As many of you know, Artix posted a few concept pictures of potential villains in one of his latest design notes. Many of you commented, stating your opinions, and I was no different, saying:
Hmmm, honestly, I think you guys are slipping in terms of villainy lately. The only one I'd say, as it stands, appears to be a major villian is V1, and that's more in a pretender aspect, later to be overthrown by a worthy villian.
In Dragonfable, Akanthus gives much the same impression. He is large and powerfull, and wears a massive set of armor that should, logically, impede him. In comparison, Sepulchure stands tall, yet not by much more than the hero himself. He is powerfully built, but it is more a lean build you'd expect from a swordfighter than a massive bulk. His armor, while heavy, is simple and sacrifices coverage and elegance for mobility. In all, he gives the impression of an able leader, a powerfull warrior, and a man that is believable rather than being larger than life. Akanthus, however, looks like a man who would rather hide behind his heavy armor and silver tongue and have others sacrifice themselves for him than take on the enemy himself. With some alterations, I think V1 could capture that "big bad" look your looking for, but at the moment he looks more like a general or something than the actual Dark Lord.
This got me thinking, however: What exactly is the anatomy of a Dark Lord? They come in many flavors- Magneto, Thanos, Apocolypse, Darkseid, Mongul, the Lich King, Deathwing, Sauron, Darth Vader, the Borg queen, Megatron, Unicron, Zarkon, Sepulchure, The'Galin...I could go on for days.
So, tell me: What makes a Dark Lord, to you? What is it about those mentioned so far that tells, you, the first time you see them, that they aren't just a villian, they are THE villian? Is it their size and stature, their clothes? What would it take to make a villian YOU would realize was a force to be reckoned with upon first logging in?
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