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BONUS! #31 The Android – Net Avatar

| December 1, 2010 | 0 Comments

Okay, I was pretty sure I was done with this, but I had one more killer ass idea…

Got the inspiration for this after trolling the TV Tropes archives and coming across the lovely article about Humanoid Abominations (Wow, I’m twisted). He’s not technically a new character, but I figured since the firefly and the master AI have incarnations that only appear on the droids’ network, it’s only appropriate our old buddy, the Android, have the same thing going for him.

So if you’re floating around the droid world’s computer network, this is what the Android looks like. Feel free to run in terror when you see him.

#30 The Master AI

| November 30, 2010 | 0 Comments

The Master AI is the leader of the droids. This is its form as it would appear to other droid intelligence on the droid network. No one, not even the droids, know its true physical form.

#29 The Android

| November 29, 2010 | 0 Comments

In the Valkyrie universe, seeing an android is a lot like seeing a coelacanth or a dodo bird.  Put simply, it shouldn’t exist. Humans themselves ceased production of androids nearly a century earlier and the droids themselves have no interest in perpetuating machines that look like their enemies. Since the droids have begun to manufacture themselves, android bodies were broken down to supply making other types of droids, and their consciousness downloaded to other models.

But this…well…thing was spotted recently in deep space and the humans don’t know what the hell to make of him.

#28 Tarantula

| November 29, 2010 | 0 Comments

Ah, high octane nightmare fuel. Here we go.

To call this thing a droid is somewhat of a misnomer because it’s not necessarily a discrete inorganic organism so much as a fortress with legs. Standing at about 30 feet tall, seeing one of these on the field is enough to make any Valkyrie or Odin weak in the knees. It’s nigh invulnerable to traditional weapons, has enough turrets on its sides to rival any battleship, has anti-air defense missles and can house a number of droids inside, such as Spiders, Scorpions, or even a few Dragonflies.

Really, only heavy duty bombs are the main course of neutralizing this thing.

#27 Hornet Droid

| November 29, 2010 | 0 Comments

For this particular droid, I drew inspiration from Item #1 in this little slice of nightmare fuel, the Giant Japanese Hornet. I needed a droid that was bigger than a dragonfly, but not too big. So, the resultant is the Hornet.

The Hornet is bigger and more heavily armed than a dragonfly and designed to be a fear factor like the scorpion. While not quite as agile as the dragonfly, the Hornet is rarely used to engage fighters. Much more often, these guys are used as bombers, laying waste to anything below it.

#25 Scorpion Droid

| November 29, 2010 | 0 Comments

When the droids redesigned themselves into new bodies during the droid wars, human psychology played a significant role in the resulting form. The machines didn’t want a form that just functioned, they wanted a form that would be intimidating, decimating their human enemies emotionally before anyone ever pulled a trigger.

A 14-foot long metal scorpion does that quite nicely.

Beyond the form, though, the Scorpio is a combat droid that is equipped with shield generators and a mean set of claws. It has no projectile payload simply because the machines felt the maneuverability, efficient stabbing weaponry, and sheer fear factor made it an effective enough ground combat droid.

The machines don’t like to waste resources, like extra guns, if they don’t have to.

#24 Mosquito Droid

| November 29, 2010 | 0 Comments

The mosquito is a surveillance droid. It only measures about 1 ft tall, but these little guys are capable of sensing many different kinds of radio waves, light waves, infrared, ultra violet light, and even EMF imaging.

#22 Mel aka Firefly Droid

| November 22, 2010 | 0 Comments

And now things are going to get interesting.  The next few characters are going to be droid models.

This is Mel.  Mel is an AI that primarily lives on “the net,” that connects all droids.  Its particular model is called “Firefly” as its primary function is to “enlighten.”

What, you didn’t think droids had a sense of humor?

In seriousness, the firefly model of droid is mostly AI.  It serves little to no combat purpose.  They are responsible for maintaining code, monitoring the functions of the droid plants, and providing reprogramming to any errant droids.  They’re definitely the “thinkers” of the droid world.

Mel, in particular, has the very specific purpose of indoctrinating other droids with instructions, training programs, and the like.  While the machines primarily call it by its serial number TXN750018, it goes by Mel to better serve the purposes of its job function.

After all, Mel doesn’t just indoctrinate droids.

#21 The Maintenance Worker

| November 21, 2010 | 0 Comments

There are many maintenance workers on Valhalla station, but this one is special.  He weaves in and out of people’s notice, calmly cleaning or fixing things on the station, but keep your eye on him.  Keep your eye on him.

#20 Admiral “Slade” Chavez

| November 20, 2010 | 0 Comments

I love Battlestar Galactica (new series, not the disco glitter catastrophe from the 70’s). Let’s get that out of the way. I love Battlestar Galactica and it should be no secret that it was a major influence on me in developing Valkyrie Squadron. There’s a lot to love about the show: intense writing, amazing performances, really hard-hitting themes, sweet ass battles; but for all there is to love about BSG, there were parts of that show I didn’t love.

Namely, the familial DRAMAAAAA. From the get-go, we find Commander Adama and his pansy crybaby son, Lee, entwined in some serious DRAAMAAAA following the death of Lee’s brother and the Commander’s Son, Zak. Now, don’t get me wrong. Deaths in the family can fragment the whole crew, but their griping was just OVER THE TOP. Everything AND I MEAN EVERYTHING was a big blowout, usually ending with Lee storming off in a huff and the commander gritting his teeth. It bordered hilarity and merits parody.

So here we are.

Admiral Chavez is the commander of the space forces overall, his power trumps even that of Commander Duri, highest ranking officer on Valhalla station. He is a “good ol’ boy” and macho almost to a fault. He sets the standard for hard-nosed leadership in the upper echelons of the United Space Forces.  He’s an aging meathead. He’s basically Lt. Leon Zantha plus 30 years.

Speaking of Zantha, Chavez hand-picked him to make a man out of his “sissy boy” son, Aidan, by assigning his son to Odin Squadron 4. He doesn’t get along with his son at all, because the Admiral would love nothing more than to have his son follow in his footsteps and that’s not likely to happen. We’ve already established Aidan is a cowardly drama queen, not exactly military bad ass material. What’s so frustrating to the admiral is that his ongoing battle with his son is the one battle he can’t settle with a sidearm.

Damn sensitive sissy boys.

You’ll notice the Admiral has a prosthetic eye. Officially, he lost his eye in a key victory against the droids ten years prior, though unofficially, the injury might’ve had more to do with this…

For the record, CMO Bastion does not approve of playing with fireworks while drunk.

#19 Reverend Celia Dalton

| November 19, 2010 | 2 Comments

Reverend Dalton is the head of the Valhalla station chapel. She tries her best to keep up faith and warmth in times of war and inspire parishioners but her job is an uphill battle. The chapel itself is actually a converted storage compartment that makes a funny crackling sound near the crucifix and in times of war, much of her time is spent consoling victims of tragedy.

Not the most cheerful gig, but it’s a necessary one.

#17 Dr. Mina Artimedes

| November 17, 2010 | 1 Comment

I’m going to preface Dr. Artimedes’ design by saying that the most useless character in the main cast of Star Trek TNG was Counselor Troi.  For the majority of episodes, she would just sit there in the beginning, the bad guy would spout some garble over the bridge screen and she would respond with “I sense uncertainty.”  And that was pretty much her function.  She would just go around and “sense” uncertainty, or deception or fear (stuff most aliens feel when dealing with one another ANYWAY) and report as such to the Captain.  Why couldn’t Enterprise not afford a REAL TELEPATH in their ranks, which would’ve been far more useful than just sensing people’s feelings?  Even Wesley Crusher, God damn his miserable being to the anus of Borg space, got more shit done more than Troi.

But I digress.

For Valkyrie Squadron, I wanted to design a counselor who was also useless, but in a more dangerous way.  Now, your question would be “why would Valhalla station, for all its power and might, hire a useless counselor?” but the answer is simple:  They have to settle for what they can get.  For an engineer or scientist, Valhalla is a badge of honor and to work there can be a huge boost to one’s career.  Not so with psychiatrists.  In this future, very few psychiatrists want to give up their cushy lives wherever they are to counsel a bunch of folks gone murderously space mad or with PTSD.  So, whenever Valhalla station does find someone willing to take the gig, they are eternally grateful.

And Dr. Artimedes knows this.

How DOES that make you feel?

Dr. Artimedes is not someone you go to if you want any actual counseling done in your life.  Her MO is to listen for key words in conversation, like “sad” or “anxious,” and prescribe medications accordingly.  That’s it.  She’s basically a drug dealer with a couch.  It’s not entirely clear why Artimedes takes such a simplistic approach to her treatment.  Is she lazy?  Is she a total cynic about her profession?  Is she secretly trying to drug up all of Valhalla to take it over?  Nobody knows for sure, but very few people question her methods.  After all, she’s a pretty good source to score some Xanax, so why screw up a good thing?

Why, indeed.

#16 Medical Officer Ana Bastion

| November 16, 2010 | 0 Comments

Ana Bastion is the highest ranking medical officer working the swing shift in sick bay. A 30 year veteran of the medical field, she’s seen it all, but she doesn’t come off as jaded (much). Instead, she has a warm sense of humor that helps her patients along in their healing.

For those of you wondering, yes, this character is very heavily inspired by my mom. She’s earned her stripes, trust me.

#15 Katrina Killian

| November 15, 2010 | 3 Comments

Not every technical professional at Valhalla station is a third party intellectual mercenary. Some are employed directly by the station, such as roboticist Katrina Killian. Katrina not only specializes in understanding the function and intelligence of the droids, but also their psychology. In a small way, she finds herself identifying with her subjects, appreciating their design and unique ability to humans, but this is not something she’d easily speak of. Being the wife of the station’s second-in-commandLt. Cmdr. Killian, the only opinion she’s allowed to have of droids is that the only good one is a dead one.

And somehow, she’s not totally okay with that.

#14 “Professor Hipster”

| November 14, 2010 | 0 Comments

Okay, well that's not his REAL name
“Professor Hipster” aka Preston is an failure analysis engineer working at Valhalla station, who works alongside Trey Zantha for third party defense firm, Aperture Tiburon. The nickname was coined by Zantha not so much to make fun of him (okay, he’s making fun of him a little), but more to point out the obvious. “Professor Hipster” is a hipster. And an engineer. In space. And much like chocolate-covered bacon he’s something that shouldn’t exist, but yet he does.

Preston himself is a nice, cheerful fellow. He’s very knowledgeable and always willing to help his fellow hipster man. He enjoys drinking horribly cheap beer and eating very questionable recipes (like chocolate-covered bacon) for irony’s sake. The man must have an iron constitution because for all his carousing, he never calls in sick. The only real reason anyone might take issue with him is his bizarre hipster fashion sense. And the chin beard.

Seriously, I dare you to go through a business meeting and NOT stare at that thing. It’s haunting.

Don’t stare at the chin beard.

#13 Trey Zantha

| November 13, 2010 | 0 Comments

Behind every screaming meathead, there is an exasperated family member wondering how the hell they’re related to him.

Trey Zantha is Lt. Leon Zantha’s younger brother and a signals analysis engineer on Valhalla Station. In stark contrast to Leon, Trey is the skinny intellectual of the family, having a master’s in signals intelligence under his belt.

He’s the sort of guy who, at first glance, appears to have his life together. He’s smart, well-educated, knows how to dress himself, and has a good paying job. He’s the guy your mom points at when she spots you loafing on the couch and says “Why can’t you be more like him?” However, beneath the surface he’s actually quite an unlucky bastard, hence his position day 13.

His job is a depressing step downward from his previous experiences. His former employer used to have him writing signals intelligence algorithms for CIA technology, but due to gross mismanagement, the company shut its doors and left Trey broke and desperate. Now he’s reduced to looking at graphs and going “look, there’s a spike!” and noting as such. Furthermore, he’s got chronic health problems that seem to be getting worse and a personal relationship he’s trying to keep secret or else he’ll get fried by both his job AND his brother.

In spite of all that, there are people who care. Even if he is a hard luck case beneath the surface, he’s still got family.

#12 Squadron Leader Leon Zantha

| November 12, 2010 | 2 Comments

The bro of bro-ness
Leon is the Odin Squadron 4 leader and the male counterpart to Priss (although spiritually, he’s more like the male Casey). He’s your quintessential meat head. Whether it’s going all out in a battle, hitting the bars, hitting on girls, or eating a really big steak, Leon is all about it. To call him a jock is an understatement.

As far as assets goes, he’s a very enthusiastic fighter and he’ll always have his bros’ backs. However, he’s not too bright and has all the social graces to fill a thimble. His track record with women seems to be much better in his head than in reality because he has an incredible knack for aggravating most women he meets. And even to the people he cares about the most, he can be highly overprotective.  He has good intentions that usually seem to go awry.

Overall, Leon isn’t a bad guy. He’s just kind of a gorilla.

#11 Special Lt. Avi Ben-Aron

| November 11, 2010 | 2 Comments

To anyone familiar with my previous work, it was only a matter of time before a guy like this showed up. Avi is a special ops guy on loan to Odin Squadron 4. Originally trained with the Israeli Anti-Droid Tactical Forces, Avi has a great deal of experience and tenacity behind him. He is currently assigned to Odin 4 to share his training and experience with the rest of his team and so far he has proven to be a great asset.

Just don’t ask him if he knows any jokes. The answer is no.

As a side note, his armor is designed to be stealth armor. The red lights on his armor are meant to confuse the droids, as red light panels are common on their own apparatus.

Appropriately, the most badass member of Odin Squadron 4 gets published on Veteran’s Day. I didn’t plan it that way, but it’s pretty apropos. Happy Veteran’s Day!

#10 Lt. Theron Jones

| November 10, 2010 | 3 Comments

The pilot for Odin Squadron 4, Theron is a solid pilot with a solid flight record. In stark contrast to the Valkyrie’s Lt. Gomez, Theron is not an outright daredevil. He relishes the thrill of flying, but he also likes staying alive after doing so. He’s often serves as the voice of reason when his teammates want to go off and kill something without a plan or just cry in the corner.

Poor Theron. He’s surrounded by lunatics.

#9 Ensign “BooBoo” Chavez

| November 9, 2010 | 0 Comments

And now for the male fighters of Valkyrie. Oddly, we start with the least manliest of the Odin Squadron 4, the male answer to the female Valkyries: Booboo Chavez.

Like Adia, Booboo is the resident science officer of his team, though he’s more of a signals engineer than an academic researcher. He is given his silly nickname for his rather melodramatic antics. He usually gets into flagrant fights with his father, a high-ranking officer at another space station, and nine times out of ten, he’s the guy on the team who’d throw up his hands in a combat situation and shout “We’re gonna die!” Yeah, he’s that guy.

He really wouldn’t even be in any Odin squadron if it wasn’t for his father, <a href=”http://www.30characters.com/2010/11/20/20-admiral-slade-chavez/”>Admiral Chavez</a>, the leader of the entire Space Forces.  Booboo doesn’t get along with his father, who would love nothing more than to transform him into a military badass and make him follow in his footsteps.  Booboo would rather be ANYWHERE but a battlefield, but he can’t seem to escape the stranglehold influence of his father.  He was paired with his fellow Odin squad team members to man him up, but he’s pretty resistant to the idea if only to spite his old man.

#8 Lt. Cmdr. Finn Killian

| November 8, 2010 | 6 Comments

Okay, so technically the character Finn Killian is actually an homage to the character Alec Killian from Titanium Rain, but he’s also an homage to my good pal Josh Finney who is famous for screaming and ranting quite a lot about anything and everything.

What can I say? I cast my stories according to personality.

Lt. Commander Killian is the right-hand man to Commander Mona Duri. He takes great pleasure in dressing down lower-ranking recruits, particularly if they say something stupid. In fact, the only subordinate who seems to be able to get away with murder under him is Ensign Anders (this might be due to a somewhat misguided crush, though this hasn’t been confirmed). Killian definitely has no problems calling people out on their failings, but this goes for superiors as well. He really, really, really sucks at playing nice for political purposes. Needless to say, his military career isn’t going to go very far.

I’m so going to enjoy drawing this man shouting.

#7 Commander Mona Duri

| November 7, 2010 | 2 Comments

To say Commander Duri is a woman not to be trifled with is an understatement. Commander Duri is a fierce woman who takes very little guff from anyone. Serving as the space station site lead, Commander Duri is the one in charge of overseeing military operations. While she never wavers in her heavy-handedness, there are some rumblings around the station that her loyalty may be a different story.

#6 Eve Schuzengel

| November 6, 2010 | 2 Comments

Eve is a sweet girl who finds herself caught in the droid conflict. A simple contractor for the forsaken colony, Addison-Prestwick, Eve begins our story being held hostage by the droids. When Eve finally makes her way to the arms of safety, she finds that there were greater implications to her robotic hostage crisis than just dehydration.

#5 Lt. Junior Class Jocelyn Gomez

| November 5, 2010 | 4 Comments

Jocelyn is the pilot of Valkyrie Squadron 4. The youngest member of the team, she has the potential to be a great aviatrix, but is still working out her youthful unrest. An adrenaline junkie and a thrill seeker, she comes off as impulsive and impatient, but responds to orders well and takes her job seriously. It is her dream one day to be top gun of the United Space Forces fleet.

#4 Ensign Casey Anders

| November 4, 2010 | 2 Comments

Casey, as she’s known to her closest friends, is the brawn of the team.  She’s more of a “shoot first, ask questions later (if ever)” kind of girl, much to the chagrin of the resident science officer and to the slight annoyance of others.  Personality-wise, Casey plays as hard as she works, drinking, dancing into the wee hours, and even getting into the occasional fist fight. However, in any fight, there’s no one better to have on your side.

#3 Officer Adia Ukpo

| November 3, 2010 | 3 Comments

Adia is the science officer of Valkyrie squadron 4.  She has a much more academic background than the rest of the girls, currently performing research for her PhD in robotic engineering.  Her work on the Valkyrie squadron supplements her research.  Easily the most analytical of the group, Adia can be counted on for her knowledge and strategy, but to some she can come off as a bit cold.  At best, she is the resident voice of reason.  At worst, she’s a proverbial Vulcan.

#2 Squadron Leader Priscilla Vega

| November 2, 2010 | 0 Comments

Lt. Priscilla Vega is the squad leader for Valkyrie Squad 4 in my upcoming webcomic http://www.valkyriesquadron.com.  She leads an all-female team of four specially trained fighters, scientists, and pilots.  Her specialty is weapons and combat strategy.  Going by “Priss” for short, Priscilla is an otherwise good-natured, even toned person.  She likes to have fun, but she doesn’t let her pursuit of good times get in the way of her duties (Most of the time…).  Priscilla does well at keeping her emotions in check and keeping a cool head in a tough situation.


| November 1, 2010 | 0 Comments

Explosive reporter reporting explosions

For my upcoming webcomic project http://www.valkyriesquadron.com I wanted an edgy reporter type to act as a sort of point of view character.  This was after meeting the venerable David Axe of http://www.warisboring.com and reading his book of the same title War is Boring.   I thought to myself “Wow, what kind of a guy goes into war zones willingly to document human misery and dodge bullets?”

An awesome one, that’s who. 

So, drawing inspiration from this guy, I thought I’d incorporate a war correspondent into Valkyrie of my own.  Except I cranked the edginess up to 11. 

LENNOX SLEDGEHAMMER.  Yes, it must be in all caps.