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Drawing people shaking hands from that angle is really tricky, it turns out. Also, I would have liked to have shown Senator Neverman from the front on this page, rather than just the side and the back, but it didn't quite work out that way in the end. Apart from that, I'm not too dissatisfied with the way this page turned out, although I think I may need to rethink my approach with 3D modelling for chapter 4. Having been re-reading Sonic the Comic over the last couple of weeks, I've felt inspired to try depending less on SketchUp and more on my own skills. After all, they'll never improve if I never try, will they?
Anyways, with Roma Nova, I really wanted there to be a sharp contrast between this city and Iopolis. This is the heart of the Confederate States of Mars, formerly the most powerful city in the Terran System. It had to be overwhelmingly huge, with big, imposing, futuristic looking buildings, compared to the smaller, almost rustic Iopolis. Think of it as being like the difference between Smallville and Metropolis in Superman comics. On a smaller scale, Neverman's office in Mars Dome had to look smooth and slick compared to Caradoc's office at Jupiter House. More space age, less organic, but also grander, more opulent, despite this office being only the office of a senator, rather than a head of state like Caradoc. Anyways, I like the way it turned out.
Now, originally, chapter 3 was going to be a story about Queen Sakura (Eon's wife, for those of you with short memories, or who never read Eon's World 1.0), but I was never satisfied with the script for it. I don't think many people would be interested in an 11 page argument between a queen and a lord, so I decided to scrap that idea for now and focus on the whole assassination plot. However, I did recycle the news report into the opening of this chapter. News reports are great for exposition... and laying the foundations for things to come...
Oh yes! I would be remiss if I did not let long time readers know that Nova Cambria (the Eon's World 2.0 equivalent of Australia) was formerly known in Eon's World 1.0 as 'Stalauria'. The name change is a complete retcon. After all, Stalauria wasn't a particularly clever name in the first place; it was just an anagram of 'Australia'. But, yes, it is the same state that was occupied by the Empire during the Union-Imperial War and formed the seat of the Imperial government. In the updated Eon's World canon, Nova Cambria is named after the Britannic province of Cambria (equivalent to Wales in the real world).
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