Post by Lady Whimsy on May 22, 2018 10:10:38 GMT -5
Welcome to the Faya'Koni's home base - a place to track progress and keep abreast of the latest updates. (There will be sister thread hosted on PI soon). Everyone is welcomed to join in the conversation and comment, these are a work-in-progress and are open to suggestions, either here or on our Slack channel
We had HOPED the Faya'koni would have been ready to launch with our 10th Birthday celebrations, but they just weren't quite done yet and we didn't want to rush them! We do hope that they'll be worth the wait
Firstly, what are Faya'Koni?
The name is derived from Russian, loosely translating to "fairy steed" - and that they are: they are the Fae Horses, native to Ellasia and the prized mount of the Elves. They are truly enchanted, with a variety of different builds and colours.
In appearance, the Faya'Koni are sleek, long-legged beasts with large eyes and delicately curled ears.
As an adoptable, the Faya'Koni are designed to be a sister shop to the Unicorns of Kalidore, providing beautiful horses that utilize more templates and ready-made designs.
- two stages, adult & foal of both genders
- multiple hairstyle
- some templated genes
- very simple genetics (foal is drawn from parent's appearance)
- unlimited expressions, colour, and designs
The idea behind the Faya'koni is that they be pretty, simple equine with an unlimited possibilities. Templates give colourists a starting point to create, and more genes will be added as we go. (No, I am not interested templating genes to match PI ones -- pony mimics are just not my thing, and their are plenty of adoptables that do that already). The end result will hopefully be pretty horses that don't make colourists fingers fall off, and are more affordable to all
So -- Where are we at?
The Faya'koni are a work-in-progress. The Female lines are fully inked as long as several different styles. Pattern templates are in progress.
Current styles include Kelpie, Elegant, Warhorse, Elemental, and Windblown:
The male lines are currently being inked by Lady Whimsy:
Foal lines - one filly and one colt - still need to be chosen. Problem is, Whimsy sketched out too many cute foal poses and now she can't decide which one! Perhaps you can help...?
(you would think this isn't a bad problem to have, but really - how do you choose just two?!)
And currently, the Faya'koni are without a cert, and we are not sure yet what direction we want to go with them either. Open to suggestions here, too.
Master to-do List:
Female Adult -- complete!
Male Adult -- being inked
Filly -- to be chosen
Colt -- to be chosen
Cert -- still needed
What about Staff & Colourist?
Currently we're unsure if the Faya'Koni will launch under the Kalidore banner or be its own shop with separate events; this might depend on how involved they become and how many people are working on the project.
We are looking for people who may be interested in colouring Faya'koni down the road, however, as we don't have a firm launch date, we can't really commit anyone to the project yet -- but figured now's as good a time as any to put some feelers out!
Lady Whimsy will keep plugging away at the inking to at least get the stallion done with a few fancy-do's; once foals have been chosen, they will go into inking too. All that's required is a cert, and then perhaps we can launch them? For a late-summer or fall release?
I'm sure there's something we're forgetting too, but that's a start!
So, in the meanwhile... here are 5 Interesting Facts about the Faya'Koni...
1. Not unlike elves, they consider themselves much above the "common folk", and are thus high-spirited, aloof, and opinionated steeds (think: if arabians were crossed with cats XD)
2. They communicate telepathically, both with each other and other species. Because of this, their linguistic language - even when "sent" telepathically (and particularly when talking to other species) - tends to be simplified, brief, and often cryptic. Their natural vocalization is more like zebra calls - bleats and whistles - than wickers and whinnies.
3. They do not use magic per se, unless you call the ability to disappear or evade any bridle they don't want to be wearing a magical ability... For this reason, most Fay'koni are ridden without tack, which means a relationship with the rider is must. Tack is for show - a symbol of status or rank (of the rider, and by that extension, also the steed) and worn by royalty, military, and those holding office.
4. Generally, Fay'koni believe they rank above humans, so humans generally do not have much luck taming fairy steeds (as well-documented through various earthen fairy tales). In the past certain charms and spells have been used with some success, and could work here too.
5. Faya'koni are not strictly vegetarian... >.>
And that's it! At least for now. There's a lot to do here too But don't think for a moment that the Faya'koni are the end of line... after all, the Eromare have been around in sketched form since the Unicorns of Kalidore intro'd all those many years ago. They too are on the docket to be inked, and will join the Faya'koni as another elven-based breed with similar adoptable outlook. We can't wait!