Zenriel the Cleric of Tiamat
Zenriel was a really cool npc in our last campaign. She was the opposite of our cleric, Kariss, in almost every way. She was the leader of the cult of Tiamat on Novos and worked hard to make a place where her followers would not be persecuted. As a child, her village had been destroyed by followers of Bahamut though they had not committed crimes. She held a deep anger for those followers and was actually more of a healer than our own cleric.
I started off with a metallic red for the cape. For the end of the staff and the imp that comes from it I used fluorescent red. I also used a light skin tone for the skin and black for her hair. In the end she is betrayed by Tiamat for power but she never lost her nurturing side, the side that she used to help keep her people safe.
Back shot of the cape. I love the deep red I chose. I mixed a bit of silver into the red to add a metallic sheen to it. It seemed a fitting color for the leader of a powerful cult. On Novos, unlike the mainland, the Cult of Tiamat was more powerful. They were bastions of faith on Novos and did not commit crimes upon others. They simply embraced chaos in their lives.
Next, I painted her robes in the clean white befitting of clerics, including some gold lining and golden boots to match. I gave her golden horns as well. After painting her face I finished the rest of the finishing details. She was half dragon, half human so I gave her some bright red scaling on one part of her body. The entire right side of her face is covered in red scales.
Side shot showing the red scaling on her face. Later I also extended it to her right arm and the bit of her right leg that you can see. I added some fluorescent orange to the already glowing red imp to add some contrast in color. There is also some red filigree on the collar of her robes.
As a few final details I added some gold gilding to the cape to keep the theme of Tiamat and her colors. I also painted the bases a simple stone color as it seemed more likely for Zenriel to be in the wilderness than in the cities. She was one of my favorite npc’s and her story is still impacting the world of our new campaign.
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