There are 14 kingdoms; 7 led by benevolence and 7 led by malevolence - a seven deadly sins theme. Thus, the emergence of two confederacies, one in the pursuit of peace, in respect to the Vessels of Virtue, and the other in pursuit of corruption, in respect to the Sinister Seven. After defeating the despots of Sinister, you will be able to liberate the oppressed Pokemon and residence of the kingdom. However, you will not be able to bypass the kingdom walls; you will only be able to do so once you have proven your ability to a Virtue Fighter that presides over the tranquil and liberated kingdoms and obtaining a hidden move.
The 3 types not covered by the rulers will be grass, fire, and water. These will be represented by the 3 main antagonists. These antagonists break into the beginning kingdom just before you select your starter Pokemon. You will then be given a rare Pokemon in an act of desperation; it will have the ability to transform into either grass, fire, or water.
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The Sinister Seven
Trainer: Gorm Name Origin: Gourmet (Food/Glutton) + Worm (Insect) Specialty: Bug Badge: Glutton Badge - Based off honey comb. Pokemon: Tanana, Tanana, Buzzect, & Grizzect
Background Information Gorm breeds Limey and Buzzly readily in order to produce stockpiles of honey and banana exports. As a result, the Buzzly are often overworked and numerous ripe limely are slaughtered in order to achieve his goals. Not to mention, he is known to indulge in the starchy treats to his heart's content.
Trainer: Abeguile Name Origin: Abigail + Beguile Specialty: Poison Badge: Lust Badge - Based off a kiss. Pokemon: Perplume, Harpike, Urchanted, & Mermantic
Vessels of Virtue
Trainer: Prudence Name Origin: Prude and principled. Specialty: Psychic Badge: Chastity Badge - Based off an Egg Pokemon: Larvelvet, Chrysatin, & Silkween Background Information
Name: Limey Bug / Grass Evolution: Limey evolves to Tanana via level up. Name Origin: Slimy (Slug) + Lime (Unripe banana) Trainers: Gender Ratio: 50 Male / 50 Female Art and Sprites:
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Egg Group: Bug/Grass Capture Rate: Very Easy Growth Rate: Medium Fast Wild Held Item: Berry Base Stats:
PokéDex Entry: 'Tanana cultivate and nuture their young thereby providing a bountiful stockpile of shedded fruit to sustain their ecological communities.' Species: Banana Slug Color: Yellow Height: 1'6" ft. Weight: 25.0 lbs.
PokéDex Entry: 'Grizzect are very powerful Pokemon; they are extremely protective and territorial over their cubs, honey, and hives.' Species: Honey Bear Color: Yellow Height: 6' 5" ft. Weight: 320 lbs.
PokéDex Entry: 'Venenome are reclusive Pokemon, although it is relatively weak, it deters predators with its bright violet tenacles, which are highly toxic. ' Species: Sea Anenome Color: Purple Height: 1' 3" ft. Weight: 28.0 lbs
PokéDex Entry: 'Urchanted are shy sedentary creatures that keep to themselves; they are able to avoid conflict by blending into their surroundings. ' Species: Sea Urchin Color: Purple Height: 2' 4" ft. Weight: 80.0 lbs
PokéDex Entry: 'Mermantic has been known to wreck enticed sailors since its discovery. What may appear to be a beautiful woman lies latent treachery.' Species: Sea Urchin Color: Purple Height: 24' 0" ft. Weight: 625.0 lbs
While I do like the designs of Limey and Tanana, they don't really have discernible faces. I understand that they're based on slugs, and that what faces they do have are at the top of the sprite, but it's hard to parse them as Pokemon. I happen to be of the opinion that not all Pokemon need to have recognizable cartoonie faces, but there's not much of a precedent for that, so Limey ends up looking like nothing more than an odd banana. Then again, judging from Gorm's description that may be what you're going for. For the record, I do like the expressions on the "faces" of both sprites; unless I'm misinterpreting things, they look cute and incredibly happy.
Buzzly and Grizzect are a bit more complex. With the Buzzly sprite, it feels a little too busy, mainly because of how much its parts overlap. One of its arms is overlapping a wing, which is overlapping the body, and one pixel below that is the leg, also overlapping the body. You have to take a closer look to really see what's what, and worst of all, the cool spiral design on its abdomen is easy to miss entirely. If you look at Beedrill's sprites, which have a very similar body structure, you'll see that after the first generation the artists have opted to draw it in poses with minimal overlap. In fact, where the arms and legs connect to the thorax was changed from the front to the sides to facilitate this. I think changes as simple as setting Buzzly's wings a bit higher and changing the positions of (or removing) the arms would do wonders for its visual clarity.
As for Grizzect, I originally thought that the arms overlapping the body was bothering me, but after thinking on it I've realized that's not the issue (though one of the arms could be in a different position, just sayin'). What seems off about Grizzect is the contrast on the torso. The colors, contrast, shading, and patterns on the other three sprites are fantastic, but this one doesn't feel quite right. Maybe it's the fact that black lines are used in the wings but not the center of the body, maybe it's the lack of shading on the brown parts while the yellow parts are shaded heavily.
All that aside, I really do like your designs and use of color, and hope to see more from you in the future. Maybe a Buzzly showing off its neat spiral design?
Thanks Chesu. I definitely agree with Grizzect's lack of cohesion. Also, I drew from the design aspects of Gorm giving him a more intimidating pose with a clear concept.
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Also, I am not sure if I am going to but little arms or not in addition to my edit of Buzzlee, but he was a bit busy.
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I don't care for eyes on the slug, the simple line of the leaves/greens establishes the eye and helps maintain a more organic concept; so, I might consider editing it, but for now I will keep the design the same. Thanks for the input though.
Last edited by The Dark Avenger; January 30th, 2013 at 09:37 PM.
I really love what you're doing here with this. For some reason, this really digs for me, haha. I always liked darker things. I really would like to see more of this. I'd definitely want a Tanana and a Mermantic on my team. Keep up the different take on Pokemon!