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valentine by tsumimita valentine by tsumimita
For Seventh Sanctum; [link]

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The intuitive, unfriendly, educated male half-Chimera paladin. He has a masculine build. His non-human ancestry gives him a strangely attractive appearance.

Used the Fantasy Crossbreed generator and the Vampire Name generator (Valentine Sturmer) but he doesn't actually have a last name.

Note to self: DON'T START ENTRY TWO DAYS BEFORE DEADLINE

Anddd hey he has a backstory!

VALENTINE'S BACKSTORY

During the Black Age of the Dead (thank you era namer), great human empires broke apart due to civil wars, warring for decades until finally the wars ended, leading to the formation of several new empires. That's what little human kids are taught in history class, but for creatures, it's not as simple.

During the course of the wars, humans often poached and tamed creatures for their strength and supernatural abilities. Many clans fell victim to starvation and disease due to their falling numbers, and by the end of the Black Age of the Dead, the creature population fell by three quarters.

What does this have to do with Valentine?

Well, as a result from all the killings of creatures, they developed an intense hate for humans. Chimeras, by themselves, were already shunned at the time, seen as traitors to their race, which was slowly diminishing, and were forced to choose allegiances based on their heritage due to their incredibly small numbers, e.g. being part of a snake group or lion group rather than being part of a chimera group.

So what happens when you pair a chimera and a human? Yep, a whole lotta hate.

When Valentine was born, he was forced into a pride of lions, who were incredibly proud of their heritage. They absolutely despised the poor kid, and abused and neglected him. His chimera father was murdered by his own people and his human mother died during childbirth. He never knew love, and it's not hard to see why he'd be unfriendly afterward.

It had gotten so bad that sometimes he couldn't eat for weeks at a time, so finally, when he reached 15, he ran away. For years he lived by himself solely on his instincts (the instincts of a lion, a snake and a goat all mushed together mind you), until one year he was attacked by a basilisk and was left for dead.

Luckily for him, he had collapsed just outside one of the major cities of the New Empire (thank you realm name generator). The humans took him in and required that he serve in their army (they were bordering conscription because of the lack of enlistment) in return for saving him. Valentine is a stubborn bastard, so he wouldn't let himself die so easily but was reluctant to join. He ended up going, grudgingly of course.

Well, Valentine is educated, right? Of course he is, otherwise they wouldn't let him into the army! At the time, it was a requirement that anyone enlisting had basic education. Valentine didn't, but at the same time he absolutely had to serve. The humans shoved him into a state school and after only 4 years was able to serve.

(He's still fairly bad at talking.)

At 25, Valentine entered the army as part of the non-magical infantry regiment. (He was denied from the cavalry simply because the horses hated his guts.) He is still a soldier to this day (he's 50 now; chimeras live for real long) and is known for his tenacity, leadership and long-lasting loyalty. He's not getting promoted any time soon though since he's pretty much the only non-magical infantry soldier left and can be used for certain advantages.

Currently, it's the Bloodstained Age of the Battlefields (thank you again, era namer). The warring began a year ago because of tension between the empires and the killing was finally set off because of the assassination of the king of the Living Empire of the Kings (did I mention I'm abusing the realm namer?). So Valentine is going to just go and fight for the humans again, right?

Not so right. Because the killing of the creatures is starting up again and with all that chimera blood running through him, he's deeply opposed to it. It's up to him whether to join the humans and kill more creatures, or return to his kin and start up an army in order to stop the humans.

...that was an okay backstory, right?
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How does this not have more comments? This is awesome.
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tsumimita Jun 25, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks a lot :D
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stoneman123 May 31, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey there, just taking a look at the competition. :D Yeah, I'm in on this contest too. Nice design, did you base it off that upcoming video game El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron? Could be just a coincidence, but that white armor and ripple-y background are quite remeniscent of that game's art direction. However, I don't think you should have made his glove blue for it obscures the lines and makes it look like just a blot. He also seems to be lacking a left arm. By the way, did you use one of the weapon generators? I didn't see the generator results in your post, and I may have noticed that sword looks a bit bland.

Anyway, you've got me beat hands down on the technical aspect, and yes, your backstory is just fine. I don't think you have much to worry about from the likes of me. From one artist to another, may the best man win! Best of luck to you. Don't have too much luck, though, I want one of those gift cards myself. :XD:
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stoneman123 May 31, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, wait. I just realized this is for the last contest. Ha! Pardon me, I'm smart, but I do dumb shit sometimes. Oh well, I still meant all that praise/critique I gave to you.
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tsumimita May 31, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
haha it's all good mate. I'm still entering the next contest though so you better watch out XD

I can't say that I've ever heard of that game, especially since it's upcoming, living down under where news reaches us last. Yeahhh, the glove was bothering me but I couldn't be bothered to change it lol. I couldn't be bothered to draw the other arm in without making it look weird either. I should fix that...

Thanks a lot :D Good luck in the new contest!
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stoneman123 Jun 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, thank you. I look forward to seeing your entry in the new contest, even if it wallops my own. :XD:
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