Masquerada: Songs and Shadows released two weeks ago, and it’s an amazing storytelling experience! The game is not flawless, but I enjoyed it from the first to the last moment, especially the detailed world building and the diverse cast with their convincing voice-acting. And it inspired me to paint. It also makes me want to cosplay, which puts one more costume on my want-to-make list.
The painting is in gouache on Chinese paper, which is quite different from my usual watercolour workflow.
I made this for a letter I wanted to send. It started out as a watercolour painting, but when I was half way finished I looked at the faces and thought It does not look like the people I am trying to portray at all. So I scanned it, edited it in photoshop with help of Photographs taken by Daniel Schmitt. Then I printed it again, edited some smaller details and sent it away to be done with it.
Somehow I now dug it up again and finished it in Photoshop.
In short: During the night-time siege of the orc mine my character Elrian tried to heal another warrior, Indhoriel. And despite not being a good healer at all she barely succeeded in keeping her alive. But only minutes after this, Chaos Warriors joined the battle and attacked from behind, cutting Elrian down and leaving her to bleed to death together with the one she had tried to safe.
They both were able to come back to live at a sanctuary located in the elven camp. but not without undergoing horrors, in Elrian’s case sinking into the dephts of the sea an being dragged even deeper by cold, black fingers.
Waking in the Sanctuary, the first thing Elrian saw was Indhoriel lying next to her and she knew that this meant she had ultimately failed in healing her. Something similar already had happened one day earlier and so she was devastated with guilt. Indhoriel, while regaining consciousness tried to explain to her that while she had failed in end, what really mattered was that she had at least tried. It still took some time (and the help of another elf, Irien) until Elrian calmed down.
It was the most touching moment for me on the whole con. It was also the first time I realy cried in roleplay. Thank you so much!