Character Concept: Vandon Sozek
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Character Concept: Vandon Sozek
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RE: Fan Art: Character Concept: Vandon Sozek
07/07/2004 12:31 AM EDT
Wow, this is fantastic, I love the concept and the details. Some of the proportions are a little off, but this is excellent. Please keep 'em coming, I would love to se emore of your work. If you're this good now I can't wait to see how much you improve over time. 5/5 for the concept

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RE: Fan Art: Character Concept: Vandon Sozek
07/07/2004 05:18 PM EDT
It's quite good and yet it gets a low rating?

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RE: Fan Art: Character Concept: Vandon Sozek
07/07/2004 06:04 PM EDT
Wow am I confused, the people who have posted for my pics say they like it yet I have mediocre ratings on all three of the pics of mine that were accepted. I'd like the people who voted my work badly to give some feedback as well, I have no problem with criticism and I'd love to know what you fellow MK gamers think I should do to improve my work.
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RE: Fan Art: Character Concept: Vandon Sozek
07/07/2004 06:16 PM EDT
Hey, I love all of your pics, and this one is the best in my opinion. I don't know why you're getting crap ratings, but hopefully people who haven't voted yet will realize that this is all good art.
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RE: Fan Art: Character Concept: Vandon Sozek
07/07/2004 06:43 PM EDT
This is an awesome fan art. One of the best I've seen. The detail is great and I love how you draw! I would absolutely love to see more pics from you. Well done.
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RE: Fan Art: Character Concept: Vandon Sozek
07/07/2004 07:47 PM EDT
That guy looks crazy cool and yes finally someone drew a character with a double bladed weapon. Great detail on him. The shadding once again is awesome. 5/5 dragon points.
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RE: Fan Art: Character Concept: Vandon Sozek
07/07/2004 07:49 PM EDT
if any of you guys are interested here is the profile I designed for this character (which I have entered into the second Kreate a Kharacter tournament on this site in the MK Deception Forum). Just to give you an idea who this guy is.


Name- Vandon Sozek

Occupation- sorcerer, former assassin

Height- 6’3”

Age: unknown, he has been around since the rule of King Jerrod

Race: rumored to be an Edenian

Eye color- green

Hair- black and long

Alignment- Neutral

Weapon- A gold plated, dual bladed staff with a large ruby embedded along the shaft of it. The staff can be detached into two swords and reattached into a staff during battle making for stylish and deadly combos in his weapon stance. It is called the Blades of Carnage.

Fighting Styles: Kithna Ton- An ancient fighting style of the edenians used primarily by assassins. It is quick and well balanced.
Shadow Fist- A slower but more powerful style coming from the ancient scripts of the Book of shadows.
Blades of Carnage- A weapon which Vandon created himself which is extremely fast and can be used in insanely intricate combos.

Outfit 1- He wears a long black hooded cloak with the sleeves ripped off. On his hands he wears ornate gauntlets with sharp blades at the tip of the finger of each. On his face he has a black tattoo which twists along the side of his face in a serpent like pattern. A long scar runs down the side of his arm and on his chest is a medallion with a ruby placed directly at the center of it.

Outfit 2- A full iron helmet decorated like a demon’s face covers his entire head with two red slits for his eyes to see through. He has no shirt on but has a black cloth wrapped around his arm just underneath his shoulder. The scar remains on his arm and he wears the same gauntlets from the first outfit. He has black somewhat baggy pants which are tucked into armored boots. The buckle of the belt he wears is the medallion from the first outfit. A long black cloth is draped around the back of his belt, one side of his waist to the other, which hangs down to his ankles.

Special moves: (button commands done for PS2)
Black Dragon- Stepping to the side, Vandon holds out his arm and fires a black fire ball with the head of a dragon at front of it. When it hits the opponent it bites into them and then explodes sending the opponent into the air, setting up for a possible juggling combo. (forward, forward, triangle)

Shadow Teleport- Vandon disappears and appears either in front of or behind the opponent flying at them with his hand out in front of him, grabbing them by the throat and choke-slamming them to the ground. (back, down, square)

Seeking Black Dragons- Vandon slams his fists together, knuckle to knuckle, and three black dragon fireballs fly out, one goes up in the air a few feet, another goes to the right of him the same distance, and the third flies to the left of him same distance as well. The triangle button sends one of the fireballs at the opponent no matter what distance they are from Vandon. This can be done until all three have been sent at the opponent. The attack can be cancelled either by hitting the circle button or by not launching any of the fireballs within 4 seconds. (back, down, forward, triangle triangle x3 to launch . Circle to cancel attack)

Dark drain- Vandon grabs the opponent and lifts them into the air, a dark energy flows into Vandon as some of the opponents life is drained and partly replenishes the health of Vandon. Afterwards he tosses them to the ground and jumps back.(back,forward, x)

Fatalities:
The Shadow Dragon: Vandon raises his arms straight up into the air and emits a dark aura as a giant black dragon jumps out of the ground and growls loudly. It nosedives back into the ground and then bursts out from underneath the opponent, biting down on them, eating their entire body except for the head which goes falling to the ground and is caught by Vandon, he throws his head back and laughs loudly.

Blood Lust: Vandon slams his fist into the opponents face causing them to fall to the ground. He then takes out the Blades of Carnage and picks the opponent up with them. He teleports quickly from one side of the opponent to the other as he butchers them with his weapon, blood flies everywhere and he continues until there is nothing but a skeleton left.

Hari Kari:
Dark Sacrifice- Vandon falls to his knees and lowers his head as his hands are held up in the prayer position. The head of the Shadow dragon slowly raises fron the ground behind Vandon as he stays entirely still. The Shadow Dragon opened his mouth widely and snaps down upon Vandon, diving back into the ground.

Key quote: "Lay before me as I crush you beneath my fist!"

Story:
As Vandon had grown up he was always preoccupied with making himself stronger and stronger. His obsession with fighting and strength was so noticeable that his family consented to sending him to a clan of warriors in the kingdom of Edenia. He became so much of a handful, even for this group of powerful warriors, that he was sent out of the clan for his insatiable lust for battle and for having tried to kill the leader of the clan in order to proclaim himself leader. Eventually Vandon became part of the Royal army, moving up in ranks with awe-inspiring ease.

Vandon came to work under King Jerrod as an assassin, and he excelled at what he did. He had became marvelous at sneaking past enemies defenses and his fighting skill was renowned throughout the kingdom, even being hailed the kingdoms grand champion of fighting by Jerrod himself. Jerrod considered him to actually be one of his closest allies and friends since they had been through many wars together and had always fought side by side. Vandon was extremely ambitious, however, and had been trying to find a way to overthrow the king of Edenia and place himself in the place of power. Secretly he also lusted after Queen Sindel and many a time had tried to seduce her. Sindel would dismiss his advances as childish games, nothing to be taken seriously. This often angered Vandon and he became more and more obsessed with her, almost as obsessed as with his lust for power. He bode his time and awaited an opportunity to take both Jerrod's throne and his wife as his own. When Shao Kahn's invasion began, Vandon saw his opportunity to satisfy his ambition. Jerrod sent him to assassinate the conqueror of realms but he had his own plans. Sneaking into the stronghold of Shao Kahn, he was able to sneak his way before the throne of Kahn himself. Kahn immediately sent his guards to kill him but they were struck down and dismembered like nothing as they lay upon the floor at Vandon’s feet. Kahn was impressed, so he asked the purpose behind Vandon’s intrusion.

“I have come to offer a proposal to you” he stated.

Shao Kahn tilted his head a little and glared at the Edenian assassin. “I do not make deals with pests, especially with one who comes from a realm I am to conquer.”

“Well I have just come offering Edenia to you on a silver platter,” Vandon spoke slyly.

Kahn smiled a little then studied the assassin for a moment, “And what is it that you want in return for aiding my cause?”

Vandon spoke confidently, “to rule Edenia under you, taking Sindel as my queen, to act as a king over these lands under your authority of course.”

Kahn let out a mighty laugh as he heard this and smiled as he thought for a moment, “very well, if you do as you have promised you may rule over this realm underneath me.”

From that point on, the Edenian assassin would act as an advisor to Kahn, helping him exploit all of the weaknesses in the defense of King Jerrod’s kingdom. After Jerrod had died Shao Kahn took Queen Sindel as his wife and claimed the throne of Edenia, thus breaking his end of the bargain with Vandon. Vandon approached him furiously, “I was supposed to be given control over these lands! What happened to our agreement!?”

Kahn laughed and stood up, his towering figure casting a shadow over Vandon, “You were a fool to think I would ever give you control over this realm, I used you and now your usefulness has been lost.”

“You liar! I will kill you for this!” With those words Vandon charged the emperor with an enraged cry.

“You fool, you cannot win!”

A battle took place between these two that lasted only a short time before Shao Kahn held Vandon by the throat above the ground. “I do owe you a debt of gratitude for having helped me easily overthrow your king and for this I will reward you,” suddenly a portal opened beneath Vandon and Shao Kahn dropped him into it.

Vandon spent the better part of a millennia trapped in the depths of the Netherrealm, his anger and his hatred were all that kept him moving forward. The Vandon of that era truly died, for his lust for power and queen Sindel faded from view, all that burned in his mind now was revenge. While in the Netherrealm, Vandon came across a dark book hidden in one of the many caverns of this hellish place, it was entitled, the book of shadows. It held secrets to a power over the shadows and a beast known as the Shadow Dragon. For a good deal of time Vandon spent his days studying this book and practicing the arts within it, becoming more and more powerful, the next time he and Shao Kahn would meet the outcome would be different.

He escaped the Netherrealm during the events of Deadly Alliance and was disturbed to hear of the supposed assassination of Shao Kahn. He traveled all the way to the throne of the Emperor to view the evidence for himself, but the area where the body had been was devoid of Shao Kahn’s corpse. This lead to certain suspicions which arose into Vandon’s mind about the truth of Shao Kahn’s death. He explored the mighty fortress and came across a huge hole in the wall which appeared to be caused by a heavy weighted bludgeoning weapon of some sort. Vandon smiled widely as he realized his chance for revenge has not been taken away from him.

When the Dragon King arose to try to claim the realms of Shao Kahn and continue forth with the empire, Vandon realized that this threat may lead Kahn to return in order to reclaim his empire from him. If this should happen, this reborn Edenian will be there awaiting him to strike him down.

Ending: As Vandon made his way, battling to get to the stronghold of the mighty Dragon King, he came across the Queen of Edenia reborn. Sindel was in a moment of disbelief as she gazed upon the man who betrayed her kingdom to Shao Kahn so long ago. Vandon smiled, "It's been a long time my lady."

"Not long enough," Sindel growled.

Vandon's smile turned to a serious look, "enough catching up on old times I have an appointment with a certain scaly weakling."

"What makes you think I'm letting you go?" Sindel prepares to fight.

Vandon laughs, "I may have wanted you once but make no mistake, you will die if you stand in my way."

Sindel leaps forward trying to hit Vandon but Vandon disappears. Sindel stands still, confused for a moment as the blade of Vandon's staff penetrates through her stomach, raising her up into the air as she shrieks out in pain. He dissappears again and begins teleporting all around Sindel tearing her to pieces with his staff, leaving her a bloody mess upon the floor. "I told you not to get in my way."

Vandon finally makes his way to the castle of the Dragon king and all the way to the throne room of the legendary King himself. The Dragon King arises and snarls as he looks upon Vandon, "Vandon Sozek, you were foolish to come here, I'm afraid I'll have to kill you before you can get the chance at revenge."

Vandon smiles confidently, "So you know who I am, I'm surprised, but you are wrong if you think that even you could stop my vengeance. I've been called a fool before and I shall not let the same outcome occur this time. It's you who will die!"

A great battle took place as these two opponents viciously attackeded eachother. The Dragon King was able to, in several pints of the fight, totally beat into Vandon, sending him to the ground bleeding. Vandon smiled as he sent his seeking black dragons at the king to knock him back into utter disorientation. Seeing his chance Vandon summoned the Shadow Dragon who brought the dragon king between its powerful jaws. Suprisingly, The Dragon King pried himself from the jaws of the dragon and continued to battle strongly. Vandon proved, in the end, to be the superior warrior and the Dragon King fell to his knees as he was decapitated. Vandon took his head and placed it upon the throne and sat, awaiting the true purpose behind his annihilation of the Dragon King and his minions.

After a day or so, a huge commotion occurs through the Dragon King’s palace as the doors to the throne room are busted open with a large war hammer and a tall muscular figure stands there staring directly into Vandon’s eyes. Vandon smiles widely as he pulls out the Blades of Carnage, his time has come.

Stage:
The Dead City- This is a crumbled city within the realm of Outworld with several dark figures creeping around in the background. The sky is black and screams echo throughout the city. The characters fight in front of a decrepit temple along a street and can fight their way up the stairs of the temple and knock each other through the stone door of the temple. The floor is broken inside the temple and whoever is knocked through the door falls down into the basement of the temple which has a stone torture table and a large portal swirling on the side of the wall.

Stage Weapon:
Ritualistic Executioner’s Axe- Near the torture table in the basement of the temple the axe stands. This axe is used for beheading people in sacrifice to the gods.

Stage Fatality:
Netherrealm Portal- Knocking the opponent into the portal, they are sent to the Netherrealm and burn to nothing but a charred skeleton.
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