Killer the Third

In late June, when I was packing up for the inevitable move, I ran across some old heirlooms. Well, that’s a pretty loaded word. It was, rather, a stroll down memory lane. Artwork I’d done at the fragile/fractured age of fourteen.

When I was in the seventh grade, my cousin - Bucky - and I played one of the Bard’s Tale games on my dad’s computer. We created several characters - all with names varying in levels of cheese-factor. My particular favorite of the bunch was a warrior aptly named “Killer the Third”. So inspired was I by this ham-handed protagonist, I wove a fantasy novel yarn idea around him.

His real name was Darick Garvin, and he was a brooding knight who’d lost his ladylove. (Aren’t they all?) After his kingdom was invaded by a demon race known as the Erril, he ventures out on a quest to restore balance to his wartorn land with a questing party of other misfits. The MacGuffin for the quest was also the title of the novel - The Well of Darasia.

I won’t go into the “intricacies” of the plot; I’ll save that for a later entry. Needless to say, this was the best idea I came up with in junior high. On a family trip to a cabin in Wyoming, I even devoted the better part of my downtime to drawing out the characters for my little opus.

This was Darick “Killer the Third” Garvin.

Rediscovering him was like reacquainting myself with an old friend. In my nostalgia, I even posted the old sketch on Facebook. Response was minimal. Perhaps because it didn’t feature a cat. Or a baby. Or a baby with a cat. No matter.

It did grab the attention of my other cousin - artist Jason Norman. To the point where he decided to create his own take on the character. There were a few…changes, however. Killer the Third’s scabbard became a jetpack and his spiked hair became a pompadour. ¬†And it was awesome.

Definitely a far cry from the brooding knight I’d originally conceived, but it helped brighten my mood as I ended my trip down memory lane. Or rather, art walk. Thanks, Jason.

Shortly after that, I began writing in earnest again. I don’t believe in coincidences. Only “Killers”.

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013 Musings

1 Comment to Killer the Third

  1. There are no coincidences! thanks for spelling that!

  2. Margo Hutchinson on September 18th, 2013

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