Dr. Robert Bly was once a globetrotting archaeologist and seasoned adventurer in his youth. Over twenty years ago after barely surviving a traumatic expedition in Sudan, Robert retired to the quiet life of being a museum curator so he could focus on raising his young daughter, Shelby. Now that Shelby is grown, Robert has decided to come out of retirement and resume his life-long search for Vril. He hoped that with the aid of his assistant, Joel Rio, he would finally be able to uncover the Vril Source in the lost Realm of the Vril-ya. Not far into his renewed quest, Dr. Bly was captured by his former partner and now nemesis, Blair Nimway of GEEVA. Now he desperately tries to stay alive while GEEVA mercenaries viciously interrogate him for information about the Vril-ya. He believes it will be up to himself to find a way out but little does he know that the daughter he tried so hard to protect has stepped up with a plan to rescue him herself.
What you see here is now the finalized version of this particular character concept. I still need to create a few alternate versions of Robert Bly including a younger version for an early flashback sequence. Once the alternate versions of this character concept are finalized, I’ll add them all to this post… as long as they don’t include any spoilers for the story after Chapter 1.
We will first see Dr. Robert Bly in the novel’s prologue which is set 20 years in the past and thus I needed to create a younger version of the character. Here is that younger version and he is ready to set out on an adventure. I changed it up a bit since the first concept render of his younger self and this is now the finalized concept for the Young Robert Bly.