Part 3D: Archenar
Relevant Music: (Seriously, this is important!) 1, 2, 3, 4
Story: The eldest of the survivors, Archenar is more burdened than he lets on - his smirking, smarminess, and occasional swagger hiding a calculating mind and a constricted heart. He feels it is the duty of the survivors to attempt to rebuild civilization, and is frustrated at everyone else's seeming failure to view the broader picture. From the ground level, after all, the city could almost look intact, but his aerial viewpoint reminds him of the full damage every day.
He's an avid historian and information hunter, searching among the ruins to piece together an account of exactly what it was that brought Sehran civilization to such collapse... and in the process, has discovered a secret that could change everything. Whether it would be for or better or for worse, though, only he knows.
This is definitely one of those cases where younger me did something right for a change. Looking at him now, I honestly couldn't tell you how he's put together. In some ways he's a bit messy, but there is something of a cohesion in his greebled exterior if you look at it right - and it suits his industrial color scheme rather well. Plus, I like how the wide shoulders and forward neck give him an almost vulture-like appearance.
Side and Nyran shots. His propellers can sort of fold down and hook into the wing sections.
Better not let Eljay see this arm. I'm pretty proud of the gear, though; again, I feel it adds to the mechanical aesthetic.
Thigh really isn't too complex. Also, shoutout to Meltdown for giving him these sweet kneepads.
The lower legs are complete crap, though. I plan to redo these completely, at some point. I like having the two slizer torso pieces where they are, but what's in the middle needs some serious rethinking.
I took no less than eight different pictures of this wing, trying to get the lighting to look decent. This was the least terrible one.
Closer view of his torso, not that it'll help too much. I still can't figure out what I did here.
He'd probably look a lot less ridiculous in the air.
Disk arm launcher things.Insert motivational Shia picture here.
And a comparison with the original, once again courtesy of Onyx roborider.
Yep, looks better. Though sadly, I failed to completely recreate the box art pose:
Posing for him isn't the best in general, though, due to his ankle joints and fragile shoulders.
And the disk shot.Insert Jack Sparrow poster here.
Lesath's more sober side comes into play where Archenar is concerned, being highly suspicious of Archenar's secretive tendancies, and keeps a close eye on him when possible.
Antares and Archenar are relatively close friends, and as the two whose ancestry is actually from the city, often spend time together looking among the ruins - the former for spare mechanical parts, the latter for information. Unfortunately, being friends with Archenar and... more so... with Meissa puts Antares in something of a bad spot...
...As Meissa and Archenar cannot stand each other. Always arguing over what's best for the others, political philosophy, and even irrelevant things. They may have once been friends, but any respect they had for each other has long since evaporated in the face of such long-standing bitterness.
Mira and Archenar, both posessed of silver tongues and sharp wits, have a much friendlier banter going between them. However, Mira has something of an attraction to Archenar, and is unfortunately all-too willing to blind herself to his faults.
Nashira... without Nashira, Archenar would be nothing. A friend and even something of a sister to him, she alone posesses the truest understanding of him, even if he still has his secrets from her. Unlike Antares and Mira, she is aware of his faults, his lying and manipulative personality, and doesn't give him free reign so easily. At the same time, unlike Meissa and Lesath, she is aware that despite his... questionable methods and deep-seated trust issues, his heart is in the right place for the most part, and seeks to bring out that side of him in a more constructive, more honest manner.
Unfortunately, the relationship doesn't go both ways at present, as Archenar is so wrapped up within his own head that he doesn't notice her support and assistance most of the time, and takes it for granted when he does.
Mega group shot!
As per usual, I would deeply appreciate if you shared your thoughts, positive or negative.
Next Time: Bionicle G1 and G2 collide in unexpected ways!