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Heroes That Never Die by darkspeeds Heroes That Never Die by darkspeeds
The official ASHWORTH protagonist cast. = ) Along with the six I've decided to add an additional two characters who may have potential in the future production of ASHWORTH series.

Allow me to provide a short description of each character for an introduction. ;)

Ashworth - A person with a deadly curse and has the power to change the world

Ruby 'Locke' Steadfast - An outgoing & loving person, but a justice freak

Parmir - A cute genius but also a pervert

Fei - A silent martial artist seeking to perfect his technique

Healix - A double dealer but a crafty inventor

Geena - A quiet and unspoken character with a mysterious past

Duke Vienna - A runaway prince who seeks adventure

Laurine Glory - A priestess with a gambling problem

Here's a little more about the two new additions:

  • Duke Vienna (The Great Discord)

    In his chapter we explore how Ashworth and Ruby meets up with a vanguard and his crew who are caught in the middle of a war zone between the Lagesta and Standfordia kingdoms in Earth World.

    It seems that the leaders of Lagesta and Standfordia were about to sign a peace treaty. However all hell broke loose when one of the soldiers in the opposite party was murdered brutally in the night. It was declared that the peace treaty was off and war was to be official between the two kingdoms.

    Duke the Vanguard and his crew pilots an airship called 'Rolando' and were ordered by the Lagesta Kingdom to investigate behind the scenes on what exactly happened that night in hope to provide evidence to both leaders of the kingdoms and stop the war without bloodshed.

    Will Ashworth and Ruby lend a hand to Duke and his crew and resolve the matter? And if so will they make it in time before more innocent lives take fall?

  • Laurine Glory (The Song That Stops All Wars)

    Laurine is projected to be the last character to be recruited with ASHWORTH and his friends. They catch up with Laurine in the Heaven World who is desperately in need of a confidence boost.

    She is the choosen one by the Goddess of Elostaciel who will be on a pilgrimage to face great challenges that will test her outmost abilities as a priestess of the Harmonia Kingdom.

    At the end of her journey she will have to acquire a song. This song is constructed by melodies which will be collected and remembered from each challenge. This song is called the 'Song of Hope' one of the most powerful songs in the Heaven World. She is to use this song in order to stop the terrible war that is happening in between her kingdom.

    Will Ash and his friends help Laurine fulfil her duties as a priestess and acquire the 'Song of Hope' in time? Only time will tell.

    Oh and BTW! To those who figured out how that logo featured Ashworth's fur chest as an insigma, well done! :) Thank you so kindly for all your feedback and kind words of encouragement! Oh and not forgetting the ASHWORTH fanart/poems/stories too! :hug:
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    chankaylore Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2007
    Very nice presentation of the cast! Well, the protagonists at least XD; It makes for an interesting take on each of them too; seeing how much of their personality you can show with such a limited space.

    Also, on a more technical note, I like how you've forgone the shading and highlighting for this (as it may have looked a little too busy!) and kept the basic flat colours; simple and clean is what I'm trying to say, really.

    Top-notch job Darkspeeds! :thumbsup:
    bipolar-wolfcat Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2007
    your characters are reminiscent of those from Sonic the Hedgehog.... ^_^;; to me anyways. I really like the character designs and how you described them.... i'm very interested as to what this is all about.... hm...
    demonmustdie Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2007
    what tool did u use for this artwork looks like u've done it from photoshop
    paperclipgal Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2007
    laurine looks so cute!great job
    anemixdacat93 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2007
    I can't express myself, Ashworth is so cool. Even my little 6 year old bro says: "Hey, is Ashworth from Sonic? What is he? Is he a wolf? He kinda looks like Shadow" And other stuff. He even draws him! Can you believe there's gonna be fanart from 6 year olds??!! He even says: "Lets play: you'll be Fei and I'll be Ashworth, ok? And lets make pretend Ashworth plays Xbox 360" XDDDDD

    I'm telling you, if you take him to other places in Australia, you might make it into a cartoon! Well, that's what my mom said, about getting a person's char into business. I also have a character, Crackers, a cat, but it still isn't as popular as Ashworth: maybe I don't draw him that often? Who knows.

    Well, I'll go straight to the point: What would be really cool for you is that you could make Ashworth a legend. Imagine that, a TRUE legend, just like Sonic The Hedgehog, the blue blur we all know and adore. Heck, even I'm extremely happy for you, and I'm not even Ashworth's creator! XDDD I'm supporting you on this one, and I hope you fulfill your dream to the max. Ashworth is an incredible accomplishment, if you ask me. Fei, Parmir, Geena, Healix, Duke, and Laurine are such independent characters :D :D

    Keep up the excellent work, and I know Ashworth will become famous, I just KNOW IT.
    darkspeeds Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
    *sniff*... That was very rewarding for feedback... ;__;.....


    Thank you very much for telling me your experiences of you, your little bro and family talking about how ASHWORTH can become a great cartoon one day. Gosh that's rather cute to have your little bro say all those things... It's something that cannot be replaced and I thank you once again for sharing me your kind words of encouragement and experiences.

    Yes I do plan to make ASHWORTH a legend, I plan to revolutionise the Sonic style and the next time people see this kind of art they won't just say it's Sonic, it's ASHWORTH as well! :D

    So you have a cat character named Crackers? He/she looks cute on that latest sketch of yours! ^^ I'm sure with enough effort and commitment your cartoon will become just as famous! ;) :hug:

    Thank you once again for this feedback Anemixdacat93! It really means a lot to me! ^__^ /= ) :) :aww:

    Oh and please thank your mom and little brother for their feedback and suggestions too! I'd really appreciate it! ^^ *thumbs up*
    anemixdacat93 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2007
    You're welcome :aww: You know what would be spectacular to watch? ASHWORTH on TV. Imagine that!!!! :omg: :omfg: You've gotta introduce ASHWORTH to the world, but how can you do that? (besides posting him on dA) We've gotta brainstorm, now!

    And yeah, he loves ASHWORTH :love: He thinks he's really cool and cute. ;) I personally think he's very original :D :D And Fei is my favorite char after him... At the same time mysterious, but open to the people, like in that comic you're drawing, "SALOON".

    Yep! :D What makes me scared is that someone around here could steal my character: how can I prevent that? I've heard many cases like these. :O :O And he's a boy :D I'm planning to make a comic of him and his friends :w00t:

    Hope ASHWORTH becomes famous. ;) And you too, Elson! :hug: :fingerscrossed:

    PS: I'm really worried about ASHWORTH and related chars: wouldn't SEGA tell you something for making ASHWORTH slightly similar to Sonic? I think you should draw Ashworth in another style, not Yuji Uewaka style. :O_o: :O_o:

    PS2: Hey, you can call me Ximena. It's my real name. ;) It's very common in Mexico :D :D

    PS3: Are you gonna come to Mexico? :hmm:
    superchaoticboom Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2007
    Okay,now I know I'm just being annoying but...I'm noticing Fei and Geena.From what I can tell they both seem to have a lot in common in their profiles: They're both seem to have a mysterious past,they both communicate with each other using sign language,both are skilled in martial arts (although she assassinates),they're both the same age which can help^^;. Okay... if there was anything I left out,I'm sorry! I'm just saying they'd seem to make a cool couple! I know this picture probably has nothing to do with this but to me it looks like Geena could be flirting with Fei; Fei looks nervous.:) unless this is just their character-introduction-expression like you said... ^^; but I for one would think they'd be very cool for each other y'know?;)
    I'm sorry this is just wishfull thinking but do/will they have a 'thing' for each other as well? sorry I try to guess at these things! I can't help it! ^^
    darkspeeds Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
    Yeah indeed they have a 'thing' for each other. ;) You see Geena is an expert of languages but there is one language she hasn't master yet - sign language. Who else has that knowledge better than anyone in the ASHWORTH world? *points to Fei* ^^

    They both share are rather depressing past and I hope that the two will meet up and try to work together to make the world a difference. *thumbs up* ^_^
    superchaoticboom Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2007
    Those are great characters! I can't wait to see more comics of them! So exciting!!! ^^
    And I've got to know, will Ashworth and Ruby get a 'thing' for each other? ;) Sorry for asking ^^;
    superchaoticboom Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2007
    Your welcome! Your comic looks so awesome! I really can't wait to read the rest of it to see how it turns out!;It's also great that Ashworth and Ruby will have a 'romantic' relationship! Hooray for the relationships! Wow! Your characters are so cool! * Starts choking on excitement* Okay, I'm going to stop talking...G'Bye! ^^ Your the coolest!
    darkspeeds Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
    I thik you're the first to ask that question to me directly! XXD Why yes I have a feeling that they will have a 'thing' for each other. ^_~ Thanks for asking superchaoticboom! And also thanks for sharing me your enthusiasm for the ASHWORTH series! :D
    Cool-cat Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2007
    o_o Wow, just wow. I too am working on a group pic for my series's more complex than this and let me tell ya, it's murder! x_x.

    That aside, great job on this. I love the color schemes and character designs.

    Keep up the great work, Darkspeeds ^_~.
    strike-the-tiger Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2007
    Wow i love the line up of characters, each one of them are ver distinct and unique from each other physiscally and in personality.
    DontatheWolf09 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2007
    Okay, I admit it, I love your art now Darkspeeds! This is a great line-up of your characters and I have to say that Ashworth and Fei are my personal favorites just because of thier attitudes. You got one as the great hero and the other as the strong, brutal but silent type. It plays out well.

    As for the picture You did a great job, showing off a colorful pallet like on Ruby

    Way to go Darkspeeds, as usual you show your great artistic ability to the best! Way to go man! :thumbsup: :+fav:
    Fenix287 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2007   Traditional Artist
    you are the absolute GREATEST ARTIST EVER!!!
    CatDasher Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
    Awesome!!!! verry good.. i wish could draw so good like you! i Love it!! :love: :love: :love:
    SempaiMiles Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2007
    Hey this is a great "promotional" piece! Lovely!

    missusruin Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2007
    <33 I absoluty ADORE your character designs here. :3 Nice to see they're not the usual cliche species, too. xDD

    The colour combinations used on most of these looks really awesome. :heart: I also love their clothing and designs~ <33 You really have a nack for these kinda things. :heart: The information given also sounds very interesting. 8D :heart: Their different personalities is wonderful. :heart:
    <33 Great work.
    DarkMar0 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
    Great job!!! I hope your dream to make Ashworth into a comic becomes a reality for you! And if it does...I'll buy a copy!! ^^
    BloomBlitz Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2007  Student General Artist
    This is incredible! Beautiful work and great descriptions! I also enjoy how you've found different personalities for 8 characters! This is a great piece of art, and very informal, not to mention a huge step towards your goal.
    JalessiaJ Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2007  Professional Artist
    This looks really awesome XD. I'm a big fan of Parmir and Fei ^^. Your two new characters sound interesting as well
    Chaoscontroler1992 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2007
    This is awesome like always
    keep up the Good work Darkspeeds
    ANISTHEHEDGEHOG Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2007
    whoa!!! really this its the ashworthserie? yay!!! *w* really i like see it, i can drwam it, this its a wonderful masterpiece!!!!
    DariusDemonWings Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2007
    Great to see more of Ashworth and crew Elson! I think I'm going to giv another breakdown of he characters because I can now fully appreciate the lovely colours and personalities again.

    Ashworth- The way he holds his pose definately seems to suggest his wonderfull badassnes(though the recent comic proves he can be humorus XD) and the orange/tanish fur works well with the black and red.

    Ruby- The red works very nicely with that green jewel of hers the pose is once again very lovely and sweet. Justice freak you say? That seems like a rather interesting trait XD?

    ParmirVery bright and vibrant in fact it looks almost like with the cloathing style that he has a kid robin hood persona to him...except for the fact that he's perverted XD and the smile totally gives him away

    Fei Great work on the neuturals on him, provides a small but rather nice contrast.

    Genna She seems to just have a slight One Piece referance to her doesn't she? XD Oh but how that Nico Robin look works for her. You wouldn't think that purple and orange would work to well but it actually plays out very nicely, most likely because of the black and tan on her.

    Helix I think he definately has an interesting colour scheme albiet slightly odd I think it's pretty good, it also seems that he's playing that wonderful brave face however memory tells me that he has Usopp's well as his overalls XD

    Duke........*cue his fangirl squad*....Enough said about what most people will think about this one and I too was pleasantly surprised to see him there too can't wait to see how he's going to mingle with everyone

    Laurine Oh dear.....this character is going to be so hillarious to watch :rofl: I can so see her in a texas hold em tourney. She also seems to have one of those lovely sweet carring character roles that is always good to see. Two questions about her though...1) I'm pretty sure I'm right on this but she's an owl correct? and 2) Is she going to use her voice as a weapon of sorts kinda like Tear in Tales of the Abyss where she sings hyms that create a spell?

    Well I think I'm pretty much done the critiquing today since it's getting rather late over here.*sweatdrop* however if you ever need a voice in the Ashworth series like an audio comic or something along those lines than feel free to contact me about it since I would love more experience/practice in vocal work!

    SwiftShadow777 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2007
    dude they'll never die. and even if they do (which they won't) i'll kill the person who killed them.
    EvyCrystal Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
    heheh I still wuv Fei XD LOL these chars are really great Elson
    wow ^^ man I still need to redraw all my chars oO I have over 20 T_T going to take a really long time XD and each and everyone has their own story to tell ^^ <3 hehe *huggles* I'm feeling really happy XD how about u?
    darkspeeds Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
    Yeah I'm very happy too thanks EvyCrystal! = ) :hug: Just getting ready for my next comic page. ^_~
    EvyCrystal Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
    ooOooooOOo I can't wait to see it ^0^- :hug:
    KaleidoStar132 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2007
    heck, Duke is CUTE!!!!
    *glomps him* :glomp:
    slimEGGMAN Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2007
    "duke" looks very similar to the captain of "tails away".

    I love that Fey guy (or is he a girl?)

    anyway excelent job, as usual....
    Valejandra-Fox Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2007  Student Traditional Artist
    totally awsome ^-^b
    ellathedragon Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2007

    I think this looks great Elson!
    I wanna do some teaser poster for my Shadow the Dragon series ^^
    AN1ME Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2007
    this is such an awesome picture =darkspeeds

    kkz000 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2007
    Ashworth again,Great Dark,I~~ like.^o^
    SoftMonKeychains Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
    Hi darkspeeds!!!!!
    Yah, I know, I already comented your artwork but I have a new....

    This time I made a ASHWORTH COMIC!!!!!!!!
    For you^^
    There is the link:


    I hope you like it^^
    Lightwind Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2007
    I really like this, such wonderful and colorful characters. It has helped inspire me to let go of my Wii-mote and practice my drawings.

    I wish you good luck with this, and I hope you wish me luck on my stories.
    Darklordreaper Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2007
    Nice job and good luck with the comic.
    Kenj Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2007  Hobbyist
    Geena's looks and her quite breif description makes me think Nico Robin, a bit. :0
    Kimera-Kuiroaki Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
    Heeeey, we have two new friends =D that's nice ^^
    Awesome art, you must do a poster someday, so I can put it in my wall =o xD
    KentaruZ Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2007  Professional Writer
    wow, they all look so amazing x3
    And the new ones are incredible, awesome work Elson :clap:
    MEDistant Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
    red-orange-yellow-green-blue-purple-grey n' pink! We have a color wheel going on here! X3
    still, cool; theses are some nice designs. 'really sounds like something out of a comic~ ^^
    Autobot-Revimus Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2007
    Nice work yet again. It also gives us a little preview of the new characters, without fully showing them. Nice choice, makes us want to see the full profiles even more. XD And with the kind of effort you're putting into this series, there's little doubt you'll accomplish your goal. Heck, you've got the support for it from your fans too. Don't slack off because of what I've said though, cause This is going to require you to give it as much effort as you can. So with that, keep up the good work. Also, this is going in my faves as well. XD
    IronHedgehog Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2007
    Another masterpiece dude! I can almost see Ashworth the movie in my mind!
    You have to promise me though....if you ever animate an Ashworth comic, you've gotta give me the VA part for one of the Roadkill gang!
    ...and maybe Duke...he does look terribly English *Sips Tea, eats a Scone*. Is that the final Logo you're going to go with now? I know you had a couple in mind, was just wondering if you've decided upon a favourite.
    Right, off to die in my (broken) bed! Catch you around dude!

    darkspeeds Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
    LOL! XD Thanks for sharing me your feedback and vision of the ASHWORTH series Adam! = )

    Dude I may not only give you a part in the Roadkill gang but if you can do a deeper voice than your usual I will surely give you Duke's part! I'm serious! :) *LMAO @ "Sips Tea, eats a Scone" XXXD* Because I'm planning to be the official voice for Ashworth if I can get that as part of the deal when negotiating a contract with a cartoon/anime publisher. I would love to have you along as a voice actor for the series if it all goes well. We'll be able to voice act in both English and Japanese too! :D

    Yes that is officially my final logo design for the moment. If there are changes needed then I shall apply but for now I'm happy with it. ^_~ Catch ya next time buddy and may you continue to bring on the parties! XXD *thumbs up*
    Dante91 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
    This is awesome man. This reminds me of a similar group pic I recently posted. I really think you have something cool going with the series. The characters create great variety within the series. I hope to make an Ashworth fanart pic in the future if its ok with you. Till then, keep up the great work darkspeeds
    darkspeeds Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
    Thanks Dante91! :D I really appreciate your feedback. ^^

    Dude of course I don't mind! Go for it! *thumbs up* ^_^
    Dante91 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
    Anytime man. It'll be worth it. Once again, keep up the great work. :highfive:
    youngerthanthesoul Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2007
    sweet 2 new characters,your awsome at creating stories for characters,they look like official sega characters but kinda RPG style
    Teamster Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2007
    A preistess with a gambling problem. XD. But I love the art. It's very colorful! A faves!
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