Thank you! I'm really going to miss wearing it next year (although I could really do with taking some proper photos in the woods near me!).
Did they still not deliver it?! That's shocking! I'm guessing you are saving for the wedding now? You could always do a 'pre-crash Lara', have a silver flask, history books, red headphones and a leather journal. How far on were you with your cosplay?
Well we were meant to meet up with Tabitha at Eurogamer to pick it up and we probably would have paid for it then, but we recently got an email from them asking if we wanted it and when I heard the price, I kind of went into shock and realised it was either the bow or the deposit for our wedding planner!
I've got pretty far with it, I think the main things were the bow, quiver and arrows and the gun holster. Then it would just be a matter of the little details such as the blood, dirt and bandages etc... but it all adds up when you're trying desperately to save every penny!
No I'm not getting rid of it, that would break my heart! I have three costumes planned for next year (AoD Lara, Kesi who is my own creation [she's an Ancient Egyptian Assassin that links with the AC universe] and Jodie/Aiden from Beyond:Two Souls) so I suppose they need to some time out!
Jesus, that sounds steep! Yeah cosplay is an expensive hobby :/ I just hope that one day you'll be able to wear yours at least once
Kesi is the daughter of Kontar and Safiya who was born during great economic and social upheaval. Kontar was an assassin within Men-nefer constituency, who while exhibiting great talents and loyalty, began to fall into periods of uncontrolled rage that threatened the stability of the branch and its brotherhood. After revealing himself on an assassination attempt in Thebes, Kontar was ordered to return to his home by Sefu, leader of the Men-nefer branch, under the suggestion that he had been neglecting his wife and three month old daughter. Upon returning home, Kontar could not control his anger at being dismissed and lashed out at Safiya. To Kontar, it was her fault that he had lost his way of life and being blinded by rage, stabbed Safiya as she held Kesi. It was during this time that Kesi received her distinctive scar from her cheek down to her chin. Kontar tried to grab the child from her resisting mother, which saw Kesi catch the blade of Kontar’s dagger as he killed his wife. Safiya died instantly while Kesi cried from the pain on her cheek. This made Kontar snap out of his clouded emotions as he witnessed what he had done. Unable to comprehend his actions, he committed suicide within the family home and left Kesi in the arms of her mother. There she stayed for two days, growing weaker as time went on until she was found by Sefu as he entered the home of Kontar to discuss his wellbeing. He promptly took Kesi back to the Men-nefer headquarters where she was nursed by the internal physicians as her fate as an orphan was decided. It occurred to Sefu that Kesi may inherit her fathers talents and that a female member may be useful to infiltrate areas that men had difficulty to ‘hide in plain sight’, such as duels in the Royal Court, dances and harems. He took it on himself to be her mentor, teaching her in the ways of the brotherhood, literature, alchemy and weaponry. She was also sent to learn the art of dance and seduction, much to her displeasure. At 15 she was a fully trained member who utilised duel wielding khopessh (a thick, crescent shaped blade that is used for slashing and can be used to pull an opponent’s shield down before thrusting the end of the blade into the enemies’ face), a small dagger that was tied to her right calf, archery and a rudimentary hidden blade that had been integrated into the Egyptian assassin's arsenal after the take over of southern Syria and the expansion of the Egyptian empire. She also carried vials of poison and fatal liquors tied to her belt and in a leather pouch. As the economy weakened further due to the invasion of the ‘sea people’, Kesi lead excursions over Egypt to raid tombs of deceased, wealthy Egyptians, creating an income for the Men-nefer branch and to collect copper and gold items to improve and smelt new weaponry. During one of these raids, she came across a strange stone disc inlaid with gold , she couldn’t understand what it was but felt that it absorbed a part of her within it. When she showed Sefu the disc, he believed it may be a memory seal that had been part of the first civilization of the gods. He saw that she had become obsessed by the disc, spending days and nights examining it and trying to unearth its power. Fearing that she may be taking the same route as her father, Sefu took the memory seal away from her and forbade her from touching it. Furious that she was treated like a child, she took her anger out on the Men-nefer headquarters by setting fire to the alchemy room and destroying key literature on Egyptian history as she searched for the seal. Sefu and other members held her back before she entered the library as she spat that they ruined her life, that Sefu killed her family and made her become no better than a slave. Determined for her to not follow the same path as her father, Sefu took all Kesi’s weapons away from her, after he told the physician to administer a paralysis liquor so that she didn’t injure or kill them all in the process. After a period of isolation, Kesi accepted voluntary reprieve in Thebes where she found herself in the Royal courts as an entertainer and dueler. Although she despised the life she now had, aged 22, she found great knowledge into the workings and secrets of the Royal household. Including the request of one of the Kings’ wives, Tiye for help in an coup to overthrow the patriarchy and allow her child to take the throne. Approaching the headquarters at Thebes, she told of the plan that King Rameses III had to search out and overturn the Assassin order as he believed (quite rightly) that they were the ones behind the deaths of various priests and government officials. The fact that they were working against the king automatically placed a death warrants on all their heads. At first, Kesi was denied repatriation, but when Sefu saw how serious Kesi was of her claims, he allowed her back into Men-nefer under the provision that if she was lying or was returning to destroy the headquarters; that she would face automatic death. After great planning, Kesi set out for Thebes to infiltrate the harem. As it turned out, the Queen also had her own plans in motion for the Kings’ assassination in which many officials and concubines were a part of. Annoyed by the sheer numbers involved, Kesi took it upon herself to continue with her own plans which involved going undercover as a concubine and using a blade rather than the strange potions that the court magician was concocting. A few officials tried to stop her entering the harem which lead her to to dispatching them as quickly and quietly as possible. The King was due to start a sweep of the Thebes the next day and failure was not an option. After entering the harem Kesi not only had to monitor her own agenda, but that of Tiye too. One of the concubines was caught pouring poison into the Kings’ goblet which started a mass hysteria between guards and attendees as the doors were locked and people were restrained. After killing a guard who grabbed hold of her, Kesi ran towards the King and slit his throat from behind with her hidden blade. As she ran towards the window, she found that she could not exit as an invisible field trapped them all inside the room, outside the door she could hear the frantic muttering of the court magician that suddenly became silent as blood trickled under the door. Kesi was hit on the back of her head and she drifted into unconsciousness. On waking she had all her weapons removed and was badly bruised; around her were wives and concubines of Rameses III. She knew she had succeeded, the King was dead, however the chances of escaping this situation were very slim. Because of Tiye, they were all here and her plan for her son to take the throne had failed. Kesi was invited to commit suicide, which she did in 1155BC, aged 24. Her final words were that she fought for Egypt as a homeland for her brothers, not for the puppetry of the Royal household. She was buried in an unmarked grave along with the other women and Tiye’s son. The death of Kesi affected Sefu greatly, to him she became his daughter even if he had to threaten her with death for the greater good. Renouncing his active leadership, he sent members of Men-nefer to find Kesi. She was reburied with full rituals in the Egyptian Brotherhood’s own burial site; which consisted of various underground corridors. Each respected member was assigned a chamber that tells their story. Ironically, the burial site was next to the Valley of the Kings and many of the tombs have been mistaken by archeologists as graves of high officials. Kesi had prevented the nationwide search for the Assassin Order as Rameses III three sons, who ascended the throne, had little knowledge of what their father was planning and failed greatly as leaders. Egypt was a changing country with the rise of power wielding priests and governors creating many centuries of internal conflict. For Kesi, Sefu wrote about her life and stored it within the Men-nefer library along with the seal until it was took over when Alexandria rose in power as a city. The documents were moved to the Alexandria library and the memory seal was took to Alamut to be reunited with other similar seals. The final location of the documents wrote by Sefu were to be found within the library of Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad, buried under years of philosophy and agendas. Her tomb was destroyed by thieves over the years and the assassination of Cleopatra by Amunet became widely known throughout the Brotherhood, rather than the downfall of the last great King and era in Ancient Egypt. The story of Kesi was lost to history.
Need a little bit of advice ladies and gentlemen! I'm currently making AoD Lara, however I didn't know whether to create a healed scar on my stomach/back to reference the reboot or just carry on with the standard look?
Hopefully in a few weeks I'll have a periapt shard and kurtis' chirugai to add to the costume .