ink, digital. 2007.
Down a shield and in defensive mode.
This particular character is a disgraced matriarch, stripped of her teeth for showing cowardice in battle.
Her sword is broken as further humiliation and punishment, and it is her only remaining point of honor to use it in favor of better weapons.
As a limited race, there aren't enough of them to allow for incarceration or execution, and all are still expected to fight as it is literally the only reason they exist. Her only hope of redemption is to die a good death in combat.