Blizzard recently announced a contest calling for original Heroes for the Diablo universe. I'm pretty excited about this contest, 'cause I know there are plenty of creative minds out there just itching to contribute. Full details can be found here.
I've got a couple ideas of my own, but can't pin down exactly what to do. I have a selection of three rough drafts here. I have my own inclinations, but wanted to get some input first.
Hopefully we can get other members of the forums involved in this contest. I'd love to see what you people can come up with.
The first image I've got here is a spin on the old wished-for Hero Class, the Demon, but with a bit of a spin to it. The Heroe's story is pretty much this: Part of a small cabal of bored, young and affluential dabblers in magic, this tragic young figure delved much too deep into the lore and magics of Vizjerei summoning. Now, inextricably tied with a demonic presence, this Dark Wanderer strives to contain the darkness within while using his newfound powers for the betterment of Sanctuary's denizens.
Or, it could just be a good demon, balancing out all the fallen angels we've got running around. I'm pretty attached to this one. His armor is cobbled together as he stands with two orphans rescued from a demon raid on a village, which smolders in the background.
Here we've got The Adept, a pupil in the Cult of Rathma, binding the primal forces to her will in an exploration of raising the dead. Her first subject is a dead raven. She shows promise, indeed. Her mentor, the Necromancer from Diablo II, watches from the shadows in approval.
I see a lot of promise when it comes to atmosphere, and get a nice chance to show of my own interpretation of Necromancer magics in action. Plus, hot goth chick. Wondering whether to give her glasses.
Finally, we've got the onligatory Barbarian. In the background we have a Barbarian who's been memorialized in a statue. At top we see him at his prime, a full-color picture from an ancient victory; but as we move down the figure it turns to stone, resting in a chamber near Horragoth. A Barbarian elder is inducting two young Barbarians as they praise the exploits of a dead hero together.
To me, this is the most compositionally appealing, but also the most difficult to portray realistically without it coming off as forced or silly. If I go with this one, I've got a lot of work ahead of me.
Alright, people, tell me what you think! And don't forget to contribute your own artwork!
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Be it through hallowed grounds or lands of sorrow
All in the Forger's wake is left bereft and fallow
Is the residuum worth the cost of destruction and maiming;
Or is the shaping a culling and exercise in taming?
The road's goal is the dark Origin of Being
But be wary through what thickets it winds.
-Excerpt from the Litany of Residuum;
As Translated by He Who Brings Order