Stoneskin King Garion














This year's Halloween project features an entirely new character that exists in the Summoner's world. Here's the Stoneskin King, Garion:



Just like all of the other entries, there's an accompanying lore post for Garion as well:

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After six long months, the Stoneskin King returned to the city of Irusekh and its people. While unwavering in his constitution, the leader of the Naetherspawn was haggard and weary. His detachment of twenty warriors returned with only three and all badly injured. After they had been taken to the royal palace at the heart of the city, Garion informed his advisors of what they had witnessed. The demons had begun organizing themselves into an army with a structure and zeal that had never been witnessed before. They appeared to be awaiting the return of Megiddo and had begun bolstering their numbers using arcane rituals and artifacts. The frequency of raids in the lower realm had been on the rise with many living in constant fear. Garion’s forces had encountered a raiding part near the eastern continent. The demons attack with skills and weaponry beyond anything the Naetherspawn had seen. Even with their sharply forged battle disciplines, Garion’s detachment was overwhelmed and barely escaped the skirmish with their lives.

Shrugging off his own injuries, the Stoneskin King ordered his advisors to see to his wounded warriors and inform the families of those lost. He stood before the remaining council members in the palace and ordered them to prepare for the Rite of Awakening. If the war to decide the fate of the realm was quickly approaching, Irusekh would need to be prepared. It was time to awaken the demonic blade, Khelboros-Nil.
Finally, before Garion could retire to his chambers and rest, one of his advisors stepped forth to recount a recent story to the Naetherspawn ruler. One of the Skypiercer Knights’ greatest warriors, Thalgre had recently fallen in combat. Though his story was fragmented, the advisor recalled the presence of a foreigner in Irusekh that had slain Thalgre. Garion commanded his advisor to assemble any and all witnesses of the event for questioning. If this new entity also threatened the people of Irusekh, it would soon face the wrath of the Stoneskin King himself

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For the various stages of the construction for both Garion and Khelboros-Nil, check out the imgur album linked here. The WIP album contains shots of the sword not used in the video.

This particular entry was meant to introduce another character that will become important in the later chapters of the Summoner's story. As you can tell from the background lore and this post, Garion is from the same race as Thalgre, featured a few events ago. I like the idea of building a narrative with different characters that share similarities and differences in their background and motivation. While this project was a bit more straight-forward than previous years, I intend to work on some follow-on pieces in the coming months.

Stay tuned and Happy Halloween!

~Zan

Lore Post: Chronicles of the Stoneskin King














Hello,

This year's Halloween project is finished. I'm working on the showcase video for it which will be going live on 10/31. As a sort of intro to the project, I've prepared some lore which will establish the setting and character.

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The proud Naetherspawn inhabit the sprawing city of Irusekh high above the rest of the realm on the skypeak. Fairly secluded, they keep to themselves and rarely interact with the rest of the races. In order to prepare for conflict, the Naetherspawn constantly train and hone their abilities in combat. Those that have encountered their warriors have noted their exceptional battle prowess.

Over the many generations, the Legacy of the Cloudborne chronicles the rulers of the Naetherspawn kingdom. Highly decorated warriors and commanders that show unwavering loyalty their people compete for the throne and the right to lead Irusekh. The longest ruling leader in the legacy was the revered Garion. Named the “Stoneskin King”, Garion was one of the few of the royal line to have served in the frontlines of war. In the great Battle of Bloodspire, Garion led the Irusekh Skypiercer Knights against hordes of demons that threatened to breach the city’s gates. One of three great detachment commanders, Garion slew hundreds of demons and brought his entire battalion back without a single casualty. His skill and fierce devotion to his people earned the respect of even the governance council beneath the throne. When the time came for the throne to revolve to the next ruler, Garion ascended with little competition, officially adopting the title of Stoneskin King.
Garion ruled for many years with a stern but fair hand. He was beloved by his people and the Naetherspawn flourished. When rumblings of the demon lord, Megiddo’s forces reached the skypeak, Garion turned his watchful eye to the skirmishes happening far below the city. The encroaching forces of chaos in the realm concerned him since Irusekh had gone many years since an attack by hostile groups. Even the dragons which the Naetherspawn had a tentative alliance between had been strangely silent. Against the advice of his governance council, Garion decided to investigate the matter personally. He took a detachment of his most trusted warriors and departed the city. It has been three months since the investigation party embarked and Irusekh has heard not a word from its king…
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That's it for the intro lore post. See you on Halloween!

~Zan

Fall Stuff!












Hiya!

It's Fall, the weather's getting cold, and it's time for an update! I heard that the reception to our Monster Hunter face pins at PAX West was pretty good! As a way to prep for the next event, we'll be putting together a new series of Monster Hunter face pins. It will include some of the more recent ones as well new ones going up soon! I also need to finish uploading the last of the Clans chibis on the Redbubble store. Series 2 of those will be starting up soon too.

See ya!

TK out!


PAX Update














Hello,

This is a short update post to let everyone know that I'll be at PAX West this weekend. I posted a note on Twitter announcing I'll be handing out some of our Monster Hunter vinyl stickers at the event. I'll also have our Monster Hunter face pins as well. I don't have a specific plan for handing them out but there's a good chance I'll be hanging around the Capcom booth throughout the weekend. If they end up demoing Monster Hunter World, I'll definitely be there handing out stuff to people in line.

Hope to see you there!

~Zan

Let's Play Updates and Upcoming Events














Hello,

As we proceed into the later part of Summer, I figured it would be good to do an update post here. After a short break while I was on vacation, the content in the regular spots is continuing as usual. My Twitch streaming schedule was on hold during the break but will be starting up again this weekend. Also, with PAX West coming up soon, I've started preparing some things to take to the event. I want to bring our usual Graphic Buttons as well as the vinyl stickers I didn't get to hand out last year. There will be a more detailed post coming when the event gets closer.

In Let's Play news, I haven't done a good job of announcing the latest here on the site. I just started posting the episodes from our most current Quick Look series featuring the brutal NES game, Digger T. Rock: The Legend of the Lost City. This series will be shorter than the others and is meant to be highlighted look at the game. The LP is also unique in that it features some commission work for the first time! I asked Unlucky Angel, one of my contacts on-line to draw a title card for the Quick Look. He did a great time on short notice and I'm super happy with the results! Check out the first episode of the QL here:


That's it for this post. I still need to draft up a product review of the pose figures I've acquired recently. That will most likely happen before the end of Summer if I get a spare minute. In the meantime, if you're looking for the most up to date news on content or streaming, follow me on Twitter @Zanshinretsu. Updates are pretty frequent there.

Thanks for stopping by!

~Zan

New Let's Play Series Starts on Youtube!














Hello,

As we proceed further into Spring, I thought I'd highlight a project that launched today. As I teased on YT last week, I'm starting a Let's Play series! This content is meant to mix up the usual schedule of Speed Drawing videos while giving me a chance to play through some old classics. The first series will be a play through of 8-bit classic, Blaster Master. This challenging game from the NES is full of interesting twists. Check out the first episode here:


New episodes will go up Tuesdays and Thursdays until the LP is finished! I'm going to try to have at least one play through going a month right now. Thanks for stopping by and tuning in!

~Zan

Clans' Stickers Are Live!












Hiya!

I haven't been posting on here much lately. I've got a handful of projects in the queue but not much to report in on. I did want to mention that I've started uploading my Clans characters on our Redbubble store! Based on Chibi Series I made as a way to highlight the various races, the designs are available on a bunch of different products. I'd like to do a product test to see how the print quality turns out on the stickers specifically. Also, I've named each of the characters in the different concept pieces. This information is going to synch up with the Clans' Collab stuff Zan's been working on. I'll be going back to add the information and store links to my DA posts.

TK out!