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Discussing Finesse by Quarter-Virus Discussing Finesse by Quarter-Virus
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WARNING: OLD ART!! The art and comments in this Deviation may no longer represent the artist's current views or interests.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY :iconlesatho:!!

I was so torn between which of Les's lovely characters to draw, as she has so many interesting ones, but eventually it fell to one of her two SWTOR toons I've had the privilege of meeting. It was a toss-up between her dashing cyborg of a smuggler Birdy, or her sexy and wily Imperial Agent Caspira. Cas won out if only because her recent encounter with my Sith made for an interesting screenshot.
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... After several moments he straightens up again, and mutters darkly, "Who is it, then?"

Caspira retains that unimpressed look - despite the slightly concerning interruption. "If I tell you, you can't just go haring off, lightning bolts zipping from your fingertips. This is going to take some finesse to arrange."

Laz'ab shakes is head once more in an attempt to clear it, before a smile creeps back across his face. His attitude changes completely and he relaxes, clasping his hands together behind his back as he considers her.

"Cipher Twelve, we've both been playing these games long enough to know that you wouldn't be standing here telling me this if you didn't think I was capable of 
'finesse'." He tilts his head in an imploring gesture, brows raising in an almost arrogant 'Am I right?' expression.


--Sak
Star Wars the Old Republic © BioWare
Caspira © :iconlesatho:
All other characters and artwork © Shamine Athena King
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MayJackson Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Does Laz'ab have less of a problem with touch as long as he's the one making contact (and not the one *being* touched)? It has seemed that way from your pictures, but it still seems like a rare event. Well, outside of the interrogation room xD ...And if so, is he picky about only touching clothing or hair or something (as opposed to direct skin-skin contact)?
I've always loved the expressions and body language in this pic, btw! Caspira has a lot of guts to hang around Laz so closely.
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Quarter-Virus Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Professional Filmographer
It's all about the control, and so long as Laz'ab feels like he has the upper hand he is usually very comfortable with a lot of things he might otherwise object to. Being in familiar surroundings, having superior status, or being with people he "trusts" - so much as can be said for him - all fall under this category.

At the time this was drawn he was still unfamiliar with Caspira and had only just met her, and in fact in the RP log I don't believe he touches her very much, only so long as it serves his purpose in intimidation and manipulation. Almost a year down the line Caspira and Azil'mort are the only two people he can stand to be touched by, but they both keep their distance on account of you can never tell when he's okay with it, or when he's likely to bite your hand off for trying.
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MayJackson Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Oh, that makes sense! And those two are smart to keep their distance! Not that they do it adequately xD If I had to be in the same room with Laz'ab for any reason, I'd be on the frigging other side avoiding anything that could be construed as eye contact...

Having the upper hand/being of superior status - are those also things that will lead him to target and attack someone? (Or does he mostly just kill who the Empire hands him?) Because I know you mentioned he'd beat up the younger version of himself in a heartbeat, given the chance.
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Quarter-Virus Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional Filmographer
He'd beat up the younger version of him if the younger version of him got on his nerves, which would likely happen because slaves to the Empire are whiny, rebellious little sh*ts that get in your way. Laz'ab doesn't just out and attack someone, that causes trouble. Unless he's having a bad day or a relapse of extreme violence as a result of his paranoid schizophrenia, he chooses his victims carefully. He also prefers torture to killing; he is asexual and impotent, but putting others through pain gives him a kick sex no longer can.
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MayJackson Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Younger Laz was whiney and rebellious? xD That's a funny image... I guess I imagined him to be more the type to keep his head down - but perhaps that's just b/c with the circumstances you described for him back then, that's what most people would do.

Makes him more interesting, that he prefers torture to killing! He must get off more on the emotional trauma than the physical side in that case. Which makes sense if he can sense emotions, since it can be fun for even regular people to press each other's buttons - and torture would be the most extreme end of that.

Btw, I know you've mentioned you don't think Laz is pretty before, and I finally put my finger on why I think he is (b/c you're right, he shouldn't really be) - he's pretty in the exact same way that a snake can be pretty. When you see a snake unexpectedly, your stomach curdles and your spine arches, and you have this strong visceral, "EW!! GROSS! KILL IT!" reaction. But in another sense, when it's safe, you can also appreciate kind of the dark allure and beauty of a snake. Laz is like that. That, and you didn't design him to be wholly unappealing (I don't think anyone is debating whether or not Sidious is attractive xD)
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Quarter-Virus Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Getting off on other's emotions is something I play with heavily in RP, especially since Force sensitives like Jedi and Sith are very conscious of these things. It's one of the reasons he enjoys getting under Caspira's skin - she annoys the hell out of him, but when he can get her back the victory is sweet and he just likes to sink his teeth in deep, metaphorically speaking.

I can see what you mean there. While Twi'leks in SWTOR look so much more attractive than the traditional males in the film, I never intended for Laz'ab to be pretty/attractive/hot etc. especially not with how skinny, twisted, grotesque, veiny, slimy etc. he's really supposed to be. I appreciate it when others can recognize my attempts to make him undesirable. People who find him "sexy" or "want to do him" just creep me out.
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MayJackson Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
Haha xD Well, I'm not one of them, but I think you should go easy on them. I think another part of it is that people have a strong evolutionary drive to be attracted to whatever is powerful. (Because those that aligned themselves successfully with powerful individuals, survived and likely more of their offspring survived too b/c they'd have more food and better shelter, etc.) That probably explains why there are fans out there for just about every villain in fiction ever... :)
Also, they're not in your head xD They don't know Laz like you do. I think there are probably a LOT of things that would turn people off in person (ticks, body language that is just plain *off*, that sort of thing) that just can't come out in pictures. Those things totally crack me up though!! That and his childishness. I'm totally going to draw him w/ my OC :) Just don't hold your breath xD I'm slow.
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Quarter-Virus Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Professional Filmographer
I'm referring to the people who get off on the thought of Laz'ab ravaging them while putting a hole in their gut ... which will never happen, anyway, because Laz is asexual and can't get it up. He also tends to just outright kill masochists, because if people start to enjoy what he's doing it's no longer fun for him. But of course it's not that big a deal for me; everyone has their kinks, and most people understand who Laz is meant to be. Every fandom has its crazies, I guess.

I look forward to seeing it, just be careful. I've had issues with people who have mis-interpreted Laz'ab before in their art/writing and got annoyed with them. But you seem to have a good grasp on him. And yes, he is a little childish, with some moreso than others. He never had a childhood as such, but sometimes when he's comfortable he lets himself go. He's particularly childish with Azil'mort, whom he trusts enough to do silly things like rolling around, or falling asleep in tall grass, etc.
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Shadow-Of-Nights Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Bad touch. BAD TOUCH! Cas needs an adult. o.o
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venuslove Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012
what happens next? :omfg:
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Page-Mistress Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
...I really shouldn't be jealous of his nails, because my own can get long enough that people compliment me on them (and I don't do anything with them), so why am I?!
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DragonChan Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Why in the world does Laz'ab make me think of spiders skittering up my back? O.o da fuq....

Awesome as always!
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Quarter-Virus Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Professional Filmographer
If you feel like that, then I've done my job. I often describe his hands during RP as fidgeting like spider's legs.
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DragonChan Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
And now those talons of his make me shiver even MORE. Thanks for that :p
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rubberpie Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
These screenshot style pics are fantastic!
BAD TOUCH
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Ilnoitra Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Keep more logs, and post them as well, you make me want to sit in and watch
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RyouYamiBakura Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
Okay, you have seriously got to post more of your RP's. I am DYING to know what's going on, and you're always talking about how much fun you have... Oh dear, I think I'm jealous... Keep up the good work!
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Farbjous Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
Laz'ab, you can make any hot sistuation creepy. :stare:
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lesatho Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh man, is this awesome! Such a great thing to find lurking in my dash this morning. And speaking of lurking, Laz'ab is doing a fine job of it there >.> I love the atmosphere you created here. Only now, Cas gets to needle him about that finesse, o-ho-ho~!

I do love this though, thank you! You captured Caspira great :D I love your rendition, she looks so bad ass. And more than a little concerned of the proximity of aforementioned Sith Lord. <3!
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Quarter-Virus Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Professional Filmographer
There's only so much finesse you can manage with a lightsaber ... and several other voices crammed into those extra brains of yours. If she likes, he can educate her about those, too ... actually, he probably will if she doesn't like ...

Glad you like it!
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lesatho Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lightsaber finesse sounds a bit similar to sledgehammer finesse in his hands. If he starts trying to educate her on his mental state, she's probably going to firing snide little comments back and pushing buttons again. Those two can get on eachother's nerves remarkably well. :D At least when one is starving and the other is insulted.
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spark1919 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist
lol. I was lisening to the song ´evil walks´ while i was looking in my new devaintoins box and when the lyric ´dark shadow hanging over your shoulder´ came up I found this picture. now thats what I call timing
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Quarter-Virus Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Impeccable timing and finesse! Skills.
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Jowain92 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I bet Laz'ab would make an epic "Why so serious?" Scene :lol:
I have to a agree with :icongellyh:, your colouring skills are to die for *Laz'ab turns head* I did'nt mean literally!!! *Zaaap* Arrrgh!
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constantie Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Im liking Laz'ab more and more :P
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Gellyh Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I really. really. really. want your colouring skills. Just... gimme!!! Especially around Caspira's boob are-- I mean jacket. Especially the way you coloured her jacket, aghum.
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Limro Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so impressive!
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HarleyTheGreat Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
Niiiice... I love those screenshotty pictures. This is awesome!
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fireangelrena Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
bow chika wow -shocked by lightning-

i bow to your ability to draw backgrounds.
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TheLastWarriorMecha Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
WOOO! GREAT ART! ROCK ON!
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