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We Are The Melanie Spade Gang! by SkunkStarlight We Are The Melanie Spade Gang! by SkunkStarlight
We steal from the rich and we steal from the poor! Gold and jewels, we always want more!"

A misfit gang of outcasts, the short-lived Melanie Spade Gang shared a common interest in making people miserable. Lead by the hot-headed Melanie Spade, they brought misfortune wherever they went.

Playing off of Melanie Spade's name, the group maintained a playing card theme. They wore black to represent the card suit spade, as well as to make themselves look imposing. Their names in the group were also taken from a deck of cards, those names being "Ace", "King", "Queen", "Jack", and "Joker".

Melanie Spade (Ace)

"Say it again and you'll be pulling this knife out from between your eyes."

Height: 4'10" (148cm)
Hair Color: Pink
Eye Color: Green
Likes: Wealth, power, fame.
Dislikes: Being treated like a child, insubordination.
Attitude: Quite violent, quick to anger.

With a stature as short as her temper, and hair as pink as bubblegum, Melanie Spade was often treated like a child. Despite outward appearances, she was anything but cute and sweet on the inside. As bitter and hateful as they come, Melanie Spade gathered a group of outcasts in order to torment and profit from the society she had so deeply come to hate.

Completely lacking remorse for her actions, Melanie Spade ultimately proved to be too consumed by hatred to change her ways.

Nathan King (King)

"Stick to the plan. That means you three. No games."

Height: 5'9" (175cm)
Hair Color: Light Brown
Eye Color: Blue
Likes: Wealth, hot meals, shelter.
Dislikes: Wealthy people, police, foolishness.
Attitude: Somewhat violent, serious, primarily interested in turning a profit.

Growing up in an orphanage, Nathan King never really had a childhood. Born serious, he sought to overcome his situation. Though he was sharp and determined, hardship proved relentless and nothing was ever easy. Leaving the abusive orphanage, Nathan found himself an urchin alone on the harsh streets. He adapted quickly, learning how to rob, cheat, scam, swindle, flim-flam, and otherwise separate fools from their gold, as well as how to survive on the streets against the law and his fellow ne'er-do-well. Though the harshness of life left him with little room in his heart for others, he abandoned the gang after finding himself unwilling to associate with the more violent and extreme direction the group was going in.

Having gone into hiding for a time, a weary Nathan King was eventually found by Dragon, who offered him a chance to peacefully surrender and go with him to the Divine Sanctuary. Nathan accepted without resistance. To his surprise, for the first time in his life he had learned what it was like to be treated with kindness and compassion. Life was no longer the brutal struggle for survival he had always known, and he was quick to change his ways.

Quinn Chara (Queen)

"'ello, luv! Brilliant little night for painting the town red, wouldn't you say? Bit o' crimson here or there ought to do bloody wonders, I'd say..."

Height: 5'8" (174cm)
Hair Color: Purple
Eye Color: Green
Likes: Knives, slaughter, blood, gore, smiles, laughter, humor, fear, begging, crying, milk.
Dislikes: Having to restrain himself from "having too much fun".
Attitude: Extremely violent, jovial, mentally very disturbed, devoid of empathy, amused by suffering, only interested in causing physical and psychological harm.

Quinn Chara was born in the remote Chara Village, a small village near the chaos-rich Chara River that flows through the infamous Valley of Curses, a forbidden place that even the gods themselves dare not venture. As with other members of the chaos clan Chara, he sports charoite purple hair and a resistance to the effects of curses and chaos. Though members of his clan are rich with chaotic energies from birth, they tend to be a relatively normal and peaceful people that seldom leave the valley that they call home.

Quinn Chara, however, was always different. He was mentally disturbed and fascinated by violence and the suffering of other living things. When he and a group of others were learning to hunt, the rest of the group respected their prey. Quinn Chara, however, delighted in hearing the agonized noises it made, covering himself in its blood, and making a horrible mess before the group leader came over and put the poor creature out of its misery. In time, this bloodlust proved not to be restricted to monsters and animals. As a result of Quinn Chara's boredom, his older brother, Alexei Chara, was found in their home, slaughtered beyond recognition, his remains decorating the entirety of the room.

Exiled from the village, Quinn Chara saw this exile as a good excuse to see what fun existed outside of the valley. Happy to play along and possessing little interest in power or wealth, Melanie Spade believed he would be quite useful. As Melanie grew more hateful, she allowed Quinn Chara more freedom in his methods, which disgusted the other members of the group and eventually prompted them to leave. Unsurprisingly, Quinn Chara has proven to be a lost cause, incapable of changing his ways and being anything but a violent sociopath. Though he isn't divine, he doesn't appear to age and seems to return after being killed, possibly owing to his chaotic bloodline. As such, capture and assassination have both proven impossible, and he remains at large.

Skunk (Jack)

"Oh, we've got a brave one here! You've just ruined your life, pal! I hope you enjoy being cursed for life!"

Height: 5'10" (177cm)
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Brown
Likes: Making people miserable, living in comfort.
Dislikes: Excessive violence, being disrespected.
Attitude: Adverse to violence outside of coercion, envious of the happiness of others, outwardly confident but secretly sad, scared, and lonely inside.

An infamous trickster goddess, Skunk saw joining Melanie as an opportunity to get back at the society that had treated her as a pariah and rejected her. She tolerated some of the group's more serious activities for a time and would often intervene to prevent others from engaging in excessive violence and cruelty, as she only joined the group to make people miserable and didn't want to seriously hurt anybody. As the group's focus became more serious and violent, and as Melanie and Quinn Chara continued to dismiss her grievances, Skunk realized that she wanted no further part in the gang's affairs and was the first to leave.

She remained illusive after this, but eventually let her guard down when she captured a village of people and imprisoned them in an abandoned castle she had taken over, leading to her defeat at the hands of Casino Grayleaf and her imprisonment in the Divine Sanctuary. Skunk was crushed by the loss of her freedom, but embraced the chance to improve herself and make real friends, and found life in the sanctuary to be a welcome and positive change. The sadness and anger in her heart had melted away, and Skunk blossomed into a kind and gentle, if not still somewhat mischievous, goddess.

Jasper Guest (Joker)

"You take this stuff way too seriously, King. Loosen up, live a little. None of this matters, you know? It's all just a game."

Height: 6'2" (187cm)
Hair Color: White
Eye Color: Silver
Likes: Enjoying a devil-may-care approach to life.
Dislikes: Killjoys.
Attitude: Moderately violent, happy-go-lucky.

A descendant of the famed ancient warrior Walter Guest, Jasper is a gifted underachiever who cares nothing for his ancestry. Drifting through life, he decides to join Melanie's group for the fun of it. After Skunk left the group, he soon realizes that he's not having fun anymore. Melanie is focused on a crusade of hatred, King couldn't care less about having fun, and Quinn Chara's idea of fun has become more horrifying than amusing as Melanie allows him more and more freedom to "express himself".

Jasper is the second person to leave the group, but his status as a wanted criminal makes it difficult to return to the irreverent lifestyle he once enjoyed. He wandered far from home until he had found places where he was no longer recognized. When a group much like the one he was in had taken to terrorizing the village he now called home, he saw first-hand what it felt like, and joined the villagers in fighting back against them.

Dragon, who had been wandering these lands himself, paid a visit to the village. Crossing paths with Jasper, he offers Jasper a chance to surrender peacefully and go with him to the Divine Sanctuary. The villagers stand to defend Jasper, considering him one of their own. Jasper, however, has been reflecting on the harm he has caused, as well as a number of other things, and decides that he wants to do something good for once and answer for his crimes. Though he still maintains a laid-back attitude, Jasper finds himself and matures as a person.
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Leon-Murayami Featured By Owner May 20, 2019  Hobbyist Artist
VERY Impressive!!
SkunkStarlight Featured By Owner May 21, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you really think so? Thank you! small heart - rainbow

You may or may not have noticed that I uploaded this around the middle of last year, but I ended up taking it down because I wanted to retool some things. I'm still not sure if I'm entirely satisfied, by I decided to upload the picture again and rewrite a few things in the description.

Speaking of which, did you happen to read the description? If you haven't, it's quite a read, but it talks about each of the five characters in detail and includes a few nice quotes from them for good measure.

I'd love to hear which characters you like best. :)
Leon-Murayami Featured By Owner May 22, 2019  Hobbyist Artist
I do, I also like the character designs, a rag-tag group of thieves!

Ohh I see, slipped my mind! :iconsweatplz:

I did read it, so they are like the Royal Flush Gang from DC comics and Batman, cause each member is named after the playing cards. King, Queen, Ace, Jack, and Joker!

I think I would have to say maybe... Jasper Guest (Joker) and Quinn Chara (Queen)
SkunkStarlight Featured By Owner Edited May 22, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, I'd forgotten about the Royal Flush Gang. I just like to name things in relation to animals (the god characters), foods (mostly towns and cities), and luck (Casino, Mint, Nevan, Ada, and Reno Grayleaf, Domino) a lot. ^^;

Like with many real-world names, the "Guest" in Jasper Guest's family name is supposed to be a corruption of their original family name. That name was "Geist", but it ended up changing at some point in history. His ancestor, Walter Guest, should be Walter Geist, which sounds like "poltergeist". Jasper's name is a small reference to the 101 Dalmatians character Jasper. They don't have too much in common, but they're both criminals and both are rather tall. It's also a letter away from Casper, as in Casper the Friendly Ghost. Like his ancestor Walter, Jasper also has white hair and a pale complexion.

The reasoning for the name Joker is because of the similarity to the name Jasper, as well as his irreverent devil-may-care attitude.

Quinn Chara is named for the Chara River in Russia. A rare mineral with a rich purple color called charoite has been found exclusively in this region. Purple is the color that represents chaos, and chara/charoite shares the first few letters of chaos. I came up with the name Quinn Chara when I was younger, and I'm afraid I no longer remember if there was any significance to the Quinn part of it. The people of his clan all share the name Chara, and names are usually said in full as though they were one name, so he's usually referred to as "Quinn Chara" rather than just "Quinn" or "Chara". Members of his clan often have single syllable and/or Russian names, such as Quinn Chara and his late older brother Alexei Chara.

There is a character in Undertale named Chara who shares a good amount of similarity with Quinn Chara, but this is coincidental and wasn't an intended reference. Quinn Chara is, however, meant to reference Alex DeLarge from Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of A Clockwork Orange. He uses British slang, the term "ultraviolence", is a violent sociopath, and the combination of British and Russian characteristics is a reference to Nadsat, a Russian-influenced English from A Clockwork Orange. It is also the reason for Quinn Chara's fondness for milk. In A Clockwork Orange, Alex DeLarge and his crew have a fondness for "milk-plus", milk laced with drugs. Quinn Chara drinks ordinary milk, but it has the effect of making him rather chipper and jovial.

The reasoning for the name Queen is because of the similarity to the name Quinn, as well as his flamboyance. It is also a reference to the British band Queen.

As for Ace, that's a reference to her status as leader, as well as the ace of spades, which itself has seen numerous cultural references, from music to military.

King is an obvious reference to Nathan King's name. He usually goes by his last name, and being as serious as he is, having a nickname that isn't any different from his normal form of address works well for him. He's also Melanie Spade's second-in-command prior to him, Skunk, and Jasper leaving the group, leaving Quinn Chara to be promoted as her right hand, though still retaining the name Queen.

Finally, Jack is a reference to Jack Frost and jack of all trades. Skunk, like myself, has an affinity for winter, with my character having a natural talent for the notoriously difficult school of magic that is ice magic. JackFrost is also the name I've always used for my main computer/device, with Snowflake, Shirayuki, Blizzard, and DiamondDust often being used for my other devices. Like myself, Skunk is a jack of all trades who likes to dabble in a little of everything. She's usually not the best at anything, but as an adventurer she finds it helpful to have a versatile skillset that allows her to be able to adapt to whatever the situation requires, as well as be of use in most any party composition.
Leon-Murayami Featured By Owner May 23, 2019  Hobbyist Artist

*Ohh, I get ya, nothing wrong with that, some people will often do that, and there's nothing wrong with that. :)

*Whoa, that's pretty interesting and nice name choice. Geist - Poltergeist.

*I get that, the name choices are unique!

Heh, you I like! These are nice references and character names!
SkunkStarlight Featured By Owner May 25, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
I like you too, you're awesome! I'm really glad you like my ideas and references. And thank you so much for taking the time to read all of that. :love:
Leon-Murayami Featured By Owner May 28, 2019  Hobbyist Artist
Thanks! You have great ideas, I have some good ones too, when I can think good and hard on them.
SkunkStarlight Featured By Owner May 28, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
I try to put a lot of thought into my ideas, but honestly most of them just sort of come to me on their own. ^^;
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Bcfoster20 Featured By Owner May 20, 2019  Student Photographer
SkunkStarlight Featured By Owner May 21, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much. :love:

I made this quite some time ago, but chose to tweak it a bit and reupload it. As you can see, Skunk fell in with a bad crowd, but she has a good enough conscience to leave the group, and though she continues to be a villain on her lonesome, she does eventually decide that it's time to change her ways.
Bcfoster20 Featured By Owner May 22, 2019  Student Photographer
Welcome ohhh
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