Monday, November 12, 2018

More on Midnight Tides

The names of the Senegar brothers are pretty interesting:

Rhulad- rue and boy, pretty straight forward.

Fear- this is a fucking great name. It allows for fuck awesome sentences like “Fear moved among them.” It also describes  the attitude with which he approaches Rhulad’s ascension.

Trull means prostitute as far as I could trace, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it ties back to “outcast” of some sort too.

Bugg’s (does anyone else see Marty Feldman) story arc is interesting, and there are all kinds of spooky hints about his actual identity.

Every now and again BOTF goes 100% DND and one or more characters get to show their badassery.  Trull’s running battle with the Jheck is a good example of this. I love it.  Later,  Karza and the bonehunters get a lot of this as well.

I’m moving towards the end. It’s pretty grim at this point. I think it was amistake to give Silches Ruin and Scarabandi Bloodeye both “s” names. It makes the set up a little hard to understand without page flipping.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

NSFW Art: Near Cat and BX Mars Cover

I’m still working, but I’ll finish soon. Every time I draw something, I gotta write something to go with it. Every time I write something, I gotta draw it.
It is not a system conducive to speed.


Thursday, November 8, 2018

BX Mars Atlas Preview

Google Plus has nearly died months before the announced shutdown. It’s like air going out of tire over there.
Here’s a Mars Preview, safe for work, I am sorry to say.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

B/X MARS: Faction Preview: The Changers

 An ab-god,  ressurectionist,  and committed medical experimenter, The Doll Maker controls an army of his own manufacture comprised of undead and freakish warriors produced by his experiments.  Assisted by several lesser mad scientists, the Doll Maker also controls a network of spies, and agents throughout the region and perhaps beyond. 

Places of Power The Black Hand, a twisted tower tree south of Xards. 

The Shape of Things The Doll Maker employs agents of all sorts throughout Zerzura. The largest contingent of his network, however, is engaged in the occupation of procuring corpses. 

Goals The Doll Maker and his organization strive to build a powerful army. the Doll Maker wished to march on Shadow Canyon and eradicate whatever alien presence resides there.  

Demeanor Capricious and unpredictable, the Doll Maker is as likely to help someone as harvest them for parts. He is, however, always on the lookout for able agents, and, especially recent intelligence regarding Shadow Canyon.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

BX Mars Faction Preview: House Zolo

The individuals and organizations under the control of the Crimson Queen, ruler of the Great Stone Ark. 
House Zolo’s power is primarily represented by the Crimson Blade, the city’s army/police. 

Places of Power: The Red Mast,  aboard the Great Ark. 

The Shape of Things:  The incomparably lovely Crimson Queen, Zenia Zolo, closeted ab-god, rules the Great Ark and House Zolo. Zenia has held this post for an impossibly long time. Everyone ultimately answers to her. Despite the lies and propaganda that surround her, no one believes she is human. 

House Zolo has a long-time and profitable relationship with the Herd.  The Herd trades openly only with House Zolo and the Grax. The market at the Great Arc exceeds all others in quality. 

The Crimson Blades, chief operatives of the House Zolo comport themselves with arrogance and aggression.  They rarely interact with outsiders, but when they do it usually ends badly. 

Many of the officers and rank and file members of the Crimson Guard and the  intelligence networks are blood relations to the Queen- or so it is said. 

Goals: the Queen wishes to further The Ark’s dominance of trade. 

Demeanor:  Rapacious and somewhat out of control,  not unlike its leader, House Zolo threatens all who enter its sphere of influence. 
Bonus Spacebong

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

NSFW More B/X Mars art

As thing grind to their inevitable conclusion ( I could proably relaease this thing as is right now) art most of it is NSFW, begins to pile up. For those who are more interested in dudes- soon.  

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Midnight Tides, Steven Erikson

No, picture. Blame google.

I have a horrible compulsion. Short of leaving the house, prose fiction is the only way to get me away from the drawing table. Getting me to read fantasy fiction wrought in the 21st century is a tough nut to crack- but I need something long, and life too short to rush through Dickens (I only do one or two a year).

I am not going to equivocate or qualify. These are good, solid books- at least up until a point- things get dicey at around book 7. Each has three act structure- something most fantasy authors seem to have a bit of a problem with; a crazy huge cast of characters; and enough head scratching to keeep you baffled, but not too baffled.

EDIT: Gardens of the Moon and Deadhouse gates are not quite as good as the others, imo.
Honestly, if it’s your first time, baby- I’d just skim the wikipedia articles and be done with them- I know this is counter intuitive, but start with Midnight Tides and skip to House of Chains, which is its direct sequel; go back later if you want more.

Antyway, the fifth book released, Midnight Tides is actually the first book of the series were to be ordered chornologically.   So WE”RE going to do this one first, and then we’ll move on to Gardens of the Moon and Deadhouse Gates and so on.  So if you’ve got ‘tides holding a door open someehere in your house get it out and lets have a go at it. Used copies are crazy cheap, especially considering these books are viable weapons.  We can figure shit out- without resorting to the fan wiki.

“Ooh, I hate the sisters , I’ve got dish-washing duty again!” Naneve tugged her braid.
“Well we blew through the Fellowhip of the Ring structure and book one; kitchen politcs all we’ve got,” Rand tugged his braid.

“So winter’s coming.”
“I guess?”

Also unlike some of the other popularr franchises- shit actually happens thoughout the books.

Random thoughts:

Deep time: The deep time flashbacks don’t really set up action or explanation of relationships or past events centered upon the viewpoint characters. Generally the deep time stuff relates foramtive events that have the impact of natural disasters or geological shifts in the ay they set the stage for ages later. Some of the deep time characters might show up, but they harley ever do shit.

Warrens: alternate dimesions that exist as plationic ideals of the funimental forces of the Malzan univers. These realms can be traveled throigh and sorcerers can draw power though them as well.also the warrens seem more of a reflectionshadow of the main world, but twisted in the direction of the warren itslef. The past is also a warren.

Anyway, do some curls to get ready, and haul this one out.