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Order of Saint Lazarus Knight by CrazyAsian1 Order of Saint Lazarus Knight by CrazyAsian1
A knight for the Order of Saint Lazarus. Originally founded in the 11th century during the Crusades the Order was formed to provide care for lepers and to protect pilgrims traveling to and from the Holy Land. Though they were a militant order it seems that they focused more on providing care for those suffering from leprosy. This was so ingrained in their philosophy that many knights that fought for the order were lepers themselves! The Order of Saint Lazarus still exists today as a world wide Christian charitable organization.

I wanted to play around with the idea of a leper knight. What i'm imagining right now is that in the world that these knights live in the Order still provides the same services though they come with string attached. Amputated limbs can be replaced with prosthetic ones, but based on the nature of the replacement the recipient is required to spend a certain number of years in service as payment. This applies to those wounded in combat, the sickly, or any other instance of medical emergency. Limbs can be replaced, surgical operations can be performed, and aid can be provided, but at a price. Either monetarily or paid in service.

I have some more ideas floating around. We'll see how it all turns out.

Thanks for stopping by!
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:iconmg1342mg:
I like everything about this, especially the future-retro of the great helm.  Excellent design on the prosthetic, too.
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Mazorzarch May 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice.
But I don't think historically Lepers would hold up well in a fight, haha, they tend to fall apart after the disease advances to a point, but then I saw his prosthetic leg. Well thought out.
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:icon5thevagrant:
i can't honestly say what i love more, the lore for the character or the utilitarian look his gear and his prosthetic leg have, it all fits so nicely together, especially diggin' the helmet, how it has both medieval and futuristic aspects to it
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Militant-Jester Sep 20, 2012   General Artist
That's a pretty cool concept, both the art and the background.
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:iconaldotsk:
What did you use? Corel?
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CrazyAsian1 Apr 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Photoshop for this. I'm dominantly a PS user.
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N-E-K-R-O-S Apr 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
ah very Creative, I like how you found one of the less publicized knight's order and represented them.
What's kinda throwing it off for me though is the green fingers, seeing as that the ring on his ankle is green and made of metal, I'm assuming his fingers are made of metal?
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CrazyAsian1 Apr 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
mmmm thank Nekros... thats a good point. I'll try harder in the future to differentiate materials. The fingers were supposed to be fabric.
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N-E-K-R-O-S Apr 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
ooooh, well it's cool anyways man, loving the concepts. :D
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:iconblitzjaeger:
Its been really enjoyable watching you work out your ideas small and seeing them spiderweb (like all the versions of knights and different orders/types) really inspired. The end result is fantastic! More futuristic than I expected with all thee previous in a monotone black and white, but really well done. I like how you talk about paying for replacements with service, because I did this in my own created world with the military (parts arent free afterall but you cant let your trained soldier waste away either!) Good ideas, hope you do more.
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