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Fooie, what about the lovely Nyctessa then?
I’ve mentioned previously that some of the characters I design have more going on than others from a visual point of view. Nyctessa is one of those designs that’s fairly straight-forward. There’s not a whole lot I can actually say that isn’t already apparent.The art description specified white robes with red trim which I thought was a welcome departure from the conventional depiction of a necromancer.
The costume design was inspired by a fusion of the Mori fashion movement and a post-modern gothic style. (if that makes any sense? Inspiration is sometimes hard to define) I liked the tattered fabrics, frayed edges and spiralling folds of fabric. Introducing red trims at random points helped to define the folds in the fabric.
Nyctessa only wears three pieces of metal; Two rings on her wand and a nail on her staff. The rest of her jewellery and costume adornments are made from bone – Which seemed completely appropriate for this character. Lots of vertebrae from different creatures such as snake, cat, dog – even human.
I thought it appropriate for her to have the jawbone from a vampire around her neck which might aid her in communicating with the dead.
She has an eyeball to maybe help detect the dead.
Even her buttons are made of bone. Her strap ties are made from animal horns or tusks.
Her leather flask bears the insect emblem of Urgathoa – The Goddess of Death, Disease and Undead.
Another reference to necro – culture is the flowing designs on the vampire skull, reminiscent of the Mexican Day of the Dead patterns.
And that’s about it…..