This is pretty much the same Aspar I drew the last time someone requested him, but whatevs, it looked nice the first time, it looks nice now.
Im so taken with your style of art
darkanachronism whispered: I've heard you grumbling about it a few times, what happened to Drakath in AQW? My computer can't handle MMO's, but I really wanna know what they did.
I could go off on this for a loooong time but I think it’s better if I condense it since you haven’t gotten into the game.
Basically, they set him up as a very bland main antagonist. If it weren’t for the quests that tell his history really briefly, you could replace him with generic male NPC #4 and you wouldn’t see much of a difference. Worst yet was the cutscenes that explain how he became the champion in the first place gutted his character (though AQW does that with most of its characters but you can argue that it’s because of the way the platform of the game is set up). DF Drakath served under someone but it was always for his own ambitions. In AQW, everything’s to free the Mother of Monsters and, maybe it’s because of chaos mind scrambling, but he even admits that he’s been a puppet the whole time and he’s okay with that ;/ He’s still full of himself but it’s still not, i don’t know how to say it, uh unique to his character much? I think? I just get that feeling.
There’s some more stuff that happened with Robina and the whole Valen/Lynaria/Alteon love triangle was also bleugh, in that we’ve seen in already with Xan/Jaania/Warlic that made me cringe almost as much but that’s what happened in a nutshell.
They pretty much unwrote his character…
They even changed the way he was arrogant. In DF Drakath put on a front likely because he was terrified and self doubting. He’s lost his place in life and he’s desperately trying to regain stability and he screws up nearly everything, to the point that it kind of surprises him when he doesn’t fail, and he really hates being weak, because being weak means he’s unsafe and powerless. The completely take away any weakness of moments of being unsure and make him 100% confident and in control all the time, because he’s super cool and powerful with no weaknesses.
He also hates to be told he’s not in control. Even when he was serving Sepulchure he called himself an Ally, not an underling, and he had to bite his tongue when Seppy contradicted him. Even if he was Seppy’s Doormat, he would never willingly admit that he served under anyone else.
Also AQW Drakath is really really chill about being betrayed most of the time, he flipped out on Escherion,mainly because Escherion directly challenged him, but he was pretty much just amused by the others. DF Drakath lost everything he ever knew because one of his knights rebelled, there is no way he’d tolerate betrayal.
Also the Robina thing, He sees a pretty girl that fights pretty well and thinks, yup I’m going to let her live and marry that, because she is definitely Queen material. Time to rewrite my life plans because of dat ass. Robina just goes, oh Drakath you’re so strong and Handsome, clearly you are actually a good guy.
They also leave out the part where his selfishness is what foils him in the end and that id he had been an upstanding guy he would have gained everything he strived for.
Personally I like how the Warlic/Jaania/Xan love triangle was handled, because it pretty much led to misery for all parties and Jaania becoming the big bad and going on a genocidal rampage because she was fed up with theses assholes. Also Warlic realized that he was being a shithead and grew up. The Valen/Lynaria/Alteon bullshit was just suddenly tossed in, unsupported and unnecessary, and all it did was make Sepulchure a weaker character. Also Lynaria was fridged after cheating on her husband, so she got wrecked too.
Imagine Hero calmly giving their dragon tummy wubs after a long day of fighting monsters.