For the page one image I wanted a dragon shown proud on high mountain ledge having just exited it's lair. An unfortunate party of soon to cooked adventurers is easing along a narrow shelf to "ambush" the creature.
|End of the Expedition, (pen and Ink, Oil and Digital) Copyright © 2012, Columbia Games, Inc. and Richard Luschek|
|End of the Expedition, pen and ink, Copyright © 2012, Columbia Games, Inc. and Richard Luschek|
|End of the Expedition, oil on paper, Copyright © 2012, Columbia Games, Inc. and Richard Luschek|
A brief word about the story, here. I chose this dragon which is rumored dwell somewhere among the southern Rayesha Mountains, in an abandoned salt mine near Rethem. I know the setting does not exactly scream salt mine, but really wanted the mountain top view. Is this is the entrance to a tunnel that eventually leads down to a salt mine? I would say that if you were running a salt mine and you tunneled into an opening that lead to a dragon lair....well, that would explain why it was abandoned. Is this lair located just above the salt mine? What a great thing for your players to find out.
The articles says "Both the Red Shadows of Herpa, an Agrikan fighting order, and the commander of the Imrium Cohort have offered a reward to any who can bring them proof of the dragon’s demise."
The group of men about to die, have obviously found the answer to that question. It's still alive.
The knight leading this quest has called a halt to the party....as if that will help. You can almost imagine hims saying,"Shhhhh." He is leading a few members of the mercenary group, the Warriors of the Bloody Mace. Among them a Kuboran warrior is shown, spear ready. He was probably captured by the Agrikans and forced into service for this disastrous expedition.
I wanted the dragon to have the appearance that one could almost wonder if the dragon even sees the expedition below on the side of the mountain, but I will let you in on a secret- It totally sees them.
Please let me know what you think of the updated article. Feel free to offer comments or let me know if you have any questions about this image.