Character Design Challenge #323 – RPG Character Classes: Round 1 – Fighters

To be completely honest, my understanding of RPGs and their characters falls just slightly above my knowledge of 20th century Russian politics. A number of folks have floated the idea in the past of an RPG series, so I did a little googling, as you do, and to my surprise I found the lists of classes and characters pretty intriguing.

So to start Round 1, your CDC this week is to write a brief synopsis that explains and describes the world of your RPG, and create a member of the Fighter Class. This is the group that includes Knights, Paladins and Barbarians, among others.

There is no limit on entries this week, so feel free to enter more than once.

Rules for posts, contests, and challenges: Original characters only, no copyrighted characters, no characters based on copyrighted characters, no characters based on RPG’s or other games. The characters must be your own design and not based on any character that might be copyrighted in any way. I have the right to delete any post that I believe crosses this line without warning. Only post characters that have been created solely using Hero Machine, and that you know for certain have never been entered in a contest before. If you aren’t certain, don’t enter it, because I’m not going to go back through all of the contests and check.

All entries must be in JPG or PNG form (BMPs are too big), posted to a publicly accessible website (like the HeroMachine :,ImageShackPhotoBucket, or whatever);

  • Entries must be made as a comment or comments to this post, containing a link directly to the image and the character name;
  • Please name your filesas [your name]-[character name].[file extension] before you upload it. So DiCicatriz, for instance, would save his “Bayou Belle” character image as DiCicatriz-BayouBelle.png.

Please make the link go directly to the image (like this) and not to a hosting jump page (like this).

This contest will close on Sunday, May 28th at 9:00am Eastern.

35 Responses to Character Design Challenge #323 – RPG Character Classes: Round 1 – Fighters

  1. Rekulhs Nathe Rekulhs Nathe

    Does the Fighter have to be human?

  2. Rekulhs Nathe:
    Does the Fighter have to be human?

    Nope.

  3. rossoftheyear rossoftheyear

    So this almost feels tailored made for me, as this is mostly what I use Heromachine for

    https://s11.postimg.org/81mavrz1f/Ross_Of_The_Year-_Sonny.png

  4. rossoftheyear rossoftheyear
  5. rossoftheyear rossoftheyear
  6. ross you forgot the written part of the contest

  7. Rekulhs Nathe Rekulhs Nathe

    Nokk Oranz

    In the far distance future the world is devastated by an event that causes the world to become completely frozen in ice and snow, humans flee to space and the earth is left to freeze. Yet arctic animals thrive in this new environment slowly evolving and soon create their own civilizations the two most powerful species are the polar bears and the penguins. Soon though a polar bear dominated nation declares war on a penguin dominated nation. Due to the polar bears military power they begin crushing the penguins. The king and queen of the nation flee with their egg, but are killed by a commander polar bear though the egg is saved by a husky who raises the penguin as his own this penguin is Nokk Oranz after years of training he learns of his heritage and sets of to the last remaining penguin city of his nation to start a resistance against the polar bears and so his journey begins in this COLD, cruel world.

    http://s1152.photobucket.com/user/Rekulhs/media/Nokk%20Oranz_zpsesxbjz6z.png.html

  8. Rekulhs Nathe:
    Nokk Oranz

    In the far distance future the world is devastated by an event that causes the world to become completely frozen in ice and snow, humans flee to space and the earth is left to freeze. Yet arctic animals thrive in this new environment slowly evolving and soon create their own civilizations the two most powerful species are the polar bears and the penguins. Soon though a polar bear dominated nation declares war on a penguin dominated nation. Due to the polar bears military power they begin crushingthe penguins. The king and queen of the nation flee with their egg, but are killed by a commander polar bear though the egg is saved by a husky who raises the penguin as his own this penguin is Nokk Oranz after years of training he learns of his heritage and sets of to the last remaining penguin city of his nation to start a resistance against the polar bearsand so his journey begins in this COLD, cruel world.

    http://s1152.photobucket.com/user/Rekulhs/media/Nokk%20Oranz_zpsesxbjz6z.png.html

    Where’s a damn like button when you need one?

  9. Funkmachine7

    From the cold northern wastes comes Iarrarl the silver haired barbarian and she’s not happy.
    http://pre13.deviantart.net/2aac/th/pre/f/2017/143/b/2/hm3_beta164_by_funkmachine7-dba5irp.png

  10. rossoftheyear rossoftheyear

    Xinmodic:
    ross you forgot the written part of the contest

    whoops.

    Sonny

    Hector “Sonny” Sumerian is a descendant of, and investigator for, the angel Sumeria. As such, he has always had a bit of a flair for the dramatic, and a reckless disregard for his own safety, believing that his fate is already written.

    He has carved out a career as a dependable, if not overly thorough and brutal, mercenary, but he rarely takes jobs that deal in mundane circumstances. Sonny usually works alone, but not because he isn’t friendly, but because his services don’t come cheap and he’s pretty self sufficient. He charges so much because he often finds himself incarcerated after long nights of revelry and celebration after a prolonged hunt.

    Sonny has earned the nickname “The Butcher” amongst mercenaries due to his surgical precision with his signature weapon: a battleaxe shaped like an oversized meat cleaver that he calls “Wally.”

    Sartoris Jamar is a paladin of the dead god Boh-Si’ly, the god his elven mother worshipped. He is fueled by fury and is always actively hunting a man named Bloodweb, the dark elf assassin that killed his mother in front of him.

    Crixus

    Crixus is a retiarius gladiator searching for fame and accolades across the various coastal port cities. Anywhere he can find an arena fight, he’s there.

    A very prideful man, Crixus never gives up in battle, and knows the only honorable death for him is one in the arena.

    He traveled to the Material Plane from the Plane of Water when he couldn’t make it as a gladiator there. Thinking he would have an easier chance at fame and glory on one of the lesser planes, he faked his death and left home, vowing not to return until he was a legend in his new home.

    Bjorn

    Bjorn Silverbeard, eldest son of Ragnar Silverbeard the Jarl of Helgenforge, starts his day the same as every other smith in the city: waking at dawn, grabbing his hammer, and heading to the forge. Unlike the rest of smiths, Bjorn is a Cleric of Orgrim, and works the Master Smith, and de facto Guild Leader for the city.

    Bjorn takes great pride in his work, and thinks of himself as the greatest Dwarven smith in all of Erdheim. This trait doesn’t exactly endear him to the rest of the forge, and is a stark contrast to his father’s more humble demeanor. The difference in personality is usually attributed Bjorn being Ragnar’s only son from his first marriage, a lowborn shieldmaiden, and not the current queen.

    The politics of the city never really interested Bjorn, as he wasn’t being groomed to take the throne after his father like his younger brothers Ivar, Hastein, and Sigurd. Bjorn believes the only way to elevate himself to the level of his father is to make a name for himself as an adventurer, perfect his craft, and prove himself not only the greatest Dwarven smith, but the greatest smith of amongst all the races.

  11. rossoftheyear:
    And my longest project, my boy Bjorn

    https://s23.postimg.org/szhd43f6j/Ross_Of_The_Year-_Bjorn.png

    Nice ax…where is that from?

  12. rossoftheyear rossoftheyear

    kellkin: Nice ax…where is that from?

    I take influences from people’s art I see on a pinterest board I made for fantasy weapons

  13. The majority of mine are dual classes. But always have a Fighter as part, hopefully thats ok.

    1st:
    The game is set in a dark universe. Magic properties are associated with all classes as a secondary ability. My character is classed as a monk/assissin. She uses her ability to cloak her pole arm with a dark blade to attack swiftly in combat getting many hits in in an instance.

    http://photobucket.com/gallery/user/drlongo123/media/bWVkaWFJZDoxNTAyODczOTA=/?ref=1

    2nd:
    The game is set in post apocalyptic world. The tech of governments have all been spread out to individuals and new governments and groups(clans) have been formed. This character is classed as a brawler. Using his robotic arm and bladed arm guard.

    http://photobucket.com/gallery/user/drlongo123/media/bWVkaWFJZDoxNTAyODczOTE=/?ref=

    3rd:
    Is a game set in japan. You choose an empire at the begging and move up the ranks of the emporers gaurd and samurai positions. This character is decked out in Ghost armor.

    http://photobucket.com/gallery/user/drlongo123/media/bWVkaWFJZDoxNTAyODczOTI=/?ref=1

    4th:
    The game starts with your character, a royal knight, being betrayed by his commander and attacked. Believed dead he is found and recovered. Learning survival skills from his saviors, he seeks redemption and revenge. He is titled the Rogue Knight, which doubles as his class. He uses small daggers, but still uses parts of heavy armor. Leaving parts light so his overall speed is still of quality for his rogue abilites.

    http://photobucket.com/gallery/user/drlongo123/media/bWVkaWFJZDoxNTAyODczOTM=/?ref=1

    5th and 6th:
    Its Just a standard rpg mmo, no real story behind it. its mostly just quests you join in and get loot. The higher your level the more elegant and regal your armor becomes.

    As such here are Elegant (A Bezerker/Paladin class)
    http://photobucket.com/gallery/user/drlongo123/media/bWVkaWFJZDoxNTAyODczOTU=/?ref=1

    And Regal (straight paladin)
    http://photobucket.com/gallery/user/drlongo123/media/bWVkaWFJZDoxNTAyODczOTQ=/?ref=1

    7th and 8th:
    Both are used as examples of how players characters look in games. 7th, based in a barbarian type world shows what the character classed as barbarian looks like at level 1, and at level 50. Showing the improved weapons and armor, along with the addition of AI controlled pets/companion.

    http://photobucket.com/gallery/user/drlongo123/media/bWVkaWFJZDoxNTAyODczOTY=/?ref=

    The next example, is set in a much more fantasy world. With bright colorful characters and environments. This shows how a players character looks when you equip the random armor and loot you revive that has the best stats. Getting the best stats sometime has your character look like a mismatched pile of random stuff. As with this fighter/knight character with some of the highest level items in the game.

    http://photobucket.com/gallery/user/drlongo123/media/bWVkaWFJZDoxNTAyODczOTc=/?ref=

  14. rossoftheyear rossoftheyear

    Xinmodic:
    The majority of mine are dual classes. But always have a Fighter as part, hopefully thats ok.

    hey, I’m getting an error message for every single one of those links

  15. rossoftheyear: hey, I’m getting an error message for every single one of those links

    I had no problem viewing them.

  16. rossoftheyear rossoftheyear

    djuby: I had no problem viewing them.

    strange, I get this error every time I click on them “Sorry, the requested page does not exist. Please check the URL for correct spelling and capitalization.”

  17. The House of the Fall rules over the Madansk lands, from the Juten Forests to the North to the Vogen Mountains to the South, controlling the people with fear, terror and an iron fist. But there are still those who would oppose them. A rebel force has armed its self in the East of the region and is sworn to take back its land. Though small in number compared to the soldier of the Fall, the rebels have passion, courage and the strength and skill of their leader, the mysterious knight known only as the Crimson Wolf.
    http://www.heromachine.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/JR19759-Crimson-Wolf-CDC323.png

  18. rossoftheyear: I take influences from people’s art I see on a pinterest board I made for fantasy weapons

    Cool, how did you make it?

  19. FelipeSCard

    Here’s RHEYKART, THE RED,
    Leader of DragonBlade Platoon

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4zIzAag5T-sZVR0SHdoWm5xY0E/view?usp=sharing

  20. http://www.heromachine.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Valti.png

    Valti is the elder sister of Phaeya Half-Dwarven and was a born a noble in the city of Stoneguard. She forswore the trappings of noblility and instead dedicated herself to the god of combat as a member of the fearsome berserkers. Her extensive tattoos are magically imbued, and only those trained in the berserker arts are allowed to use the sacred blue ink. They are a part of the training she underwent to harness the primal rage that is the key to her power. She wears the black armor of her station, decorated with some of her personal trophies (larger skulls or other items are displayed elsewhere). Berserkers, especially dwarven ones, favor two-handed weapns, and Valti’s axe is no exception. Whether in the great, underground tunnels of Stoneguard or the impeccable King’s Road on the surface, Valti is a force few could stand against.

    In RPGs I generally play warriors, especially dwarven warriors if I have the option. I also love the barbarian/berserker/reaver/etc. subsets or variations thereof. So basically I made a picture of all my favorite things 🙂

  21. rossoftheyear: strange, I get this error every time I click on them “Sorry, the requested page does not exist. Please check the URL for correct spelling and capitalization.”

    I’m getting that as well

  22. djuby: I had no problem viewing them.

    Xinmodic – Now I cannot see them either, Photobucket says page is no longer available. Any chance you could share them on HeroMachine forums or on Deviant Art?

  23. Nunya Bidnes

    Hello all. Newcomer here. My entry is a muscular amazon.

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9v4WPfZAua5STh2Z3VVRU5XRXc/view?usp=sharing

    Synopsis best read in the voice of Mako, The Wizard from the original 1982 version of Conan, The Barabrian:
    “Many years ago when the land had barely yet risen from the sea, the boundless energy of life itself granted certain individuals incredible physical prowess. Now, nearly 80,000 years later, there is but one of these individuals left on the face of Polyke, she is: Kelma, Queen of the Wilds, but I am afraid I shall have to tell you her story, another day. For it is not your time to hear it.”

  24. rossoftheyear rossoftheyear

    kellkin: Cool, how did you make it?

    most of the weapons that I build now are all just made of shape insignia and a LOT of masking. Here is an early build version to show a bit: https://s24.postimg.org/cni713ogl/hm3-beta_32.png

  25. The Nefer hacker whose codename has not yet been made public was forbidden to remain within range of any technology. So naturally, he was shipped off to TZ6058604A, the penal colony. His ship crashed and sank on TZ6058604B. It’s a bronze age level civilization on a planet with no iron or aluminum mining capability. They’ve harbored escapees and mutineers from everywhere, so the alien mix is as diverse as the penal colony. The Nefer in question IS humanoid, and so stands out a bit.

    This fighter is one of the Spiky Decapods from Ghru. These guys have twelve eyes, ten tentacles, two to eight spikes per tentacle, weigh about 200 lb., and can’t get dizzy.

    Slashing or stabbing to opponent like half damage of a spiked chain, treat an attack to hit like five whips from a master. AGL20DEX17STR14WIS8STR8CON5 Naturally has ‘uncanny dodge.’ Excellent mercs and infantry.

    http://s1067.photobucket.com/user/jamais5/media/2017hm/HerrD-SpikyDecapod_zpsonnw8xug.png.html

    I hope this works–having trouble.

  26. The game is full of anthripormophic(cant spell) characters. This is a duel wielding Warrior Fox Girl.

    http://s1067.photobucket.com/user/drlongo123/media/hm3-beta%204_zpsmdknaxui.png.html?sort=3&o=0

  27. Contest closed. Results posted later today. This is going to take a while.

  28. rossoftheyear: most of the weapons that I build now are all just made of shape insignia and a LOT of masking.Here is an early build version to show a bit: https://s24.postimg.org/cni713ogl/hm3-beta_32.png

    Nice! I have some ideas already