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Sultan Costume by NachtBeirmann Sultan Costume by NachtBeirmann
So here is my entry for the Lightning Returns Contest. I thought since most of the other participants may go with the futuristic path, I went with tribal. 

The inspiration aside from the deadline is a traditional Filipino warrior, Lapu Lapu to be specific. The sleeveless midriff top is based on the vest with ethnic patterns which is secured with a belt. Instead of a whole body sash, it was made into two. One sash hangs on the left shoulder then loops around her waist and secured by a clip. The other one is a leg-length that is buttoned on the waist of the pants. For the accessories Lightning is wearing a striped pugong(turban), two golden earrings, and a necklace made from ingenious materials. 

The design for the sword is a combination of Kampilan www.arscives.com/historysteel/… and Kris static1.wikia.nocookie.net/__c…. The 'baybayin' engraved on the blade spells out "BA-KU-NA-WA", the name of the sword that is also the name of the dragon from the Philippine Mythology that could swallow the moon. The shield is based on the Kalasag www.tribalartfinder.com/images…. The weapon and shield are modernized to make them look like the weapons from the Final Fantasy.

 Hope you like it :) It's my first time to join a dA contest and it's been challenging yet fun. 
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Eeren Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Super cool design!!! *O* GREAT WORK!
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NachtBeirmann Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Student General Artist
Thanks! :D
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Eeren Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Student Digital Artist
No problem!! <3
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MyMarshlands Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
HOLY DAYUM NACHT!!!!!!!!!!
You've amazed me once more, it seems O:
Dang man, this design is brilliant! I simply love how you incorporated aspects from the Philipines on the designs and it looks so complete and aaaahfdhgds
I don't know ANYTHING about final fantasy but I can see this on a game DEFINATELY, expecially since it seems you like the franchise (I remember you did watercolor logos of the games or something like that a while back?)
I'm wishing you the best of luck in this contest
YOU'RE AWESOME!!!!
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Tilebus7 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Professional General Artist
This has allot of originality to it.
Really digg the style
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k-hots Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Good luck, natch! Wished i could participate, but i'm put station already...
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k-hots Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Outstation...
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Jose1208 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Tough contest with many gorgeus entries, the yours is one of them too! I wish you good luck! 
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Dragonith Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh geez, I really love this. Everything from the design to the origins. EVERYTHING. I really love her puffed out pants in particular. Good luck in the contest! I'll be rooting for you, senpai. Llama Emoji-10 (Shy) [V1] by Jerikuto
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dareatlas Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, this is awesome! Good luck in the contest! :]
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NachtBeirmann Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Student General Artist
Thanks!
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TRspicy Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Student
Well this is fuckin cool.
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torqupine Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Emergerd gerd jerb!
This looks like it has great potential!

and I wanna use the dragon that swallowed the moon for a fakemon. K? K.
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NachtBeirmann Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Student General Artist
K gurl, everyone can use that dragon it's not mine
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torqupine Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
K gurl
now dis akwo
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DaybreakM Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Student Digital Artist
WONDERFUL! Do you want me to advertise it in any way?
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NachtBeirmann Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Student General Artist
Wow, sure! thanks!
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Dzoan Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Professional General Artist
Very original :D! Love the use of patterns and the weapon design!
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:iconnachtbeirmann:
NachtBeirmann Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you sir!
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Dzoan Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Professional General Artist
You're very welcome ^^!
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Razorshell Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
DA contests are pretty tough but I hope you win, this is a good entry here ;)
The sword looks super-cool btw!
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YarickArt Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AMAZING! *O* I love it!
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NachtBeirmann Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you sir!
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YarickArt Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D
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