Request: Female Jedi in cloak/armor [unknown]
Hi! Ok, firstly I'm rediculously nervous about approaching any of you guys so...bear with me, please? :)
I've a number of concepts I'd like to discuss with interested artists but I'll begin with Aesri.
Aesri Na'al (ancestor to the much touted Alliance/New Republic Voren Na'al) is a human female of 33 years of age, about 5'9" with moderately tanned skin of a porcelain complexion. Jade-green eyes punctuate a face topped by shorter and feathered, dirty-blonde (but well kept) hair cut to just over collar-length in the back and parted on the right that threatens to waft down over her left eye. Her face is oval in shape, very feminine as if it'd never expressed exhaustion, stress, rage or sadness but her eyes tell another story. She's a healthy 150ish lbs of mildly toned weight, proportionate if anything on a medium frame.
Upon that frame is a mixture of either a dark grey or dark brown cloak with armor that she wears when the circumstances dictate and allow. It's similar to this ( http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d132/SouthernHeat/jediinarmorSWTOR.jpg ) but in this case, I'd ask if we could see the hood back, the armor being modified and personalized, painting it in a rather light grey with drab olive or navy blue (can't decide at this point). She's limited it to her bracers, leather and armor gauntlets, pauldrons, tassets, cuisses, tall brown-leather boots with greaves strapped snugly, knee plate, the curiass comprised more of leather than plate to afford maximum range of motion and flexibility.
A sturdy brown leather belt over a dark brown or dark grey fabric tunic (looking similar to how Obi-Wan looks in The Clone Wars ( http://www.comicstatues.com/images/ggobimaqst.jpg ) at the waist containing various square and rectangular pouches for small sundry equipment and the clasps for her lightsabers.
Daisho lightsaber set -
Main lightsaber, right hand - ( http://www.parksabers.com/fury.html ) - with a bronze/orange blade of normal length but ever so slightly thicker. (think hot lava colored)
Secondary lightsaber, left hand - ( http://www.parksabers.com/inertia.html ) - shorter blade length of 3/4 to 1/2 the above and either bronze/orange to match or a normal rich green if you use the 3/4 blade.
I'd like to see her, if you would, in a full-body shot and a combat-ready stance; lower body turned to the right just slightly and with her left foot forward, her torso aligned with the picture's POV, both blades lit and held in a combat ready state and standing as if about to be charged. Her expression one of quiet and calm yet unshakable determination...as if she knows in the deepest parts of her soul that she has already won. The rock upon which any adversary will crash upon and find defeat, but tempered with a soulful acceptance and regret that her victory might end with the death of another, a lessening of the universe and the Force overall.
I'm rather open to background within the picture, but I'd like muchly for it to be an image that projects quiet power and the clarity of purpose she possesses rather than anything maudlin. Either mid-combat or a "ready-stance" shot on no background...perhaps in a tech-stylized hall or hanger...or in a wooded area. I'm open to suggestions and your creative input, after all.
I guess a little background on the character might be of some assistance...so...
A youngling with promise, Aesri was inducted into the rigorous Guardian training earlier than some under the Master Teris Omarra; a Jedi Weapon Master of deep philosophical bent and devout dedication to his duty. A seeming task-master at times, the philosophic warrior proved to be a fine counter-balancing influence on her; stemming her passionate personality and helping her to find the purpose and control the will of the living force could provide.
Not being as sociologically and emotionally detached as many of his brethren, Teris believed that living in this galaxy and being of this galaxy were two parts of the same thing. To remove oneself from the more mundane experience of galactic life was a disservice to not only oneself…but those one served. Many were the times that Aesri’s apprenticeship found them both in discussion as they merely walked the streets of a given city on various worlds and immersed themselves in the flow of the force extant outside the halls of the Order. It was only in such places that the keen and call of life were heard freely that one could not only hear the Force in it’s purest form but also perceive the fullest flavor of the life that it begat and that it sprung from.
They both, as it came to be known, appreciated the simple truth that knowledge is a sure a weapon as their light sabers and the healthiest part of Aesri’s apprenticeship was spent honing her command and fluency in the martial forms. She, having an abundantly natural talent for the lightsaber, flourished under Teris’s training. Focusing on Jar’Kai and Soresu, he incorporated the meat-and-bones of Djem So and Shii-Cho into her arsenal as they proved to be well in tune with her natural affinity for combat tactics and situational awareness. Beyond this, however, her affinity for manipulating the Force seemed to plateau, unlike a few others of her level of apprenticeship…as if she were more of a lens for it’s energies given situations rather than a consistent and constant amplifier of it’s nature. Playing to her strengths, in this case, proved a well balanced middle ground in their training time…bonding them as Master/Padawan, as Jedi, beyond family.
Though prepared to face the trials, it was far more telling when she then was catapulted into events that served to forge and temper the young woman that she had found the balance needed for that which she was destined. That of a Jedi Knight.
I hope that all of this helps. Please, do let me know if anymore information is required.
Thank you! :) Hope to hear from you soon.