TheCelloPony Posted November 24, 2012 Share Posted November 24, 2012 (edited) Hullo, while I was playing I bounced around the idea of a vegetarian character in my head. That lead to me considering what the exact opposite character would be like, and I eventually came up with the idea of a gentleman and scholar who just so happens to be among the walking dead. Funny how things go, huh?Here's the concept art I drew of him: http://i.imgur.com/mp8k5.jpgOnto the /meat/ of the concept, then.WINCHESTERTHE SHAMBLERBackstoryWinchester hailed from great Britain, born an aristocrat life of privilege and limited tolerance for riff-raff. Bent on getting a major in Biology due to his unrelenting interest in the human body. In the middle of his early studies, however, he caught a sever case of a disease named 'death' after trying to see if the chemical formula he used to preserve the human flesh he researched on in his spare time was edible. After dying, however, he got back up, brushed himself off, and wrote in his log "No, the preservation residue does not taste like turkish delight". His dark science preserving his own corpse in a state of barely-living, he continued his research and completed his studies, getting his Master's degree, all around him blissfully unaware that he was, in fact, a corpse.Despite his horrid case of 'being dead', Winchester went on to do great service to the world of Biology, particularly in the areas of the human brain. He was suspected to be selling the specimens to the black market, as the brains he was provided would sometimes disappear in his possession, but this was often turned a blind eye to simply because of his brilliance.Into his later years and as he became more obsessive with his work and the human body in general, little came to be known of Winchester, and the finer details of his person seemed intangible to most. What was known, however, is that he was a man of few words who would often mumble one or two-word sentences in response to conversation or objects being presented to him, and that he would sometimes mutter the word "Brains" on a whim. They knew he was trustworthy, enough so that they set him the job of investigating the many cases of cannibalism in the area. They knew he held as little regard for the limitations of his discoveries as he did for his personal hygiene, as his dead and rotting flesh peeled away from him (they simply passed this off as a disease and didn't want to be rude in asking of it) and that he was a picky eater who would eat a diet consisting of beef, lamb, pork and human flesh. Despite his quirks, he was well-liked amongst his peers.However, a series of media tabloid photos taken by sneaky paparazzi revealed to the world his odd behaviorisms, and after further investigation experts reported that he was, in fact, dead. This came as a shock to all of his co-workers, friends, and his wife and children who all had no idea that their loved one was the walking dead. His world ruined, Winchester drunk the night away (up until he ate the bartender, of course) until he passed out, waking up on an island of unknown origin and unpredictable nature.AbilitiesCarnivore - Being a flesh-eating zombie, can only eat meat. Any attempt to consume fruit, vegetables, fauna and any related bi-products of them will only make him hungrier. As a result, strategies such as berry farming or stockpiling honey/eggs are ineffective on him, as he can only eat flesh. This provides a more challenging early game and encourages hunting for fresh meat. To make up for this, he heals more hunger from raw food, not as much as when cooked, but still a larger amount. This allows him to sustain himself away from his encampment or in areas with a lot of meat. Additionally, he can eat Monster Meat with no penalties to his health. However, raw food will not recover health for him at all, forcing him to cook food when damaged, which he will be. As a direct result, cooked Monster Meat will heal him. This encourages him to hunt monsters alongside other reliable meat sources in order to get their meat, making him a combat-focused character who is at risk a lot of the time.Pain Tolerant - Winchester is incapable of feeling pain. He still sustains damage and eventually dies as every other character does upon being hit by a hostile, but tissue damage and similar effects do not effect him. As such, he can set /himself/ on fire with a torch, and burn enemies and NPCs around him when they get too close. He can also set trees and plants on fire, but not as easily as with a regular forest fire, as human flesh doesn't burn like wood does. This can also serve as a last resort, setting yourself on fire just before your torch runs out in pitch black. This means he can kill enemies a lot faster, light himself up when he needs light and additionally of course makes him immune to fire damage.Grateful Dead - Winchester is technically stuck in a state of pre-death, where his mysterious concoction that he stupidly drank is the only thing really sustaining him and stopping him from fully dying. As such, he's not really 'dead'. If he's revived through the use of an amulet or item with similar revival qualities, rather than becoming a zombie again he will come back as a human. He has no special qualities, being a regular human being, and won't even grow a beard like Wilson does. This is a form of punishment for using revival tactics, as you lost all of the quirks and advantages that he had as a zombie (The immunity to status effects and ability to set yourself aflame), but also loses the weaknesses (Only being able to consume meat). Adds another layer of depth to him, and forces you to create a new set-up for your new form, as if starting anew.Horrid Visage - Winchester is, quite frankly, a mess of a man. His flesh and skin peeling away to reveal bone, and the way he shambles as if in constant pain is a terrible sight to behold for anyone. As a result, Pigmen will refuse to accept meat from him and will in fact attack him if he gets in range to give them anything. However, spiders and tallbirds will be horrified of him and will not attack him unless he attacks/steals from their nests respectively. In fact, spiders will run away from him if they're strays (i.e, if Reginald destroyed their nest) and won't attack him unless provoked, even at night.PersonalityAs a zombie, his vocabulary is very limited. He can only speak with very simple terms and most of his actual language consists of moans. Like, say you were to examine a tree, he'd simply say "Treeeeee, uhhhhg...", or if you were to examine a rabbit, he'd say "Meeeaat, uuaaaaaaaaah...". Other times, he'll simply moan "Braaaaainnns".As a human, he becomes much more literate. You could pass him off as simply having Wilson's dialogue, as I understand doing all that work for two characters would be a large order. But yeah, to close it all off, I'll be really surprised if people end up reading all of that. It became way longer than I originally intended! I just felt that he'd fit the setting and dark humour of the game very well. We have what we can interpret as a madman scientist, a pyromaniac and a young girl who for all we know could have murdered her twin sister. Why not a zombie? Makes about as much sense as everything else (which is the way I like it). So yeah, any opinions would be appreciated, I'd love to be able to play as something of a similar vein!EDIT: Added some features to him to make him stronger, and more of a 'risk-reward' character, while his human form becomes a 'no risk-no reward' variation. He's supposed to be a character with trade-offs that make him interesting to play, and is supposed to lose those trade-offs upon dying. Thanks for all the critique!I understand his name doesn't start with a 'W' either. Sorry, I didn't seem to notice that pattern in the game... herp. I've had all instances of his old name replaced with a classier, more fitting one. Edited November 26, 2012 by TheCelloPony 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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