The conflicted mage with hourglass eyes is easily the most recognizable character from Dragonlance. We’re peering into the Dragon Orb for these Raistlin cosplays!
I am morally obligated to start this article with the acknowledgement that the Dragonlance Chronicles by Margaret Weis and Tracey Hickman is my favorite book series of all time, and has been since 3rd grade. Of all the Heroes of the Lance, Raistlin Majere was immediately and irrevocably my favorite – the misanthrope with a hunger for power and a gigantic chip on his shoulder. This week I’m paying homage to my favorite Dragonlance character with this Raistlin cosplay feature!
The Master of Past, Present, and Future
Raistlin Majere was born in the village of Solace, a poor village boy constantly in the shadow of his outgoing, if dim witted, twin brother. He resented from an early age his physical weaknesses, and the ned of relying on his stronger brother, his protective sister, and the charity of those more fortunate than he. Raistlin grew with a thirst for power, a cunning and often cruel intelligence, and an inner tootsie roll softness for those who are unfortunate and bullied.
The mage outgrew his meager beginnings, clawing his way to great power beyond his imagining. His story is one of power, of tragedy, and of immeasurable sacrifice. He meets the cleric of Paladine, Crysania, in the Legends trilogy, and embarks on a fateful trip through time that ultimately changes his whole outlook on life and the gods.
There are two main cosplays for Raistlin – the beginning of his journey as a mage of Lunitari, a red robe, and inevitably his transition to Nuitari and the black robes. Black robed Raistlin has gotten more press in recent years because of the Russian musical version of the Legends tales, but it is the red robed Raistlin that is most iconic to fans of the Dragonlance Chronicles. Raistlin has unmistakable hourglass eyes, the staff of Majere topped in a dragon claw, and arcane scrollwork on his cuffs. He comes complete with an air of danger, and a sarcastic wit worthy of the best writers. This week, we’re celebrating all things Majere with this Raistlin cosplay feature!
Jennifer aka "Mayhem's Muse" is the Cosplay Editor for BoLS and manages Ad Sales and Communications. Her cosplay awards include the RTX Judge's Choice Award and Dragon's Lair Austin's Cosplay Symposium.
Jennifer has been a Cosplay Guest Judge at RTX, Tacticon and Genghis Con in Colorado. She regularly attends conventions to cover cosplay for BoLS. Her cosplay work has been featured in publications such as Girls Who Love Monsters, Geek Fuel, and Renaissance Magazine. Jennifer has modeled in the Her Universe Fashion Show, Precision Camera's yearly Precision Camera University, and has taught several workshops for photographers about partnering with cosplayers and creative muses/models.
Jennifer is a lifelong enthusiast of retro video games and loves Dungeons & Dragons, urban fantasy, tabletop games, VR technology, and historical archery. She has set National Records through USA Archery’s Traditional Division for Asiatic Bows and earned 4th Place in the World Nomad Games in Kyrgyzstan in 2018 for Women’s Korean Archery. Jennifer is currently studying for her Masters's Degree in Organizational Leadership.