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Rue reference sheet by rah-bop Rue reference sheet by rah-bop
Reference sheet for my D&D character. This sheet was heavily inspired by CoryKatze whose art is soooo coooool. :heart: It made me realize how much crap my character is carrying -- thank goodness for bags of holding or I'd have to ask one of the burlier members of my party to carry my stuff (or... probably not ask, just throw my stuff in with theirs and hope they don't notice.)

The following description is mostly for myself, so I can refer back to it later:

Rue -- Even as an adult Kenku she's only about the size of an eight-year-old human child, though her hollow bones, feathers, and weird avian anatomy make her unexpectedly light for her size. While typically a solitary urban dweller, she'll join a party when their goals align with hers and/or she thinks she can get something out of it. She's happy letting others do the heavy lifting while she collects the spoils.

Her feathers are glossy black with blue-green iridescence on her throat, tail, and the upper surfaces of her "wings" (technical term: wingalings.)

Satchel of Holding - bigger on the inside! The small opening makes jamming some of these items inside a little tricky, though.

Coin purse - coins are rarely used... for some reason.

Rations - various dried meats, hard cheese, old baked goods and hardtack, nuts (peanuts are a favorite), dried fruit. Most of her provisions are leftovers and goodies she's found "lying around," (i.e. unguarded, or garbage. She's happy to share other people's food, permission is optional.) Rue is very small and doesn't need to eat much. Between high food efficiency and excellent scavenging skills, three days worth of rations is surprisingly little food.

Lantern - narrow shape helps to stuff it into satchel of holding. This lamp is inspired by something I found on Google Images; feel free to buy it for me. <3

Crowbar - (pun intended) doubles as a weapon in an emergency. There is nearly zero strength in those skinny bird arms, and with an inability to deal or withstand any amount of damage, Rue's main defense strategy is tremendous speed and stealth. You can't fight what you can't catch!

Thief's Toolkit - includes a file, double-ended screwdriver, knife, drill, chisel, hammer, saw, wire-cutting pliers, two torsion wrenches and two double-ended lockpicks. Everything fits handily into a pouch that can be hung
off the belt for convenient access.

Hand Crossbow - aka pistol crossbow - small, one-handed projectile weapon. Doesn't cause much damage but it's better than nothing. The arms of the bow fold back to allow easier storage.

Health Kit - currently includes bandages, a clean cloth, some herbal pain-killers, tweezers, smelling salts, charcoal (for poison), and two packets of burn gel. What else should I put in here?

Waterproof blanket - doubles as bedding, triples as rain gear, quadruples as a (crappy) disguise.

Tanglefoot Bag - a pouch full of sticky goo. To use it, you tear off a large bead on the top, which snaps some small threads holding it together and causes the seams to unravel and loosen. With the threads loosened it
will explode on impact, like a goo grenade. The safety mechanism prevents it from deploying inside your bag or if it gets dropped accidentally.

Caltrops - stored inside a box made of thick paper or thin wood to prevent caltrops from poking you when you grab it. The hexagonal box is held together with a string woven through the top. To use, hold it by the end of the string and snap the box outward; the slip knot comes apart, the box flings open, and caltrops go everywhere in a hurry.

Acid - thrown bottle explodes on impact, causing acid damage to nearby enemies.

Alchemist's Fire - same as above, but enemies will be set on fire.

So many ways to say "leave me alone."
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White-Rose-Brian Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2019   Digital Artist
This looks great!  I have a kenku character myself if you're interested in seeing him.  
OvschinikovO Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2018  Hobbyist
U're an inspiration
Chaltuu Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
one of the first kenku character designs i've seen, and it looks awesome!
Virell Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2017
This is amazing and has inspired me to make my own birdy character sheet! But I had a question! Would you mind if I borrowed Rue's lil' wing-a-lings for my character's design? I'm making a barn owl Aarakocra and her skinny lil' arms look so plain without some feather doo-dads. :c
rah-bop Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
No problem! Go for it! omg a barn owl Aarakocra sounds amazing. I love that idea.
Virell Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2017
Yay, thanks! I'll upload it when it's finished. :la:
Toy-Tala Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2017  Student Digital Artist
She's so cute!
GruffMage Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2017  Student Writer
I love this! There is so much detail to the character, and yes, thank goodness for bags of holding :D Great job!
Arasion Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2017   Digital Artist
omgosh Yes! Kenku are so cool! xD
DrakeBendabout Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thinking of different ways to draw characters for my party that I DM! This helps alot!
MyrddinDerwydd Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
This is awesome. I'm currently working on a drawing for my Kenku character for a 5th edition game!
elleneri Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Gotta love that inventory. Classic thief.
thebigjb Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2015  Professional Artist
I love how you did this! The dressed and undressed version along with all the gear - love the detail!!
KuroNetsuki Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
crowbar wat

that disarmed me
headshotgunny Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014
That's about one of the coolest character reference sheets I have ever seen. And I simply love tengu/kenku as an idea for a fantasy race. A big plus is to see how all this classic fantasy/D20 equipment . And playing a rogue too I love the thief's tool kit most.
Hellwolve Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool sheet! Interesting cartoony look and feel and I like all the gear :)
LorienInksong Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Professional General Artist
Oh wow this is fantastic.  I love how much thought you've put into her gear and what her rations would look like.
SailingBreezes Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great reference sheet! I love the amount of detail you've packed into your sleek style, and the colors look great :)
punkcasher Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014
This is awesome. Do more. Lots more. PLZ! A tiefling would be sweet. :)
utriv Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014
Cool. I like this.  
Stubble-Hub Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014
*Rapes the epic button*
KronnicK Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014
awesome character! I love all the gear.
KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Fantastic!  :D
corycatte Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
this is absolutely fabulous oh man
i love everything about this, it's so much fun to look at ahhh
rue is so cute and fierce looking and all of her inventory is so intricate and detailed, i love it
everything about this is charmingggg

and you're right--bags of holding are a blessing
Nambroth Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Professional General Artist
ChaoseVIIn Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014
Every little detail. This is excellent.
invisibledecoy Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014
So angry looking! I love it. Great job <3
StormNobleheart Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is tempting me to get a sheet done for my tiefling dragon-disciple in Pathfinder Society.
Tainted-Fire Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014
That crobar reminded me of 'One of these things is not like the others' XD
bonefish Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
She's very cool, and I love the thought/detail put into her gear.
hypergojira Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014
very cool - thank you for sharing!
puffbird Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014   Traditional Artist
She's awesome!
A3Kitsune Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014
Cool.                                                                                                           Animal Emote: Raven 
kamesen Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014   General Artist
Very cool! <3 Kenku are neat :D
NathanStoddard Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
this is awesome, :]
SLinnemannArt Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
This is awesome, aan amazing design. Love it all
EbolaSparkleBear Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014
Looks awesome!:iconyeahplz:
SageKorppi Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this so much you have no idea.
mittens150 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Student General Artist
Satchel of holding... best name ever. =D
jarredspekter Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I like it! Very seldom are their avian characters in RPGs :)
Wolfy-T Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014
It's so wonderful seeing stuff from you again! This is FANTASTIC I love all these tiny details.
Niagargoyle Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014
Just make sure not to put a portable hole into the satchel of holding; layering pocket dimensions tends to damage real space.
rah-bop Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Woah! Hey, man! Good to hear from you!
Niagargoyle Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014
You too.  I am always in awe of your art style.
majicxiii Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome reference! I love these "what has it got in its pocketses" kinds of illustration of the stuff adventurers haul around with them.

Hurr hurr crowbar. :D

Needles and silk seem like sensible additions to the health kit! Also maybe a small bottle of brandy, for topical or internal application as the situation warrants.
rah-bop Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Oh! Needles and silk are a great idea! I'm totally going to add those to the next revision. Brandy is also a good idea as long as I can hide it from my party members. I'll have to design some stealth packaging, maybe write "POISON" on it.

:heart: Thanks for the awesome suggestions!!! :heart:
majicxiii Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
rah-bop Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hahaha, yes! Excellent!!
Miss--B Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014
awesome character ! :o
Ixal Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014
Compared to what I have seen on other characters that is nearly nothing.

I wish more players would do something like this. Maybe than the usual D&D adventurer looks a little bit less than a walking storehouse.
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