[Element] No Smoke, Without...

Posted Jan 31, 2023, 11:17:28 PM UTC

Suave's latent element is fire - and whilst it's definitely useful for a man in his kind of position, he's also not entirely acquainted with how best to use it. Whilst many use their elements freely of their own will, Suave requires a little help focusing and chanelling his element. Thankfully, his talisman, The Deck of Many Faces, provides the perfect way to employ his element, and make use of it in the field.
Whilst incapable of summoning fire by himself, Suave can make use of other sources of flame to set ablaze the cards of the deck. His preferred techniques often make use of the sandpaper strip on the deck's box to strike a match, or alternatively applying his habit of smoking to take a cigarette to a card of his choice. As the card burns away... it unleashes magics that he can employ to a great variety of effects!
...At least in theory. In practise, Suave isn't yet all that used to what he can do. Each card seems to have it's own effect, determined by a combination of both the user's intent and their personal interpretation of the cards and suit. In practise, so far Suave has been able to employ Spades as an offensive suit of sorts - firing off flaming missiles as demonstrated above - and his favourite suit Clubs as a means of manipulating smoke - often using it to cloud his exits and escapes as he remains on the run.
So far with Hearts and Diamonds... Suave has mostly only achieved accidentally setting himself on fire whilst experimenting with them.

Of course, the Deck of Many Faces isn't only limited to what cards one would find in a normal 52 card deck - and indeed, with it's seemingly endless variation of suits, it suggests endless possibilities on the horizon for someone who knows what they're doing. Unfortunately for Suave... well so far he's not so confident in what he can do - and it leaves doubt in his mind as to the affinity he has for his own element.
He's never going to be able to get the smell of burnt fur out of his nostrils.

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  • Feb 1, 2023, 5:18:48 PM UTC
    Love the lighting in this piece!
    • Feb 6, 2023, 6:11:02 PM UTC
      Thank you! With Suave getting the fire element, I couldn't resist some fancy lighting. Just felt right. XD
      • Feb 6, 2023, 7:20:33 PM UTC
        I know that! I did the same with my character. But I love how it turned out is just works so well!
  • Feb 1, 2023, 3:14:55 PM UTC
    Card-bound fire magic!! That's such a cool idea! Wonder what abilities he'll unlock with those red suits (unless... self-combustion is an ability) - ooh if he has a ten of spades... will there be ten fire missles? :o

    Terrific piece, your style is so expressive ^-^
    • Feb 6, 2023, 6:10:32 PM UTC
      Thank you! I do have ideas for the red suits, albeit may take a li'l before Suave gets to them. Might have him at least work one of them out during the OCL, depending how the prompts guide him!
      And yes, the number on the card does correlate to what they do! Lower numbers for spades is less missiles but bigger with slight curvature/homing - bigger numbers meanwhile give more projectiles but are smaller, and have to be directed!

      Also thank you so so much, expressiveness is really important for me, and something I want to focus on more in future, so I'm glad you feel that way ;-;
      • Feb 7, 2023, 1:00:50 AM UTC
        Ooh I am looking forward to the development of his abilities, then! Excited to see what's in store during the OCL ^-^
  • Feb 1, 2023, 2:55:02 PM UTC
    The shading is so hecking dynamic it almost gives this 3D
    This is also jsut hecking creative how the power manifests, just that entire theme of playing cards always carrying through
    • Feb 6, 2023, 6:07:11 PM UTC
      Thank yooouuu!
      I was really eager whatever element I got to try and carry the theming forward - I didn't want the powers to feel to disparate from the core character concept, and thought this would be a neat way to do fire with them!
  • Feb 1, 2023, 6:31:06 AM UTC
    THE FIRE SPADES WHAT that is so gosh darn cool
    • Feb 1, 2023, 2:20:08 PM UTC
      Thank yooouuu.;-;
      I was really worried that the Spades would lose their form a li'l through all the fire, so I'm glad they're still identifiable!
      Thank you so much!
  • Feb 1, 2023, 12:45:37 AM UTC
    lmao idiot cant even control his own element what a loser
    For realsies tho, this may be one of my fave pieces you've done - that shading looks brilliant! Especially the padded jacket for some reason. The burning cig and the fire effects just look amazing, and the low head tilt really adds to it all.

    UGH this is SO COOL
    • Feb 1, 2023, 2:21:37 PM UTC
      Thank you dear. ;-;
      The padded jacket wound up being the bit I spent most time shading on, really wanted to make sure it was clear that it wasn't just one smooth surface/texture.