“Arise in the name of God, Revenge of the Fallen.” —Praetorian Quintus Lucetta Gentile
I ran across Peter’s concept work for his original characters of the Holy Lemurian Empire a while back and have meant for a while to offer a writeup for one of his heroines. It’s kind of a fascinating science-fantasy project with a lot of medieval-fantasy elements in an intergalactic theocracy. I mean, there’s dragons and battle armor and dragons in battle armor; knights and paladins and snipers in a story with armadas of giant spaceships. A delightful conglomeration of sci-fi/fantasy nerdiness for the whole family.
Our lovely paladin, Praetorian Quintus Lucetta Gentile, is one of the six highest ranking commanders in the Lemurian Empire. Theirs are is a military of genetically and cybernetically enhanced soldiers, far stronger and more resilient than humanly imaginable. One of the story’s lead characters, Lucetta has a lot of concept sketches and alternate armors throughout Peter’s galleries. But in all of them I like that she comes across as a powerful character with a competent, introspective, even good-humored air.
Lucetta’s armor looks possibly ceremonial in nature, holy crosses dominating the trim and embellishments. Naturally, this doesn’t in any way take from the gear’s combat-readiness, and indeed adds to our heroine’s camp cred and air of authority. Though bulky looking, Luce’s armor offers superior protection without hindering her movement and dexterity, as Lemurian armor is made from lighter, more durable alloys than available to other nations.
The suit itself brings to mind Late-Medieval Gothic—which I’ve previously alluded to as one of my favorite armor styles. Luce’s shoulders are protected from disabling blows by thick, metal spaulders, while her arms are covered by heavy gauntlets and vambraces. Our paladin’s cuirass looks heavy-duty, and can probably handle punishment from harder-hitting, more brutal melee attacks than most of us are capable of imagining. Though much of lovely Luce’s lower armor is covered by a skirt and waist-cloak, we can see that her boots and knee-length greaves are made from the same light but durable material. A light—but probably extremely durable—mesh is worn under the armor to protect our heroine’s knees and elbows.
The skirt, waist-cloak, and shoulder-cloak are all part of her holy regalia, and may very likely be constructed from some sort of bulletproof or fireproof polymer. Like all Praetorians, Lucetta’s swords are divine weapons, even more ridiculously overpowered than the weapons carried by the Lemurian regular military. A Vorpal weapon, it can cut through almost any substance, even armor or shields. Don’t let the “Gentle” title fool you: Praetorian Lucetta is a force of destruction and an archangel of retribution to the enemies of the Holy Empire.