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.
Name: The Chessmaster
Real Name: Unknown
Weight: 171 lbs.
Age: Unknown, looks in his mid-to-late thirties
Eyes: Luminescent Blue without irides.
Lives In: Glenmetropolis, Québec, Canada
Birthplace: Unknown, probably Ireland
Alignment: The Unforgiving
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."
The Chessmaster, all aforementioned characters ©