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finishing touch .. by Presteza finishing touch .. by Presteza
messing about with perspective and the edit feature on Vista, I transformed a very innocent emote into something far more sinister ..


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**Ala's concept began almost a decade before her current GuildWars incarnation; the original "Alacrity" was a character I played for years in Bethesda's fantasy rpg Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall game ~ she was a Khajiit (scorned race of catpeople) assassin/magician whose custom class I named "Deathpixie". She mostly used a bow and magic, and finished off surviving prey in unarmed combat.
That world's freeform possibilities were best for characterisation ~ Alacrity totally ignored the main quest, it held no interest for her, and preferred to raise her standing in the assassin's Brotherhood and wreak havoc in her own style.

I basically reserved the name "Alacrity" anytime I felt like playing a cute deadly female assassin - not necessarily in a fantasy setting; her persona was not really developed beyond being a naive outsider, and someone who did not follow what was expected.

There are many games I enjoyed where she DIDN'T appear; for example I forgot what I named my assassin in Diablo II (not my fave class there anyway), but that game felt too linear and the toons lacking in identity for me to get connected to any characters.
Same for the KOTOR and NWN series, although I really enjoyed those, for some reason I did not identify with the characters (and again, maybe because I preferred other character types there).
Nor did I recreate her in the subsequent Elder Scrolls series (Morrowind and Oblivion), just didn't have the right feel.

the next time Alacrity made a significant appearance was in SirTech's strategy rpg Jagged Alliance 2 - yes, as a modern day mercenary. Again, a setting where the main goal can be totally ignored and the player can romp about the violent countryside doing as they please. Assassination and stealth could be quite important, and it was more fun to be a maverick, so she seemed to belong here.
Of course I had to recreate her for each campaign (SirTech released only one addon, but fans created several more), and spent many years enjoying her antics there.
This time she became a redhead simply because the sole female blonde avatar was not cute enough; even after I learned how to change pictures etc, Alacrity remained a redhead (but an even cuter one). I also used the russian voicemod, so she spoke in russian ~ no I do not understand a word, but it kept her in character as an outsider (and the stock american voices got kinda annoying after a while).

No, Alacrity did not appear in SirTech's fantasy rpg Wizardy 8, even though faerie assassins are quite potent there .. again that world is too linear and the characters seem to lack uniqueness.

I was then introduced to MMORG's by friends, they play pay-per-monthlies like Ultima, WoW, EQ and others I can't remember. I resisted joining, mostly cos whenever I watched over their shoulders, I saw a lot of grind ..
I decided on the no-fee Guild Wars; and because in mmorgs there's interaction with hundreds of people a week, I felt the need to make a proper full story for Alacrity, plus the GW universe is rich enough to use as the setting.
Of course, GW is primarily a team PvP game, and 99% of the other players don't care for roleplay, but I was unaware of that until much later on .. still there is enough freeform to enjoy the worlds as one pleases ~

GW will no doubt reach its expiry date in 2009; Ala will certainly appear in another MMORG, but whether it will be GW2 or another is yet to be determined ~

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*this is a modified screenshot from Arenanet's GuildWars mmorg
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OraTheRebelKitsune Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
She looks amazing here :)
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kaaslave Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
She looks like a Mortal Kombat ninja.
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Presteza Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
that's cool - yeah a few people told me she belongs in Tekken, Tenchu and the like ~

heh, totally forgot I had this entry sitting about. Ala's more up-to-date bio is here ~ [link]

Dig around my faves, I'm sure you'll find stuff that reminds you more of MK :}
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HugoLuman Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010
Looks pretty cool. Too bad about wizardry 8, but the company died in the middle of development.
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Presteza Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010
oh~! I'm amazed when anyone finds my scraps, I myself forget what I put here sometimes~!

ya, too bad about lots of quality games - just as well tho, I've had almost no time for them this last year~!
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HugoLuman Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010
I just wanted to see if anyone else had ever heard of the game, because I was starting to be convinced that Wizardry 8 just existed as a figment of my imagination. But when I did a search, I found stuff :D
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Presteza Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010
hm, it did exist - not Sir-Tech's finest product, way to linear for my tastes, but at the time I don't think there was much competition
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HugoLuman Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010
There are some great fan-made mods which make it way less linear, and make ninjas more viable. But if you want to know the truth, my favorite part of the game is being able to have an android monk who doesn't need weapons because he has fists of steel :XD:
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kitti614 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2009
She's such a gorgeous character. :3
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Presteza Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2009
aw thankyou, kind of you to say so ~
even tho the pic is rather malevolent, Ala is meant to be sweet, in her own way
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kitti614 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2009
you're very welcome ^^
Ah, well everyone has their own special way to show their feelings, and its up to their special friends to discover their meanings. :3
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Myth-Alchemist Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2008  Hobbyist Artist
it looks drawn. but with a closer view it's clearly a screen shot. BRAVO on the picture... wish i thought of that...
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Presteza Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2008
thanks, I could do better with the cropping, I initially wanted the centre to be where her eyes focus, cos the eyes what I tend to look at first, but I can see this would be better shifted to the left a bit.

.. can you tell which emote~? you can replicate this for your own Sin's portrait:}
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Myth-Alchemist Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2008  Hobbyist Artist
we should hang out ingame sometime. do some some together art. you know. my assassin looks simular. plus i looking for a muse so i can start doing artistic pics as well. well if you do my ingame name is "myth Alchemist" just whisper me k?
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Presteza Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2008
sounds cool, Ala's long past the point of obtaining all the clothes, titles and items she wants, so grind is a thing of the past .. she's not rich mind, having given away most of her plat, and will prolly never have a piece of FoW, but her modest GW needs are all met.
~ the nice thing is, this leaves me free to have fun, mostly hanging with peeps, AB (still~! despite maxxing that title awhile ago) and going to awesome places for epic screenies:}
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