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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