Why the fuck is she wearing half pants things?
I know the answer, I’m just sad about it.
Is the answer mobility?
Kess was designed to mix the looks of female MMA and UFC fighters with a classic adventurer. I’m quite pleased several boxers on her Meet the Iconics discussion thread have noticed and chimed in on the similarities between her outfit and those of some modern fighters, along with the difficulties one would have weaving and kicking with an armored midsection or restricted legs.
It’s also why Crowe the Bloodrager (linked above), another nimble fighter, has exposed chest and thighs.
That’s some of the thinking behind her look. While she’s definitely attractive, “titillation” is rarely a goal with the art in Pathfinder and certainly wasn’t with this piece. While Kess is definitely attractive, I think most would be hard pressed to call her depiction cheesecake.
But intention aside, not everyone’s going to love every one of our iconic characters and I’m sorry if Kess doesn’t work for you. If that’s the case, I hope you’ll still check out Pathfinder’s other iconic characters, like Jirelle the Swashbuckler and Enora the Arcanist (both also linked above), two other totally awesome female adventurers.
And our march of new iconics for the Pathfinder RPG Advanced Class Guide is far from complete. We’ve got several more amazing iconics of both genders coming up, so please keep watching and be sure to let us know what you think!
Ladies in MMA-realistic armor. :-)