Everybody say hello to my newest character, Jillian! Partially designed by the members of the 910CMX forums when I announced that I wanted to draw a random Shivite holding some kind of weapon. A firearm won the race, and so this character became a soldier in one of Tradugu's armies.
I might post some backstory about Jillian herself at some point... At the moment, all I can tell you is that her real name is Ilumhanjouna Amorneth, the first part of which could be Anglicized into Jillian. (You can thank ~Daitou
for pointing that out to me.
Loooots of perspective and overlapping stuffs going on here, and strangely, at no point was I ever confused about what went where. Maybe that's because I had clear vision this time. <.< My original idea was gonna be Jillian driving a vehicle with a larger gun mounted on it, but as I was working on the sketch, my muse kicked me in the face and said, "That's stupid! Draw her holding one instead! And use soft inking!"
So Jillian is wearing what would pass for Tradu military armor, minus a helmet. I thought about adding one, but I decided it would be kinda distracting to the viewer, even if practical. Besides, then we wouldn't get to see all that hair, and hair is a rather important cultural symbol of identity among Shivites. Even males tend to keep theirs at least shoulder-length. (Yes, this means Tradu soldiers aren't necessarily required to shave off or tie up their hair. However, they are still expected to have a mentality as selfless and obedient as any good soldier.)
Anyways, many parts of the armor are holdovers from back when Shivites still killed each other with swords, but those elements are slowly being modernized. It should be noted that armor and weaponry on Tradugu is painstakingly magnetproofed and lightningproofed. The alloys used to forge metallic plates contain no iron or copper. Makers of modern battle armor use no metals at all, opting instead for a hard lightweight plastic to make their "plates" and a flexible yet tough fabric to make everything else.
Okay, now to talk about the rifle itself. Why is she mono-wielding? Because that rifle has three triggers on it. The primary trigger is where you would expect it to be, near lower right index finger, and it fires four rounds per pull. (Yes, I know the standard is actually three rounds per pull, but I have a theme to keep up here. <.<) The secondary trigger is the side-facing handle just above it. Pulling it back loads a mini-rocket from the feeder shell just above it. Pushing it forward fires the loaded rocket. The third and final trigger is that thing she's grabbing near the end of a barrel that looks like a microphone or speaker. This is what's called an Amplifier, and it filters the holder's thundergland uses and makes them more powerful, allowing the wielder to jam the enemy's communications or fire lightning bolts strong enough to overwhelm another Shivite's natural resistance. In light of all this, using a fourth hand to steady the weapon is very much recommended.
By the way, writing up that spiel forced me to change a few things in the Guide to Tradugu. Rainbowsteel is still considered an important resource; However, it's primarily used for spaceship parts and some buildings.
Thanks again to everyone over at the 910CMX forums for helping me out with this drawing! ^^ I am quite exhausted now, so I think I shall take a break from my computer until MythBusters starts... >.>