So far we’ve announced Val, Hank, Markov, and Griffin, right? I think you know there are more coming though.
Most of our heroes were designed in meetings with artists. It was a fantastic process whereby they sit around and pitch ideas and one of the artists, I think it was mostly Scott Flanders, did little silhouettes of each pitch the group liked. They were very high level pitches. Griffin might have been “Classic Big Game Hunter,” for instance. That’s it. Then Scott does a little silhouette.
Griffin, by the way, took longer to name than every other hero on the team put together. I have no idea why. He was Le Roux for a couple of days, but we couldn’t agree on how to pronounce it. he was Kingsley for a while. Kingsley Solomon. Finally we hit on Griffin Hallsey and it just fit. I literally thought we’d never get it, we’d just give up, but eventually we got there.
Then those thumbnails were put in front of the team and we all talked about which ones we wanted to know more about, which ones looked boring, or too weird, or just weird enough.
Then the process of concepting those heroes began. Highly iterative. We generally start with inspiration. “This would be cool!” Eventually though you start to notice that we have a lot of one kind of hero, or we’re missing a certain archetype. I think Val was the last hero we invented because we originally had a male medic there and we really wanted more women in the roster. There was never the notion of “we need X women” or anything like that, we start with inspiration, see where that leads, and then revise when we discover things are leaning too far in one direction.
Val happened when I (at least, this is my memory, there’s always an element of Rashomon to these things) said “Well, we don’t have a straight up, combat field medic. Classic archetype. Why not add one, a woman, and she’s like a Valkyrie. A battlefield medic, swooping in on jetpack wings.”
That’s literally how Val got her name, and it stuck. I would later retcon it to Valerie Wolski.
Voice talent may change, sometime we audition actors, pick someone, record, and change our minds, but that’s rare. Right now Markov is Dimitri Diatchenko. Dude basically is Markov as far as I can tell.
Hank is William Salyers. I heard his final VO yesterday and was laughing my ass off.
Val is Courtenay Taylor. I was delighted, after we heard her audition and loved it, to discover she was Jack from Mass Effect. Loved that character.
Griffin is I believe J. B. Blanc. I think. 90% sure.
Age, we don’t worry about exactly what year each Hero was born. As far as I can tell, that’s not important. Instead we say “Griffin is early 50s. Val is early 30s. Markov is late 30s. Hank is mid-40s.”
Birthplace! Hank was born on Channel Colony. His grandparents were original founders. He was never going to be the kind of guy who stayed on one planet very long though.
Markov was born on Mars, obviously. But renounced Hub citizenship years ago.
Griffin was born on Io, but his family very quickly accepted a charter with NORDITA and he’s spent his entire life in the Arm.
Val is one of the only Hub citizens on the team. She was born on Venus.
I have no idea their height and weight, except Markov is huge. Their blood type is “delicious.”