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NieR:Automata Arena Battle Animation Rotoscope

NieR:Automata is a fast action hack and slash game similar to games like devil may cry and zone of the enders, however this one has some additional interesting elements. That said this rotoscope animation was drawn by the free lance artist Jardiel Herrera from Argetina. In addition it was based on Donguri990 his awesome gameplay video.

The animation took 4 months to produce and was drawn at 10 FPS. If you would like to see A2 going berserk in the arena and wreck her enemies Adam and Eve, then just check it out.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake Rotoscope Animation

This animation is more than 5 minutes @ 10 frames per second. It took 2 artist to make; Kuldeep Kulmar - an SFX artist from India who was responsible for all the white filling of the characters and myself for the line art. The project took 3 months total, Kuldeep worked extremely fast and did his part in just 2 months time I needed 1 month to finish my side of the coin.

This video is based on the no damage speed run of the final battle of FF7R - executed by Masterslayer.

If you wonder what I am talking about - check it out:

Shadow of the Colossus rotoscope

Join Wander in his adventure into the forbidden realm where the ominous beings called colossi need to be taken down in order to save his beloved one.


Open your eyes - Zelda Breath of the wild

So for this video I hired an excellent Russian free lance artist Nil Petsko to draw a rotosocope video based on a talented Zelda player named RinHara5aki. I thought looking at his combat montage would be awesome to see animated so someone had to make this happen. It took him 2.5 months to draw 2070 frames, which is extremely fast. Especially his line work and coloring are great.

If you're curious you can check it out here:


Origyn Book Animation trailer

The first trailer of my - in editing phase - book is finally done!

Interestingly, the animation does show some of events that take place but is never too spoiler heavy as the context is still unknown. But if read one could definitely relate. However the opening scene - a fight between the main character and the antagonist - will not end up in the final product. I did leave it in though because it was a very cool action scene, but it didnt add much to the story and thus actually felt like filler.... and I do not like ''filler''. That's indeed one thing that I can say for sure, my books will not contain sidetracks which do not bring the story forward or have character development aspects in it.

My main inspiration for the animation parts were from the Fate series, as well as Record of Lodoss war and Ys. In this case I wanted to create a film/video game like trailer to give a good sense of what its going for, aligned with release of the far west ocean from the YS series. Ultimately I plan to do a second trailer which will explain a bit more who the character are and what the story is roughly about.

Anyways for the time being you can already check the first trailer:



How to approach Pixel art as a beginner

So pixel art is actually one of those interesting type of art that looks simple but is actually a lot harder to do if you actually try it out. If you think about your old Pokemon game and see everything for the first time.. you may think ''This looks simple'' and get on with the adventure. But do notice even though 2D you immediately recognize all the assets in the room and find it believable even though its weird if your room looks like this.


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Why is it believable? Look at the details; the little pixels on the keyboard of the pc in the upper corner, it contains buttons and even a space bar. The SNES contains a cartridge and a controller with buttons. In addition all screens have an oversaturated highlight pixel and everything has a form of shadow giving it depth. Can you make this? Yeah... only if you have experience with pixel art - which is the art to simplify large objects into tiny pixelated ones.

I sound like as if I at least know a bit of it - well just a pixelated amount - because I tried my hand on it as well for the first time ever from scratch. To motivate myself I take the pixelated art which I have most respect for, Seiken Densetsu 3 (trials of mana) and Chrono Trigger sprites of course!

Cloud and Barret VS the Scorpion Sentinel in Mako Reactor 1

This video is quite interesting, as it translates the first Boss battle of the scorpion sentinel (Final Fantasy 7 remake) into an animation, with the help of using a rotoscope Technique (layer on layer).

In this case I am not the direct animator or the player, I only provide the set up.

I love passion projects like these.Hence, I have some work in progress based on Kingdom hearts 2 and Zelda Breath of the wild.

Final Fantasy Dissidia x Smash Brothers Opening Animation

Smash Brothers Brawl opening music is one of - if not the - best of its franchise. Of course you can debate on this, different tastes is one of the great aspects of content creation. That said, I enjoyed creating this massive project with my favourite video game franchise Final Fantasy. During the development I was playing around with many animation aspects which gave me a better understanding of a such hard to master skill.One of the techniques I learned was rotoscoping, well... ok its easy if you know its simply a layer on a layer - however - in this case I wanted to up a notch making the effects pop out, using a black background and neon colour style. I tried to be in 4-8 frame range, so it can be a bit choppy, but I don't think it ruined the experience.

Ryu turns into the Kaiser dragon for the first time

It maybe been a while since you last played Breath of fire 4, but if you did you should at least remember some awesome moments. Such as that Fou-Lou was shot by the Hex cannon which sacrificed the kind-hearted woman who aided him after escaping from the empire and the moment Ryu turned totally berserk at the abandoned village after he found out how cruel humans can be.

I made an animation to represent just this moment, however I combined it with the audio of a popular franchise…

Anyways my current animation project is about Final Fantasy Dissidia its going to be an opening cinematic with a perfect fit franchise, stay tuned.


​Top 5 Video game art books in my collection

Even though I like all my video game art books, there is always a preference list. To do it a bit objectively I looked at the following in my eyes fundamental aspects: If it contains a lot of art (concept and illustrations, artist comments, hard cover, 200+ pages, low amount of in game/cgi pictures, development content, quality and misc info. Imo the best art books cover multiple games, but I didn’t exclude specialize one game only art books.


Nr 5: The art of bravely default and Bravely second: Both have all the nice fundamentals of an art book and are on par with their quality. They cover a lot about their specific game and gives the fans a large proportion what to expect.

Nr 4:Zelda Hyrule Historia: This one covers a lot of Zelda games. Has a lot of content on the lore. It should have a bit more art for my taste, but that’s mainly because it focusses a lot on Skywards sword instead of the rest. There is a cool manga compilation at the end though.

Nr 3: Final Fantasy Ultimania Volume 2: Well the golden age of RPG’s was SNES and PlayStation era, this volume focusses on the latter. Indeed, Final fantasy 7, 8 and 9 are shown. The style of these books, showing a lot on fan favorite content for each game nails it.

Nr 2. The Art of Mana: A book defiantly worth the time for the dedicated fans. Its just 208 pages, but because its high quality it doesn’t feel like it. It was a pleasant surprise to go through this book, it just has a good charm. I wished there was just more of it.

Nr 1: Metal gear solid slipcase: Two books 1 price, cheaper then all the above and are both 350+ pages… Nothing can beat this, its so packed with MGS1-4 art, it just shows the definition of an Art book. Period.

If you like to see The YT review or my art book collection check the videos.

Cross over video game opening animations

What if you put the intro music of Breath of fire 4 combined with Shadow of the colossus? This went through my mind watching BoF 4 intro. So I started my animation project and had a blast with it. However the japanese voice scenes were the toughest to create... why? Well They say something like: ''I believe in you'' (Nina says to Ryu) and ''I wonder where you are going'' (Ryu says to a dragon) and ''Humans aren't bad'' (Ryu says to Fou-Lou). So it was a hard fix to insert in the SotC universe but i reveres the roles of Ryu with - indeed - Wander, Nina with Mono and Fou-Lou with Emon (the shaman). I think it ultimately fit to certain degree on a decent level.

I am planning to make more crossovers in the future, already made an Final Fantasy 7 x Dragonball Z video where Cloud goes beyond his limits to go Super saiyan 3. I still have plan to take it to the next level but I will do this later, firs I will do something interesting with Final Fantasy Dissidia.

Best way to focus on writing on your art with NC headphone and a 2 in 1 tablet

Using Noise cancelling headphones to focus on art and writing after 4 months - SONY WH1000X M3

I live in a noisy apartment complex, a lot of people moving in and out, using tools to ‘’re-invent’’ their living rooms. Their friendliness of being busy during the evening and weekends put me to action to look into Noise Cancelling headphones, so I decided to check which one is the best. Well there are a lot out there, however some seemed to be crème a la creme – so I checked some reviews because I was getting crazy of the drilling and hammering of whatever apartment that surrounds me.

I focused on 3 things: best noise cancellation, best comfort and best battery life – I wanted a headphone which I can use for a long session without being disturbed. So it came down to the SONY WH1000X M3. And the moment I got it was also one of many moments there was a lot of noise, so perfect opportunity to test it… wow this thing worked. It reduced the sound 50-60%, however it is important to put some music on as then you really don’t notice your surroundings any more. The battery life is 25-30 hours, and I it sits godlike (which was one of my main concerns) even when I put glasses on! Btw it gave me a new level of appreciation for music (but enough headphones do this I think, I am not a headphone user prior to this). At one moment I was like ‘’did they stop?’’ put off my headphones and that was clearly not the case haha~

Do yourself a favour if you can relate to this and don’t want to hear unnecessary sound and be disturbed by external factors when you want to focus on writing, unless you are surrounded by mother nature herself ;P. (its also good way to focus in library’s or during travels etc)

BTW for those interested: I have a 3-minute review video on this on YT where I give a sound sample comparison for the noise cancellation to give an idea.

Which tablet do you use? I used a surface pro 6 for a year and this is what I think of it.

I always used a Wacom, one where you look at the screen and drew on a separate drawing tablet. Well I now a year ago I decided to buy a tabled where I can just draw on the screen and see immediate results. However I wanted something with low drawing lag, generally fast and something where I can type on. SO the ipad pro and surface pro came to mind. The main thing what sold me was the fact that the surface had more generally utility, its more laptop/tablet hybrid then a pure tablet like the pro (which was a great recommendation for artist). Anyways this things utility is a beast one of the best buys I ever did. Drawing pen is nice, and magnetically sticks to the surface, it draws w/o noticible lag, the pern point is soft and doesn’t scratch the screen (even after 1 year), the battery life is fine 8-10hrs. This thing helped me a lot to develop my art and digital skills (which were really bad on the Wacom), There are plenty of apps out there to use for drawing (photshop, autodesk, krita etc but I use sketchable(a simple drawing tool)). I brought it on me on vacation, during the plane to Japan(ok not recommended to draw there, unless your on the airport) and use it 1-2 full charges per week at home. The screen can be put in a lot of angles and its not heavy so I love to put it on my lap with a pillow in between. You can use double scree by dragging something to side as well.

BTW for those interested: I have a quick review on this of 4-5? Min to give an idea.

Final Fantasy and Metal Gear Solid video game art book reviews

Best Video game art books: Art of Metal Gear solid collection, two book showing concept art and full blown illustrations of MGS.

General: There are two books in this collection, Studio works and Gallery Works. Both contain awesome illustrations of Yoji Shinkawa, known for drawing dark shadows with his black ink pen, to create whole characters. Both Books are extreme high quality, hardcover and thick paper. Next to that, both books are quite heavy (Publisher Dark Horse) Amazon affiliate links to other peoples reviews and to learn more.

Studio Works: Mainly the concept art, thus black and white illustrations. The content is divided over metal gear solid 1 till four. Where MGS 1 has 72 pages, MGS 2 has 80 pages, MGS 3 has 62, MGS 4 has 112 pages and as bonus MGS peace walker 53 pages.

Gallery Works: Shows the Color illustrations, and non concept art. The content is divided over metal gear solid 1 till four. Where MGS 1 has 88 pages, MGS 2 has 76 pages, MGS 3 has 84, MGS 4 has 76 pages and as bonus MGS peace walker 95 pages.


So For who is this book -> let's assume at least you like MGS...

General book lover: This book is really awesome, honestly you can't go wrong. The art is outstanding and there is A LOT IN IT, But please note.. if you don't like Yoji shinkawa's art in particular this book is not for you as he is the MGS artist... period.

Hardcore MGS FAN: Well.... For the normal fan maybe No, for the hardcore fan yes.

For the artist (writer/drawing): Its hard to say. I get inspiration of the art, even though the theme is not necessarily my thing. If the theme (military/espionage) is your thing, then its a no brainier.

I played the first game as a kid, so yeah.. I like the franchise, please take that in to you consideration when buying. If you checked Joyi Shinkawa's art though - and you like it - this one is just full of it.



Ultimania archive series, a delight for the Final fantasy (RPG) lover.

General: All books are High quality, contain extra information on the game (so not only pure art) and contain a lot of extra details on the development/character relations/developers info.

Book 1: This one has 6 main titles covered with each their own sections. To elaborate the book is 336 pages, where final fantasy 1 has roughly 30 pages, FF2 50, FF3 45, FF4 60, FF5 55 and FF6 the most with almost 75 pages. Check out other peoples opinion to learn more.

Book 2: the book has 320 pages, where its split up between the final fantasy's, 7 is up till page 119, FF8 has the lower end of the three, till page till 189... typical square move, anyways 9 has the most till 315. Check out other peoples opinion to learn more.

Book 3: This one has 5 main title covered with each their own coverage ratio, to elaborate the book is 336 pages, where final fantasy 10 has roughly 100 pages, FF11 50, FF12 75, FF13 80 and FF14 a mere 20, which has the short end of the stick. Check out other peoples opinion to learn more.

Should it be in your Collection? Well it depends... (assuming you like Final Fantasy)

The general Artbook Lover: Mostly Yes, There are a lot of FInal fantasy's, and thus a lot off different styles, the collection itself is great to have.

The Hardcore FF Fan: Yes, the book offer cool insights in character relationships, memorable moments and cool little neat design choices - Next to the awesome art! But remember most info can be found on the internet these days.

The artist (draw/write): If you get inspired by this franchise and artbooks, Yes you should. Because the classical job system is represented as well, as Yoshitaka Amano's art! If you Don't get inspired..... then no :)

I am curious what you think of the book? I really enjoy them - But I grew up with FF7 when I was a kid so quite easy to please with this series :).

If you enjoy art book reviews, join the videogame_artbook sub reddit and discuss!


RPG Battle 52 - A battle arena where the player fights multiple well known RPG protagonists

The story starts off with Cosmos who focuses on 1 game, Battle 52. He is so good at it that he holds the world record, until he was asked to join this new tournament with the top players.

This is an interactive fan made animation project to shed new light on all the cool video games i played (or know about) to purely entertain similar fans of the RPG genre. You can decide Cosmos his next opponent and if you comment in the video there is a chance you will be in the animation live chat!

In this case he is up against Cloud from Final Fantasy 7! Check it out!

Manga girl - Secrets to improve you drawing skills

Using fine liner, watercolor pen and or paint really puts you out of the comfort zone, especially compared to using tools such as pencil, charcoal, pastel or even oil paint. Why? the damage of the first group is non - erasable, we have to actively mitigate the collateral damage, the other group is not ''perfectly erasable'' as well - because all will have some smears depending on how you applied it and what things you used. Non erasable tools shine in helping you be more intuitive of solving drawing problems, ratio judgment of sizes and placement, stroke confidence such as hair and eye flow and many more.

In this case I draw Kosmos from Xenosaga in 45 minutes: Try drawing something similair like this, only if your a beginner I suggest starting with small drawings. This way you will improve your sketching and leverage these ideas, tips and secrets into your advantage. Video on this topic below.

Shadows on the Azure - Scene 3: Ambush - Visual Audio Novel

Dhaos and Nephenee are sheltering in a cave, however Dhaos intends to explore it further as the atmosphere and location reminded him of something he read in the past.

Part 3 is uploaded on Youtube, part 4 will have to wait for a while as I am going on vacation and working on another project which will be really awesome! I learned a lot already from working on SotA, which I will take along in future videos. Hope you will look forward to them as I do!


Charity artwork Catshelter

Never heard of Catshelter? well I cant blame you but its basically a charity organization helping homeless kittens and adult cats, aiding protection, care, treatment and try to find a new suitable home for them. They are planning an internet art auction event for the 11th time starting at Friday 4th of October 2019 on -you guessed it - worlds animal day.

This is the 4th time I am participating in this fun event to raise money for this great initiative and this time I wanted to create painting of three wild cats: a tiger, lion and jaguar.

If you're curious how they were made then I have speed paint video for you as well, check it out!


I will provide another blog post with the link when its live!

Site: http://catshelter.be/

Shadows on the Azure - Scene 2: Conflict - Visual Audio Novel

Scene 2 is uploaded now on YouTube, this time almost double the video length of scene 1, with more art and - of course - plot progression. I write this story as I go along and currently have rough ideas about scene 3 and 4 - which I am looking forward to work on! (writing, drawing, voicing and editing)

Anyways if you already have seen part 1 and it made you curious what happens in the next scene, check out part 2, I am sure you will enjoy this one as well!

By the way, this site was made by Stefany from Stefany web design, a talented programmer who is creative and hardworking. I am honestly really glad to have the site which I originally imagined (I literally drew it out in PowerPoint). For me was the most important part to upload pictures, write a blog and embed videos with ease with fast/efficient website response. One of the important things for me was that the site was built by someone else and not by a cheap ''website creator'' which had to be done by myself (as I don't want to spent my precious time on something like this). Working with Stefany was laid back and most of the cool suggestions came from her, with the neat details and color pallets.

You don't want to make a cheap website yourself and Interested in a talented website programmer who put her heart and soul in creating a website for your specific purposes? check out her website: https://stefanywebdesign.info/introduction/

​Shadows on the Azure - Scene 1: Tension - Free Visual Audio Novel


Shadows of the Azure is a free visual audio E-book which can be watched in multiple parts on YouTube. The book main spirit is an big adventure, however there are some troubling issues which needs to be solved between the two siblings - named Dhaos and Nephenee. The book will definitely be welcomed by people who like fantasy, dragon and are fan of games such as Shadow of the colossus and Drakengard.

The front cover captures the title, a shadow in the sky, however there are more of them...

The frequency of uploading is not known yet, but I try to post new videos at least once in two months. The main time consuming moment is the editing (of the story, voice acting and video text + animation). However the project is immensely fun and I love to have full control over it.... even though talking for Dhaos feels natural, but for Nephenee totally isn't....

Check out the first part and leave a comment or a like if you enjoyed!


Origyn: Dicing With Demons Act 1 - 3

Prologue: Beginning
Act 1: Heroes of prophecy.

She glanced everyone in the eyes before they entered: *Ok, forget that stupid nick name. This time I will keep them alive*. Subsequently she spoke with a deep voice: ‘’Guys, be prepared for the worst. No holding back on this one. When summoned it will go beserk’’. Everyone nodded and they went through two large doors into the darkness. Subsequently the team was welcomed by a slow pulsating light that emitted from a big transparent monolith twice their size. Alexus, an elite female knight with blonde hair, carrying a sword and shield: ‘’Is it me or did the temperature drop suddenly?’’. Carotte, a high ranked female summoner from the kingdom of Ohn, carrying a staff engrafted with magic emeralds: ‘’I sense a strong anomalistic power from it. That’s what giving me the goose bumps’’. Suddenly multiple torches were ignited and both heavy doors were shut automatically behind them, as if the room knew visitors had entered. Bendry, a talented male healer with red hair and good physique, carrying a hammer: ‘’Ok, you guys have done this before but… this is freaking me out’’. Dradon, one of the most respected male mages of Ohn, with long black hair carrying a wizard staff: ‘’Bendry, stay professional. Remember the power of an origyn always decreases immensely when summoned, so don’t worry about it’’. Alexus: ‘’Cast entanglement magic before it moves’’. Dradon smiled: ‘’Yes you don’t have to tell me that’’. Carotte tried to calm herself by pushing out a big sigh: ‘’Ok… are we ready?’’. Everyone nodded simultaneously. She closed her eyes and with her left hand held her rod horizontal in front while mumbling with two stretched fingers near her mouth: ‘’Azyin’ri origyni commeth forth and submit they to my soul, as of now thou areth my servant and willeth aid me in battle whenever I demanded thou’’. After five seconds of ghostly silence, the monolith went totally dark. Bendry: ‘’Ehm, is this normal?’’. The light pulsated again, in rhythm with a low heavy sound similar to a beating heart. Bendry: ‘’Ok, now this is freaking me out’’. Alexus: ‘’Stay focused, don’t let this abnormality work on your fear. Remember, the king specifically demanded this specimen so it must have something extraordinary’’. The pulse became more rapid, as if a heart was stimulated by anxiety. The pressing unknown atmosphere prepared the heroes for the possible threat that could jump out from the light. However, its intensity increased and the monolith busted into pieces. Heavy shattering noise echoed through the camber. Alexus stood in front of the team: ‘’It’s out of its cage. Carotte get a grasp on its elemental weakness’’. Carotte immediately casted the spell. Subsequently magic circles formed on the floor below her.

In the meantime, something in the shape of a lifeless body fell on the floor. It had the form of a male human with yellow eyes, black hair and clothing. He slowly stood up, as if a soulless human was brought back to life. The origyn named Azyin pierced straight into the eyes of the one who he should obey to. However, the urge for freedom surged through his body, as if he knew that the only way out of slavery was to kill those who have summoned him.

Carotte her spell was finished: ‘’Be careful! He is powerfull and has darkn-, EH?’’. Azyin moved with high acceleration towards her trying to grab her head: ‘’Break-‘’. Right before contact Alexus body slammed him away from Carotte. He jumped up and mumbled: ‘’Gungnir’’. Subsequently a white light emitted in his right hand and materialized in the form of a long spear. Azyin raised his left hand and an immense dark aura surrounded him, eager to strike again. Alexus: ‘’DRADON!’’. Dradon responded by casting his spell: ‘’So- sorry!! I… Entangleja!’’. Large roots burs out of the floor grabbing Azyin. Alexus rushed forward: ‘’Everyone! attack him NOW!’’. Carotte reacted by casting a protective spell on her while the other two used fire magic. However the second before Alexus could hit him, he broke out of the roots while parrying the attack. She tried to slash his left leg. He repelled with the point of his spear, leaving her half open. In that instance Azyin slightly stepped back and used the rear end of his pole arm to break her shoulder. Luckily Alexus barely managed to block some of the force by skilfully using her shield. Both fire spells ignited. Small spheres soared towards Azyin, while a pillar erupted under his feet. Despite their efforts, Azyin acrobatically dodged and backflipped away. However he was left with a burned spot on his arm. Alexus: ‘’Good! Keep this up, lets push him in the corner!’’.The group skilfully corned Azyin, by using multiple fire walls. If he wanted to escape he had to go through Alexus first. Azyin had a slight smile: ‘’Interesting, you humans entrap us like cattle. Is there no sense of honour left in you? Ah yes, maybe the queen of odds, dare to duel?’’. Alexus didn’t move an inch: ‘’Think again. Dradon entrap him, Carotte use submission, Ben-‘’. Azyin accelerated, jumping high in the air with his spear pointing at her. She readied for impact by aiming her sword and shield towards him. Nevertheless, Azyin feigned a body slam and repelled her sword while using the shield as a stepping stone, landing near Bendry. Alexus turned around and saw him firmly pushing his hand palm in Bendry’s face. Azyin smiled slightly and said: ‘’Breakja’’. Alexus stumbled while she tried to sprint: ‘’Bendry!’’. All of Bendry muscles relaxed immediately while his pupils disappeared upwards, leaving him with a soulless expression on his face. Azyin threw Bendry his lifeless body to the side and made a full throttled sprint towards Carotte. She tried to react but he pierced her chest with and immediately turned his face towards Dradon. While Carotte was crippling in pain Alexus jumped at Azyin. He quickly intercepted her with a series of punches and finishing off with a round house kick. Lying on her back she looked at him and noticed the similar crazy expression of the demons she faced in the past, only now killing her friends instead of comrades. Even though quite in shock, Dradon still focused on his entanglement spell. Nonetheless, Azyin rushed towards him with full force. Despite, Alexus intervened again with another body slam, dislocating his left arm and smacking him in the ground. Subsequently the entanglement grabbed him. Alexus: ‘’Dirty son of a bitch, what did you do to Bendry!?’’. Azyin: ‘’Hehe… release me and I will tell you’’. Alexus firmly grabbed her sword: ‘’As if!’’. Blood spattered on her armor while she pierced through his intestines. He coughed up blood: ‘’Heh.. are we now served as well?’’. Carotte, managed to rest on one leg while using her staff as balancing support: ‘’It’s over Azyin, you are now the slave of humanity’’. She held her fist with an emerald ring in front: ‘’SUBMISJA!’’. Light started to radiate from the ring in sync with Azyin. He slowly disintegrated into thin air as he lacked the strength to resist the spell. He smiled: ‘’If I get the chance…’’. Alexus responded right before he was gone: ‘’If’’.

While Carotte was coughing heavily: ‘’It’s over... how is Bendry?’’. Dradon felt his pulse: ‘’He’s dead, I think he crushed his mind’’. Alexus tensed her fist till it hurts: *Again?*. With lead in her shoes she walked to Carotte and put a hand on her shoulder: ‘’Carotte are you ok? Sorry it was my mistake that Bendy was killed’’. Dradon: ‘’No... don’t say that. We all are responsible. Such things are… inevitable’’.Alexus avoided eye contact: ‘’Carotte take this potion, it will stop the bleeding and pain. However, we need to get you to a healer ASAP. Dradon can we leave this place?’’.Dradon snapped his fingers: ‘’Well, it seems like teleportation magic is sealed in this dungeon, so if we get outside we should be fine’’. Alexus: ‘’Great, lets carry Bendry together. Carotte you can lean on my shoulder if you want’’. Carotte: ‘’Hehe... thanks I think I’ll be fine for the time being, the potion really energizes. But let’s hope we don’t get into any leftover monster encounters’’. Alexus: ’’As longs as we can use your whisp we should be fine… let’s go’’. The heroes, now existing out of three group members, were travelling out of Azyin Origyni’s lair in to the cold night, carrying the fourth member with them. Outside Carotte released a big sigh: ‘’That place was so dark and depressing’’. Dradon: ‘’Yeah good thing you have light magic, otherwise navigation would be tough’’. Dradon casted his teleporting magic, which was synced to a huge ancient teleportation crystal in the capital city of Ohn. Dradon: ‘’Let’s go home guys... teleportja’’. A large circular portal surrounded them and in a blink of an eye the heroes were gone, leaving the desolated dungeon behind.

Act 2: The queen of odds.

The world of Septhun exists out of one large continent, which contains four major kingdoms. One of them is the kingdom of Ohn, located in the south, which is the largest in size with the highest population count, who rage war against the kingdom of Zeph. The emperor of Zeph, named Kashmghal, is portrayed as a tyrant by the surrounding kingdoms. The kingdom is located in the north west and is known for extensive invasion of territory with their mixture of humans and demi-humans alike, enslaving all that comes onto their path. A kingdom with an opposite reputation is Arc, a neutral area located in the east, which welcome all humans and demi-humans who want to avoid conflict.The fourth kingdom is called Enclave, an immensely powerful country of giants located in the north east, who has a trading bond with Ohn and Arc. Besides their influences, Septhun still has independent neutral villages spread over the world with some located on islands or other isolated areas. Unfortunately, most of them have a difficult time keeping their independency in the current conflicts.

When the group teleported back to the capital city of Ohn, a large fortified city shadowing the adjacent villages, they immediate got aid from the royal guard. Carotte was sent to the infirmary while a proper funeral for Bendry was arranged by Dradon. The next day after their mission report, they were invited by the king for a strategy meeting. Alexus was quite nervous, as she was not sure what to expect and wondered if she got scolded: ‘’Thank you for inviting us, your majesty the king’’. King Gerald: ‘’Stand down heroes, no need for formalities. Again I am delighted that you accomplished the mission with such a success, the specimen will take on a major role in the next mission’’. Alexus was a bit surprised as he didn’t mention Bendry’s death, however did not dare to ask further. However, Dradon did not hesitate: ‘’Excuse us for the failed attempt to save Bendry in the process’’. Gerald glanced at Dradon with his left eyebrow raised: ‘’To be clear the goal was to obtain the specimen, correct? Unexpected casualties are prone to happen on such dangerous missions, be aware that the upcoming battles will be more intense’’. Field marshal Hendrick: ‘’Correct, I would like to explain the upcoming mission. Please look at the map’’. Alexus noticed Dradon looked irritated: *Look around Dradon. The battlefield paintings says it all, we are just puppets*. The field marshal re-ordered some of the battalion pieces: ‘’Majesty are we complete?’’. Gerald pointed his finger to Alexus: ‘’Oh yes before we start. I would like to introduce three new heroes, Tina, Biggs and Art which will support you on your next mission’’. Hendrick knocked on the door: ‘’Guard! Tina, Biggs and Art are summoned, please let them enter immediately’’. The three new heroes stepped through the door opening. Tina and Biggs both had the sage profession. Magic users with healing, offensive and supporting ability’s which could significantly enhance the power of others. Alexus tried to make eye contact with both, but was denied by Biggs: *She seems very serious. He is or arrogant or very shy, hope he can at least communicate clearly… wait isn’t he fro-*. She noticed Art was staring at her: *Ok big guy, don’t creep me out over here*. He winked at her. Alexus didn’t flinch: ‘’A dual wielding sword master huh? Why wield two broad swords, doesn’t it make you slow?’’. Art: ‘’Lets find out together’’. Alexus rolled her eyes: *The guy looks older and acts like a child, great*. Gerald smiled: ‘’Look at that, the new heroes of prophecy are formed! Alexus, you are still in command’’. After Alexus glanced at the three warriors she nodded at him: *Refilling the heroic puppet parade against Zeph are we? how much propaganda can you sell old man?*.

Despite Alexus her uncomfortable feeling of the replacements, she shrugged it off and focused on the map. Field marshal Hendrick asked if they could proceed and after the sign from the king he started to explain the current situation. Hendrick: ‘’As I discussed with my subordinates this morning, we currently think that Kashmaghal is planning to cut us off from Arc and Enclave, based on our scout reports. His army is marching south east and will probably try to block off our trade routes, while simultaneously capturing the tower of Babel. Likely to make sure we cannot trade with both kingdoms while taking the library’’. Alexus: ‘’Why this decision? Doesn’t that provoke the other kingdoms as well? Babel tower is not active in at least five-hundred years. Besides, his army is getting thinned out if he does both’’. Hendrick: ‘’That is correct. However like I said, we think he aims for the library which could potentially be activated earlier than we expected.’’ Dradon: ‘’I don’t understand, how can the library be active?’’ Hendrick: ‘’Even though the library resides in the tower, it is out of sync with overseer chamber’’. Dradon: ‘’So basically you are saying if active, they still can get information on the legendary spell locations but can’t activate the tower itself?’’. Hendrick nodded and replaced the battalion pieces on the map: ‘’In addition his army is growing as we speak, so attacking him won’t be an easy task what’s so ever. Which leads to two options. First, we could sweep around Zeph’s army while they try to take the tower, pincering them from multiple sides and cutting the main army off from the keep. If the other kingdoms will assist us’’. King Gerald: ‘’I rather finish him off for good than dragging this war, besides convincing them to aid in a pre-emptive strike could be problematic on such short notice’’. Hendrick: ‘’Yes, well the other proposal is to attack Zeph’s citadel directly by sailing to the north west. Currently its army is immensely diluted and our navy can transport the main proportion of our men to overtake them’’. Alexus: ‘’Ok, but how are we going to deal with their earth dragon? Will we just storm in with a frontal attack? If we don’t succeed Kashmaghal will have the legendary spell locations and can march right through to our doorstep’’. King Gerald: ‘’Good points, however don’t forger we have twenty-five origyns ready to fight. Especially with the current progression of our infusion program, we are unstoppable. How many does that necromancer have? Three?’’. Hendrick: ‘’Indeed, Kashmaghal has three as far as we know. About your points Alexus, our origyns combined with the program will make us deal with that earth dragon. And the idea was indeed to bust into the citadel directly’’. Alexus: ‘’Sorry I never heard of this infusion program, how powerful is it?’’. Gerald nodded to Hendrick: ‘’Give the short summary’’. Hendrick glanced at all the heroes: ‘’Currently we created enchanting gem stones. Carotte will certainly be using one, it immensely boosts the summoned origyn. Together with channelling magic the summoner can get unreachable mana supply’’. Carotte looked surprised, getting goosebumps all over. Alexus: ‘’That sounds… immense… is it safe and controllable?’’. Hendrick: ‘’We did not use it in a real battle… yet. However, we did intensive testing.Especially the origyn Okya will be a useful tool. It can blast open fortified gates with one shot, however its mana consumption is devastating on the summoner’’. King Gerald: ‘’Good, lets park the small details. Before I choose the second option, I want the general advantages and disadvantages for both plans’’. Hendrick: ’’Attacking the center will cripple the emperor’s army while he won’t be able to use the library, the disadvantage is that this is a logical move so he will anticipate this. The direct confrontation on his keep is unpredictable and the other kingdoms could lay pressure on Babel tower instead. Unfortunately, this is an extremely risky move. Especially as his keep is greatly fortified and we can’t resupply re-enforcements, isolating a large proportion of our army’’. King Gerald looked at Alexus: ‘’Suggestions?’’. Alexus: ‘’Take away the source instead of mitigating the damage’’. Harold laughed: ‘’You sound like your father. I agree the direct attack on the citadel will be the path forward. I am confident we have the upper hand and I don’t want to find out what this necromancer has prepared for us at Babel tower, any final thoughts?’’. Everyone nodded in agreement except for Dradon: ‘’Excuse me, but I haven’t seen any form of the power executed by the enhancing stone. Let alone this so called Okya, is he already in its full power ‘ri Origyni form? And what role do we play in this mission? Which origyn will Carotte summon?’’. Tina the new team member responded: ‘’Biggs and I both have seen its power, yes he is in ‘ri Origyni form and a force to be reckoned with’’. Gerald glanced at his field marshal, assuming he figured out the role of the heroes already.Hendrick nodded: ‘’Great questions. Let’s continue to the second half of this meeting, your role in this direct attack. When the navy fleet is boarding south of the citadel, we will immediately go into action. We are certain Zeph’s scouts will have noticed us days before. Despite this, the main bulk of the army will spearhead towards the citadel and let Okya attack the gate together with another origyn summoning team. Your team will go through the gate together with the frontal army, you will need to push to the throne room to confront Kashmagal. Both sages will enhance Carotte, together with the enchanting gem that will synchronize with Azyin will be en-’’. Alexus interrupted: ‘’Azyin!? What he did to Bendry… this one is different and he isn’t even in full form yet!’’. Gerald: ‘’Exactly what he did to Bendry, he is perfectly suited in close quarter battle. Alexus, keep your emotions detached from a past event, you of all people should know it’s natural they are uncontrollable after release’’. Alexus: ‘’Yes. I won’t mention it again, please continue’’. Hendrick: ‘’Taking down the emperor will not be an easy feat. But when an origyn is enhanced, you heroes should be able to pull it off. Remember the emperor does not know about our trump card’’. Dradon nodded with a smile: ‘’Yes, I like this. I still don’t know how we are going to survive the infiltration on his keep, as I don’t think he will be alone in his throne room after he noticed we are at his gate’’. Hendrick: ‘’Correct, however we sent elite squads upfront to clear the way. As far as we can tell this mission is certainly do-able’’. King Gerald: ‘’This sounds like a realistic but extremely risky move. I agree with Dradon, I like this! Alexus can you pull off your end of the part?’’. Alexus glanced quickly at each team member and stopped at Carotte who nodded positively: ‘’Yes, we can and will succeed’’.Hendrick: ‘’Great, I will inform the commanders. Majesty please join us for a short meeting as we will need to enclose some details about the origyns used, number of troops and moment of departure, etcetera’’. Gerald let out a faint sigh and nodded.

The heroes had a small discussion in the castle’s hallway, right after both new and old members introduced themselves with their name, age and rank. Alexus stretched her shoulders: ‘’That was a quite demanding meeting, glad it’s over’’. Carotte let out a sigh: ‘’Yes, that it was indeed. A new heavy burden rest on our shoulders. Tina and Biggs, because the weather is nice and we still have some time, I would like to practice this channelling skill with you both before we departure’’. Both agreed. Alexus glanced at Art: ‘’Ok so shall we have our sparring session then?’’. Art grinned: ‘’That’s a good idea general, however I won’t hold back. But you can use Dradon to your aid, if you want’’. Alexus responded playfully: ‘’Well I think he would be more useful on your side’’. Both were chippering and laughing to increase their ego over the other at the cost of Dradon. After listening for two minutes, Dradon put his hand in his face and thought for a second that he was teaming up with idiots.

After a successful sparring session, Art heard a familiar voice. Soldier: ‘’Really!? The behemoth slayer is here as well!? What’s up my friend?’’. Art smiled: ‘’Ha! The beast! You know me, always in for action! How are you my man?’’. Soldier: ‘’Doing great as usual, serving under general Ike, great commander’’. Art: ‘’Nice so you joined the elite squad. Yeah I am serving under general Alexus, really beautiful woman with excellent sword fighting skills. She and I ju-’’. He interrupted: ‘’THE queen of odds!? Man, you are crazy. But that means you’re a big shot now huh, being a hero and all’’. Art looked at him but didn’t know how to respond: ‘’Yeah… hehe… a hero of prophecy sounds nice, but what do you mean with the queen of odds?. Her nickname?’’. Soldier: ‘’Yeah bud. People call her that because she’s a daddy’s girl, her father being Nash Vanadis and all. People say he pulled the strings for the higher ups to give his daughter all the perks with promotions.’’. Art: ‘’That’s not uncommon, so they gave her a nickname for being the daughter of a hero?’’. Soldier: ‘’People get jealous all the time man. But the main point is, it is weird she is still in the force. She is known for playing dice with the devil. The high-risk high-reward kinda gal, making daring decisions during the strategists play off tournaments’’. Art frowned: ‘’So? With no risk you can’t win, that doesn’t necessarily make her a bad commander’’. Soldier: ‘’Ok bad example, the thing is… in the force the chance of dying under her command is roughly fifty percent while she escapes it herself’’. Art: ‘’Who is saying this stuff? I never heard of this? And we are soldiers right, we should be happy to die for our country’’. Soldier: ‘’I hear a lot of rumours like this from fellow soldiers. Stories about her getting great recommendations during her training days about combat theory, however her whole team being wiped out after her first mission with only her coming back. It seems that at every subsequentially mission at least one team member died under her command because of her judgments. But the higher ups pretend they don’t see this. Probably because of her dad… and they claim that her mission was successful as she was accomplishing her main tasks’’. Art eyes widened: ‘’I can’t believe this, are you sure this is true? I mean she has one of the toughest jobs being the leader of the heroes of prophecy and she does get the job done. However, having such negative loaded nickname is a bi-’’. He interrupted: ‘’Don’t get me wrong bud, I don’t have any personal hate towards her. But honestly, I’d stick with Ike rather than the queen of odds. As I don’t want to play dice against death with such a disadvantage while she escapes it’’. Art: ‘’I’ll take my chances. I have sparred with her and lost, so I respect her and think she is a genuine woman with a beautiful smile’’. He laughed: ‘’Bud! You just fell in love! Maybe that’s why most of her comrades are all male! They would die for their beloved queen! But honestly, good luck bud. I really want to drink a beer with you after the next big mission’’. Both departed after some small talk. Art: ‘’Queen of odds huh, I’ll beat them together with her!’’.

Act 3: Attack on the citadel

The navy fleet were soon approaching Zeph’s beaches. However not yet visible as the sun shined barely above the misty horizon. The fleet was hundred-sixty strong with the commanding ships surrounded by the rest in a diamond formation. Multiple summoner teams, a variety of siege weapons and thousands of soldiers were ready to storm the capital city. The heroes were behind the frontal ships who acted as the first wave in the upcoming battle.

Alexus started the day full of energy: ‘’Good morning Carot, are you fully prepared? We should be on the coast soon, from there on we will need to go full throttle towards the citadel’’. Carotte: ‘’Good morning Alex, well… yes and no… I have all my equipment ready and I am quite in high spirits, however I do have this feeling we are being watched. I mean, he knows we are here’’. Art just walked on the deck and overheard the conversation: ’’Goodmornin ye all! A fine day eh lads? Let the necromancer walk the plank today eh?’’.Carotte gave a short giggle. Alexus: ‘’Very smooth Art. But please, quit the pirate act’’. Art: ‘’Alrighty mate! Don’t worry Carotte, I promise that I will take his head with both my swords’’. Alexus nodded with a smile: ‘’how about the other two?’’. Art shrugged its shoulders: ‘’I don’t know, but I don’t think so. At least in Dradon’s case he didn’t sleep well these past days’’. Tina joined the group in high spirits as well: ‘’Good mor-‘’. Suddenly a heavy pitched screech was heard from afar. Everybody on deck was confused, some of the men yelled and pointed towards the north. They heard the alarm signal. Alexus: ‘’Was that an animal?’’. After five seconds they felt an immense shockwave coming from a huge explosion, crippling multiple ships to pieces while they burned heavily. Subsequently a large body of water was rising towards their direction. Alexus quickly grabbed Carotte pulling her towards the nearest ropes: ‘’Everybody hang on!’’. Large bodies of water flooded the ships deck. Soon after, the group heard another battle cry. A small shock of surprise went through Alexus her spine when she observed the enormous entity in front of her.

The origyn was as big as five stories while being airborne above the water. It had a shape of a dragon with four wings and floated with a vertical posture with a dark brown colour pattern on its scales. Common folk would describe it as a demon, as it had red glowing eyes and monstrous fangs.

White visible energy started to flow towards its mouth. After it charged, a strong force pushed Alexus away. She saw a huge intensified spiralling beam directed at something in the horizon. A second after the blast connected, which sounded like a heavy explosion combined with uprising waves, a painful pitched screech was heard. Alexus: ‘’Isn’t that the earth dragon?’’. Carotte: ‘’Probably… and they used Okya to repel it, such power’’.

The earth dragon had fled and the navy prepared for the skirmish ahead. As the first wave would reach the coast in less than an hour, all team members were preparing their horses and equipment for departure. Carotte: ‘’Alexus, do you think the emperor will welcome us with his navy fleet as well?’’ Alexus: ‘’Good question, but we are prepared for such an attack, despite that we don’t have reliable intel on his army size’’.

However, no navy ship from Zeph was observed. After half an hour, the front line reached the coast. As time was essential, the first hundred ships swiftly unloaded their troops. This first wave reached the capital city by marching as a single massive unit through most of the flat lands. The enormous city was surrounded by towering stone walls and defended by multiple battalions of infantry, cavalry and archers. The city stood before a large mountain while above the keep a floating island could be observed, which contained a small castle. However, the frontal army did bring relatively small mobile battering rams and long ranged trebuchets to aid infiltrating the city.

Alexus heard the battle in the distance: ‘’We’re almost there! just over the hill!’’. When she reached the top, the battlefield was clearly as no cloud stood in between. Alexus: *What a slaughter fest... that humongous gate has been fully breached. Are they already at the keep?‘’. She was a bit nauseous as the smell of fresh blood was overwhelming. Alexus: ‘’Make haste!’’. Carotte and Dradon were a bit hesitant due to the immense screams which were heard from the burning city. Carotte: ‘’So many dead humans and demi-humans… I wonder how many origyns the king departed for this mission?’’. Tina: ‘’Including you, twenty’’. Art: ‘’Heh, he doesn’t know what hit him’’. The team rushed past the main gate, ignoring the infrequent close quarter fights near the main road. They went straight into the towns square which was already captured. Alexus: ‘’Soldier what’s the status report?’’. The soldier saluted Alexus: ‘’General, the Zeph army retreated earlier than expected which led to a swift siege battle, currently our frontal army is to the north near the castle’’. Alexus: ‘’Well done soldier, stay alive! Everyone let’s stay on the main road and don’t stop till we re-join the elite squad at the keep!’’.

The team re-joined the frontal army which were stuck at the multi-parted gated bridge, connecting to the ground castle. The battle consisted mainly fighting with long ranged weapons shooting over the moat.

Alexus saluted the field marshal: ‘’Greetings marshal Hendrick, how is the current situation unfolding?’’. Hendrick saluted back: ‘’Alexus! Great that you have finally arrived! Smooth thus far, we need to wait for the mana recharge of the Okya summoner to breach the final gate’’. Alexus: ‘’He over extended?’’. Hendrick: ‘’Yes, that thing already fired three shots today. We plan to summon Ruya to cross the water, that massive water lizard can transport twenty men at a fast pace’’. Alexus: ‘’Interesting, when will we border it?’’ Hendrick: ‘’Good question. I think you should depart after the first and second squads, so roughly sixty men, let them clear the path for you’’. She nodded: ‘’Sounds like a plan. I’ll go talk to Ike then’’. Alexus quickly informed her team to wait for her in a safe zone. Ike saluted very casually by waving his hand: ‘’Greetings queen of odds! Are you ready for the final battle?’’. Alexus: ‘’Ike, please, not now’’. Ike smiled: ‘’Sorry, I did not mean it in the negative way’’.Alexus rolled her eyes and after a quick status update she questioned: “I wonder if Kashmagal dwells in this keep or in that floating castle?’’. Ike: ‘’I am not sure myself, you would think necromancers reside underground. But my guess would be high in the sky at this point, as he has the option to flee with his damned dragon and keep his supernatural entity delusion’’. Alexus was bit troubled: *He has a point. But there is barley any resistance… he should have fled by now’’. Alexus: ‘’Honestly, do you think the emperor planned a trap? Attacking the capital or ambushing us with an enormous army? Or maybe dropping the island on the city? Or raising the de-’’. Ike laughed heavily out loud: ‘’You think too much! That’s sometimes your flaw Alexus! Where is that fearless risk taker we know?’’. In a more serious tone: ‘’We prepared for many events... time will tell if we overlooked the situation. And don’t forget, Zephs army is at Babel tower. Unless he has a mass infantry teleporting crystal, we won’t be dealing with that’’. Alexus: ‘’Ugh I hope you’re right, lets quickly go over the infiltration of the keep’’.

She informed her team right after the discussion. The assault proceeded as Okya was re-summoned to blast the gate open. Subsequently Ike’s squad was transported, beneath the flurry of arrow exchanges. His team immediately went into combat, swiftly taking care of their enemies and making room for their allies. The heroes also boarded the giant lizard and followed through.

While Ike was piercing his sword through a remaining enemy: ‘’Alexus! The first group advanced through the main hall and up the stairs which probably ends into the throne room’’. Alexus: ‘’ Thanks! Everyone, now it is our turn!’’. Ultimately, the team swiftly ended up in a large underlit great hall with a big door at the end. Carotte her hands were shaking and whispered in disbelieve: ‘’What… happened here?’’. Alexus gripped her sword tightly: *Calm yourself, let’s not end up like them*. Unlike the rest, Tina looked composed: ‘’I detect a strong presence in this room, which probably slaughtered all these men. I suggest waiting on the second team and leave this room immediately’’. Dradon: ‘’ I… totally agree let’s move out’’. Dradon turned around and noticed that the door they just went through, disappeared. Dradon gulped: ‘’Guys... we...’’. As the room was silent they noticed a gobbling sound. Art took out his giant swords: ‘’Something is at ten o’clock, keep your guard up everyone. General... suggestions?’’. Alexus grabbed her sword and walked in front of the team: ’’Ok, Carotte cast wishpja. Dradon use fire wall on both flanks, Tina and Biggs dual cast enhance protectja on us. Art protect the spellcasters’’. A bright light emitted from Carotte her whisp, lightening up most of the room. Art his eyes instantly focussed on the figure in front of him: ‘’Carful, that’s a ghoul. A nasty disease spreading undead specialized in close combat. Unfortunately its quite fast,but weak to fire’’. As the ghoul had a squatting position while feasting, it screeched in a high pitch after observing the bright light and ran to the darkest corner of the room. Alexus smiled in relief: ‘’Lets burn it to the ground. Dradon show me what you’ve got’’. Dradon started casting fire missile magic: ‘’Burning down Zeph’s filth is my second name, Firestrija!’’. However, he felt something warm and sticky around his body, quickly obstructing his limbs and covering his face: ‘’What in th-’’. Carotte turned around: ‘’W-where is Dradon!?’’. Alexus scanned the area:*What!? Ok… quickly check if the rest is here’*. Before Alexus could speak, Tina looked up: ‘’We have a large white salamander on the ceiling trying to engulf Dradon. Biggs and I will take care of it. Alexus free him when you see an opportunity’’. Art was still concentrating on the ghoul during all the commotion, which was silently looking back. Biggs enhanced Tina her ice magic which snap froze it for a moment. The salamander tried to engulf him before it couldn’t but Alexus sliced its tongue off.

Carotte stretched her staff: ‘’Art!’’. A tongue rushed passed her aimed at his limbs. Before he could react properly, his right arm got surrounded. He tried to free himself but something else bumped in to him, causing immense pain in his side. The ghoul tried to bite in his neck after a piercing attack with its claws. Carotte used an instant healing spell, draining a lot of mana: ’’Regenversja!’’. The spell allowed to restore Arts condition to roughly five seconds ago.

After rescuing Dradon, adrenaline rushed through Alexus veins and muscles: *Faster!*. With heightened senses she shield bashed the ghoul. However, the tongue pulled with immense power on Art’s right arm dragging him towards to its source. Alexus stabbed the ghoul through its head and made a sprint to intercept the salamander. She gained enhanced speed through Carotte’s spell. She short hopped in the air and slide towards the tongue, swiftly cutting through it. Unsuspectedly the ghoul was still alive and rushed towards Carotte. Alexus: ‘’Watch out!’’. With all her might she sprinted towards Carotte: *No, please not again!*. Carotte kept distance by swinging her staff. The ghoul was clawing and biting like a mad dog but its head got bashed in by Alexus.

Tina tried to finish the white salamander with a spell, but it fell from the ceiling like a cat. Subsequently it gave a strong tail whip, launching her across the room. Biggs was helping Dradonand couldn’t aid her. Alexus pushed her limits and confronted the beast. Carotte panicked: ‘’S-Shall we summon Azyin!?’’. Alexus: ‘’NO! save it for the emperor! we are almost there, hang on!’’. Suddenly the salamansters stopped and everyone heard a dominant voice: *I overheard your little quarrel humans, what is this origyn that you speak off?*. Alexus: ‘’K-Kashmagal? Yes… we are here to stop you once and for all!’’. The voice replied with a laughter: *Silly girl this does not answer my question. Uni, Multi, Toti leave the area and let these intruders come through to have a little face to face conversation*.

Alexus saw both salamanders leaving into the darkness. However she was cautious about the calling for three names, as she did not see a third enemy aside from the dead ghoul. A giant door opened at the other end of the room, resulting in light shining through. Carotte healed her colleagues for the upcoming confrontation. Even though everyone was still alive, drained of energy and mana, Alexus tried to encourage them: ‘’Let’s face Kashmagal and end this’’. They walked towards the light stepping into the throne room. The heavy doors closing behind them resulted in a strong echo. The heroes were confronted by the demonic necromancer who slaughtered many innocent civilians, terrorizing Septhun.


New cover art for Origyn Dicing with Demons

My style has changed in these last few months, from drawing with a large tip towards drawing with a small tip. The difference is immense, as the small tip suits my hand better as I tend draw sketchy with high control. I still do like the original cover as it represents the story a bit better, but do tends to get appearing to crowded. The new cover still represents the story, but misses 2 plot inducing characters and the doodling kingdom in the background. However as the book is an action based graphic novel the new cover suits it perfectly. (left old, right new)


Why drawing helps you overcome failure

Do you remember when you still had fun drawing, creating something you wanted to share with friends or family, but started to dislike it soon after as you recognize the many flaws in your work... leading to frustration and ultimately leaving you with a sense of failing at art? Well... artist always deal with this.... even the best of the best.. it's actually called progression. The thing is, one's skill level and one's perceiving level are seldom in synch, what do I mean with this?

Well lets say you draw a cute puppy, and it looks nice... it has four legs, two ears and eyes and a tail with a happy mouth, everyone can see it's a cute puppy, however the proportions are a bit weird and you start to wonder ''Hmm, I need to focus on the proportions for my next drawing''. In the next three puppy's you improved the proportions to a decent level while still keeping the main fundamentals of a dog, however you start to notice, the mouth is quite simple... the eyes are childish... it has zero shadow... Ok you start to improve all those aspects, now when you focus on that, you start to notice again, the proportions are off and the circle of internal conflict and troubleshooting starts again. In general sense you DO improve after each puppy you draw, especially if you focus on certain aspects, but when you get more experienced in drawing you start to notice similar issues which you worked on, which feels frustrating as you should have fixed it already.

This de-synch in own drawing competence and perceiving can be devastating to most drawing hobbyist as it feels as if you are going in a downwards spiral, however it helps you to cope with and even overcome failure which you can apply on other things as well. So I draw for a while now, always getting the impression... I still need to learn everything even though I improved so much... despite feeling like crap many times. Now I embrace this process and don't feel crap anymore, I know I am crap but I don't ''care'' I only know I can and will improve.

Drawing can be a difficult feat as you are immediately confronted with your skills while every stroke is recorded on paper, however it can be fun if you check your recordings over time and see the progress you made. Cloud I drew in left on 21FEB19 and 11MAY19 right, through developing my art style, drawing every day.

I use this same methodology for tennis. I started 1 year ago, first time tennis ever, I couldn't hit ball and if i hit it... it flew out the tennis court over the fence in the water. But I didn't care and kept having fun as it was the exact same experience as for drawing because with each hour I played i Improved, now I still suck at it, but get compliments on my improvement. I know all the stroke do participate in the club league and am planning to join a tournament, things i wouldn't even dream about 1 year ago, just because the rapid improvement by embracing failures with keeping the ''I know I improve even though it looks like crap'' in thought. This also led me to use youtube videos for tennis, besides joining this regular tennis training group - teaches all around the world are on the internet sharing tips, giving light to different techniques which can be really valuable for such a low amount of time spent. For example, I focused on my racket swinging technique because my teacher highlighted it on youtube I learned technique doesn't Mather if you don't hit the ball at the right time... honestly I learned so much from focusing on the timing, it drastically improved my tennis.

So want to improve in art? I do have some tips which could definitely help you direct or indirectly and more importantly, you can help others in the comments or receive tips from you peers as well.


How, when and why did I start this book?

Originally the book Origyn should have been a video game, called the heroes of prophecy programmed with RPG maker in 2017. I wrote the outline of the story, created character concepts, was busy with sprites, mechanics and made a world map. I had so much fun with this project, I even was planning to make my own music (while I don’t have specific skills in this). However, the whole concept was quite overwhelming. Because of this, my brother suggested to put it down as there were many things I should consider, such as boss mechanics, damage ratio’s, event scripts, beta testers (for glitches and bugs), publishing, etc.

Development pictures: an origyn test team / when they changed in to their enhanced form

I agree with the final fantasy developer Hironobu Sakaguchi: ''I don't think I have what it takes to make a good action game. I think I'm better at telling a story.''

So, I dropped the idea… In 2018 I thought, why not give a try at writing a book… I mean.. the rough story outline was already known. So I began, writing a detailed chapter and act description, important plot points, character flaws as well as development. Interestingly the book has changed quite a bit - for the better -. Initially, I wanted to have 1 protagonist, now I have two. The second one was officially a side character invented to act as a catalyst but grew on me while writing, as the person gives a different perspective. If you plan to read the draft (which I will upload soon), the one you think I am talking about won’t be obvious.