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Paragon by Kostmeyer Paragon by Kostmeyer

New character design for a hush hush not really that secret new project!

In the early years of the Twentieth Century, British Lord Edgar Mallory discovered a strange gemstone during an archaeological dig in Egypt. Placing the gem on his forehead, he was granted incredible powers - the gem was the fabled Stone of Ra, and gave him the ability to control and manipulate light. Mallory used his powers to fight evil as the first Paragon, and on his death, the stone was passed to his son. So it continued, with each bearer of the Stone of Ra passing it to their eldest child - until the fifth Paragon's wife gave birth to twins.

As the children grew, Erik Mallory postponed deciding which would inherit the mantle of Paragon, unwilling to choose between his children. He finally decided to devise a series of tests, and the daughter who passed the tests would be given the jewel. One of the children, Elsa, pushing herself too hard in the test, was gravely injured. Her sister Elizabeth had the chance to win, but turned back to help her sister. Angry that the test had almost caused her sister's death, Elizabeth renounced her birthright and angrily departed, which let Elsa win by default. Elizabeth left the family estate and her inheritance, moving to London and getting a job.

Elsa however, was eager to claim the power of the stone and ultimately engineered her father's death, allying with one of his enemies so that she could claim the Stone and the power. As she placed the stone on her forehead, the gem judged her unworthy and vanished. It was Elizabeth who in not wanting the power had been found worthy, and she who became the new Paragon. Elsa was driven over the edge and became the criminal Baroness - her primary objective being to take back the stone, and the power, from her twin.

POWERS: Beth Mallory possesses a number of superhuman abilities derived from the gemstone she wears on her forehead. The gem absorbs solar radiation and channels it - enabling her to create solid light constructs (think of it as the same as the constructs made by a Green Lantern's power ring) The strength and durability of these constructs depends on the level of concentration that she applies, and on the amount of solar power the gem contains - more in direct sunlight than at night for example. Mallory routinely uses the gem to create a suit of solid light armour around herself, and to create swords and shields. She can also deliver focused blasts of light energy directly from the stone.

When Mallory places the stone on her forehead, a sudden burst of solar energy vaporises her clothing and replaces it with the solid light armour, enabling her to transform into her heroic form instantly. The costume is always gold armour but the exact form can take any form she imagines, so not always as it appears here.

So - there we have it! A new character with a name and backstory and everything! Your thoughts, suggestions and comments are, as always, most welcome!

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:iconskaramine:
Skaramine Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like her design, as well as her sword. :)
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:iconkostmeyer:
Kostmeyer Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2017
Thanks! It was an interesting idea but I never did anything with it - in fact someone was talking about buying the design off me at one point but never did! Maybe I should revisit her one day :) Thanks for the :+fav: too!
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LordOmegaZ Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
o3o! shinnnnnny!

kinda looks like a golden emma frost >w<
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:iconkostmeyer:
Kostmeyer Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014
Yeah, she does a bit! This is another of those ;loose end' characters - hanging around waiting for a suitable project to appear in! Thanks for the :+fav: - much appreciated!
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:iconredwingsdragon:
RedWingsDragon Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014
Awesome work here
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:iconkostmeyer:
Kostmeyer Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014
Thank you! She's a fun design -I'm sure we'll find something for her to do at some point! Thanks for the :+fav:
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:iconredwingsdragon:
RedWingsDragon Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014
Vigil's batman?
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:iconquel2many:
Quel2many Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Student General Artist
did you draw the villain sister yet? no need because they twins. plus I love green lantern related powers so she get two thumbs up for that....the suit shiny and bright I don't how I feel about it but your ar is always amazing to look at
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:iconkostmeyer:
Kostmeyer Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
Yeah, I'm not sure about this one either... I like the backstory but I'm not sure about the final design - we shall have to see whether she makes it into a story! Thanks for the kind words and the recent :+fav:s - much appreciated!
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angiepk Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
She looks good. At first when I saw the name, I thought you'd redesigned Paragon from Vindicators but after reading the description, I see that isn't the case. ;)  Looking forward to seeing more.
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:iconkostmeyer:
Kostmeyer Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
Yeah - new character, and the old 'Can't think of a decent name' dilemma! Suggestions welcome! Not sure about the final look either, to be honest. I think she needs something a little more distinctive than just gold and shiny - but we shall see!
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angiepk Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think the gold and shiny works quite well to be honest.  There's a lot to be said for a costume without too many accessories and design elements.  Vigil being a prime example. ;)
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:iconkostmeyer:
Kostmeyer Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
I agree! But I'm not sure whether it works quite so well in this case. We shall see!
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Bug-Off Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So I guess she's thinking of a sword this time.
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:iconkostmeyer:
Kostmeyer Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014
So it would seem!
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:iconprimal-mythos:
Primal-Mythos Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Student General Artist
This is one well thought out super heroine you made here!  
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:iconkostmeyer:
Kostmeyer Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014
Thanks!
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Branded-Curse Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lookie here! A shiny, shiny heritage character :-)
I like the backstory, the design and ... well, let's say it like it is: EVERYTHING!!
I think she just became my favourite and I hope she will make it into project hush-hush :D
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:iconkostmeyer:
Kostmeyer Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014
Thanks BC! (and for the :+fav: too!) I actually think the 'girl with hammer' is the best design of the batch - but I think considering the other characters we need a more stable hero type to bond all the outsiders together, and she doesn't fit the bill there. This character definitely has possibilities I think.
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Gaston25 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014
She looks great! Looking forward to more!
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:iconkostmeyer:
Kostmeyer Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014
Thanks Lee! (and for the :+fav: too!) potential for this one I think - although comments and suggestions welcome of course! Reckon we can start drawing things together now?
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Gaston25 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014
Hopefully! Looking forward to seeing more of her!
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JonathanDWilson Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Interesting and impressive.
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:iconkostmeyer:
Kostmeyer Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
Thanks for the kind words and the :+fav: - much appreciated!
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Shuma-Gorath Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
I just have one thought.... Coool and One Suggestion... Quick look over there *Points and then makes off with said Character* Made-st thou look...So end-eth the trick.
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:iconkostmeyer:
Kostmeyer Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
LOL! Thanks for the :+fav: and the attempted theft!
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Shuma-Gorath Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
*Gasp* Attempted Theft... Why i never.... *Harrumphs*
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WesleyRiot Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Professional Filmographer
much shinies! great stuff
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:iconkostmeyer:
Kostmeyer Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
You can't go too far wrong with shiny :)
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:iconwesleyriot:
WesleyRiot Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Professional Filmographer
expecially when you do it well
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:iconmarkdobson:
MarkDobson Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
Wow! This is an awesome character and I love the backstory :D
Reminds me of the old Jamie Delano/ Alan Davis Captain Britain Run. Very, VERY cool :D
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:iconkostmeyer:
Kostmeyer Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
That's a lovely compliment! I'm not sure about the final suit design, but I figure she can change it whenever she wants! Time to start planning I think....
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Saizian Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
Nice Job!
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:iconkostmeyer:
Kostmeyer Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
Thank you!
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ClockwerkSoul Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
God, it has got to be a pain to find new clothing after removing the gem if they are just vaporized.

Still, I like the idea. Backstory is very solid, costume and powers make sense and it is overall pretty cohesive. 
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:iconkostmeyer:
Kostmeyer Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
It's not entirely fully formed yet - I'm toying with a few ideas about what job she does in her 'secret' identity and yeah, the clothes thing - I might have to come up with a creative explanation for where the clothes go - but I want a 'shazaam!' transform moment! lol! But yeah, I think there's something workable here. Thanks for taking the time to comment.
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:iconclockwerksoul:
ClockwerkSoul Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
No problem. Classes are canceled today, so got some free time. Looking forward to any future ideas for this character or any others on your mind.
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:iconkostmeyer:
Kostmeyer Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
We'll get there eventually! Bit of a work in progress, but it's evolving!
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:iconzorzathir:
Zorzathir Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
Cool!
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:iconkostmeyer:
Kostmeyer Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
Thanks! And for the :+fav: too!
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:iconzorzathir:
Zorzathir Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
You're welcome!x2
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:iconbulldog852:
bulldog852 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
mmm...sexy...
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Kostmeyer Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
:)
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