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Garok Duhr and Joanna
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Published: April 16, 2011
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I had a campaign idea where I'd introduce a hidden continent on Oerth where there lived a race of Minotaurs who were just as intelligent and civilized as humans. They sent out a few scouts into the Eastern Flanaess to get a lay of the land for an invasion some time in the future. Garok was one of those scouts, whom I intended to join Joanna's adventuring group, befriend them and eventually trick them into traveling back to his homeland, only to have them be captured and used as slave labor. It would have been an interesting campaign; either they managed to escape their initial capture, OR have them raise a revolt againt their minotaur masters ala Sparticus. Unfortunately the campaign disintigrated after only 2 sessions because one of the players went out of his way in being a "problem player"; purposefully leading the party into suicidal situations (forcing me to fudge the outcome so everyone wasn't killed outright), revealing secrets (like telling the bad guys where the rest of the party was holed up), and generally sabotaging everything. Oh well.

btw, I know minotaurs are supposed to have cleft hooves. I didn't notice my mistake until I was done with the drawing :P
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Zabhela111's avatar
Did you foresee them being lovers if you had developed that campaign?
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Everything in my campaign always depended on what the players did. The campaign could have went in such a way that she and the monster would become lovers, but only if the heroes were negligent and were not acting like heroes.
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Yes, the stories we could tell about PCs.  I had quite the gaming group for a few years m'self. Was well mixed age, gender, racial etc... I mean the Players themselves not just the player characters.
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I live in a relatively small community so in regards to gaming, you're pretty much stuck with a very small group of players, and since the selection pool is small I can't find players who are more interested in the story than their own characters grab for power. My campaigns are all operas; one huge main theme with the small adventures leading the characters to some ultimate story payoff that's years down the line. Unfortunately most of the players want instant gratification, and aren't patient to pay attention to the little hints and foreshadowing I drop in to each adventure as to what the big picture is. They're usually so petty they actually try to keep track of other players experience points and whine when someone else levels before they do. They totally miss the point of RPG games. Sad. I was actually looking forward to this story arc. It *could* have been epic. Instead, it disintegrated.
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This is great. Love the line work. They would be an exciting couple.
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Thanks!
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Seems like it was a good idea. Should have explored it. Joanna seems to like him, he is bringing out her sexiness pose :)
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I see the hints of romance -- or maybe I'm projecting my own desires upon the image. 

It would be an interesting offshoot of the story, if during the "Spartacus" option of the campaign Garok and Jo found love between each other.  Would it be a lasting thing, and the two would continue going on adventures together?  If the revolution were successful, would Garok become king/democratically-elected ruler and she his queen; or at least consort?  Would it be merely a fling, and the two part ways due to differing lifestyles?  Was it just a ruse to convince her to come to his homeland for selling to slavery, or does the playacting lead to true feelings?  Would it end in tragedy, with Garok dying heroically during the revolution?  The possibilities boggle me.
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Yes, it could have gone anywhere. I was looking forward to it, but like I said, the person playing Garok went out of his way to ruin the campaign. Never ever entrust a major plot device to a player. NPC's rule!
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ShabazikHobbyist
awesome contrast between the minotaur and the woman!
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Thanks!
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VikingmaleStudent Writer
I always thought they would have human feet...

I am in a campaign were the Halflings are Slavic, Minotaurs are "Greek" sailors and Elves are Slavic Steppe Wild Elves (white haired, white skinned long haired skinny Checs) that ride around in Chinese manned Kites and have Russian Phoenix motifs and carved Bone masks and act like Laplanders herding reindeer but carrying Longbows...
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Promet-he-us General Artist
Beautiful lineart and shading. Great contrast between the two. Wonderfully done. Thank you very much for sharing!

:typerhappy::worship::clap:
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Thank you for the compliments! It's much appreciated!
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Promet-he-us General Artist
My pleasure, they are well earned!
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karaokecowboy76Hobbyist Writer
This has always been one of my favorite Joanna pics! I love the minotaur, it happens to be my favorite mythic creature!
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