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[QUOTE] Even if the designs are boring, they're being rendered by one of the best graphics teams in the industry. A friend of mine put it this way: "Sure, that's a generic harpy, but has anyone ever rendered a harpy that well before? It's the perfect generic harpy." [/QUOTE] Thanks for sharing that. I certainly see where your friend is coming from, but I can't help but think ... This is a classical representation of a harpy: [URL=http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/5/56/Harpy.PNG/220px-Harpy.PNG]http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/5/56/Harpy.PNG/220px-Harpy.PNG[/URL] This is what most Harpies in recent games look like (bald, thin, veiny, lanky women + vulture (and give or take a smooth monster face): [URL=http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y101/cannibalcandy/GOW3/harpy-Izzy.jpg]http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y101/cannibalcandy/GOW3/harpy-Izzy.jpg[/URL] This is a CAPCOM harpy! [URL=http://www.fightersgeneration.com/np7/char/lavia-warzard.png]http://www.fightersgeneration.com/np7/char/lavia-warzard.png[/URL] [URL=http://www.fightersgeneration.com/characters4/lavia-a.html]http://www.fightersgeneration.com/characters4/lavia-a.html[/URL] Lavia is like, the COOOOOLEST take on a harpy i've ever seen for so many reasons. She's got CRAZY proportions. She has very muscular shoulders, giant forearms, gigantic hands and feet, in many ways she's way more traditionally masculine than all those other harpies, and yet she projects voluptuous womanly beauty (because her exagerrated features read as more Avian than manly). Just one look at her and you can feel her strong personality, confident, vicious, condescending (much of this is achieved through her upright and symmetrical posture). Although she's obviously a harpie, she also references old Chinese folk tales about cranes being beautiful immortal celestial women who turn into cranes when they put on magical cloaks (which they remove when they bath--that's your chance to bag one!). You can tell because her avian features are very eastern in color and shape and because she's wearing Tang Dynasty under-garments. I mean, it's taking me a really long time to fumble through the words to describe her, but the first time I saw her in Warzard, I just felt all that at once. That's how masterful Capcom's designers are, they can say so much with so little. And she's just a minor character in the Capcom pantheon! I guess what I want to say is that, I really really hope there's some elements in Dragon's Dogma where Capcom is just absolutely unfettered and reaches the crazy heights of awesomeness that I know them to be capable of.
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