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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
LadySikerra Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012
Wow, what a great character. I mean, I love the way she looks, but the way you've just described her here... I can relate, sadly. Magda sounds a lot like me, actually; I don't know if it's narcissistic or not to think she's a really cool character, lol. At any rate, good job on her. She certainly has an impressive depth to her personality. Of course, all your characters usually do. :)
Allysdelta Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012   General Artist
I know exactly-- exactly-- how she feels, having often experienced being walked on/ignored/taken advantage of. I try to remain optimistic, but it'd be so much easier if everyone else moved aside for me once in a while, you know?

Also, Magda is gorgeous, and anyone making snide comments about her appearance should be prepared for a fist in the face.
Autumn-Gracy Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Student General Artist
"What truly makes her blood boil in her veins are lions." *LOL, BEN'S FACE IN MY HEAD WHEN SHE SAID THAT*
Altalamatox Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
Haha! Oh, lions. I'm of two minds about them, if you couldn't guess. There is the idea, the mythos, of lions that we've made up over the ages, courage, nobility, majesty, power, and that's where Ben is coming from. (Also, no animal better symbolically fits a guy who's been both a knight and a librarian. Lions all around!)

But as animals... maaaan, lions almost couldn't be more opposite. Huge lazy sex machines whose idea of parenting includes eating the occasional cub, and who less defend the pride as they defend their own position from other lions. The fact that they don't hunt, but, by merit of being born bigger, smack off the lionesses and cubs and eat first and most seems so disgustingly familiar in human life that I want to call it immoral. Nature is not immoral, of course, so we can't get mad at lions. But when you see humans doing the lion thing... I just wonder how some people decide they are that important. Or that other people are that worthless.
Autumn-Gracy Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Student General Artist
I think it must come from the use of lions as sport in Rome and how they were revered for their strength and agility. Their normal "social and hunting" lives went unnoticed in the environment of entertainment and cages and prekilled food. All people saw was the battle merits. And Roman architecture LOVED its lions, so they became somewhat classical. We saw them as figureheads and displays of nobility and power of ancient bloodlines and institutions so that's where we're getting it.
SerenityAbyss Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You have a gift for expressions and faces.
Altalamatox Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012
Thank you very much. (:
SilveryBeing Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Man, Magda's awesome! It's so great to hear more about her character. And I know everyone has said it, but dayum that hair! How do you do it?
HoneyandChai Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
When I grow up, I want to be just like her (or at least have her hair, love it!)
KamiDiox Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
She is gorgeus. She's a girl one can be proud of.
Hfoursaur Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
I adore Magda. She's got to be my favourite of your OCs. :D
atrixEbitch Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
Magda's so cool. Her hair reminds me of my mom.
cuculus Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
amazing work!
VixieArts Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Looks awesome! :heart:
Elyan-Dreams Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
Nice hair !
Dragons-And-Dreams Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awww I know the feeling Magda!
Had similar "issues" during my employment in my previous job.
ArcaneLollipop Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012
....But large ladies are sexy.....
Daphianna Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I LOVE the way you draw expressions. Seriously, you are amazing.
Also, you've probably mentioned this before in a previous description, buuuut... how exactly did Magda become friends with Morgan? Or is that story too long to type? :D
Altalamatox Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
Hey, thank you! (:

You know, I don't know that I have, on a deviation that is still posted. So good question! There's no such thing as a short answer from me, but I like to hear myself talk so here we go. :)

There is a war going on in Hellecker. Between kings. There always is. Morgan Daubenmire is a new player on the scene, a mysterious and obnoxious hit-and-run force of nature, supposed by many to be a newly-awakened demon. He is of course a twenty-something shapeshifter unhinged by the death of his soldier friend. He is seeking to end the war by making things miserable for all armies, destroying bridges and weapon stores and the general courage and well-being of troops.

In the midst of all things, people still need to travel. These people travel in large, guarded caravans if they have the means, across the dark and wicked wilds. And everyone on the continent is nervous about Daubenmire.

One such caravan contains Magda Alder, returning home after studying abroad. But she's nobody. More importantly, one of the travelers is NOT just a nervous-looking teenager and the caravan guards are not just farmers hired on the off-season. The teen is the son of one of the more powerful kings and the guards are the among king's finest, but absolutely no-one is supposed to know this.

But Daubenmire, the omnipotent, omnipresent thing-in-the-shadows, knows this. And this prince, properly presented to his father (dangling upside-down from Morgan's dragon's claws five hundred meters from the ground), might be enough leverage to make the king withdraw his forces from the fray.

After a brief attempt to spirit the prince off the road quickly fails, Morgan, always one to play with his food, leaps into the sky in fully-winged flamethrower mode and circles the caravan, using giant billows of fire to coax the group apart. Down in the chaos, Magda breaks into the same faction as the prince and his guards. Bad choice.

She's never used offensive magic in her life, but there's a first time for everything, and unfortunately it's sometimes when several tons of lava-filled reptile are screaming towards you from the sky with huge grinning jaws. It doesn't matter what spell it was she cast. It was the trinket in her pocket, an antique tool for grounding oneself while casting, that switched Daubenmire's magic off, and a dive that began as a flaming dragon ended as six feet of slime crashing and skidding and tumbling through the trees into a most inglorious (and unconscious) puddle in the dust.

When Morgan comes to, he's being carried in a locked basket. The captain of the guards is taking him as prisoner to his king, almost certainly to be executed. Whatever happened, Magda and her trinket seem crucial to keeping the demon from shifting, so she is accompanying the guards. And because Magda is Magda, she has been tasked with carrying him. At first she's monosyllabic with the thing on her back, but after quite a few days of traveling together she, and several of the guards, begin to warm up to Daubenmire, who's turned out to be something of a card, if not a little miserable about his wings being clipped. Magda seems to be the only one who will forget about him having been murder on wings last week and can hold a conversation with him as if he were a normal person. This begins to remind Morgan that he isn't much more than a normal person with an unusual gift, and he sees that over the last two years he became the monster that was at first an act. He begins the slow descent back to civility.

Aaaand, after that they have their story together and many misadventures are had! Morgan never forgets that Magda was key to both stamping out of his rampage and not letting his captors later stamp him out. He's basically in awe of her and followers her around like a derpy dog.

Sorry you asked? Haha, thank you for the questiooon, I never write things out for myself unless I'm asked, so this helps me organize my silly thoughts! <3
Daphianna Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well I appreciate you taking the time to type all that! :D And I love reading, so I love looooong comments!
Your writing style is very entertaining, informative and inspiring. I really need to get back into the swing of writing because it's really the only way for me to develop any of my original characters properly. :D The only one that I've really taken any time to work on is Summer. Other than that, I've just been coughing up poems and a random Poke'mon fanfic.
You should start uploading literature again. Short stories and such. I think they're interesting. =P
madeliveva Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Student General Artist
She's got my name... she must be awesome!
But seriously she's great and I like her with or without Morgan.
LostusAsLambus Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this character more and more each time I see her! The hair is awesome!
Osanagokoro Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
All that hair!
Moonstar37 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Student General Artist
When I first say an image of her I thought she was going to be the exact opposite of what you described her as. Now I really want to know more about your characters.

Also? THE HAIR!!
JenBuggg Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is amazing *o*

i love everything you draw xD Keep up the good work :D
Skulleton Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I love her hair! :iconiadoreitplz:
The-Ravens-Of-Moraea Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Student General Artist
I'm lovin' that hair...
TsengEclipse Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Magda's hair is spectacular.

And Magda is also spectacular, and I always love reading those little snippets about your characters! They're all so interesting and there's so much more to a lot of them than what there appears to be on the surface. Looking forward to seeing more of her.
Krimskii Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Dat hair.

Is fantastic.
BenevolentRose Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So much haaaaaaairrrrrrrrrr~~~~~

Aw, she's such a badass character~ I love her expressions.
enerai Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Niiice hair :'D
And I love the way you draw the mimique- it's so unique!
GingerOpal Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012
Curly hair of PURE MIGHT!!! I approve!
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