“Gunpowder n. An agency employed by civilized nations for the settlement of disputes which might become troublesome if left unadjusted. […] Milton says it was invented by the devil to dispel angels with, and this opinion seems to derive some support from the scarcity of angels.” —Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary
I’ve heard the name Yama Orce on various occasions in fantasy art circles, and have seen bits and pieces of his art before. It was only a few weeks ago, however, that I ran across his DeviantArt account and had the opportunity to really peruse his galleries. I found so many great portraits that it was really hard to choose just one for this weekend’s writeup. The lovely Cornelia Vogel was the heroine who stood out the most, but I think I may attempt a bonus update later this week to discuss another couple of his portraits.
Tieflings and half-elves are interesting to me for similar reasons. I’m often intrigued by stories about characters of mixed parentage: to me these are sympathetic characters because they’re products of two different worlds, yet often not fully accepted by either. Anytime there are two cultures that don’t like and/or don’t understand each other, the children of couplings between them often suffer the worst because they don’t fit in with or aren’t accepted by either culture. While this used to be a common theme throughout literature—Shakespeare in particular had an apparent fascination with it—I feel like it’s fallen in to disuse since the mid 20th century. (Or, at the very least, I feel like the science fiction/fantasy genres have treated it with more respect than those genres that consider themselves ‘literary’ fiction.) Whether their parentage is a difference of race, social class, nationality, or planar origin, the half-breeds and mixed-breeds of so many tales often end up loners, tieflings in particular, as part of their parentage is demonic.
I’m not sure on Cornelia’s character class. Given her current set of gear, I can easily see her as a rogue, ranger, fighter, artificer, assassin, sniper, blackguard, or even an errant paladin. It could be that she’s a soldier or bodyguard, but I’m more inclined to think she’s a huntress by trade. Whether she’s a gun for hire, a bounty hunter, or an adventuress, whether she’s a slayer of goblinoids, hell-spawn, or celestials, I feel like she’s well-geared for whatever her mission.
Cornelia’s outfit looks well-made (masterwork?) and thematically appropriate for whatever her character class and mission profile. Her leather jacket looks heavy duty—thick enough to protect from the weather and perhaps even light combat. She wears a pair of leather gloves for unhindered marksmanship and swordplay. I’m not sure what it is about her shirt, but I almost feel like Cornelia has armor on underneath: either sculpted leather or a muscled breastplate for deflection against enemy projectiles.
I like that our horned huntress’s pants are loose and light for effective movement around the battlefield. She wears a pad on her right knee for kneeling while taking aim. Her leather ankle-boots should be durable and flexible for moving around the battlefield, though not particularly effective for deep-mud or high-water situations.
Our lovely tiefling’s primary weapon is a heavy, long-range sniper rifle. As the rifle isn’t based directly on any particular model of real-world firearm, I can’t offer much insight into range, caliber, or ballistics. I’m not really even sure if it uses shells, ball, or some manner of arcane shot. It’s likely, however, that she packs different kinds of bullets depending on the situation. She likely has silver-shot for lycanthropes, frost bullets for salamanders and fire imps, AP rounds for knights and paladins, and cold-iron shot for demons and fey. Cornelia’s sidearm is a rapier for dealing with close-quarters fighting or that rare foe who manages to get within her rifle’s minimum range.
Huge thanks to Yama for letting me borrow Cornelia for the blog. Thanks so much for reading, folks! As always, take care and stay awesome.