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Endless Blue – Week 97.1 – Chelon: Illustrated   Leave a comment

Aesthetics

Chelon: Illustrated

The Chelon are a race in decline, in power, influence, and even viability.  If not for their extended life spans, the populace of the Chelon Sea would be dwindling.  Birth rates have  dropped so disturbingly far that any newborn is considered a national event.

Portrayed here are two such young Chelon.  In the prime of their lives, they beat the odds and survived to adulthood.  They have yet to grow stooped and obsessed with memories of the Chelon Empire in its glory days.  Much of Chelon culture dwells in that past, ruing the passage of time and the waning of their empire.  Wallowing for so long in their antiquated dreams may be the method to their own demise.  With each generation dwindling, it is becoming ever more likely a day will come when the Chelon are just a memory in the oceans.

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Chelon Male and Chelon Female by Naiche Washburn

You can find Naiche’s tumblr here, festooned with other examples of his work.  And there’s still more coming this month!

Endless Blue – Week 88.3 – Jetsam: Kappa Runes   Leave a comment

Sociology

Kappa Runes

The Chelon aesthetics known as the Kappa Eremites wander the waters of Elqua, spreading their proactive-yet-pacifistic message to those that are willing to listen.  As an aesthetic movement using counter culture against state- and religious-imposed control.  During their travels, they find places of succor and troves of food.  Scattered throughout their travels, the Eremites have left secret symbols where those in the know will be able to find.

If you know where to look, those Kappa Runes can be found scattered across the sea floor.  Carved into rock, branded into coral, grown in the kelp forests, they are said to glow in the presence of those that need their guidance.  They mark the places where the anathematized, expatriated, and outcast can find solace for a moment.

Endless Blue — Player Race Illustrations by Vincent Coviello   Leave a comment

In the fall of 2013, I had the pleasure of commissioning a series of nine digital paintings by Vincent Coviello (V4m2c4 on DeviantArt).  Each image has a tight line drawing, a full color illustration (as seen below), and a final background composite.  Many of the magnificent details in these drawings came from Vincent himself, and his input was spot on.  During the whole process I could not help myself from checking my email compulsively for the newest sketch or update.  I may have suffered a little bit of withdrawal when he finished the project.

Illustrations of the player races in the Endless Blue Campaign Setting.

Illustrations of the player races in the Endless Blue Campaign Setting.

 

This and some of his other work has been recently featured on IO9.com in the article “Can We Please Have More Diverse Dragon Designs Like These?”  His hard work and talent are plain to see.  It was a pleasure working with Vincent, and hopefully, someday I will again…

Endless Blue – Week 73 – Societies Submerged in Shadow   10 comments

Sociology

Societies Submerged in Shadow

Just as there are great dangers lurking in the dark of the ocean abyss, there are conspiratorial organizations hiding among the pisceans of Elqua.  Spoken of in hushed tones, these manipulative groups seek power and wealth for their own purposes, and are quite willing to sacrifice anything, or anyone, that tries to impede them.  They are the shadow societies of the Endless Blue, the moving dark that works for its own sake.

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Endless Blue – Week 71 – The Pecuniary Stream   2 comments

Economics

The Pecuniary Stream

The major flow of trade amongst the Fluid Nations takes place via a route known as the Pecuniary Stream.  This jet stream is like the Silk Road or the Oregon Trail — a lengthy yet well-travelled course across the Known World that caravans frequently follow, bringing trade goods to settlements along the path.  The branching route covers over 9,000 kilometers and has tributaries in each of the eight homeseas, making it a major factor in the flourishing of civilization on Elqua.

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Endless Blue – Kickstarter Day 06 – The Races of Elqua   Leave a comment

For those hesitant to read through the ENDLESS BLUE website and its in depth exploration of the water world known as Elqua, I have provided a short synopsis of the 9 playable races you can choose from in the game:

Elqua is a unique world in many ways.  Larger than our own, it possess only a fraction of the land surface, and thus life had little choice but to develop fully beneath the waves.  The result of this isolation produced not one, but nine sentient races to colonize the planet, each one vying with other eight for resources, opportunity, and even simple room to grow.

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Endless Blue – Week 62 – The Colorful World of the Endless Blue   Leave a comment

Physics

The Colorful World of the Endless Blue

“A big blue marble in the Vastness” is an obvious image of Elqua, the world of the Endless Blue Setting.  A world covered 95% in water, the seas appear as a single all-encompassing ocean.  When so little land breaks the surface of the planet’s encompassing oceans, such expansive swaths of blue veritably swallow the world into a giant sphere of blue.  But such a bias is unfair to the spectral wonders of the world, because Elqua is home to some of the most colorful vistas the mind could ever imagine.

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