Overview

Elegant, graceful, serene, refined, poised, focused, subtle

The Urizen look draws heavily on classic fantasy images of high elves and scholastic wizards. Robes are common, and most folk wear several layers to protect against the cooler environment of their mountain homes. The nation emphasizes control and poise, and citizens of Urizen try to project a calm, serene exterior. Urizen citizens prize beautiful garments, made from the finest materials available, but they eschew the more flamboyant approach of the League and the Brass Coast, preferring clothing that is exquisitely made rather than ostentatiously adorned.

Most outfits emphasize a light pastel colour with layered garments in similar shades. The most precious fabrics are sometimes dyed with iridescent gloaming to create an ombré effect and contrasting or complementary colours are reserved for highlights or decoration. Some spires keep the Urizen style of layered shades of similar hue but adopt a rich, demure but dark shade like a midnight blue or wine red for the base colour.

Decoration tends to be stylistic, seeking to express the essence of something rather than reproduce it. There is a minimalist ethic underpinning the Net of the Heavens, a desire to accomplish the perfect outcome with the minimum of wasted effort.

Costume Pieces

This section should provide a short list of the ideal costume elements, including variations where appropriate. The format should consist of a short paragraph dedicated to each costume piece, starting with the technical name of the piece of costume in bold, followed by a sentence explaining what the item is, how and when it is worn. There is an example below:

Layered Robes

The iconic look of Urizen is long robes in layers, with the outer robes typically cut to show off the lower layers underneath. This can be achieved by having an open front or leaving the hems longer the lower down a layer is, to create a graduated effect. Often the outer layer of robes will have short, split or voluminous sleeves (or even be sleeveless!) in order to show off closer fitting long sleeves underneath. Lower layers are often fastened close to the body with a belt or sash, allowing the outermost robe to hang loose.

While it is common for Urizen at home in their spires or indoors elsewhere in the Empire to wear floor length robes, the "Anvil cut" of mid-calf length has become popular for Urizen attending summits, taking into account that the fields of Anvil are sometimes wet and even muddy.

Cloaks and Capes

Longer cloaks and shorter capes are popular in Urizen for warmth- both as thick outer layers for winter and in lighter fabrics for summer evenings. These are generally made in colours to match the wearer's robes, and cut to swirl elegantly to emphasise poise.

Sashes

Wide belts and sashes are common in Urizen both to fasten robes and to add detail to outfits. Needs another pithy sentence here.

Trousers Trousers are often tight, following the general theme of minimalism. Joined hose are the historical option, and modern thick leggings or tight trousers will also work. For the modern options, covering visible belt loops or an elasticated waist will improve the look.

Alternatively, very loose, flowing trousers are worn- these look visually as if they were another underlayer of robes.

The trousers should fit in with the rest of the outfit, but tend not to be a focal point.

Jewellery

Footwear

The section should include inline pictures, floating left and right, chosen to illustrate as best as possible, one or more iconic pieces of kit. It should include a link to wikipedia or other sources for specific historical terms.

Materials

Materials in Urizen are generally plain rather than patterned, aiming to show off the fineness of the cloth itself and any decoration on it, though tone-on-tone woven in subtle patterning can also work well. Urizen often wear shiny fabrics- satins and (faux) silks are popular- with cotton sateen providing a good compromise between sheen and durability. It is common for more martially-minded Urizen to wear thicker cottons and linens under their armour; here strength is the most important attribute as Urizen prize using the perfect equipment for any task. Finely woven wool of any weight in plain colours is worn when warmth is required.

Most fabric in Urizen is dyed in pale, pastel shades, though these can be worn alongside darker colours such as burgundy, or ink blue. Outfits are typically kept to the same colour or colour family, for example four shades of blue ranging from sky through to midnight, or two purples paired with two pinks, emphasising elegance and simplicity in colour choice contrasting with the brash contrasts of Dawn.

(sample colour schemes go here, ideally instead of one single palette)

Decorations on Urizen clothes tend to be based around loops and swirls or subtle celestial imagery- not the garish moons and stars of a stereotypical fantasy wizard, but perhaps a constellation or two picked out in metallic thread.

This section should describe the colours and fabrics that are best for the nation. It should use language that makes clear that these things are aspirational ideals, not requirements. It should include a visual colour palette for the nation, with advice on how to use it, but the actual image should only take up a portion of the screen, not fill it.

Gallery In

This is our developing set of images that we're planning to include in the final gallery.

Gallery Out

Here are some images that we have available that we've discounted/replaced currently.

Dark colours provide a contrast with lighter shades.
Mage armour over a short robe/coat cinched at the waist.
Courageous Phoenix.jpg
Three Urizeni.jpg
Seated figure in Urizen robes.
Mastery.jpg
Urizen Senators are determined by those with magical ability.

Gallery photos choice should make a conscientious effort to show all genders and ethnicities as much as possible.

Gallery Consideration

Photos that have been suggested but have yet to be evaluated.

Military

A section on the military costume for the nation. Introductory text should discuss the weapons and armour thematically but using correct technical terms. Links to wikipedia or other sources for specific historical terms. If the nation includes specific military archetypes that have their own specific costume then include a text link to that page in the text.

Do not break down into subheadings for weapons, armour, etc. Describe the pieces in a block of text, then show ensemble images in the gallery.

A short gallery of image showing characters with the right armour, weapons and shields, formatted as per the gallery above. One or two rows at most, not six.

Religion

A section on the religious costume for the nation. This will likely include the kind of costume that priests and similar characters wear, but should take a broader approach where possible, attempting to lay out how characters of that nation embody their religious beliefs in their costume. It should describe the use of religious symbols where appropriate for the nation, for example the virtuous animals in Varushka.

A short gallery of image showing characters with the right armour, weapons and shields, formatted as per the gallery above.

Magic

A section on the magic costume for the nation. This will likely include the kind of costume that magicians and similar characters wear, but should take a broader approach, attempting to lay out how characters of that nation incorporate the existence and practice of magic in their culture into their costume. For example, the use of poppets in the Marches. It should describe the use of magical symbols where appropriate for the nation, for example the use of runes in Wintermark. A description of mage armour and images of it are ideal where available and appropriate.

A short gallery of image showing characters with the right armour, weapons and shields, formatted as per the gallery above.

Jewellery

Most nations include specific thematic elements based on jewellery, e.g. circlets in Dawn. Describe the ideals for bling for the nation - then follow with a gallery of images showing it off.

This is especially important for nations that people often assume don't have bling - e.g. the Marches.

Hats and Outerwear

A section dedicated to hats and outerwear. Talk about the importance of hats, how they improve any costume, describe the kind of hats that are best for the nation. Also describe the kind of things you need to make a costume practical and effective and warm - but still look good for the nation. Reiterate a point (for inclusion on the costume page) that events are frequently wet and cold and stress the value of having a cloak or other appropriate costume that you can throw over your costume.

Gallery of images to follow.

Things to Avoid

Similar Nations

A short paragraph discussing the points of cross-over between the nation and similar costume for other nations. Give positive advice on how to keep the look iconic for this nation, but describe potential pitfalls of costume elements that fit another nation better.

Include standard rubric explaining that all costume is aspirational - so it's fine to use costume that fits another nation if that's the best piece of costume you have available for your overall look - but explain politely that the way to handle this is to simply not mention it rather than making it part of your character background. (This may be better for the main page on costume).

Less Appropriate

Some nations include specific advice on things which are acceptable in-game - but which are not the ideal. Good examples of this are 16th-century costume for the League. If the majority of "costume don'ts" are things that are acceptable but less appropriate then include them in a section titled less appropriate and use the standard language for that. Include images left and right-aligned as appropriate to illustrate the text.

Inappropriate

Some nations include specific advice on things which are not acceptable in-game. This is a much stronger prohibition than "less appropriate", it is simply not a good idea to use the White Hand on any kit in the Imperial Orcs for example. If the kit is something we do not wish someone to use at the event, then we should use language that is honest about that, an use this section rather than a "less appropriate" section.

Useful Links

Tutorials

A set of bullet point links to good tutorials on how to make a good costume, or how to make specific costume pieces.

Traders

A set of bullet point links to traders websites who produce iconic kit for that nation. We must exercise judgement here and also avoid including links for the sake of it. If we can't find a trader that sells iconic Urizen costume, then skip this section, don't link to a website of stuff that is "ok-ish".

Further Reading

Core Brief

Additional Information