that elegant armour


A concept for a prosthetic arm for Tamlen I’ve been working on in the last days :D I’ve tried to make the whole thing look a bit like it could be a schematic done by Dagna (because she would definitely build an awesome prosthetic for the Inquisitor so he can fight on like he used to). Therefore the scribbly “notes” and arrows pointing to some of the most important features. I also did some research on real life prosthetics from the past and present (and I found some really cool stuff). This one was inspired by both, plus some magic :D

Overall I wanted to give the arm an organic and simple look, with some decorative elements that reflect the skill of its creators. Tamlen values good craftsmanship a lot, no matter if it’s practical and fitting armour, the elegant curve of a sharp blade or the delicate silver and golden ornaments on fine clothing or jewelry.

I’m still a bit undecided about the materials the prosthetic is made from. Either it’s mainly made from wood or alternatively ironbark. Wood is lighter and has a more natural, warm feeling to it than pure metal. Ironbark on the other hand is incredibly durable and Dagna would work together with clan Lavellan to craft the arm. Only Dalish know how to create things from ironbark while Dagna would take care of the conception, assembly and enchantment of the prosthetic. I liked the idea of their corporation a lot.

The three big circles on the prosthetic (one on the back of the hand, two on the arm) are places where runes are added to it to “power” it, e.g. make it possible for Tamlen to move his wrist or fingers. There’s also some lyrium embedded into the arm. I imagine the arm’s added functionality to be similar to any “normal” enchantment of a weapon or armour.

What was really important to me (because it’s important to Tamlen) is a high flexibility of the hand and fingers that comes close or is even equal with what a real hand could also do. By that (and with lots of practise and patience) he can for example pick locks again - or, even simpler, put on his armor or even just clothing with buckles, many buttons or lacing without the help of someone else. Although to him it’s probably also important to just be able to hold a dagger in his left hand again. The palm and fingers are covered with leather for a better grip and each finger comes with a metal fingernail. A little extra (that was originally Sera’s idea) is a tiny secret compartment in the arm, just big enough to hide a key or lockpick, maybe also a letter or just anything that could turn out useful in a difficult situation and/ or that could/ should be carried around secretly.

As I mentioned there is some lyrium embedded into the arm to activate it’s magic. One line that runs accross the palm was originally intended to just be decorative and mimic the natural lines that everybody has on their hands. Somehow it ironically also turned out looking a bit like the anchor, especially because of the slight glow of the lyrium. It seems like Tamlen will never get rid of his glowing hand… but this time he takes it a little more lightly :’D

I might color some of these concepts later once I’ve decided for a material. Or maybe I’ll make a drawing with Tamlen wearing this… anyways it was so much fun to think of this concept, I haven’t done something comparable in a while :D