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Moira+Pippin ref sheet by Bright-Smoke Moira+Pippin ref sheet by Bright-Smoke
:bulletred: WARNING: TL;DR AHEAD. :bulletred:

This is the character reference part of my audition for The Book of Stories OCT, which sounds totally awesome and I really hope I get in. Also I FINALLY FIGURED OUT HOW TO MAKE THE PAPER BACKGROUND NOT SUCK; TAKE THAT PHOTOSHOP.

'Nyway, here is the necessary info for my OC Moira and her pet Furrim* Pippin. I'm not sure if he counts as a whole second character, but he gets his own info anyway.

PLUS ALSO: Look, she has almost normal heads-high proportions! Not really, but closer than usual!

*Furrims as a species are copyright :iconsilverwolfspirit3: And they are awesome and have their own club. You should check it out: [link]

Name:
Moira Angela Duncan

Age:
17

Physical Description:
Five foot five inches. Hair is a weird dark blonde brassy color. Poster child for bushy man-eyebrows.

Chosen By:
Mudd. Mudd is awesome.

Gift:
N/A

History:
Moira lives in a very similar world to ours, but where magic-users (the Gifted) and normal people (the Mundane) live in general harmony. Moira’s family is one with deep roots in magic, and she’s heartbroken when she never shows signs of having any magical power to speak of. While it’s by no means uncommon for two magical parents to produce a Mundane child, she’d spent her young life surrounded by Gifted people, and had always thought she’d be one. After her thirteenth birthday, the definitive now-or-never age for powers to show up, she was slightly depressed, until she discovered an enormous book (not to be confused with The Book,) on the subject of alchemy, or potion-making. Since then, she’s been secretly teaching herself the whole book, and has a secret setup in the bowels of her school filled with her materials, which she has gathered/ borrowed/ filched/ bought from various places. The only thing to know about her hobby is Pippin, her pet Furrim (see Pippin’s description for more info). The trouble with her obsession is that Alchemy is frowned upon in the Gifted society, which is why she's kept it a secret.

Personality:
Moira’s outwardly kind of a bitch. She’s snarky, defensive, stubborn, rude, and wary of strangers. She pretends not to care about magic or her lack of it, even though there’s nothing in the world she wants more then to be Gifted like most of her family and friends; she’s actually slightly embarrassed by not having powers, and definitely a little bitter. Also generally pessimistic and cynical. If one was to put up with Moira's attitude long enough, you'd find she's actually not a bad person, she just distances herself from people and isn't terribly keen on trusting. Pippin's the only person she really confides in, which she would claim doesn't bother her, but so deep down that even she doesn't realize/wouldn't admit it, she wants real friends.

Fun fact: She has a crippling, paralyzing phobia of drowning/ large amounts of water.

Abilities:
Given the proper ingredients, time, and workspace, she’s capable of creating things such as stink bombs, momentary blackouts, truth elixirs, poisons, (to a very limited extent) medicines, temporary invisibility powder, and love potions. Etcetera.

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Name:
Pippin

Age:
5 years, young-adult-ish in Furrim years.

Physical Description:
Pippin is of a species called Furrims, which are possum-koala-chinchilla hybrids of suffocating cuteness (see the little paragraph above Moira's information). He has an extra tuft of hair on his head and is mostly brown with lighter markings 'round the edges. For more information (and better drawings) see the species reference sheet here: [link]

History:
Furrims are somewhat rare, but certainly not unheard of in Moira’s world; they’re basically exotic pets/ animal companions (often familiars for Gifted). Moira’s parents got her one for her fourteenth birthday, figuring an extravagant present was in order since she was so bummed about not getting her powers. Pippin likes everyone, but his present loyalty to Moira came about when he was bitten by a neighborhood dog and she nursed him back to health, refusing to let her parents take him to a vet. He’s followed her around (read: clung to her) tirelessly ever since.

Personality:
Pippin is afraid of very few things, more from naieevety (lol what is this spelling you speak of) than anything else. He’s extremely curious, which often gets him into trouble, as well as generally happy and friendly to strangers. He really, really likes shiny objects and will swipe your jewelry if you’re not looking. He’s highly loyal to Moira and very quick to make friends. He can’t talk, but is generally able to express himself through body language. He’s also a very picky eater, and refuses to eat canned Furrim food from the pet store; usually he just swipes whatever he can reach from Moira’s plate.

Abilities:
As abilities go, Pippin is pretty much useless. He’s a decent climber, can use his adorablility to his advantage, and strands of Furrim fur are ingredients in some potions, but that’s about it.

(Clarification Note: 'Alchemy' in the technical sense is solely devoted to the transformation of various metals into gold. In this sense Moira is not an alchemist, but I call her one because it sounds cooler to be an Alchemist than a Potion-Maker or a Maker-of-Potions, and most people don't know the difference. If you noticed that while reading her history and were all WTF I apologize.)
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:bulletblue: TL;DR VERSION: Moira is a bitter and anitsocial teenager who does potion-ey things and has a cute furry animal-thing named Pippin.
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YAYYY. :iconkermityayplz: IT IS COMPLETE. (Legit audition story coming soon-ish.) Will probably continue to tweak information before submitting it for consideration.

P.S. All hail the mighty Great Unicorn Prince Waffledorp. May his horn be ever-golden.

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:iconwaradmiral:
WarAdmiral Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Did I seriously never comment on this?!
Well, anyway, it's awesome and I really really really hope I get to face you eventually. :D
Also two more days until round 1!
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Bright-Smoke Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Student Digital Artist
... I'm developing that terrible habit of Caitlin's of letting my feedback messages sit unanswered for weeks.

GAH.

Soyeah. Wassup.
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WarAdmiral Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
'sup. Since becoming friends with Finng, I have started to stand on the sides of my feet with my legs crossed or occasionally walk pigeon-toed. Her habits rub off on all of us. xD
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Bright-Smoke Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I am borrowing her pigeon-toed habit for my characters in Frog and Toad. I play a young, spastic frog and a young, spastic bird, and they are standing with their feet pointed inwards because it totally says "Derpy and adorable child." :'D
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WarAdmiral Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Eheee. :D
When is this thing anyway?
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Bright-Smoke Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Fourth of July weekend. Y'all should come see it so we have an audience. It should be... interesting...
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:iconwaradmiral:
WarAdmiral Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I hope I can come. :D
Interesting makes for the best kind of theater.

Also have you read Homestuck? I've been reading it the past two days and I am so very very confused.
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Bright-Smoke Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Student Digital Artist
YOU SHOULD.

ARGLEBAH. THAT. I still fail to even understand what it IS beyond the UNGODLY amounts of fanart it gets. Link plz?
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DarthVengeance0325 Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Best of luck. :) Bitter and antisocial alchemists are something we need more of. :la:
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Bright-Smoke Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Absolutely. Everyone loves a pessimist. :D Good luck to you as well!
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lady-storykeeper Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Professional Artist
This is sooo cool! I really need to get started on mine XO!!!!
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:iconbright-smoke:
Bright-Smoke Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Thanks! And yeah, only two weeks left XD Good luck!
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lady-storykeeper Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Professional Artist
:3 thanks
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ArtistryInDeath Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011
I really love the character and her facial expressions... :lol: <3
And Pippin is just sooooo sweet!!! :heart:
Hope we'll see us in the contest! :la:
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:iconbright-smoke:
Bright-Smoke Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Thanks so much! And I know, I died several times over of cute overload while drawing him XD

Best of luck to you!
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ArtistryInDeath Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011
You're very welcome! Yeah, I can imagine that xDD

Thanks!
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DrinkTeaOrDie Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Professional Filmographer
I love the fonts you used. :)
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Bright-Smoke Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Thanks! I adore fonts. I usually name the ones I use on things, but I simplified the layers on this so early in the process I forgot what they were called and had no way to check. =(
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DrinkTeaOrDie Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011  Professional Filmographer
That's ok, I do that all the time. :)
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SephirothsFlamedWing Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, you aren't entirely off with your description of alchemy. Classically, alchemists worked to create 3 main things: a panacea (a cure-all for any illness), an elixir (to heal wounds and grant eternal life), and the philosopher's stone (to turn base elements into gold.)
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Bright-Smoke Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Hm. Thanks, I should probably do more research XD
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SephirothsFlamedWing Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:lol: More research is always good. :D
Even so, in fiction you can use it however you want, so long as it fits within the story rules.
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Bright-Smoke Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Student Digital Artist
XD Indeed. Yay fiction! ^^
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FJTrickster58 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011
Sounds like a fun character to go up against XD I hope we both make it and can meet in one of the rounds. That Furrim is adorable and you're drawing is awesome. XD

Good Luck!
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Bright-Smoke Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Thanks! Best of luck to you as well, and hope to see you in the tournament!
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tweedandtea Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Your drawings are lovely! Moira seems like a fun character to write--best of luck to you!
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Bright-Smoke Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Thank you! I adore Geoffrey so far, by the way.
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tweedandtea Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011  Student Digital Artist
You're welcome and thank you! :)
I'm reading your audition story right now.
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Bright-Smoke Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011  Student Digital Artist
=) If you could point out any glaring errors you notice, I'd be much obliged. It was edited when I was only-semi coherent XD.
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tweedandtea Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Gladly!
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Bright-Smoke Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Awesome, thanks!
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Conspiracy-Z-Cycle Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Moira is sassy, betchplz.
AND I TOTALLY SAY IT MOR-AH, SO THERE.

This is fucking amazing, man, so jealous of your pose-skillz and genius and stuff.
I WANNA KEEP PIPPIN IN MY ROOM ADN NEVER LET HIM OUT OF MY SIGHT, HE'S SO CUTE.
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Bright-Smoke Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Student Digital Artist
XD Yus. And thank you, but I realized it is physically impossible to stand like that (I tried) so im just LOLNONEWILLNOTICE.

... I'm actually debating on whether to just make that the official pronunciation, actually. Research shows that's what normal people do.

I died of cute overload several times while drawing, actually.
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Rianach Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That is effin' amazing! ;; Her expressions rock, and your coloring is lakjfdlkfjasdlfkjAWESOME.
And that Furrim is ADORABLE<333
SQUEEEEEE
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Bright-Smoke Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Ehee. Thank you dear.

FURRIMS ARE ADORABLE BECAUSE YOU INVENTED THEM THAY WAY, PFSH. You invented a species, that makes you like... god, if you think about it.
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Rianach Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A god.....
:iconcryforeverplz:
NOW I FEEL IMPORTANT
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Bright-Smoke Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I THINK YOU'RE IMPORTANT. //glomps//
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Rianach Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
//diess/// <3333
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ShortCatt Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
She looks cool. Best of luck with this OCT :thumbsup:
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Bright-Smoke Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Thanks muchly!
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