Thursday, December 31, 2009

Kai lord

"In an alley in Ragadorn. A man stands looking toward the viewer, his hand outstretched in a gesture of friendship. The man is dressed in the cloak of a Kai lord. His hood is down. At his belt are a sheathed sword and a dagger. He looks to be in his mid-twenties, has close-cropped blond hair and a beard, and is smiling."

Monday, December 28, 2009

The ship

"From on board at one end, looking along the deck of a medium-sized merchant sailing ship. Some crew members are on deck; everything is normal. “Fire on the Water” (Book 2 of the series) has some illustrations of parts of Sommlending style ships that could be used for reference."

Sunday, December 27, 2009


“This rubbish-strewn cobbled street runs between rows of ramshackle, rot-infested houses and shops. The few inhabitants of Ragadorn that you see appear a cheerless lot, their faces haggard and drawn. They shuffle through the gloom, hunched against the pouring rain, their eyes fixed on the cobblestones at their feet.”

Friday, December 18, 2009

Some sketches

Thursday, December 17, 2009

The Inn

"A crowded, low-ceilinged, smoky, village bar. Seen from the perspective of someone who has just entered. To the right there is a bar, behind which is a burly but friendly-looking barman. The bar is crowded with villagers and farmers. There are two things which are somewhat out of place – a group of merchants, much better dressed than the other patrons, and, in one corner, a suspicious-looking man in traveling clothes, his face shadowed by a hood."

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Bonus adventure Lone Wolf 13

"A man entering a large village, walking along the track that passes for a “main street”. Buildings are fairly dense – there is an inn, a shop, some houses, etc. The village is fairly clean and things are in good condition. The man, Tennan (the player character), is tall, has short unkempt dark hair, and appears to be in his forties. He is wearing a heavy, well-worn robe and is carrying a staff in one hand. He has a small traveling bag slung over his back, and a sickle tucked through his belt."

Monday, December 14, 2009


Some drawings for Cubicle 7 for one of their Victoriana games

Saturday, December 12, 2009


"A green mist issues out of the book as you draw your sword out of the Sordello's dead body, billowing out like the ink from a squid. The mist forms a disturbing face, a malformed hideous visage of evil. Again, the deformed face with the deformed mouth speaks with a deep sonorous but sepulchral voice, saying, 'I will destroy you for killing my acolyte!' Quickly a horrific, demonic body forms to match the infernal visage of the demon. A foul odour, a gross miasma you know can never be forgotten, fills the room, a smell so disgusting it beggars description. With multiple arms and weapons, it attacks!"

The Fight

"You swing your sword and decapitate the youth. The elders and the other warriors nod in appreciation. They are completely impressed with your weapon. Immediately, Sordello and the elders begin negotiations. Sordello says, 'They are willing to lead us to the ruins and to help haul out the treasure, but they want a metal-headed weapon for each man that goes in exchange. Even if you do not want their help, they are promising us safe passage and harbour.'"

Thursday, December 10, 2009

The Ruins

"You cannot help but to admire the art of the ancient people who built this ruin. Nearly every stone is crafted with embossed designs of people, monsters and animals. Tripping and falling as you pick your way through the rubble, you see ahead a tall stone edifice. The vine-shrouded pile of mouldering stones still form a complete building. Vijya Nath whispers, 'The temple… just as I dreamed.'

Suddenly, a black, inky cloud pours out of the temple, obscuring it. The cloud swirls and billows, halting in front of the temple, still some distance from you."

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

The Landing

"The landing was extremely rough and quite deadly for many of your crew! Half of the launches were crushed and shattered like eggs smashed against walls. Half of the crewmen you took with you are gone, presumed dead. As most of them could not swim, survivors are unlikely. Sordello and Vijya Nath also survived. Most of your supplies are gone, also. You have eight meals, which must be shared with the other men."

Tuesday, December 8, 2009


"The black cloud of inky venom envelops you and your men as you rush toward Sordello to subdue him. The blackness seems to contain tendrils of some power wrapping around you. You hear your men gasping and struggling beside you, and you feel Vijya Nath actually clutch at you briefly, but you trudge on ahead. The vile darkness around you chokes you and you lose 5 points of ENDURANCE (reduced by the number of men with you in the cloud, including Vijya Nath, to a minimum of 1 point of ENDURANCE) as you struggle forward. Suddenly, you break through – or at least your head does, and you see Sordello in front of you, a look of shock when he realises you are there. You attack with your sword and peddles backward, drawing out a glowing sword to fight you."

Monday, December 7, 2009

Bonus adventure for book 12

"You are Captain Borse. Late one night, you are standing in the rain aboard your ship, the caravel Intrepid. Flashes of lightning illuminate the deck. You are about three days out from any known shore. Your crew is fighting the weather as best they can and you trust them to do their duty, no matter how fierce the weather. The waves rise and fall around the Intrepid, lifting it on mighty crests just to drop the craft into frighteningly deep troughs. Another flash of lightning brightens the darkness and you see a raft on a nearby mountain of sea-water. Your brow furrows as darkness wraps its briny cloak around the ship again. Yet another forked flash proves you saw the raft – and a passenger! The man, in a turban and black dhoti, is sitting on the raft and meditating. His turban sports a distinctive plume of purple and white. You shout to the men nearby and, after a few harried moments, the man is fished aboard. He says his name is Vijya Nath. He is thankful for his rescue, indicating his ship sank on account of the storm. He says he is looking for an island he calls ‘Thor Golgron.’ Your boatswain, a large man called Steinolf, does not like the newcomer and he does little to hide his distaste. His voice booms even over the crashing waves and roaring thunder."

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Last vignettes book 12

"A steel door swings open at your approach and three hefty Drakkarim confront you on the threshold. "
"Some of the crowd leave their seats in order to view the Black City through the tiny portholes that line the walls of the gallery. With your heart pounding at the thought of seeing the Darkland's most infamous stronghold for the first time, you leave the pit and join them."
"...gaze upon the awesome spectacle that is Helgedad. Perched upon an isle of granite at the centre of a vast, fiery chasm stands the mighty city-fortress,... Great walls of black steel encircle it, giving rise to a thousand spiky towers and turrets which harbour the masters and the minions of darkness. Above the city hovers a seething pall of black smoke that keeps it forever in shadow."

Friday, December 4, 2009

More vignettes from Book 12

"...enemy come scrambling over the rail, screaming and howling like a pack of demons. One of their number singles you out. He strides forward, his black blade swinging viciously as he attempts to cleave your skull in two."
"...but you have taken less than a dozen steps when a line of creatures begins to emerge from a doorway to your right. They growl menacingly, their feral eyes aglow with bloodlust."
"It slopes down to the shores of a wide inlet--the Gulf of Helenag--where a line of Darkland ironclads are steaming northwards on their way to join the blockade. From where you are, they appear no larger than tiny black specks dotting the steel-grey sea, but the clouds of yellow smoke that pour from their funnels clearly identify them as enemy ships."
"The Slavemaster takes a strange mask from a nearby table and offers it to you. It is made of a green, glass-like mineral and is shaped into a hideous visage."

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Book 12 vignettes

"Standing in the corridor outside is a slim, small, seemingly insignificant figure, clad in a loose-fitting garment of plain emerald cloth. His pinched and pallid face is of human proportion, and, were it not for his pig-like snout and watery, colourless eyes, he could easily pass for one of your species."
"You draw the sun-sword and a gout of golden flame engulfs the blade, flaring with such brilliance that you are momentarily blinded. Kraagenskûl shrieks. It is an unearthly howl, filled with blind terror. He throws up his skeletal hands to shield himself from the searing light, and smoke curls from his blistering skin as the radiant power of the Sommerswerd burns his flesh."
"a wagon laden with barrels and boxes, drawn by six ox-like creatures. Two Giak soldiers sit on the front seat--a driver and a guard."
"it is a patrol of Giak soldiers. Drawn from their clifftop encampment, having witnessed the battle at sea, they are searching the water's edge for survivors. The tips of their spears glint wetly crimson in the moonlight, alerting you to the fate that has befallen those of Davan's crew who managed to swim ashore."

Friday, November 27, 2009


"You turn to run but your exit is blocked by a squat, horny-skinned creature with baleful, milky-coloured eyes. These eyes roll like balls of mist inside its head as it advances on you slowly, an axe of black steel held in its clawed hands, poised to strike you down."

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Tower of the Damned

"Two fireballs split open the rolling black clouds and in the brilliance of their explosions you see a huge metallic flag flying from the tower's crystal spire. It is emblazoned with the emblem of Darklord Gnaag, and at once you know that you have found what you are looking for: the Tower of the Damned."

Tuesday, November 24, 2009


"There, illuminated by the glare of huge oil lamps, is the largest ship you have ever seen--a monstrous ironclad juggernaut bristling with awesome weaponry."

Monday, November 23, 2009


"The means of your transportation to Helgedad waits at the edge of the quarry's vast crater. Your jaw opens in amazement when you set eyes on the vehicle, for it is gigantic, by far the largest vehicle you have ever seen on dry land."

Saturday, November 21, 2009


"when suddenly a huge shape explodes from the crevasse, rising at such speed that its features are just a blur. The creature emits a deafening screech then dives straight towards your chest."

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Darklord Kraagenskûl

"A loose grey robe shrouds his skeletal frame. It is drawn closely about a stringy throat that swells and shrinks repulsively as he sucks the sulphurous air. With a claw-like finger, he scrapes nervously at the blistered flesh that is stretched tightly across the swollen left side of his face, attempting in vain to hook the head of a snake-like parasite that has burrowed into his jaw."

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Pit Fight

"Into the gore-stained pit step two new fighters: an orange-skinned reptilian armed with a spiked club, and a blue-skinned humanoid wielding a ball and chain."

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Helgedad Ghouls

"Then two misshapen creatures loom out of the darkness, and your stomach churns at the sight of their hideously swollen faces. Their eyes are slits, the lids sewn down against the putrid flesh of their cheeks by lengths of coarse, black thread. They stagger towards you, their hooked claws scrabbling the air..."

Friday, October 30, 2009

Death Knight

"...the Death Knight spins around and catches your blow on the haft of his spear. Sparks and curses fly. Growling like an angry lion, he pushes you away then stabs viciously at your midriff."

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Wreck of the Intrepid

"The deck heaves and shudders, and the metallic whirr of the ironclad's engine rises to a deafening roar as it fights to extricate itself from the stern of the sinking Intrepid."

Monday, October 26, 2009

Banedon & Rimoah

"Facing you, and illuminated by the glow of several tall candles, is a line of throne-like seats. Two men, both attired in silken robes, are seated at the centre of the row, their heads bowed and their hands clasped in silent prayer. The sound of your footsteps stirs them from their meditations and, as they raise their heads, you recognize the face of your friend, Banedon, and your tutor, Lord Rimoah, speaker for the High Council of the Elder Magi."

Wednesday, October 21, 2009


"Then, with an awful suddenness, it rises from the sea, roaring and hissing angrily, and lunges forward. Captain Borse gives the order to fire and a volley of ballista bolts sink into the monster's scaly throat. Undeterred, it presses its attack and falls upon the port beam with devastating effect"

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Darklord Gnaag

"You spin around to see the ghastly form of Darklord Gnaag emerge from a shadowy archway, his composite eyes glittering evilly."

Wednesday, October 7, 2009


"Your lightning-fast reflexes save you from the small, jelly-like creature that is plummeting towards your head. "

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Lone Wolf 12- Masters of Darkness

"...opening gaps in their defence through which the strongest Drakkarim hurl themselves recklessly. One breaks through close to where you stand and stabs at your neck with his blunted sword."

Saturday, September 26, 2009

More Lankhmar

Wednesday, September 23, 2009


Quarmall Slave