Free it from the false cage of civility built by those who enslaved you and used you like a domesticated animal.
Let it sweep away the useless tools of reason.
This is its purpose.
It is a weapon granted to all humans from birth,
Like the claw to the hawk,
...Or the stringer to the wasp.
Now is not the time of the Architect!
It is the time of the Warrior!
Who are you, Devika,
To reject providence?"
Concept art for Devika, the deuteragonist of Obliteration. She’s the leader of a small gang called the Kartikan Wasps, operating on the 17th arm of Obliteration -- a planet sized, saw blade shaped city that has travelled for millions of years down an endless mechanical tunnel of light.
An exiled aristocrat driven by the desire to play savior to the downtrodden, she fashions herself redeemer, punisher and mother, taking in the poor and outcast and teaching them how to fight for survival. Although she plays the cynic to all she meets, her true spirit is iron and immutable, tempered by a level headed rationality that seeks only to uplift and in turn be uplifted.
Her weapon is the Deodate — a retractable pole with twin solid light blades, which she wields in an aggressive, fast and unpredictable fighting style.