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Relicta Saeculum by temiel Relicta Saeculum by temiel
Claris's third girl. You might remember Rose and Blancheflor from earlier; this is Saffron, who came along in the 1380s initially, although in this picture she's wearing an outfit more befitting someone in the current time of the story (the 1570s). Contrary to her expression, she's neither evil nor angry.

Here's another of my patented text walls- as always, feel free to skip, only read if you care about "story thus far". :)

If Rose was like Claris's "sister" and Blancheflor is like her "daughter", Saffron, her third ghoul, is more like a servant than any girl she's kept prior (although, given time, their relationship is becoming far more physically intimate if not emotionally so). Sometime in the 1380s, Saffron sought refuge with the Sisters of the Holy Chalice at Abingdon, having no prospects for marriage in her future. She learned that she had a far better rapport among the dead than she ever had with the living, who find her off-putting and more than a little spooky. Saffron never found herself getting attached to anyone emotionally in her old life, and so she discovered easy comfort with Sister Saint Clair, the order's abbess (read: Claris), who demanded no such thing from her; just for her to be someone who could take orders and occasionally be willing to get fed on ( :omg: ). In exchange, Saffron was given a place where she didn't feel any pressure to make concessions to people or get along with them. :XD: She adapted very well to living with the vampire nuns at the abbey, going on with them when they were forced to relocate to Normandy in 1537. Since then, she, Blanche and Claris moved on from the order and have settled together in an art-and-book-filled vault underneath Paris, where they all get to wear outfits like this all the time. :nod: Rose, unfortunately, is no longer a part of Claris's little coterie, having left in the 1430s to live in London with Gregory and leaving Claris, Blanche and Saffron very distraught in her absence. :cries: It wasn't exactly on good terms.

Textures by `Princess-of-Shadows and CGTextures; corner brushes by ~green-eyed-butterfly.
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effulgent-smile Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Her look is fantastic!
ppgrainbow Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That dress that Saffron is wearing looks incredible due to its design. Her hair looks wonderful!
temiel Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you much, I loved doing her dress. I imagine she's often quite fashionable just to keep up appearances, even if deep down she doesn't really care. ;)
ppgrainbow Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree! She's fun to draw. :hug:
Cofjn7Marikia Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011
lovely detail
LaElizO Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Love this, the colors, the details, everything. Nice job on this~! <3
solfieri Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
She's so awesome omg. I have a strong impression that Saffron got reaaally lucky to have been "adopted" by a vampire community, I don't think a woman like her could have stayed long outside of a madhouse had she lived with humans for the rest of her life. :XD:
LOVElovelove the outfit here. I think this is my favourite so far! I love this colour scheme (you have such a great eye to pick the best shades of blue and green ;)), I love the embroidered details, and that gorgeous jewellery. And I always had a thing for those little 16th century headgears (no idea what they're called, though xD)!! :heart:
I've also noticed that the Strange Aeons cast, as a whole, has very different faces from Astral Arcana. Like... as if the "strange" of the title is reflected in their expressions, whereas the Arcana cast, even the most evil, still has a more charismatic, "loveable" aura about them. I don't know how to explain it right, but it was a feeling I got from looking at the two memes side by side (and it's not caused just by the colours XD). Maybe I'm just overthinking it. :XD:
temiel Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011  Professional General Artist
To be totally honest, she probably would've been (if we're being VERY optimistic) run out of whatever town she was as a witch. ;) Of course, it's possible she could've ended up staying in a normal-living-people monastery, but she wouldn't really have been happy there per se. Insofar as she's ever "happy". :XD: Actually, when she was just a little younger, she tried to disguise herself as a boy to go live with monks (and, considering the fact she's got almost no curves to speak of, could probably have passed quite well! ;)), but she was found out and sent home. I've noticed that with the exception of Rose, most of Claris's girls are, like... terminally afraid of being married. :rofl:

I'm so glad you like the color scheme! I'm always really iffy about both blue AND green. I was working with a warm palette so long, switching to something cooler always feels like untrod territory. =P You know what, I actually don't know what those head things are called either, in spite of my ridiculous costume nerdage. :XD:

And yeah, I think you're right about the SA cast as opposed to the AA one. I wanted most of the Strange Aeons characters to have either a very specific look (Claris, for example) or at least be more "realistic" than the Astral Arcana ones, in part because in spite of few of them actually being human, they arguably come from a setting that's more "realistic". There have been things like faeries and werewolves and this one weird wizard showing up, but they're VERY few and far between. The faeries, incidentally, have totally retreated from the mundane world and so now nobody can go there anymore. Claris was in Faerie once, and weirdly enough most of them looked human. Or like variants on existing animals. BUT ANYWAY, yeah, no, I can't tell whether that effect was CONSCIOUSLY intentional exactly, but I like the really stark difference between the two. One of the things that really struck me as I was doing both memes was the HUGE difference in palette and character design. Just looking at both versions without even knowing the characters, I'd voucher a guess that the AA people have a LOT more fun. :XD: You know what I love, is how by comparison, the most "serious" character in the AA cast is Farael; in the SA cast, it's, um... everyone. :iconsrsplz:
JadeLiChen Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011
Now I want to know what made Rose run off with Gregory! Anyway, the dress is just beautiful and all of the details are just exquisite. Amazing work as usual.
temiel Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011  Professional General Artist
Ongoing tensions between her and Claris, alas. Claris has been taking the poor girl for granted FAR too long, and when she took on the other two girls she had an unfortunate tendency to neglect Rose; plus, she'd been sort of freezing her out for a while since the had some pretty big disagreements about how Claris was handling the "so you got dumped" problem. When Gregory came by on one of his visits to the abbey, Rose was like OKAY YOU DON'T NEED ME ANYMORE SEE YA, and they rode off into the sunset (sunrise?) together. Since then I'm sure they've been having a WONDERFUL time. :D
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