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Endless Blue – Week 97.2 – Lumulus: Illustrated   Leave a comment

Aesthetics

Lumulus: Illustrated

The Lumulus differ from the other races of the Endless Blue, remote, reserved, and reclusive.  Their demeanor is almost alien in comparison with the other races, but judging from the ruthlessness they’ve shown during outbreaks of the Shellback Wars, they can be just as volatile.

Dwelling along the sea floor of the Lumulus Basin are the artificers known as the Oresmiths.  They harvest ore from beneath the silt and forge it in the thermal vents that litter their homeseas.  With it, they create metals that otherwise could not exist in the corrosive salt water of Elqua’s oceans.

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Lumulus Male and Lumulus Female by Naiche Washburn

The Forgeclans — the major divisions of population for the Lumulus — keep the secret of their metal from the other races.  They learned first hand during the Kraken Occupation what a monstrous species can accomplish when perverting their metals to cruel ends.

Here, we see the innate curiosity and perseverance of the Lumulus that led to their development of metallurgy.  For more information about Naiche’s work history, you can visit his linkedin page.

Endless Blue – Week 89.3 – Jetsam: Alchemy Bells   Leave a comment

Archaeology

Alchemy Bell

An alchemy bell is an Inverted bowl that is held over either a chemical seep or gas-releasing chemical reaction.  The resulting gas, since it is less dense than the surround water, is pushed upward to be caught in the bell.  That in turn forces the surrounding sea water out.  Eventually enough gas is collected to fill  the bell and displace all the water.  An alchemist can then enter the bell from below and as long as he holds his breath, can carry out alchemical experiments without the interference of water.

Industrial alchemy bells are lined with spigots that can be attached to hoses which in turn can attach to containers.  Opening the spigot allows the gases with in the bell to be pushed into the container.  Lumulus utilize such alchemical bells over chemical seeps to collect the gasses needed in the production of lumulated metal.

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 76 – The Aboleth: Puppeteers of the Deep   Leave a comment

Zoology

The Aboleth: Puppeteers of the Deep

When the Kraken Empire fell, the apex predator of the Endless Blue disappeared almost overnight.  This left a vacuum in Elquan ecology that has never been truly filled.  That is, until now.  The aboleths have stirred from their “long dreaming”, and begun infiltrating their thralls into the political and social circles of the Known World.

Aboleth

Huge Aberration (Aquatic)
Hit Dice: 8d8 +40 (76 hp)
Initiative: +1 (Dex)
Speed: 60 feet (12 cubes)
Buoyancy: Shelf (adjustable)
Armor Class: 16 (-2 size, +1 Dex, +7 natural)
Base Attack/Grapple: +6/+22
Attack: Tentacle +12 mêlée (1d6+8 plus slime)
Full Attack: 4 tentacles +12 mêlée (1d6+8 plus slime)
Space/Reach: 10 ft. by 20 ft./10 ft.
Special Attacks: Subjugate, parasite, psionics, slime
Special Qualities: Darkvision 60 ft., ultravision 60 ft., mucus cloud
Saves: Fort +7, Ref +3, Will +11.
Abilities: Str 26, Dex 12, Con 20, Int 15, Wis 17, Cha 17
Skills: Concentration +16, Knowledge (any) +13, Listen +16, Spot +16, Swim +8
Feats: Alertness, Combat Casting, Iron Will
Environment: Deep, dark waters (Shelf)
Organization: Solitary or slaver brood (1 plus 7-12 skum).
Challenge Rating: 7
Treasure: Double standard.
Alignment: Usually lawful evil.
Advancement: Huge (9-16 HD),  Gargantuan (17-24 HD)
Level Adjustment:

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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 – 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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