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Re: story art

Postby zookeeper » November 25th, 2016, 5:23 pm

LordBob wrote:Damn, I'd have sworn there was one on the existing artwork. :doh:

True, that's a slip which occurs in the originals too. I remember making mental note of that once, but I guess I never thought to specifically mention it.

LordBob wrote:Either way, if I remember correctly this specific image is displayed after the conclusion of the scenario - once the player has successfully escaped with Haldric. There may not be any trolls on screen during the game, but what happens afterwards is normally left to the player's imagination (and ours). The only certain fact is that Eldaric eventually meets his maker: I'm sure players would be willing to forgive some approximation on the "how". ;)

Besides, it wouldn't be unprecedented for historians of later generation to exaggerate the deeds and write - or paint - that it took no less than three dragons to slay the king in his glorious last stand :mrgreen:

Well, the problem isn't really just that there are none on-screen, it's that trolls are seemingly unknown on the Green Isle (as Haldric doesn't know what a troll is, and apparently Jessene doesn't either), and they're a new exotic thing when encountered on the Great Continent. Of course, that doesn't mean that the orcs couldn't have a troll, as there could be a few trolls in the far west where they came from. So, poor Eldaric might literally not know what hit him.
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Re: story art

Postby vultraz » November 25th, 2016, 9:57 pm

Yeah, I concur with zookeeper. The troll is fine. :)

That scene also really reminds me of the one from The Hobbit with Azog and Thorin.
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Re: story art

Postby LordBob » November 26th, 2016, 2:45 pm

Ah, it's well possible that this scene was an unconscious inspiration. :)

In the meantime, some thumbnail sketches for Temple in the Deep. I want that one to feel special since it is the first appearance of the Ruby of Fire. I picture the catacombs as a late stone age / bronze age place: big slabs of stone, raw rockbed in places, carvings on the wall. A is probably the choice of consensus, although E is interesting as well and F could turn out awesome (imagine a cavern lit by glowing crystals that somehow resonate with the power of the ruby, and the lich lord waiting in the center).

I did note that in game the player finds the Ruby locked in a chest. The painting would, however, look a lot cooler if it could include some of that red light and/or elements ( overgrown crystals ? lava ? transparent chest ? ) that suggest an artifact of great power is to be found. Or simply it could depict the lich lord with the crystal in hand, after all he is not supposed to keep it locked at all times.
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Re: story art

Postby LordBob » November 26th, 2016, 6:50 pm

And another study, this time for scenario 5 - The Oldwood. A column of humans are following old steles towards the temple at the heart of the forest. I'm hoping the forest scene will serve its purpose even if we don't see any of the woses - I could probably show them in scenario 7 instead, but they don't play a great part in there. Alternately, I could make the large foreground trees a couple of waking woses ; they would have their eyes barely opened and none of the humans would have noticed them yet.
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