doesn't give a shit if her actions hurt others, but she never goes out of her way to be cruel...unlike Rum, who when outraged can turn into a borderline sadist. Lack admires and covets this destructive power, and she heals Rum in exchange for loyalty and "bodyguard services". This leads to a sort of co-dependence between the girls, with each relying on the other, yet neither one totally trusting the other. In the picture, I tried to show this interdependence using the ball and chain, which symbolizes Rum's inability to break free of her partner.

^_^ Anyway, I came up with the idea for these two while imagining what chronic illness would look like in a fantasy setting. Anyone who's ever suffered through persistent sickness knows what it feels like to rely on some external force for your health (for example, a prescription medicine). Dependency of this sort induces a persistent background anxiety that seeps through every crack in your mental barrier. As long as you have your meds, you're OK, but you know darn well what would happen if you were to ever lose access. Your whole existence feels like it's balanced precariously on the edge of a knife. I wanted to take this anxiety and personify it...so I asked myself, what if the "medicine" was another person, with all their accompanying foibles and complexities? How much more terrifying would it be to exist perpetually in the palm of someone else's hand? Would it be possible to become friends with that individual? Best friends? How would either party react to the threat of separation, even temporary? What would happen if one of them fell in love? There are so many cool possibilities to explore...I hope I get to write this someday!

Oh, and just incase you ingrates get any ideas...

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When you tell everyone you're a criminal, sometimes you have to act like one. ;) He doesn't really like straight-up slicing 'n dicing people, he prefers more convoluted plots, but hey...sometimes you gotta take one for the team :XD:

My OC, Captain, again (what's with all the artwork of him lately?) Anyway, this one was drawn by the incomparable danzzila, who is so awesome I'm sure you already have a shrine in your closet dedicated to him. :worship:

Carry on :dance: :w00t: :party: :boogie: :love:

Captain: The Suicide King by Acaciathorn Captain: Values Dissonance by Acaciathorn Doubtful Conviction by Acaciathorn I'm Not Your Ally by Acaciathorn The Cold Throne by Acaciathorn Futility by Acaciathorn
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...because it's suicide to try to fight him :iconheeplz:

A little something for myself, as a break from all the commissions I've been doing lately. My OC Captain, a self-proclaimed criminal and something of a military genius. :love:

A Governor's son, Captain grew up watching his dad get away with all sorts of nasty crimes. His dad was scumbag who exploited the populace and squashed anyone who got in his way, all while maintaining an appearance of righteousness and legitimacy that made him immensely popular among the people he was mistreating. Captain was destined to become Governor himself, but the boy was so terrified of growing corrupt that he decided to just jump the gun and become a criminal before that could happen. Ya, nobody else sees the logic in that either :XD:
Captain is far from being an idealist - rather than seeking to reform society (an endeavor he considers futile), he hopes to fight evil with evil, replacing violent crime and disorder with more controlled, organized crime. He's afraid of his military abilities and his potential as a "good-guy" leader because he fears that, if given legitimate power and trust, he would exploit it.
He takes himself a bit too seriously for his own good, and his laid-back villainy sometimes devolves into belligerent grumpiness when he is teased or when his beliefs are successfully challenged. He really could make a positive difference in the world if he would just give himself the chance. Too bad he's already given up on that angle...

Captain (c) Me
Sorry about the background

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Futility by Acaciathorn  The Cold Throne by Acaciathorn 
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Um so obviously I didn't draw this...
shuangwen drew it for me after I won 1st place in HisanaKuchiki's contest awhile back. My cousin kyosgirl11 personally requested that I upload it to my gallery, and I can never say no to her plus I've noticed that a lot of my watchers think he's hot. Especially you twinklingtara.

Captain (c) me
Pic (c) shuangwen
Other, less skillfully drawn pics of Captain made by me:
Captain: The Suicide King by AcaciathornUncertain Loyalties by Acaciathorn Captain: Values Dissonance by Acaciathorn I'm Not Your Ally by Acaciathorn  The Cold Throne by Acaciathorn  Futility by Acaciathorn
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So I saw The Croods the other day, and it reminded me of a little novelette I wrote when I was maybe 12 or 13 years old (during my "obsessed with prehistory" phase). I tore apart my desk looking for my old notebooks, but I wasn't able to find the finished story. I did, however, find a whole folder full of chapter drafts and concept notes.
The plot itself was pretty prosaic (middle school wasn't exactly the height of my compositional glory :XD:), but I was struck by how damn creative I was when it came to imagining the world and culture of the characters. I've always had a huge boner for anthropology, so even as a young'un I devoted a disproportionate amount of time to describing the societal customs of fictional people ^^; I was so impressed by my own nerdiness that I decided to give a special gift to my past self – concept sketches of the main characters! :la: *wipes away tear* I'm so good to me

For anyone who's interested, I'm including a TL;DR section explaining a bit more about the setting – an ice-age-esque world ruled by superstition, populated by megafauna, and replete with magic that isn't really magic at all. Read on if you're so inclined! :reading:

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The People of the Woodlands and the People of the Steppe
The story takes place at the intersection of two major landscapes: a forested mountain region, and the adjoining expanse of steppe (think arid prairie). Two separate confederations of tribes occupy the two areas. The People of the Woodlands are a semi-sedentary collection of villages who enjoy access to a veritable smorgasbord of resources: plenty of food, water, minerals, trade routes, you name it. The People of the Steppe consist mostly of nomadic hunter-gatherers and herders who eke out a bleaker existence from the challenging terrain. Although the two groups share many of the same beliefs and even the same language, their customs and appearances differ enough to cause conflict.
In the past, whenever things got particularly rough out on the prairie (i.e. famine, drought, trade disruption, whatever), the People of the Steppe would swoop down on the Woodlands to steal supplies and take captives. Hardened by their difficult lifestyle and aided by their ferocious domesticate, the saber-tooth dog, the People of the Steppe historically had the advantage despite their inferior numbers. Even though there have been no raids in years, the People of the Woodlands still fear their neighbors. To them, Steppe people represent savagery, dark magic, and strength at its cruelest. Men and women from the Steppe occasionally show up and demand goods or even wives and husbands (the harsher conditions of the prairie mean that the population is smaller, and as a result they're always in need of more warm bodies ;P), and the Woodlands folks are so afraid of reprisal that they just comply without protest.
Sah (the protagonist) and Bidki are sisters from a village in the forested mountain region, while Aiden and his pet saber-tooth dog Cannavar come from the Steppe. This is the starting point for the shitty plot, which I will explicate further in just a moment.

Talent as “Magic” - Superstition and Religious Belief
But first...hocus-pocus! The people in the story make no distinction between the natural and the supernatural; what we would today call “skills” or “talents” are, to them, magical gifts. Someone with a lovely singing voice would be said to have song magic, for example, while a good hunter would have hunting magic. A person with a knack for making tasty meals would have food magic, an individual with a talent for fighting or warfare would have killing magic, and so on and so forth, for pretty much any conceivable ability.
People consider their magics to be a core part of their identities and talk about them in much the same way that modern day people brag about their careers. The community holds these “magics” in high esteem, and society rewards those individuals who display an inordinate number of them and/or who possess the ones that are in high demand (like healing, for instance). This emphasis on talent leads to a hierarchy based on merit – people who are born awesome or who develop their abilities through hard work have an opportunity for social advancement. However, permanent advancements often cannot be completed alone, meaning that family groups rise or fall together based on the collective achievements of their members. Basically, if you've got one derpy loser in the family, it drags everyone down :slow:
Also, because a person's sex does not determine his or her talents, division of labor is not based on gender. This is especially true among the people of the steppe; the folks living in the woodlands occasionally “encourage” certain magics in girls and others in boys, but there is effectively no barrier stopping either sex from participating in their field of interest.
The characters' patchwork clothing is also related to this overarching mythology. Members of both the woodland and steppe tribes believe that animals have their own forms of magic, and that by wearing the skins of these animals, humans are able to “absorb” some of their protective qualities. Stronger creatures are generally preferable, but also harder to get – so in a pinch, mimicry will suffice. Aiden, for example, is wearing a saber-tooth dog pelt around his waist. The girls, who do not live on the steppe and thus do not have access to saber-tooth dogs, still have bits of striped hide incorporated into their outfits – but it's not the genuine article. The cloth is designed to simulate the appearance (and the useful properties) of the real deal. In other words, Sah and Bidki are wearing knock-offs, while Aiden has the designer brand ;)
The patchwork clothing also functions as a status conveyor. Obviously in ancient times textiles were more difficult to produce than they are today, meaning that only those individuals with access to considerable resources would be able to afford lots of different types of fabric. This holds true in the world of the story, where people show off their affluence by wearing clothing made from as many materials as possible. Poor folks might have outfits made from only two or three different kinds of animal hides, whereas rich people could be expected to don the garment equivalent of a mosaic. Based on their clothing, Bidki and Sah could probably best be described as “middle class”, whereas Aiden would rank slightly higher on the social scale.

When Sah and Bidki Met Aiden and Cannavar :laughing:
Ah, right, the characters. Sah is a born problem solver who approaches life as through it were a series of puzzles that need to be worked out. This mindset has bolstered her ability to think flexibly and to craft novel approaches to difficult situations. During one particularly lean winter as a child, for example, Sah noticed the graceful, brutal efficiency of falcons and hawks on the hunt, and she thought, “why aren't we making use of that?” That spring, she climbed some trees, raided a couple of nests, raised the chicks herself, devised a way to train them, and then put them to work chasing small game...basically, she invented the sport of falconry in one fell swoop, if you'll pardon the pun. :rofl: It is this accomplishment – her aptly-named “falcon magic” – that earns her the most respect, although it's really just an outgrowth of her solution magic. Sah's elder sister Bidki is one of those warm, compassionate individuals that it's literally impossible not to like. She possesses plant magic and is adept at crafting herbal remedies, and at the beginning of the story she's happily betrothed to the dude she's been in love with since childhood *collective “awwww”*
Aaaand now for the crappy plot, :poo: which is kind of a cross between an ethnography, a survival manual, and a cheesy romance novel, lol *Ahem* Everything's going great for Sah, Bidki, and their extended kin group, until one day a boy and his dog show up at their encampment...and by a boy and his dog, I mean a scarily silent young man with a skull mask and a HUGE predatory canine with teeth like friggin steak knives. :XD: All the boy has to do is point toward the two sisters, and in an instant the horrified parents know that he means to have one of them as his wife. To the girls, it's like something out of a nightmare – their whole lives they've heard horror stories of the men and women who were forced to marry pillagers from the Steppe. It's worse for Bidki, however, because custom dictates that the elder sister must marry first, and that means she's the one up to bat for team Life Ruiner. As soon as the boy leaves, Bidki retires to her tent, physically sickened by anxiety and heartbreak. Basically, the family is up shit creek without a paddle, because they literally believe that this boy (like all Steppe people) possesses destructive magic that he will unleash if he is not pacified – powers that would not only bring disaster down on their family, but on the entire settlement as well. In other words, as responsible citizens it is their duty to fork over a daughter and preserve the greater good.
Seeing her sister's misery, Sah quickly comes to the conclusion that she should be the one to “take one for the team”, not Bidki. Solution-oriented as ever, Sah sneaks out and follows the boy's tracks to his makeshift camp in the forest. She sends her falcon ahead to distract the dog, then waltzes right out of the trees and confronts the guy, who is so taken aback that he nearly trips over his own fire pit. Sah launches straight into negotiations, appealing to his emotional side by explaining Bidki's predicament, then appealing to his practical side by listing all her potential assets as a wife. He's like, “Um...hi? I'm Aiden? Derp” and she's like “kcool we'll discuss this arrangement further tomorrow.”
Long story short, they meet again, and Aiden turns out to be kind of a silly sweetheart who is all-too-relieved to not have to play the role of villainous wife-stealer. Aiden tells Sah that conditions on the prairie are so difficult that Steppe people have no choice but to prey upon Woodland settlements. He also sheepishly admits that his people do not possess extra-destructive magic of any kind, but rather rely on their fearsome reputations to get what they want/need. By his own admission, Aiden is not exactly an “intimidating” person (even his giant fangèd dog is a total pushover), so he compensates by wearing a scary skull mask and keeping his mouth shut whenever possible. Anyway, he and Sah hit it off right away, and they concoct a scheme to preserve his barbaric reputation and paint Sah as a tragic heroine. They stage this whole public spectacle where he threatens the lives of everyone in the village, and Sah pretends to offer herself up like a sheep for slaughter, thereby ensuring that she (and by extension, her family) receive plenty of “martyr street cred”. :giggle: Sah doesn't want Bidki to feel guilty, however, so she lets her sister in on the truth before she leaves for good. She vows, rather grandiosely, to “fix the Steppe” and then return with Aiden someday.
It's a 3+ week journey back to Aiden's family settlement out on the Steppe, and on the way Sah learns a lot about her new husband-to-be (his parents need to perform a marriage ritual before it can be official). Like all Steppe people, Aiden possesses creature magic and has a deep bond with his pet/pack animal/life companion Cannavar. Aiden's magic involves tool-making and handicrafts, but he's always lived in the shadow of his older brother and sister, who made advantageous marriages and possess powerful hunting and navigation magic. Even his younger sister enjoys a higher status in the family group because she possesses “vision magic”...what we would today call epilepsy. Sah is eager to meet everyone and prove her usefulness, but when the two of them finally arrive at the encampment, things take a dark turn.
Aiden's relatives are nowhere to found. All of their stuff is right where they left it, but the entire extended family is simply gone – vanished without a trace. To make matters worse, winter is fast approaching, and snowstorms on the Steppe are always brutal. With no kinship network to rely on for sustenance and protection, Aiden and Sah's chances for survival suddenly look very bleak. Will the young couple be able to fend for themselves during the winter? Will they ever find out what happened to Aiden's family? What exactly are the issues plaguing the Steppe, and will Sah be able to solve any of them? And most importantly, just how awkward can things get when you're living in a cave with an extremely likeable guy you're technically not married to yet? :blush: Unfortunately I don't know the precise answers to these questions, because the notes I found only outline the beginning and middle of the story, and I simply cannot remember how it all turns out (I did write this thing over a decade ago, after all). So, looks like the story ends on a cliffhanger...for now. Sorry! ^^;

Anyway, thanks a million to anyone who managed to slog through this whole thing. I'm heartily impressed by your commitment to reading my dribble. You have earned my undying affection and admiration. :hug: :cuddle: :glomp: :love:
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