Wow, I’m running out of redesigns! This is the third out of four, and it happens to be my favorite. I did it in AP World History class on the back of a worksheet, but hey, looks good to me.
Yep, it’s Longlegs… and, as I wrote in the caption above, he’s done some growing up since last time. That, and his metal appendages have been altered to look sturdier and simpler. I certainly like the changes, but do they mean anything for his character?
Well, we could go into the backstory of the costume itself. Longlegs didn’t start off his life in the Rift wearing that fanciful brown overcoat; rather, it’s given to him by fellow protagonist Grea. Before he can ask her where she got it, however, she’s already run off to her workshop to build him a new set of his iconic, well, legs. Because Longlegs is her Mandate (which means he is her sole responsibility), Grea takes great pride in designing and constructing the “Longlegs MK II”, “MK III”, and beyond. Each pair of legs has its own function, and some pack a devastating punch.
I don’t want to give too much away, though. I’ve got lots in store for you guys. See you in a few days!
I know you’re probably itching for a description, so I’ll get on with the (nonexistent) pleasantries. The boy on the left doesn’t know his own description, let alone his name or how old he is (although we’re assuming late teens); he’s awoken in a vast, steam-powered world with danger around every corner. Oh, and he has quite noticeable cybernetic legs from the knee down, worthy of his nickname “Longlegs”. This only adds to the mystery.
But who would give him this silly nickname, you ask? None other than the girl on the right, who’s survived in the Rift long enough to get her her own name: “Grea” (pronounced “Gree”). It should be obvious from her Rosie the Riveter-esque pose, the wrench in hand and various bandages and grease stains, but to those who haven’t guessed: she’s a mechanic. And an optimist, as clear from her facial expression.
That’ll be it for these new characters from Project STEAMPUNK… for now. But remember that kid from “Keep Running“? Yeah… hate to tell you, but he, one of my oldest and longest-running characters, is currently being reworked into an entirely new series. A new protagonist named Hera will shortly be taking his place in Project LEGEND. More on this as it develops.