Art Post – Sword of Excallius Character Bio #2

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.

Camilla Coloring

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.

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