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Princess Eliana is my newest “princess” and the first to be what the literal definition of princess is (the daughter of royal parents who rule in a monarchy)—and the first fantasy girl!

Her mother rules the land of light. As far as they can remember it has been bright and sunny, night never falls. They have little use for clothes because of the warmth of their weather, and all sexes wear them sparingly. Eliana (the eldest) and her siblings have always had it fairly easy because of this—while she was the next in line for the throne she spent most of her days reading, swimming in the rivers with her brothers and sisters, and rearing a small albino doe named Nera. She never knew war or suffering and neither did her people.

But one day at the furthest corner visible from her tall castle she spotted a darkness on the horizon. Each day it creeped a bit closer to their home until finally they were all thrown into darkness.

It became cold, crops died, livestock went hungry, and worse predators started raiding homes near the woods. The creatures were strange, no one had ever seen such things that bit and scratched and pull children away into the night. The city fell into panic, and local leaders went to the Queen begging for help. They read everything they could to try and figure out what the darkness was and how to be rid of it until they found an old scroll, written in it by people long since passed. It talked of the first darkness and how the sacrifice of the eldest child of light who brought their world the sun. Eliana present at the reading understood who needed to go seek the gleam of day.

The Queen, distraught over the news begged her daughter not to go. They’d send someone else, anyone else. But Eliana made up her mind. She had never done much for her people, she knew she had been ungrateful of their life before the dark. So with her doe Nera, food, clothes to keep warm, and weapons the untrained, but true Eliana started on her journey towards the darkest horizon to release the sun again as those once did in the past.

So my biggest worry was that I’d make her look like that princess from Adventure Time, but it appears her hair is much more magenta, so I think it is okay? I just wanted to make a “pure of heart” type of elf princess, a little more mainstream, but with my own sort of myth attached. I’d be lying if I said she wasn’t inspired by mizbelle.

Princess Eliana is my newest “princess” and the first to be what the literal definition of princess is (the daughter of royal parents who rule in a monarchy)—and the first fantasy girl!
Her mother rules the land of light. As far as they can remember it has been bright and sunny, night never falls. They have little use for clothes because of the warmth of their weather, and all sexes wear them sparingly. Eliana (the eldest) and her siblings have always had it fairly easy because of this—while she was the next in line for the throne she spent most of her days reading, swimming in the rivers with her brothers and sisters, and rearing a small albino doe named Nera. She never knew war or suffering and neither did her people.

But one day at the furthest corner visible from her tall castle she spotted a darkness on the horizon. Each day it creeped a bit closer to their home until finally they were all thrown into darkness.

It became cold, crops died, livestock went hungry, and worse predators started raiding homes near the woods. The creatures were strange, no one had ever seen such things that bit and scratched and pull children away into the night. The city fell into panic, and local leaders went to the Queen begging for help. They read everything they could to try and figure out what the darkness was and how to be rid of it until they found an old scroll, written in it by people long since passed. It talked of the first darkness and how the sacrifice of the eldest child of light who brought their world the sun. Eliana present at the reading understood who needed to go seek the gleam of day.

The Queen, distraught over the news begged her daughter not to go. They’d send someone else, anyone else. But Eliana made up her mind. She had never done much for her people, she knew she had been ungrateful of their life before the dark. So with her doe Nera, food, clothes to keep warm, and weapons the untrained, but true Eliana started on her journey towards the darkest horizon to release the sun again as those once did in the past.

So my biggest worry was that I’d make her look like that princess from Adventure Time, but it appears her hair is much more magenta, so I think it is okay? I just wanted to make a “pure of heart” type of elf princess, a little more mainstream, but with my own sort of myth attached. I’d be lying if I said she wasn’t inspired by mizbelle.

Once again not a princess by the traditional sense we have a space ship captain by the name of Skylar. 

In her time Earth has completely been wasted by man, so the remaining human race long ago took to space to survive. Civilians have taken to multiple large “home” ships that are mostly protected by smaller military vessels, capable of dispatching offensive fighter ships. For over a two hundred years they have roamed space looking for a new place to call home. 

Skylar was born and raised on civilian ship 9, her mother was the captain of the military escort that took care of 9. Her childhood was as simple as it can be when being raised post apocalypse in space. She enrolled into the fighting ranks at sixteen and excelled. Ambitious to a fault, genius and independent Skylar was a captain in the making in the steps of her own mother. 

At twenty five she had settled easily into her fighter pilot job, military flyers had few complications in deep space when escorting 9 as other alien forces seemed to not be intelligent in their part of space—there for not capable of space travel. While simulation was easy for her, Skylar had never fought in any real battle, but really no one else had either. Accompanying her throughout her enrollment on the military vessel was her nano. All ensigns have one programed for them, they serve to solve quick problems on small and large ships, can fix technology problems, and generally are good company. They can take many shapes and eventually develop quirks and bonds that are near personalities. Programed to be smarter than their creators, faster than human hands, highly protective, and rarely need to be reprogramed. Skylar’s nano, Mech, mostly keeps a loose shape that is slightly animalistic in appearance. It is curious, loyal and maybe just the smallest bit lazy.

But the problem with programming something so keen is that eventually their “personality” might begin to question why they serve such a useless endeavor as keeping self destructive humans safe.

Skylar’s mother went out in a one man fighter to visit 9 but never returned, her ship malfunctioned and crashed into 9. While the civilian ship was relatively alright, her mother died. Her mother’s retrieved nano, Rold, gave up no information on why the accident occurred and was dubbed “broken”. Placed into the pool of nanos Rold while waiting to be reprogrammed evolved and quickly spread bits of itself into the pool. Each new nano had pieces of Rold’s mind. Before long most of the ship is infected by the Rold nanos who are quite sure humans should never be allowed to populate any planet again and effectively need to be done away with and hijack the system. Only allowing a handful of fighters to escape, Skylar included. The infected nanos use the military vessel to start an attack on 9 before they plan to move onto the rest of the fleet. Now Skylar has to wrestle with the loss, sudden appointment to captain of the small remainder of her fleet and find a way to reprogram the nanos or watch the rest of her kind die.

Basically your usual hyper smart robots question their creators plot. I don’t know a lot of sci fi so I’m sorry if it is too similar to anything else out there!

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Once again not a princess by the traditional sense we have a space ship captain by the name of Skylar. 

In her time Earth has completely been wasted by man, so the remaining human race long ago took to space to survive. Civilians have taken to multiple large “home” ships that are mostly protected by smaller military vessels, capable of dispatching offensive fighter ships. For over a two hundred years they have roamed space looking for a new place to call home. 

Skylar was born and raised on civilian ship 9, her mother was the captain of the military escort that took care of 9. Her childhood was as simple as it can be when being raised post apocalypse in space. She enrolled into the fighting ranks at sixteen and excelled. Ambitious to a fault, genius and independent Skylar was a captain in the making in the steps of her own mother. 
At twenty five she had settled easily into her fighter pilot job, military flyers had few complications in deep space when escorting 9 as other alien forces seemed to not be intelligent in their part of space—there for not capable of space travel. While simulation was easy for her, Skylar had never fought in any real battle, but really no one else had either. Accompanying her throughout her enrollment on the military vessel was her nano. All ensigns have one programed for them, they serve to solve quick problems on small and large ships, can fix technology problems, and generally are good company. They can take many shapes and eventually develop quirks and bonds that are near personalities. Programed to be smarter than their creators, faster than human hands, highly protective, and rarely need to be reprogramed. Skylar’s nano, Mech, mostly keeps a loose shape that is slightly animalistic in appearance. It is curious, loyal and maybe just the smallest bit lazy.
But the problem with programming something so keen is that eventually their “personality” might begin to question why they serve such a useless endeavor as keeping self destructive humans safe.
Skylar’s mother went out in a one man fighter to visit 9 but never returned, her ship malfunctioned and crashed into 9. While the civilian ship was relatively alright, her mother died. Her mother’s retrieved nano, Rold, gave up no information on why the accident occurred and was dubbed “broken”. Placed into the pool of nanos Rold while waiting to be reprogrammed evolved and quickly spread bits of itself into the pool. Each new nano had pieces of Rold’s mind. Before long most of the ship is infected by the Rold nanos who are quite sure humans should never be allowed to populate any planet again and effectively need to be done away with and hijack the system. Only allowing a handful of fighters to escape, Skylar included. The infected nanos use the military vessel to start an attack on 9 before they plan to move onto the rest of the fleet. Now Skylar has to wrestle with the loss, sudden appointment to captain of the small remainder of her fleet and find a way to reprogram the nanos or watch the rest of her kind die.

Basically your usual hyper smart robots question their creators plot. I don’t know a lot of sci fi so I’m sorry if it is too similar to anything else out there!
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miss-dahia: may I suggest Iztaccihuatl? she was a mexican princess in love who turn into a volcano ♥

Sounds like a great story—but I’m making up my own, and trying not to use existing stories/princesses.

daretodreambaby: Princess from the future?

That is my plan for the next one actually!

800020: It would be really interesting if you made a princess from the Ainu people of Hokkaido.

Cool, I will add them to my to do list.

Due to the fact that I don’t feel comfortable enough in my research of Thule or Dorset people (the ancient people of Greenland who eventually formed the modern Kalaallit people who make up more than 80% of Greenland’s population) this “princess” has no name as of yet. She comes from the Western Region of the country around the early 1400s, and is the thirteen year old adopted daughter of the leader of her nomadic tribe.

Found as an infant awash at sea on the backs of Greenland sharks she was taken onto her new father’s boat. Her mother and father considered her a gift from the Mother of the Sea as they had never had children of their own. She was given an ivory necklace of a shark to remind her of where she came from when she would be older. Her mother secretly started to fear she was simply of the water and never meant to stay, so she watched her very carefully as she grew.

And grow she did, into a loving, quiet, and light hearted girl. However to her parent’s upset her best friend was a Greenland Shark, Eqalussuaq (as far as I can find out this name literally means shark) who had the habit of following her around under the ice sheets she’d walk on, or the shore she’d play near. She never seemed to identify with the other children or adults. One day her mother called her in to eat, but she was no where to be found. In a panic her tribe searched for her, one of the men found her out in the water and pulled her back to the shore unconscious and cold. He told her parents that the shark had been dragging her out into the ocean.

She awoke later and her parents told her she wasn’t to ever go to the sea, her father would start the hunt for Eqalussuaq in the morning. The girl protested, but her mother reminded her of maligait (what has to be followed) and tirigusuusiit (what has to be avoided) and left her daughter to reflect and sleep.

By the next morning her parents awoke to find their daughter gone—only her ivory shark necklace left behind.

The water was calling her, the Mother in the Sea wanted her to return. So with Eqalussuaq as her protector she starts on her adventure to her true home, finding out what maligait and tirigusuusiit mean to a daughter of the sea—as well as where she might truly belong.

I have holes in my research for this “princess” so feel free to correct me (as well with any future or past princess, I am trying to be as informed as I can be, but I know I have limitations when I make a new princess every week). It was fun to design something so different from my Sami princess. I struggled with trying to make her not look like Katara from Avatar: The Last Airbender, or already existant inuit stereotypes. Outfit research sort of took up most of my time with her.

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Off to a great start, gained 100+ followers yesterday after the first post! And onto almost 300 at this point.

I’m always open to suggestions for future “princess” designs and look forward to continuing to make these girls.

rghayat-i: That's not just a great princess... that's a great setup story too!

Aw, thank you. I hope to use this blog to develop better character design AND story development skills.

unbuttonedinawood: this is such a wonderful idea. you asked for suggestions, so-- invent a Jewish princess please! thank you so much :)

Lovely idea, as a person with a Jewish father I’d love to make one. I’ll add it to me “to do” list.

My first “princess” is Nánni, an eighteen year old Sámi girl from mid 1300s Sápmi (part of present day Norway).  She is the only daughter of their nomadic group’s shaman. They participate in the Bear Cult, revering the bear above all other animal spirits.

Nánni was a cynical and selfish girl lucky enough to be born during a period of prosperity. Hunting and fishing were easy for her people and they were happy. She never needed anything which made her bored and resentful of her parents by the time she was in her teens. One day her mother wanted to go to a Norwegian village to trade, and asked her lazy daughter to come along, of course Nánni refused. Her mother decided to go alone and went in the town. She traded for a blanket that was sadly carrying the bubonic plague. Upon the blanket being taken back to the village, the disease quickly overtook her mother and many others. 

Nánni was forced with her father and other healthy tribesmen to abandon the sick and the dead. Wracked by guilt she ran away into the forest only to realize she had traveled too far, into the spirit world. There she found the bear spirit who told her she could save her mother if within three days she could find her mother’s spirit and exit Ruohtta’s (the god of the dead) realm. 

So with the bear spirit as her guide she starts her journey where she must learn nothing is as easy as she once thought it to be.

My “response” to Disney’s character design in “Frozen”—ignoring indigenous Sámi’s look by meshing it with many other northern european outfits from different countries. I tried to stay true to the Sámi look, while still making something that could feasibly be animated.

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My first “princess” is Nánni, an eighteen year old Sámi girl from mid 1300s Sápmi (part of present day Norway).  She is the only daughter of their nomadic group’s shaman. They participate in the Bear Cult, revering the bear above all other animal spirits.
Nánni was a cynical and selfish girl lucky enough to be born during a period of prosperity. Hunting and fishing were easy for her people and they were happy. She never needed anything which made her bored and resentful of her parents by the time she was in her teens. One day her mother wanted to go to a Norwegian village to trade, and asked her lazy daughter to come along, of course Nánni refused. Her mother decided to go alone and went in the town. She traded for a blanket that was sadly carrying the bubonic plague. Upon the blanket being taken back to the village, the disease quickly overtook her mother and many others. 
Nánni was forced with her father and other healthy tribesmen to abandon the sick and the dead. Wracked by guilt she ran away into the forest only to realize she had traveled too far, into the spirit world. There she found the bear spirit who told her she could save her mother if within three days she could find her mother’s spirit and exit Ruohtta’s (the god of the dead) realm. 
So with the bear spirit as her guide she starts her journey where she must learn nothing is as easy as she once thought it to be.


My “response” to Disney’s character design in “Frozen”—ignoring indigenous Sámi’s look by meshing it with many other northern european outfits from different countries. I tried to stay true to the Sámi look, while still making something that could feasibly be animated.
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Art © S. Mash 2013
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