My initial design exploration. I found a lot of refs. with mongolian warriors in armor, but that didn't feel very interesting to me, I want to create a design feels like a pure and interesting representation of mongolia.
My champion is a demi-god, as the embodiment of mongolia itself he represents its people thriving for eternity under the eternal blue sky, he is one with the land, a natural born warrior and hunter.
He considers himself to be the strongest and for that he goes into battle without armor, proud to show himself and his scars gained in battle. He can sprout eagle-like wings from his back as I felt it was a cool element of the culture to represent as well as fitting for a warrior of the eternal blue sky.
Anyways that's a lot of text, what's important is that I can manage to communicate all this through my design. We'll see how it goes. ¯_(ツ)_/¯