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"Your kind hides on its island, isolated from the real world, as unchanging as your god," I challenged. "You have no sense of what war is like. You have no idea what it means to see those you love fall. You cannot possibly understand what it is to fight for what you believe, and how sometimes you have to fight with words and dreams after all the weapons have been put away. You serve a cold god, surviving on his power for thousands of years without ever living." [...] "You speak of giving up my dreams. Have you ever, since Maeve's coven split, had a dream? Have you ever had anything worth dying for?"

"You could not possibly comprehend my dreams," the falcon replied.
-Snakecharm, Chapter 7.
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[will smith pose] well here she is. It's Syfka, the aplomado falcon of Ahnmik's Royal House. There was a lot of work that went into this drawing. There always is with drawings like these. I actually started working on this in August and then stopped to start working on a different one. I was very excited to start working on this because I knew it would be a lot of fun to work on, and it was. It absolutely was.

I guess I'll start off by saying that I know the Falcons typically wear ...almost a Shakespearean type blouse that is loose around the chest/upper arms, and is tightened with laces around the forearms. I have drawn Darien, Nicias, and Hai wearing this type of blouse. But I just can't see how this type of blouse could be open-backed without it looking silly??? So I thought a halter type blouse would work better. The blouse is supposed to have a tie on the back of the neck. I drew a sketch a while back of Hai wearing a similar blouse. orig07.deviantart.net/5dcd/f/2…

I ALSO KNOW THEY USUALLY WEAR LACE-UP BOOTS BUT I FORGOT. So just pretend that her boots lace up in the back??? I guess?? Schrodinger's lace-up boots.

So aside from the blouse, she is also wearing a melos for some reason?? I draw literally everyone in a melos, I don't know why. I guess it's more for an aesthetic reason but it looks really nice design-wise. The belt she wears is Scythian, almost like a corset or a girdle. But it's designed for carrying items like weapons or what have you. It's also adorned with a fancy clasp made of silver and it includes moonstone, blue garnets, and topaz, I believe. She wears leather gauntlets and an armlet made of woven sterling silver and adorned with a large blue opal cabochon and a small dangling pearl.

At her hip hangs a dagger reminiscent of the dagger that was recovered recently from the tomb of the Pharaoh Tutankhamen. (My bf thinks it's a little anachronistic but I literally give no fucks.) The handle has light blue opal inlays and near the pommel are two small blue topazes and another blue opal. The sheath contains two unidentified light blue stones and two amethysts. In the center is a black opal. The dagger is made of sterling silver.

As you can see, she's wielding her magic rather threateningly. It was hard to decide how I would go about illustrating the magic, but I think it turned out really well. Aside from that, her wings were a project in and of itself. I actually ended up redrawing them because they originally looked too much like an angel's wings. But overall, this turned out REALLY well and I had A LOT of fun with it.

This will likely be my last drawing of the year. Afterwards, there'll likely be a sketchdump and more bullshit to follow! I hope you're looking forward to it! Happy Solstice! Happy Namir-da! Happy holidays!
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Syfka and the book series "Kiesha'ra" are © Amelia Atwater-Rhodes.
Kiesha'ra sub-gallery: opal-tea.deviantart.com/galle…
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msbrit90 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
omg love this SO much!!! theres not enough art for this series
AMAZING work!!! 
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opal-tea Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you so much!!
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Imperius-Rex Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
The dagger is anachronistic, but it's hard to find good references. I really like the level of detail you put into this.
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opal-tea Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i kNOW.
Thank you. :>
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Imperius-Rex Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
The belt is also for beating the crap out of unruly snake children and angry birds.
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opal-tea Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah obviously.
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SilverAureus Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
this is fantastic
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opal-tea Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! c:
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KalahariMeerkatfan Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I do wish we actually know what happened to her...it's never stated that she was executed, but I would guess that would be the highest punishment for her crime (to do away with both the Empress and Heir). 

The outfit is beautiful and I love the wings...it must be a pain working with falcon wing coloration.
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opal-tea Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Right?? I was skimming through Falcondance last night and it never really mentioned what happened to her, only that she was dragged away. I couldn't begin imagine what they would do. Maybe it's better that we don't know? lol

Thank you.~ It was pretty difficult but I did a few sketches and painted a few mock-ups to get a general idea of how they should look. References definitely help. P:
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KalahariMeerkatfan Featured By Owner 20 hours ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Death would be kind of ironic, because she was the priestess of the death goddess once upon a time. 
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WolfWindWaters227 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This is bombClap  I love how detailed all your work is!!La la la la :happybounce: 
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opal-tea Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :> It was a lot of work but it paid off!
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