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A simple posed Calidius for his mandatory reference sheet update over on #EmpiresBeforeClans. He's my awesome Ice Empire gladiator who's mates with =stray-thought's Ceres <33

;A; This is the first thing I've been able to sit down and finish after everything that happened last week. It's simple but it felt so nice being able to concentrate enough to work on artwork again. Hopefully over the next few days, I'll be able to clear out the amount of stuff I've let pile up and get some more artwork finished. c: You've all been awesome for waiting on me btw! Thank you


Calidius, EBC, and art © Firestar // =KaiserTiger 2007 - 2012
Time: 3-5 hours
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Meet Aries, my fourth and final character for #EmpiresBeforeClans!

Now come on? You didn't expect me to NOT make a cheetah character for my own group, did you? :B I really didn't want to make her a king cheetah, since everyone made their cheetah characters king cheetahs, but it was the only thing that really worked with her design. I'm really happy with the way she turned out though. <33

Everything you need to know about her should be on her application/ref sheet, which I'll finish updating after I sleep! D:


Aries and EBC © Firestar // =KaiserTiger 2007 - 2012
Time: 5 hours
Characters: Aries of Shadow Empire

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Another new EBC character! :dummy: His name's Ryusei and he'll be a cub of Fire Empire. I won't ramble on a ton of stuff about him right now but you can always go read his profile if you're super interested.

This art is a couple months old~ I think I drew this back in September so it's not new. c: I'll have new art up in the few days hopefully. School's been a pain now that we're nearing the end of the semester. :P


Ryusei, art, EBC © Firestar // =KaiserTiger 2007 -2012

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Valon in his basic armor for the mandatory ref sheet update, which you can see here now:

;A; You guys don't know how attached I've gotten to Valon's character. He's up there with Kasa and Manjy now. <33 Secret santa's this year are going to be all him and Kasa, I just know. xDD


Valon, EBC, and art © Firestar // =KaiserTiger 2007 - 2012
Time: 4-5 hours

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Valon sat quietly on the night chilled rock, lifting his head to point his whiskers into the western breeze that tickled his fur. He heard his mate softly shift her paws as she settled down just behind him, her face turned in the direction of the rising sun. There the two servals sat in silence for several moments before the leader finally spoke.

"You know what they say, right? Red skies in the morning, felines take warning. Change is on the way." Valon paused and glanced up at a golden cloud, "I have a feeling it's more than just the weather this time."


Valon's assignment for this month. Scouting good hunting spots is important and since Air Empire is full of high rocks that provide good vantage points, Air cats scout often. So here's Valon and his mate Avita scouting the early morning to decide which way their hunting patrol should travel later in the day. However, Valon seems to have a lot that's on his mind.

This also kinda goes along with a picture Dapple gave me a few weeks back. (which you guys should totally check out btw. <3 It's sweet)

And sorry for the lack of art btw~ I always get this weird artblock right after I go back to school every year! D|

Valon, EBC © Firestar // =KaiserTiger 2007 - 2012
Avita © ~DappledSun
Time: 10-12 hours

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Name: Nero

Gender: Male

Species: African Serval (Leptailurus serval)

Rank: Cub

Dominant: serval spots [AA]; tone-toned nose [Aa]; large ears [Aa]; orange eyes [Aa]

Recessive: white ear dots [aa]; two-toned pelt [aa]; lighter paws [aa]; white paws [aa]

Carrier Blond hair tuft [Aa]; blue eyes [Aa]; white chest [Aa]
[['Carrier' traits are not shown! They are the combinations that could have been but weren’t]]

Personality & Background

[Cautious] [Patient] [Dreamer]

[ C a u t i o u s ]
Caution is this serval's middle name practically. Unlike his father, he actually thinks before he jumps head first into any situation, weighing out every possibility before he acts. In the future, this will prove to be a gifted asset.

[ P a t i e n t ]
Nero has patience and lots of it. He can put up with the most annoying of felines from any Empire without saying a word. It takes something major for him to get angry and blow a cork but once you do, back off! He may know how to hide his emotions well but he won't let himself be stepped on either.

[ D r e a m e r ]
Nero shares the same dream as his father: to be the best. While he's not as ambitious as his father and doesn't share his dreams out loud, he's still driven to reach the top of the social latter. It doesn't matter how long it'll take him to get there either. He knows he's going places.

Nero is son of Valon, Air Empire's leader, and Avita. He is more cautious and shy than his more outspoken brother Vulcan, though he's not the kind to let others step all over him either. He'll speak up for himself when he needs to. Nero has an air of authority to him, even as a young cub, and is always able to handle a tough situation when they arise.

Even though he spends a lot of time with his mom with Valon takes care of his leadership duties, Nero learns a lot from his father and what it takes to run an Empire. He dreams of growing up one day to become just like him. However, he does tend to boast he's the son of the leader quite often and usually tries to use that as an excuse to get out of trouble.

Nero was born as a free serval to parents Valon and Avita. He knows nothing of the struggles both his parents or the other of the Empire have had to face into order to gain their free status, however, he'll learn to fear and fight against Bounty Hunters just like his parents.

Random Facts, Quirks, and Fears

- Yet to be developed!

Training, Mentors, & Apprentices

Past Mentor(s): ---

Current Apprentice: ---

Past Apprentices: ---

[[Training]] Nero will receive training as an apprentice in Air Empire when he's old enough.

Family & Relations


Mate: None
Cubs: None


------ Father: Valon
    Alive; Leader of Air Empire

------ Mother: Avita
    Alive; Gladiator of Air Empire

------ Siblings: Vulcan
    Alive; Cub in Air Empire

Other family ties:
:bulletblue: Nairo; distant relation
:bulletblue: Jenga; distant descendant

:bulletwhite: = Neutral
:bulletblue: = Friend
:bulletgreen: = Close Friend
:bulletyellow: = Crush
:bulletpink: = Love
:bulletred: = Dislike/Hate
:bulletorange: = Family/Mate
:bulletblack: = Jealous
:bulletpurple: = Respect

Air Empire:

:bulletpurple:/:bulletorange: Valon
"Did you know I'm the son of a Leader? Yep! Valon's my father and he's the leader of Air Empire! I know he's usually busy taking care of the Empire and everything and I hardly get to spend any time with him but I know he has a super important job. I really look up to my dad and I hope to grow up to be just like him some day."

:bulletpurple:/:bulletorange: Avita
"Avita's my mother and I couldn't ask for anyone better. I always spend a lot more time with her since dad's always busy with Empire stuff and all but I don't mind. Avita is a lot more patient with me and my brother."

:bulletpurple:/:bulletorange: Vulcan
"Hehe, I love my brother Vulcan more than any other cat in Air Empire besides my parents! He's a lot like Valon in that he tends to rush into things without thinking them through a lot of time but that's okay, as long as we don't get into trouble. I know we'll always be together."

:bulletorange:/:bulletblue: Velafor
"My dad says my uncle Vel is a troublemaker but I think he'll be a lot of fun to play with. He tends to jump right into things like my dad does sometimes but overall I like him!"

Empire Statistics & Empire Points

Empire Statistics:
Empire Points: 0 EP
Stealth: -
Intelligence: -
Strength: -
Defense: -
Speed: -
Stamina: -

Wanted Status

Nero would make the perfect bait for the Hunters to use to lure Valon or Avita to them, but otherwise he's not wanted.

Armor & Items


Nero won't receive any real armor until he's an apprentice

Nero has no current personal items!

Nero © Firestar // KaiserTiger 2007 - 2012

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With me already back in school having to do homework again, I truly feel like summer is over, even if the weather outside doesn't show it. Don't get me wrong! I like fall with all the leaves changing colors and stuff. It's just, I could live in summer forever and I always hate when it's over. </3

This was also inspired by *kitchiki's recent vent piece too. [link] Ugh, her and I are pretty much feeling the exact same atm. :/ I had an issue at school where my college adviser pretty much forced me to drop a class I was really looking forward so I could take one I apparently needed for my major. This class was the only one I was really eager to take this semester too. I was not happy and I'm still not.

Anyway, here's a Kasa. :meow:


Kasa and art © Firestar // =KaiserTiger 2007 - 2012
Time: 2-3 hours
Character: Kasa cheetah
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A quick little Valon clipart I did to update his ref. His last ref just bugged me and since we're trying to get that group back up and running, I figured a nice new pic was needed. xD

I ended up taking away his shoulder armor. It always made him look a bit wonky before, but I'm really happy with his design now. :meow: I love servals. <3

If anyone wants to join #EmpiresBeforeClans, we're desperately looking for new members! A lot of spots were opened after the last activity check and now we barely have enough characters to keep empires going. If you like roleplaying, at least check it out for me please! It'd mean a lot. <3


Valon and art © Firestar // KaiserTiger 2007 - 2012
Time: couple hours

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Valon's assignment for June/July! The Air Empire leader gathered up several apprentices accompanied by a couple gladiators and went out for a quick training session. Valon's obviously showing off his fighting techniques during a sparring match between him and Jace, hoping the young cats will learn something in the process.

What a lot of felines don't know is that Valon was the master of defeating opponents a lot larger than him back during his days in the Coliseum. He was trained to be a self reliant, ruthless killer and earned his owner a lot of gold by being so. He's certainly not as blood thirsty now, especially since he's Air Empire leader and all, though it's been extremely hard for him to abandon all the habits he learned by being a prized fighter.

After a long while of being kept in check, these traits are just now starting to resurface during the current rps, making several cats really suspicious of Valon and his motives.

- -

Ugh, this was one of those pictures where the more I worked on it, the more and more I didn't like it. D| I'm not sure why! alkdjkf but Valon's assignment it done and I can move onto more commissions now. c:


Benga © ~Jaggedyanne
Marius © *Moonlight-Catty
Apollo © ~XxSoaringHeartxX
Nairo © ~Skylerra
Jace © ~Hawkrend
Valon, EBC, and art © Firestar // =KaiserTiger 2007 - 2012
Time: 10-12 hours

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Marcellus slowly edged his way through the tall grasses of Lightning Empire's northern territories, keeping his body as close to the ground as he could manage. The scent of rabbit drifted tantalizingly across every breeze until finally the young caracal spotted his gray furred target. He stopped and readied his paws for the pounce, one he knew needed to be fast for such quick prey.

As Marcellus waited for just the right moment, the words of his mentor echoed through his head; "Today's your solo hunt, Marcellus. You either pass or fail your hunting training depending on your actions today. Use everything I've taught you." The caracal's whiskers bristled with excitement. He wanted nothing more than to become a Lightning Empire gladiator and completing this would put him one step closer.

He was not going to miss this time!

...and he didn't because now Marcellus is done with his hunting training! :dummy:

Still fighting art block. Gah, I have had no inspiration what so ever to sit down and draw lately. :/ Sorry guys. I have a couple full picture commissions that I know I need to get to so I decided to do something with a quick background to get me back into the mood of doing full pics, then this happened. x3

Yes, I did draw/ink/color every single blade of grass here. xD A looot of work but I like the effect better.

Marcellus and art © Firestar // =KaiserTiger 2007 - 2012
Time: 6-7 hours
Character: Marcellus; apprentice for Lightning Empire; caracal

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