INFO: Name: Gem Age: 10 Gender: Female Alignment: Neutral Hero Story: The only daughter of the Prodigy Sorceress, Matilda. However, she has a long way from becoming a great spell caster, but nevertheless she appears to possess potential that could surpass even her mother. She is also best friends with the young Hero, Iron Tail, and together they become one of the inseparable duos out there. She dreams of becoming the greatest Sorceress of all time, and with the Spell Book given to her by her mother, that dream may just be within her grasp! Her enthusiasm and optimism is rivaled only by her best friend, Iron Tail, and has a friendly rivalry with him as to who would achieve their dream first. However, there's something about her lineage that she herself isn't aware of... but may come to haunt her one day.
So, it turns out that ~CosmicNarwhal has decided to give Gem a revamp on her design so I had to change what I could from the sketch I already drew of her. Seeing as this was meant to be her birthday present and the fact that she's allowed me to use her character for about three years now, it's only respectful that I also update Gem's appearance in my style and Iron's story. Of course, this isn't 100% accurate to the change but I'll at least try to draw her in her new design from now on. For everyone who is wondering how she looks like right now, hop onto her gallery and you can't miss it!
Also, I'm glad ~CosmicNarwhal has said she's thought of her own new ideas for Gem already and I can't wait to hear what they are and how it would affect the character in Iron's world! That, and I think her current design now does make her more distinguishable from the other characters. I've also changed her title to "Heroine", because technically she is the second protagonist in the story and I don't want people to mistake her as some sort of 'sidekick' xD
INFO: Name: Iron Tail Age: 10 Gender: Male Alignment: Neutral Hero Story: The protagonist and the appropriately called 'Hero' of the story. Born and raised in a village located far away from the rest of the world, the boy chose to venture outside to chase after his dream of becoming the Greatest Hero of All Time, following the footsteps of the 'Great Hero' from a thousand years ago. Chosen by the powerful, magical relic known simply as 'The Bracelet', Iron Tail is granted magical abilities that will help him overcome countless foes and obstacles and if not those, he always has his powerful tail to knock either of them away! Naive and childish to a fault, but still a Hero with the Heart of Gold! The road to being the next Great Hero is a long and difficult one, but he's set on making it through to the end!
What I hope is a start of me finishing more of my pictures, here's Iron Tail, the character most of my watchers would be familiar with! The character's concept is pretty simple: he's a kid who dreams of becoming a great Hero.
Oh, and he has a powerful and magical relic stuck around his big tail.
Not exactly the most complicated character I have (to make younger watchers relate to him easily), but his growth/development all depend on the characters around him. The character goes back to the good ol' days when our Hero game characters don't need a complicated back story to be likable (Sonic the Hedgehog, Crash Bandicoot, Spyro the Dragon, Klonoa, Rayman) - it's what they do that matters! You know what they say:
“Any fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage - to move in the opposite direction.”
I think that was a quote from Einstein but don't quote -me- on that xD
One of my goals is to one day draw up a comic (still gotta work a LOT on the anatomy) or write a story starring Iron Tail. Not exactly the biggest and most hopeful goals out there but... one can try, right?
INFO: Name: Chai Age: 14 Gender: Female Alignment: Chaotic Hero Story: She believes in Iron Tail; she believes in his dream of becoming the new Great Hero; she believes that his adventures will one day be remembered by many... and Goddess help us if she will not be the first one to write about them. Critically criticizing the historians of long past for not 'writing enough' about the fabled Great Hero a thousand years ago, she has decided to plan way ahead for the next Hero of the world: Iron Tail himself. She will not shy away from any detail - though despite this, she tends to exaggerate some of her writing, calling it her 'artistic touch'. And no one except a chosen few is allowed to read what she writes... unless they wish to get their heads done in by her trusty hammer. But where does she keep taking out that hammer from...?
And here's an interesting character to say the least. Chai is perhaps one of the shortest characters (I believe) among the main cast but she can pack quite a punch with her hammer (God knows where she summons up the strength to lift it in the first place let alone swing it). So don't let her appearance fool you! This character belongs to *Star-Feather and we joked many times what her role would be in Iron Tail's adventures, but most of it is based on what if Iron Tail was a video game.
She would be that character you always have to go to for Game Saving (which would be shown as her writing in her book) and even storing items, where we can only assume she stores them all in her hammer space afro. I swear there's a black hole in there... Me and another friend also thought of the possibility that she may be a distant cousin to Rem (my Sonic Fan Character who has been recently added to the Iron Tail cast as a villain) with neither of them actually realizing it, which is probably why she seems to have so much strength.
INFO: Name: Evil Tail Age: 1000 (?) Gender: Male Alignment: Neutral Villain Story: Every Hero needs a Villain, and for Iron Tail that villain is none other than Evil Tail. Like the young Hero himself, his goal of conquering the world simply comes from the belief that it's his destiny as a villain. After a thousand years of being sealed away, the former tyrant known as the 'Great Evil' is now ready to continue what he couldn't many years back. However, he will need a Hero to watch him finally achieving his ultimate victory... and that Hero is Iron Tail.
And here comes the villain of the story! Evil Tail doesn't go far in terms of design seeing as he's physically the 'opposite' of Iron Tail himself, but what makes him significant is his rivalry with Iron Tail and how he actually -needs- Iron Tail to be around to identify himself as the villain. The two see each other as enemies simply because of what they see themselves as, but since his debut their rivalry only goes deeper and somewhat complicated. Iron Tail has to live with the fact that he accidentally gave Evil Tail his current body, and Evil Tail himself has to live with the fact that he'll be reminded of Iron Tail every time he looks in a mirror. It's a rivalry that will not end until one of them comes to an end... but does either one of them actually -want- it to end?
... or do they subconsciously find all this fighting against each other because of their opposing beliefs... 'fun'?
Something I changed in his design is his scarf, which I made to look more torn than usual to reflect his more chaotic nature compared to the honest and pure Iron Tail.
INFO: Name: Sammy Age: 14 Gender: Female Alignment: Neutral Villain Story: Born and raised in a rich family in the town of Paramel, she had been pampered since her days of an infant. What she needs was always there and everything was set up so her life would be perfect. Unfortunately... she got bored of said life. She enrolled into a magic school and focused on a type of magic fitting for her desires: 'alteration'. From there she made playing pranks with her magic a hobby, but it was only when she comes across Evil Tail did her life change forever. The ideas of being 'good' or helping Heroes were too boring, and she found that being 'evil' actually offered her more thrills in life. She knew very well she would have to leave her pampered life, but she would do anything to follow after the new - albeit unexpected - love of her life: Evil Tail himself!
Looks like another character has been revamped, and this time it's Gem's rival and Evil Tail's self-proclaimed 'girlfriend': Sammy!
I don't know about most of you but I honestly like that *BlazeWaffle decided to give her a new makeover, and I really like this new design of hers myself. She actually looks like she came from a rich family and I like that she carries an umbrella around - kind of gives her that mysterious aura if a person sees her carrying an umbrella around (that, and I can just picture her trying to always get Evil Tail to share an umbrella with her while leaving the others in the rain xD). Still, the one thing I've always found interesting about her aside from her back story are her shape-changing ears and the fact that she's in love with Evil Tail, and I agree with those people who believe that she's actually more likable as a Villain than another Hero. Good villains don't come around often these days...
She even finds Evil Tail's wild and aggressive (even abusive) nature much more appealing than the predictability of Iron Tail's 'goody-two-shoes' attitude!
INFO: Name: Ashes "The Iron Maiden" Darkmare Age: 28 Gender: Female Alignment: Chaotic Hero Story: Known as the unbeatable champion who won the Hero's Tournament twice in a row (the first for any champion), fans have given her the nickname 'Iron Maiden' for her great endurance, strength and beauty. Unlike her twin sister Sehsa Nightmare, Ashes fights with honor and respects tradition, and refuses to take advantage of her physical beauty to gain any advantage whatsoever. She also does not believe in using weapons in battle, believing that the body is anyone's strongest arsenal. Acts as both Iron Tail's mentor and guardian, she hopes to raise him into becoming the Hero he always dreams of. Don't let her looks fool you though: she's quite the powerhouse!
And speaking of Ashes (from the previous picture), here's the 'Iron Maiden' herself now! And guess who owns her and her sister now (well, at least their 'Iron Tail versions')? That's right, the Eagle himself! I thought it was fair since every single bit of their concepts in Iron's world - right down to their back stories and fighting styles - were done by me. Just wanna say that I do like the kind of female characters that are independent and strong. Ashes is meant to be an example who could be a character used for many fan services, but I chose to make the fact that she's a fighter to properly describe her instead. What I also enjoy in the character is the 'little things' of her personality: like how she thinks it's more polite for Iron Tail to bow a little when walking past an adult, or that it's more respectful to point at someone with the thumb.
Other than that, it's her inner struggle accepting the fact that she can't give birth to the child she always wanted, but choosing to care for Iron Tail like he was her own son - just that idea can speak volumes on how tricky it can be for her to separate the relationship of teacher and student, from mother and child.
INFO: Name: Des Age: 14 Gender: Female Alignment: Lawful Hero Story: The only survivor after her entire tribe - including her older brother - was slaughtered by outsiders, Des was later released from her crystallized imprisonment by none other than Iron Tail... 50 years later. While quiet and shy, her magical abilities are unique because she's one of the only ones who has access to them (the magic she uses are considered 'ancient' or 'forgotten'). She specializes in Protection Spells, mostly by surrounding herself or her friends in a magical bubble. While she was at first antagonistic towards Iron Tail after recovering her memories, she atones for her past betrayal by swearing complete loyalty to her new friends and allies, especially Iron Tail. She currently travels the world in search of any other survivors of her tribe.
And here come's Des! I think the one thing I like about the change I gave her is the way she talks: she doesn't have a full grasp of the Common Language used (English) and I can't help but picture how adorable it would look for her to talk to other characters - while at the same time saying things in her own language that no one else understands. While her age is stated here as '14' though, she's technically '64' because she was frozen in a crystal for 50 years. She's one of the more tragic and emotionally-driven characters in the story, but nevertheless she is incredibly loyal and acts like a 'guardian' to most of the characters.
A guardian is one who protects and watches over others. While Iron Tail does do that as a 'Hero', I always think that Des, who has actually lost many people dear to her, would understand a lot more about the values of life and will be more protective of them. That, and given the magic she's capable of, it's fitting that she'd be called 'The Guardian'.
She shares a close bond with Iron Tail, and has a sister-like relationship with Gem.
For what its worth, I just thought I should do this because several people liked the rivalry between Iron Tail and Evil Tail. Most of you already know how Iron Tail and Evil Tail met, and the fact that Evil Tail is temporarily using a doppelganger body of the young Hero following a magic spell to release him back physically into the outside world.
Y'all know the basics between the two: Iron Tail is a Hero and Evil Tail is a villain - one is good, one is bad; one is kind, one is cruel. Finding what makes them different from each other is easy in my opinion.
But what about the traits they actually share in common?
Let's take a look, shall we?
- Both Iron Tail and Evil Tail 'stepped out' into the outside world upon their debut: Iron Tail left his home for the first time, and Evil Tail left his imprisonment after being sealed away for 1000 years. - In relation to that, the two escaped from their so-called 'prisons' because they both wished to get out and live their 'destinies'. - They both had some sort of connections with the Great Hero: Iron Tail now owns the Bracelet that was once owned by the legendary figure and Evil Tail actually did battle with the Great Hero 1000 years ago. - They are both 'Neutral' in their alignments: Iron is a Neutral Hero while Evil Tail is a Neutral Villain. - Both are closely associated with a Darkmare albeit under different positions. Ashes is Iron Tail's 'mentor', while Sehsa is basically Evil Tail's 'slave'. - They both have 'bracelets' around their tails though they both serve different purposes. - Both believe that they need an opposing side to become what they are (A Hero needs a Villain, and a Villain needs a Hero). - Both would actually prevent the other from dying for one reason or another if they can help it. - They're both the 'leaders' of their group.
In fact, even the Darkmare sisters actually have less in common with each other!
Perhaps in another world and in another time, these two could have very well been 'brothers', but it's their destiny to be on opposite sides of the same coin.
Iron Tail, Ashes "The Iron Maiden" Darkmare and Sehsa the Nightmare belong to
INFO: Name: Sehsa "The Nightmare" Darkmare Age: 28 Gender: Female Alignment: Lawful Villain Story: The twin sister of Ashes "The Iron Maiden" Darkmare in the form of "The Nightmare" herself: Sehsa. Sehsa is the younger of the twins, but not at all similar to the other. While Ashes fights with honor and respect, Sehsa fights to win with whatever means necessary - no matter how dirty the tactic. Everything her sister stands for, Sehsa stands against. She knows very well she's blessed with a very attractive body and won't think twice about using it to seduce men and women alike to get what she wants. She is also Evil Tail's most loyal follower as he's the only one alive whom she obeys every word. Cold-hearted and sadistic, she's one of the more dangerous villains Iron Tail has to face! Also, unlike Ashes, she prefers to use weapons in battle - especially sharp ones!
Much like how I now own the Iron Tail Version of Ashes Darkmare, I also now own the Iron Tail Version of Sehsa Nightmare. Ashes' character and back story involves heavily on her strained relationship with her twin sister, Sehsa Nightmare. What I like about what I made to the character is that while she is a very dangerous villain, her reasons behind it is hard to argue against and she is actually one of the more tragic characters in Iron's world. Her back story tells of the clash between 'tradition' and 'change', with Sehsa taking the side of the latter. Once overshadowed by her older twin for most of her life, she now decides to cast a dark shadow on the rest of the world, resorting to dark magic and corrupting her already troubled mind. That, and she once had romantic feelings for Iron Claw, who actually harbored the same feelings towards her twin instead (a friend of mine even noticed that her decision to originally plan for Evil Tail to take on Iron Claw's body comes from lingering feelings towards the wolf) so you can imagine how complicated her life actually is.