The Kyorl chapter is complete and with it, the kyorl main storyline. They will show up again of course, but never as a kyorl centric story or point of view. The Shimi’s plotline , judicators behind the scene, Snadhya meddling with them, and the end of their radicalization , it’s all wrapped up! Now it’s time for a time jump and see what impact they’ll have at the end of the age. A couple things i can say about this chapter is that Anahid wasn’t going to be the next holy mother at first. We had two placeholder characters that could have been the one, Yakuise and a certain warden in the temple on the surface but when Anahid came up in all our online discussion, it was hard to resist bringing her in. With some tweaking. In the end it was for the best. Next is that i never planned to develop the orders, they were always placeholder for roleplays in the past and they were going to get “purged”. So when someone ask me “What does each do?” , the answer is “I don’t know! It doesn’t matter. left sock right sock, sexy librarian, etc.” I couldn’t say no matter how one person is insistent that “They’re all going to die and no order is going to survive the next chapter.”. Then there is the Vanaheimr plotline. That one got dumped, sorry. It would have extended things too much. I don’t quite remember when i came to the realization that things needed condensing if we’re ever going to wrap everything up but the Felde plotline made it clear : No more split chapters for plots. We start one, by the end of the chapter we wrap everything up.
Coming next is the overview, then the guest artists pages. Two of which are completed.

After saturday’s delays i think it’s time for a refresher on the purpose of concept art. It is to research your character and put him or her into a single image that is easily understood by anyone. What define characters isn’t their power, or cool factor, it’s their weaknesses. That’s why the greatest cameos are those who have great “quirks”. The side chibis scenes are meant to develop the character, they are flaws, albeit presented in a humorous way most of the time. Doing that research and simplification help me present your character in the story, this is why i cut off the price of concept art. If a concept art is a regular commission, it doesn’t truly matter, the commissioner have the final say on everything. They want falling cats instead of quirks? Fine by me. If they want some cool power as a quirk for a cameo, then, we’ll all in for an uncomfortable moment. For that also imply a certain expectation for the story, one that doesn’t reflect the role. Perhaps even it’s a setup for disappointment. Every scenes in a concept is important, giving you a minimum of 4 scenes to develop the character.
To simplify this. If you character never had a concept: You should take one. Not for the sake of me having 50, but for the sake of your cameo having an impact. If you’re using your concept art for something else than the cameo role : please reconsider.

Lots of writing, i know. Time for pictures.
Concept for Farex. Now the “love children” is not normally a flaw. Why does it feel fine? Because she’s a big ass spider which allow interesting interactions. So it passes.

Starting an art challenge with Darkvolt based on gurren lagann. This is day 1

concept by Darkvolt:


27 Responses to Aftertought on kyorl chapter and concept arts

  1. Thrair says:

    Ah…. um…. whoops…..
    Ah crap.

    Did you see me clearly? Could you spot me in a crowd? I coulda been anyone. *slinks into shadows*

  2. Gunbird says:

    Ar ethe cameos still at 150$

  3. Navian says:

    Huh, I didn’t know there was going to a(nother?) Vanaheimr plotline. Also, I like how even after this wrap-up, I still can’t follow what Snadhya’s been trying to do with the Kyorls, or how it’s been helping her.

    I’m not sure what mistakes I made with my character sheet, aside from failing to describe the right costume, which I hopefully fixed with my last email. I think I managed to list decent quirks… nothing outstanding, but at least traits suiting the category. The last one, I’m a little less sure about. I did imagine her synesthesia would be used in a humourous way, if it could come up at all. Because her perspective isn’t going to be shown, I could have skipped it and just said ‘she gets giddy when injured’, or something. Though, depicting a bruised chibi seeing a psychadelic light show is probably more straightforward than depicting the other quirks, and giving the underlying reason for some odd behavior seems more helpful than just saying ‘behaves oddly under this circumstance’.

    So many characters and plotlines! I can’t fathom the scale of it. Very heroic work.

  4. Basileus_Ioannis says:

    Well, I’d like to say again how satisfied I’ve been with chapter 49, and my cameo Akumu in particular. Sure, I groused about her not drawing her sword until very late, and surrendering instead of fighting, but she was not meant to be a fighter. I think I might have called her “Ishmael”, for she bore witness to the unfolding action between Ahab and the whale, to hold onto it for posterity. That became her role, not to have blood on her hands, but to be the conveyor of information (and she conveyed some information right at Satsicia’s face too, with a hilarious sound effect)

    Of her quirks, the fuzzy vision thing was unusable, but I’m glad her scribbling ships in her journal was useful. What surprised me was how effective her air affinity was, not once but twice! Low impact on the plot, but visually pleasing. Even her penchant for looking bored, with one eyebrow raised, came into play more than once. I could not have asked more of my cameo, Akumu’keshi Dutan’vir. Thank you Kern and Kite, for Akumu, and for this entire chapter! :D

  5. SFI/Bwoman says:

    I guess that was a bit of a jab at me wanting a combat concept regardless of what happened in the chapter and taking quite a bit too convey that? D:

    • Gunbird says:

      No B, Kern was asking about your cameos flaws not her fighting abilities or equipment.

      Maybe you should look up on what a quirk is.

      Im not trying to give you flack, but you were giving Kern the “run around” during that stream. Try to understand that he has over 50 more cameos to do.

    • smokehammer says:

      Eh? You crazy kids are all brave anyway. I can write plots for known characters and characters for a known plot, but you guys make unknown characters for an unknown plot. That makes me o.O … Its not hard to imagine why things get screwed up sometimes.

    • Kern says:

      Oh you B, so nemesis.

  6. partner555 says:

    The Vanaheimr plot line was dumped? Shame, but probably for the best, since I’m not sure what that would have contributed to the overall story.

  7. AviCat says:

    I didn’t think I was going to like a Kyorl chapter, but man I LOVED it. I have also come to really love so many Kyorls! I Hope Anahid shows up in the time jump. She rocks.

    • Basileus_Ioannis says:

      Yeah, we got a taste for internal politics with the Belds in chapter 48, but the antagonist turned out to be one rogue girl, and the expected antagonist, the known Nid, turned out to be innocent. With chapter 49, it was literally an antagonist petting zoo. It was a fascinating look at the intrigues and machinations within the Kyorls, and I’m glad we got to meet so many great characters, find out their motivations, and being neck-deep in Nids to boot! It was pretty epic…and chapter 50 promises to be even more…I can’t wait to see it!

    • Kern says:

      Praise the holy mother of ships!

  8. junglefowl26 says:

    Collects so many helmets, but wears none herself. How…quirky.

    Shame about Vanahirm, but I was expecting that. *gazes longingly at the various Mistfolk and Fenn’s Journal projects*
    You do what you got to do.

    So with the Vloz gone and the Kyorl all wrapped up, I suppose that just leaves the Sarghress, Sharen, and Nid conflict. So I guess Moonless Age will be reaching its conclusion soon? How exciting?

    Also, will Chiri join back up with the main cast, or is her story also settled?

    • junglefowl26 says:

      That should be “How exciting!” Not “How exciting?” Sorry about the typo.

    • Kern says:

      exciting to progress at last. Conclusion soon is a relative term. It’s not a “far away undetermined future”. it’s “planning it out now.”
      Yes chiri will come back, she just won’t have a chapter of her own anymore.

  9. katrover says:

    I hope we get to see the warden from the temple on the surface, if only as a concept art. I have a sneaking suspicion she’s a colony-born Ssu (read: light elf). :)