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This is the first time I've ever posted this character in any capacity on the web so here's his debut in this image art scene.

This character is one of the first sendai designs ever created for what eventually became Theos Ke Polemos and Theos Ke Basilea. I designed this little fella, along with a great deal of design ideas by my friend and early co-creator Steve Loveland, way back in 1990 (I kid not). The original design was somewhat different but hasn't changed much since.

The character is named Gumbinnen "Gumbee" Sems. He's a Phoenix Myrmidon telepathic defense system or taedus for short. Taedai are essentially combat effective sendai used in military, law enforcement, and private investigations. Gumbee is of the later, a P.I. He's the partner of Heath Wuthering [link] and they are both members of the Inter-Bloc Private Investigations Organization (I.P.I.O.), based on Indus. They live in the political bloc of Genuaš.

Taedi are a necessity when dealing with potentially violent sendai in law enforcement work. The taedus unit has a use bond contract with it's human user (partner) and is an extension of the human user in gathering intel, data, etc. What it sees the human sees, depending on the degree of use flow between the two. Ultimately the taedus unit is what keeps their human partners alive when confronting other deadly sendai.

Both Heath and Gumbinnen have achieved a near legendary status as one of the most efficient and skilled taedus use partnerships working on Indus currently. Their both highly respected by their peers and quite feared by the criminal element. Living in Genuaš, a rather progressive political bloc with sendai rights, Heath and Gumbee are more like old friends than a formal partnership. Heath values Gumbee's wisdom and comradeship.

In the scene here Gumbee is disabling (frying out) a keypad lock on a financial institution on Indus. Once the door is opened he'll likely send a backpack drone to investigate first (often done when there are places he can't get to himself, small passages, narrow doors, etc).

I've been pretty busy working on new stuffs so expect more to come ;)

Pencil BG illustration painted in Photoshop CS3 and Painter X. Gumbee is digitally inked and colored in CS3. The illustration is an updated re-draw of a scene from an old uncompleted comic featuring some of these characters.
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l33tn3rdz Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Here is actually something I created that was inspired by this and the discussion we had. I created this as sort of a solution to this type of infiltration. [link]
l33tn3rdz Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Frying the system will only jam the door locks in the current position. So now the door is permanently sealed!

Should have used a keypad decryptor.
VulnePro Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Professional Filmographer
While this is a good point and observation who said the keypad lock controls the entire door or how it functions? The notion is it's simply a clamp lock that can be opened by frying it out the clamp and then the door can still be opened (this is not cyberpunk land, not all of the tech is mad sophisticated). Granted this doesn't mean it's a good lock but that's the fun of it being a more visual gag here. He actually would, more often than not, directly pick the lock/key code without the zappy arc but I wanted to do something more visual (being a single frame here) and that's what I did with the notion the door has a crap lock on it.

Still good observation none the less. Thanks for dropping by :)
l33tn3rdz Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Well considering the fact that the building design suggested that this was a cyberpunk setting, I figured that this was a fully electronic security door with the polymorphic mutating crypto lock that is almost impossible to crack.

But still I know what you are trying to do here, however one disadvantage to frying the door lock regardless of the technology is that there is now a blatantly obvious security breach (fried door lock impossible to miss).

So if this was a covert op then this is a FAIL because the moment someone comes down to look; BUSTED!

But like you said in the description he has other things to hopefully tackle any other security systems behind it.

Personally my places due to the technology and security I use, this thing and its partner would be down for the count before even getting very far into the building.

I can list some of the many systems I use.
VulnePro Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Though I dig cyberpunk myself, nope this isn't a cyberpunk setting or kind of story. Sure it has some tenuous elements but overall it's a different animal.

I wouldn't say there's really any kind of building type that suggests cyberpunk but atmosphere and lighting can to a degree so I can understand how you might think this is such a project. No net cowboy action here. The setting is more a mix of retro futurism and maybe a bit closer to steampunk though it's not really that either. If anything this is very much classic film noir in spirit.

It's not a covert op, he's more or less something like a P.I. (that is often contracted by police) that's simply getting through a low security door the fast and brutish way in order to cut off and flank some suspects he was chasing, there's nothing crazy behind the door but sending in a drone is standard to scope it out. The setting is an architectural maze so it's a situation of cutting a straight line to the objective.

This was taken from an old abandoned comic project so that's the basic idea. Just an image art illo for pitch materials now.

Wervolvhead Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Good work!This little details and things are good chosen..looks like a work place for someone beacause of this posters on the left.
Usagisama Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2009
Heh, he makes his own access! :D Awesome image btw :+favlove:
VulnePro Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Aye, that he does :D My thanks and glad you dig it! I have some interesting stuff planned so there will be more to be posted :D
XRobinGoodFellowX Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009
absolutly impressive! i love your line e color!
VulnePro Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Thank you :) You have some pretty cool city scenes and paintings yourself. Thanks for dropping by!
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