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Ideas for Cosmetic Themes

TeylouneTeyloune Member, Phoenix Initiative, Royalty, Kickstarter, Alpha One
edited November 2023 in General Discussion
Hejo

The purpose of this thread is to share your ideas for various cosmetic themes that you would like to see in the game.
If you decide to post something, please accompany any images you share with a description of what you're looking for to make it easier for others to understand you.


Alright, here is the first think I would really love to see:
Living Armor that has a Symbiotic Relationship with its Wearer (Bio-Armor)

I think that it would be really awesome to have living armor, but not in the form you usually see where armor is possesed by some kind of ghostly spirit, but more in the sense that it is a living thing that establishes a symbiotic relationship with its wearer, gaining sustenance from the wearer's essence or in other ways. And in exchange offers the wearer great protection amongst other benefits (at least in lore).

I personally haven't seen this concept explored much in fantasy, but I believe that not only can it work, but it can also be rather awesome.
I think it could work rather well for this kind of armor to have some spooky bioluminescent accents.

I'm essentially looking for something inspired by this:
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I believe that further references for this idea can be found with the term "Bio-Armor".

Potential themes with this could be, but are not limited to
- The Armor really doesn't want to be removed, if it can avoid it, kinda like a cursed item.
- Controlling it may take a lot of willpower, and those who lack that willpower run the risk of being puppeteered by the armor.
- Despite potential drawbacks, some may still consider it worth wearing this armor for the incredible protection it provides, while others may feel trapped inside the armor, slowly succumbing to insanity as they find themselves unable to remove it.
- I like the potential angle of trying to use a powerful yet cursed item and attempt to do good with it.


A rough lore concept I threw together in a couple hours
"The Mutualistic Shroud, a dark creation born from the desperate whispers of a blood magic cult held captive by an Order of Knights, is both a curse and a lifeline. Forged in the crucible of desperation, it is a mimic armor, warped by corruption and sustained by the essence it feasts upon. Its origins trace back to a time when the looming threat of the Ancients' corruption pushed the boundaries of morality and necessity.

The blood magic cult, bound by the shackles of the Order of Knights, sought to harness the very essence of life to create a weapon against the encroaching darkness. They delved into forbidden rituals, forging a symbiotic entity that would become the Mutualistic Shroud. Held at swordpoint, they reluctantly relinquished their creation to the Order - a dark gift born from the very corruption itself.

The wearer of the Mutualistic Shroud is both a guardian and a prisoner, bound by an unbreakable pact. The armor, a living entity of its own, permits only measured removal. The more the wearer attempts to strip themselves of its embrace, the more it resists, ensuring that its own survival remains entwined with theirs.

To obtain the Mutualistic Shroud is to walk a path stained with blood and desperation. Only through the demise of a current wearer can the armor transfer its allegiance. A lethal dance of shadows unfolds as the armor senses the impending end and seeks a new host with ruthless efficiency.

The Mutualistic Shroud, though born of darkness, becomes a reluctant ally in the battle against corruption. It thrives on the essence of the wearer, sustaining itself through the very life force it protects. The tales of the unfortunate wearers of these armors are a haunting echo in the annals of Verra - a testament to the sacrifices made in the name of survival and the uneasy alliances forged against a common, consuming foe."


What ideas do you have for cosmetic themes that you'd like to see in the game?

Comments

  • HinotoriHinotori Member, Leader of Men, Kickstarter, Alpha One
    I'd love to see something that utilises celestial planar magic that's woven into the fabric at creation or driven into the metal that delivers an animated space themed armor and robe.

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  • TeylouneTeyloune Member, Phoenix Initiative, Royalty, Kickstarter, Alpha One
    By the Stars! :o
    Those are amazing, I especially love the first one, please Intrepid, I need this!
  • Song_WardenSong_Warden Member, Alpha One, Adventurer
    Natasha wrote: »
    I'd love to see something that utilises celestial planar magic that's woven into the fabric at creation or driven into the metal that delivers an animated space themed armor and robe.

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    absolutely stunning.
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  • Natasha wrote: »
    I'd love to see something that utilises celestial planar magic that's woven into the fabric at creation or driven into the metal that delivers an animated space themed armor and robe.

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    Holy sweet baby jeebus, these are so gd rad!
  • edited November 2023
    I enjoy soulsborne games but I like the simplicity of VFX. In dark souls 3 once enkindled your armour would take the animated VFX of smouldering embers. Something I found Elden Ring to be lacking especially with the lack of invasion focus for being enkindled or having humanity buffs until death.

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    I find simplicity is better as over the top designs removes the immersive aspect of the game.
  • There've been a few costumes that looked like they were inspired by certain biomes we'll see on Verra. I'd like to see more of that. Also, some more that are themed after the more watery locations, like rivers, lakes, the ocean or general underwater stuff
  • More Profession cosmetics!
  • Mauxfaux wrote: »
    Natasha wrote: »
    I'd love to see something that utilises celestial planar magic that's woven into the fabric at creation or driven into the metal that delivers an animated space themed armor and robe.

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    oqrba95ww3zk.png

    Holy sweet baby jeebus, these are so gd rad!

    If this was or was close to something in AoC you would have to rip it off my cold dead body. Very cool design.
  • VaknarVaknar Moderator, Member, Staff
    Very neat concepts! Can you think of lore that could go with them? c:
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  • I could see that cosmos clothing being tied to the Vek's penchant for star-gazing
  • HinotoriHinotori Member, Leader of Men, Kickstarter, Alpha One
    edited November 2023
  • Song_WardenSong_Warden Member, Alpha One, Adventurer
    'The Star Gazers were so entranced by the cosmos that the weavers wove the galaxies into a fine weave. The star gazers were so enamoured great Star Balls were organised and the fine weaves were worn. The magicians of the realm unearthed planar magic and imbued the fine weave with stellar striations. The weavers were grateful for the magical undercurrents. The star gazers were enchanted by the celestial systems. The magicians were strengthened, the star gazers were lengthened and the weavers grew fat with the gold.'
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  • Song_WardenSong_Warden Member, Alpha One, Adventurer
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  • @Teyloune / @Natasha - these your own pictures, or have you got them from elsewhere?
    This link may help you: https://ashesofcreation.wiki/
  • Song_WardenSong_Warden Member, Alpha One, Adventurer
    My three were my first ever attempt at AI Art Generation.
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  • HinotoriHinotori Member, Leader of Men, Kickstarter, Alpha One
    Vaknar wrote: »
    Very neat concepts! Can you think of lore that could go with them? c:

    I thought it could also be a robe that was cast off during the tumultuous calamity by a scion of shol. They used planar magic to try and discern the nature of the gods and the universe and being vain also used it to show their power by wearing it. But when the struggle commenced and they bore witness to the gods and their destruction they were driven to the brink of madness and abandoned all their works and cast the cloth/armor aside.
  • TeylouneTeyloune Member, Phoenix Initiative, Royalty, Kickstarter, Alpha One
    Vaknar wrote: »
    Very neat concepts! Can you think of lore that could go with them? c:

    For the Robe of Constallations from this post
    https://forums.ashesofcreation.com/discussion/comment/427657/#Comment_427657

    My idea would be that one of the first Vek, a Starweaver, who was concerned about the future of his people, sought answers from their God. The god did respond; however, the answer was far from simple, as the future is complex and ever-changing, with millions of possibilities. The Starweaver was granted the ability to craft these robes, which seemingly hold the answers. In his lifetime, he crafted hundreds of these Robes. However, to this day, the Vek, who gaze upon the stars for answers, have barely scratched the surface of the secrets these robes may hold. Even the most knowledgeable and wisest Vek have not managed to decipher them, and so they don these Robes while continuing to look to the stars for answers.

    This could then work with the lore of this
    https://ashesofcreation.wiki/Starweaver's_Workshop

    What do you think about that?
  • TeylouneTeyloune Member, Phoenix Initiative, Royalty, Kickstarter, Alpha One
    Vaknar wrote: »
    Very neat concepts! Can you think of lore that could go with them? c:

    For my post that started all this - The Living Armor that has a Symbiotic Relationship with its Wearer
    https://forums.ashesofcreation.com/discussion/56596/ideas-for-cosmetic-themes

    "The Mutualistic Shroud, a dark creation born from the desperate whispers of a blood magic cult held captive by an Order of Knights, is both a curse and a lifeline. Forged in the crucible of desperation, it is a mimic armor, warped by corruption and sustained by the essence it feasts upon. Its origins trace back to a time when the looming threat of the Ancients' corruption pushed the boundaries of morality and necessity.

    The blood magic cult, bound by the shackles of the Order of Knights, sought to harness the very essence of life to create a weapon against the encroaching darkness. They delved into forbidden rituals, forging a symbiotic entity that would become the Mutualistic Shroud. Held at swordpoint, they reluctantly relinquished their creation to the Order - a dark gift born from the very corruption itself.

    The wearer of the Mutualistic Shroud is both a guardian and a prisoner, bound by an unbreakable pact. The armor, a living entity of its own, permits only measured removal. The more the wearer attempts to strip themselves of its embrace, the more it resists, ensuring that its own survival remains entwined with theirs.

    To obtain the Mutualistic Shroud is to walk a path stained with blood and desperation. Only through the demise of a current wearer can the armor transfer its allegiance. A lethal dance of shadows unfolds as the armor senses the impending end and seeks a new host with ruthless efficiency.

    The Mutualistic Shroud, though born of darkness, becomes a reluctant ally in the battle against corruption. It thrives on the essence of the wearer, sustaining itself through the very life force it protects. The tales of the unfortunate wearers of these armors are a haunting echo in the annals of Verra - a testament to the sacrifices made in the name of survival and the uneasy alliances forged against a common, consuming foe."
  • pyrealpyreal Member, Warrior of Old
    edited November 2023
    Dunir High Priest

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  • pyreal wrote: »
    Dunir High Priest

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    clearly doesn't look "high" enough :lol:
  • Song_WardenSong_Warden Member, Alpha One, Adventurer
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    A Song Warden.
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  • That guitar is a bit too modern. Make it a baliset :)
  • edited November 2023
    Raven016 wrote: »
    That guitar is a bit too modern. Make it a baliset :)

    I read that as ballista at first and thought of desperado with the guitar case weapons lol

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