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Statues of Calvinus

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Calvinus was one of the finest sculpters known to history. While he performed many an exceptional pieces of historical figures, he is best known for his “inspired” pieces - pieces he created out of his own memory.  He said he would go into his studio alone, then just “bang out” a piece without break.  This process explains his prodigeous output.  There are several dozen exceptionally lifelike women (and a few men). Most are beautiful and scantily clothed, but his “Old Washer Woman” is a master piece. Many countries consider Statues by Calvinus to be national treasures.

Calvinus was one of the finest sculpters known to history. While he created many an exceptional piece of historical figures, he is best known for his “inspired” pieces - pieces he created out of his own memory.  He said he would go into his studio alone, then just “bang out” a piece without break.  This process explains his prodigeous output.  There are several dozen exceptionally lifelike women (and a few men). Most are beautiful and scantily clothed, but his “Old Washer Woman” is a master piece. Many countries consider Statues by Calvinus to be national treasures.

History
Since the statues are listed in the Garage Sale from Hell thread and has a “villanous” subcategory, you know something must be wrong with them. Calvinus was a highly ranking Evil Cultist.  He had to provide his masters with soul energies so he could continue to create.  After a few odd deaths to produce several exceptional works, he discovered how to kill two metaphoric birds with one real stone. He learned a charm to “freeze” a person, eventually turning them to stone. Once initially hit, he would have some time to pose and even redress them (if they were not already posing for him). When the petrification process was over, their souls would be bound, to be given over to his master.  (He might also do some touch up on the statue… after all things too real and without tool marks would be obviously become a problem).

Follow Up
Instead of Calvinus being dead, he could still be alive. Though he might be far away from you, as the statues do travel.

His petrificiation charm might be bound in an innocuous piece of stone. Thus freeing up his own personal energies for more Evil Work. It could be floating around somewhere.

Also he might not of had time to sacrifice his last victim. The soul of this petrified victim might be haunting his last piece, their ex-body.

All has the makings of a good scenario in one place.



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Voted Mourngrymn
November 14, 2005, 16:41
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Ok, I was going to give this a 4.5 but settled for a 4.0 instead.

First, I love the idea of a sculpter having his best work be from the cost of someones life. Done before, but hey I like it. Second, using them as a sacrifice to a higher purpose is a nice effect as well.

However, I took off a .5 due to not knowing enough about the cult he worshiped. Why did they require the soul of a sacrifice and why did hey need it so often. It would be nice to know that information as well.

It would be a nice twist of he saw his fate and someone found a way to trap himself in a statue, but instead of being immoble could move around. Similar to a stone golemn with much more detail.
Voted Zylithan
November 29, 2005, 20:47
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Calvinus could in fact BE his own last work? Maybe as he aged he was going to die, and thought he could preserve himself this way? Very incomplete idea (mine, not yours), but I blame it on your post sir!
Voted Ria Hawk
January 23, 2006, 2:53
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I like it. I've always had a soft spot for sinister artists, particularly of the "Immortalizing the Moment... Truly" variety. This WILL appear somewhere in one of my games or possibly stories. *goes off to plot*
Voted Scrasamax
January 23, 2006, 8:52
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Pygmalion darkly, I like. In a way, this post makes me miss the headlong rush of the Garage Sale from Hell, something that has yet to be replicated in the new Citadel.
MoonHunter
January 23, 2006, 23:54
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All that head long rush requires is a few people to post to the scroll. I, personally, have been backing away from Evil Cult support at the moment. Most people seemed not to like the thread, once it became voted upon. So I stopped piling stuff in it. But if the interest is there, simple activity on the codice will cause it spring to life.
Voted axlerowes
April 3, 2009, 2:40
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These comments don't effect my vote

"Calvinus was one of the finest sculpters known to history."

Try: "Calvinus is one of the finest sculptors known to history." If you are going personify history you don't have to put it in the past tense.

"but his "Old Washer Woman" is a master piece"

Try: "His 'Old Washer Woman' is perhaps his greatest master piece." You have already established that most of his works are considered master pieces, national treasures even. But you want to raise one master piece above those...

I am giving it a 4.5 cause I am going to use it.
MoonHunter
April 4, 2009, 2:30
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So noted. Very useful comments. I will give this a serious once over and include those changes very soon.
Voted Nocontrivedname
April 5, 2009, 17:21
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