Character and Creature Design: Sage

This is the follow-up post to the Jarn character and creature design post I made last week.  More artwork and design stuff that fits into the Savaged Universe.  The Sage are officially the first race humanity meets as they expand into the stars.  Our first hint that we are not alone in the universe comes when cargo starts to disappear from ships along established trade routes.  The odd thing is it isn’t cargo that is normally considered high value.

Priding themselves as students of galactic history and the only truly advanced civilization of the stars the Sage had taken it onto themselves to collect and catalog as much data as they can.  Some of the most powerful Sage becoming Knowledge pirates that plague the known universe stealing art, books, and historical records, while leaving behind weapons, technology and valued goods.

Here is the first sketch of a Sage I ever did.


They were never meant to be a “Galactic Player” when I did this first sketch.  They were supposed to be a henchmen like race, spotty comic relief, an odd idea.  However as I developed the beginnings of the Council of Seven and the Empire, I was forced to comfort the idea that someone had to help humanity take and hold there place in the universe.

The Sage became the first race that humanity allies with, helping to form the backbone of the Empire.  Sage pirate armadas aligning themselves with human naval and exploratory vessels, forming a Navy in the time of crisis as both races fell into open conflict with the Jarn.



Along those lines I worked a few concept sketches of the Sage.  Keeping the idea that they are a small humanoid reptilian race, easily adapted to fighting in tight corner and enclosed spaces.



This later sketch is much closer to my final vision.  I have added fighting claws to the Sage’s feet, made them much slighter of frame and worked the basic ideas of the Imperial Navies uniform into this sketch.  I also added the saber to give the Naval Rating a colonial era look and feel.

Space Combat isn’t like modern warfare.  Often tight corridor combat deciding the outcome of a naval clash, opening volleys normally ending in brutal close quarters combat.

I had to make another decision this time about what their ships and technology looked like… More about that next time!


The Majo’rian, Races From the Stars

Savaged is a dangerous Universe, full of races based years of my character and concept designs.  Most of which are not the pleasant cuddly types you find on the small forested moon of Endor.

Majorian, Character Design, Ryan Berry

The Majo’rian are a race based upon the concept of a world where their version of the Third Reich won.  An entire empire that is completely lacking in the diverse rules that make up, what we consider, normal human life.  With that level of ethnic cleansing the race suffered as many hardships as they have had triumphs.  A singular vision and drive has given the race an almost unparalleled level of bio-designed technology, yet their minds are fractured and  tortured landscape.
Majorian, Savaged, Character design, Ryan Berry.Easily taken by madness, and often sporting weakened immune systems and a wide variety of rare genetic mutations.  It has taken all the science and medicine of an entire solar empire to develop the cures and genetic/cybernetic advances for what ails this “master” races sometimes frail and fragile bodies.  However no amount of science, reasoning or technology has managed to cure their rage, hatred, and almost boundless drive to murder all other races they encounter.

Majorian, Character Design, Savaged, Ryan BerryTheir technology blends bio-engineering with genetic manipulation on a level that almost marvels and surpasses the rest of the Universes technological races.  Their factories are great fields given over to literally growing their spacecraft, their weapons, and their medical technologies.  Their conquest for genetic perfection has led to a passionless and efficient system were the entire race is grown, rather than born.  Either created or brought into existence to be a warrior, a ships commander, or doctor, based on the needs of the empire.

Majorian, Character Design, Savaged, Ryan Berry.Their megalomaniacal drive to become the single surviving race of the universe has led them to become of of the most dangerous and warlike forces.  Their expansion having led to the first and third Galactic Wars, as well as the establishment of the Majo’rian Line.  Their Empire being one of the single largest threats to the Federation of Known Species.   Expansion however has been but a small piece of the Majo’rian’s master plan, as they have reached out to conquer as much of the surrounding universe as they can, they have systematical cataloged, and then eradicated any and all intelligent life they have come across.  The genetic materials of all the other races they have come across being folded into their science, as they have picked and chosen the parts of each they wish to keep, copy and modify for their own continued hold on the insane and perfected idea of a “Master” Race.

Majorian, Character and Concept Design, Savaged, Ryan Berry

The Majo’rian are possibly one of the scariest concepts I have ever tried to describe through my art.  But the world of Savaged is filled with endless possibilities, some dark and some unimaginably beautiful.