Hero Design: Rasputin

We're exploring possible inspirations for Rasputin. The design must be based on real-world inspirations (RWIs) which match his character.

  • He has a strong presence (without trying)
  • He's above the need for space / doesn't care about possessions
  • He has a supportive leadership style

The WIPs below are by the talented Alessandro Pizzi.

Grigori Rasputin

Why use this as a real-world inspiration?

  • Has a strong presence without having to try
  • Does not keep possessions
  • Generally peaceful and not outwardly aggressive

More specifically:

  • His clothes are very modest.
  • He carries a shashka, a traditional Russian sword. This is an okay choice of weapon because swords are often carried for ceremonial purposes, rather than violent ones.

Woolly Mammoth

Why use this as a real-world inspiration?

  • Has a strong presence without having to try
  • Does not keep posessions
  • Generally peaceful and not outwardly aggressive

More specifically:

  • Mammoths are naturally large and loud.
  • Ivory and shaggy furs are not precious materials.
  • A blowing horn is a social tool rather than a 'personal' possession.
  • Opens the possibility of neolithic tools as inspiration: charcoal drawings.
  • His weapon could also be a neolithic spear (though this is rather warlike), or a large carried tusk (a bit unusual to walk around with!)

Swazi Traditional Dress

Why use this as a real-world inspiration?

  • Gives a reference for how mohair furs might be laid out on the character in an authentic way.
  • Both light and dark furs are included.
  • We might use this as reference for an accent colour (orange).
  • We might change Rasputin's weapon to one of the sticks used in the traditional Sibhaca dance. Not sure how it would be coloured.

Missing RWI

What do we need?

  • Currently, Rasputin's colours are white, brown, and charcoal. He needs some reference for an accent colour. (We considered orange above.)
  • Rasputin's face/portrait needs to match the rest of his design, and be distinctly from RoW. This means working the accent colour into his portrait, and perhaps some of his other design elements too. I don't know how we'll work that in.
  • It's not clear what weapon he should have.
  • Normally we want heroes to have about 3 "tools" that they act and perform abilities with. Right now, Rasputin has two: the weapon and the horn. His mouth/hands could be a third, but maybe something else would be suitable.