The Northbound

By Khai on May 11th, 2016
Race: Norn
Gender: Male
Armor: Heavy
Color: Silver
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In his youth he made a fortune fighting in the Lion's Arch arena.
He decided to settle down in a lodge not far north from Hoelbrak.
He is a blacksmith.
He is a hunter who keeps others fed during the harsh winters.
At night he dreams of roaming long forsaken halls in his race's homelands.
He can feel that, with the jungle dragon slain by the Pact Commander,
the time for his people to march north is nigh.
The time to resist treacherous promises of power.
To end the deceiver of the weak-willed.
To reclaim
what was lost.

This is my very first attempt at creating a realistic, toned down, NPC-like look. Spent way too much time perfecting the dyes! I think what truly makes the outfit stand out are little details. For example, look at the quiver and specifically how well it aligns with the angle of the back stripe of the chestpiece, as if it was attached to it. I also like how the character's physical appearance is what really ties the look together (the underrepresentation of brown in the upper parts of his armor is in a way nullified by his hair colour). I hope you like what you're seeing! All screens were taken with Reshade on, with the exception of the character select menu screenshot.

This lore-friendly look evolved from a really lore-unfriendly Cantha-inspired dragonhunter outfit my guardian had been rocking ever since HoT came out. I was really tired of it. I enclose one screenshot of the old look, maybe some of you will find it interesting to see the progress :D


I don't think I'm the only one who'll be handing this look a gold!
2016-05-11 13:46

I LOVE HIS FACE, this is love at first sigh :D
Your look is vey unique compared to typical norn-like stylization on this site. Great realistic dyes and screens.
I like everything about your Northbound, pure gold :)
2016-05-11 13:49

Elessar Taralom
I LOVE this look! Male Norn aren´t exactly my favourite, but looks like these always make me rethink that
Everything about this look is classic, I particularly love the top and shoulders, they flow into each other like they´d belong to one set
His hair and face just look like a real viking and the screens are atmospheric and give off a true Norn vibe
Especially seeing his old look you improved SO much!
Really, take a big fat gold for this awesome look!
2016-05-11 15:20

for being a so simple it looks amazing for being a NPC like look. he fits perfectly in to the Norn race without being over done
2016-05-11 16:54

You subtle appearence and the norn-theme are amazing!
I absolutely love the screens and the weapons you chose! It all looks so natural, just perfect :D
Take my Gold too!
2016-05-11 17:04

Deathblade Kenny
Fashion Guru
Your character looks like he could be cast in a movie right away. he looks like a true unique character. realistic norn vibe great dyes screenshots. dye choice is really awesome i love the way dyes flow this good. gold from me
2016-05-11 17:47

Fashion Collector
Good concept, well executed and clean screenshot job. Well done.
2016-05-11 18:25

Thank you all so much for your kind words, guys
2016-05-12 8:47

Fashion Guru
Dang that is some nice improvement here!
You created a nice typical Norn look that looks so awesome on your character.
I really like the armourpieces you used and I love this natural dye- job. Looks very authentic and nice.
I am as well not very fond of male Norn but you made a nice exception I really like him from head to toe. He doesn't even look too bulky!
Your screens are as well very nice I am enjoying the different locations and poses.
Such a good job deserves some Gold!
2016-05-12 13:36

Nero Angelo
It all simply clicked.
2016-05-13 15:31

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