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Colored version of Inktober Day 30- FOUND
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This is an untold origin story of some original characters, as a comic strip of sorts.
Who was it "Project Little Christmas" before a 'killing machine'?
One whose such efficiency earned a privileged position among the survivalists in a future past?
And, despite a machine,
thus programmed, the experiences did change one another, thus... Even us, as we're biological machines, we've been programmed ourselves, and still experience altogether. Truth is, Melite | Natasha has no soul (and who has?), but memories from a long time ago. Does that matter? Who caused her to drift in absolute future, she who was from such a distant past? Find out, all answers lay here!

For this Inktober, I've been dwelling in my old stories once again, this time re-imagining the pivotal "Spirit Fight" tournament, sticking how I could to match the official prompt list. On the championship, teams of three members fight each other through a group phase and then through three rows of classifying into the great final. This fighting championship involved techno-shamans from around the world. Given the disturbance, it was not strange to find techno-shamans from other dimensions, hailing from dystopias, utopias, with spirits, summonable allies and downloadable A.I.s more strange or familiar than the competitors themselves. Each had a question to settle in the fights, it's understood that merit would evaluate those who advance ahead. Couldn't be more wrong, as a mysterious competitor rigged the championship to begin with. They just find it out in season 5's finale (I guess...)
But still, the most proeminent fighters know they're not dealing with souls on the magic sense - there's a science behind manipulating data...

This, however, is a flashback
. Take it as an origin story for a recurring character, and a long-time predicament I sought to have drawn.
As a huge fan of anything Minoan and Ancient Crete related, this core of characters from the "Spirit Fight" were kind of touching, pretty much laying in the heart of the Tinteno-Criticazoicans, fictional civilization based in the Minoans of our very earth.
Characters are Minotaur (Asterius, later Miredrin), who's got the bloodthirsty fame, but deep down has a huge art and act like a huge dog would.
Melite (then, a sacrificial victim, in the story's present day, is known as the cyborg Natasha), who's kind of upbeat, fearless, foolish, somewhat naive but deep down good-hearted, intuitive and caring. Unless you're an enemy. As she learnt with the Minotaur, you crush those against you.
And beneath the cloak of space and time, the unnamed Goddess, some believe she's Europa, or who led the Phoenician Princess to Crete, anyway she's a mysterious powerful figure, with serpentine semblant and piercing gazeless eyes. She brought about this chance meeting, from which flourished an unlikely friendship. Even standing in the Gates of Hades, these two would be rejoined. As the spirit fight is all about summoning, the cyborg summons the Minotaur, and later on the story, the goddess herself, as both regain their memories,and unfold the wishes of the Goddess. For starters, she's against some certain competitor (or her spirits, who knows), for still clouded reasons...

time is not linear; it is not circular; time is a labyrinth of abstract connections and playful interactions.

full background
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The story of how the Minotaur Asterius, raised amidst Tintenoican nobility under the watchful sight of Minos (who raised him "as a son"... like someone to his watch dog) spared one of his sacrificial victims, the girl Melite. Even after the war which unified the Tintenoicans and Criticazoicans, the first were known to be brutish. With the schemes of the latter, they've became the best traders, outsmarting the boycott continental Pepitans (Africans), No Fayans (Asians) and Aquatens (Europeans) had done to the Civilizations of the Archipelago. Paying tributes to the Tinteno-Criticazoicans were the Aquatens before the time of the Zonians came. At time, the Juventists tried to implement democracy, despite being sponsored by despots to do so elsewhere. On such an occasion, they've denied Minos participation in a ritual. His son tried to infiltrate it but was killed. As a repayment, the Juventists should, when requested, send their noble youth to the dark catacombs. The very soul of the architect Daedalus was held there by Minos, who had this power already. The bull would behave as Zeus' guise did to Europa, but in fact the noise and stench of fear of the multitude let him unable to hold off hunger any longer.
But Melite was different, not afraid at all... Her sight pierced through the truth of the beast - the prison damaged him, he longed for a life outside.
Between all, the intervention of the Goddess perpassed time and space, as she watches silently, coiling around the earth. Just like Europa foundated such a civilization, herself mother to Minos, this girl Melite, abandoned by her Aquaten motherland, championeered for the beast. But in no time, reports would've been someone killed it. Desperate, she'd have thrown herself to the waves.
Their friendship would last, not in the way they imagined, though...
For none of them actually died. A contest between "deities" (actually artificial intelligences in larger plans betwen space and time), set Asterius to the domains of the Seas, through Zon. Didn't took long until he broke free from the facility, being himself rescued by Kritikas, while Minos, aware this someone couldn't be the same - one Aplorak saved during the Foundation Wars before the unification - saw through the Olympian (clearly taking Aquaten side) facade. Turning on the absence of his father Zeus, he resorted to Hades. Who had him in the door of the dead was another who had the keys to the Underworld. He delivered the frozen body of the girl to the spectre. In no time, Zon (which one, you say, since it spans millennia, travel time, and requires to assimilate bodies through generations to continue to exist) would've bridged the destruction of the civilization, setting Minos' plans in an unlikely future. Asterius survived, and with the sacrifice of Aplorak, took his place - as Miredrinn. His "chosen one" has been unheard of. But when time came, the souls future and past resonated, and her location was found once again.
If the beast was raised to be a weapon and the girl avoided it, the ultimate fate would not be spared in the future, becoming both bio-mechanical weapons of destruction (you may find them going by as "Miredrinn" and "Natasha"). On a better note, they've kept the friendship intact, and that alone changed their resolve to act as protectors... using violence when required, as she got quite the responsibility as "General" of the Resistance. In the "Spirit Fight" setting, however, such a future is retconned, as Zon and his rival A.I. (he who possess the keys to the Underworld) seems to have exchanged Natasha and Miredrinn, selling them to unrelated businesswomen, for example.

By the fights she win, "Natasha" has larger insight on who or what she was. One who had no choice and was given as tax payment, despite the nobility. A present sacrificed for the past, victimized by the payment of a previous life. One which can never be repaid. There's no relation of cause and effect between a death from ago and the life of today, despite all the effort seems to be in vain, it only wool the cloak upon the tyrants, who themselves used to fight, and today rest in peace. We feed their ghosts. The thread which connects to the ancestry is a fabrication. Will power rests in the inside.


    He gave her splendid gifts, to have a share of the earth and the unfruitful sea. She received honor also in starry heaven, and is honored exceedingly by the deathless gods. For to this day, whenever any one of men on earth offers rich sacrifices and prays for favor according to custom, he calls upon Hecate. Great honor comes full easily to him whose prayers the goddess receives favorably, and she bestows wealth upon him; for the power surely is with her. For as many as were born of Earth and Ocean amongst all these she has her due portion. The son of Cronos did her no wrong nor took anything away of all that was her portion among the former Titan gods: but she holds, as the division was at the first from the beginning, privilege both in earth, and in heaven, and in sea. Also, because she is an only child, the goddess receives not less honor, but much more still, for Zeus honors her. Whom she will she greatly aids and advances:  she sits by worshipful kings in judgement, and in the assembly whom she will is distinguished among the people. And when men arm themselves for the battle that destroys men, then the goddess is at hand to give victory and grant glory readily to whom she will. Good is she also when men contend at the games, for there too the goddess is with them and profits them: and he who by might and strength gets the victory wins the rich prize easily with joy, and brings glory to his parents. And she is good to stand by horsemen, whom she will: and to those whose business is in the grey discomfortable sea, and who pray to Hecate and the loud-crashing Earth-Shaker, easily the glorious goddess gives great catch, and easily she takes it away as soon as seen, if so she will. She is good in the byre with Hermes to increase the stock The droves of kine and wide herds of goats and flocks of fleecy sheep, if she will, she increases from a few, or makes many to be less. So, then, albeit her mother's only child, she is honored amongst all the deathless gods. And the son of Cronos made her a nurse of the young who after that day saw with their eyes the light of all-seeing Dawn. So from the beginning she is a nurse of the young, and these are her honors.

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