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27 Sep 2010

Character Design - Series Influence Map & Synopsis

I created this Influence Map to showcase what exactly is running through my head with my current Character Design.

Top Left:
This image showcases that I want war and confrontation in my series. A conflict that is consistent throughout, which means that along with a single story each week, there is also an underlying conflict happening on there borders.

Top Middle:
A young boy with a sword. In many Arthurian stories and Fantasy stories the main character is a young man, that is disregarded as some form of peasant.

Below Top Middle:
A fantasy forest. This image showcases the surroundings and kind of environments in my world. Based in the modern world but with a fantasy twist.

Top Right:
A mystical landscape with castles that peak through the clouds. This image showcases the surroundings and kind of environments in my world. Based in the modern world but with a fantasy twist.

Middle Left:
A young man being knighted for his bravery and courage. Many main characters either receive this title early or strive for it.

Below Middle Left:
Dragons are common myths in Arthurian legend, but in fantasy they are more a kin to commonplace. In the series, Dragons used to be commonplace until hunted to extinction, except for a select view.

Middle Right:
This image symbolises the fantasy aspect. With a horde of evil 'monsters' in the background and a scantly clad woman leading the attack, it shows a threat to an empire and a traitor leading it. Why scantly clad? It would seem that all fantasy needs to have a female character wearing next to nothing to draw in the teenagers. You can thank the Japanese for that...

Bottom Left:
The most iconic image of the Arthurian era. The sword in the stone is a story that everyone knows or is at least aware of. It may not be key to the series but something similar has to be used to ground the audience into the world.

Bottom Middle:
A robed man uses magic. Magic is always related to the Arthurian Legend, but with a fantasy twist, the amount and power of the magic must be amplified. The variety of the magic must also be greater to include all the different elements that are so common in fantasy.

Bottom Right:
A knight in all his fantasy gear. His armour is similar to that of the medieval era yet has a very distinct look of fantasy. In almost all Arthurian and fantasy tale there is a dark knight. It is essential to include the dark knight in the series.

Synopsis:
It is the turn of the 8th Century. The citizens of Camelot have lived in peace before any could remember, all thanks to the diligent work and protection of the Drakon. The Drakon where a select group of young men and women who had learnt the ancient secret of taming the roaming, elusive dragons of England. Dragons are becoming fewer and fewer by the year due to a mysterious disease spreading though out there numbers. On the eve of The Joining, a ritual for new Drakon apprentices, a small but fearsome group of the Darg infiltrate the prosperous, thought impenetrable city of Camelot. The Darg are a savage race of humans, twisted in mind and body due to the vast amount of magic lying on the English borders, they seek only to feed on the flesh of what they consider abominations. Garz, a young man seeking to join the ranks of the Drakon, must hold up arms against the attacking force as his companions flee in terror...

Join Garz, the fearless Drakon Knight, and his companion, Vorrtai, as they journey to the edge of there great land and beyond in the search to find the missing oracle of Camelot, Moriasam, while there home is under constant siege from the evil Darg forces. But what has befallen the once loved Moriasam at the very edge of there world? And who is causing the continued assault across all of England?

Find out every Saturday at 10am!
(1985)

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