Aolinda of the Feywild

So my friend group’s doing an online dnd campaign over the summer while we pause our current one. It’s a joke-ish Feywild campaign with level 20 fey nobility characters bumbling around and playing matchmaker. The main story will be the history of the relationship between two NPCs, Queen Mentius and Lady Vethorin, from our main campaign.

This is Aolinda, a mildly unhinged College of Glamour spring Eladrin(elf) artist bard. She’s very full of herself and her art. She ran away from the Vethorin court to be the Mentius court’s premier artist/sculptor. Queen Mentius pays Aolinda handsomely to churn out ship art between Queen Mentius and Lady Vethorin. That’s why Aolinda’s one of the few people who actually kinda likes Queen Mentius. The campaign’s starting scene is gonna be a festival at Lady V’s court and I’m always joking that Queen M will crash it by hiding in one of Aolinda’s statues.

I plan on playing her like one of those snobby, delusional artists who insist that people who don’t “get” her art are stupid. I gave her a cherry blossom theme and associate her with light, warm weather clothes. She had a see-through skirt at some point but I scrapped it because it seemed hard to draw. I wanted to give her a crownlike headdress but she’s not a ruler so that wouldn’t be a wise move in-universe. I always had to check myself to see if the clothes I gave her were too conventional. She’s a weird artist, so I want her to look like a weird artist, not some trendy 20-something. I’m still working on her outfit stuff but I like how her pauldron tattoos turned out.


J. Shen or "Micey" is a Junior at Umich. She loves character design and telling stories and dabbles in making her own comics. Sketchbook Smashing is an attempt to chronicle her process in designing characters. From first concepts, hairstyle and outfit changes, or even complete shifts in design. She also hopes to map out how her own art style changes throughout the year. Her website is Her art Tumblr is

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