Welcome to another Worldbuilding Wednesday! In this edition, we look at some of the heroes of Animus' opposite numbers: villains—those who occupy the dark, antagonistic spaces of the Rites of Passage storyworld.
In your transmedia project, what people or forces work against your main characters? Read on to discover some of mine—some of the people and creatures that comprise the dark forces of Animus!
Below are a few of the enemies that exist in the storyworld—that we have met so far. These examples are drawn from the Animus: Rites of Passage comic issue #1 (Dark Prime!) — "The Road Less Taken." These characters, races and villain types are introduced here at the beginning as they will form a large part of the reoccurring main conflict in the story arc.
the tyrant king
He is the ultimate overlord of the legions of darkness. As the dinosaur pulse throughout history grew stronger, this one shadow-creature rose to power, displacing his former masters and taking unrivaled dominion over the Black Core citadel. In an ancient battle, the ancestors of Pellos and Taraka drove him back to the walls of his citadel and banished him from mortral light.
Nemesis To: Pellos—leader of light—defender of the innocent.
the deft lieutenant
Nemesis To: Onna—the Amfrassian (Frog) wizard-she.
the raptor exiles
A band of mutant barbarian dinosaurs, these renegades were cast out from the Tyrant King's armies, and imprisoned below the realms in the Hidden Valley. After King A-Theros' bride released them from their sleep, they began a brutal campaign of military conquest in the hopes of regaining their former status as soldiers of the Tyrant.
Nemesis To: The Fluctuants—shape-shifting Warlords.
the bizaar'slah (bishops of old)
Nemesis To: Taraka—young Här-Bownan (rabbit) visionary.
the mungus (fungal undead)
Slaves, whose bodies have been ravaged and reanimated by spores of an intelligent fungus, their warrior bodies are controlled biomechanically.
Nemesis To: The refugees—fleeing the onslaught in the Hidden Valley
In closing, I'd like to add that there are many other villains in Animus—such as the Grey Reesk, the Ainsé Aijalon Reesk, the vizier of Mahira, the alternate-reality Mahirans, the dark Amfrassians, and many more—but the ones above are the ones we have encountered so far. It is my hope that in reading about what I have created, as paltry as it may seem, you too will be inspired to create your own worlds with your own heroes and villains too to suit them and make their perfect match.
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