Protector of the Forest

By jesandsteven on July 17th, 2016
Race: Human
Gender: Female
Armor: Light
Color: Multi
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The forest is a place of magic and danger. A land of enchantment and ancientness of the world. This land is full of stories about mythical creatures, legendary beasts, and god-like beings. For thousands of years, humans everywhere have brought these mythical creatures to life in stories, and songs. She is the protector of this forest realm...

o/ Hi all. I have always wanted to create a look on my human based around the Nightmare Court leggings, and this is my take on it. Top choices that blend well with the sarong are limited. So the armor combination is commonly used. The headpiece and gloves were chosen to bring in more feather elements. The shoulders were dyed to mimic the pattern on the bottoms. These pieces do not dye the same and an inordinate amount of time was spent trying to make the colors look cohesive.
The more obvious choices for weapons, such as the Verdant weapons really clashed with the dye work. The chosen weapons are an attempt to keep natural looking type weapons while also keeping with the dye scheme.
She is overly bright and bold on purpose, and I hope some of you may enjoy her :)


Fashion Collector
I'll have to give this a gold for the dyejob alone :) armor comb not super original, but the dyes make it seem so regardless. Really really beautiful. Only thing I would've done different is the shoulder piece. it looks very heavy armor and clashes with the leafy dress.
2016-07-17 14:10

Fashion Guru
This is really really awesome I actually hate that dress cause it looks really weird but it fits perfect with this look!
2016-07-17 15:46

Gorgeouuuus ! The colors are awesome, the screens too. The armor is very fitting your theme.
I love it ! A flawless colorfull mix, gold gold gold ! :D
2016-07-17 17:34

I really, really love the colors! Your looks are always dyed so nice. She looks so fresh an colorfull, like a flower and I also like the golden metal parts.
The choice of weapons also fits great.
Gold! :)
2016-07-17 18:06

Fashion Guru
Wow, thanks for all the kind words guys. I wasn't sure she would be well received :)
2016-07-17 19:01

Fashion Guru
Interesting style. I'm glad to see someone else found the Phoenix chest, Nightmare Court bottoms and Illustrious gloves to be a good combination. [I also used those same pieces for a look for my ele ( ]

Maybe its just my wishful thinking but despite your claim I don't find this combination of armor pieces to be used often, atleast not on this website. A quick search of styles using both Phoenix chest and Nightmare Court bottoms shows only three looks, including yours. That combined with your use of such bold colors makes me find this look pretty original. The feathery elements of your headpiece, shoulders, chest and gloves match quite nicely. And the metallic adornments on your headpiece, shoulders and boots are a nice balance--they are intricate enough to add a dignified/noble look to your character but not so much that it detracts from her nature theme.

Your screenshots are well done. They readily show the natural aspect of this style. I would have to say my favorite is where she's casting in front of an Oakheart--a protector of nature indeed.

While I would've wished to see you use a weapon set that showcases her colors better I understand there aren't any available that are leafy in nature and match the purple color of your armor. The weapons you chose are fitting enough for your theme. My only other gripe with your look is how disparate the purple color is compared to the green/yellow hues of the rest of your armor. I understand how difficult dying the Phoenix top and Nightmare Court bottoms can be, especially with the way dyes behave on them. However, even with that in mind, I would suggest adding an undertone of pink or red to the skirt of your armor so the purple blends more evenly with the green and yellow. Here's a visual aid showing some examples of dyes you could use. I tried to stay as true to your current dye scheme as possible but I felt some changes to the other dyes would better help streamline the look. (

For the first set of pictures I kept the green colors on the chest piece but inverted them so the lighter green was placed on the edges. In this way they could better blend in with the light green colors near the top-edges of the skirt. It also gives the illusion that her skirt is a blooming flower. For the second set I added some yellow to the chestpiece. A general rule to follow for colors (but not always) is to keep lighter hues located near the top of a look with a gradient towards darker colors near the bottom. I thought adding a yellow hue to the chestpiece would help keep the focus of the eye on the top-half of this style where her face and metallic adornments are located. Of course, these are minor issues. I don't think they directly detract from your look but they can be refined to improve it.

Ultimately, this is a good look. The concept is relatively original, the armor combination is cohesive, the dyes are bright and colorful; and with some changes they can be eye-catching but not obtrusive. And the screenshots are well-done and fitting to the theme.
2016-07-18 3:56

I love this! I rarely see sylvari-style armor on non-sylvari ingame or otherwise. That fact combined with your color choices makes this a refreshing change from the usual.
2016-07-18 18:31

Fashion Guru
Thanks so much for your thorough critique and your suggestions :)
2016-07-18 20:17 in reply to Ursaring

Fashion Guru
2016-07-18 20:17 in reply to iampufferfish

Elessar Taralom
The colours are on this are AMAZING
This ombre effect from green to colourful is such a creative idea!
I agree with Ursaring that the armour mix might feel more unoriginal as it is in reality; top as well as legs might be used often, but I donĀ“t see it as often in combination, so I would really not call this mix unoriginal!
I agree that the shoulders clash a little with the top, but I can also totally see why you chose these specific shoulders (the butterfly fits so well!)
The choice of weapons is really on point, it really adds to the high fantasy element of this look
Your presentation is flawless, have a big silver!
2016-07-22 18:50

2016-07-23 12:02