Friday, January 19, 2018

Woven Egg - The Grand Bazaar of Ethra VanDalia

Woven Egg
11 x 14 - Pencil on paper 
© 2017 Christopher Burdett

"Since the Shaper's arrival at the Bazaar, some 1,248 years ago, the Shaper has been making living tools for sale. Stories of how the Shaper makes these tools are as varied as her creations. It is widely accepted that some fairly powerful and unorthodox magic is being used, there still remains a missing piece to the puzzle that is Shaper's work. A piece that no one has been able to recreate, which is why Shaper continues her monopoly on living tools. Through my research this missing piece seems to be a devise or construct referred to simply as the Egg.

While there have been no documented visual representation made of the Egg, I have been able to uncover several documented descriptions. Of the dozen or so descriptions I have uncovered, these three stand out. 956 years ago, Sysrus Ghet described the Egg as being 'between 5-6 foot units in height. The skin is fleshy and wet yet firm to the touch. The pale form is covered in holes from which the Shaper's creations spring forth'. 593 years ago, Rhhutenfur K'lif Prex described the Egg as being 'a massive 46 foot units in height, its surface rippling with unseen power. All around its folded and creased form are large viewing ports where one can watch magic become life'. 102 years ago Henturjox the Acclaimed described the Egg as being a 'grotesque blasphemy standing roughly 20 foot units tall. The form of the Egg is always changing - dripping, oozing, bubbling up, and caving in on itself. It is a nightmare made real. At the base can be found massive belching maws that spit forth the most vile creations. These creations are little more than squirming feted sacks that give the appearance of life. The smell alone could knock a lesser being dead.'*

It is hard to reconcile these three description into one object. It leaves me to speculate that either the Egg has changed over these many years or that there are in fact more than one Egg. While the latter seems to be the most plausible simply from the high volume of tools the Shaper produces.

Since it is nearly impossible to gain access to the Shaper's tower it is next to impossible for me to verify any of this myself. Ethra VanDalia seems to be the only being capable of entering Shaper's Tower, but it is not like gaining an audience with Ethra VanDalia is remotely a possibility either. Much like the Gray Wanderer, the Egg remains one of the great mysteries of the Bazaar.

*It should be noted for transparency in my research that Sysrus Ghet, Rhhutenfur K'lif Prex, and Henturjox the Acclaimed were all thieves and their descriptions are a result of them breaking into the Shaper's tower. While some may discredit their accounts, just because they are thieves does not make them liars. It should be added that Sysrus and Rhhutenfur were listed as being murdered shortly after documenting what they had seen in the tower. Henturjox the Acclaimed was said to have lost her mind and committed suicide after documenting what she had seen in the tower."

 -Agatha Luculent Habile, Acolyte of the Impure Husk

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Friday, January 5, 2018

Rapacious Guttersnipe - The Grand Bazaar of Ethra VanDalia

Rapacious Guttersnipe
11 x 14 - Pencil on paper 
© 2017 Christopher Burdett

"These beasts... neh, for beasts serve a purpose and have a place at the table of life. These abominations have no place in our blessed realm. For these abominations are the manifestation of the tainted souls of the wicked and sinful. Those that turn away from the Gods and the path of Ascension are doomed to live again as monsters and cursed creatures. Those that seek violence, those that seek the flesh, those that speak in false tongues, these are souls that will return to plague us. Once they have turned away from the light of Ascension these poor souls are forever lost to us. Dragged into the underworld these souls are torn apart and reformed into horrors that wishes only death to the living. One can only imagine what these souls endures once they have been twisted and remade into these abominations. Are they aware or are they no more than thoughtless monsters striking out in pain and confusion? The only kind thing to do is to end their existence as quickly as possible. Maybe one day our faithful and blessed Knights of Ascension will journey deep enough under the Bazaar to find the path to the underworld and the corruptions that spawns these abominations. For today we can only hold them back when they claw their way to the surface. I have asked some of the High Scholars to push for an increase in the expeditions beneath the Bazaar so that we can stop these horrors at the source. Alas, my efforts continue to be slowed by those High Scholars that seek to study and learn from these monsters. What could possibly can be gleaned from such monsters? The presence of these abominations in our temple can lead to nothing but corruption of our most sacred and holy of places. I begin to wonder if the corruption has already taken hold in the temple and that the High Scholars have been tainted by these monsters. If this is indeed the case, I fear for the survival of us all."

-Silas Illywacker - Student of Enlightenment

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Friday, November 24, 2017

Yote Arms Dealer - The Grand Bazaar of Ethra VanDalia

Yote Arms Dealer
11 x 14 - Pencil on paper 
© 2017 Christopher Burdett

Data Entry File 876943G - Personnel Records: Yote 4734-XCY-542M

  • Yote 4734-XCY-542M abandoned their biological identification marker after their first enhancement preferring their chassis number. This devotion to the Guild is noted and catalogued.
  • Yote 4734-XCY-542M specializes in the design and manufacture of mechanical and bio-superior limbs. With a natural ability for bio-superior replacements, Yote 4734-XCY-542M's work has become sought after and is bringing positive results to the Guild. Return vs. expenditure is +483.73 over the last 5 cycles. Guild Sovereigns have been informed. 
  • Prior to enhancement Yote 4734-XCY-542M worked with Designer Sovereign Greol in the design of digital assemblies in hands and manipulators (4547.4 - 4577.7). Sovereign Greol catalogued above satisfactory and excellent results in 99.9% of performance evaluations. Error rate over time recorded at -.059. Accommodations were presented 37 times for above excellent performance.
  • Yote 4734-XCY-542M underwent first enhancement in 4578.1 making them an 11th generation member of the Guild. Standard design and configuration at first enhancement. Adjustment time for enhancement was .6 with a 2.3 period of full immersion. No discernible memory or ability loss documented over 79 functionality reviews.  
  • Chassis upgrades in 4598.5, 4604.6, 4798.2, and 4834.9. Current build out ideal for interaction and sales with biologicals and Guild members. Secondary functionality module used for design, manipulation, and heavy construction. Operational breakdown: 57% interaction and sales, 23% design, 6% manipulation, 14% moderate to heavy construction.
  • Due to changing markets, Yote 4734-XCY-542M currently working with the various gladiatorial unions and independently run exploring and adventuring firms. Offensive and defensive weapon systems are currently in greatest demand.
  • No action determined at this time regarding Yote 4734-XCY-542M.

-Eustis Pettcok - Construct Guild Scribe, Cog level 7


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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Smokestack - The Grand Bazaar of Ethra VanDalia

Smokestack
9 x 12 - Pencil on paper
© 2014 Christopher Burdett
 
Shaper's Parts and Preparation for Personal Assistants
 
Organics:
1 bear stomach
1 dog heart
3 whole rats
1 lb. chicken feet
.5 lb. goose beaks
1 human bladder
2 giant's thumbs
1 human eye
2 frog eyes
3 chicken eyes
1 cat eye
1 turtle eye
1 palm full of teeth
5 full frog skins
1 lb. assorted insect parts 
2 qt. goat blood
1 qt. bull bile
5 oz. human aqueous humor
1 chicken lung
3 pounds of veins, arteries, similar fleshy tubes
4 oz. hog phlegm 
2 oz. sunflower peddles
 
Non Organics:
3 lb. copper  
25 carpenter's nails
1 oz. gold
3 oz. crushed quartz
1 lb. salt
6 oz. sulfur
4 oz. wood ash
14 stone marbles
 
Special:
3 oz. tears of the dying
8 oz. glass  
1 deer skin
1 lb. mint leaves

Mix all non organic components together in a large bowl. Let sit overnight in the night air for 3 consecutive nights. Each night at the stroke of midnight sprinkle 1 oz. of the tears of the dying over the bowl. Pour blood and bile into bowl at first sunrise following the third night. Let sit and wait for 5 days. If at any time the mixture moves dose with boiling water.

On the second day of waiting, place eyes, aqueous humor, phlegm, and glass into bladder and sew shut. Put this in cool dark place for 3 days. 

On the fourth day of waiting take remaining organic components and make a small pile in the center of the inside of the deer skin. Place damp cloth over the pile and set it near a hearth or fireplace for 1 day.

Once the 5 days of waiting has ended scrap the contents of the large bowl onto the pile of organic components in the middle of the deer skin. The non organic components should now be a gelatinous mass that is easy to shape and mold. Work the mass over all of the organic components making sure everything is covered thoroughly. Dump the mint leaves over the mass making sure that as much of the surface is covered in the leaves. Take the bladder and place it on top of the mass. Sew up the deer skin as tightly as possible leaving litter to no space around the mass. Make sure there are no leaks. If leaking occurs use tar to seal the breach. 

Place deer skin into a lower incubation chamber of an egg for 1 week or until the deer skin has lost all of its fur and has turned completely black. Once removed from the egg carefully cut the deer skin open. The new personal assistant will begin to move and emit smoke within a few moments of coming into contact with the air. If it fails to move, press firmly on its body until smoke is emitted.   


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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Corrupted Knight - The Grand Bazaar of Ethra VanDalia

Corrupted Knight
9 x 12 - Pencil on paper
© 2014 Christopher Burdett

"Many of our brave and honorable knights have ventured deep into the dungeons beneath the Bazaar to seek out the darkness that dwells there and purge it from our blessed realm. Many of our knights have gone forth and many of our knights have never returned. What does return is a mockery of life, a mockery of our Gods. When the clothes and armor of our sacred knights return it is not worn by beings of faith, but by horrid abominations born from whatever evil lurks deep beneath our feet. To the reason why these ghastly piles of oozing flesh need to adorn themselves with the armor of our knights has yet to be determined. Maybe the armor is part of some demonic ritual, seeing that the armor is often warped and shifted to suit these misshapen beasts. Perhaps they mean to undermine our resolve and faith by reminding us of those who have sacrificed all for the temple. Whatever the reason, such blasphemy can not be tolerated. I have asked the High Scholars to put forth a doctrine proposal to begin killing and burning any creature found wearing the armor of the Knights of Ascension. While the proposal is still working its way through the consideration committees, I am optimistic that it will be accepted and implemented. We can not allow for the good deeds and noble sacrifices of our knight to be corrupted by such monsters. For too long the Order has tried to glean knowledge of these monster's origin and reasoning. Some of the High Scholars even hope to communicate with these monsters, learn from them, which of course is pure folly. We give time to this threat the longer we allow them to walk the streets at night stalking the weak. We must act now to cleanse them from our world lest they endanger the purity of our temple. All those that were volunteered to seek out the darkness would want this. They would never want to have their deeds tarnished in this way, to have their sacrifice spit upon by such foul creatures."
 -Silas Illywacker - Student of Enlightenment

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Friday, November 3, 2017

Lammergeier Transport - The Grand Bazaar of Ethra VanDalia

Lammergeier Transport
11 x 14 - Pencil on paper 
© 2017 Christopher Burdett

"You have never truly eaten an egg until you have tasted the velvety decadence that is a freshly cooked Lammergeier egg. It practically melts in the mouth as if it was simply made of butter. Just thinking of its texture and flavor sends my mouth to water. A worldly man's breakfast is not complete without 3 fired tomatoes, a steamed radish, 7 strips of bacon (not too crispy), 3 shots of whiskey, and a Lammergeier egg, server yoke up of course.
I remember fondly that morning in the Bazaar, so many years ago, when I tasted my very first Lammergeier egg. I was but a young man, and at the time barely even an Acolyte, my Seer took me under his wing, literally, and opened up a magnificent culinary world to me that changed how I will forever look at food. That morning while dining on my first Lammergeier egg I found myself drunk from the pleasure that was this egg. Mind you, I had not even tasted the whiskey for I was not yet a drinker. Like I said, it was a very long time ago and I was a young man, well, more of a boy really. There I sat, feasting on this most intoxicating ambrosia as I listened to the heartbeat of feet, voices, and machinery that is very life's breath of the Bazaar. I was forever changed that morning and my Seer knew it too. I could see it in his many eyes that he had forever changed me with this one egg. I have gone on to share that experience with all of my Acolytes. When the time is right, I will sit them down and server them a Lammergeier egg. As they eat I look into their eyes and wait for that moment of change, that moment when mind and stomach become one, when they realize they were tasting something purely special. It does not happen with all of them. Some beings find the egg unpalatable, while others refuse to eat due to religious or cultural concerns, or they refuse because they themselves came from an egg, but for those that taste the Lammergeier egg and realize its magnificence, they are forever changed.
It is unfortunate that the price of a Lammergeier egg is so expensive these days. It seems like each year the price is more and more. It is as if the egg mongers are just raising the price to see at which point we will break. Not too mention that it is getting harder and harder to find a merchant who will even carry Lammergeier eggs. Sadly, I can barely afford to have one egg a week these days. Which is of course a great shame. It is the little things that bring such pleasure to life, a fine drink, a good story from an old friend, and a Lammergeier egg. When the pleasures in life or gone you begin to feel the progress of time and the weight of all those years upon your shoulders.
All this talk of Lammergeier eggs does stir the mind and the stomach. I think I might be decadent and stop by the egg mongers this afternoon to get an egg to have as my dinner. Wouldn't that be just wicked, a Lammergeier egg for dinner."
-Reginald Blatherskite - Anointed Seer of the Impure Husk
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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Full Illuxcon Portfolio Video

I recently shared all of the preparations for the debut of The Grand Bazaar of Ethra VanDalia at Illuxcon. This included a teaser video of the portfolio I put together containing all of my original drawings. Now that Illuxcon has come and gone I have a full video that shows off every page of the portfolio! Each drawing had a corresponding name plate page that reflects the monster. It was well received at Illuxcon and I am pressing forward with new monsters!

 
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