SAD: LoA Races


This is actually the SAD from tonight and yesterday – I worked on it both days.

This is a collection of loose design-sketches are the playable races I’ve got so far for Legend of the Archons. Each will be represented in more polished works throughout my gallery, so I’m not worried that these aren’t truly finished drawings. I am not planning on adding more playable races, though of course there are plenty of other sentient beings in the world – these are by far the main ones though. Yes, an important anatomical detail was left off of each of them – I didn’t want to draw boxers, but I wasn’t going to draw certain other things either.

I came up with the Durgans and Alanir (plural of Alan) back in 1999, though my version of the Fomori and the Lost are much more recent in vintage.

Note, however, that both the Lost and the Fomorians are highly variable in appearance – it’s hard to present an average example of either, since both are twisted and warped by the energies of the Autumn Realm. In general though, the Lost are humans that have been horribly mutated and probably driven mad, while the Fomorians are born in monstrous forms that usually combine human and animal traits as well as details that are strictly unique to them. Perhaps the "typical" Fomor looks rather like a human-goat hybrid or something similar.

People that are into classic fantasy settings may note that there are no classic elves or dwarves here. In this setting, both of those exist but they are very alien, fey races that dwell in other dimensional realms and only sometimes visit the material plane to foment mischief.

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3 Responses to “SAD: LoA Races”

  1. meta4life Says:

    These are great. I don’t envy you for coming up with entirely new fantasy races to use in a game though. I can draw on centuries of literature to talk about elves and dwarves etc. — with these, you’re pretty much on your own, especially when it comes to explaining them and their cultures to your players. πŸ™‚

    Looking forward to seeing more, and sorry we missed each other in chat last night!

  2. uhlrik Says:

    I actually enjoy creating new races, and having new ones (well, Fomorians aren’t new, though my version of them is fairly different from the myths in some ways, even though it’s very similar in others) gives me the freedom of tossing out a lot of those preconceptions so people can start fresh.

    Y’know, I just barely missed you. I saw the logout notice sitting on my monitor when I got home and it had happened only a few minutes prior. I’ll be on chat in a short while though.

  3. meta4life Says:

    Your interpretation of Fomorians differs so widely from what I know of Fomorians that you might as well be starting over. πŸ˜‰

    Agh, I’m sorry we missed that connection! But I was up uber-early yesterday….

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