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As promised the Egyptian Gods…
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Thanks! It was funny when you came up with that contest just days after I startet my work on this pantheon. Indeed really bad for me that you banned the greek and norse gods. But don’t crow too soon – I still got a few days left for the contest and next I’m gonna do the egyptian pantheon …
Time to worship your gods!
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Lord Hades’ child, Zagreus the Jailer!!
Huh – strange …
I know Zagreus as the child of Persephone (Hades’ wife and niece) and Zeus (in the form of a serpent). Persephone in turn was the daughter of Zeus and his sister Demeter. Incestuous bunch of hillbillies those greek gods…
The Zagreus I know was also a shapeshifter (he could change into various animal forms) and killed as a child by the Titans at the behest of a jealous Hera. They caught him in the form of a bull, tore him to pieces, and devoured him. Zeus turned the Titans to ashes with a thunderbolt and from those ashes, mixed with the eaten divine flesh, Prometheus later fashioned humankind which thereby possess both a trace of divinity as well as the Titans’ maliciousness – an explanation for the mix of good and evil in humans.
Zeus then implanted the still-beating heart of his son Zagreus into the mortal woman Semele, from whom the child was eventually born again.
Sorry, we don’t have mafia, we just have gangs.
Well, I think that’s what happens if you translate too literally from german to english. We use the word “mafia” in a much looser sense of the term for everything that has any semblance of organized crime. Like “DÃ¶ner-Mafia” (kebab mafia) for some guys who defrosted and refrosted the same meat repeatedly and sold it after two years. No kidding – that happened a few years back.
We also don’t really have mob bosses in suits all that much, more often black leather jackets with gold chains and rings, stuff like that (the mime guy fits quite well with that sort of aesthetic, not sure about the rabbit).
Ouch – I guess the movie that inspired the “mime guy” is to old for you to know. Which would make me very old in turn. Actually he’s a homage to Alex from “Clockwork Orange” – a classic movie based on a controversial book by Anthony Burgess. Maybe you should google that one…
Mr. White (the rabbit) on the other hand clearly references to the White Rabbit from the book “Alice in Wonderland”. He isn’t necessarily a mob boss – maybe just another gang member with an old school touch. I thought about him as a teleporter (seeing the white rabbit leading Alice down the rabbit hole to wonderland).
But thank you for your description of the mob bosses – I’ll definitely use that for the according leader of the gang.
I have to say though, I love the idea of a rabbit with Ray Winstons’s voice.
Yeah – Ray Winstone would be a good voice for Mr. White. He was great in the movie Sexy Beast with the equally superb Ben Kingsley. But I would prefer the “Guv” – I love that actor, especially currently in the third series of “Mad Dogs”. Actually I’m watching all tv series (both UK and US ones) in english – even if I have sometimes trouble to understand the actors when they start to talk cockney like the previous mentioned Philip Glenister in “Life on Mars” or his brother Robert as Ash Morgan in “Hustle”.
If you want ideas for cockney mob characters, watch any Ray Winstone or Guy Ritchie film.
When I asked for suggestions I actually meant for characters that fit into the scheme of famous british movie or book characters like the above mentioned Alex or the White Rabbit that could somehow be used as models for superheroes/-villains, if you take my meaning…
DROOG & MR. WHITE
Inspired by some great characters from literature and movies. I’m not entirely sure what to do with them but I think something like a criminal organization based in London. Maybe some sort of “cockney mafia”? I would be very grateful for suggestions of other characters that fit into the scheme of the image …
My contribution to the Character Design Contest â™¯28:
Jupiter Quinn aka â€œZeusâ€ is a direct descendant of the original greek god Zeus and leader of â€œNew Olympusâ€ â€“ a city-state concealed from the outside world by a powerful energy force field and the worldâ€™s most technologically advanced nation. He vowed to never rest until his people (the â€œLost Godsâ€) are finally worshiped again.
(Not for the contest – no story yet)
I’ve taken the liberty of interpreting some details a litte differently. Since he’s a cat-man I thought his psychic blasts might be transmitted via a powerful psionic roar. Also I gave him “slightly” bigger weapons – that knife of yours seemed a little too small to me for such a big cat…
Let me know if you want to have the code for the image.
And we have a winner!!! Post a character and/or a concept here and I’ll do a redesign of it.
Actually it’s “Dantes Gate” – the idea was a gateway-spell that opens a portal to other realms. In this case a hidden alley in a film noir world full of magic – so not really hell, but let’s be honest: some dark alleys in big cities can become hell on earth very fast if you don’t watch your step…
At an age of 75 years Pierre Laroche was still a prestigious professor of physics and chemistry at the Sorbonne in Paris, where he one day discovered on one of his daily strolls through the stately old pile an ancient alchemy lab in the catacombs under the university.
From manuscripts found there, he gathered that the laboratory once belonged to the infamous alchemist and Illuminati Alessandro Count of Cagliostro, who 1785 stayed in Paris and undertook trials with artifacts here, which were said to possess magical properties. In one of these manuscripts Cagliostro claimed he actually managed to isolate the source of magic itself and to make it useable at his pleasure.
Knowing that Cagliostro was a notorious conman in his time and his statements regarding the alchemy were to enjoy with caution, Professor Laroche held his discovery secret and took the documents home with him, where he studied them closely in the following days thereby discovering several alchemical formulas that looked quite promising.
Finally, driven by curiosity, he tried one of these formulas and concocted a brew in his private laboratory that, according to Cagliostro, should give a person eternal youth and control over magical energies – a prospect that seemed very tempting to the professors due to his age and infirmity. Following the motto “nothing to lose” Laroche drank the concoction and collapsed shortly afterwards in great pain until he finally lost consciousness.
When he woke up the next day and looked in the mirror, the shock hit him because the sight of a young man in it. In the days following he realized that he, in addition to his regained youth, seemingly possessed the ability to use electrical devices like his toaster or his coffeemaker without electricity.
Pretending to be his own grandson, whom he had signed over his entire fortune, Laroche sank into obscurity and went on a secret trip around the world looking for documents and artifacts about alchemy. Within a few years Laroche was the greatest living authority in the world on the subject of alchemy, having discovered or invented countless potions with strange properties.
Over time he became arrogant and began to use his knowledge for personal profit. He eventually became the supervillain “Technomancer” who amplifies his latent magical abilities through the use of technical equipment.
Laroche does not age and has a greater stamina than could be expected. Besides his enormous alchemic powers (such as elemental transmutation, creating golems and magical items, and so on) he is able to fuse magic and technology entirely and can in this way, among others, bring machines to life and control them, communicate mentally with computers, transfer his spirit into machinery, create technical constructs of all kinds and much more. He can also make magical devices operating similarly to technological devices (like mirrors serving as video screens) and use technology in other ways then intended – like TV remotes to control a persons motions or even reality itself – the latter to a lesser degree though.
LOL! Appearances are deceiving. A little hint: It’s a language you should know without any translating …
thx torog! i just came home home from a party (2 am here now) and i’m still a little bit drunk, but since i’m in a good mood: the first one who can tell me what’s written on the wall and where part of it comes from, wins a redesign of one of his characters in my own style (when i’m sober again) … *prost*
That would be great! If that’s okay with you I’d love to present him on my comic-website (sadly still under construction) along with my own interpretion that was highly inspired by your redesign and style:
Enough with the covers – back to the characters:
Daren Breaden is a privat eye / sorcerer with a partially demonic heritage working on cases related to the supernatural and otherwise weird â€“ a psychic detective with a liability to the occult if you like. When using magic he takes on some demonic features (like his horns and the tail) and his powers include the ability to perceive ghosts and other supernatural entities. He often works together with the “Witch Hunter” – but most of the time reluctant, since he never knows when his occasional partner who sees the world in black and white (where all magic is black) will kill him due to his demonic side.
Cool! Now that’s something I can build upon. Thanks!!!