So, yesterday, I finally drew some bad concept art of supervillains I’ve had in my head for a while. They are known as the Dead Hand, a reference to both a Russian nuclear system AND the “Four=Death” similarity found in East Asian languages. And yes, there are only three of them in the picture. That’s all I had room for. Forgive my terrible drawing.
So, each one of these has a story.
- Empat (Malay for ‘Four’) started off with just the camera powers. Then I realized she was in a “what does Aquaman do without being in the water” situation and made her leverage her camera powers to superhuman accuracy. Then I gave her incredible intelligence and reaction time too, so her brain can process looking through countless cameras at once and switch images before even a supercomputer can react. Her look, I have to admit, owes a lot to the Payday series.
- Ceathair (Irish for ‘Four’, although it’s a complex language that way) started off as Peter Walsh, the protagonist of One Two Three Dead. Then that fizzled out and I went with him being past the point of no return, because let’s face it, Darth Vader is more interesting than Anakin Skywalker. Then I realized he’d been one of my dime-a-dozen Punisher types and turned him into someone with a magic sword. His durability keeps increasing-as of now, he can easily survive being splattered. The shirt and tie is actually a reference to the pro wrestlers Irwin R. Schyster and Mankind, who wore similar clothes.
- Cztery (Polish for “Four” is the newest. Originally, the leader of the Dead Hand, Richard Shi, was going to be a member, but his Q/Ellemist level powers made him too strong. So I had to swap in someone who had an indirect power. I’ve had a concept for “chemists” who mixed packs of chemicals in ramshackle arrays of tanks, and leveraged it into making her.
In lieu of Command Fiction today, because I’m having a case of writer’s block, I guess I should share something that I’ve learned, along with every single writer.
That lesson is that the speed of typing, actually pressing on the keys and making a paragraph, is much faster than the speed of writing, that of actually gathering one’s thoughts into something worth putting down.
Because I read and type fast, I’ve occasionally underestimated how long it takes to actually write something.
Command Fiction is postponed while I deal with computer issues. Thank you for your consideration.
In lieu of a proper Command Fiction, I will link to my latest post on Baloogan Campaign talking about one of my “worst” scenarios-the infamous Myanmar Defense.
And of course, I leave the reader to ponder what “WE HAVE OVERFLOWN MYANMAR AS A SIGNAL” actually means.
Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all readers.
I was suffering from writer’s block, looked at the stats, and realized that the next post I’d make would be the 100th I’d made this year. So, I’m impressed by how much writing I’ve done so far.
100 posts in a year. Incredible.
I’ve now been blogging for over a year now. Kind of hard to believe that I’ve made so many posts, but I’ve been wanting to do this for a very long time.
I had a two layer dream earlier. I was in a bizarre hotel, alternating between sleeping and waking up. There was a loud and unusual bus driving past the window keeping me ‘up’, and then I woke up (no buses, just me awakening naturally).
I’ve definitely had two-layer dreams before, but that was the first I remembered most vividly.
This is the 100th post I’ve made since starting this blog. It’s been in many ways an incredible experience for me.
I hope the readers have had as much fun reading the 100 posts as I’ve had writing them.
I’ve wanted to start a Patreon for some time now. Now I’ve finally pushed the button and set up the Patreon.
The Patreon can be seen here.