Continuing the IC character ref sheets - here’s Commander Isandar!
Calm and pragmatic with a voice like a foghorn - she’s led the Iron Crown Brigade for decades and is a familiar -and feared- sight at the Imperium’s warring borders. Ambivalent about many of her clients (and the few journalists that interview her), she nonetheless holds a strong moral code - likewise with her crew, who remain fiercely loyal even despite facing suicidal contracts and hordes of Fell (demons). The pay’s worth it, they say.
Isa’s a bit of an adrenaline junkie, too - thankfully Joanna’s usually there to talk her out of the wilder schemes (as the freelance ‘Fell consultant’ and off-and-on girlfriend). (One of those involved several gunships, a crate of melons, and half the Imperium treasury. Don’t ask.)
Jayd (chirart) commissioned me last year to be a part of her grand plan for @littlefoolery‘s10th anniversary celebration! Been over the moon and honored to be a part of an all-star team of ~26 artists, especially to showcase @thelastdogfighter‘s stories. With that being said, guess what:
► There’s more art here at the #10LittleYears gallery!
( + concept art and the full story of Last Call at the Camellia Club where these two are from!)
Muun and Jayd have become dear friends to me over the years, and it’s truly been a delight to see how their creative partnership has made stories like Sfeer Theory (and more) happen.
Realized I haven’t done proper introductions of this cast (Iron Crown) - let’s fix that!
Starting off with our lead, Diane Weiss. Stubborn, suspicious, temperamental, two-faced, and stubborn again - she’s a gryffindor heart deep (very, very deep) in a slytherin mind.
Diane’s painfully aware of the spotlight on her as the daughter of the Butcher, and mistrusts strangers due to everyone and their pet hamster attempting to curry favors from a seemingly less intimidating personality. (they learn.) She also gets a bad habit of using other people as tools without a shred of doubt - that and his paranoia are two in a long list of similarities they share.
On the other hand, her one redeeming side is she’s a sucker for backing the underdog or fixing an unjustice that crosses her path (someone else being misused, for example) (the hypocrisy is strong in this one) - and has zero problem throwing a considerable amount of sheer willpower in solving it, even if it means declaring war on an empire without a scrap of bread to her name.
(Which she, of course, does. Because why not.)
After her homeland’s in flames due to her father being a shithead, and she’s on the run - mercenary Commander Isandar takes her under the wing and is a much better fit for Diane, authority issues and all. Those two (plus a certain … ah, smarmy demon … ) end up quite the power-trio through the story.