Iziskilanth Winterfrown

Iziskilanth was a minor character in only one or two stories I did for the #Blkdragon*inn, but I thought he was pretty cool. I pulled out my copy of the Canterbury Tales and had this incredibly aged elf speak Chaucerian English, as if he was so old he couldn’t bother to learn how people spoke nowadays.

He’s dressed very fancy, but rather than a King or Prince, he is a Librettist for famous Elven operas. Antequeroth Elmstepper, my more often played Elven ranger was also a writer and scholar, and Master Winterfrown was his mentor.

So now we’ve got quite the collection of the ‘Deepish! From Emissary Innolesse Calipor, Iziskilanth, Antequeroth Elmstepper, and Aethryndel o’ The Wolvenblade. I suppose I’ll have to drawn an Elfdame one of these days…

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Varrio

Varrio is the slightly updated name and design of another old PC I used to play in the #blkdragon*inn on mIRC. Varrio was mad as hell.

As I recall, his background explained the green hair – sort of. He was involved in some mysterious incident in a place of druidic power and emerged scarred all over and his hair turned emerald.

He had been a friend and roommate of Jinnai Halfmoor (as all of my PCs were generally connected, the better to write stories about them) before his madness, but generally I just played him when I wanted to be silly and crazy and have fun.

He is, as you may have surmised, based visually on Ferio from an anime I watched called Magic Knight Rayearth.

Innolesse Calipor

There was a period in my time with the #blkdragon*inn when I and my compeers got into political RP. The first exploration was with Reizeau and the Regency Council of Arangoth, but later, mostly after the Regency Council disbanded and Reizeau was exiled, I added Innolesse Calipor as an Emissary to Drache (Capital of Arangoth and home of the Black Dragon Inn itself) from Elvendeep.

Innolesse was another attempt to go against a classic archetype and create a fat elf. He was a powerful wizard, but never used his powers for anything except frivolous causes – it was his mind and his words that I was interested in.

Reizeau

Between AD&D and my high school chums, and my reintroduction to tabletop in 4th Edition (thanks to this guy), I spent many years roleplaying online on the mIRC chat program in the channel called #blkdragon*inn.

After a few years of playing Jinnai Halfmoor, Varrio, Antequeroth Elmstepper, and others, my friends and I got into political roleplay. Arangoth had been without a monarch for a while, and so we decided to create characters for a Regency Council to rule. I created Julaire Reizeau, based somewhat on French Revolutionaries, as a Professor of the University interested in the rights and powers of the people.

We had some good times, but eventually we decided to dissolve the Council and created some upheaval. Reizeau was kidnaped by reactionary elements and held hostage for a while, meanwhile the Council dissolved and one of their number was named Sithire, or Duke. Reizeau was freed, but declared himself and his ideals betrayed at the restoration of traditional feudal control and exiled himself.

I always thought I would start a storyline later where Reizeau found foreign backers and invaded Arangoth with an imposter of the long-lost heir to the throne under his sway – make a full heel turn. Never got around to it, but I had a cool name: The Castling Gambit.

Ask me about the bird!

Aethryndel o’ the Wolvenblade

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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.

Here’s one of the original drawings I did of “Wolfblade” as he was then, revealing very strong inspirations from Elfquest.

The Sagitarriad

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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

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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.