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Victa Mortalis by temiel Victa Mortalis by temiel
You might recognize Rose from the sketchdump I posted the other day, but this is the first finished picture I've done of her. She's one of the Vampire Dark Ages characters, who is... obviously not a vampire. What she is, is a ghoul. She's like a live-in servant who does stuff for Leland and Claris during the day while they're asleep. And it's a bit like having food in the pantry, since Claris gets to feed from her. (Leland prefers not to, though, since Rose's "arrangement" is technically just with Claris.)

This whole thing came about when Gregory and Rose, one of his more frequent subjects, were victims of an attack by a particularly vengeful Tzimisce. Those of you who know VtM know that 9 times out of 10, Tzimisce are BAD FREAKIN' NEWS, because they can literally mold skin and bone as if they were clay, which leads to all sorts of nastiness in the hands of someone who's not feeling very nice. Gregory, being a vampire, was able to take care of himself, but Rose, as a mortal, was left disfigured and blind beyond the ability of any human's skill to heal. Claris was able to feed her some of her own vampiric blood to give her the capacity to heal the damage, but in the process Rose was blood-bound to Claris and is now compelled to serve and obey her. Claris would rather not see it that way, but instead in terms of having a constant friend and companion to talk to and dress up and spoil. Fortunately for both of them, Rose very much enjoys this. :heart:

Corner brushes by ~green-eyedbutterfly:, texture by me with help from CGTextures.
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Alois-Noette Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010
She has gorgeous coloring. She actually looks a little like a picture of Brigid I came across once: [link]
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temiel Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Professional General Artist
Ah, thank you! :D I think I've actually seen that picture of Brigid before, but I can't for the life of me remember where or when. The coloring for this was actually inspired a bit by Waterhouse and some of Rossetti's paintings of Fanny Cornforth, she very much needed an "earthy" look. If only because Claris is just such a ghost by comparison. ;)
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Alois-Noette Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010
I love Waterhouse :) Hahaha—I do that too; somehow I keep pairing all my dark-haired female characters with blond men, and vice versa :)
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ElisaMelis Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010
i adore this, she is very very beautiful!!!:love: and i love the warmth colours!
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temiel Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Professional General Artist
Ah, thank you! :D The downside of vampires is that you have to use a LOT of cool colors. I missed my warm ones! ;)
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ppgrainbow Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
The dress that Rose is wearing looks really pretty. I especially like how the detailing turned out on her as well as her hair! :aww:
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temiel Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :D I was quite pleased with this drawing, medieval clothing is pretty fun. All those luscious fabric drapes! :D
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ppgrainbow Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree! It takes a lot of hard work to do such a illustration like this! ^_^
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raka-raka Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010
Aww, poor girl! (XD late but i read it all, uh! )
Uhu, she was with Greg :eyes: ? What were they doing (i suppose) in the dark, alone...:XD:
Glad to hear about this character.^^ For sure now Claris has a trustful friend!
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temiel Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010  Professional General Artist
SHE WAS. :eyes: They never really... did much in the way that real people do much. See, when you're undead, you kind of lose interest in the smexins, because feeding is so nice (for both parties, even!). :XD: I imagine he probably fed on her a couple times at least. And it was good for both. :nod:
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raka-raka Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010
I see! XD I am not so "into" vampire world, so i forgot their bite is better than sex :rofl: It completely make sense now! :nod:
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Igloinor Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Wow! Freckles! :) She is very lovely, I should do a frame with her!
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TheCursemaster Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010
So cute! *C* She has such an adorable expression :love:
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Dwenda Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You know I ADORE HER, it is scientifically impossible for me to not want to hug her a little (and draw her in a state of undress, because that is what I do to freckly redheads, let's be honest 8D ) I love her hair, and the shape of her face. Her ruddy skintone also makes me glee, I love me some red skin shading. Her pose is adorable, too. Slightly slumped and submissive, with that little attentive headtilt. <3
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temiel Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010  Professional General Artist
AAAAAAH OMG, yessss, I actually want to draw her in a state of undress too (possibly with Claris, ohoho). I'm so glad you like her, as you know she TOTALLY makes me think of your girls. ;) In that submissive kind of way, anyway. Red skin shading is one of those things I almost never do simply because I covet that kind of cultivated Victorian pallor and I CERTAINLY don't have any of it in real life, but in this instance it was nice doing a girl who looks... a little more like me than my usual. :meow: (Not that I don't still love my usual!!)
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November-Temple Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010
Ooh, I love how you did this picture, her hair especially. The hair wraps look lovely, and it goes great with the designs in her outfit. I really love her colors as well, and the coloring technique you used. It looks amazing. Amazing job. :)
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Achen089 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010   Traditional Artist
Beautiful!I adore the colours you used. :heart:
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temiel Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010  Professional General Artist
Hehe, redheads yessss. :D They're totally the best. ;) I'm glad you like the colors, I was going for kind of a Waterhousey palette. :3
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Achen089 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010   Traditional Artist
You know,i too thought of Waterhouse when i saw this,i kid you not.I guess that's why i liked it so much,it appealed to my Waterhouse-influenced subconscious. :D
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temiel Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010  Professional General Artist
OMGGGG YAAAAAY, that makes me quite a happy panda indeed. :love: So glad it actually came across the way I intended! :hug:
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Amdhuscias Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
hmm, the title is like a name of a flower ^^ I like this.
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temiel Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010  Professional General Artist
Ah, thanks! :D And yeah, now that you mention it, it does sound like a flower. :giggle: It means "conquered mortal".
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Amdhuscias Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
wow, wonderful meaning! ^^
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LaughingAstarael Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
She so beautiful, and the colors and the pose and her expression just make it moreso (:
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windyautumnmoon Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010
Beautifully done, she looks lovely.
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Luminanza Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Thats such a sweet idea! :'D The fact that both parties likes this arrangement sort of makes me happy!*u*
:giggle: oh, and ps, I like her braidsss
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temiel Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010  Professional General Artist
It is sweet... but the inherent trouble of being blood-bound is that no matter what you would have thought about the person who HAS you bound in a normal context, you become totally enthralled with them, so it's entirely possible that Rose isn't REALLY happy, she just thinks she is. :cries: (ANGST!! WOE!! For what it's worth, though, I do like to think she'd be enjoying it even without being under any kind of supernatural influence. ;) After all, Claris is treating her quite well, and Rose's life is pretty objectively better than it was before, so I think it can be considered a net good thing.)
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Luminanza Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010  Student Digital Artist
ohmai, that makes it a little comlicated!:0 But if she feels happy, then its good;D I hope so too!!:'):heart:
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gg-al Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010
Love her, especially her expression - so sweet and peaceful. Great choice of colors too
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Chenria Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
She looks so pretty :heart: her hair is gorgeous and I love her dress :aww:
Great job!
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Sighter Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010
Awww. Gee, one wonders what part of Rose appreciates the arrangement, the Blood Bond or the actual person? Never really could find out.

Ach. Vampire. Even a seeming kindness has a bit of a nasty taste to it.
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temiel Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010  Professional General Artist
THAT'S THE TROUBLE, isn't it?? :cries: Either way, Claris isn't one to question it. She IS at least treating Rose well, but I keep having this awful scenario in my head about Rose getting released from the bond and her being all I NEVER LOVED YOU! YOU'RE A TOTAL MONSTER! :XD: Because whether Rose's feelings are genuine or not, Claris is totally smitten with the girl. :meow:
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Sighter Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010
Yep. Vampire is demented like that.

I mean, the scenario I see is Claris forgetting about her after the sixth or seventh blood bonded kid. Kinda like forgetting a favorite doll or something. Now that kind of cold cruelty would be fairly creepy and inhuman.

Kinda reminds me of the favorite subject in the Royal court, the one protected by the Monarch, treated and loved, but the whims of Monarch could cause the favorite to up and disappear and that would be it. Cruel in a bunch of different ways.
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SorenLetore Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010
She's so cute! I love the braids. ^^
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Makio-Kuta Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww she sounds like such a cute person. And she looks very cute too n.n Great work on the outfit here. It looks very pretty and comfortable~
Also adore her freckles and hair. xD
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temiel Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010  Professional General Artist
Aw, yay! :D I'm glad she does, I picture her being VERY lovable. :3 And I really do have to hand it to medieval clothing... it's a little frumpy and a little simple, but damn if it doesn't look really comfortable. :XD: Back in the days before CONSTRICTIVE UNDERGARMENTS and all! :rofl:
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Makio-Kuta Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol yeeup it certainly screams---I am comfortable~ A trait more clothes should try to scream sometimes. lol
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DragonPress Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010
VERY nice!!! :D
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temiel Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :heart:
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DragonPress Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010
Your welcome :D
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KSteinhoff Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010
Tzimisce, Fun to play with, A pain to Deal with :rofl:
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temiel Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010  Professional General Artist
LOL!! :XD: That's it exactly, poor girl didn't stand a chance... :giggle:
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dragondoodle Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love the colors and her hair is beautiful :aww:
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temiel Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010  Professional General Artist
Oh, thank you! :D The color in this one was fun, there's totally a reason red is my favorite even if I don't use it a lot. ;)
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dragondoodle Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*chuckle* You did good :nod:
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DomainofPrey Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010
Ok, you make a vampire that has the same name as my boyfriend, and now a ghoul that has my name!

Ahhhh, this made my day!
Made me smile and laugh.
She's so pretty.

Nice job, I love how detailed you get with the backgrounds of your characters. Can't wait to see more!
:heart:
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temiel Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010  Professional General Artist
Oh, no way!! :XD: That's totally hilarious. (Fun fact- Rose/Gregory were almost-sorta-kinda an item. ;) Not anymore, but almost.) I'm so glad you like her, I pictured her being pretty but in a different way than I usually do. :heart:

The detailed backgrounds are due at least in part to ~Arthulin, if it weren't for him half the characters I draw wouldn't even exist. :3 Gaming, the way we do it, is a pretty good collaborative effort. :heart: But I'm very pleased you're enjoying these guys!! They're so much fun to draw, plus I get to go to town with historical costumes. :dance:
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DomainofPrey Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010
I think they should be a thing now :XD: Just because.
And yes, I've had a thing for red hair. :heart: its very pretty.

And I know how that is. Me and =StaryHeavens make up all the character we have currently. If it wasnt for her. half of these characters won't exist.

And i've ALWAYS had a thing for historical characters. They much prettier in a sort of way.
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Zeldalina Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010   General Artist
This is very nicely done! :aww:
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temiel Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :heart: Glad you think so!
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