Fate Saga is a fantastical, action/drama animated series about fate and free will, and follows Cain, a knight who can see the future. With only glimpses of prophecies to guide him, Cain interferes in natural disasters and war in hopes of stopping his tragic visions from happening.

However, in a world on the brink of an apocalypse, is knowing the final outcome enough to change it?

Fate Saga is an original animated action/drama series taking place in a fantastical world based on Medieval Europe.

29 April 2011

Cera Bio added to the Character Section

Cera has been added to the character section. She is currently also in need of a voice, and her script will be added to the Script post in the near future. Although she is a little girl, I imagine her to talk and sound like a little boy.

Unlike Rori, Cera has ears and a tail in her human form because she was born a were-wolf, as opposed to Rori who was born a human and changed later in life. Also, unlike Rori, Cera has better control of her powers. However, better control doesn't necessarily mean full control.

Malachi Krumping, by Tracy MacLauchlan

This was a gift art by my incredibly talented and amazing friend Tracy MacLauchlan. Only Malachi can both drink wine and krump at the same time, and with such elegance!

Malachi's Bio Added to the Character Page

Malachi's bio is now added to the character page. He is currently in need of a voice actor, and his script along with the others can be found here.

28 April 2011

Cain's Model Sheet and Bio Exerpt from Fate Saga's Pitch Book

This is Cain's bio as it is laid out inside of the Fate Saga pitch book, given to Warner Brothers on March 11, 2011. This is a 2-page spread, each on an 11x17 paper (so the spread itself is 22x17 inches).

27 April 2011

Shot 061 Composite with Voice Over

Animation by Amanda Christensen. Clean up by Dana Corrigan. Colors by Zachary Zion. Models by Amy Galletta and Ryan Gatts. Lighting by Ryan Gatts. Composite by Dana Corrigan and Ryan Gatts. Particles by Dana Corrigan and Ryan Gatts. Background layouts by Sam Keiser and Robyn Haley. Cyrus' voice acting by Jon Graef

This is an animation segment from the Fate Saga television pilot. Other than adding the final sound and maybe some additional color adjustments if needed, this shot is pretty much done.

25 April 2011

Larkspur Wallpaper

This is a wallpaper to Larkspur, the socially anxious cleric from my original animated series, Fate Saga. Larkspur's a very sweet and kind middle class healer who works at the Monastery in Duero, the town where Fate Saga's first season takes place. She is a highly capable healer and a musician who sings at the Crystalin, a tavern that the main heroes frequent. When seeing her on the job or performing, one would think her as graceful as could be.

That is until they actually speak to her.

Larkspur is anxious and flighty, like a bird. She is especially socially anxious, but forces herself to face her fear by talking to people and be extroverted in spite of it. However, her nervousness makes her second guess everything she says and worry it's being taken the wrong way, which causes her to ramble to clarify what she had meant. Of course, this often leads her to putting her foot in her mouth (metaphorically...not literally) and thus makes everything sound worse than it actually is.

24 April 2011

Happy Easter from Fate Saga!

Cyrus doesn't know much about holidays, but if every Easter involved being smothered with baby chicks and bunnies, then it's going to be his favorite holiday!

If Easter involved eating a lot of baby chicks and bunnies, then it might possibly become Seiron's favorite holiday.

23 April 2011

Character Voice Acting Scripts

Pictures and general descriptions of the characters can be found in the character section here.

These are voice acting test scripts for each of the characters. Currently Larkspur, Rori and Lukas are taken, and some of the others have voice actors who are in the running (their tests will eventually be up on the blog as well). You're welcome to try for any or all of the characters*, and the best of the tests will be posted on the blog.

- You can try out for characters who are taken, however the characters who are listed as taken currently have voice actors that sound so close to perfect that I don't think a better match can be found.

Cain: Noble, knightly. General 'hero' tone. He has a British accent and talks in a dignified, nobleman tone.

“Excuse me, do you know where the Crystalin is? Thank you—excuse me! Do you—do you know where the Crystalin is?! Please!” Urgent. Worried but not panicked.

“No…!” breathless no.

“NO!” Much louder, more aggressive no.

“What do you think you’re doing?!”

“So you’re willing to sacrifice this innocent creature to cure your so-called disease?! Do you even realize that the monster you’ve become has nothing to do with your lycanthropy! If you’re willing to sink so low—you won’t have any humanity left to salvage!” Cain patronizing Rori when he realizes that Rori is trying to steal a Draken egg to give to Lukas for experimentation.

“I have seen Kantarok in flames, caused by a dragon. You have to believe me, Sire. I see it so vividly it feels like it has happened before. At least…let me take a scouting group out there, make sure the dragon isn’t plotting to…to…”

“Yes…uh… good…?” Cain awkwardly replying to Larkspur when she asks him to choose which sound is better.

“How did a boy like him come from a disgrace like you? You have lost your right to claim Guile as your kin. For you to call yourself a knight…after you betrayed your country?! After what you did to your family?! A knight without a country or family to protect is hardly a knight at all!”

“Why… why must every vision be of something terrible? I wish, even if only just once, I could see a positive future.”

Cyrus: I think Cyrus would be the hardest character to voice because of his emotional range. He doesn't have an accent, but he is uneducated but was raised around intellectual people. So he knows big words but also talks sloppy.

“Don’t you think that’s inconsiderate? Spilling’ yer garbage outta every pore! Yer disgusting!”

“Your fat makes you look fat!”

“If you want something to fear, I’ll gladly oblige!” followed by a low chuckle.

“Oh don’t you give me the googly eyes, Mittens! You’re in big trouble!”

“And I shall call you…Booties!”

“Hey-uh…You shouldn’t walk around unarmed. Even claws like yours can’t stop everything. So uh, here… I made you this dagger.”

Sadistic laugh. (He’s fighting and enjoying the havoc he’s causing)

Maniacal laugh. (He’s upset/scared. It’s a kind of nervous laugh, at a much higher pitch than his sadistic laugh)

“He’s… he’s my creator—he…h-he…h-how did he find me?! How did he…? He’s…he’s—he’s going to take me back! He’s going to take me back, Seiron!” Cyrus in a panic, after he sees Armand for the first time in the series. In this scene he is grabbing at Seiron.

“Heheh… heh… Science is a wonderful thing! Did you know--heheh…did you know that… through science, everything can be put into a cup a measured! One can determine—t-to the tiniest second, how long it takes a person to drown?—Heheh.. heheh-heh---O-or how about…how much pressure it takes for bones to break?! Or-or what about…th-the body’s reaction t-to chemicals?! With the marvels of science, every…everything can be controlled—l-like-environmental factors or even intangible elements such as the subject’s will to live!” Over-exaggerated happiness.

Rori: Rori is an aggressive, deeper-voiced girl. Tends to be cold and cynical most of the time. If she's angry enough, she can get louder and more aggressive. When she's upset, she gets quiet and tries not to show her emotions. When she's happy, she's usually snarky or sarcastic. When she's angry, she's either seething or furious. If she's upset, she's more soft spoken and quiet, but hardly ever cries or loses control. She doesn't have an accent.

"So let me get this straight. You two managed to get fired from every job in town before you even had a chance to start?" - Snarky.

"Heh--Revenge taste good?"

"What I wouldn't give to be able to work a human job again!" - Angry undertone. Rori says this in response to another character telling her "I don't see you looking for a job!" Rori can't work a human job because she is stuck in an animal body.

"You...you stand there on your moral high horse and think you have any right to tell me what is right and wrong?! Tell me something, Sir Right-A-lot, where is your country?! What kind of knight are you to have let your country burn to the ground?! Before you go around telling us damsels what to do, how about you look at what you're doing?!" - Rori is enraged. This is from the end of the first season, when she's trying to steal a Draken egg for the chance to turn human again, and Cain is trying to stop her.

"I know...I know you don't need me. And I know I don't...have any right to tell you what to do...but could I... I need to ask you a favor, okay? Run, Cera. Please. And don't look back." - Breathless, exhausted and sad. This scene takes place much later in the series, when when Rori is protecting her daughter from an attacker. Rori and Cera have a very strained relationship, and Cera doesn't acknowledge Rori as her mother.

Slow gasp. “What am I doing…?” This is when she is in were-wolf form and goes into a rage. During the destruction, there comes a point when she sees her own reflection. Throughout the story, she is afraid of losing herself to her lycanthropy entirely and becoming a monster. In this moment, she realizes that she has just become what she feared most.

“There is nothing brave in being unafraid to die.” Neutral tone, somber, almost unemotional. Rori’s response to Larkspur when Larkspur tells Rori that she admires her for being so brave (because Rori seems fearless and Larkspur is a timid, nervous girl). Rori actually believes that Larkspur is the brave one, because she faces her fears.

Drax: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzu3IT590h4 Speech pattern like David Xanatos. Voice itself sounding closer to Greed from the original FMA anime - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CR-KOasaRnM&feature=related

“…surprise?” This is when Drax’s secret has been found out, and his human illusion is destroyed during a public speech. He just looks at all of the horrified and confused people, smiles and shrugs.

“Not on my floors! They were just cleaned—you are paying for this, you know?”

“So, Grimm…when I mentioned the whole ‘you need to be more inconspicuous’ thing…I believe we might have had a little misunderstanding. See last time I checked, wearing a dress in public tends to draw attention.”

Seiron: Seiron is a gentle giant. He has a deep voice, and can sound frightening or sinister if he wants to. But most of the time he talks like the T-rex in Toy Story. He’s very kind and pays a lot of attention to those he cares for (though he is not heroic. If someone he doesn’t know is in trouble, he won’t do a thing to help. He helps only his own kin.) He’s also very nosey and can’t keep secrets. However, he is not purposely a gossip. He is just very interested in everything that is going on.

“They don’t even have a reason to fear us! We haven’t done anything to them but create a home for them to belong to! Humans are such fools! …oh, uh, sorry, Grimm.”

“Cyrus, why is human courtship so strange? With us gargoyles, all we have to do is hang upside down and spread our wings to impress our love interest.”

“It’s okay… don’t be afraid. I will protect you.”

“Even though it hardly seems that way, now, Gargoyles are born to protect. Guardianship is in our blood—but there was nothing worth protecting in the slave mines. What good is gold to someone who has nothing else? But now…things are different.”

Armand: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2g3W_wFPbhA I imagine Armand sounding like Folken, the deep voiced guy in the cloak. Armand is a doctor who is almost constantly in ‘doctor mode’. He is very calm and collected, though unlike Vektor he is not completely monotone.

“The first rule is to never look them in the eyes.”

“The ends justify the means.”

“Emotions are merely chemicals reacting to certain stimuli. With the right chemical compounds, it would be easy enough to simulate any sensation.”

“The laboratory has been breached. Vektor, engage the enemy.”

Vektor: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8OGXFsFENM&feature=related I imagine his voice (not his speech pattern) sounding like Tsume, the guy in the black leather in the beginning. Vektor is very detached, unemotional and talks like a robot.

Mission accepted.”

“Damage report. Left arm at 60% functionality.”

“Vektor’s objective, follow orders.”

“Denied…Denied. Denied. Denied. Denied! Denied!

Malachi: Very pleasant and polite speech pattern. Very formal and civil, and always sounds happy or at least optimistic. He treats everyone as if he is their mentor, teacher or father.

“Hello class! I am so sorry for my absence but I trust everything has gone well since I’ve been away?”

“Remember…here at the school we must always look after each other. Because outside of these walls is a dangerous place, and no one else will.”

“If you saw a positive future, it’s safe to assume you wouldn’t do anything to change it, right? Your visions are a call to action, Sir Strata. You have been given a very powerful gift – not just a way to change the future, but a way to make it as it should be.”

Lukas: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4OeJjgfYTELukas sounds like Voldo’s hissing, but with words.

“You want to make the illusion real…? What price are you willing to pay?”

“I can alter…biological makeup… I can make you…perfect…”

“Foolish girl… you would have won… had you foregone the baggage…”

Bianca: She is exceptionally intelligent so talks like a high class nobleman. However, she can be manic, and can fly into an explosive rage over unreasonable situations.

"Alright...I need to pick up fish oil, fine ash, and elephant pearls."

"Mmm...two beefy, sweaty men fighting each other. My kind of entertainment...maybe I'll ask the winner out."

"LUKAS! Quit! Being! Creepy!" This is Bianca's reaction to being startled by Lukas. She is also pulling on his frills as she says this.

"Hey...do you like what you see?" Seductive.

"Is that...are you telling me no? You are definitely not telling me no, are you? Because if you are, you are making a very grievous mistake. I don't take no as an answer, do you understand?!" She has just seduced someone, and the person she's seducing is having second thoughts.

"Armand! What is this?! What is this?! Get rid of it! I will not have this!" She is complaining about a pimple, or a rash, or any kind of very minor irritation. She is also sticking said discomfort in Armand's face.

Guile: Guile is a very friendly, jovial prankster who seldom takes anything seriously. He's energetic, and he'll wear a smile and laugh even if he's upset. He sounds like a young man, to the extent that a woman with a deeper voice may be able to pull him off. His accent has posed a bit of a challenge. An older version of Guile used to have a southern gentlemanly accent (such as one from West Virginia or Georgia) speaking in slang. However, since the story's setting has been changed to more of a European-based world and Guile is from the same general region as Cain, it would make more sense for Guile to have a Cockney or otherwise European accent, or at least standard American. A regional American accent may no longer fit in Fate Saga's world, but I have had trouble getting Guile's energy to come through with a Cockney accent (I've also had trouble finding anyone who can replicate the Cockney accent at all, which may be part of the problem). So currently I am in between possibly going back to his older Southern accent, going with a more standard American accent, or staying with Cockney. For anyone who may be interested in trying out as Guile, if possible, please try out with any of the following accents if you're able to: Southern accent, standard American accent, Cockney.

Guile's lines have been written without any accent. Feel free to alter the lines as much as would make them more comfortable to say.

These first 4 lines are from a scene that was done as a test several years ago. A badly animated old version of this scene is available here, for the context. The dialogue has been changed to fit the more mythical European atmosphere. Guile is trying to teach a class, but has no training or even any idea of what he is supposed to be teaching them:
"Hey kiddies! My name's Guile Thantos and I'm going to be your instructor today! Today there's gonna be a lot of learning going on, so let's get started!"

"Today's lesson of the day is...Arithmetic!"

"I knew that...! Just testing you! You all pass!"

"Hey girl. You're looking good! You're just in time for sex ed. After the kiddies go home, how about we go to dinner and the theater? ...and by dinner, I mean do the nasty. And by theater, I mean with an encore!"

"You remind me of my Grandpa. He's a knight, just like you! He's a knight of...uh...well he's a knight of everyone! He just... he's just, uh, he just be serving all the countries! One's just not enough for him, really!" - Guile comparing Cain to his grandfather. Guile looks up to his grandfather as an amazing man and knight, but in fact his grandfather is a cruel mercenary. Guile's not the type of guy who can handle the full truth so he tends to sugarcoat things.

"You're... you're kidding, right? You don't really mean it? You're just... you're just being hard on me! That's all! You're just being tough on me--to make me stronger and all that!" - Guile is talking to his grandfather, after his grandfather says some abusive things to him.

"K! K, stop! You already got her down! K! She's unconscious! K! Stop! Stop! She's just a girl! She's just a girl!" Guile fearfully yelling at Cain (K is Guile's nickname for Cain) when Cain goes too far during a fight.

Cera: She is a tough and boyish little were-wolf girl. I imagine her to have closer to a little boy's voice ('girlie' children voices tend to be too high pitched and feminine for Cera.) Cera is very mature for her 10 young years. She tends to take things too seriously and disdains any kind of parental enforcement. Her issues with abandonment inspire Cera's "I don't need anyone" kind of attitude, and her temper tends to get her into a lot of physical fights at the school. However, Cera respects Malachi as her professor, and younger children really like her protective, big sister attitude. And, once in awhile, she can get carried away and have fun like a normal child should.

"...I guess Papa's not coming today. It's alright. I... have a lot of homework to finish anyway." Quiet, dejected but trying not to get too emotional.

"I heard Teacher's sick and won't be coming in today." Informative.

"Don't talk to me like a kid! I'm almost eleven! I'm practically an adult!" Angry, annoyed. This is an 'issue' Cera has to deal with all the time. She's a ten year old who thinks she's thirty.

"You can't tell me what to do! I don't need you! I never needed you! And you were never there even if I had!" Angry, upset. She's yelling at her parents.

"Hey! If you're big enough to pick on a little kid, then you're big enough to fight someone your own size! Come on! If you go easy on me just cause I'm a girl, that'll be the biggest mistake you'll ever make!" Cera confronting bullies to protect younger/smaller children.

"Teacher...you feel it too, right? This...tension is making my fur stand on end..! N-not that I'm scared or anything--but the little kids might be." This is during a scene where there's a sharp incline of psychic energy that's so strong even the non-psychics can feel it. Cera is nervous, but she's not one to admit to weaker emotions so she's voicing her concerns but keeping it clear that she's worried only that the other children might be scared.

The Pilot Episode's Section is now Available

A new page has been added focusing on the pilot episode. It includes the synopsis, the reasons behind decisions used in the pilot such as why Cyrus and Cain's rivalry as well as the pilot's place in the series.

22 April 2011

Larkspur Voice Acting Test

Voiced by Ashley Sahler

These are some of the acting tests done by Ashley Sahler, Larkspur's voice actor. I absolutely love Ashley's performance of Larkspur. She sounds sweet, sincere, nervous and a bit quirky, which is exactly what I was looking for, and she's a great actress so I think she'll be able to carry the character through both the comedic and darker scenes.

20 April 2011

Cain Animation Test

This was an animation test for Cain, done in Spring 2009 in anticipation of beginning the pilot. The colors are before Tracy took over color concepts, and most of the characters featured in it have their older designs. Cain is missing his scar because his scar was in the process of a redesign. His older version's was too detailed and unnecessarily difficult to animate.

The acting point was to show Cain in an emotive state - exhausted and defeated. The other characters and layout were set to imply that a great and terrible battle had occurred and everyone had essentially lost. Cain, in all his knightly heroics, is the first to wake up. I wanted to show a lot of weight, especially because of his exhaustion (everything always feels much heavier on tired muscles). At the end, his determination and resolve overcomes his exhaustion and he's ready to fight again.

19 April 2011

About the Crew Section Added

Ever been curious about who is behind the production of Fate Saga? Look no further! An About the Crew section has been added on the top menu! Now you can see the names behind the art!

Thank you for your support!

This is just an illustration of Cain and Larkspur as a thanks to everyone for their support! This whole project would still be nothing more than a dream if not for the amazing people who've put their time, effort and interest in this story! Thank you!

18 April 2011

Blog Updates

A new poll has been added in the right column, along with the option to sign up for an email list that will alert you whenever new blog posts have been added!

Affiliations have been added to the bottom of the blog, along with Fate Saga banners for linking. If anyone has an original story, comic, animated series or forum that they would like to affiliate with Fate Saga, let me know and we can exchange banners!

Currently the background development section is in progress and should be available soon!

17 April 2011

The Video Section is Complete

The video section of the blog is finished Most videos that have ever been posted to this blog are now linked through there. Any new videos that get posted from now on will also link to that page as well.

Gallery Section Added

The gallery section is complete. All links should now be working and most of the images that have ever been in any of the previous blog posts should be there. Every time there is a post with a new image, it will be added to the gallery. This should make it easier for anyone new to the blog to be able to see all of the images without having to scour through the previous posts.

Illustration - Only Human

This is an illustration I did based off of Fate Saga's season finale, Only Human. I'm playing around with ideas for what could happen in the episodes, and in here Rori is succumbing to her lycanthropy and has transformed into her were-wolf form. When she transforms, her instincts take over and it's almost like a second personality. Rori's own personality shifts to the back of the were-wolf's consciousness and for awhile she is purely feral.

This is a defense mechanism meant for were-wolf cubs who are too young to know how to fight on their own. Rori should be far too old to not have control over her were-form. However, she was 19 when she was transformed, and she had never been able to control her powers. Her bitterness over her lycanthropy and her unwillingness to try and learn might contribute to her stunted control. Not that she would accept such an explanation.

15 April 2011

Blog Remodeling Updates

The story and character sections are complete and the links for those two areas should now work. Removed some of the clutter along the side and top of the blog so it should now look cleaner. Next I plan to finish up the other sections and get the Pilot's trailer up in that brown bar near the top of the page.

Cain Gift Art and Pitch Book Cover

This was a gift art by a dear friend and extremely talented artist, Tracy MacLauchlan. I was so inspired by the piece that it's not only featured in the pitch book, but the background behind Cain was inked and colored for the cover. The inks and colors were done by another dear and incredibly talented artist, Yesenia Carrero. I did a few adjustments and added the logo.

I would have added Cain to the cover as well, but for those new to Fate Saga, seeing a cover of a knight kneeling and bleeding on the floor might give the wrong impression.

Feel free to check out their blogs here: http://www.titosjams.blogspot.com/ and http://www.jessoutrageous.blogspot.com/ as well as the blog for their collaborative story, The Taffetas - http://www.thetaffetas.blogspot.com/

13 April 2011

Lukas Voice Acting Test

This is the acting test for Lukas' voice actor, Ty Coyle. I absolutely love everything about this test: the tone, raspiness, the acting itself and the overall creepiness. I don't think a better voice for Lukas can be found.

Bianca and Lukas Pitch Illustration

This was Bianca and Lukas' illustration for both the Fate Saga pitch book and the poster used during the presentation to Warner Brothers.


This is a collaborative crossover illustration of Fate Saga's Cain with The Taffeta's Gemini. The two of them don't quite get along, as Cain's old fashioned chivalry conflicts quite a bit with Gemini's more modern lifestyle. Here Cain is trying to be valiant and knightly as he carries her out of harm's way - but Gemini's not having any of it. Cain was drawn by me. Gemini was drawn by Tracy. I inked and colored both of them.

Feel free to check out The Taffetas on their blog - http://www.thetaffetas.blogspot.com/

Fate Saga Desktop Wallpapers

While the redesign of the Fate Saga blog is in progress, here is the first of what will eventually be a series of Fate Saga wallpapers. This one spotlights Lukas, the Archsaurian mad scientist of the story. He is the assistant of the main villain, Armand.

Lukas specializes in biology, and uses alchemy to alter DNA. He experiments on himself as well as others. His dew claws are results of his self-experimentation, and his body changes throughout the course of the series.

04 April 2011

Upcoming Changes to the Fate Saga Blog

There are some major upcoming changes being made to the blog. Currently, the blog is being handled more as a production journal of the pilot episode. It's soon going to transform into a general site about Fate Saga, with the pilot's production having its own section.

Once the changes have been made, the Fate Saga blog will then commit to once-a-week updates. I am currently working on the aesthetic for the new blog as well as a buffer of updates for its completion. Updates will include illustrations, voice tests for the characters, animatics/storyboards for other scenes and ideas, updates to the pilot's production and much more!

The new blog will be more user friendly, with information about the pitch and story overall! Stay tuned!