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Sandra Hythrain v2 :: Natural
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Published: November 5, 2010
© 2010 - 2019 hythrain
For groups that require I have permission from the artist in order to submit to their groups, ~Cezann has left a comment on this deviation. You can find the comment here.

This is the final version of a previous deviation, [link]

Originally when sent to me, the colours had a much higher contrast and everything was more vivid. I liked it a lot and would have considered it done if ~Cezann hadn't told me it wasn't. A few weeks later, this version was sent to me. I meant to put it up sooner, but was delayed.


Profile

Name: Sandra Hythrain
Age: 15
Gender: Female
Classification: Thief

Story

Sandra Hythrain, a young teen from the corrupted city of Aldbridge, grew up with a very traumatic life. She was born during the time when Aldbridge began to fall apart from within, as robbery and murder were growing rapidly. Born never knowing her father or his family at all, she lost most of her mother's family as an infant and finally all of it, ending with her mother, at nine years old. Though most kids in such a situation would give up, Sandra somehow persevered. For three years she survived with ease, relying on stealing to get whatever she needed to keep going. She was never caught during this, though, for she had a natural gift for hiding in the open. People just didn't notice her.

However, at twelve years old she was finally caught. She was jailed despite her age, as since the falling of technology the life span of people had dropped by more than half. Where once eighteen was considered the age of adulthood, today's society fell back on more medieval ideas, with this age shifting to the teens themselves. People were lucky to live to fourty.

In jail, however, she underwent the most terrible of atrocities. The captain of the guard, knowing of Sandra's family line and how her father's family had caused the city to become what it had, chose to take his anger and vengeance out on her.

- This part has been removed from the deviation profile. If you would like to know this part, send me a note. I will NOT post it up freely, nor will I allow others to do so -

Beaten and broken both physically and emotionally, Sandra spent three months in that jail where the captain would routinely return to continue his "revenge." During this time, the trauma of all that had happened to her in her short life finally caught up with her. In the hopes of taking some sick pleasure away from the captain, Sandra's body took her voice away. It didn't work. Instead, Sandra had to hatch a plan to escape. Another month later, she finally got away.

Her time in jail saw a change in the city; people she had used to sell stolen goods to for money were now gone, replaced by people far more vile, who demanded so much more for so much less; failing to give them what these new buyers what they wanted resulting in them actually turning Sandra over to the guard, where she would undergo the same treatment as before before escaping.

The combination of her traumatic experiences in jail and from the treatment she got from others developed a fear of people, anthropophobia, though it would mostly be focused towards men. Despite the circumstances, the few women she interacted with now showed her far more kindness than any man did, though it was still quite little.

And so Sandra has lived this way for more years, not knowing the change in the city was due to the thieves' guild, Crux, making Aldbridge its base of operations. She has seen the inside of that same cell several times over the years, and has seen the sadistic smile of that captain nearly as many times. That is, until the day she chose to try and steal a ring from a certain someone.

Personality

Sandra's personality is not really known due to many reasons. For starters, her life growing up was terrible. She never got the chance to blossom into who she should be. In addition, her fear of men and her going mute stunted much of her developing personality, forcing herself into mere bare minimums. Who she is and what she could become are things that can only be seen with time.


In short, Sandra is designed as a non-speaking character with a traumatic past who, thanks to her past, has no developed personality. All she has are both rational and irrational fears and a base instinct of need.

As an additional note, while technically I can post this on deviantART as I wish as this was a commission based work I paid for, I will note that I spoke with the artist anyway and got their permission to both post it on deviantART and to show it in various groups on DA. I'm putting this mostly as a notice for the groups out that there that would require knowing I have this permission.

If you like the artwork, please go check out ~Cezann, the lovely artist who drew this lovely piece. :)

Sandra Hythrain and the Kingdom of Ebias story © Drew Byrne, aka me.

Artwork drawn by :iconcezann:
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freeza-frostHobbyist Traditional Artist
she's so cute! :)
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hythrain Writer
When I first saw this comment in my feed, it was after I saw you had fav'd the "Hurt" piece but before I say you faved this one too, so I thought this comment was on the "Hurt" piece and I was gonna go "WTF?! HOW IS THIS CUTE?!" Then I noticed and laughed at myself. XD
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freeza-frostHobbyist Traditional Artist
lol it happens. ^^
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lakan-inocencioHobbyist Digital Artist
Most interesting indeedy. Do you have these stories up to read anywhere? They sound most intriguing.

Cheers :thumbsup:
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hythrain Writer
For a while I had chapters from Kingdom of Ebias available, as I was writing it. I recently took them down, however, as I'm not proud of the first draft and a LOT has changed.

I plan to one day show the second draft of chapter 1, though.
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lakan-inocencioHobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, righto then. Looking forward to one day reading the second drafts then :salute:
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RedVioletsStudent General Artist
I love this story! I think the character is really great!
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hythrain Writer
You... you actually read her profile?
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RedVioletsStudent General Artist
Well yeah I thought that was the point ^-^ I really like her story, i feel like I can really relate to her
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hythrain Writer
I'm surprised, though. Most people don't even read the profile, they just see the art and go.

o.O You're the first person to EVER say you feel like you can relate to one of my characters. I feel like I should do one of those happy cry things or something. @_@
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RedVioletsStudent General Artist
Hmmm thats weird, i mean no doubt the art is really really good but so is your writing, the two of you make a really good team!
hahahaha well im sure other people have and just havnt said anything. It's true though i really feel like i can relate to her
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hythrain Writer
I try to put a lot of info into my descriptions for people to read, whether it be on the character or the art. I also tend to list who made the piece. You wouldn't believe how many people I have to correct on how the art wasn't done by me.

But that said, I'm very glad you like it. I don't get a lot of people who say they think my writing is good, and given how I can't manage to get readers for my webcomic it makes me wonder. I really want to do more work on the story this character is from and get her out there, but I need to get a bigger audience first (And more people reading my webcomic). :)
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RedVioletsStudent General Artist
Its sad that people arn't reading your stories because I truly do think it's all great but dont worry about how big your audience is. While i know its really frustrating to feel like no ones looking at your stories that you put so much into its also important to write for yourself and forget about what everyone else thinks :)
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hythrain Writer
Oh, I don't write based on what other people think. However, I care about audience because this is something I want to do for my whole life. I want to be making stories that entertain people and move them. I care about audience for the sake of needing that audience to make my dream come true.
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AdiFish's avatar
This is really adorable! love the pose and the expresson :)
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hythrain Writer
:) Thanks! The intent was to try for a mix of cute and sadness in it, to sort of make people go "awww" but then to wonder why she is so sad.
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Cezann Filmographer
Wow, I finally found some time to see the artwork posted, thanks so much for posting it on deviantart. Also I want to mention I give Skye-McCloud my full permission to post or use this artwork in any group such as the ( but not limited) to the BestOfAnimeGirls and the Anime-Manga-Artists or forum. I was commission to draw this awesome character and I am so glad I did it , because it was a lot of fun.
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hythrain Writer
Haha, thanks Cezann! :)
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Excellent character, can see a lot of thought went into her.
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hythrain Writer
Thanks! :) I know ~Cezann went through a lot of work trying to bring her to life and portray the way she generally feels.
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Demicus-MaximusHobbyist General Artist
Facinating character you've created. The tradgic beginning ones always seem to grab my attention...

Admittidly, I only have read what you've said here and therefore am rather clueless as to this world you speak of, it seems rather interesting.

Congratulations! You've got me intruiged. ^^
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hythrain Writer
Haha, thanks.

I believe the original novel draft for the story she's from is still up, though really it pales in comparison to the second draft, which I've slowly been working on. You can read that if you like, but again it's old and the story has evolved quite a bit since that draft. Also elements of the character weren't developed fully until after that version was finished. Ack!
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Nice colouring! SHe's super cute even though she looks so sad =(
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hythrain Writer
Thanks! Yea, the intent was for her to look sad. As adorable as she is, she doesn't quite have the nicest backstory, which I included (minus one thing I intentionally kept out) in the description.
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