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INTRODUCTION

I've always considered Quake1 and Quake2 different games, that are in serie by name only.

So, quake3 was something of a id Softwaffe Multiverse, the Vadrigari Valhalla, and while being Arena game, it still had very simple, "karmaki porno", plot: you were introduced to arena by Crash, taught by Sarge, and finally spaced by Xaero. So, every character there had their lines, their small history, like Hunter and Sorlag hatred; Wrack being lost in the Arena; Klesk experiencing loud silence of missing voice of We, his all race, slowly replacing by the voices of Vadrigari telling to kill everyone... And so on, so on.

There was a joke: "Doomer was slaughtering the Hell. 1st lap, 2nd lap, 3rd lap... 7th lap, he's finished, every demon is killed, he appears in Paradise. Angels come around him - "Hey, Doomguy, you're so great, no demons, glory to you!". Doomguy, watching this, swithes on chainssaw: "The 8th Lap!""

So, these warriors are lost in their battles, that's their personal hell - they can't stop no more, like in Sarge's intro. Or maybe Vadrigari have taken their projection with body and certain state of mind, so these are trapped in ethernal respawn cycle, and Xaero like no one knows this, like budhist dressed guy :)

And this is very much like Q1, which was very Lovecraftish, with brilliant OST by NIN - and not even first, menu track, but the others, with crazy ambient, with whispers, probably, those that talked with Klesk after all. For Q2 we had Q4, QW:ET, and I'd love to return to Q1 Universe, to have brutal gameplay in environment of Clive Barker's Undying or Call of Chtulhu or Magrunner: Dark Pulse. Like Doom3. But with Chtulhu instead of Hell. :)

Also Q3 with all these characters marked the history and potential plots for another games: another dimensions of Q1, Strogg war of Q2, distopia cyberpunk streets of future Earth, interstellar travels with pirates and so on, just read the bio and phrases of chars.

Well, I hope that Quake Champions will be a true continuator of Q3A. And here are some my ideas what could be taken from old id classic to new incarnation.

EXISTING GLADIATORS

Well, for now in QC there are Ranger, Visor, Anarki, Slash, Sorlag, Galena, Nyx, Scalebearer, Clutch and William "B.J." Blazkowicz.
Part of these gladiators have been seen earlier:

  • Ranger is classic hero of Quake1;
  • B.J. is classic hero of Wolfenstein;
  • Visor, Anarki, Slash, Sorlag are gladiators in Q3A;
  • Nyx might be inspired by Q3A Mynx gladiator;


  • Galena is definetely inspired by Q3TA Crusader faction:
  • Clutch is inspired by Q3-wanna-be-successor Reflex Arena standard (well, only) character; I'd better had TankJr, which, basically, has about the same proportions...
  • And Scalebearer is something new;

GLADIATORS FROM OTHER UNIVERSES

And I guess there is a place for another gladiators. And let's think about what they could be.
Quake 3 gladiators are not heroes, not nice and handy characters; they are anti-heroes, the fallen one, those who stuck in a battle for too much time, like forever. If collect those guys, then it would look like Suicide Squad, Predators or Broforce company. Some stereotypical, even archetypical guys with special skills...

I think, that as other id Software games characters are used, then probably, they are first candidates to appear as a new Gladiators.

  • Wolfenstein: Blazkowicz - already there;
  • Doom: Doom guy - I guess, it yet to come in Doom2016 incarnation, with doublejump, obviously;
  • Quake1: quake guy a.k.a. Ranger - already there;
  • Quake2: quake2 guy a.k.a. Bitterman - he had his model in Q3A, but he's kinda very standard and hard to understand what his special abilities will be and special outfit...
  • Quake4: Matthew Kane - Stroggified human, looks cool for a gladiator, and his special ability is reading and Strogg texts; at least his outfit could be modified to show Strogg speznaz variations. Well, it always thought that Visor is stroggish, but he appeared to be Moscowish. Well, Matthew Kane will be the real Strogg Renegade.
  • Quake Wars: Enemy Territory: well, it's classical soldier against humanoid strogg... But we're, like Vadrygars, are hunting for the super-warriors... Well, Stroggs here look cool. They can be used for parts of Mathew Kane :)

I know nothing about 'RAGE' or 'Commander Keen' games, so I will write nothing about them.

But let's checkout Q3A.

QUAKE 3 ARENA LORDS

CRASH

Basically, she look like Doom female version and she's never considered as a boss. But still it was a nice model; And she's your instructor. Your trainer, so that you can pass Sarge, after all! :)

On the other hand, don't underestimate her... She's a Doom-girl, after all :)


SARGE

Well, it's kinda ethernal sargeant, very stereotypical. He's face is a combination of Arnold Schwarznegger and Clint Eastwood if we look at the model, but more like old John Cena if we watch the Q3 intro.

But, like I've already said you can take some guy with a square face, paint it white - and voila. Remember colonel Miles Quaritch from Avatar? Or Basil Plumbey from We were soldiers?

It's interesting, that in Quake Live Sarge is without the cigar. Oh, these day's modern gaming industry!..

There's even possibility to use Doom3 Sarge - Thomas Kelly, to have something of a link to that game; At least his armor type. Or his opponent, Jack Campbell, they both look pretty much 'sargish'. Anyway, we need just the armor design with certaine archetype.


HUNTER

Well, her initial look probably was a little bit free-minded, but on the other hand she is a tribal woman most probably from tropical areas, so it's completely understandable to wear this kind of outfit. But censorship is censorship, and in Quake Live steam cards she has changed.

I think, she's the one that needs to be in Quake Champions. I guess she'll be Quake's Wonder Woman in her original outfit. Besides, she's a natural enemy of the Sorlag, so she definitely need to appear in-game. There is question about her active ability, but it could be thought out. Also, her outfit can be modified in a various ways - Tribal, Predator, Barbarian, Aztec... Like here:

It would be cool if her shaders would change her battle tattoo/drawings.
This one I've tried to draw by my one:


KLESK

According to the lore he's telepathic and hears voices; I'd say that he could make visions to appear: so everyone around will hear strange sounds, will see distorted, and two bots same as him as distractions, shooting same time. I hope there will be possibility to get 'Flisk'-looking Klesk.


ANARKI

Well, he's already implemented, and now it's looks like classic extraverted Cyberpunk Hacker or else. But the thing is that original Anarki had mouse sewed, which ment that he was totally introverted, not allowing anyone to get inside of his thought. And it was inspired by a gamers that spend all their time in-games, thus game reality becoming their reality - Q3 Anarki was in his cybervision only.

Very good analysis of this character you can find HERE.

URIEL

Vadrygar original hero or anti-hero, and most probably, he's a demon, Doom's antagonist; and there are two options for his special ability: it's a fog/mist from his arena; or a pentagram setup for imidiate teleportation in case of need;

XAERO

Zero is a cybernethic monk. Hard to say what is his ability, but something could be done about meditation - like health restore, or like taking Q3TA powerup, he'll be invincible and static for a period of time; for a passive ability he might have 'flying tiger, crouching dragon ability' - double jump, for example. Or not, as Doom guy will definetely have this ability. Anyway, there's plenty way's to upgrade this guys outfit (including Bruce Lee costume) as despite his cyber-something from the back, he's quite stereotypical:

And talking of Visor's mask - he was not the only one with mask, you know!

QUAKE 3 ARENA GLADIATORS

And there are other guys. Some of them have multiple skins, and it would be nice to be taken into consideration when creating outfit for a certain character.

My drawings about some of the gladiators:

MYNX

Well, her name tells it all: 'Someone or something that is fucking great or can dominate at ease' (c) urbandictionary. With such a name, bio, and lips of Angelina Jolie, she wouldn't make to the modern gaming world. So they replaced it with Nyx, who looks kinda similar, but different.


SLASH

This girl is already implemented a bit censorshipped. Sounds nasty. Interesting analysis of this char you can find HERE.

SORLAG

This girl is implemented too but her initial model looks a lot more different from QC Sorlag. It was more untraditional, and really, looks like Scalebearer with a strange legs and head.

RANGER

Well, this guy is already implemented. It would be interesting to make him look like Wrack for variability in look.
It's interesting, that after Doom-girl, instructor, you meet Quake-guy. Ranger's lost, and so do you. And you gotta find your way out of this Arena hell :)
But there is skin called Wrack - another one talking name - and I'd like to know more about another one quake-guy, lost in Slipgates... Or it would be cool, if Ranger would have an attachable beard and moustache like Anarki does.

VISOR/GORRE

He's already implemented and I think he looks gorgeous, so there's no need to turn to his look in Q3 or his clone Gorre. Though it would be interesting to see the fight, who's the best. Like Ryu vs. Ken :))

DOOM/PHOBOS

As I've already told, Doom is most probably in plans for implementation, so I'd talk of Phobos. If you remember Doom3: RoE, then marine's outfit was different from D3: green vs. blue. So, Phobos - is a third guy from a forgotten add-on, Lost mission. And he should have orange suit :) Anyway, on a new engine, it's just shaders, not entire skin change.



BITTERMAN

Some say that he looks like Bruce Willis, and that he was Q2 war hero, but Q2 was oldskull game that had a player as action hero, not some Gordon Freeman or else guys, who steals all the glory afterall...

On the other hand he has quite strange hairs, and alternative skins, so as his fate was unclear after killing Macron (not the French president, you know), so he might become something of a Matthew Kane, only with completed and updated program, so he will become something of a Terminator.

MAJOR/DAEMIA


Like in the case of Bitterman, nothing to add here: it's a Major, Q2 playable character (in MP, of course). With Bitterman, Sarge and Grunt, she makes a nice Strogg War team. Beside's that - well, cool looking fighter. She could speak spanish, as her another skin - Daemia - does.

GRUNT/STRIPE


Another one anonymous grunt from Q2 Strogg War. Even bio of his reskin - Stripe isn't helping.

KEEL

Well, this one has potential despite obvious name - 'Kill'. But I don't know what could his ability be. Another one human cyborg, this time with some alien tech, but what could it - who knows...

ORBB



Orbb is an interesting thing: it's like journalist on war that decided to take weapon instead of camera in his hands. Also, it's player inpersonification than some archtype or popular hero inspiration: you run with your hands, and you have only eye; hard to say what skills it might have - manchkinism? :) But it's cool looking character. Interesting analysis of this char can be found HERE.

BIKER/HOSSMAN/CADAVER

Well, I'd create a mixture of a Biker and Hossman. He doesn't look like something special (even from the Q3), but he's looking cool and could have a variation of his outfit, including Cadaver prison robe-- Well, I'd create a mixture of a Biker and Hossman. He doesn't look like something special (even from the Q3), but he's looking cool and could have a variation of his outfit, including Cadaver prison robe.

PATRIOT/RAZOR

Razor story is kinda typical, but Patriot's more interesting: we can read about his active ability - he's a vampire. So, while active ability he could convert damage done to others. And of course, Patriot can share his original model - Razor - outfit.


TANK JR.

Strogg War enemy, that has a lot to tell to humans. Well, I guess we can forget about seeing him in-game as there's Clutch. But.. who knows?


LUCY/ANGEL

Lucy is one of the anti-heroes gladiator. Nothing more. Like Biker. And Angel.. Beautiful, but what her special ability could be?...

Part of the Femme Fatales of the Q3A, including Slash, Lucy and Hunter:

BONES

And, finally, Bones, simply bones.

CONCLUSIONS

Well, it's hard to make any prophetic conclusion.

But I'd definetely vote for Doom guy.

Then there are my preferences: I'd love to see Hunter, Klesk, Sarge, Xaero, Orbb, Patriot and Matthew Kane, because for other ones I can't think of any special ability - like, Q3 Strogg War warriors were soldier - what specials then? And for the leftoovers, I'd love to get some classic TDM/CTF w/o abilities, but with good old updated models characters. Also, it would be cool to have Quake4 soldiers against Doom3 marines, mb, against QW:ET sides... Something of a QC: Team Arena :)))

But there is some leak from developers corner: and there really might be added few more gladiators from upmentioned list, and even MORE. We can see that there is plans for:

  • Keel,
  • Bones a.k.a. Death Knight - well, it might be link both to some Skyrim or Return to Castle Wolfenstein, with active ability "Wall of Fire";
  • Some Strogg Infiltrator - is it a link to Quake 4 or QW: ET? Mathew Kane? And his active ability - drone deployment, whatever it means.
  • Some Athena with grappling hook;
  • Doom Marine with active ability Berserk and double jump as passive ability;
  • And some girl soldier picture (Crash?), with some dark guy (Klesk?), and some afrocyborg (Keel?); and some old guy (Sarge?!);

Well, noone knows if this is real leak or not some crazy fan fiction. Though bugtracker look real.

I'd like to tell also that I hate QC team division logic, when high-level players in one team (this could be solved fast with team level sum equalisation); or that SNG is bad PG replacement, because you hardly see nails; or that I'd more love to see NG of different realisation; or Tribolt being mixture of GL and Proximity Mine launcher, but not replacer... But I guess this would be enough for one article.

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