Monster of the Week #22:
Watcher
Almost nothing is known about the enigmatic Watchers, save the details gleaned from two reports of their appearances. Both events were reported to have occurred just after dusk on clear, starry nights immediately preceding what are now considered to be two major historical events. The first occurred before a major battle, and the second on the evening before the coronation of a great queen. Eyewitness accounts, the precise details of which are now recorded in restricted-access books in the University library, both indicate that a flash of light was witnessed on a hill or other high vantage point. At this point the Watcher, eyes glowing from within a head wreathed by green flame, appeared and seemed to survey the scene before it. The apparition was seen to remain still, in apparent contemplation for approximately one hour, after which it disappeared in a flash of light the same way it came. Both reports contain cross-referenced records from University astronomers, who claim on both occasions that the appearance of the Watcher was preceded by an unexplained flurry of shooting stars. 

Even more mysterious is what the Watchers seem to have left behind. After both of the aforementioned appearances, investigators and curious locals report that a strange mark was left where the Watcher had stood, apparently burned into the ground. The meaning of these marks remains unclear—both differed slightly in their arrangement and details, but University Arcanolinguists who have studied the glyphs believe that the two share some manner of common syntax. 

In addition to the two confirmed incident reports, certain writings would seem to indicate at least three more appearances of the Watchers. These cannot be confirmed at this time, and the details, if any, would seem to be matters of sealed University records.

Monster of the Week #22:

Watcher

Almost nothing is known about the enigmatic Watchers, save the details gleaned from two reports of their appearances. Both events were reported to have occurred just after dusk on clear, starry nights immediately preceding what are now considered to be two major historical events. The first occurred before a major battle, and the second on the evening before the coronation of a great queen. Eyewitness accounts, the precise details of which are now recorded in restricted-access books in the University library, both indicate that a flash of light was witnessed on a hill or other high vantage point. At this point the Watcher, eyes glowing from within a head wreathed by green flame, appeared and seemed to survey the scene before it. The apparition was seen to remain still, in apparent contemplation for approximately one hour, after which it disappeared in a flash of light the same way it came. Both reports contain cross-referenced records from University astronomers, who claim on both occasions that the appearance of the Watcher was preceded by an unexplained flurry of shooting stars. 
Even more mysterious is what the Watchers seem to have left behind. After both of the aforementioned appearances, investigators and curious locals report that a strange mark was left where the Watcher had stood, apparently burned into the ground. The meaning of these marks remains unclear—both differed slightly in their arrangement and details, but University Arcanolinguists who have studied the glyphs believe that the two share some manner of common syntax. 
In addition to the two confirmed incident reports, certain writings would seem to indicate at least three more appearances of the Watchers. These cannot be confirmed at this time, and the details, if any, would seem to be matters of sealed University records.
Monster of the Week, #21:

Troll, River Clan

Perhaps the most commonly-known of Trollkind are those of the River Clan. Generally calm, incisive, and infinitely curious, trolls of this variety instinctively seek out places of transition or confluence. True to their name, many River Trolls make their homes along the banks of streams and rivers, the better to be near the flowing waters and the constant stream of new objects and experiences they bring. River Trolls are particularly fond of bridges, not simply for their proximity to water, but also for their metaphysical significance as points of transition, where one place crosses over into another. 

Contrary to what popular tales would have us believe however, River Trolls are generally not malicious or cruel. Rather, long observation has revealed that their obsession with transition leads River Trolls to try to change those who pass through their domains in some way. Some will in fact attempt to do this through violence or some form of martial challenge, but many more prefer to barter goods with visitors to their domains, or else swap stories or information. Reveling as they do in all forms of interpersonal exchange, many River Trolls find themselves drawn to mercantile pursuits, at which they generally excel, even when simply bartering the assorted jetsam that finds its way into their homes.

It would not do to leave out mention of the River Troll’s passion for collecting. Whether by scavenging or exchange, they tend to amass sizable personal “fortunes” of random objects. They have a natural penchant for identifying objects with long and diverse histories, and these are generally considered highly valuable to the River Troll, and given pride of place within its domicile. 
Monster of the Week, #21:
Troll, River Clan
Perhaps the most commonly-known of Trollkind are those of the River Clan. Generally calm, incisive, and infinitely curious, trolls of this variety instinctively seek out places of transition or confluence. True to their name, many River Trolls make their homes along the banks of streams and rivers, the better to be near the flowing waters and the constant stream of new objects and experiences they bring. River Trolls are particularly fond of bridges, not simply for their proximity to water, but also for their metaphysical significance as points of transition, where one place crosses over into another.
Contrary to what popular tales would have us believe however, River Trolls are generally not malicious or cruel. Rather, long observation has revealed that their obsession with transition leads River Trolls to try to change those who pass through their domains in some way. Some will in fact attempt to do this through violence or some form of martial challenge, but many more prefer to barter goods with visitors to their domains, or else swap stories or information. Reveling as they do in all forms of interpersonal exchange, many River Trolls find themselves drawn to mercantile pursuits, at which they generally excel, even when simply bartering the assorted jetsam that finds its way into their homes.
It would not do to leave out mention of the River Troll’s passion for collecting. Whether by scavenging or exchange, they tend to amass sizable personal “fortunes” of random objects. They have a natural penchant for identifying objects with long and diverse histories, and these are generally considered highly valuable to the River Troll, and given pride of place within its domicile. 
"No Trespassing"Oil on paper mounted to masonite, 18”x24”2014
Holy crap, I just realized I never posted this here. Remember when I was rambling about the Illustration Master Class a few months back? Well I went! And I painted! You can see the full ramblings about my fantastic experiences there on my blog, but I’ll leave this guy here for now. Painted for the prompt, “faerie warrior.” Many thanks go out to all the amazing IMC faculty and all my fellow artists from IMC!

"No Trespassing"
Oil on paper mounted to masonite, 18”x24”
2014

Holy crap, I just realized I never posted this here. Remember when I was rambling about the Illustration Master Class a few months back? Well I went! And I painted! You can see the full ramblings about my fantastic experiences there on my blog, but I’ll leave this guy here for now. Painted for the prompt, “faerie warrior.” Many thanks go out to all the amazing IMC faculty and all my fellow artists from IMC!

Hellooo everybody! It’s been a while. I’m getting back into the swing of things after an AMAZING weekend at Gen Con in Indianapolis. After returning I took a week off from Projects to relax, do some fun drawings, get engaged (!!!!!), and lay out my plans for IlluxCon. It’s been a good month so far. :)

Anyway, we now resume our regularly-scheduled monsters.

Monster of the Week #20:
Wendigo
Of the innumerable creatures and spirits that walk our world, few are more terrifying, or more sad, than the Wendigo. Creatures of unending hunger and greed, Wendigos are born from humans who fall prey to cannibalistic urges. Agile, aggresive, and absolutely deadly, the only good that can be said of Wendigos is that they are mercifully few in number. They can be found mostly in the chill forests and unforgiving slopes of the frozen North, being compelled to migrate to these ancient hunting grounds by some unknown instinct. Healers and mages alike have speculated at length as to methods of curing those lost to the Wendigo transformation, some even going so far as to claim success in uncorroborated reports. That being said, there has yet to be developed any consistent, repeatable treatment for the affliction, and those so lost are seldom seen again. 

Someone help; I’d forgotten just how fun toned paper is X(

Monster of the Week #20:

Wendigo

Of the innumerable creatures and spirits that walk our world, few are more terrifying, or more sad, than the Wendigo. Creatures of unending hunger and greed, Wendigos are born from humans who fall prey to cannibalistic urges. Agile, aggresive, and absolutely deadly, the only good that can be said of Wendigos is that they are mercifully few in number. They can be found mostly in the chill forests and unforgiving slopes of the frozen North, being compelled to migrate to these ancient hunting grounds by some unknown instinct. Healers and mages alike have speculated at length as to methods of curing those lost to the Wendigo transformation, some even going so far as to claim success in uncorroborated reports. That being said, there has yet to be developed any consistent, repeatable treatment for the affliction, and those so lost are seldom seen again.

Someone help; I’d forgotten just how fun toned paper is X(


Monster of the Week #19:
Yeti
Yeti are among the most mysterious and least-understood species of giantkind. Standing an average of 14 feet tall, they inhabit remote mountain ranges, living in tightly-knit tribes among the jagged peaks and icy storms above the treeline. The harshness of their habitats combined with their relatively small population sizes make Yeti difficult subjects for study indeed, but much has been learned from what limited contact has occurred. 





While religious practice is relatively common among giantkind, Yeti are by far the most devout and spiritual. Despite their small population, the various tribes known to modern researchers display a stunning variety of beliefs and praxes that vary widely from tribe to tribe. The spiritual practice of Yeti tribes runs the gamut from polytheistic to monotheistic, in addition to a multitude of animistic beliefs. Opportunities to study the particulars of Yeti theology have been few and far between. This is due both to scarcity of contact and the immense complexity of Yeti language, which despite its relatively simple syntax is deeply couched in metaphor and religious analogy, and so varies greatly between tribes. 



Yeti are occasionally mislabeled as “Frost Giants,” and so are often confused with the semi-divine Jotunn. There is no known biological connection, although the latter do feature prominently in the cosmologies of several Yeti tribes.

Monster of the Week #19:

Yeti

Yeti are among the most mysterious and least-understood species of giantkind. Standing an average of 14 feet tall, they inhabit remote mountain ranges, living in tightly-knit tribes among the jagged peaks and icy storms above the treeline. The harshness of their habitats combined with their relatively small population sizes make Yeti difficult subjects for study indeed, but much has been learned from what limited contact has occurred. 

While religious practice is relatively common among giantkind, Yeti are by far the most devout and spiritual. Despite their small population, the various tribes known to modern researchers display a stunning variety of beliefs and praxes that vary widely from tribe to tribe. The spiritual practice of Yeti tribes runs the gamut from polytheistic to monotheistic, in addition to a multitude of animistic beliefs. Opportunities to study the particulars of Yeti theology have been few and far between. This is due both to scarcity of contact and the immense complexity of Yeti language, which despite its relatively simple syntax is deeply couched in metaphor and religious analogy, and so varies greatly between tribes. 

Yeti are occasionally mislabeled as “Frost Giants,” and so are often confused with the semi-divine Jotunn. There is no known biological connection, although the latter do feature prominently in the cosmologies of several Yeti tribes.

Monster of the Week #18:
Troll, Root Clan
Elusive and mysterious, trolls of the Root Clan are compelled by nature to seek out beginnings and places of creation. They make their homes in the roots of mountains and deep in ancient forests. Obsessed with the potential of things that grow, Root trolls will often spend their entire lives in quiet observation of their domains. Some will spend years in the caves beneath mountains, quietly listening to the shifting of the earth around them, while others will adopt small portions of forests as the self-appointed custodians of the new-growth trees and other flora. 

It is worth noting the Root troll’s preferred choices of food. Calm and peaceful creatures, they abhor the taking of life, for they see it as putting an end to unrealized potential. The only exception is perhaps the harsh, even vicious manner in which they deal with interlopers who disturb their habitats—battles between Root trolls and cave orcs, for instance, are relatively common. They subsist almost exclusively on carrion (unless it has already become a source of new life), but have a curious and inexplicable taste for mushrooms.

Monster of the Week #18:

Troll, Root Clan

Elusive and mysterious, trolls of the Root Clan are compelled by nature to seek out beginnings and places of creation. They make their homes in the roots of mountains and deep in ancient forests. Obsessed with the potential of things that grow, Root trolls will often spend their entire lives in quiet observation of their domains. Some will spend years in the caves beneath mountains, quietly listening to the shifting of the earth around them, while others will adopt small portions of forests as the self-appointed custodians of the new-growth trees and other flora.
It is worth noting the Root troll’s preferred choices of food. Calm and peaceful creatures, they abhor the taking of life, for they see it as putting an end to unrealized potential. The only exception is perhaps the harsh, even vicious manner in which they deal with interlopers who disturb their habitats—battles between Root trolls and cave orcs, for instance, are relatively common. They subsist almost exclusively on carrion (unless it has already become a source of new life), but have a curious and inexplicable taste for mushrooms.