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GMPG #01 - The Chessmaster by gPsBassist
GMPG #01 - The Chessmaster
Before you ask, GMPG stands for Glenmetropolis Guidelight. It'll make sense sooner than later (hopefully). But basically, I'll redesign/reimagine/restructure characters that were meant to be in the story that I'm not proud of, or that need to be fleshed out (or flushed out, depending). You'll find complete stats and backstories for the redesigned characters.

I give you the re-imagined Chessmaster. At least, his bust. I'm proud of the costume design, as I've never drawn an overcoat like this. Look at those shoulders! (I'm proud).

The man known as The Chessmaster comes with more questions than he does answers. Indeed, people estimate his age between mid-thirdies to a ludicrous over four hundred years. Traces of his lineage are slim, confused and outright inconclusive. Speculation places his birthplace in Europe, somewhere in or around Ireland. This is the only piece of information that isn't openly debated, as the man's accent does hint towards him being of Irish decent. But besides these bits of information, the Chessmaster succeeds at keeping his past in the shadows.

What is known, however, is that he immigrated to Glenmetropolis in 1977 under the name Duncan Irving II, and has assumed multiple false identities since. He began his life in crime the same year, slowly building up over the years from petty thievery to extortion, murder for hire and terrorism. Through his violent criminal uprising, The Chessmaster made many connections, ultimately becoming the most notorious, feared and sought after criminal in the history of the city. He controls most of Glenmetropolis' underworld, his only real competition coming from A. S. Phyxia. His feud with Phyxia's forces led to the war for power consuming Glenmetropolis to this day.

Chessmaster chose his moniker due to his love for chess, which is reflected in his use of magic. Indeed, he is known for summoning weapons and minions based on chess game pieces (Pawns, Knights, etc.). It also explains the pawn marking on his forehead.

Ever since the Guidelight incident, The Chessmaster seems to have turned his focus on ParaGON, looking for God-knows-what. But the mage's powers seem to have grown. If he gets his hands on the Guidelight, and whatever he's looking for at ParaGON, it could spell disaster for Glenmetropolis... and perhaps, even beyond.

In terms of personality, The Chessmaster is probably one of the most educated criminals out there. Polite, eloquent, he has a knack for swaying people's logic, even people who don't agree with his methods or actions. He has crossed the Moral Event Horizon eons ago (maybe even literal eons ago, who knows). He is, in short, an educated sociopath. He feels little empathy for others, if any, and for him, the ends justify the means. Every. Single. Time. Wether it's (at least, seemingly) needlessly destroying a bank and killing everyone inside, stealing mystical artifacts, or just plain creating ruckus, he isn't phased. He's an egomaniac, but not a narcissist (i.e. he doesn't live in a mansion with paintings and sculptures of him everywhere, but everything he does revolves around his personal gain, and his only). His calm demeanour and politeness makes him even more ominous than an off-the-wall psychopath... The Chessmaster is one unnerving, spine-chilling person indeed...

One notable tidbit about The Chessmaster is his love for personification and tirades. For example, speaking of his sword, he could say "This is Yvan. Yvan has had a troubled past - no father, an abusive, alcoholic mother, Yvan carried the weight of the world as a child. But as Yvan grew up, he became useful, sharp, and very cut-throat. He dabbled in a life of crime... My life, as luck would have it. During our time together, Yvan and I met some wonderful people, though where I was cold, Yvan was emotional, ready to plunge into any heart he deemed fit... So better not give me a reason to introduce you to Yvan personally - wouldn't want him to take a liking to you..."

...So yeah, even more creepy.

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Name: The Chessmaster
Real Name: Unknown
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 171 lbs.
Age: Unknown, looks in his mid-to-late thirties
Hair: Copper
Eyes: Luminescent Blue without irides.
Occupation: Criminal
Lives In: Glenmetropolis, Québec, Canada
Nationality: Unknown
Birthplace: Unknown, probably Ireland
Alignment: The Unforgiving
Family: Unknown 
Marital Status: Single
Combat Archetype: Magic (Summoner)
Source Of Power: Unknown, probably some roots in mysticism.
Signature Style: Use of chess-inspired weapons, summoning of chess-inspired minions.
Weapon(s): While he doesn't own weapons per se, he favours summoning a magical broadsword in combat, nicknamed Yvan.
Motivation For Seeking The Guidelight: Unknown, probably a search for power.
Quote: "What I attempt to do is as frivolous as any human endeavour... the only difference is the outcome."
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Artistic Strategic Retreat

Sun Oct 19, 2014, 7:11 PM
 



Hey guys!


So. I was thinking about my Glenmetropolis story... I'm not satisfied. With what? Basically, everything besides the general idea. The characters, some of the concepts, names, the current storyline... I need to take a moment and reinvent everything. So this means I may not be posting as actively (well, prior to university, that is) as I used to. I need to flesh out a lot of my ideas, make them more... focused, I guess? I'm still not sure what will come out of this, but it's definitely for the better.


 
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Die Modenmacher - Redesign by gPsBassist
Die Modenmacher - Redesign
Hey guys. I'm finally done with my big mid-terms (some of which I feel I might not have great grades on). I decided to reward myself with a long-winded and well-deserved redesign, of one of my least known (and used) characters, Die Modenmacher (The Fashion-Maker).

She's meant to be A. S. Phyxia's business rival, and both of them loathe one another. Since they're also both criminals, and both of them have powers (Die Modenmacher can channel psionic energy through her ring), their rivalry is extensive. 

Obviously, she's older than A. S. Phyxia. She's in her early sixties, real age unknown. She may look like just a granny with out-of-price clothes, but don't let looks fool you - she's dangerous. How so? Well, for one, she abducts people and experiments on them to see the effects of psionic weaponry. Her goal isn't clear, but money seems to be her motivation. She sides with the Chessmaster in Glenmetropolis' power struggles, and despite her casting being completely opposite to that of people the Chessmaster usually associates with, she's proven a trustworthy ally to his cause. 

Die Modenmacher is based on a series of people, most notably Iris Apfel. Also, one of my past boss' wife. But you don't know her.

Die Modenmacher, all aforementioned characters, drawing © :icongpsbassist:
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GlenverseTCG - The Raven by gPsBassist
GlenverseTCG - The Raven
Yes, even through the midst of the devastation that is mid-semester exams, I managed to put this together after seeing the amazing drawing done by Yoshphillie83

This is The Raven, xdante619's powerful necromancer. I wanted to have a few more options in terms of Leader cards for the prototype deck and The Raven seemed like the perfect candidate. His effects make him a great (but not over-powered) Leader in my opinion, a force to be reckoned with for making cool strategies.

The Raven © :iconxdante619:
Card art © :iconyoshphillie83:
Card, GlenverseTCG © :icongpsbassist:
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Man, that is one HIGH horse!

Sat Oct 11, 2014, 8:22 AM
 



Get down from there, dude! Unless, you know, you can't take it when people have a civilized and educated argument, perhaps? Either way, here's a little bit of advice for you nice people: Blocking someone on dA does not mean you won the argument. It just means you can dish it, but can't take it when someone has different points of views.


That's, you know... part of life. People have different points of view and yours isn't always the valid one. The faster you learn that, the happier you'll be.



 
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Artistic Strategic Retreat

Sun Oct 19, 2014, 7:11 PM
 



Hey guys!


So. I was thinking about my Glenmetropolis story... I'm not satisfied. With what? Basically, everything besides the general idea. The characters, some of the concepts, names, the current storyline... I need to take a moment and reinvent everything. So this means I may not be posting as actively (well, prior to university, that is) as I used to. I need to flesh out a lot of my ideas, make them more... focused, I guess? I'm still not sure what will come out of this, but it's definitely for the better.


 
  • Mood: Content
  • Listening to: Fleetwood Mac - Landslide

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leairon Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
good stufff
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gPsBassist Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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leairon Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
np keep it up
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Kostmeyer Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014
Thanks for the :+fav: for Steel Wolf and Centauri by Kostmeyer - much appreciated!
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You're welcome!
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