It was also during a time I was getting a fair amount of people (trolls) "informing" me that Revan is male. As if by some miracle I wouldn't already know about the "official" canon Especially with all the trolls whose sole purpose seems to be to spam every piece of female Revan fandom out there.
I wanted to wait until I was completely done before posting it, but I haven't been able to work on it for nearly a year And I've been starting to get quite a bit of spam on my Revan deviations again.
Though DA is no where near as bad as all the idiots on youtube, it had gotten to the point where I just felt like posting a deviation where I can explain once (and only once) why my Revan is who she is.
A video game called "Knights of the Old Republic" was released way back in 2003. I got it pretty much as soon as it was released. The first thing you have to do when you press start is choose your character. Now you're not choosing a Revan, you haven't even heard of Revan at this point. You can choose your character's class; soldier, scout, or scoundrel, and whether that character will be male or female. Since this was the first time in anything Star Wars a female could be the hero, I most certainly created a female character. If mermory serves my first character was a scout, whose outfit resembled Han Solo's (and because I really hated how the soldier and scoudrel outfits looked like.... plus the scout gets sexier looking underwear which I wasn't aware of at that point ).
I don't remember the name I chose for my character that first playthrough, but during the second playthrough I named her "Chayla" (a random name the game generated) "Starcross" (a deliberate name I generated ) and that's who she's been ever since.
Once you're done with that the game really begins and opens like any Star Wars movie with the fanfare and opening crawl. The crawl informs you of the situation and that the reigning Sith Lord Malak is the last apprentice of Darth Revan. And that's all you know about Revan so far. Your character wakes up on a Republic ship being attacked a boarded by Sith forces. If you're familiar with Bioware's other games like Mass Effect and Dragon Age then you'd be familiar with the story progression as your character continues on her/his journey meeting knew companions and learning new skills.
After the first act; escaping the planet Taris and meeting the majority of your companions, you go to the Dantooine Jedi Academy where you become a Jedi padawan. Here is where you learn the ways of the Force and more importantly get a lightsaber You also learn more about who Darth Revan was and that your companion Bastila was there when Malak betrayed Revan. Your quest to retrace Revan's steps to discover the secret of the Star Maps, which makes up the majority of the second act of the story.
The second act ends when you and your companions are captured and during your escaped you're confronted by the Sith Lord himself, Malak, and it's during that confrontation that you discover that YOU were actually Darth Revan all along.
Now I really feel sorry for Revan fans (male or female) if you only knew about Revan through comics, or more likely through Wookiepedia , because actually experiencing this in the game was the second most awesome moment in Star Wars history (Vader revealing that he's Luke's father would be the first). And in a Sixth Sense-esque twist you realize that Revan was never referred to by gender and when Revan's face was finally revealed it was your character's face
When Malak betrayed Revan, she was critically wounded but Bastila was able to keep her alive using the Force, but Revan's mind and memories were shattered. Since the Jedi don't believe in executing prinsoners, plus they needed to know what Revan knew, they imprinted Revan with a new identity, the character you created before the game started. The experience was so positive that when I actually created a male character for a third playthrough, I only made it to Dantooine before I just had to stop and start over again with a female character.
The first official publication stating that Revan was canonically male didn't come out until sometime in 2007. That's about four years after the game came out. And I only found out about it because of all the idiots that were spamming videos on youtube featuring female Revan who just seemed only too eager to informed the "misguided" that Revan was truly male
I mean, how insecure and frigthened of the thought of a female Revan, does someone have to be that they would continue to troll female Revan fandom nearly five years after Revan was canonically made male? I have nothing against male Revan fans, whether you're just going along with canon or escpecially if you've actually played the game that way. It's these annoying trolls that keep trying to "inform" me that Revan is male that really irritate me. Like they just can't stop gloating because they won (or as I like to think of it; Lucasart giving into the lowest common denominator).
Bottomline: when it comes to Revan, Lucasart fucked up. They just as easily could have kept Revan's gender a mystery the same way they've been keeping his face hidden. Bioware is doing that exact thing right now with Commander Shepard and (shocking to some) it's working! So I'm sure as hell not going to cater to that mistake. I'm prefectly fine with my Revan
So I hope this explains, or at least gives a better understanding to those who wonder why my Revan is and always will be female. And if it doesn't then you're one of the trolls I've been talking about.
Carmilla, from Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2.
Well, ain't that an obscure resemblance?
My Revan is male. For the simple reason I almost always play RPGs as a male PC first and never replayed KOTOR1 thus far. Mass Effect 2&3 being the main exeptions, due to voice acting quality and me knowing better after ME1. But I wouldn't call myself a MaleRevanFan. I wouldn't call myself a fan of any gender being made canon for a RPG with a customizable character. Especially since the only reason to make either canon was an MMORPG I'm not interested in anyways.
Ironically I prefer KOTOR2 to KOTOR1, so you could say I got shafted just as much as you Ladies .
Also: Really like your artwork here. Most FemRevans of DevArts are either LightSide or hiding their evilness behind some facemask. Her pose is like she's purposely taunting both insecure men, who can't imagine a dangerous Lady and hypocritical feminists who can't imagine a female choosing selfish powerseeking instead of being always victim or saint.
The mysterious aspect and not to mention the possibility of choice is far more interesting then the generic ''male human warrior'' or ''male human soldier'' characters.
Late to the party, but that reveal in the game had me floored too. I had no idea it was coming. On another note, wasn't JKA out by then? There you were given a gender neutral name (for NPC voice overs to work properly) and were allowed to play the game as a male/female/alien.
There's always Exile!
Though I only ever got to play KOTOR 2, the first game was spoiled for me by the fandom so my opinion and preference is unquestionably bias.
I give this statement my FULL SUPPORT.
I'm a female Revan fan too And like you, it IS because of my first playthrough of KotOR I didn't get it in 2003, but I definitely never looked at spoilers until I finished it That twist truly is AMAZING if you're experiencing it without being spoiled
Dark-haired fem!Revans ftw, fuck all the trolls and haters
awesome piece! looks like she's having fun
Now I want to play KOTOR... but my CD is broken
And yeah, everyone working on Star Wars of various media keeps skrewing up. No main hero (or even a villian) as a female Jedi/Sith! Seriously, how hard could it have been to make Darth Maul a female in the first Star Wars Pre-Qual? Or even Count Dooku (who was originally thought to be a female, if I remember correctly, but they changed that obviously) Sheesh.
I like to screw canon and go with female Revan and male exile. Always seemed more natural to me.
Playing as female Revan is much more fun. I also *hated* the pick-up lines male Revan fumbles out trying to hit on Bastila. It's pathetic.
I always made my Revan just friends with Carth, though. I like my female Revan too much to let another man have her. Wierd, I know, but what are you going to do?
BTW, the trolls can't draw like this.
I did get some crap today though. I was showing a friend of mine some drawings of my Revan, which I am quite proud of, and he said, "Wait that's your Revan?" And then went on a rant about how Revan is male. Made me kind of mad but I didn't say anything.
Honestly, male Revan just doesn't seem as fun. I've never played as one, but I think the relationship with Bastila is kind of...forced and awkward. It's much more fun to annoy the crap out of her as F!Revan.
And really you have to admit that the whole concept of female Revan is so much cooler than male because you would never in a million years picture a woman behind that mask and armor. It makes the twist of finding out you're Revan so much greater! Like you said I have nothing against male Revan -- I mean, if you think about it, BioWare did a good job of keeping things neutral for whatever gender you play as. Even the name Revan doesn't really lean one way or the other (although I think it would be a cool name for an actual person ).
My theory is that the trolls keep up their futile arguments simply because they KNOW femRevan is better and they're just jealous
okay /end-rant. Again, great picture! I <3 Revan!
as for this debate, i can see where your'll coning from, it makes sense to have F!Revan, just get that mod to romance Bastila (I won't get it since i don't want to wreak my copy) and you'll be fine. That being said i prefer M!Exile due to the whole thing atris, Brianna, Visas. i felt it had a bit of a better story.
I always check to see your KOTOR art, beacause I really enjoyed the game.
In my personal opinion:
Don't feed the trolls. There are simply some people that like to brag and argue about something, just to prove they are right. Don't mind them. There is old chinese saying (I hope I can write it in english correctly ) ,,The dogs are barking, but the caravan moves on."
For me, Revan will always be female, and the Exile male. To put it simply I just think it fits the story. Especially when You remember KOTOR 2 and the talk with Kreia about the ,,influence" that Revan had on people
Of course that doesn't mean I dont enjoy Your female Exile art. Not at all! Your art i great, I think you are doing great job! Thumbs UP!!
As for keeping Revan's gender a secret, I agree. There's a comic book series based on the game, and I really appreciate that, in spite of the "canon", they've avoided all gender pronouns through ten trade paperbacks. XD
Can't wait to see this one finished (with background and dead Jedi I hope!) XD
I totally agree with you about the reveal, by the way; that really threw me for a loop the first time I played KotOR.
I think that theses trolls who just indicate you that you're wrong if a bit forcefully fall in two categories : the "true" fans, who restricts themselves only to the canon, and if possible G-canon; and the ones that just can't imagine that a female could be Dark Lord of the Sith, ergo Revan is male, and Lucasart agrees.
Personally, I strangely go reverse than the canon in terms of genders... my Revan is female, mainly because it feels right when compared to the male walkthrough. My Exile is male, but i must admit that it's mainly because i like Handmaiden far more that Disciple. And I've always played Jaden as a female twi'lek.
I agree that lucasart probably should have not set canonical genders. They however needed to set a canonical end, and thus character side for history continuity. On that points, my Revans (and usually Exiles) are rarely LS or DS, but overall neutral. It is a stance that I really like in the sw universe, but is pretty hard (and sometimes downright impossible) to maintain in both kotor. It's due to my vision of the force, I think, as I am more or less a believer of the Unifiying Force and the White Current.
On last word when watching your image again : the DS Starforge armor is truly far more classy than the LS ones.