Now we’ve got a villain with a name! From here: DOES THE PLOT THICKEN!? ……..No. Not in particular. Now, see you next comic… WHERE THE PLOT PROBABLY DOESN’T THICKEN!
Here’s another bio ‘CAUSE WHY NOT YOU GUYZ?
President of the Fiend Hunters club, the group of students at Jack’s school that devote most of their time hunting down Fiends. She has a very bold and determined personality and will never surrender, especially if the stakes are high. Despite her love of fighting and combat, she is very friendly and personable, though she can get rather blunt and snarky. She also has a very strong sense of justice and can get overprotective of those she thinks need protecting. But on the flip side, she does have a bad habit of overestimating her fellow Fiend Hunters in combat, with them often getting into situations she thinks are easy but are way beyond the rest of the group’s skill level. Elena can also get a tad over competitive with other groups who also hunt Fiends, often going out of her way to sabotage the other groups to insure the Fiend Hunters get the kill.
Given Elena’s competitive nature coupled with her very high fighting skill level, she naturally uses a very difficult and technical fighting style (meaning impossible to do in real life) as a display of skill. She fights using a large sheath that she carries on her back that can carry upwards of 50 swords if properly set in called a Sword Quiver. Utilizing the massive number of swords she carries on her at a given time, Elena uses a style she dubs “Omni Wielding”, where the user tries to use as many different swords as they can all at the same time, this being accomplished by using swords with very small, narrow handles and no cross guards, further increasing the skill level required to do such a style.
Needless to say, Elena has mastered this fighting style and is incredibly proficient at it, being able to switch out swords in a matter of milliseconds (all the swords are more or less identical, so this is only really necessary for style points…), swing the swords from the heels of her boots for added range (like how Raiden from Metal Gear Solid does it), and can even run across the tops of the swords as easily as if she was moving across actual ground. Heck, by utilizing her Sword Quiver’s built in launching mechanism, she can fire out spare swords to create actual makeshift ladders and platforms for her to get around more easily. Or, she could just use the mechanism in tandem with Trace (which is basically just pseudo magic made after the destruction of the Sovereign Seal made real magic much harder to do), she can fire off a continuous self-replenishing volley of swords at her enemies in a technique she dubs the “Sword Stream”. However, by far, her most impressive ability is her “Guardian Swordfall” technique. This technique involves launching all of her swords straight up into the sky, where they will all come crashing point down at blinding speeds over an incredibly wide area, often decimating her opponents. It’s called the Guardian Swordfall because of how the swords actually fall. They are pretty much guaranteed to all land on top of any and all potential threats within an area, completely missing any innocent bystanders Elena doesn’t want to hit in the process, and when the swords do come down, for a split second, they look likes beams of light coming down from the heavens to rain down judgement. So in summary: Elena is a pretty big game-breaker in terms of strength, which is why she is in charge of the Fiend Hunters.
So… yeah… Elena is pretty OP, but I’ve got a pretty good idea of how strong the bad guys are going to be in Sword of Excallius, SO… I think Jack and Camilla are going to be needing her help a lot early on… Anyway: WHAT INSPIRED THIS CHARACTER TIME! When I came up with Elena, I had a bit of a cursory understanding of Attack on Titan. In that show, people fight titans with really sharp blades that have a tendency to break and dull, so they have to carry around a bunch of blades with them. They also use grappling hooks mounted to their waists so that they can maneuver around better against the titans (they’re apparently waist mounted so as to encourage the body to remain in an upright position, reducing the amount of stress that the grappling would cause on the body). Now, when I first saw the character designs, I thought those grappling hooks were where the kept all of their swords… And the idea of that then reminded me of the Hwacha (link for those who don’t know what that is: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hwacha)… And following that train of thought and combing the two things, I came up with the Sword Quiver. Having come up with a crazy weapon like that, naturally I needed a character with a crazy fighting style to match. So I came up with all the stupid show-offy moves and abilities, but still didn’t have a design to go with either. Then further inspiration struck! Around this time, I was playing a game called Project X Zone (which is basically a crossover game using Capcom, Sega, and Namco characters). There were a particular group of characters whose source game seemed really interesting to me (though, as of typing this, I still haven’t played it yet) called God Eaters (which is kind of like Monster Hunter from my understanding)… Anywho, I ended up liking the characters from God Eaters and decided to use them as a base, design wise. I decided I wanted the character I was designing to be female, so I took aspects from the female God Eater character in the game (named Alisa, who looks like this: http://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/godeater/images/9/92/Alisa.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20120117165808) and incorporate some of them into Elena’s design (in addition to another character’s design I’ll show you guys at a later time) and then toned down a bit of the fan-servicey aspects (which, thinking about some of the character designs I have, sounds kind of like a weird thing for me to do). And that’s what inspired Elena. So if you’re ever having trouble coming up with creative ideas for stuff, just steal a bunch of concepts and aspects from all sorts of sources at the same time ‘n mash them together into one amalgamation of junk and stuff! It’s been serving me pretty well up till this point. And with all that typing done, I’ll see you next post.
We’ve got the makings of another little mini-arc here that’s really not going to go anywhere special really… I’m doing that mostly just because it’s easier to get more comics with less “setting-up”, which coming up with a lot of setups for comics was giving me most of my writer’s block… so this is making it easier on me in regards to making new ideas. Also, Angel’s first appearance: WOOT. ANOTHER REGULAR HAS BEEN INTRODUCED. COMMENCE THE NON-CELEBRATION. ALSO, SEE YOU NEXT COMIC!
Well, the semester is now over for me. WOO. First week of summer vacation, I am proud to admit… I haven’t been working on the comic as hard as I should, so that 2 updates a week thing: don’t expect that to happen right away… It will probably happen eventually though. Just have to have 1 really productive day, then I’ll feel good about doing multiple updates a week. On an unrelated topic: FIRST COMIC WITH COLOR! Kind of… Yes, I’ve decided all spells cast in this comic (when the spell’s name is actually used), will be colored.. slightly. TRY TO HOLD BACK YOUR EXCITEMENT ALL 7 OF YOU… Anyway, more comics to come in the coming weeks, so I’ll see you next comic.
Because we’re in the middle of moving out of our house, I’ve had to deal with A LOT O’ BOXES LATELY, so I know this feeling (I’m totally Alex in this situation. JUST WANT EAT MY DAMN CHEETOS… or FRITOS IN THIS CASE… NOT THAT I THINK CHEETOS AREN’T DELICIOUS.. JUST THAT I’VE BEEN EATING MORE FRITOS LATELY THAN CHEETOS…) Anyway, 2 more classes on Monday, then the semester is over for me! SO HAPPY 🙂 ! Until then, see you next post.
Here’s the bio for our other protagonist. Her name is Camilla, and she is the main reason why I decided to do Night Fox as a web comic over Sword of Excallius: HER FREAKING DESIGN IS A PAIN IN THE ASS TO DO OVER AND OVER AGAIN.
There are many times I feel that my characters are too simple. Then I overcompensate for those simple designs by doing these really overcomplicated ones with all these small little details that become such a pain in the ass to do… And the thing is, for this particular design, I skimped on a LOT of the actual details that go into her armor for this post (BECAUSE I’M A LAZY SON OF GUN). But what really sucks, is that I actually REALLY like Camilla’s design with all of its pain in the ass details, as I feel it all really fits the general look I was trying to achieve with her… And I’m rambling on about nothing in general, so let’s get on with that bio.
Camilla Viviane Excallius
Age: Appearance and personality-wise, 16. In actuality, roughly 800.
The Sword of Excallius herself. She was originally a princess from the kingdom of the same name, before she was cursed with the form of a sword that can only be used by those with the right bloodline. While in the service of somebody, she can change from her human and sword forms at will. She gets stronger from being used in combat, being able to impart her master with new powers, though, every time one of her masters die, she temporarily loses a lot of her powers and some of her memories, specifically the ones in regards to fighting properly, usually causing her to start back at square 1 wherever that happens, which is frequently.
Personality wise, she doesn’t let her curse get her down, remaining bright, cheerful, and easily excited. She is usually very respectful and incredibly loyal to her masters. However, she can be kind of oblivious and almost ditzy at times though. Once she gets close enough to somebody, whether or not they are her master, she will do her best to insure no harm will EVER befall them. She doesn’t like be treated as just a sword and hates to be used to cause harm to innocent people. Of course, Camilla’s has a fear that she will never be free as a person, considering she always had to rely on people when she was a princess whether it be her father, servants, or knights whenever she got kidnapped. This obviously carrying over to her sword form as well, considering she can’t even interact with anything unless she is paired with a master. Her one wish is to finally accomplish something without needing another person to help and / or use her.
Yes, the Sword of Excallius is actually a person, not just a random magic weapon. I got the idea a while ago from watching Soul Eater (some aspects of that series actually helped shape Night Fox as well), and always thought people having the ability to transform into weapons was really cool (though, I watched Soul Eater in 11th grade, so I was more or less sitting on that idea for about 4 years until I came up with Sword of Excallius in late 2013). Considering the relatively goofy nature of Soul Eater, it never really addressed some of the “psychological issues” I’m sure people would go through, being used as LITERAL weapons of murder. I took that idea and used it to help create Camilla, who, considering she has been around for 800 years and been used by 100 different masters, some of whom, were not particularly nice people, has been forced to kill more things than she would’ve liked. While my idea for the series is to keep it more light hearted and slightly goofy at the beginning, as it would go on, I would go more in-depth into Camilla’s psyche, and explore just what kind of issues would pop up from her circumstances. Issues like survivor’s guilt, the idea of never being in control of one’s life, being forced into killing innocent people against your will, dealing with a life of seemingly constant failure and setbacks, and whether or not Camilla should even try to break her curse, considering how much bloodshed she would have to cause to do it…
All of those sound like cheery prospects huh!? I might post random silly nonsense on this blog a lot of the time, but that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy some more introspective depth added to my stuff. And this is coming from a guy who runs a web comic where the main character likes to stab people in the butt… Anyways, this weeks comic is nearing completion, so you can expect that soon. And to that, I say: See you next post.
Good news. New comic ideas are starting to come in, so I got over my writer’s block. I’ve got a decent idea for a quick story line, but it is more “action” focused than the rest of the comic so far, so I may change up how I do the posts for that particular “story arc”. We’ll just have to wait and see. In other news: another reoccurring character who isn’t Alex or Kitsiyuna! Isn’t that so exciting! Yes, you can expect Kaz here to show up in a lot more comics down the line. SLOWLY THE CAST IS STARTING TO GROW! But anywho… I have 2 more weeks left of classes, so expect some kind of other changes in the future once the semester is out. Also, I will see you next comic!