For some reason I’ve always seen Flemeth from Dragon Age to be more of a dragon than a human. I’ve lamented on this blog how two-dimensional dragons have become lately–evil creatures of greed and destruction and little else.
In the old days of Dungeons and Dragons, the titular big lizards were of all sorts of alignments–good ones and “evil” ones just like the fairy folk. Maybe we have Tolkien to blame or thank for cementing this fantasy archetype of evil.
There is a lot of value though in simple, powerful symbols that don’t require thought, only a connection to the subconscious “lizard brain” as it’s called in Dexter and the Dresden Files. Every character in fiction can’t be sketched down to every wart and talon, so we get summaries in a nutshell.
I’m a little bogged down in Rift this week. I’m L56 and needing 4-5 million XP per level to get to 60. At the rate I’m going, that could take months, not weeks.
I plan to sub Rift, but I want my Rift sub duration to span through the next expansion. (A year or six months is a better deal.) So I’m in a holding pattern, sniffing for a time frame on this (Daglar’s long-awaited state of the game address for example), crafting and playing with builds until I pull the trigger on some XP-boosting subscription relief.
This morning, I found a wonderful award-winning cosplay image of Flemeth on Tumblr via the Gaming In Your Underwear blog. I thought she was official game art at first!
No, this is YumiKoyuki, a costume arts student at the Aalto University of Arts, Design and Architecture in Finland.