Whooooooooooooooooooooooo I got a bunch of inspiring ideas for a new book (hahahahaha I'm such a procrastinator. What happened to Princess of the Rocky Hills? XD I actually am not planning on abandoning that one; I like the story of Satara way too much).
So. Here's the kick.
The Shroud's origin is unclear, right? So I'm going to leave it that way at the beginning. Let's start with her in full mysterious attire, balancing/levitating on a sword's hilt (refer to picture). All around her are other swords, stuck in the ground the same way. There's a dark mist hanging around everything; there is no vegetation, just rocky crags and formations here and there. This is basically her "home" or hideout or whatever.
These swords are not regular blades - they're rune blades. They channel magic through them and adapt to the identity of the weilder - basically becoming one with them.
Some people have a unique special element they can control - and it's not the four boring ones that everyone always sees in the Last Airbender. I mean, they include those, but they're separated out into something more like this (suggest more if you have a good idea):
Light, Darkness, Electricity, Fire, Water, Ice, Earth, Air, Alchemy (it sounds weird but it's basically just poison and some other scientific stuff.), Cosmic (sun and stars? Yep, their blades become literally starfire), and the plain old mormal. And the Shroud is one of the normal people who don't have an element.
But it's not really that sad... for the Shroud, anyway. Half of the non-elemental majority have some sort of special gift, whether it's good fighting skills or light telekinesis or telepathy, whatever. About 25% have a stronger gift, and 24% have two to three gifts. Less than 1% of non-elemental people are blessed with a large variety of extremely strong gifts - which basically makes them prodigies and almost (well, okay. WAAAAAAAAAAAY) better than elemental people. The Shroud is one of these - a rare specimen, I guess you could say.
So, seeing as I wrote this little Shakespearean sonnet for an English assignment (I was out of ideas, okay?!)...
Running a hand along the sharp edge,
The warrior’s eyes glow blue with wrath.
From the past came the echoes of a pledge,
Long forgotten but carving her life’s path.
Before her lay the agent of her pain,
His life and memory spilled on the ground.
Yet what was there profitable to gain
From revenge won implacable and unbound?
Through perhaps she was now free of her oath,
A price weighed heavily on her young head:
Guilt or repentance; she could choose both,
But she rejected each notion and fled.
Instead, in her heart a new pledge was vowed;
She would be known as a hero: The Shroud.
You can kinda draw a conclusion on what her past was by the beginning of the sonnet - something about she swore an oath to some guy to work for him - I'm just gonna make something up right now: an Assassin or something. And the reason she did this was because he took her family hostage? Her mom somehow got away but her father, brother and sister were taken. I am literally ad-libbing right now XD okay, so the guy (his element is Alchemy, btw) doesn't really like her that much, but she's really good, and she really wants him to set her family free. Then blah blah blah happens and he kills her family so she kills him and flees. Let's forget the hero part of the sonnet and just go straight to a different version of my TLA bio.
So the Shroud goes into a rage and dresses the way I have it written (go to the TLA bios page) and starts hiring out as a mercenary or assassin or whatever. At first she uses a normal sword, but the money she gets lets her start to forge her own: the ultimate runeblade, one that absorbs whatever element she is attacked with and lets her use it as she wishes. In addition to her gifts of telekinesis, telepathy, some sort of sixth sense (she can sense anything, almost like seeing the future)? and strong warrior abilities, this makes her pretty much invincible.
So after a while she sets up the runeblade graveyard - all the rune blades of the elemental people she has killed stuck in the ground all around her like a garden. She is in the exact center of the over 8,000 blades of the people she has killed, balancing on the hilt of her sword like shown in the picture.
I absolutely love Man at Arms - they forge freakin' WEAPONS and I love WEAPONS ERMAHGERSH
Starting over, I was just gonna put some of their best (in my opinion) work here. And a little something for MakoAngel. I know she likes Inuyasha. Yes, the weapons they're making are real, and they CAN kill you XD
So in my opinion, these are the best, most intricate ones they've done - with the exception of the last one' I just put that there for MakoAngel. Man at Arms has done things like the Keyblade, the Master Sword, Link's Double Helix Fierce Deity sword, Cloud's Buster Sword (I actually think they didn't do the best on that one), Chrom's Falchion (absolutely failed on that one, actually), a Minecraft Diamond sword, Sephiroth's Masamune, Wolverine's Claws (twice), Sokka's Meteor sword (I think), Captain America's shield, an Iron Man sword? Skyrim's helmet and Orcish battleaxe, Gimli's axe, and a bunch of other things I don't really care to name...
But anyway, go check them out. Their Youtube channel is called "AWE Me" for whatever reason, but they're there! XD they even take requests, so REQUEST WHATCHA LIKE!!! I think they post every other Monday. Not bad.
So, to any normal person, this looks just like a regular stack of ice cream. But to a Kingdom Hearts fan... *starts to sob* ...okay sorry about that. Starting over... but to a Kingdom Hearts fan - *breaks down again and cries*
So I'm just gonna put this here... if you don't wanna watch it, that's fine, but I think you'll find it... kinda touching, actually. It's a friendship that I kinda wish we all had - excluding the sad ending. If you wanna watch it, find a nice couch for a movie night 'cause it's really long. And yes, I did finish this game. The part where Roxas is holding his best friend? That comes right after FOUR extremely hard boss fights. The last of which I kept dying at because my keyblade sucked.
Yes, this is The Shroud XD and lemme tell you, she took a TON of work. This is made with the Fresh Paint thingy that I used for all my abstract thingies - except it got MAJOR updates, so now I can use watercolor and pencil and all that stuffs.
So here is basically how she went - I had several trashed attempts that I'm not showing. :P Also I started off with a picture. I can't draw from scratch on the computer. They're small - but it's a gallery, so click on them.
Below is the completed thing - I'm not exactly fond of the color of her face, but I guess that can't really be fixed now without a lot of hassle.
Okay so Smooth Mcgroove posted this after not posting anything since his Sephiroth theme video (which was like... TWO MONTHS AGO AUUUGGGHH) - and I have to say, I was surprised to find out this song was ACTUALLY in the game. This isn't a cover, (well, actually it kind of is in the first LBP... but this is the 3rd one so whatever XD), this song is actually in there the way you hear it. Good job, Smooth!
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