Trade: Self-Proclaimed Avatar
His Story So Far: Avatars are created when Gods choose and bestow a lesser creature with a fraction of their divine power to become a champion and carry out Their will. The lesser creatures are normally chosen for their unique power, strength, prowess and/or intelligence. So when a duck strides into town and claims to be an Avatar of Symmetria (The Elder God of Order) is there any reason to believe him? Why would a God choose a powerless little duck to be Its avatar? Is Stalward the duck really an avatar as he claims to be or some poor deluded creature to be pitied and dismissed? Only time will tell…
|Dyson’s Notes: Originally, when I had the idea for this comic Stalward’s character was to be played by the role of a goblin. The time came to draw the first page and introduce our hero. It was practically a last minute decision to use a duck in place of a goblin. The setting a goblin would have made more sense in this fantasy setting but the kid in me nudged me into choosing the duck:
1. When I was growing up we raised a lot of chickens and one duck. The duck’s name was Garfield and he was more like a pet than anything else. But the poor guy grew up thinking he was a chicken. Watching a duck attempt to perch on a roost is one of the pitiful, yet funniest things you will ever see. Because of Garfield I will always have a special place in my heart for ducks and I think they are incredibly funny animals. Any joke is funnier with a duck in it.
2. Daffy Duck has always been, and continues to be, my favorite Looney Toon.
3. The idea of using a Goblin was to toy with the conventions and stereotypes of fantasy. However, there are quite a few comics and webcomics already doing this and doing it better than I could considering the pace and timeline of the story I wanted to do. (One excellent example is Tarol Thunt’s Goblins.) I know of no fantasy webcomic where a duck has the starring role of main protagonist. Do you?
|It was also very important to the story that the main character be someone you would immediately identify and characterize as insignificant. My favorite type of character is the one that has no business being a hero. A classic example of this would be Samwise Gamgee from RR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. They have no means of power or training to be in conflict yet, despite the knowledge that they will most likely be killed they make the conscious choice to do the right thing because if they don’t, no one else will. It took me well into fatherhood to learn that lesson and I try to live my life by the same model.
“All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” – Edmund Burke