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Wizardess by staino Wizardess by staino
In the year 750 of the Second age of the Two Moons, among the daughters of the Five Dwarf Kings the great seamstress Gwen-Gwinnie-Gareth’duan was born. When the magical silk Gossimen was discovered by the Elves of the Ocher Forests Gwen-Gwinnie and her people (called the Gwinnathir) were overcome with the desire to use the famed material to make really cool costumes out of it.

The Dwarves of the Gwinnathir made a pact with the Ocher Elves to put all past quarrels aside and the Dwarven outpost of Trousar De Pantaloon was built. For many years the trade between the Dwarves and the Elves brought prosperity to both races with the production of the finest frocks, undergarments, and handbags that were ever wrought in the Mortal Lands.

It was during this time of great prosperity that the legendary Bodice of Krill was designed and forged by Gwen-Gwinnie herself, made for the Elven High Accountant or the Ocher Forest, Becky the Curvaceous.

Sadly Becky was never to wear the grand corset for in the year 1200 one named Annorr of the Seven Slacks jealous of the might, skill, and awesome stitching of the Gwinnathir sent forth dark hoards from the sewers of Ogden Town (the crappiest city of men) to devour the works of both Dwarf and Elf. Nibbling rat-beast, silk slaying spider-bats, and moth-monsters swarmed the Ocher Forest. It was the “ragged time of tearing” later to be known in the common speech of Man as the great Closet-doom.

Truth be told, the Bodice of Krill wouldn’t have fit Becky anyway. Though she had retained her great beauty, the years of success and the love of Gnomish pastries had made her in to Becky the Full-figured.

For centuries the Bodice of Krill was thought to be lost, but in the year 2590 it was found and purchased from a thrift shop in the port town of Fantastique by the young wizardess Trina the Trivial. She quested for a year and a half to find the missing boots and arm bands that matched the bodice, needed for they really brought the outfit together.

In the market places all over the Kingdoms of Men many a bard has told the tale of the quest for these super neat-o accoutrements. The shoulder band had to be retrieved from the belly of a blood-worm. The boots were warn, one each, by The Hopping Hags of Happenstance…. two one-legged witches the worshiped the Serendipitous Stone of Coincidence. What a confrontation that was! The wrist bands were found inexplicably in a black bird pie purchased to celebrate the triumph over the witches, for Trina had stolen the serendipitous stone of coincidence as well.

Some bards omit the last part spouting an elaborate tale of how the wristbands had to be snatched for the twisted hands of an evil Raksha. Most story tellers though stick with the truth, realizing when a story has run too long a comedic gag has lost its luster.
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atlantagamer Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Student General Artist
very nice
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staino Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thanks, that's cool of you to say. :thanks:
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Wiccantor Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013
These are the images that make me realize how great of an artist you are. The line work is clean, the composition has a real movement to it, and the character has ... well... character. I know that you don't do commissions, but if that ever changes please let your followers know. :)
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staino Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013   Traditional Artist
Wow, thank you so much. So nice of you to say! :thumbsup: :thanks:
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devilrjin Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice work


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staino Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013   Traditional Artist
Well, Thank you kindly!:thanks:
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inkeverlasting Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013
This. is. HILARIOUS. I was genuinely giggling for some of these, much to my embarrassment. The picture is stellar, as usual--your attention to detail and your beautiful rendering of hands, feet, and facial features are something I will continue to be jealous of. But the STORY. Oh my goodness, it slowly became sillier and sillier! It happened so subtly that it wasn't until halfway through I realized how far the tale had come. Well done!
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staino Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013   Traditional Artist
To be honest I don't really care for the drawing so I didn't put serous thought into her back-story. I'm glad I made you laugh. That make me happy! Mission accomplished! :D And... we all need to smile once and a while.
While drawing this character I was reading a book called A Tolkien Bestiary, everything is described in flowery language, speaking as though The Lord of the Rings is fact and holy at the same time. The book takes itself so seriously. I wanted to write something that had that kind of tone but ridiculous in content. I make fun but it's actually a pretty good book if you like that sort of thing.
Anyway, as always, thanks for the comments. I hope all is well for you. :wave:
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Miam-Pepin Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
beautiful :)
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staino Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013   Traditional Artist
So nice of you to say! :thumbsup: :thanks:
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Miam-Pepin Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
your welcome ^^
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NonieR Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
Hee! The pic isn't inherently silly (unless one prefers more realistic clothing rather than pin-up duds), but the description's a lot of fun.

Now if I can just stop picturing the Bodice of Krill as a kind of felt made from a mat of dried sea-critters.... ;)

--Nonie
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staino Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013   Traditional Artist
Yes you are exactly right, the Bodice of Krill IS made of felt and dried sea-critters. How did you know? :giggle:
The boots are made of the hides of 50 kittens and imbued with the soul of an orphan name Billy.;)
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NonieR Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
As long as they aren't seven-league boots. Pratchett points out that having your feet that far apart can have unfortunate effects on the groin.

Actually, now that I come to think of it, I wonder how orphan Billy occupies *both* boots? Do they share a mystical unity of nature, like Platonic manifestations of the One True Billyness? Or is he connected by an ectoplasmic thread between them like a set of bolas with riding heels? Or is his nature divided between them, and if so, by what criteria? Good (on the right side, naturally) and evil? Left brain/Right brain? Spirituality vs. his animal nature.

No, wait. Given the general high-fantasy tone of your work, I'm guessing the left boot holds his fondness for lukewarm soup and the right boot his memory of Thursday mornings between 10:03 and 11:54 AM.

Your fan,

--Nonie
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staino Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013   Traditional Artist
Wow....:-O you are clever.
That is the greatest reply ever. My mind is blown!
Um, I was going to say that it is actuality only one boot with one soul attached to it.
It only appears to be two boots because it is in quantum flux appearing to exist in two places at the same time. So basically she is wearing one left boot on each foot interstitially in time.
But the I like the your idea for the fondness of soup and the memory of Thursday morning better. So let's just go with that.
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NonieR Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
I owe it all to the deeply moving brilliance of your High Fantasy saga. Especially the uplifting tale of the erection of Trousar De Pantaloon.

Seriously, thanks for the delightful silliness. I haven't been moved to piffle like this for decades, and it's good for the health.

--Nonie
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ShadeyDesigns Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
long time no art brother, great work
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staino Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013   Traditional Artist
Ah... I would draw more but I'm usually to tired or too sad to do so. But thanks for checking out my latest drawing. :thumbsup: Glad you dropped by.
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pinda Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah yes, and the quest was well worth it, for what are we without a good matching outfit? And of course, the drawing is very nice as well!:-)
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staino Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013   Traditional Artist
:laughing: Aww thanks Lindsay!
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MgcHndS Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013   General Artist
For the win
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staino Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013   Traditional Artist
Ah, thanks! ^^;
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Midnight-Vanburen Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
BAHHHH! NOW YOU"RE JUST GIVING HIM IDEAS!
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staino Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013   Traditional Artist
Darn it! :D
I laughed out loud and scared the cat! Ran right our of the room.
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mastercron Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
What story?
SHE'S HOOOOT!!!!
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staino Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013   Traditional Artist
:lmao:
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Miios Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
So here is my story for your image:

In the 750th year from the coming of the Two Moons and the two hundred and twenty sixth year of the reign of the Magnusson kings, King Hookan Olafsson while on a hunting expedition was caught and gored to death by a giant forest boar.

The kingdom fell to Hookan’s adopted stepson, Sigurdsson on the very day of his birth in his sixth and twentieth year. The Magnusson Kings were powerful and proud but Sigurdsson was the most boastful of them all. He declared at his coronation that for six days, the people would rejoice his birth and subsequent rise to the throne. He gathered his knight and celebrated riotousness day and night for five days till they had reach such a point of self aggrandizement that Sigurdsson declared before his gathered subjects that he was greater that the Witches of the Eastern Ice Peaks.

On the morning of the sixth day, a cold wind blew past the open castle portcullis, but the guards saw nothing. Past the enceinte and bastions, the ice-cold wind blew, but the guard there saw nothing. Past the keep’s solid oak doors, ice touched the iron hinges, and the guards shivered as if death had passed.

Into the great hall among the revelers, time froze all but for the young king Sigurdsson sitting upon his throne. Before him stood a twisted hag clocked in gray. She laid a terrible curse upon the young proud king and all his people for they had dared to claim dominion over the witches. As the curse full upon young Sigurdsson on this twenty-sixth year and sixth day of his life, all his skin turned black as ice bit his flesh and his blood turned to slush. But he was not to die but to roam the land only when the snow falls to feed upon the hard hearts of his men.

And as the hearts of Sigurdsson’s men were all harder than stone, the ice witch cursed them all that when any turned twenty and six years and six days their hearts would turn to diamond, their bones to stone and their flesh to black alder, frozen in place like a mindless winter waterfall waiting for the blacked corpse of their king to come and feed upon them. The women of the land were given two more days to witness their men die in screaming pain. Then their bodies, when twenty and six year and eight days old, would fall away to become rats and squirrels, and rabbits and moles.

The awful curse would fall upon any man or woman who entered the land of the Magnusson kings. People tried to flee but the curse followed them to whatever place they hid. And anyone older than twenty and sixth year and six days who entered the land would instantly fall under the dreadful curse.

So one day in spring, one hundred and twenty days from the coming of the curse, in a far away land, at the college of the great wizard council, half starved and close to death young Sverre from the Magnusson badlands appeared with his haunted eyes, begging the warlocks to break the curse of Sigurdsson bane. The wizards had compassion upon Sverre and promised to do what they could. But all the men were old and feared approaching the land, for they knew the witched curse could only be broken where it was casted, within the halls of Sigurdsson’s keep.

So the task was given to the only person who had any chance. The task came to the apprentice Gwen-Gwinnie-Gareth’duan because she twenty and five years with four moons and two days old.

With a clock of white fir and a staff of ironwood and silver, she set off for the haunted ice lands of Magnusson.

Or something like that . . .
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staino Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013   Traditional Artist
:thumbsup:Wow! Amazing. I'm flattered and honored that you would come up with something so cool like this. For some reason I really like that part about the women becoming rodents. Thanks to much. We will have to get together and discuss this at length one day! :D
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Miios Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
I told this story to my girls and then asked them: "so how does she break the curse?". I think it is an intriguing question. What can your young wizardess do?
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staino Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013   Traditional Artist
I will get you a make-up of her abilities and background when I get a chance. As I am slow at writing, I will compose a proper rebuttal when I have some time alone. I have had a busy couple of days and this is the first moment I had to sneak away and respond to you. I will probably give you something a bit more serous with this character as well.
Your patience with me is most appreciated! :D
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Treyos Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You must come up with some truly bizarre back-stories for your RP characters. ;)
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staino Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013   Traditional Artist
Yep, they can be. :D
Still, there are some back-stories that involve loneliness, desperation, and despair. :shrug: I usually don't post those. It aint all kittens and cotton-candy.
Boy, I tell you one time, my crew got themselves caught in the valley of kittens and cotton-candy ruled by the dark 9 year-old Princess Persnickety and well, they had to quest for the.... wait, there I go again. :plotting:
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Treyos Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Man, I bet gaming with you would be a blast. Or an acid trip. Or maybe a blast of acid in the face while tripping over a kitten. Something like that. ;)
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Dinalfos5 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Impressive looking Wizardess with an interesting outfit. A Very silly and amusing back story to go with it. So I take it this doesn't have anything to do with the same continuity as the background for your other pics then?
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staino Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013   Traditional Artist
Nope. :no:
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Dinalfos5 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, I figured as much.
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staino Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013   Traditional Artist
Sorry....
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TheEliCash Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
So much win!
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staino Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013   Traditional Artist
In an age undreamed of when the skies were dark with dragons and primal magic ran through the veins of common men the Legends-of-Merith was born. Later in an age not so extraordinary Legends-of-Merith did comment on one of the crude etchings Staino the unwashed. And it was good.
Hay, thanks man! :thumbsup:
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ZawArt Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013   Traditional Artist
As always great details!! Great job bro!:ahoy:
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staino Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013   Traditional Artist
I Thank you! :nod:
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Curadh Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
Wunderbar!
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staino Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013   Traditional Artist
Danke!
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Curadh Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
Bitte!
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staino Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013   Traditional Artist
Büstenhalter! Sorry, I know that doesn't make sense but it's the only other work I know in German. ^^;
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Curadh Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
That's very telling. ;P How have you been? Haven't seen you around DA in a while.
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staino Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013   Traditional Artist
It is rather telling, but looking through my gallery recently I now realize... it aint' the much of a shock. :blushes:
Been o.k. I'm busy doing things I don't enjoy as much as drawing.
You o.k. ?
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Curadh Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
Yep. Started studying German broadsword, so I've bumps and bruises everywhere, but I come home grinning from every class.
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staino Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013   Traditional Artist
Really? Cool! I must admit I'm too much of a week willed wimp to study sword-play.
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Xephyriel Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013   Digital Artist
lovely as always :)
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