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Monday, May 31, 2010

Random Fandom Episode II: Master and Apprentice

Here's an image from my own geeky Star Wars fan-fiction I've been writing since I was about 15. What started as a simple, poorly-written story in a spiral notebook with a yellow cover, became an odyssey of sorts involving short-stories, a small comic project in college, and many doodles involving characters from a galaxy far, far away.

The duo is a Jedi Knight and apprentice team of (Master) Wade Vox and his eager apprentice Quin Qel-Droma, circa 25 ABY.

The story developed around the time that the Star Wars novel series 'New Jedi Order' was being published. One of my best friends in high school and I began writing a story that takes place a little over a year prior to the series itself, culminating just as it opens. We cast ourselves, so to speak, as the main characters during a minor conflict.

As I developed the story more and more, I ended up with Quin enrolling in the Jedi Academy on Yavin 4 (Quin was 'myself', as I would want to be in Star Wars, ego-centric, yes, but keep in mind I was 15 when I started writing it all). I chose the name 'Quin' as a direct homage of the character Quinlan Vos, a pre-existing character in the Dark Horse Comics series. I had gotten back into collecting monthly comics with the current SW series, being drawn by one of my all-time favorite artists Jan Duursema. The shortened version of Quinlan's name was said, and I liked the ring to it. Thus Quin Qel-Droma, descendant of Ulic and Cay Qel-Droma, was born. His best friend, based off of my actual best friend in real life, was called Vander Donna, the rugged fighter jock.

Quin's master became an EXTREMELY obscure character by the name of Wade Vox, a Jedi Knight with origins in smuggling and shady origins like his apprentice. Wade was last seen in the PlayStation game 'Star Wars: Demolition', and he was a character of strong Force ability. I knew this character's full story was never told, so I figured why not. Besides, Wade was THE best character to play as in the game.

Since most of the Star Wars dramatic personae were being used, I decided that if (heaven forbid) the stories themselves ever get published then I'd use characters that no one would think to. Thus, I'd be free to write whatever without contradicting what was already happening.

Nerdy. I know.

ANY-HOO...I based this image on a story I'd written for my Comic One class.

Master Wade and his apprentice Quin.

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