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Miss Magda by Altalamatox Miss Magda by Altalamatox
Had a window of decent art yesterday and filled it with Magda makin' faces.

Got nothin' else to say, so have something from the archives on Miss Alder, for those who've been interested in seeing her outside Daubenmire's shadow.


Magda Alder is known foremost for her intelligence, quick hands, stable demeanor, and humility. Always the studious one, she keeps busy with study or practical occupations, pleasant and polite when approached but never inviting attention. Magda picked up how to be charming and courteous from her merchant parents and strives to be the model of patience for her three little sisters. She's all around a smart young mage, who asks nothing of others and delights her parents and professors by completing tasks before they're assigned.

You could also bake the whole of humanity to a fine, delicious crisp in the kiln that bubbles somewhere in the back of Magda's being. Inside her lurks the very real sentiment that everyone and everything can go to hell.

To put it bluntly, Magda is a fat girl. And people will never realize how loud their damn voices are. She's a highly sensitive person, and every word, stare, smirk, or scowl is carefully bottled, labeled, and cataloged in some horrid closet in her mind by some process she cannot control. Kick her just once and Magda will never, ever, ever forget nor forgive you.

And every gesture of rudeness, callousness, and cruelty bottled inside Magda is fermenting into Hate.

Of course, it's not simply reactions to her looks that rub her the wrong way. What truly makes her blood boil in her veins are lions. Magda is timid and peace-seeking. She'd rather people didn't fight, and argue and bicker and moan, and if she can make someone else happier by giving up something of hers, so be it. Every day of her life Magda has watched louder, prouder, grabbier, bolder people- lions- take her share. Right in front of her. Like greedy children, snatching the last seat, book, ticket, or cookie, the front of the line, the first word and the last. In groups of three or more she's frequently interrupted, often ignored.

If they were isolated incidents, it would be different. But Magda's come to realize a combination of a humble appearance and a door-mat demeanor invite even usually kindly people to take blatant advantage of her. She's too non-confrontational to snap back. No, better to let them gorge themselves on what's hers. She could make a fuss, but it'd end in angry words, most of them inevitably personal, and Magda is crippled by attacks on her appearance.

If Magda were given judgment of humanity, she'd characteristically say they were all more or less nice people, a bit ragged on the fringes, but hardworking and interesting.

The lurking thing in her says that's a whole lot of non-committal bullshit and that humans are sordid, selfish filth and ninety-nine percent of them deserve to fry.

There may be some argument that the lurking thing inside Magda is Magda. Or this is her fear.

Not even her family would suspect there's any darker side to her, she's that diligent about squashing her temper. Master shapeshifter Morgan Daubenmire spots it almost within their first conversation, because for his own reasons he's come to feel very much the same, hence his little stint as an all-destroying monster.

In the end, Magda's issues run faaar deeper than Morgan's and given his powers she'd have been the worse threat to life in Hellecker.

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mathari123 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
What is her relationship with Morgan may I ask?
Renee-Niels Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My God, she's just too cute~ And I simply LOVE her hair~
BarcudCoch Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Student Filmographer
I love the shape her hair makes ^^
Synaesthetic1 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013
oh this is gonna be awesome...
Ombre-de-clause Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
man I love reading the little snips of info <3
Bunni89 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You are just a total master at drawing curlylocks! o.o They're so fluffy!! I love Magda's design :3
TF-Alphabeat Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012
Maaaaannn, I've wanted to pair her since I first saw her on one of your height reference sheets, and this doesn't help! :iconotlplz:
Ginger-Seat Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012
Magda FTW! :w00t:
CaptainSeawolf Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012   General Artist
Absolutely amazing! I am happy to see her back! I love her so much, not only for being an absolutely fantastic balance to Morgan's insanity but she's so cool! And man oh man do I know how she feels, all the time, its so hard to be a good moral person, helping everyone out when there is no real reward for it, no pat on the back ever and ridicule the rest of the time. I sure hope Morgan would stomp on some people if he caught them doing that to his Maggy (sorry but I have always seen the two of them not as a dating thing but like uber close friends <:) )

As for the art, I love it, I love that you have those 'real life' people in your OC's that she isn't pole skinny with the perfect hour glass body I see too often on here. I love that she is NORMAL (and her poofy hair no lie I would want to play with. :rofl:) It makes me want to hug her. And as I have said so often, you are AMAZING at capturing emotions the fact you've got many with just her face alone you know EXACTLY what she is thinking and can fill in her body language with it. Its amazing! Nice work! :clap:
Shenachie Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012
And just like that, another of your really interesting characters becomes even more fascinating. =)
I feel like know Magda well because I've been there. Probably the hardest thing to discover and believe is that the Real Magda is likely squeezed somewhere between the Perfectly Pleasantly Patient facade and the Seething Bitter Hateful Thing.
The real question is, of course, not *if* Magda's Cabinet o' Hate fills up, but *when it does*, and all that anger finally pours out like an avalanche, will Morgan (likely the only one she will hear) talk her down or egg her on?
Fantastic work as always! =D
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