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    And then, as the bright sun slowly began to dip behind the mighty horizon, Chrome the 7th, heir to his father's seat on the periodic table, discovered the free time he needed to complete his quest. A hero was born before nightfall.

    Spoiler for But son of a bitch!:


    EDIT: I love you too Chrome!
    Like an ex-wife.
    Last edited by Crank; 01-01-2015 at 11:32 PM.

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    Yeah, that's basically how it happened. Though there are a few things I'm updating as I go- like the demo. The original one is under the 'notes from the author' section- though keep in mind that it's from an old version of the character. But for all intents and purposes, it is a working demo, so really I fail to see the problem.
    Last edited by Chromium7; 01-01-2015 at 10:44 PM. Reason: Mission Accomplished

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    I'm bumping this thread for a couple reasons. Well- the first one isn't really a reason, but... guys- Dante fought a hamster. This will now serve as his temporary demo, and can be found by clicking here.

    The second reason is to give you all an update on the status of the character. To put it simply, he's... not going to be around forever, but I wanted to give everyone here a chance to have a story or two told with Dante before it's all said and done, or request to have your character be a part of Dante's little world.

    While I reserve the right to decline or alter a request, as well as just... respect the story I'm trying to tell, with Dante in particular there's a lot of room for tangental stories- that clearly have nothing to do with really anything, such as randomly fighting a hamster, that can all manage to coexist and be a part of his actual.. history.

    I've been putting this off retiring Dante for a while- years at this point- for that very reason. He's just a guy, really- with an age I try and keep track of, whose injuries I try to keep track of, and who gets to experience the world of wRHG and make it out all the better for it. But... he's getting too old now, he's getting too beat up now, and.. his time's running out. It was bound to happen if I let it.

    So... I've made a list- separated into three parts- that together, hopefully, sum up just about everything I still want to do write as Dante.


    List 1- Things I'm definitely, 100% doing as a part of this story ending:
    A story featuring 2-3 of the organizations from this page. (N/A - wRHG resource; Approval inherent.)
    At LEAST one story where Dante encounters some familiar faces. (Approved)
    Stories wherein Dante develops and matures as a character, and I hopefully do the same as a writer. A bit less cheesy, edgy- "dark" writing. (N/A)
    Stories wherein death, violence, and grief are examined and displayed in a realistic/passable manner. (N/A)
    Stories wherein sexual themes are examined and displayed in a realistic/passable manner- with the necessary warnings and procedures taken into account. (Yes, I'm of age.)
    A full collection of all of Dante's stories.
    A happy ending.

    List 2- Things I've already decided to write that aren't necessarily crucial to the main story:
    VS Abra the Genocide Magician, because... I mean... genocide... ^_^ (Approved)
    A story where Dante does something illegal and has to run from the cops. (N/A - police are probably okay with it)
    At least one new wRHG demo to remember him by.

    List 3- Things I would jump at the chance to write (for anyone who's interested) before I retire the character:
    A tangent story, with your choice of genre (or someone else's, if there's more than one request) in which Dante is an unsuspecting character.
    A story about the creation or public viewing of a bizarre pornographic film in which Dante and a character of your own creation are the film's stars.
    A story NOT involving anything remotely pornographic in which a character of your own creation makes an appearance.
    A tangent story where Dante meets your favorite animated RHG or Dojo Duelist.
    A possible villain/rival for Dante.
    A team-up story or collab.
    Battles! Spars! Conflict!
    Just about anything else!



    "It's been fun, more fun than I maybe deserved- but I've still got a few breaths in me, and I think together.. we can maybe set things right."


    Cheers.

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    With the end of the season (that's springtime from my side of the globe) almost upon us, and a surprising number of changes in store, I wanted to update my character's current status, re-evaluate my plans for the character, and give the full run-down on what's occurred since my last post, as well as what should hopefully occur before my next post. Here's the rundown:

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    Battles:
    While I as a writer am not currently available to battle, I do still plan on having Dante battle / have dance-offs with the following gladiators, and I am still taking requests for battles / spars / dance offs / etc. If you're interested in this sort of thing, it is not too late, or too early, to figure something out with me via PM or skype. That said, here's who I'm looking to face off with, in some form or fashion, by the end of the year:
    -Dracustos the Draconian
    -The Handyman

    A notable absence from this list is Abra the Genocide Magician. This is not to say Abra hasn't thrown Dante to the moon and back though, nor is it to say that I'm done with the cheeky bastard quite yet- but it is to say that currently, there is and never was any sort of poll attached to Dante's rivalry with Abra. That in mind, if you want to see Dante get his ass kicked, I would recommend reading up on the Secret Santa III event and associated RP, as well as a recently updated compilation of shorts that ties in with this incident, entitled Reflections.

    Story:
    This is where most of my energy has been going towards. While I do still plan on giving Dante's story an end, part of giving the guy a happy ending is letting him live out his life in it's entirety, in addition to the objectives detailed in my previous post. I won't go into too much detail at the current time, but the details you might be looking for with this will likely become apparent going into June.

    Additionally, there are some stories currently in production that I'm working to get out of production. These consist of:
    -The Dynamic Duo and Also Dante
    -Cast Asunder (formerly "A Lost and Wasted Tale", and still subject to name changes)

    Both of these stories are collaborative pieces that are set between the 2nd and 3rd Secret Santa events, and set up some of the plotlines nodded at in my latest arc. While originally these stories were meant to explain the story chronologically, currently they will take the form of flashbacks and recollections as the story is allowed to continue. Both stories will feature the lovely and kind Rhami and Astor, and the latter story centers around an additional gladiator, who for now remains nameless.

    You may have noticed that I am slowly accruing characters as the story picks up. This is intentional, and should make a lot more sense come June, as we are absolutely planning a thing that should maybe please hopefully I swear be detailed by June 1st.

    The Profile:
    I'm going to be editing it as necessary and when my schedule allows, more or less just taking the information I give to you through stories and updates like these and working them over to the profile in an intuitive, easy-to-understand format. However, as this is not my top priority at the moment, I apologize for the mess and lack of updates to the cover page. So bear with me, and know that I'll be keeping you posted with the eventual goal of simplifying everything I've said thus far and making this entire page a work of art from start to finish. That way I can show it to people to make them think I know what I'm doing!!


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    And as always, cheers. I wish all of you an excellent day/night, and thank you for taking the time to reap the fruits of my button-mashing.

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    Since it's just me and you, just lemme know if/when ya make any updates that'd impact the story. And naturally, if you have any questions about Manny, ask away.

    Thanks in advance, and good luck to ya.
    Last edited by Azure; 06-04-2016 at 10:15 AM.

    Spoiler for What I've Obtained:

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    So some things happened.
    And it's entirely Azure's fault.
    God dammit Azure.


    First thing's first, Dante's battle with Manny will play out over the course of the upcoming clan war between The Coils of Nehushtan and The Night Creatures.
    And I have no idea how in the fuck we're going to score it. But we'll figure it out sooner or later, and if it comes to it we can just treat it like a spar.

    Now- as for what that entails...

    Acts IV and V of "reflections" - a short story page originally intended to fill the gap between the most recent Secret Santa event and the present day, have been removed from the page, and may or may not make their way to Dante's official canon. I would like to keep certain elements, events, and themes of these two story segments intact, but for now they are in a somewhat precarious position. For anyone interested in reading them, here's what would've been acts 4 and 5 of "reflections" :

    Spoiler for Original Battle (vs Azure) Prelude pt. 1:

    Spoiler for Original Battle (vs Azure) Prelude pt. 2:


    Note that I do still plan on adding to "reflections" at a later time, and do still hope to make "WHAT YOU CAN'T FINISH" its own story page as well. However, the themes for both and the distinction between them should hopefully become more apparent.

    As for that clan war- it's all true, friendos. Dante will be joining the Coils of Nehushtan for the upcoming battle with the Night Creatures, and will remain a member of the coils for a period of indeterminate length afterwards. Note that this was not a spur-of-the-moment decision, but the culmination of my work with Nehushtan's leader over the past few months, Azure's challenge(s), and our response to that. We're having to pick up the pace, but the direction we're headed in hasn't changed for the most part.



    For anyone looking to keep an eye out for stories from me / any and all featuring this this character, here's what to watch for:

    >Cast Asunder
    can we just release this already

    >Sanctuary ACR 1
    yes wow, that thing I asked to write is being written still

    >Tryout/Explainer for Dante's joining Nehushtan
    should help clear things up going into the clan war story

    >Nehushtan vs Night Creatures
    attractive people + altaer VS a couple ugly-as-shit monster looking motherfuckers. yeah i said it.

    >Maybe a thing
    like a thing thing maybe

    >Death of a Dream
    A story I've been putting off for years that I may be able to finish and post in a few months if all goes well


    Also that beautiful schedule thing I have on the front page? Just- ignore that for a bit. I'll get to it. I put so much work into making it look nice that trying to edit it had me tearing up a little, haha~
    Last edited by Chromium7; 06-29-2016 at 11:47 AM.

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    Love you too, dude.

    Spoiler for What I've Obtained:

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    Me again.

    First things first, there have been a few changes to Dante's profile. With the character having been caught up in some things recently, it was becoming clear that certain things were going to need to be expanded on. Most of the current changes have to do with Dante's appearance, but it could also be said that much of Dante's appearance then ties back to what he's able to do. These changes are rather numerous, though fairly subtle- and will continue until the differences between my imagining(s) of Dante and my explanation(s) of Dante become one. So keep an eye out for them, and know that I'm doing what I can to keep you posted. Dante has fireproof hair btw.

    That in mind, let's talk story. Dante's story is a lot more complicated than that of most other gladiators out there. Rather than having Dante's story work as a singular, unbroken line moving forward from past to future, Dante's timeline is told through various events and snippets of information that span across years. All of these stories are supposed to be connected, and will ultimately be, in some ultimate realization of the character and his history, but as they are, these stories can at times feel distant from one another, and Dante's history feeling almost fractured as a result- in some places more than others. For example- those with an remarkably keen eye and exceptional memory where my stories are concerned may notice the existence of two diamond-edged butterfly knives in Azure's clan war story (which I had a hand in) while on the profile, as well as Chamel's Secret Santa Collab II entry (origin for the knife), Dante very clearly is only shown having been given one of these knives. These are the sorts of issues we're looking at here.

    And while it was supposed to be implied that Dante either reached out to Chance or got in touch with the original knife's manufacturers, note that before my mentioning this, it was also about as clearly implied that Dante simply pulled the second knife out of thin air thanks to the powers granted to him by a 4th dimensional being known as "davee"

    Whoops.


    Priorities:
    -Actually message Aquila
    -"Sanctuary Collab 1" (Got a bit of progress on this today)
    -"Sanctuary ACR 1" (Delayed, but not forgotten. Collab now taking priority.)
    -Intensive focus on filling gaps in Dante's history. (communication, planning, & drafting)
    -VS Abra (follow-up to reflections)
    -Continued focus on filling gaps in Dante's history, and consolidation of existing stories.
    -"Led Astray" (Cast Asunder follow-up)
    -"The DuoDantening" (New Beginarinos follow-up)
    -Movement towards story arc/page/direction of: "WHAT YOU CAN'T FINISH"
    -Battle/spar/rematch thingy with Manny Ken
    -Shenanigans.
    -"Death of a Dream" (Freeborn sendoff, tribute to a song of the same name)
    -???

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    another wRHG with a gunblade?

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    Well that certainly made me smile!

    In Chrome's defense though, Dante has been his guy for the past (nearly) 4 years. wRHG was on stickpage for about just as long. Wasn't exactly overdone at the time, so it'd kinda like someone smack talking Kyra for having a possessed character, dispite being the one to populize it, if you know your history.

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