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Atmos Dranias - Byzantine Merchant - Contest Skin

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Contest Finalist! This Skin is in the Medieval / Dark Ages Skin Contest! contest, now Complete!
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Sumpumpolis
Level 67 : High Grandmaster Mountaineer
Backstory:

Atmos Dranias was born third son of a wealthy Byzantine politician, during the rule of Emperor Michael III "the Drunkard." As a third son, his prospects in life were not so glamourous as his older siblings, convincing Atmos that a life as a merchant would be the better choice. With gold from his family, Atmos created an impressive fleet of merchant vessels with which to trade spices, silk, and fine steel goods from Antioch, to Syracuse, to Tripoli. Now in his forties, Atmos is a wealthy man, dressed in flowing, brightly colored clothes, interspersed with fine jewelry, a testament to his riches.His face is weathered, and his skin darkened, both testaments to his life under the mediterranean sun. He enjoys the company of educated men and women, and a good amphora of wine, all to himself.

In the evenings, Atmos can often be found on the deck of his ship, humming songs such as this one (though of course in greek, not english).

Bright and yellow, hard and cold
Molten, graven, hammered and rolled,
Heavy to get and light to hold,
Hoarded, bartered, bought and sold,

Look what we do, just for gold.

Notes on his clothing:

While silk would have been rare and expensive in his time (the 9th century), Atmos would have been successul enough to own at least a small wardrobe of more expensive clothing.
He wares a pallium, or roman cloak, tough leather boots that won't get ruined on the often wet deck of a ship, and plenty of jewelry imported from the North Africa.

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notice the ring on each hand

Note: I might switch to a different skin, I haven't decided. I'm not extremely happy with this one.

Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Byzantine_emperors#Non-dynastic_.28813.E2.80.93820.29

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Byzantine_economy

Concept Sketch

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Additional Resources

Map of the Byzantine Empire
byzantine-empire--jpg
Ship design, slightly later than Atmos lived, but applicable none the less, for a general understanding.
http://people.tamu.edu/~ryanlee/serce11th.html

Additional reading on various related subjects:
http://plaza.ufl.edu/hwinger/byz/overview.html

Leave a diamond if you liked it, that helps to no end! /end obnoxious message
Progress: 100% Complete
Gender:Male
Format:Universal Skin 64x32
Model:Steve (4 pixel arms)
Tags:Byzantine, History, Medieval, Merchant, Rich, Arabian, Djinni, Genie, Desert, Turban, Hat, Gems, Guy, Sumpumpolis

Update #5 : 02/11/2013 6:24:14 pm2/11/13

still testing eye shapes xP

Update #4 : 02/11/2013 6:15:38 pm2/11/13

changed the eyes' shape

Update #2 : 02/08/2013 2:14:38 pm2/08/13

Added a bit more shading to the hair on the back of the head.

Update #1 : 02/08/2013 2:10:46 pm2/08/13

Switched the eyes from green to teal.

Update #3 : 02/08/2013 12:57:14 am2/08/13

completely redid the hair, while staring at work by leostereo... depressing to need to do that xP

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  • Isaac_John
  • Level 28
  • Expert Architect
  • April 28, 2014, 5:09 pm
This is so cool!
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  • lynchyinc
  • Site Moderator
  • Level 77
  • Legendary Boss
  • February 13, 2013, 7:23 am
Great skin, I've always been fascinated by the East Roman empire, it would have been interesting to see how different history would have been if the loss at Manzikert had never happened and Basil II had heirs competent enough to build on his legacy.

I imagine there would be no Ottoman empire and no crusades, very interesting!
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  • Sumpumpolis
  • Level 67
  • High Grandmaster Mountaineer
  • February 13, 2013, 7:49 am
As a history nerd... I love you. please marry me. that's a really good point, and with no crusades, the renaissance wouldn't have been sparked in venice/florence/nearby cities through expanded wealth through trade with the byzantines, the introduction of guilds, and from ideas brought back by the crusaders. (I think, it's been awhile since I've read up on the earl renaissance.)
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  • lynchyinc
  • Site Moderator
  • Level 77
  • Legendary Boss
  • February 13, 2013, 11:44 pm
Haha yeah, I guess it had its beginnings in the sack of Constantinople in the 4th crusade, but the fall of Byzantium in 1453 led to a lot of Greek scholars fleeing and taking their knowledge to the Italian city states.

I honestly think the loss at Manzikert was one of the biggest turning points in history - it was a weird situation as the Empire had had huge losses before and could have easily rebuilt; they just were so shocked at having lost to 'shepherds and hillmen' that they never tried to reclaim the land and therefore lost one of the major recruiting grounds for the 'theme' system.

There's a great game called 'Europa Universalis III' where you can play as any nation in the world (I like to play as what is left of the byzantine Empire in 400) - Giving me 50 years to avoid the fall of Constantinople.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Europa_Universalis_III
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  • Whale_
  • Level 51
  • Grandmaster Narwhal
  • February 11, 2013, 1:32 pm
I do that with leo's skins with the hair sometimes too haha :P
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  • Boboonski
  • Level 45
  • Master Narwhal
  • February 11, 2013, 8:19 am
Would this count as medieval, since it's in not really where the medieval ages happened? Nice skin, anyways.
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  • Sumpumpolis
  • Level 67
  • High Grandmaster Mountaineer
  • February 11, 2013, 9:03 am
the middle ages include all of europe, and the byzantine empire was a european empire, if barely. constantinople/byzantium being the edge.
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The Middle Ages and Medieval were not the same thing, but nice skin anyways.
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  • kiookio24
  • Level 38
  • Artisan Wolf Whisperer
  • February 10, 2013, 1:59 pm
Well here it is "Top 5 minecraft skins" Episode #9
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5URVEvvaG1w
Hope you enjoyed and liked it!!
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  • Suprem20
  • Level 13
  • Journeyman Taco
  • February 10, 2013, 7:09 am
Awesome skin as always Sump, keep up the good work!
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  • Rapidpaws
  • Level 6
  • Apprentice Mage
  • February 10, 2013, 6:33 am
Brilliant design. C'est magnifique! (That's probably not right, I don't actually know French)
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  • Sumpumpolis
  • Level 67
  • High Grandmaster Mountaineer
  • February 10, 2013, 6:57 am
my french is horribly rusty, but I believe you are correct. that was a narcissistic statement, ahaha. thank you kind sir
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  • Gibu
  • Level 38
  • Artisan Goblin
  • February 9, 2013, 10:49 pm
Ooo, nice!
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  • Whale_
  • Level 51
  • Grandmaster Narwhal
  • February 9, 2013, 8:37 pm
nice hue saturation :3 good job and good luck on the contest ^-^
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  • Seivelath
  • Level 10
  • Journeyman Scribe
  • February 9, 2013, 7:42 pm
A very nice skin, but what else to expect from a high grandmaster :P jks, but It's still a great skin, a tiny little overuse of maroon/red but not too much to run the skin. Hope to see more great work from you in the future Sump ;D
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  • Sumpumpolis
  • Level 67
  • High Grandmaster Mountaineer
  • February 9, 2013, 7:50 pm
thank you very much, I'm considering two options to fix that. the first was possible changing the color on the purple shawl, and the other was changing his hat to either purple or a gray or brown. thoughts?
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  • Seivelath
  • Level 10
  • Journeyman Scribe
  • February 9, 2013, 7:54 pm
Personally, I would use a more vibrant red for the hat, to kind of distinguish it from the darker vest. Your options sound good too, I'd like a purple hat :D. As your the Skinner, your choice is le final choice, but please take my words into considerations
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  • Darkrai48
  • Level 58
  • Grandmaster Skinner
  • February 9, 2013, 3:27 pm
great skin C:
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  • kiookio24
  • Level 38
  • Artisan Wolf Whisperer
  • February 9, 2013, 3:05 pm
Hey this skin is Amazing!! Mind of I put it on my "Top 5 Minecraft Skins" on Sunday!

All credit goes to you and I will post the link here :D
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  • Sumpumpolis
  • Level 67
  • High Grandmaster Mountaineer
  • February 9, 2013, 3:23 pm
:) thank you! of course I don't mind at all
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This is good! My skin is never gonna win compared to yours :3
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  • albsies
  • Level 23
  • Expert Unicorn
  • February 8, 2013, 11:25 pm
Wait, so is this Middle Eastern? If so, I made a Middle Eastern skin too! Diamond for the cool skin, though.
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  • EricValor
  • Level 12
  • Journeyman Prince
  • February 8, 2013, 8:03 pm
niiiice
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  • Skyier
  • Level 28
  • Expert Dragon
  • February 8, 2013, 7:00 pm
Diamond! :D
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  • WonderCat
  • Chat Moderator
  • Level 53
  • Grandmaster Gent
  • February 8, 2013, 2:47 pm
Ooooh nice, I really like the hue-shifting. (:
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  • Sumpumpolis
  • Level 67
  • High Grandmaster Mountaineer
  • February 8, 2013, 2:49 pm
thanks a bunch :)
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:O that sketch is effing amazing, how do you draw like that. Nice skin, there's no reason to not be happy with it, love the texture. :)
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  • Eves
  • Level 7
  • Apprentice Narwhal
  • February 8, 2013, 1:07 pm
I luuuurv it sump <3
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  • Sumpumpolis
  • Level 67
  • High Grandmaster Mountaineer
  • February 8, 2013, 1:14 pm
:D oharro zeoldian
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  • TacoDip
  • Level 54
  • Grandmaster Taco
  • February 8, 2013, 11:59 am
Looks great, love the hat!
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  • Sumpumpolis
  • Level 67
  • High Grandmaster Mountaineer
  • February 8, 2013, 11:59 am
thanks! :D its definitely better in 3d
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  • TacoDip
  • Level 54
  • Grandmaster Taco
  • February 8, 2013, 12:02 pm
Yeah that's definitely true!
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  • VoV
  • Site Moderator
  • Level 6
  • Apprentice Architect
  • February 8, 2013, 11:59 am
Very Nice!
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  • PhD
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • February 8, 2013, 11:16 am
So you didnt do the blacksmith! Either way this skin looks fantastic! I love the colors on it!
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  • Sumpumpolis
  • Level 67
  • High Grandmaster Mountaineer
  • February 8, 2013, 11:19 am
thanks! the sketch started as an old, weathered blacksmith, so I added fancier clothes and turned him into a merchant.
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  • PhD
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • February 8, 2013, 11:25 am
I never would have guessed! Looks like it was meant to be a merchant!
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  • Sellotaper
  • Level 47
  • Master Skinner
  • February 8, 2013, 10:38 am
cool ^^
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  • w5prime
  • Level 26
  • Expert Creeper
  • February 8, 2013, 10:35 am
nice concept sketch
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  • NordicKnight
  • Level 52
  • Grandmaster Pixel Painter
  • February 8, 2013, 10:13 am
Now eyes are perfect... you are a worthy opponent... orz
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  • Sumpumpolis
  • Level 67
  • High Grandmaster Mountaineer
  • February 8, 2013, 10:14 am
I still surrender to your celtic genius
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  • NordicKnight
  • Level 52
  • Grandmaster Pixel Painter
  • February 8, 2013, 10:15 am
Naah, he is just a peasant fool! :D
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  • Sumpumpolis
  • Level 67
  • High Grandmaster Mountaineer
  • February 8, 2013, 10:15 am
*celtic peasant genius
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  • Giggimish
  • Site Moderator
  • Level 47
  • Master Batman
  • February 8, 2013, 9:46 am
Very nice colors, bright and vibrant.
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  • Yuki
  • Level 58
  • Grandmaster Bunny
  • February 8, 2013, 9:39 am
interesting interesting, I like your choice of colours on this and your shading style
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  • Sumpumpolis
  • Level 67
  • High Grandmaster Mountaineer
  • February 8, 2013, 9:42 am
thanks :)
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  • Reni
  • Level 49
  • Master Engineer
  • February 8, 2013, 9:03 am
Great to see you again, Sumpumpolis.
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  • Sumpumpolis
  • Level 67
  • High Grandmaster Mountaineer
  • February 8, 2013, 9:05 am
:) thanks. I've got a lot of catching up to do with the new standards everyone's setting, things have gotten more impressive since I last was on much xD
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  • Reni
  • Level 49
  • Master Engineer
  • February 8, 2013, 9:09 am
Indeed, we all built up from our role-models.
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