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Ahren - The 13th Paladin book cover by dracolychee Ahren - The 13th Paladin book cover :icondracolychee:dracolychee 5 0 Where Dragons Lie book cover by dracolychee Where Dragons Lie book cover :icondracolychee:dracolychee 1 0 Loki by dracolychee Loki :icondracolychee:dracolychee 2 3 Book Cover: Schnee und Liebe by dracolychee Book Cover: Schnee und Liebe :icondracolychee:dracolychee 0 0 Book cover: Anevay and Robert by dracolychee Book cover: Anevay and Robert :icondracolychee:dracolychee 1 0 Book cover: The Broken Sword by dracolychee Book cover: The Broken Sword :icondracolychee:dracolychee 1 0 November: Lene and Vam P by dracolychee November: Lene and Vam P :icondracolychee:dracolychee 1 2 Book cover scribble by dracolychee Book cover scribble :icondracolychee:dracolychee 5 7 Book Cover: Feenzauber by dracolychee Book Cover: Feenzauber :icondracolychee:dracolychee 2 2 Rhapsody: Satyr by dracolychee Rhapsody: Satyr :icondracolychee:dracolychee 4 2 Rhapsody: Adventurer by dracolychee Rhapsody: Adventurer :icondracolychee:dracolychee 3 0 Rhapsody: Warrior archetype by dracolychee Rhapsody: Warrior archetype :icondracolychee:dracolychee 7 0 Book Cover: City on the Edge by dracolychee Book Cover: City on the Edge :icondracolychee:dracolychee 1 0 Book Cover: Das Joch von Jasumera by dracolychee Book Cover: Das Joch von Jasumera :icondracolychee:dracolychee 1 0 Book Cover: Hel by dracolychee Book Cover: Hel :icondracolychee:dracolychee 0 7 Book Cover: The Demon Church by dracolychee Book Cover: The Demon Church :icondracolychee:dracolychee 0 0


Drifted Ashore by JJcanvas Drifted Ashore :iconjjcanvas:JJcanvas 1,404 25 Com on-roach by Kalberoos Com on-roach :iconkalberoos:Kalberoos 448 35 castle sketch by Kalberoos castle sketch :iconkalberoos:Kalberoos 741 30 The castle on the hill 2 by Kalberoos The castle on the hill 2 :iconkalberoos:Kalberoos 782 14 Gdansk by daRoz Gdansk :icondaroz:daRoz 2,323 43 Going Tidal by Zephyri Going Tidal :iconzephyri:Zephyri 812 38 The Courtesan's Quarters by Zephyri The Courtesan's Quarters :iconzephyri:Zephyri 3,413 100 The Mummy Demastered - 08 by Cyangmou The Mummy Demastered - 08 :iconcyangmou:Cyangmou 184 22 World of Enroth: Jadame by MarkonPhoenix World of Enroth: Jadame :iconmarkonphoenix:MarkonPhoenix 55 7 The walking bear by Andrei-Pervukhin The walking bear :iconandrei-pervukhin:Andrei-Pervukhin 1,281 56 Landscape_06 by Andrei-Pervukhin Landscape_06 :iconandrei-pervukhin:Andrei-Pervukhin 764 23 Speedpaint_01 by Andrei-Pervukhin Speedpaint_01 :iconandrei-pervukhin:Andrei-Pervukhin 891 26 Thunderzeka by Andrei-Pervukhin Thunderzeka :iconandrei-pervukhin:Andrei-Pervukhin 276 9 The Aldeigjuborg (Staraya Ladoga) by Andrei-Pervukhin The Aldeigjuborg (Staraya Ladoga) :iconandrei-pervukhin:Andrei-Pervukhin 785 23 'Guided by the warring souls' by Sieskja 'Guided by the warring souls' :iconsieskja:Sieskja 276 7 The Age of Myth, by Michael J Sullivan by MarcSimonetti The Age of Myth, by Michael J Sullivan :iconmarcsimonetti:MarcSimonetti 1,302 30


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Artist | Professional | Digital Art
I am an illustrator and game designer over the daylight hours, and a cartoonist and writer at night. Weekends know me as a coffee-addicted roleplayer, history nerd and bookworm.

Though this gallery contains visual art only, I'm a jack of all trades with a focus on Writing.
With experience in narrative and game design, concept art, book illustration, cartoons and comic art since 2005, I'm available for freelance work.
If I were an NPC, I'd want a player character instead of a dog. They sleep and eat elsewhere (or not at all), don't need to be taken for a walk (just give them a goblin to play with), they are not smelly (even if they just crossed a swamp full of undead hydrae) and all you got to do is giving them some coin (which a game designer placed in your inventory) when they solved the task you gave them. Sometimes you can even send them to someone else for payment. You may even tell them you tricked them into work and refuse payment 'cause you are oh-so-terribly poor. As long as you don't withhold their experience points, they won't even eat your brains. All in all, they make marvellous pets.

Though, pets can be quite unnerving if they do the same all day. Dogs retrieve sticks you throw for them. Player characters retrieve stolen jewellry, your ancient family heirloom, or just a random number of, well, sticks. So what if you want a more interesting pet? Tell him so save the world? That's crap, you'll just get killed by the evil guy to motivate the player character. But there are different kinds of tasks to send them off with and still survive.
For an instance, send them off, then disappear into nothingness and leave the payment trouble to someone else. Your opponent in a certain quest, at best. The only important thing is not to leave them without a quest solution; they would pursue you and get your purse or your head, or both.
You're on the secure side when you just hint the quest stuff as a rumour to the player. Make them get you a bottle of good old wine, have a nice drink and rant drunkenly about that treasure hidden in some old ruin or in the house of another NPC whom you would wish some decent thieving. Even if this is not the whole task, it's a good start: When players need to do something beforehand to get the real quest, when they do something and find out there's more behind (like a dump of rotting corpses in the basement of the NPC's manor) they're more likely to run after the stick you throw them.
Sometimes you can even get money from them. Put on the worst set of clothes in the game, wait by the roadside and whine about them evil robbers in the woods, or the baron who threw you out of your house. Money is only the usual part, of course. The true worth in this kind of quest is not the gold, but the fun when they slay the robbers or the baron, or get themselves some bruises while trying.

The annoying part is that you'll never get the really cool items which the player loots from their foes. Players always keep the good amulets and swords; if not, they'll be pissed. So make them choose: The item they are to fetch, or a good deal of money instead; or a different item. Whatever they take, they will feel it's worth even more as is truly is, as they choose and paid. It might get even more worthy when they have to do something evil to gain it. Truly evil. Others must loathe them for the deed, and not talk and trade with them any more.
Always a nice distraction are curses. Be it a cursed object which they shall find - or which they stumbled upon, what a coincidence! - or a curse which their opponent in the quest lays on them; it gives you a good reason to get them rid of the object and claim it for yourself. Still, they fulfilled the quest. Most likely, they needed the cursed weapon to do something awful which you didn't want to stain your own hands with, but you'll look like the nice helpful NPC until you're off with the amulet / sword / handkerchief of doom.
The most amusing and most content player character pets are those who never notice being pets at all. In the end you can even decide to let them know they've been a nice dog. But then, keep in mind you're an NPC, and worth some experience points if they want to whack you with their newly gained weapon.

More new rants on my blog.


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CharletDukaine Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2016
Merci! ^^
CharletDukaine Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2016
Dachte, ich hätte dich längst im Visier! O.o
MrBeholder Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015
You have a very nice for eyes works, salute!
dracolychee Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, glad you enjoy! =)
ScorpiaRoslin Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Student Photographer
Danke für den Watch :)
dracolychee Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Immer gern bei solchen inspirierenden Bildern! =)
EAHHoogendijk Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks for the favourite!
dracolychee Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome, and thanks too for stopping by! :)
fuguestock Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the watch! I adore your art :hug:
dracolychee Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
As do I with your photography. =)
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