I meant that as a comment specific to Arcanum. :)
Err why? We get several mentions of the evil one right in Virgil's opening dialogue and at the shrine. Plus he shows up midway through the main quest, perhaps just as you start thinking it's all a load of rubbish.
As for the elf lady, someone on T-A said he remembers some lady posting on Sierra forums ages ago claiming she worked at Sierra and the elf on the cover was based on her. There aren't any pics for comparison.
In 2001 there actually were publishers who haven't felt that boxart requires showing protagonist. I know, today it sounds like blapshemy, but those were the times.
Actually, the mage, the techie and the elf lady can all stand in for the protagonist (there was an orc on the early version, too). And in an RPG with chargen it's much, much better than a catch-all tin can or a default dude.