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Still a bit absent here, still relatively active on instagram and facebook, so either way those recent drawings can be some news!
I've designed 13 armors from a part of the "Alpha-Omega series" in collaboration with Guiler-717. His 14 armors plus mine make all the alphabet (and if you guessed it right, the additional letters from numeral system). The whole project is in my behance portfolio.

Background Story:
RHO
Created by ABEL Inc in 1999
Power: As long as the user keeps all the fluid "sacks" not empty, it is able to liquify and recompose its original molecular structure
Current user: Kai Taylor (NZ)

Currently owned by the private institution known as AXIS Military Academy, which mission is protect Tredius from demon-related threats (actually, an initiative by Ulhaden Corp & ABEL Inc, two major weapon industries that have created the Alpha-Omega series armors. The AXIS is more likely an academy for young bounty hunters who're unknowingly testing a likely inhuman technology, and doing the dirty job for the UN to "cleanse" everything dangerous that escapes its hidden slave pits)

About the pilot:
Kai is a playful young man who has average physical prowess and enjoy outdoor activities such as boat race as much as indoor such as hacking. He's not master in either skill. He's motivated by action as much as by having the job done. From time to time, the missions prove to be difficult enough, but surely he won't blame others for his fault. He's developed some team or club philosophy with Drake, and enjoys a slight rivalry with Nina. He has a crush on Melissa (who he tries to compare to him, being also related to birthplace) but fails to impress her. He's at odds with Ann, who keep blaming him for the missions she fails (they're often paired together by professor Gilles). He's good friend with Lance, who he defeated to acquire the Rho armor. He made himself clear the purpose of the test and developed a bond with him, often bringing him up to the hapennings of the special squad.
He doesn't like Nick's ideas and he thinks Ben to be spoiled. However, he follows rules from Drake (who's in no higher position than his own), but that's a trait he won't admit. He dislikes professor Gilles' indecisive speech and fears Yao's coldness and strageness, having developed a phobia of exams that escalates since November 2008 when word arise of Ulhaden Co.'s supposed "human testing" facilities. Knowing Ulhaden is or was an economical supporter of Axis (actually unkowingly to him, the manufacturer of more than half of the armors they use), he's easily supicious, of  Doctor Wu in particular due his works on biology.


This side-project* consist of a series of armors and high tech gear developed by two distinct fictional enterprises and some "un-invited guests", all products of a previous project for an ultimate soldier. Different directions and results led to new analysis on the powers, which culminated in armors containing from elemental-based to physical enhacement and even space-time warping powers.
To house such classified average-tested armors at the disposal of something other than the belicous enterprises, a joint was formed, in no better facade as a school on its own: The AXIS Military Academy is like a school grounds for combatants, tacticians and fellows from other areas of human knowledge of greatest need in the likes of an upcoming catastrophe (such as healing, surviving, leading and fixing - to illustrate it better, it was officially formed around the turn of the millennium, and they're constantly warned about the changes in the world, politically and geographically).
To make things more dubious, a secret group of students are given the alphabetic, lettered armors (the others are given any of numeric value and with regular powers from a production-line), once they've matched the required specs to wear them. Constantly tested, sometimes it's in the grades (solving complex systems and having prowess of thinking in possibilities and achieving deductions), in the physical prowess (swimming, running, etc) or through good old duels between two or more students that seem fit (with the loser having no knowledge of the armor it was ever entitled to wear). The school has a corpus of teachers which inherited some armors and others that develop new ones. They can choose to tutor a specific student from the alphabet series of armors, and will regularly form squads in the eternal hunt for missions no other soldier are trusted with.
An example of mission was to find the reasons of a mass-murder in the venice coast. The goal would be both to find the culprit and neutralize it. Many agents would be required.

*- Even though having its own cast of characters, the events from the APKALLU Mythos affects them directly. This focus on the relations between the teenagers and young adults who wears the armors to hunt "demons", the other on a pre-teen who himself is arguably "half-demon".

Hope you like it!
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