Kerael, the alchemist

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Elenaria Gydemo Östbom

There will be a much, much lengthier description here soon. However, I accidentally hit the back button and it was gone gone. Kerael, daughter of Ercka and Ramiel. Alchemist, potionmaker and apothecary, of the motley gang of people nicknamed "The Potion Shoppe", of the fantasy (larp/lrp or in Swedish, lajv) world of Kastaria.Her dress was much inspired by my love for Scotland, as can be seen in the use of tartan-patterned wool and the way the cloth is gathered on the shoulder. The underdress is made of white tussa-silk, princess cut, and with silver rings fastened in the back to give it an even tighter fit.Accessories make these characters more than mere characters, and in the right ear can be seen one potion, around her neck another (for emergencies - you'll be snatched from the brink of death whether by poison or wound, but that's the extent of it); at her left side there's a silver bottle, and on her right a small bronze key to give the impression that she's a faithful follower of the church.Her apron is more decoration than protection, made from white wool with dark green wool appliqué. The sign on it is her family-sign, though, once upon a time, it was more than merely a sign. And so it has become again, with Kerael being the one who happened to bring the bloodline into contact with Gamael, the witchmaster, again. For readers of the Abhorsen trilogy by Garth Nix, the symbol should be familiar. It is, in a way, a homage to that series, with several layers and wry puns intended. Of course... having recently, hence the explanation for her radiant smile, revived her love, her only, her one, the one she barely even had, the magician Benzarad, better known as Gamael, I doubt the church would be very happy if it only knew. But she is on her way to becoming also a magician, and to topple that self-righteous, fascist, introverted, paranoid dungheap of a church, so, she doesn't much care.This is her everyday clothing, though not her working clothing. I have another picture, too, of her "I revived the witchmaster"-outfit. It is a lot more starchy and striking in look. Made in 2006, modified in 2008.I would like to thank my friend Sunna for taking the picture. The outfit, however, is mine, as is the design of it, the making of it and the character of Kerael herself.

Published More than a year ago

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