My design is based on a Caduceus
, which is the symbol of the god Mercury (Hermes) in Roman/Greek mythology. Mercury serves a few different major roles in mythology:
- Messenger and Herald of the Gods
- God of Thieves
- Delivers the dead to the underworld and afterlife
The Base form of my design is the good, brave, and valiant form, based on the messenger and bravery aspects of Mercury. Stamina is a natural fit, as messengers must travel long distances and endure hardships along the way. Thinking of things like the Postman's Creed
- "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds"
. Also thought of delivering fallen warriors and brave souls to the Elysian fields, which is akin to Valkyries in Norse mythology. So I incorporated design elements with that kind of feel.
The Item form of my design is the devious, fiendish form based on Mercury as the God of Thieves. Also thinking of delivering condemned souls to Hades, with Tinted Lenses to navigate the darkness and see through the deceptions of evildoers.
An evil-winged bejeweled staff that transforms CAP 30 into its more dastardly attacking form
Link to animations of my progress from sketches to finished artwork for each form:
(click the thumbnails for the full-size animations exceeding 500kb)
Doing two designs was definitely a grind! But I have been a fan of mythology my whole life and I really enjoyed incorporating different elements into the two forms. I love so many of the great designs posted so far, and I am looking forward to which one we choose for CAP 30!