To start, here's the main villain. Dwezil Bezique.
His pride and joy and obsession besides galactic domination is his horses. So much so that he wears the hollowed skull of his childhood steed in tribute. He became obsessed with them as a child because his laugh and face are not unlike a horse and they gave him comfort whenever anybody at school picked on him.
I based his design off of various Super Sentai and Square RPG villains, and his personality off of the worst aspects about Adolf Hitler, Osama Bin Laden and Donald Trump with a little bit of Kefka for good measure. Not just because Trump is topical at the moment or because I'm progressive and really fucking hate Trump, but because Dwezil should be a very unstable sociopathic main villain. I want him to be unlikable, but scary and not annoying. I wanted to make sure that he will haunt your nightmares.
Now here's a new character! An ally this time, Ebmarah Gammon
She admires Raziya greatly and has a bit of a crush on her. Despite the darkness of her past, she maintains a chipper demeanor unless there's a battle going on. Her tattered pants are made of synthetic gorilla pelt and she's had to rip off parts of her clothes to heal old wounds she suffered in brawls with wild predators that have tried to eat the young of her gorilla comrades.
I based her body type off of indie wrestler Jordynne Grace, late 80's early 90's waifus and off of power lifters. I wanted to make a plus size character that's soft bodies, but stocky and strong looking. The scars on her stomach arms and face were just to make her look tougher and the leave-rope belt was to further push that wild girl aesthetic. I made her stand like a female gorilla because of the gorilla theme, and I made her face drastically different and in fact, everybody's faces are gonna have some differentium to reflect a certain genetic or ethnic trait or another. Hence why she looks like a plus sized version of a Cyberclock Metal Orange waifu. (Mostly because I studied that art style and Project A-Ko a lot.) I wanted to make her half gorilla half human at first, but while there's certainly room for chimeras in this game being a space themed RPG and all, I decided to make yet another full fledged human.
Besides all this character designing, I've actually begun trying to make a build and coding!
Starting small by making sure Raziya's 6 directional idle stand and walking states are nice and clean.
I spent ages watching tutorials struggling to get this to work. I had to mish-mosh code from about 3 different YouTube tutorials before Unity stopped having compiler errors. And I had to re-crop the sprites twice before the animations stopped glitching. I already respected coders before, but this journey has made me respect them even more because although it's not as impossible as it seems, it's pretty tricky.
So now that that's done, I gotta develop more characters and start actual world building. There's gotta be solid ground to walk on right? Plus I've started the process of animating attacks, but those are far from finished. I still have to make extra cycles besides idle standing and walking as well. There's a LOT I gotta make so stay tuned!