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Defenders by silvestris Defenders by silvestris
The main cast of my latest storyverse, MORIBUND. :3

John Smith was a professional hitman rather looking forward to retirement, and is quite peeved the zombie apocalypse got in the way. He's very vain, very gay and a very, very good sniper, in that general order.

Jessica Thomas was always easily bored and frustrated with life back when the world hadn't ended. Granted, the post-apocalypse may not be a dream come true, but at least you can kick undead butt and make shameless moves on distinguished retired hitmen to feel better about things.

Emilio Moretti had always expected to follow in his father's footsteps with the Family Business, but perhaps not starting by avenging his murder in the middle of a raging zombie apocalypse. And the undead subsequently eating his remaining mafia frankly did nothing to improve matters.

Thrown together by fate, these three intrepid heroes now find themselves reluctant defenders of the sad vestiges of mankind.
... We're all doomed. :D
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HurricaneIslandheart Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
I had to come back and comment on this pic again to tell you I saw a dude who looks JUST like John in the supermarket today. :XD: He even had the long coat and stuff. The guy I saw wasn't quite as gray as John is, but that was really the only difference. :XD: I almost lol'd, but I didn't want to be the weird person in the grocery line loling at random distinguished-looking older guys. ^^;
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silvestris Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
Hahaha, that's awesome!! :D (you should've brought a camera. >.>)
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HurricaneIslandheart Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
Right? All the more reason I need an iPhone... >.>
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Lawenta Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my... Those armbands must be a part of Jessica's strategy... though what does she want to achieve with them is uncertain. Either way, never before was cuteness so kickass. :XD: I guess it must be difficult to remain distinguished (John) or cool (Emilio) in her company. :XD:
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silvestris Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012
XD Being awesome, of course, what else..?
But yes, she does have a tendency to leave her bitches sniper friends a bit bewildered at times. Often. All the time. XD
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Lawenta Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh yes, she's awesome. In her own very original way. :XD:
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silvestris Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012
Indeed. XD Emilio can sort of handle her, even though he thinks she's weird and somewhat and intimidating. John is just completely mystified, however. His experience with teenage girls has hitherto been extremely limited, but he has some vague notion it's supposed to involve twirling across flowery fields donned in white dresses and liking ponies. Jessica doesn't do ponies. Or dresses.
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Lawenta Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
...and I can imagine (safe) flowery fields are limited amidst zombie apocalypse so this last notion can't be put to test. :XD:
It seems, though, that she does do retired hitmen :P
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silvestris Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012
If Jessica wanted a flowery field to twirl across, I'm sure she'd find herself one!
Indeed, indeed she does... XD
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Lawenta Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:XD:
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Tom-MarvoloRiddle Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Amazing drawing and awesome backstory :)
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silvestris Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
Thank you! I'm glad you like it. :)
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HurricaneIslandheart Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
I keep coming back to this to leave a comment, then I realize I don't know what to say...just that it's awesome, and the characters are awesome, and I totally love the textures and faded graffiti look of the background contrasting with the sharp, bold colors of the characters. :love: And I totally dig Jessica's outfit. :meow:
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silvestris Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
Ah, thank you so much! :D
I'm glad you noted the graffiti in the background; it ended up a lot more subtle than I first intended in the final version.
I had so much fun with Jessica's outfit, and her character design in general. Well, all their character designs, really, but hers is the most extreme. X3
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FoxHomo Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love Emilio~!! :drool: god, he's a sexy beast... They all have very nice backgrounds, and their designs are just epicly awesome! I'm really looking forward to this story, is it in comic or written style? :)
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silvestris Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
Don't let him hear you say that, he's already a bit too certain he's God's gift to womankind. XD

Ahahah. Neither, as of yet. I'm notoriously bad at actually writing my stories down. =p
I'll see if I can make some sort of effort for this one, but it's still in the planning stages where all I do is draw and doodle a lot. X3
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FoxHomo Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'd be glad to confirm his belief :icondesiremeplz: haha!

I hate when that happens, it suck when you have a good idea but can't express it. XD
I think it's a good idea to draw before writing, it helps to get a visual of the character in different situations. :dummy:
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ClockworkAntigone Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
I love how their designs contrast. And those are some cool pants Jessica is wearing.
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silvestris Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
Thank you! This storyverse started with a vivid dream I had, so I just hurried to scribble down the characters while I could still remember their designs. Sometimes my brain deserves cookies. :D
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ClockworkAntigone Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
Vivid dreams are awesome when they give story ideas. And yes indeed, many cookies.
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silvestris Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
It's my favorite kind of story inspiration. It feels so raw you know, like something hailing entirely from your deepest soooooul or something. :D
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ClockworkAntigone Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
Exactly! I have found the more I write/draw the more organized my dreams are, and the more they make good stories.
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Sunjinjo Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
...I really want to see more of these guys. Post-Apocalypse alone is enough to get my attention, but a vain, gay sniper? 8D Yes please. And Jessica´s design just kicks so much ass... Not to get started about Emilio :D
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silvestris Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
Mmmm, vain gay sniper~~ :heart: John is definitely my favourite in this gang, and the way they all interact always has me giggling to myself. XD

I'll definitely post more with these characters up ahead, so check back once in a while for new stuff. :D:D
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JessicaBlack Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I kind of fell in love with Emilio *____*
The story sounds really interesting, btw :D
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silvestris Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
Ah, thank you! He's a crankyface, but I like him. XD

And thank you again! I'm hoping to do more for it if only time allows. I've wanted a post-apocalyptic universe for ages, so I'm still playing around like a happy kid at Christmas with it. XD
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JessicaBlack Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, I will definitely read it if you ever put it up somewhere :la:
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silvestris Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
Expect art rather than writing, at least at this stage. :XD: But who knows, maybe this is the storyverse where I actually get off my lazy arse and get some serious writing done? Miracles never ceasing and so on...
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JessicaBlack Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha, I don't mind if it's art instead of writing :D I'll read it in any form!
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silvestris Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
:love:
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JessicaBlack Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hehe :la:
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kingmancheng Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Great piece but you've moved away from AC? Say it isn't so? :lol:
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silvestris Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
Yup, them's the breaks, alas. I just fell out of love with AC after Revelations. :/
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kingmancheng Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Professional Filmographer
;_;

I don't want to buy Revelations anymore now...

You suck at marketing. :heart:
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silvestris Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
Hahaha! XD
Well, Revelations was a pretty game, graphics-wise, I'll give it that. But the story frankly sucked, the few named characters failed to engage and big parts of the gameplay simply sucked.
So yeah. I was hoping for a boost but got a disappointment. Hopefully the next game will redeem the series for me. u.u
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kingmancheng Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I think the story just gradually sucked over time because they tried to drag Ezio's story along too much. Quite frankly I was already looking forward to the third game after Brotherhood but Ubisoft just had to make another Ezio fest. =P

Just cheap cash in if you ask me.
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silvestris Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
I don't mind Ezio, and I actually thought it a nice move to get to play a more mature character for once (I never could stand Ezio back in his prettyboy days, he was at his best in Brotherhood). But the lack of story and how they chose to "develop" the character... No. It was just badly handled all around.

So yes, hopefully next game will be better and a worthy end to the Desmond saga. u.u
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kingmancheng Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Professional Filmographer
It's not Ezio himself, it's the fact that they feel they need to stretch him over 3 games but personally I looked forward to their initial vision which was to take you all over the world in different periods of time.

After the first game I couldn't wait for one potentially in the far east but obviously the 'Ezio period' is a massive cash cow to them. =P

Having not played Revelations I agree with you that he was better in Brotherhood.

:nod: I agree, even though I'm not sure about Revelations anymore. ;o;
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DeeNuke Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Now, look who back! :) Interesting characters. :nod:
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silvestris Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
Haha, yes, lived under a rock for a while. XD

thank you! :heart:
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DeeNuke Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome back. :nod:
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silvestris Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
Thank you. :love:
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