Aethryndel o’ the Wolvenblade


My first D&D character was the Elfquest-derived, poorly-named, elven warrior Wolfblade. Much later, I revived him as a character in the background of Antequeroth Elmstepper and always intended to play him but never got around to it again. In this guise, he was renamed Aethryndel o’ the Wolvenblade, a knight of Elvendeep. The Wolvenblade was a magical heirloom – a bladed rod that could transform into any type of sword. The idea was that Aethryndel was not a master of any one type of swordsmanship, but instead was a fluid and adaptable warrior who could take advantage of his weapon’s versatility to fight with a claymore one moment, and a rapier the next.

This version was fun to draw, as my imagined Elvendeep uses more Renaissance fashions and armour than your typical fantasy. Doing reflective armour in paint, however, proved harder than I first thought.


The Sagitarriad


L-R, Antequeroth Elmstepper, Jinnai Halfmoor, Jak Mathom.

Many years ago I roleplayed in a mIRC chatroom called #blkdragon*inn. It was a glorious time. Freed from the set narratives of D&D campaigns and the mechanics of dice, I spent years honing character voices and interacting in the “space between adventures”. It was freeform, communal storytelling at its best.

These are three of my characters – although I mainly played Jinnai – a half-Pango bounty hunter. His close friend Antequeroth Elmstepper, or ‘Teq, was a fashion-conscious Elven ranger. They were joined by ‘Teq’s apprentice, Jak Madden (later Mathom) a halfling rogue training for a war. Jak was also a tabletop character I played later (post-war).

Blkdragon*inn had a mailing list that was a prime place for amateurish stories in which your characters took centre stage. My “Sagitarriad” stories mainly consisted of Jinnai and ‘Teq competing at marksmanship while having deep and utterly wanky conversations. They weren’t good, but they were a whetstone in which I honed my limited skills.

I’ve only recently felt good enough to draw them, and so now I can include this group shot on my site!

Antequeroth Elmstepper


Many years ago I had an amazing time roleplaying on mirc on the #BlkdragonInn channel. I met so many wonderful people and fantastic RPers. I had a great stable of characters – this one was Antequeroth Elmstepper. ‘Teq was an archer, a writer, a ranger – probably in that order. Also, he liked men.