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Sisters of Rapture - Modern Path Edition Cover Art
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Sisters of Rapture: The Modern Path Edition Cover Art
Sisters of Rapture (Modern Path Edition)
Copic marker and colored pencil on paper with digital enhancement
© 2012 Fantastic Gallery/T.Catt

This is the cover art for the upcoming Modern Path edition of Sisters of Rapture. It mimics the original edition cover art that I did in 2008 and features the same characters, only modernized.


-OGL/PFRPG Edition Cover Art
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Adobe Photoshop CS4 Macintosh
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SaariCorporationHobbyist Filmographer
:) ;)
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Yaoi-Huntress-EarthHobbyist Traditional Artist
That sounds like a neat concept.
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TCattProfessional Traditional Artist
Thanks.  I'm still in the final stages of writing the book and the early stages of layout and production.  Hopefully it'll be ready by spring.  In the meantime, the standard 3.5 and PFRPG editions are available on DriveThruRPG.
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Chup-at-CabraHobbyist Digital Artist
Hmmm.... Modern Edition?

I don't know, I could definately see this class in an "Urban Arcanna" style setting, but for some reason it just doesn't fit right in any other 'modern magic' setting.

Still doesn't mean I won't pick it up when it comes out though :-)
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It's essentially meant for Urban Arcana, I just can't call it that since Urban Arcana isn't Open Gaming. This is an expansion of the d20 Modern appendix that appeared in the back of the OGL Edition of Sisters of Rapture using the Modern Path system by Game Room Creations to make it PFRPG-compatible.
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Very well done indeed! Bravo!
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jeroenbrugmanHobbyist General Artist
Looking good. And very much the same characters too.
elffilyn's avatar
I like it very much. It's very funny seeing the transformation of the original characters. Personally, I see somewhat difficult to adapt the SoR setting to a modern world, so I am very curious about the incomming book.
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TCattProfessional Traditional Artist
The only difficulty lies in the modern morality laws that makes things like pubic nudity difficult to get away with. This is being specifically addressed, though, in the way of feats, disadvantages (disads are a standard part of the Modern Path system) and the the like. Otherwise, it's pretty much the same as the fantasy version. As you may recall, the original OGL edition included a d20 Modern advanced class. This is simply an expansion of that.
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I wasn't thinking exactly in the nudity issue, but more in the religious context.

In most fantasy settings, there are plenty of accepted cults, with great temples and a visible and respected priesthood. More importantly, the power of these gods are real and tangible.

In modern world, at least in our world, there are a pack of "normal" religions. In the western world, there are the Judaic religions and maybe Buddhism, and other options would be seen as either weird or dangerous sects. What shape would have the SoR cult? It would be something like a New Age cult (wicca, neopaganism, etc). Or maybe it will be a modern-fantastic world like Shadowrun or similar?

Those are the kind of things I was thinking.
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TCattProfessional Traditional Artist
That's being addressed somewhat, mostly in the second chapter, which deals with the history and hierarchy of the organization itself. The Sisters have, throughout history, clashed with the major monotheistic religions which have been, historically speaking, rather intolerant of paganism. Before the rise of Christianity, the Sisterhood, mostly based out of Ancient Greece and Rome, was powerful both magically and politically, but the conversion of the Roman Empire to Christianity began their downfall. They struggled to survive under Christian and Muslim rule for centuries until the Industrial Revolution, secularized Western society a great deal, allowing for their eventual return to the mainstream, so to speak. The late 20th century brought about a much greater sense of true religious freedom in the West, allowing the Sisters to operate, for the most part, in the open for the first time since antiquity.

It's worth noting that I'm writing from a POV that, unlike fantasy worlds where the existence of the gods is a known factor, divine magic in a modern arcana world is based on mass faith, meaning the more people believe, the more powerful the magic, which is why the Sisters struggle to maintain their religious identity. The great monotheistic religions, like Christianity, don't believe in "magic" and, those, have very few clerics capable of using divine magic (i.e., "miracles"). Those that do, are usually considered great prophets and saints. The irony of it is that, likely, ANY cleric of any religion could likely use divine magic if they actually, truly believed they could, but the doctrine of their faiths usually prevents them from even trying. This is why the Sisters are often branded as "witches," because their faith allows for the use of divine magic, which most of the world believes to be inherently "evil." Even in modern days, the Sisters are not free from persecution. Of course, if they also happen to live in a world where arcane magic is possible and common, their magical abilities are likely less of a hindrance to them. How that all plays out is honestly left up to the GM.
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Interesting. I'm guessing that in the Victorian era, Distracting Beauty was either not used much, or mostly involved showing an ankle?
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TCattProfessional Traditional Artist
The Victorians were really perverted people, they just made a point of not admitting it to anyone. Ever. In-game, the SoR have had the same requirement for Distracting Beauty throughout history that they have today. Even in fantasy settings, it's actually unlikely that any of them just walk around in public casually naked without ruffling feathers. The Sisters of the Victorian era, or any other era where elaborate clothing was the expected norm for women -you know, most of human history- either got by without it, or dressed in such a fashion where they could easily and quickly divest themselves of their clothing in a combat situation. This book deals with that very thing in a few places. The truth of it is that in the "real world" setting, the Sisters existed and operated in secret for most of history, so, honestly, a great number of them probably had to work without that added bonus to their AC simply to avoid drawing attention to their activities and organization.
elffilyn's avatar
Sounds very good. Thanks for the info.
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TCattProfessional Traditional Artist
To expand on that, you'll note that a lot of the illustrations placed in the "Rapturous Inspiration - Sci-fi + Modern" gallery on #SistersOfRapture aren't, actually, naked. The Distracting Beauty ability doesn't actually require full nudity to work, just that the Sister be "scantily clad" (just how much or how little skin a Sister of Rapture must expose to gain the benefit of the ability if up to the GM), so a lot of modern Rapturous will dress in the bare minimum needed to remain "street legal," so to speak. For those that don't, you can bet that the Sisterhood has one hell of a legal department. ;-)
Bobbqz's avatar
Do you have a lineup of artists working with you on this project yet? Or will this be a solo enterprise?
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TCattProfessional Traditional Artist
Not sure yet. We're still working on the copy and are trying to flesh it out a bit. If it works out like I'm hoping, then I'll be looking to hire an illustrator or two to take on a few interior pieces. I just wanted to go ahead and get the cover done and out there, maybe to generate a bit of interest in the book.
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Kudos707Hobbyist Digital Artist
MP5. Good man, that's an excellent choice in a submachine gun. Little overused, but hey whatchja gonna do?
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TCattProfessional Traditional Artist
Thanks. Originally, she had an AK-47, but given her general Middle Eastern appearance, I was afraid it might be a bit too... cliche. Also, it was way-long. The MP5 was the right size and was easier to draw (the AK's stock was giving me trouble). I also had a good reference for it on hand, which helps when you're lazy and don't want to go shopping around for one.
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Kudos707Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah I have to agree, any sort of SMG would fit better. She's Middle Eastern? Huh, kind of looks Italian to me.
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TCattProfessional Traditional Artist
She's an Isisian, so, she's Egyptian. I guess she's not technically Mid-Eastern, but there's a lot of overlap there. Of course, she's also a half-elf, so there's that (hence the blue eyes). The one in the center (the Aphroditan) is Greek (although a rather anglicized one, I'll admit) and the Freyan is, of course, Scandinavian.
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Vert nice, love the guns.
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