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Oct 15

Denki: Mascot to Hero

Did you know that before our hero Denki was gallivanting around the world of Atmos in the story today that he was originally a humble mascot?  That’s right!

My first doodle of Denki

My first doodle of Denki

Denki started as a crude doodle back in high school who was called Jayce the ThunderKidd (spelt with two ‘D’s).  He was meant to serve as an avatar of sort for my online name at the time.  Obviously he didn’t have the height that he currently has.  In fact I don’t believe he was even supposed to be a real boy at all.  He was more like an elf, a sprite, or a fairy character hence his tiny size.  Come to think of it, this may well be part of the inspiration for the Celian races to have elfish ears on some of the species and genders.

Minor upgrade, mostly in height

Minor upgrade, mostly in height

When did Denki (or “Jayce”) develop into the Denki we know and love today?

The "New" Denki

The “New” Denki

Well in time I began playing with his character design and eventually developed a story written around him.  The premise was about the same as it is now.  Boy discovers he’s a Celian and goes to Atmos for adventure.  Though as I evolved the story, the character also evolved,

Old Character Sheet for Denki

Old Character Sheet for Denki

but not just in looks but in personality!

 

I had to make sure also that Denki was a believable hero.  Remember that Denki is ten-years-old so I wanted to make his abilities as a hero and as a kid believable to that point.  As a kid he is eager to do right by the people around him, and this serves as his primary drive throughout his journey.  He’s not perfect, super strong, or unbeatable as his first run-ins with the Warriors proved; but he’s not useless either if you recall his recent adventures in Icenoz.  In time his traits were more fleshed out: He loves baseball, he’s fast, he’s a gentleman to a lady, he’s kind of a goof, he’s well meaning, and he loves to have fun.

The Denki of today!

The Denki of today!

In time Jayce the ThunderKidd became the Denki the ThunderKid that you all know and love!  This tale should serve as an example to young writers to keep your doodles and your ideas close, because you never know if that doodle can turn into a hero someday!

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