Rufus Hydebound, Rex Greyscale, and Patter Inkhorne back in their school days. They've known each other for quite some time and have always sort of known they'd all go into business together. That pastoral scenery behind them would one day get swallowed up by the Empire of Logic, and years later on these three (and their presses) would end up needing to take refuge in Elseways from being hunted by the Empire as treasonous rebels. What exactly they did is still unknown, even to the Corps.
Had a bit of a busy day today, but I did more thinking about Zeen - who and what he is. He is genuinely a child, but he's about 50 years old because his sort of dragon ages very slowly. He's watched his friends grow up and leave while he stays behind, and his hormones aren't going to kick him into adulthood for decades. Off camera, Zeen is a perpetually troubled kid, so his acting career serves as a useful way for him to keep his mind off his situation and inhabit the roles he's asked to play.
I printed the thing out and slipped it into my iPhone case so now it looks like a Megaman Battle Network-style Navi symbol. Given that it's Blit, it's just fitting.
The things in the middle were the original sketch I based the earlier sprite on - you can see a test running pose there and then one standing upright to figure the proportions out. But I couldn't just leave him like that - he's a full-fledged Elseways citizen now. This is Zeen, a child dragon and an professional actor. He's versatile and professional, and a lot of Polywood directors have cast him in a variety of roles. Zeen ages slowly enough that he'll be a child for decades to come, too.
Little dragon sprite, 32 pixels tall. Done so I could figure out proportions - how long limbs should be, how much detail there's room for, stuff like that. Dragons make good test cases for this - wings, tails, elaborate head crests, and really the sky's the limit as far as sticking extra stuff on. Dragons can be and do just about anything.
Zika is Śina's wife, a gray-skinned Tximisti woman who was raised on the mechanical island of Grandegear, far away from her people's homeland. Her skills with machinery landed her a spot on the crew of the airship where she met Śina (who was working as security officer at the time), but now the two of them wander the world together wherever Śina's mercenary assignments take her. Zika is always back in town taking on small tinkering jobs to pay the bills just in case Śina's jobs don't pay out.
The gemlike thing to the side is a shape I'm trying to work out in 3D - I know what it should look like in terms of what the shapes and angles involved are, but I don't have a way of turning that into a 3D model to study and use as a reference. August wears a jewel of that shape on a chain around his neck, and there's a tower on an island just off the coast - the Tower of Hours, a combination lighthouse/clock tower - that has that same shape (laid flat) at its top.
It took a while for the Corps to track him down, but they found him. He was hiding in plain sight, inside the city itself but cleverly disguised behind walls of runic dragon magic - August Ambersand, the runewyrm formerly known as Sigil, and the true identity behind the mysterious "voice of the city" who sometimes calls people up to say how he thinks should be run. He doesn't publicize that he exists, but Elseways in fact does have a mayor, just one who's stuck to the shadows for a while.
Simka at work, putting her giant paintbrush to use for the kind of remodeling job it's meant for. This is a bit of territory just outside the public border of Elseways; the Corps reclaims it a little at a time, pushing the Noise back a little further, and then the PRANCER division (with that square-arch logo) comes in to make it a place to live. It's a slow but steady process, and it's because of their efforts that Elseways has been able to keep growing.
This odd little quasi-avian guy is Ozz Dovetail, one of the Dovetail family that manages the Dovetail Herbs farm where Zaira works. He's only about thirteen but works as hard as anyone out there. His skin and patchy feathers are a bright golden yellow color, so he's easy to spot out in the fields. Ozz loves machines and has already learned to drive the tractor, but what he'd really like to do is be a long-haul trucker. Maybe he'll get a chance once highways are built through the Noise.
Friendly, joking, we-all-know-we’re-kidding style “light” bullying sucks. Sorry. It’s a shitty way to interact with friends. It’s hurting someone in the group more than you or they know.
I got a lot of that from my friends in high school, and I swore up and down I didn’t mind, but it fucked me up. It taught me that to be close to people I had to accept mistreatment and I am only really figuring out just how much that got in my head now that I’m almost 40.
Be nice to each other. Nice is good.
A logo based on one of my favorite geometric constructions - draw a 4×4 grid, and imagine labeling the center points of the sides as 12, 3, 6, and 9, like a clock. Inscribe a circle inside it (like the clock's face), and the eight intersections between the circle and specific grid lines are exactly where you'd put the other clock numerals.
I've never tried to draw Delyria's main ruling deity before, and that's because it can't be done. It doesn't have a physical shape; anyone who's been able to encounter it directly just hears a voice, nothing more. But that doesn't stop the people of the Seven Lands from trying to depict it anyway, and usually they incorporate the symbols and features of at least six of them, as shown here. Jadea, symbolized by the star, is so remote that for a long time nobody knew what they looked like.
Assorted Zaira facts:
• It's pronounced /ˈzairə/, rhyming with "Myra", although the more neuter-sounding nickname "Zyre" is common among friends
• Height: 201 cm, or about 6 foot 7
• Weight: 135 kg (nearly 300 lb); the extra arms add a lot of mass
• Vegan; fond of fruits and vegetables but with a definite sweet tooth and a weakness for donuts (sugar is vegan too, after all)
• Educated on the Ark; history and geography are total blind spots, but otherwise pretty smart and capable
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