Shiva - Hindu Deity of Destruction

By Elessar Taralom on April 11th, 2016
Race: Charr
Gender: Female
Armor: Light
Color: Multi
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She is anger, she is rage and destruction. Shiva, "The Auspicious One", also known as Devon Ke Dev Mahadev, came onto the world to judge its inhabitants. She is regarded as limitless, transcendent, unchanging and formless. Shiva also has many benevolent and fearsome forms, but this time she took on the form of a fearsome tigress.
Roaming the borders of her lands, her unforgiving gaze piercing through the souls of her victims, she is just waiting for her chance to pounce.
Although many have forgotten about her, she hasn´t forgotten about anyone....She merely waited her time to return and get her revenge on her unfaithful worshippers. The fact that her old worshippers are long dead and gone doesn´t really concern her at all, for her eternal lifespan doesn´t really allow her any empathy for mere mortals.

Hey guys, I am back with a very experimental look on a Charr! This time I tried to go for an Indian themed look, since I was blown away by how cool the Ley Cowl looked in combination with my particular Charr´s hairstyle! It somehow felt very Indian for me and I felt that Charr in particular had some good armour parts to complement this theme!
I know she is very colorful, but I tried to stay as closely as possible to traditional Hindu gods and those are indeed very colorful (actually even more than I made my Charr >>). I do feel that it´s a nice contrast to her fur though ^^
Finding something that looked Indian wasn´t too easy, because if Arenanet chooses to give us something Asian, it is most of the time more Japan or China inspired, but these pants just fit right in and I liked the texture and pattern of the top piece. The shoulders were chosen, because they pretty much got the same form as the details on the pants!
Screening also wasn´t too easy this time as Indian looking places are really rare. At this point I really have to thank Hylek for pointing me to the Tengu Wall as it is the most Indian looking place in the game imo. I tried around with Tarir as well, because that came pretty close.
Traditionally, blue fur would have been appropriate for a Hindu god, but since there is only a very slightly blue grey, I decided against it and chose a tiger instead; it just felt like the most Indian cat for me ^^ Also the horns with the gems feel like something a Goddess would choose!
I did try to be really cautious with not mixing too much Arabic, Chinese or Japanese influences into the look, but if it happened anyways I sincerely apologize ^^"
Anyways, this was a fun look to experiment with and I didn´t really see many GW2 looks with this theme yet, so I hope you enjoy her ^^

Discuss this look on Reddit at GuildWarsDyeJob!


Fashion Guru
Tiger is still Indian and I love her! I think the blue fur woul have made her look to "artificial" so you nailed it! She looks so seasoned in a lot of your screens so you captured her perfectly I think! Gawd you guys and your Charr's! You inspire me :D SO TOTALLY FREAKIN GOLD!
2016-04-11 14:46

Elessar Taralom
Thanks so much! I rarely see this face on female Charr and that´s a shame, it looks so badass! ^^
2016-04-11 14:49 in reply to Purgatori

Wow, I don't know what to say... She is unique!
Sometimes it's looking if she has an unnormal long neck. I don't know if this was your plan, but it's freaking cool, because that makes her looking like a fantasy cat.
The armor itself is great and the colors bring out your indian theme perfectly!
If you ask me I would say she is a fabulous creature from indian myths, that become alive with your screenshots and story!
Clear gold!
2016-04-11 14:50

I saw the first picture and I already said this is gold ^^
The dyes are perfect, don't change anything! The idea is also very cool, I never had that idea before :)
About the screenshots: I guess that the Ossan Quarter (Elonian part in Divinity's Reach) could fit pretty well as seen in this image that I did found on google
The place: /wiki/Ossan_Quarter
2016-04-11 14:56

Elessar Taralom
Aaaah, I am so stupid, I wanted to screen there and forgot! Too late xD
But thanks for your kind words, super appreciated! ^^
2016-04-11 15:01 in reply to Migg

Fashion Guru
wooooooooooooooah, that is one incredibly unique Charr, wow!
you took a risk and it was well worth it, I just admire how creative you are!
2016-04-11 15:30

Fashion Guru
this is amazing! so original, so unique! i love everything!
please, take gold! *throws gold medals*
2016-04-11 15:59

Amazing look!
It is so well executed, considering the theme you were going for!
The colours and armor are amazing and this is actually the first time ive seen this GS used!
Im glad i could help you with pointing out the location :D
Gold for you!
2016-04-11 16:01

More mythology! Squeeee!! *copies Bremy*
2016-04-11 16:46

Deathblade Kenny
Fashion Guru
Your screenshots turned out great Elessar. very impressed ;)
2016-04-11 17:04

Fashion Collector
Such an awesome original idea, executed with a dope female charr, love it. Gold, if I could double gold.
2016-04-11 17:14

what an amazing idea!! most charr are so true to lore it can get boring, but this one really takes the crown; literally, hehe
2016-04-11 17:30

Fashion Collector
Unique and fabulousssss..... gold ! :D
2016-04-11 18:24

Aw, she is just soooo gorgeous!
The ley-stone cowl looks so perfect on her.
Armor and dyes are great for your theme. I love, that the conjurer pants hat these small blue details, this add a nice little contrast to the red, orange and gold.
Weapons are great as well and I just love the screens!
Gold und ein Bienchen ins Muttiheft xD
2016-04-12 3:47

Fashion Collector
I like her, gold ;)
2016-04-12 4:24

Fashion Guru
Ah, a hindu theme - love it! Yeah, that face for female charr is awesome - as soon as I saw it I knew it'd be perfect for Doryan. You can see it in my February look, the archon mask looks really cool with the eyes :)

Word to those considering these pants on charr - they are pretty cool looking, and Elessar certainly got some beautiful shots demonstrating their strengths, but once you see those beads clip like crazy in motion (or even when you're just idling, the tail clipping is among the worst I've seen on an armor model) or on different charr body types (bigger/smaller male charr have the beads constantly disappearing into the skirt), you'll be humming a different tune. Doesn't help that the dye channels are annoying to work with. A vest is always a great armor choice for charr though :D
2016-04-12 5:07

Elessar Taralom
Thank you! ^^
I have long made peace with the fact that clipping is near to unavoidable on a Charr unless you wear tight pants x x
It is annoying af, but for my theme there wasn´t any other option for the pants and I will just gently look away when I see the clipping in game :´D
2016-04-12 5:37 in reply to Sharkey

Elessar Taralom
Yes, that blue detail worked perfect for me! It allowed me to bring in some more colour without having to invest a dye slot ^^
Yesss, ein Bienchen! Mit Fleißsternchen? :D
2016-04-12 5:40 in reply to NanaItalia

Haha, ja mit ganz vielen Fleißsternchen XD
2016-04-12 6:28

Here she is! I love her face (rarely seen), the color of her fur which is perfect for the theme, and the blue eyes to match the pants!
The colors are so beautiful *-*
And the mix is very nice too, especially the crown it's such a good idea.
Amazing, unique, beautiful and colorful charr! I just love her ... it makes me want to create a charr too ! :D
Gooooold ! :p
2016-04-12 12:07

Fashion Guru
Omg I love this character sooooo much!
The hairstyle is just on spot and fitting so perfectly to the rest of her look. Speaking of look- the armour mix is frikken awesome! I love the combination of every piece and I especially adore the headpiece which looks absolutely stunning.
The dyes are great and on point and again, those screens are too great to be real!
Take my gold, just take everything I haaaaave!
2016-04-12 17:29

That´s once again an unique character with awesome story, screens and everything! :D
2016-04-13 6:47

Once again just amazing :D Charr looks are always hard to do imo, but this tops most of them!
2016-04-13 10:07

Very original, excellent matching and outstanding screenshots. Gold from me!
2016-04-13 18:45

I'm not good with Charrs, but yours is definitelly more unique then mose ones I've seen ^_^
I didn't think Leystone Cowl could look so interesting on Charr :o
Love your "roar" screens :D and basicly I love everything about your look- uniquness, colors, armor, everything :)
2016-04-14 6:33

Elessar Taralom
Thanks so much, your comments are always so kind and brighten my day! ^^
I was also really surprised how cool it looked!
2016-04-14 7:08 in reply to morriganiontko

Update: Elessar, even though your ele can't use it, I do hope you're working toward Chuka and Champawat right now!
2016-04-23 17:33

Elessar Taralom
It´s a necro, but that sadly doesn´t change much xD
But you´re right, it would fit perfectly!
2016-04-23 17:56 in reply to KestrelGirl

Fashion Collector
Creativity is the 1st word. Gold is the 2nd
2016-05-22 18:24