Hey there folks. It’s a lot of fun to show off all our characters, but in a world as diverse as Tellest, I feel like we’ve leaned on our human characters a bit more than I’d like to admit! We’ve got a few elves that we’ve seen, and the dwarves have shown up in a few larger pictures (though not by themselves). And of course we’ve seen a bit of Dirk and Kaiyonani. But it’s time to give some other characters a chance to shine!
Today’s character is Keota, the avarian who is aided by Bolt Thunderfury against a giant and an army of naga.
As with all of our collaborations with Hozure, we began with a few poses that we were able to choose from. For such an interesting character, we wanted something that showed off a lot of him.
We opted to go with something that showed Keota’s broad, bronze wings. He’s no stranger to armor and weaponry either.
Once we added some more luster to the character, Keota nearly popped of the screen. He made for a great ally to Bolt, and it was awesome to see him realized like this.
Tacking on a background makes this incredible avarian look even more impressive.
What do you think? Would you like to see more of Keota’s roost captured in art like this? There’s plenty more on the horizon!
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18 thoughts on “Character Art – Keota of the Avarians”
Nice bird, i would love to see this guy in more of your works!
Thank you! He’s been getting pretty popular lately, and you’ll definitely see him again!
Anthro birds are very cool creatures, they are simply ignored by the authors, hopefully they will get more popular in the future! Still hope to see an anthro bird as the leading protagonist of a story.
Any plans for an art without the helmet?
I’ve given the option to my artists who have done work for him (and other avarians). So far the only one we’ve seen the face of was the female concept art version:
We’re going to be making Keota’s sister Kyrie the lead in her trilogy called Feather and Stone, and there’s a good chance that Keota will play a big part in it.
Oh really? That’s great!
Considering that they never appear as main characters in stories, with exception of your book, having a trilogy is big thing!
I’m hoping I get to do some pretty cool things with them. Avarians are also joining our recently funded card game in our second expansion. It’s still a ways off, but it’ll be fun to start including them!
i would really love to play with a character like that in a videogame, specially on a open world
I would love to be able to pull something like that off, eventually. We’re moving a long slowly but steadily. Maybe someday we’ll upgrade to super big projects like that!
everything starts small right? or at least most things does. i really hope that you manage to get to that level, im tired of those rpgs where you are forced to play as a human(or something similar) on a fantasy world, not to mention that i cant really remember rpg games with playable avians.
The only thing I can think of that comes close is Shining Force where you could be their avians and Peter the Phoenix.
oh yeah that tactical rpg, you cant really choose them as the main character but at least you can play with them in your army, the force series is kinda dead now.
in other kinds of rpg like elder scrolls,nwn and diablo you dont get to play with avians(at least in elder scrolls you can play with lizards and cats, no birds sadly)
Same conversation I’ve been having on my DeviantArt. I think developers are scared of explaining how things are working mechanically that way. I’m sure they’ll be more daring in the future, but we’re not there yet!
maybe they will try them out in the future and see their potential, the rito in zelda botw got really popular, some people even made mods to change link’s model to revali.
i think that its because they see avians as simple minions to be defeated, in a game where you cant even jump adding the ability to fly can really break the balance but in other games they make the correct adjustments, not to mention that there are some games where they have avians that cannot fly but they still refuse to add them as playable.
Yep, we were talking about that in WoW with the Arakkoa. Someday we’ll venture out a little further with it, I’m sure. Anthropomorphic races are gaining a lot of traction, so I won’t be surprised if these projects that do include them start to soar eventually!
We’ll see, I suppose! I have a feeling WoW is going to run its course before it adds an avian race, but anything is possible.
after they added a bunch of recolors as new races i think that the chances are quite dim, but yes they could listen to the players and add them.