Friday, October 25, 2013

The Sims Medieval - Peteran Priest

Fantasy game art from The Sims Medieval and the Pirates and Nobles Expansion.

The first set of pictures are randomly generated characters ("sims"). The following set is of a custom-designed sim.



Dark Parables: The Red Riding Hood Sisters - Chapter 10

Fantasy game art from Dark Parables: The Red Riding Hood Sisters.


Dungeon Siege II - Boss - Valdis

Fantasy game art from Dungeon Siege II.



















Valdis was once a Human Prince of the Northern Reaches. Exiled for his brutality, he wandered through the desert known as the Plain of Tears and became ill. Through his feverish dreams, he was led to Zaramoth's Horns where the Dark Wizards nurtured him and bestowed upon him Zaramoth's Sword. He has convinced himself that he is Zaramoth reincarnated, and he must fulfill a destiny that was interrupted on the Plain of Tears.

Valdis' worldview is very mystical. He sees signs and deeper meaning in all things. For him, there are no coincidences or accidents in his world. He is an angry man who wants to subjugate the world to his rule. He is prone to fits of rage, and no slight, however small, goes unpunished. He is a master at holding a grudge, and finds ways to punish his enemies. Ironically, his arrogant, domineering personality makes it easy for another person to manipulate him.

Valdis is the final boss of Dungeon Siege II and must be defeated twice. Once to weaken him, whereupon a cutscene appears revealing a plot twist that sets up the sequel to Dungeon Siege II -- the Broken World expansion. He must then be defeated a second time, and at the very end, in a very specific manner in order to match up with a cutscene of his death. Why there is a gigantic Eye of Zaramoth concealed in the altar is unclear, but given the surprising plot twist at the end, we may well suspect the Azunite Scholar's hand at work.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

The Sims Medieval - Jacoban Priest

Fantasy game art from The Sims Medieval and the Pirates and Nobles Expansion.

The first set of pictures are randomly generated characters ("sims"). The following set is of a custom-designed sim.



Dark Parables: The Red Riding Hood Sisters - Chapter 9

Fantasy game art from Dark Parables: The Red Riding Hood Sisters.


Dungeon Siege II - Talon the Dragon

Fantasy game art from Dungeon Siege II.











Dragons are as mysterious as they are exotic, though some have a reputation for their fierceness or destructive abilities. Only the Dark Wizards proved successful in taming these beasts, which Valdis used to his advantage in the creation of his armies. Normally used to transport soldiers into battle, Valdis reserves only the most powerful of the dragons for direct attacks.
Rumors have spread that an especially vicious Dragon named Talon, one of the most powerful in Valdis' army, has been seen in the area of the Snowbrook Haven, laying waste to whole garrisons. With such thick hides, taking a dragon down by normal means is not an easy feat and their fiery breath makes quick work of most soldiers, cooking them in their armor.

Talon is the only boss the player fights with a minigame involving a ballista. In between, the Morden army catapults in the heavily armoured Durvlas until Talon is finally defeated. The party then continues on to clear SnowBrook Haven and collect the second piece of a critical artifact.

As if resurrected from death, the fierce anger and power that Dragons draw upon can give them extraordinary lasting ability. Talon appeared mortally wounded by the final ballista shot, but the pull of the Aegis allowed him to fight one final battle.

It is when the party has collected the artifact in the calm and peace of the SnowBrook reliquary and are continuing down a quiet corridor that Talon makes a second, sudden appearance. Like the one true dragon in the original Dungeon Siege, Talon is too big to animate about the screen and instead is made to stay put and breathe fire at the party.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The Sims Medieval - Bard

Fantasy game art from The Sims Medieval and the Pirates and Nobles Expansion.

The first set of pictures are randomly generated characters ("sims"). The following set is of a custom-designed sim.





Dark Parables: The Red Riding Hood Sisters - Chapter 8

Fantasy game art from Dark Parables: The Red Riding Hood Sisters.


Dungeon Siege II - Boss - Knotted Shambler

Fantasy game art from Dungeon Siege II.



Vai'kesh (dark elf) experiments with the dark magics of the Aegis of Death formed many new and horrible creatures. Their greatest crime, though, was stealing the very life essence of the Vai'lutra Forest itself to create one creature more powerful than the rest: the Knotted Shambler.
Formed from the very trees themselves, the Shambler is still deeply connected to nature and the life of the forest. As a result, the Shambler uses the power of nature to protect and hide itself, covering itself in leaves that make it impenetrable to attack. Even the Vai'kesh Prophet is reluctant to enter the areas the Shambler is known to haunt.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The Sims Medieval - Merchant

Fantasy game art from The Sims Medieval and the Pirates and Nobles Expansion.

The first set of pictures are randomly generated characters ("sims"). The following set is of a custom-designed sim.



Dark Parables: The Red Riding Hood Sisters - Chapter 7

Fantasy game art from Dark Parables: The Red Riding Hood Sisters.


Dungeon Siege II - Boss - Giant Trilisk

Fantasy game art from Dungeon Siege II.





The Giant Trilisk was an amazing testament to the power of the shards that you have encountered. A horde of angry spirits transformed a simple creature into a gargantuan beast of immense power. Supposedly standing as high as a tree, the Giant Trilisk has three heads, each of which attacks in a different fashion. Its deadly poison breath forces enemies to run for cover or flee in terror, and its ability to heal itself makes it a tenacious foe.

The Giant Trilisk will live on only as a creature of legend. There has never been a creature like it, and hopefully another will never be created. Its destruction was complete, and there were no witnesses to the battle between it and the brave heroes who defeated it. Was it truly real, or did the heroes exaggerate the danger of a more mundane foe? History will never know.

Monday, October 21, 2013

The Sims Medieval - Blacksmith

Fantasy game art from The Sims Medieval and the Pirates and Nobles Expansion.

The first set of pictures are randomly generated characters ("sims"). The following set is of a custom-designed sim.



Dark Parables: The Red Riding Hood Sisters - Chapter 6

Fantasy game art from Dark Parables: The Red Riding Hood Sisters.


Dungeon Siege II - Boss - Ganth

Fantasy game art from Dungeon Siege II.




The first Ganth encountered will probably be at the Kalrathian Water Chapel, where it guards the exit to the plateau from which water flows into aqueducts. Ganths are armed with massive axes and have the power to rile themselves up for a single massive blow that sends shockwaves out from the point of impact. What makes a Ganth such a formidable opponent, however, is the enchanted axe and the magical nature of this attack: The charged-up axe glows blood red flecked with black, indicating a life-drinking enchantment. The carnage from foes caught under the axe or in the shockwave infuses the Ganth with renewed life, sometimes healing it completely to fight as tirelessly as the battle began.

Heroes can face a second Ganth in one of the final bouts at the secret, subterranean Aman'lu Arena; and more Ganths can be encountered on the slopes of Zaramoth's Horns.