Aramise Del’Arco; Arbiter of Disputes

Well, I’m not off to a good start with my 2021 Resolutions. I’m already a month behind on my Character of the Month. For Fem-bruary’s character I chose a to paint a fighter; and here she is, better late than never. Nevertheless, being late doesn’t get me off the hook for another character this month, so watch this space for my official submission for March. In the meantime, this miniature is Rhaine, Rogue; from Reaper Miniatures, sculpted by Werner Klocke. At least, that’s what she’s called now. My blister said “Rhaine, Duelist”; so I decided to stick with that concept for her backstory.

Among the rich and powerful nobility of Evalaux, disputes are often settled at swordspoint. Despite this, most nobles barely know which end of a dueling saber or pistol to hold, never mind how to employ one for its intended purpose. The richest noble houses have fencing masters on staff, ready at a moment’s notice to avenge an insult or satisfy the slighted feelings of their patrons. If, however, yours is not one of the richest houses; or if you have recently suffered the inconvenient (yet permanent) loss of a fencing master due to poor job performance, then you must hire one; else be at the mercy of the social jabs and thrusts of the aristocracy.

Aramise Del’Arco is the most sought-after duelist in Evalaux. She has been offered fencing master positions at the most prestigious and wealthy houses; positions she has declined. Some of the masters of these houses saw her refusal as an insult and made the poor decision to hire a duelist of their own to seek redress. Aramise Del’Arco killed every one without compassion or apology. Thus, the nobility of Evalaux must content themselves with never having the best duelist under permanent retainer; and they must fear that Aramise Del’Arco may one day show up on their own doorstep in the employ of a rival.

Aramise Del’Arco does not work solely for the nobility. In the crowded streets and back alleys of Evalaux, crime lords, cults and other nefarious organizations have all used her talents. Provided you can afford her, Aramise Del’Arco is for hire. But be certain you pay the bill when it comes due.

You may ask why. An illustrative example: before he was known as “No-Nose, One-Eared, One-Eyed Rickard”, Rickard the Butcher was a man to be feared in the dark underworld of Evalaux. When he decided to send three bravos after Aramise Del’Arco rather than pay her fee for her elimination of a rival, Aramise Del’Arco gave him the visually-appropriate nickname he enjoys at present.

As for the bravos, they didn’t get nicknames. They just got dead, and Aramise Del’Arco got her money.

Aramise Del’Arco is a mystery. No fencing master in Evalaux can say she was their pupil or their classmate. No one knows where she came from or how she became so skilled with a blade. All that is known about her is that she is quite possibly the finest swordswoman alive; and that she will work for anyone who meets her price. Once hired, she will work until the terms of the contract have been fulfilled. She cannot be bought off or bribed; but make no mistake: she is no assassin. If an opponent dies in the course of a lawful duel, then so be it; but she will not murder for hire, and sad indeed is the person who would make the mistake of assuming so.

I instantly fell in love with the “unofficial” duelist character class when I saw it collected in Best of The Dragon (magazine) Vol. 4, and promptly made one of my longest-running AD&D characters ever: a half-elf duelist who constantly found himself embroiled in political games with players much bigger than he. I used him as an inspiration for this Character of the Month.

Check back soon for March’s submission!

11 thoughts on “Aramise Del’Arco; Arbiter of Disputes

  1. Dick Garrison

    Love the back story and really love the miniature!! Beautiful bit of painting there too mate, she might be late but is worth the wait in my books!

    Cheers Roger.

    1. The Angry Piper Post author

      Thanks, Roger. I’m trying to get back on the horse, as it were. That diorama really made me want to do anything else for a while…then real life got in the way and before I knew it, it was March. TBH I kept putting her aside because I couldn’t decide on which colors to use and I didn’t want to have to repaint her.

  2. Dick Garrison

    I think the colours are spot on and her face is lovely.

    I know what you mean about “real life” I can see mu productivity taking a nose dive when I go back to work at the end of the month!

  3. Matt

    Great bit of painting there, sir, and an excellent backstory — puts my two-sentence jobs to shame! The colours you’ve used are striking and her face is really well done.

    1. The Angry Piper Post author

      Thanks, Matt! I’ve always loved creating characters; I find it the most fun part of playing rpgs. Many is the time I have been inspired to create a character based on a miniature. It seems it happens more often that way than the reverse; i.e. trying to find a miniature to fit a character concept. I thought her face looked ok, but then I made the mistake of zooming in on it with my iPhone. Yikes. Up close, she looks like she went a few rounds with George Foreman and then got Bozo the clown to try and cover it up. Super-high resolution isn’t my friend.

      1. Matt

        Yeah, I know what you mean about zooming in on faces. They look good from a foot away, and then you use the macro lens and it’s like they’re growing flesh-coloured moss on their cheeks.

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