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Yay! Vigil's back!


This is a short introduction story to the upcoming DU Summer Challenge  which :iconmja42x: asked me to draw.

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Deviant Universe - Vigil by Kostmeyer

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:iconmastersamus117:
mastersamus117 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2017  Student Writer
Oh yeah the queen has returned! :worship:
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Bug-Off Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, not even a moment to orient herself and check her backed up messages.
Vigil is gonna have to hit the ground running.
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:iconkostmeyer:
Kostmeyer Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2017
In all seriousness, a lot has changed since she was last in the DU - most notably the people who stuck her in that machine in the first place have all been vanished by the Genocide Wave... except 42X (who wasn't really involved but covered it up afterwards)
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Bug-Off Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
On the plus side that really cuts down on the names in her shit list.
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Kostmeyer Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2017
That is true!
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Latroma Featured By Owner May 31, 2017
Hmmm, now that I've read this over.  If the theme relates to the Wave, it makes logical sense for her return to coincide and for her to be related to this plot.  It directly ties into her original disappearance after all.
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Kostmeyer Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2017
It does - except that I don't know what the connection is yet - which makes it a bit hard to write my pages (Vigil, I think, will have to be conveniently amnesiac!) Thanks for the comments and the :+fav:s - much appreciated! :D
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:iconlatroma:
Latroma Featured By Owner May 30, 2017
Hmmm, in light of some of our conversations and what you've been building up?  I must say that this development was expected to some extent (though not the details of Nexus Sigma.  Just Vigil's return as it relates to the summer event.)  Nicely done series.  I'm going to look over this in detail as soon as I polish off my May Entry.  Four pages colored and shaded already.  Need to work the text together, and possibly a fifth.
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Kostmeyer Featured By Owner May 31, 2017
Thanks! Hope you make the deadline! Looking forward to seeing what Sam dreams about!
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:iconlatroma:
Latroma Featured By Owner May 31, 2017
Managed to get in, yep.  I wanted to have it all ready to go before posting.
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Speedslide Featured By Owner May 30, 2017
Gee, Vigil. Did you have to ruin that expensive-looking equipment? :lmao: After that long nap, I'm hoping she's all rested up for whatever it is that's coming.

Props for doing this prelude pro bono - Though with a few tweaks, it could just as well have been a standard May entry. Since you did cover "someone waking up" at least. :D

I'm looking forward to seeing what Nexus Sigma will be about, even if I won't participate artwise. Summer break at last!
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:iconkostmeyer:
Kostmeyer Featured By Owner May 30, 2017
You're not going to be involved in the Summer crossover? That's a shame - I was hoping we'd finally get to do some work together on this one now that Virtus and Centauri are on the same team. That said, I think I may have to focus on Vigil for this one - so maybe we could sideline Centauri and Virtus together somehow and pick up the story of what they've been up to later!

:iconmja42x: was pretty clear that (visual similarities aside) this didn't count for the May challenge as Vigil isn't technically dreaming - what she's seeing is really happening and so this is a separate thing (which is why it isn't in the DU gallery yet I think)

Yep, Vigil is back! Yay! It's been far too long since I drew her properly :) Thanks for the kind words and the :+fav: - much appreciated :)
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Speedslide Featured By Owner May 31, 2017
Well, I won't be able to contribute any art due to being away from my art tools - But I'll still be available for script writing and lending out characters to take part in the story if people might have use of them.

Hmm... Sidelining Virtus and Centauri... Well, I was kind of playing around with the idea of Sam, Centauri and Virt helping Loa catch up on what has happened while she was in a coma... Which I'm guessing could fit in before Vigil's awakening...

It will all depend on just what Nexus Sigma turns out to be. Not long to wait now!
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Kostmeyer Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2017
Yeah it would be nice to bring Loa back in now she's up and about - but it seems that she's not rejoining Thunder Force (at least not straight away). Hope you get back to the art tools soon! It would be great if you could chip in to the Summer Crossover down the line in some form - but we'll have to wait and see (again!) what Maurizio has planned!
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Speedslide Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2017
Well, here's my take on how it could go...

- Loa awakes.
- Loa (at the doctor's insistence) spends a week or two at Thunderforce Tower to make sure she's fully restored.
- Loa decides to leave Thunderforce to go and finish her training and become stronger (this being something I got from tortox).
- Someone suggests having Loa spend a last night with her friends before she leaves Thunderforce.
- A night on the town (in superhero fashion) with Sam, Centauri and Virt, perhaps?
- Sam, Centauri and Virt eventually wave Loa off.
- Which would then lead up to the point where Vigil wakes up, with no-one there to watch her.
- Vigil is gone by the time they get back.
- Before they can assess the damage, Goyle makes the call that leads them up to the Nexus Sigma introduction.

Sounds like something for a side-comic or DU Presents. We'll see.

I've heard word from Branded-Curse that he plans to kill someone off... So I'm not sure in what state of mind Virtus will be in at the end of this Summer. I have this gut feeling that there's gonna be tears... Like he didn't have enough of those last year! :lmao:

But we'll just have to wait and see what Chapter 2-3 will entail. I'm hoping that he won't try to drag those of us unable or unwilling to participate into anything we can't easily write our characters out of.
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Kostmeyer Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2017
I heard BC was planning that too - I had a look at his characters and I have no idea who he's planning to finish off - I hope it isn't Dragonborn as she still has so much potential in the DU - same for Rufus... maybe one of his villains? Possibly he's run out of ideas for Firebird? Who knows! The suspense is killing me with this challenge! So many questions!
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Speedslide Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2017
I'm placing my bets on either Vile, Mac or Firebird (I'm guessing a TF member does score some drama points by default). I don't think there's any drama he can pull out of killing Dragonborn, and that would be a real downer ending for the Dragona legacy.

As far as villains go, could be anyone. I'm thinking that Viper is relatively safe though... We'll have to wait and see! :D
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127thlegion Featured By Owner May 26, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's great to see the DeviantUniverse alive and well these days. I miss being a part of this great group but it's nice getting to sit back, watch, and read these days. I'm excited to see what mja42x has cooking and if your prelude says anything about it, it's that I know it's going to be good. Keep up the good work!
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Kostmeyer Featured By Owner May 30, 2017
Good to see you're back. I wish Director Rogers was still in the DU now that Vigil is back on the scene (I'm sure they'd have a lot to talk about!) but I can see why you want to focus on other projects. Maybe one day we'll see her again! It's going to be fun finding out what's planned for the summer event - not long to wait now :)
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Anastasiy Featured By Owner May 22, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, beautiful! Colors are awesome
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:iconkostmeyer:
Kostmeyer Featured By Owner May 30, 2017
Thank you! And thanks for the :+devwatch: - I really appreciate you taking an interest in my stuff :D
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:iconkatiedwyer:
Katiedwyer Featured By Owner May 21, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
Hopefully she'll straghten herself in the summer crossover series
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:iconkostmeyer:
Kostmeyer Featured By Owner May 21, 2017
Yeah, she'll be ready! (Whether I will be or not is still open to question!)
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Ignolian-Thorne Featured By Owner May 18, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Figured she'd be coming back in time for this year's Summer Crossover.  Great to see our favourite morally gray heroine back in action, especially since we're hopefully going to get some deeper explanation on the Genocide Wave :D  So excited!
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Kostmeyer Featured By Owner May 18, 2017
Me too! It's always seemed a bit odd to me how (with a few notable exceptions) the characters just accepted the Genocide Wave as a fact of life and didn't seem that bothered by it much - although of course it makes perfect sense as a device to 'manage' the DU. So I'm really pleased about this story. A mysterious wave that wipes characters from existence regularly really deserves to be treated as a major threat - I can't wait to find out what :iconmja42x: has planned :)
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Speedslide Featured By Owner May 31, 2017
I personally thought that the Genocide Wave was a secret that only a select few knew about, although I'm not sure if there's an official list.
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:iconkostmeyer:
Kostmeyer Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2017
I would have thought that the details were - but I guess it depends how many people are 'vanished' each time - If there are only a few it might escape people's notice, but if it's a significant number then either it's a terrifying event that people are aware of or it's the world's greatest cover up!
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Speedslide Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2017
Given that it's mostly deviants (at least in the annual waves, this special one has most likely affected a large percentage of Earth's population) and not civilians that get swept up in it, one could make the case for it being deviant prejudice that makes the general populace turn a blind eye... Which makes an uncomfortable amount of sense.
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Ignolian-Thorne Featured By Owner May 19, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, I have been trying to make it clear that my characters are concerned about it, especially Titan and Engi, whose lives have been directly affected by it, but you are right.  It doesn't get brought up that often.  It will be good to get more details, and have it take center stage this time around.
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Kostmeyer Featured By Owner May 30, 2017
Yes. I wonder if the storyline will see the end of the wave or not. It's become such a feature of the DU (as well as a way of tidying up characters who aren't being used any more) that I wonder if we can do without it now! We shall see very soon I guess!
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ClockwerkSoul Featured By Owner May 17, 2017
Glad to see Vigil out and about, though it looks like she'll need to fix her hair a bit. Seems a bit frilly after spending time in a coma. 
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Kostmeyer Featured By Owner May 17, 2017
LOL - after everything she's been through, I think she looks pretty good! Thanks for commenting :)
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:iconclockwerksoul:
ClockwerkSoul Featured By Owner May 18, 2017
No prob. Glad to see Vigil and a bit excited at what role she might play for this summer. :)
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:iconkostmeyer:
Kostmeyer Featured By Owner May 18, 2017
Thanks! Me too! She's not central to the storyline (as far as I know), but I will be using her for the challenges.
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bogmonster Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
i must second what :iconmidnightowl07: said:  i can't get enough of your art!  looks like the doo doo is about to hit the fan!  so glad to see this iconic character return to the DU!  fantastic work as always.  always a very high quality that you make look effortless!  
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Kostmeyer Featured By Owner May 17, 2017
LOL - definitely not effortless, but thank you (and for the :+fav:s too - much appreciated!) I have very little idea about what :iconmja42x: has planned for the Summer but it looks as if we're finally going to find out something about the Genocide Wave which has been routinely tidying up the DU every year since the Omega event! I'm really glad I was able to use this as a chance to bring back Vigil - I've definitely missed drawing her and it seemed like the right time. Not sure yet how much she remembers of the events immediately before she disappeared though... whether she will remember Director Rogers, RAPTOR and Psi...
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man1nblack Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad to see Vigil back
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Kostmeyer Featured By Owner May 17, 2017
I think it was about time, I've definitely missed drawing her :) Thanks for all the :+fav:s - much appreciated!
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dangerfan Featured By Owner May 17, 2017
I MUST have Vigil kick Purple Vixen's ass one of these days!
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Kostmeyer Featured By Owner May 17, 2017
I'm sure Vigil would be happy to do it!
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dangerfan Featured By Owner May 18, 2017
:D
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midnightowl07 Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Student Artist
Nooo, why would you end it like that :( I can nottt waittt XD and I also can't get enough of your art <3 it is simply amazing :D
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Kostmeyer Featured By Owner May 17, 2017
That's very kind - thank you! I had to leave it here - it was all I was allowed to do! I don't know what the boss has planned for the Summer Challenge and I had very specific instructions about what I was allowed to show - so we'll both have to wait and see what he has in mind in June! Thanks for the :+devwatch: and the :+fav: too - much appreciated :)
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Lecter-the-Werewolf Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Nothing says ominous than, "it is coming" :p
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Kostmeyer Featured By Owner May 17, 2017
Ominous was definitely the brief for this one!
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Branded-Curse Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Okay ... I have to say that pose doesn't work for a panel of that size. No dynamic.
Sorry to say so.
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Kostmeyer Featured By Owner May 17, 2017
Well, you're entitled to your opinion - and you're entitled to share it (even when you're wrong!) I figure just seeing Vigil up and around after so long is dramatic enough. Plus I wanted to show her calm and in control here - she's back! Thanks for the :+fav:
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Branded-Curse Featured By Owner May 18, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sorry, I didn't mean to needlessly criticize.
I think though it would have worked better with a close-up of her face.
Maybe as a third, small panel, though. So you can still have a large panel with a full body shot before that.

Just me? Okay ^^;
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Kostmeyer Featured By Owner May 18, 2017
LOL Don't worry - I think you're right that it needed another panel - but I was on a deadline and just wanted to get the thing done! No need to apologize for saying what you think about my stuff BC :)
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Branded-Curse Featured By Owner May 18, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Still, I should have said differently. It reads a bit harsh to me, too, now.

Deadlines ... yah! You'll never get along with those, won't you? ;-)
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