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Forgery Seal

There seems to be a surprising lack of Forgery Seal / Soul Stamp / Essence Mark fan-art in the Gallery, so let's fix that.  Hurrah for abstract art!  (AKA scribbles -- with style. ;))  Mine's a bit more messy than the original, but I'm still pretty happy with how it turned out, considering my less-than-comprehensive education in the visual arts.  Plus, I had fun drawing it, which is its own reward. :)

Here's the official one, for comparison:
emperors_soul_seal.jpg



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Has it been confirmed seals NEED to look like this, with specific lines needed to function and do certain things ORRRR is it up to the Forgers art style and will change person to person, as long as they have the intent and power.

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22 hours ago, Xtafa said:

Has it been confirmed seals NEED to look like this, with specific lines needed to function and do certain things ORRRR is it up to the Forgers art style and will change person to person, as long as they have the intent and power.

It's been a while since I've read The Emperor's Soul and I can't find a WoB about it specifically, but I'm pretty sure that every Forgery Seal must have a design representing MaiPon in order to work (just like Aons need to have a representation of Arelon). 
I... uh... did not include any such representation of MaiPon in my seal. :wacko: Oops.  (Shai would be rolling her eyes right now, I'm sure. ;)

Beyond that, IIRC from the story, I'd say seals would require specific lines to function correctly, judging by the years of study that Shai underwent to become as skilled in Forgery as she is (and judging by the fact that all magic on Sel is form-based).  That said, each Forger might be able to draw those lines in different styles (thickness, length, embellishment, etc), and I don't doubt that Intent and the Forger's innate power are a big part of the Seal's effectiveness.  So, some of both, I guess, but mostly specific lines.

3 hours ago, AonEne said:

No clue, but it's really good art!

Thank you! ^_^

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