Wings of Lylat Page 6
Wings of Lylat Page 6
StarFox Wings of Lylat Pages 4 (updated) and 5.
15th anniversary tribute for StarFox Assault. It’s my favorite game in the series so naturally I have to do one of these.
StarFox Wings of Lylat Chapter 1 Page 3
Page 2 of StarFox Wings of Lylat Chapter 1
Krystal in her Cloudrunner Arwing, and Fara in her black custom Arwing standard
Ever since the introduction of Krystal’s character, there has been a massive conflict between Krystal’s fans and others within the larger StarFox fandom, especially fans of the character Fara from the Itoh comics. Although I generally prefer Krystal to Fara (subjective opinion), I can’t objectively place one over the other since they have a lot in common with how their respective stories have handled their characters, as well as common objective issues, like how both of them had some otherwise great character traits that were overshadowed by their romance with Fox. Other than that, I think it is harmful to both characters to argue which one should be Fox’s romantic partner.
Since I am currently beginning a StarFox fancomic, I want to have a meta-reflection of this conflict in the fandom play a part in the character development arcs for both Krystal and Fara, and also have it play a role in how the two bond. Fara was jealous of Krystal at first. Krystal had served with the StarFox team, and had a romantic relationship with Fox. Fara test piloted the technology needed for the CloudRunner Arwing, and it was ultimately given to Krystal with that name. Fara feels like she had been totally replaced, and it hurts, bad.
Fara feels Krystal doesn’t belong among them, among the StarFox team and defenders of the Lylat System, inversely, Krystal feels the same way and it stands as a constant insecurity of hers’. She comes from beyond Lylat civilization, but the place she had come from is long gone, she can never go back. She is trapped in a civilization that she is an alien to and has no one to relate to. Krystal feels isolated, and Fara feels replaced.
At the Advent of Dash Bowman declaring War on Corneria, and the threat of Androssian tyranny looming over the Lylat System once again, these two are forced to work side by side as the StarFox team needs all the help they can get. They will likely even become great friends, since the two have a lot in common. Like how both of them have had an enemy romantically obsessed with them before. Panther being very infatuated with Krystal in SF Assault/Command, while Andross kidnaps Fara in the Itoh comics because she looked so much like James’s wife whom he was obsessed with before.
Well, this is the first page of my new StarFox fancomic, I’ve been
wanting to get started on this project for a very long time. Though I
really like StarLink, I’m not satisfied with Zero or any of the games
after it, Nintendo seems to have shelved the IP, and despite Fred is
doing a great job with A Fox in Space, I’m saddened that he doesn’t like
Krystal and has no interest to include her in a big way. So I think I’m
going to do my own big StarFox piece. Especially being Krystal is
probably going to be at least the co-protagonist in this behind Fox, and
Wolf along with Dash Bowman serving as the primary antagonists.
I’m going to try as best as I can to make this the best art/writing project I am capable of, and I’m probably going to double down on all the retconned characters included in this series, namely those from Adventures, Assault, Command, SF2 and the comics.
On this page, if the character on the right between Andrew and the Ruffian is unfamiliar; that is Algy, and he isn’t too thrilled that he was replaced by Andrew at one point.
StarFox is the intellectual property and is owned by Nintendo. I ask others and myself to support official content released by them.
stronk statement lol
I forgot to post these here, but might as well while I’m here. A couple images I did for the Krystal artbook. I don’t see her being playable in the next Smash game and I don’t see her ever coming back to official StarFox content again. But I can’t say I’m invested in Nintendo’s StarFox anyway, nor do I think they would competently approach the character or series. StarLink was okay admittedly, but it paints a picture that Nintendo isn’t interested in actually doing standalone StarFox games anymore. I’d rather just focus on my coming fancomic and forget about it. Sorry for the sobstory :^V
Miyu and Krystal vs ruffians colorized. With some Fay in her interceptor above, Slipyp in the LandMaster and other things
Drew up a battlescene Krystal and Miyu lead the charge, joined by Slippy
in a LandMaster a short ways behind them, above Fox, Fay and Falco,
maybe others dominate the sky in Arwings. if I had space I’d like to
include Fara and Peppy, but I’ll get'em next time. I’m going to color it soon. I hope to also start on a StarFox fancomic.
StarFox is fairly lighthearted and campy at its surface, but there is
some tragic backstory stuff hidden beneath that really hasn’t come up
much at all in any of the games, being StarFox has never been too
focused on storytelling or character development.
However, I decided to make a few for Fox, Krystal and Wolf doing the BIG SAD.
First off, with Fox, as told in the prologue in StarFox 64, Peppy made it home to tell Fox about what happened to James, so I have pictured here Peppy consoling a teenage Fox. Fox is usually fairly confident but I like to imagine he still carries some emotional baggage deep down that he has to maintain control of, so he can appear stoic and confident enough to lead his teammates.
With Krystal, she is the last of her kind, all that is discussed in the manual for StarFox Adventures is that Cerinia was destroyed in some cataclysm. However the story in Dinosaur Planet is pretty intense for what I’d expect from either Nintendo or Rare, so I changed a few “minor” details about that story and added stuff from StarFox. Here we see Randorn rescuing a toddler Krystal as Cerinia’s city’s are bombarded from orbit by Andross’s fleets. He takes her off world and raises her as his own similar to the backstory in Dinosaur Planet. Krystal too still carries that emotional baggage and smothers it with her formal sweetie demeanor. Also check out the DP story docs for Krystal and Randorn here: https://rarethief.com/dinosaur-planet/
Last is Wolf, who has always had this hatred/rivalry with Fox, he taunts Fox with mention of his father and in general just has this blood feud with the Mcclouds. I don’t think anything exists in terms of a backstory for Wolf so I just fanficked one up. Wolf’s parents and family, the O'donnells were space pirates, smugglers who have occasional shaky wild-west run-ins with James and Peppy of team StarFox. Perhaps one particularly edgy run-in ended badly, with a young Wolf barely escaping. And of course Wolf wants revenge.
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Krystal, Fay, and Miyu.
At the time when I built the original Krystal and the others, I only had four pegboards and had to work around the limitation, since then i’ve had enough to be able to make everyone at full size. Right now it’s just these three, i’m not sure if i’ll rebuild the others again. If only there was one of Katt, this would feel complete. Three girls seems a bit odd. It’d also help me use up the box of pinks as i’ve never used them for anything else.
drew some star fox stickersss
Is there any ship discourse in the star fox fandom? Asking for a friend,
I’ve been in the fandom since the early 2000s and most of the ship discourse happened around then tbh and not really on tumblr, because tumblr didn’t exist back then (or, at least not to this capacity). And most of the ship discourse I think focused in on Fox x Krystal versus Fox x Fara, as Fara was Fox’s love interest in the Benimaru Itoh comics. I don’t remember Wolfox being a thing until after Assault, if I’m honest, but I also didn’t pay too much attention back then. I just remember Frystal vs Foxara or whatever it was called.
I took a hefty break from the fandom and came back and found that Frystal, Falox, and Wolfox were the main ships to be had and there seemed to be mild tensions between Wolfox shippers and Frystal shippers for awhile, but they existed in pockets. The SF fandom is kind of oddly disjointed. There’s just varied communities scattered about and I have not seen much integration myself until lately, but again, I can be oblivious at times.
I’ve experienced some of the shipping discourse myself this last year as I posted a Panther x Krystal fic that got a lot of hateful comments (primarily from Frystal shippers). But honestly, it seems to happen rarely? Or so I’ve heard. And it’s mostly a small group of people that attack ships. Most fans I know are really chill. Sure, people have their OTPs and NOTPs, but for the most part, people are respectful. ^^
What is it with people and romantic pairings!? I think good character representation is far more important personally. I mean I’m at least the third most aggressive Krystal fanboy around, but I’m neutral if not against Krystal being shipped with Fox since I’d rather see them with their own individual stakes and trials in the story.
Krystal, Warrior of Dinosaur Planet.
If you know about Star Fox Adventures on the Gamecube, then you might know about it’s former name, Dinosaur Planet.
In short, it was originally a new Rareware IP before Nintendo made to be a part of Star Fox franchise, and the results were… mixed. On one hand it was good stand alone game, but on the other hand I was a bad Star Fox game.
I find to be an interesting debate on “If an idea differs some much on even a spinoff, should it be it’s own thing?” Like what if Sonic Chronicles was instead a Skies of Arcadia game or something like that? It’s a really interesting topic to discuss.
//WHAT?!?! Seven and a half hours?!!? You’re kidding me! That has to be my personal record! And the breaks I took in between didn’t last longer than 5-10 minutes (especially because I had to run to the store for something important).
Above are some of the results of my art stream, though some are incomplete because I intend to finish them on my own time. Icons for @thekursedone-lylat, art for a thread with @thebastardmeteocrusherpilot, gift art for @bambino-muses, @androsswannabe and me making Mobile Suit Gundam memes, an incomplete sketch of an OC I can’t decide if she’s still alive or dead by the present timeline, and FEEEEEELINGS.
Thanks for coming to the stream!
Despite her popularity, Krystal is easily the most divisive, most
controversial character in StarFox. She is worthy of criticism, as the adaption
of her character is a far cry from perfect, but I think she gets more scrutiny
than she’s earned. The issues with her character I think are easy fixes, and I
also want to talk about how the better parts of her character can be adapted to
work better. I will be going into depth so this will be quite…long…
Her contribution to the World/Setting:
What we have: Adventures brought in weird magic, and shows Krystal dressed in rather primitive garb. However, doesn’t necessarily mean she herself is primitive. We know nothing about Cerenia, (Put lots of pins in that). Krystal having powers? That isn’t that out of nowhere in StarFox, in fact: weird Fantasy or Paranormal elements have been in StarFox long before Krystal showed up.
Examples: In SNES, (Route 3, Meteo 2) there is a weird bird-like creature that appears in the asteroids and sends you into a warp that abruptly ends the game. In Adventures, it’s similar to when the warpstone sends Fox through a warp. Warping in StarFox has always seemed to involve a strange surreal otherworldly dimension. There are also strange static-shaded objects that attack the player in SF64 during warps (Sectors X, Z, and Meteo) . James Mccloud appears as a ghost in SF64, and guides Fox out to escape Andross’s subterranean base as it explodes. In terms of powers; across his appearances, Andross has insanely powerful telekinetic powers, can shoot lasers out of his eyes, can shoot lightning from his fingers etc. Krystal having to use a staff to shoot fire, ice, and project shields isn’t that much of a stretch.
How it can be better: Whether this is done through a sequel or a reboot, adapting Cerenia, and some Dinosaur Planet lore to fit the StarFox universe isn’t hard. There are ruins all over on Titania and Venom in SF64 (and later Assault), maybe they relate to Krazoa Palace, and the Cerenians, there are dozens of ways to write some interesting ancient space-civilization stuff in there. I think the most obvious way to fit Krystal in the universe, in a way that benefits her character, and Andross as a villain, is establishing that Cerenia was destroyed by Andross. It was vaguely implied in a cutscene in Adventures where Krystal seems to recognize Andross’s spirit shortly before he trapped her in that crystal prism. (Put a pin in that).
Role on the team:
What we have: I think the Telepath role in Assault works, it was something that Krystal could do since the original Dinosaur Planet after all. The ability is something that she can do that no one else can, it’s just that it was severely underdeveloped and underutilized. Occasionally Krystal points out obvious weak points to bosses, dialogue: “I can feel it, the weak point is at the top!” against the first Aparoid boss on Fortuna, “The weak point is at the top!” on Katina’s boss, or against the Aparoid Queen: “Fox, blast that red section!”. Other times where her telepathy is used; She senses an enemy squadron waiting for them on the other side of a door on Fortuna, senses targets within the base interior on Katina, and “Senses faint brain patterns” when the team sees abandoned Wolfens adrift on Mission 5 Meteo. The big time her telepathy is used, is during the cutscene right after Mission 5. She interrupts everyone while they were talking to General Pepper, to tell them that she was sensing a distress signal from planet Sauria. It had her totally shifting the entire scene from celebration of success, to a sudden rise of more danger. It would have been great if there was a lot more of that with Krystal.
How it can be better: Krystal’s use of telepathy in-gameplay has minimal effect, it is essentially the same thing as what Peppy does, only Peppy uses intuition to examine a situation rather than having powers to examine something. Many people didn’t like that Krystal essentially hijacked Peppy’s role, having her in an Arwing while Peppy was on the Great Fox didn’t help. I think there are ways to have them both knee deep in the action, the word “replaced” should be avoided. Nobody’s replacing Peppy, she’s just a new asset for the team.
Say in a game similar to StarFox 2 (The kind I’m hoping for), it would be cool if the player is allowed to pick 4 pilots from an expanded team of roughly 8: Fox, Falco, Slippy, Peppy, Miyu, Fay, Fara and Krystal. (going into detail on the others is a post for another day), Krystal’s special; is that she can tell the player when and where enemies will show up ahead of time, perhaps a blue glow appears as the outline of the enemy type at the location on the map where they are likely to appear. Essentially, Krystal can telepathically sense thoughts from across space, this might be a bit of a stretch. We can probably also keep Krystal giving Fox obvious warnings on bosses or enemies ahead, probably swap around with Peppy doing similar.
Remember when I mentioned Cerenia? We know nothing about what it looks like, we can easily assume it was a technologically advanced civilization similar to Corneria, but their technology is almost more mystical. We already know Krystal’s staff is powered by crystals that the player has to gather, so it uses a fuel source. Perhaps this is the basis of most of their technology. On top of that, perhaps Cerenians’ use of telepathy goes hand in hand with their technology, ESP basically. Krystal being the last of her kind would be a huge boon to the team if that were the case, especially if Venomians were after it. (Something I’ll bring up later).
Her plot, her mannerisms, dynamic with the team and character interactions:
What we have: Cerenia was literally only mentioned in the manual, most of Krystal’s backstory being raised by Randorn, and her quest to save Dinosaur Planet (now called Sauria) was utterly cut. It was mentioned she was looking for her PARENTS, only for all of that to be utterly abandoned the moment Krystal is trapped, and it is never brought up again, ever. As I mentioned earlier, Krystal adds tiny tiny bits to the plot using her telepathy, other than the one shift to danger leading into mission 6 in Assault, other than that, she sorta takes a backseat sadly.
In terms of her interactions, in Adventures, we see her as friendly and kind, speaking to a fallen Earthwalker, and being more than willing to help. She defiantly tells-off Scales the moment she met him, and also declares “We will never kneel to you!” When Andross is re-awakened, although it wasn’t revealed to be him quite yet, at least not to Fox, AKA, the Player. Later in Assault, she retains being fairly sugary sweet, and becomes almost of a mommy figure. She softly scolds Slippy or Falco. “This happens because you’re reckless, be more careful!”. She is at least able to disagree with Fox, when he was going down to the surface on Katina to investigate the mystery on Katina-base, she says “By yourself? It’s too dangerous, I’m going too..” sadly, he tells her that he wants them in Arwings as cover, and she doesn’t have anything left to say. She became very passive compared to Adventures, where she promptly snatches her staff away from Fox to fire wildly at Andross. Although, she did seem proud of her combat abilities on foot, like dialogue: “I’m becoming an expert marksman, aren’t I?”, “I won’t be beaten by the likes of these things.”
Krystal can be sweet and friendly, but she needs to have some feistiness to her too. She does retain some of this whenever Panther hits on her, she either ignores him, or sarcastically blows him out of the water. Even saying “As long as I’m covering Fox..” in an angry tone. A nice case of her defiance, and her loyalty to Fox, but that leads us to another problem, I’ll get to that in a sec… We never learn anything about what really motivates her, only that she seems to care about the team, care about others, and Sauria. Some more dialogue: “We WILL save Sauria, just you watch and see!!” “Poor beautiful Sauria, they won’t get away with this.” “All we can do is hope for their safety!”. Of course, most of her screen time is taken up by her practically throwing herself at Fox. She is obsessively romantic over him and it overshadows the entire rest of her character by a pretty wide margin. Although, the best part of that downfall to her character, is that she does reject Panther a bit, she even convinced him to tell them where Pigma was… the idea was good, but we could have gotten much more dialogue banter that leads her to tricking Panther’s one-track-mind into helping them.
How it can be better: Adapting her backstory with Randorn (as brief off-screen events) could do her wonders, her homeworld was utterly destroyed by Andross; the big villain of the universe. Andross wanted to research their unique psionic powers, and upon finding a way to gain this power, he had them wiped out to keep them from aiding Corneria in the coming Lylat War. Krystal, once aware of this, knows that she is all alone and has nowhere to go or be. Fox is the first person she meets (Adventures timeline), and is perhaps the only person she trusts at first. He introduces her to the StarFox team, and she suddenly now has friends and family. Krystal shouldn’t mommy the team members, but she should be sensitive to when they are in danger, and desire for their safety. I’m not against her romance with Fox, but her romantic implications with Fox should either be drastically reduced or ousted altogether. The fans can take care of that… She can still be defiant and headstrong in the face of villainy. Krystal could become very important whenever Cerenian technology or cosmological phenomenon come into play.
Cerenian technology could have refined warping or shielding technology. For example, if a shield protecting Corneria fails, the team, and their other friends could find a way to make a shield from Cerenian tech. Krystal alone has access to it. Remember that Crystal that turned her into an infamous damsel in distress in Adventures? Imagine if those were some kind of interface for Cerenian technology; one that puts users in suspended animation and can be dangerous and painful for untrained users. Perhaps Krystal uses that very thing to create a shield and project it over the planet, similar to what her staff can do.
The overview here, is that elements of Dinosaur Planet can be adapted to fit the StarFox Universe, and keep Krystal from appearing out-of-place. Using some of those elements, and what was done well in Assault to better justify her presence, give Krystal something to do, and a doorway through which she can affect the plot, or gameplay much more than she did. Treating her backstory, and the fact she is last-of-her-kind should be integral to her motivation, and interactions with other characters.