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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