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Deidrei - Artistic Enigma
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Deidrei - Artistic Enigma
First in pool
How Deidrei Saved Easter
Yes, it's a picture not drawn by me, but for me as part of an art trade with Catherine Fitzsimmons AKA Jinx of Side 7.

Deidrei Leafbright looks on as Baksrit casts spells upon quartz crystals.

Art © 2008 Jinx

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female 567,766, squirrel 16,905, fantasy 12,930, magic 12,769, forest 6,729, tree 4,340, weasel 3,141, crystal 1,001, spell 579, ermine 456, winterfur 36, baksrit 15, wizardess 13, deidrei 5
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Type: Picture/Pinup
Published: 7 years, 4 months ago
Rating: General

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dmfalk
7 years, 4 months ago
Deidrei sure is tall... Or is it that Baksrit is tiny?

Looks pretty close to your style, though. Nice to see friends enjoying each other's company. :)

d.m.f.
CyberCornEntropic
7 years, 4 months ago
It is a nice picture, isn't it?  Among the things I like about it are their faces and their feet.  Deidrei's face is downright adorable and her toe claws are certainly big and sharp.  Baksrit's face is more feminine than I normally pictured it then (probably as a consequence of my being in her head so much; her self-image is that of a fairly plain-looking weasel), and her feet are cute.  In fact, Jinx originally forgot to draw in Baksrit's boots, but I liked Baksrit's feet enough that we reasoned Baksrit took her boots off for some reason.

I think Jinx may have made Deidrei's thighs too long, thereby skewing her height.  Her pelvis should be more down around where the hem of her tunic is now.  I generally see Deidrei as being roughly an inch or so shorter than Baksrit , putting them somewhere in the upper 3-foot area, perhaps close to 4 feet.

(Baksrit is the tallest of her siblings thanks to her pituitary shutting down later in her adolescence than normal.  On the other hand, Deidrei is a little shorter than the average height of gray squirrels, although she's still taller than the average red.)
dmfalk
7 years, 4 months ago
Just close to 4 feet tall? Be interesting if Amy met either/both of them-- She's only a mere 3'11"! :) (Considered short, even for mice on her version of Earth, who are between 4'6" and 5', normally... Ironically, the second-tallest (7'9") and second-shortest (2'4") living adult furs of her world also happen to be mice!)

Yeah, other than Deidrei's height, I think this is very well done, and I certainly agree about their faces- Very cute-- Especially Deidrei's unusually-innocent fascination with Baksrit's crystal-making trick. :)

d.m.f.
CyberCornEntropic
7 years, 4 months ago
Actually, I think I was a bit fuzzy on their heights.  As I look over my notes and stories, I think they're more like in the lower 4-foot area, with Baksrit about 4'2" and Deidrei 4'1", although I reserve the right to change this in the future.  They're shorter than the average human, but not amongst the shortest of peoples in the Winterfur world.  Naturally, there is a lot of variation in heights anyway.

At 3'11", I think Amy would be considered a little bit higher than average for a Winterfur mouse.  Were her height relative to that of other mice to scale downwards, I think she'd be a little under 3' tall (subject to change, if necessary).
dmfalk
7 years, 3 months ago
Even in Amy's world, while most are (naturally) within the normal human range for height, there is some considerable species-related variance-- Smaller species, like mice, tend to be shorter than average, while bigger species- some big cats and bears- tend to be taller. Amy is shorter than most mice, but she doesn't have the health problems usually associated with dwarfism, or some of the common deformities-- For all intents and purposes, she looks like a 10-year-old, only a bit smaller (even for 10-year-old mice), who already has gone through puberty (despite being on the small side, bust-wise), but tends to behave closer to her real age (33). (She is comfortable being independent and self-reliant, which does show in her maturity, most of the time, but like most, does crave company and intimacy.) Her own height is a challenge, but she handles it well- Probably better than most.

It would be interesting seeing what someone like Amy would be like in the Winterfur world, if not Amy herself; although it would be interesting to see how Baksrit and Deidrei would react to Amy, herself, rather than a Winterfur equivalent. ;)

d.m.f.
CyberCornEntropic
7 years, 3 months ago
I have thought about putting Amy/an analog of her in the Winterfur world just because.  However, there are some questions that would need to be answered first.  For example, what would she be doing for a living?  How and why would she and Baksrit and/or Deidrei be crossing paths?  What sort of adventure would she get sucked into?

If you'd like to give it a shot, go for it.  I'm here for any questions you might have.
dmfalk
7 years, 3 months ago
I contemplated something similar after I wrote "Portals & Friends", considering I was thinking of a sequel at the time, where she did move to that world.

What would she do? She'd be an inventor-- She does know how to make a radio (both receiver and transmitter) entirely under the conditions of a medieval society. (Not as hard as it may seem.) That, or she'd make clocks. ;)

I'd imagine she wouldn't live very far away from a roadside tavern (not to drink, but to eat), so they might encounter her along a road, might even take shelter for the night in her home... Adventure? Depends on what crosses her path, I guess... :)

d.m.f.
CyberCornEntropic
7 years, 3 months ago
If you can come up with a good reason Amy would be shunted to the Winterfur world and can craft a good story, go for it.  Of course, I'd rather encourage the development of an Amy analog native to the Winterfur world, but I'm not out-and-out prohibiting Amy herself from popping in.

I have no quibbles with her being an inventor.  If she's partnered with a mage (a squirrel mage, perhaps?), you can use the mage to fudge some of the anachronistic parts.  Perhaps the mage has created spell-linked quartz crystals that can be used as long distance communication (Baksrit worked out how to do it easily enough, so she's not likely to have been the first) and Winterfur Amy was inspired to invent a non-magical version for non-mages.

In any case, Amy would need a patron.  Fortunately, Gloomhaven (Baksrit's home kingdom) and the city of Loma in particular are among the best locations for a young female mouse with big ideas to find one.  The best choice would be Lord Mortimer d'Mikki, a mouse noble who has a thing for sponsoring promising artisans, inventors, and the occasional down-on-their-luck mage.  He does expect results for his patronage, but he'll be reasonable as long as Amy is.
dmfalk
7 years, 3 months ago
An analogue would certainly be better and more fitting, although you know your Winterfur world much better than I-- Perhaps you can write it, with my assistance/input regarding the Amy analogue...

"Lord Mortimer d'Mikki"-- *snort!* Even dead, Uncle Walt will never live down that original notion of naming his star mouse "Mortimer", even though he did get renamed in time. :) Not like Mickey was every all that original of a character, even then! :)

Amy, or rather her analogue, need not be a main character-- Depends on what you (or we) decide to do.

d.m.f.
CyberCornEntropic
7 years, 3 months ago
I can almost hear the hope sparkling in your first paragraph. :p

Considering I still have so little out on the Winterfur world right, I think it's probably not fair to open it up to fan stories right now anyway. :(  Truth be told, my thoughts on fan fiction right now is just wishful thinking on my part.  Very wishful thinking.

I can see you're savvy about Disney backhistory. :p Of course, my naming Lord di Mikki (I wrote his name wrong earlier; it should look more Italian than French) earlier is more of a homage than an insult, especially since I wanted a noble who was, like the Medicis, a patron of the arts.
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