The Babey...... He hath returned home..........
The Babey...... He hath returned home..........
a rendition of monocle layton au as if written by a tabletop roleplay gm:
Twenty years into the future, following Claire’s ‘passing’ and Bill’s actual, well-deserved death (🍾) ; London is an intensely dystopian, dieselpunk setting ran by the Prime Minister & Awfully Corrupt Gentleman - don’t call him that to his face - Hershel Layton. Rather than becoming an archaeological professor, he’s a rightfully intelligent & calculated man operating under his own accord.
Hershel’s essentially a part of London’s underground, becoming their voice and the leader of his own mafia group after gaining control of London’s ministry and also - there’s no Queen here. The Royal Monarchy was either disbanded a long time ago or never existed in the Layton Times. Actually, the Royal Family is a thing of the past. Go figure!
Rather than relying on modern electronics, London’s dieselpunk environment is wrought with visible crime & poverty - as this is the 1980′s in an Earth-like world. Akin to the Nest, as ex-Targent became involved in fighting against Layton (good job, Bronev) rather than searching for the Azran (thanks, Layton) in order to bring back Claire. This is due to Targent actually having influence, moving their headquarters over to London once Bronev had taken over and rebuilding there. Did the cops do anything against the militia? Not really.
Aside from the setting ; Layton is a straightforward, malicious autocrat don disguised as a politician - throughout London, puzzles are an actual deterrent rather than a past-time. They’re used as warnings, torture devices, brutalist mind games to throw upon an unwarranted person whenever Layton’s interrogating for answers or when there’s an obvious time limit before something happens.
“If you can’t solve this puzzle, why bother sparing your family?”
Nonetheless, he still uses his archaeological knowledge to locate the Azran Legacies and is dependent on them to bring back his loved one. In the hopes that he could be brought back from the brink. To be fixed, in his own words, by her love.
He’s invested millions into technological advancements, considering how his goal isn’t to build a time machine - it’s to have power over London’s people.
There are other things that have changed, as courtesy of this being both alternate universe & canon divergent:
Clive Dove retains a facial burn scar on the right side of his face, as he was already near the apartment when the time machine exploded. It’s healed, but is visible and he’s blind in that eye. He’s not as desperate as Hershel and is actively leading a rebellion against London itself.
London was already somewhat tense following Targent’s takeover, but became worse once Hershel took over. Enforced curfews. A team of disciplinaries - cops -
Aurora exists. She’s hadn’t been discovered by this time, but will be sooner or later if Hershel gets off his seat and GOES.
Desmond Sycamore isn’t an archaeologist, but a revolutionary and undercover detective. He knows about Layton’s actual identity, but doesn’t think Hershel knows. Hershel does know, in fact, he’s the one who had Leon assassinated after coming upon his papers. (idk!! ok!!!) He’s all for Clive’s cause, but doesn’t think of him as a hero and rather, some kid who yelled before everyone else did. Wife & daughter are safe in an unknown location.
Jean Descole, additionally, is Desmond’s alter who split off from serious traumatic events ever since he was young. He’s overtly professional and cruel, has a way with words, speaks his mind, etc. His opinions aren’t sugar-coated, however he isn’t the greatest at child care and leaves it all to Desmond. Mechanical engineer, other mentor to Flora. Doesn’t like wearing the vigilante costume
Claire Foley is a main protagonist, attempting to stop her lover’s bullshit and fight against him in the hopes that he gives up power. She’s confident and heroic, intelligent in how she wields her knowledge of physics and other scientific topics. She’s leader-like, maintaining her cool and goes by Celeste. Wears a different hairstyle. Is able to remain semi-permanently stable.
Dimitri Allen is the main reason why Claire is able to remain in London. He’s not proud of what he’s done, often wallowing in misery. Is in custody of Flora, as he went after the Golden Apple due to rumors about the city. Obviously, he followed said rumors. Solved Puzzles. Is an underground scientist and double agent. Doesn’t have a love for Claire, simply thinks of the bygone days.
Flora is the shared apprentice of Jean and Dimitri - she’s an excellent mechanic and Luke’s friend. Has a stronger identity here, in helping out the revolutionaries by creating gadgets and kits for breaking through things. Has a love for fighting.
Emmy (Emmeline???) didn’t just to be Layton’s assistant, rather - she’s an ex-Targent agent who also trained Flora in martial arts and is double-agenting. Calls Layton be his real name - Theodore - and provides information to everyone else. Is responsible for espionage on both ends, but is a master thief as well.
Luke is Clive’s younger brother, in a way, but his ability to converse with animals does exist - thank you, Mystery Journey - and he’s the scout / messenger. Clark is busy keeping Misthallery away from London contact, while Brenda is also helping out the Revolution. Is told to stay away from the front lines, guess what he does? Rush his dumbass to the front lines.
for day 7; i dont think they argue a lot, but they DO bicker frequently and it usually goes like this
I hate rendering /lh
Feral Dimitri with Astra is legitimately disgusting lmao. His damage is in the triple digits.
Maybe now I have a hard counter to fallen Edlegard...
In other news: still no legendary dimitri...
One of the best parts about ByDue is that it’s Byleth and Dedue calmly having tea in the foreground while Dimitri has a years long character arc in the background /
Whatever their differences, I know in my heart that Claude, Dimitri, and Edelgard would all be the kind of little kid who cried when they found out they had cavities, not because they're scared of the drill or the needle, but because they let down their dentist. :(
An improved version of my last Dimitri drawing. I experimented a bit with watercolor pens and tried to give it more cold tones, too.
Dimitri - Visual Prison episode 09
guess who FUCKING PITY BROKE ME AT 12,50
YEAH. NÓTT. holy shit she's potentially at +4 now. my dimitri is now at +5. LIKE. TWO DIMITRIS ON A BANNER AND I PULL FOUR NÓTTS.
Hypothetically speaking... Could you start a religion without it becoming a cult?
ngl i might just give up
Iʼm proud to announce I finally chose my favorite VisuPri unit. Itʼs ECLIPSE!
I have to say I like O★Zʼs music more but “Royal Crown” was really impressive. The notes were so high, but this is typical of ECLIPSE.
Also, that bond between ECLIPSE members is just special, theyʼre in sync, they genuinely care about each other. Theyʼre so similar, yet so different, as Oggi magazine said. I feel like they gives off some Re:vale vibes. Theyʼre married and no one will change my mind. Besides, one of my favorite seiyuu (Massun) who is also the reason why I started VisuPri is in ECLIPSE.
Animated characters wearing tuxedo/suit ✨
there is not a single character here that can be spared from my love and affection for them
Eclipse - Visual Prison episode 09
I didn't think my Dimitri art would get that much attention! Well, here's another sketch since he is still on my mind.