While I’m beyond excited that I was a winner in the Elonagram contest (#45) it matters as much and more to me that @thestarjar‘s entry won too (#23). (check out all the entries here, including hers.)

Not only is hers a wonderful montage, it’s a montage featuring many pictures of us having adventures together in the Crystal Desert. Those images are hers to share, but in honor of that, the above is one of my own photosets of us from that same day.

We patrolled side by side in the Omiramba Sand Sea, herding strange creatures and marveling at the stars. We walked the markets of Amnoon, amazed at the details of the tapestries and puzzling over some spiders we found skittering purposefully behind a market stall. We rode under a banner that was as beautiful and intricate as our friendship to one another. When I was in the Crystal Desert with her, a strange land almost instantly became a second home.

I’m honored she chose to put in her entry some of our adventures: Amser and Zola, who in the world of Tyria had just met but immediately settled in as companions. In life, @thestarjar and I are close to celebrating our 3rd year of friendship.

I couldn’t ask for a better friend or fellow adventurer. And soon, we’ll set sail once more for the shores of Elona. :)

thestarjar  asked:

I remember when ipre made all their cool items (like the krebstar & umbrastaff), but i dont remember when they got them back in present time, for some reason. Where were the krebstar & other weapons, and how were they returned to thb?

Episode 67, Time: 63:18

Barry had them in a magical chest, probably for safe keeping.


Whatcha gonna do about it?

Kiriban prize for @thestarjar​!

I ended up spending some more time on this than originally intended, but the character was a treat to work with! Hope you enjoy it as much as I did drawing it :D

* Don’t use without my permission and the permission of the owner of the character, and please do not re-upload/re-post this anywhere <3

thestarjar  asked:

You know, Pearl says in the latest song that she wasn't built for fighting (likely supposed to be some kind of building/fixing/engineering type deal). You mentioned Peridot doesn't seem to be good at fighting too, and she's also oriented towards, well, things other than fighting. Both of them have gems on their foreheads. Do you think that's related?

yea, I believe Gems are made to fill particular roles. From what little we know, they seem to have a rigid caste system and regard Gems as tools and not individuals. So you have warrior Gems, who are built for fighting, and you have tech Gems, who are built for something else. I imagine, since Gem society seems to value strength, warrior Gems rank higher than non-fighting Gems.

thestarjar  asked:

Do you have any advice on coming up with valid villain motives? I always try to humanize my villains, but I've turned multiple 'bad guys' into 'good guys' because I can't figure out how to make them both realistic and doing something bad at the same time.

The majority of (though not all) villains believe that they’re doing the right thing, regardless of how horrible their actions may be. For example, if you craft a character who plans the genocide of a magical race in your world, he could very well believe that killing them all will make the world a more peaceful place.

 But it doesn’t have to be for the greater good, either - your character could just as well believe that he’s fully within his right to seize power if he has the ability to do so. (It’s there for the taking - why shouldn’t it be mine?) Bonus points if that character has a history that justifies this mindset. For example, they might have grown up in poverty and had to right their way into their current social status through trickery and deceit, facing social prejudices that have made them angry and bitter along their way. (The way they see society in general can play a pretty big role in the villainous things they do.) 

Overall, just remember this - every antagonist sees themselves as the protagonist of their own story. They believe they’re justified in doing what they’re doing, whether it’s because they have that much confidence in their own power or because they think ultimately the world will be a better place due to their actions.