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TES - Ancestor Moth Priest Concept Drawing by VenGethenian
TES - Ancestor Moth Priest Concept Drawing
Concept drawing for walking-about robes of a Priest of the Cult of the Ancestor Moth, from the Elder Scrolls games.

I recall that you do get to meet some of these fellows at one point in Oblivion, and they're all sitting around in a mushroom-dungeon monastery wearing white bath robes. I reject that reality and substitute my own, as there is plenty of lore to support much more interesting appearances for these figures. Oblivion's take on them showed a pathetic lack of creativity and ignorance of lore. 

I'm actually trying to design a cosplay of a Moth Priest. This drawing started out intending to be just another brief sketch, but I got carried away with it. This is not my final costume design, nor is it even the design I'll end up liking most as something the Moth Priests "most likely" look like, but I like how this came out, and it's not bad for a concept.

Things missing from this drawing that should be there:

1. More moths. Usually these guys go around with their faces covered in them. But I wanted to draw clothing, not bugs, and I wanted to show the powdered-bark-makeup they use to attract the moths. 

2. Letters of the Elder Alphabet incorporated into the silk or somewhere. Because I wasn't going for exact detail here. 
Ancestor Moth Cult Priest concept sketch by VenGethenian
Ancestor Moth Cult Priest concept sketch
A Moth Priest from the Elder Scrolls series. Despite serving arguably one of the most important functions in the entire TES world (that being, they are the only people able to read the Elder Scrolls), they never made an appearance in-game until Oblivion, where they suffered from the insultingly lazy lack of creativity that punished so much of the TES world in the game, and all we saw were some dudes hanging out in a mushroom-dungeon of a monastery in their bathrobes. 

I'm planning to put together a cosplay as a Moth Priest for a convention I'm attending this February. When I started this, I meant for it to be brainstorming the costume design, and then I kind of got a little carried away. :P

One note of explanation: The weird marks on her face are meant to represent the bark shavings the priests apply to their skin to attract the moths. 

I might color and scan this later. I think I like it well enough for that. :)
Gemsona: Moldavite by VenGethenian
Gemsona: Moldavite
All right so... contrary to previous sketches posted here, this is my REAL Gemsona, Moldavite, as identified by my significant other, who (now, as always) knows me far better than I will ever know myself. 

If you can't be bothered to decipher my handwriting, her weapon doesn't actually literally look like that. It's more of a Swiss Army soup spoon. 

State of the Ven

Tue Dec 10, 2013, 3:48 PM

Hi! I'm Ven. You probably know me as Oancitizen's title card artist on or Chez Apocalypse.

I regret to announce that due to personal reasons, I am currently taking a break from doing title cards and am not accepting commissions until further notice.

I thank you all for your kind words, and your patience. I just need to deal with some things right now.

  • Listening to: Nightvale
  • Reading: The Once and Future King
  • Watching: Top Gear
  • Playing: Minecraft
  • Eating: Lamb shanks
  • Drinking: Nothing


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Ven Gethenian, Tsar of Melospiza

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Skin of choice: Yours. As a bookcover.
Favourite cartoon character: Roger Rabbit

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