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Sprite Arts – Trolls

Well folks, we’re coming up to the end of an era.  We started working on these sprite art sets early last year, and now we’re officially done showing them off today.  We’ve gone through thirteen other races, and we’re officially at the end, with the trolls of Tellest.

gaul-vash pash-ert quirl-rockfist

That’s as diverse a line-up as any of the other ones I think you’ve seen in the Tellest sprites we’ve shown off so far.  We’ve got skinny sickly ones, somewhat attractive ones, and monstrous, “gonna-eat-you-up” ones.  But what makes ’em all tick?


Gaul Vash is a sickly, sniveling creature, who would be considered ugly by any race.  But with all that said, he still adds value to those around him.  As a mage from Kyramas, he’s prepared himself for sacrifice for years, and he’s just looking for the perfect reason.  Perhaps the mysterious dungeon is the one he’s been searching for.


Pash Ert, meanwhile, is on the opposite end of the spectrum, as far as trolls are concerned.  With pseudo-elven features, she’s a very attractive person.  Unfortunately, just as Gaul gives his life to others, Pash takes what she needs.  There is a natural law that she alters to meet her needs: when Pash is near others, she will heal faster, but others won’t heal at all.  She is a survivor from Skar’dell, after all.


Our third and final troll champion hails from Grim’s Hold.  Quirl Rockfist fulfills the stereotype of what a troll would look like. Long tusks and green, scaly skin might make her look unattractive to the fairer races of Tellest, but to her own race, she’s a tremendous beauty.  She’s tough as nails to boot, and would make a good ally to anyone she could prove her loyalty to.


Well, there you have it folks.  That’s the final race group shot that we have for our upcoming card game.  Now, don’t despair.  We still have a lot of stuff left to show off.  Serge did an amazing job with dungeon chambers and backgrounds as well.  We can’t wait to show them off!

Sprite Arts – Rhinotaur

Can you believe that we’re down to our penultimate set of sprite arts?  Mind you, that’s just for characters, but we’re getting ready to get moving with this card game.  It’s insane! We’ve been through humans, and dwarves and elves and gnolls and goblins…

We’re wrapping up with two more villainous races, and the first one up is the rhinotaur:

lannis-jarl noth-vox raia-doath wrexa

Now, it’s important to note that rhinotaurs are technically not so evil as some of the other races that they align with.  Among the so-called bad guys, only the gremlins and the lagano are more easy-going than the rhinotaurs.  It’s just that these poor saps are generally really dumb, and easy to manipulate.

Side note: did you know that we have a good and evil quotient that we use to determine whether or not a race in Tellest is predetermined to be willing to work with another race?  Now you know!


Lannis is as classic as you can get as far as the rhinotaurs go.  He comes from the more well-to do city of Theria, and is employed as a guard.  Typically, these fellows are very reserved and tend to stay by themselves in the wilderness.  If they dwell with others in a larger pack, it usually numbers in an area less than a dozen.  Lannis, meanwhile, hangs out in a city with thousands of other rhinotaurs.


Noth happens to be one of those other rhinotaurs from the city of Theria.  He works in service to Cerox, the god of thunder among his people.  As a paladin in the order, he is meant to uphold the values of his people and the will of his deity.  So, when the whispers of Cerox told him to travel to the mysterious dungeon, he knew it was time to take up his axe and sword and go prove his faith.


Raia is our first rhinotaur from another locale.  Whereas Theria is a bustling city, Jecraskia is a more reserved landmark, meant for pilgrims and faith militant.  Those who travel there don’t often stay long, but Raia, an aspiring mage, finds her way back there from time to time.  She is good-hearted, and filled with wisdom, despite the limitations of her people.


Our final rhinotaur adventurer is Wrexa.  You’ve heard of a bull in a china shop, right?  Can you imagine a rhino in one?  In all honesty, Wrexa is a fairly competent thief.  When the going gets tough, though, she finds herself causing more trouble than she solves.  She’s not from either of the aforementioned places as the other rhinotaurs.  She comes from the slummier city of Ceros.


That about wraps up our look at the rhinotaur of Tellest and our mystery card game.  We’ve got one last set of adventure sprites coming your way soon, so keep an eye out!


Sprite Arts – Orcs

Hello hello hello.  It’s time once again to look at our upcoming card game and all the beautiful pixels that encompass it.  Today is a bigger update than usual, thanks to our next race being all about honor and glory.  The orcs of Tellest have long before made their peace with elves, dwarves and humans, and they’ve been left to prosper.

Just because we’d consider these some of the good guys though, that doesn’t mean they aren’t tough as steel and sharp as nails.

alaz-leoric barak-gauth crass-callie foegen-liath tersek

Just as with all of our other races, you can see that these orcs are all very different from one another.  Although they do have one unifying feature it seems: skulls.

Let’s take a closer look at each of them, shall we?


Al’az Leoric is a proud warrior from Felwain.  Anytime you’ve ever thought of an orcish hero, you’ve likely had a vision somewhat similar to Al’az.  He came to the aid of a group of excavators who swore that their mine was beset upon by demons.  Single-handledly, Al’az stayed behind to give the miners a chance to escape.  They brought the mine down with him inside it.  When he awoke, he was surprised to find himself outside another dark cavern: a dungeon with untold treasures.



Barak Gauth is a warrior priest, also from Felwain.  He’s not quite as tough as he looks, but then, he isn’t as dumb as he looks either. Barak has learned how to preemptively heal himself an allies from arcane influences.  It really is a sight to see, but he’d just as soon club your head in than offer you a show.



Crass Kallie is a priestess from the dismal orc city of Trenton’s Blade. They’re not exactly known there for their hospitality, or their honor, for that matter.  What Kallie lacks in moral values, she certainly makes up for by her dark reputation.  Some say she’s dabbled in nearly all the dark arts, from demonology to necromancy, but nobody has been brave enough to inquire to her directly.



Another resident of Trenton’s Blade, Foe’gen Liath is an assassin who prefers the shadows to an open battlefield.  She’s been able to rein in her rage and anger for the sake of clandestine meetings and vicious killings.  As unlikable as you’d imagine she would be, Foe’gen has found a family that appreciates her and her skills in the form of the assassin’s guild.



Ter’Sek is one of our established characters.  He first appeared in The Enemy Within at the very end, and there are plans to see him in the next “mainstream” Tellest title, though who knows when that’s going to come out.  Ter’Sek is a shaman who assisted the dwarf, Gunnar, with protecting a tunnel between Blacklehn and Raleigh. His home is Genger-Mar, but he hasn’t seen it for some time.



And here you have all of our orcish adventurers, side by side.  Let us know what you think of this set while we prepare the last two races for you!

Sprite Arts – Minotaur

Representing from pixel land, people.  It’s time to flip the script again and… well first off, stop talking like that I suppose.  But anyway, we’re looking once again at the races in our card game, and it’s time to show off another set of good guys.  Next up?  The minotaurs.

We haven’t really seen any of these folks in the book series yet, though one does appear in statue form on the cover of the upcoming novel, Arise.  Just because the main characters haven’t reached them yet in any of their stories, that doesn’t mean they’re not important to the overall fit of the world!  And to prove it to you, check out our heroes from our card game:

krull letti-lonvo tarsa-paith

Again, a lot of diversity here, like a lot of the other anthropomorphic races.  Let’s learn more about them, shall we?


Krull is a mage from the minotaur city of Caledos.  At first glance, he seems like a tough customer.  All that armor and a weapon that looks optimal for dishing out the hurt makes him look more like a warrior. Despite that, though, he’s pretty squishy.


You ever heard of a bull in a china shop?  Well Letti Lonvo definitely has the propensity to fulfill that idiom—if she weren’t a girl, that is. Yep, some of the minotaur on Tellest grow horns regardless of their gender.  She’s pretty tough too, able to endure a lot of damage before she would give in to the pain.


Finally, there’s Tarsa Paith.  Tall, vicious Tarsa is not someone you want to mess with.  She hails from the city of Asteria, where gladiator fights are a daily occurrence, and she’s one of their more renowned champions.  She doesn’t fight for glory, however.  No—money is more her style.  And she’s heard rumors that the dungeon that mysteriously appeared near the city has some glorious treasure in its depths.


And here you see all our minotaur heroes all at once.  We’re down to the last few races of this game, and then we’ll be turning around to show off some new components of it!  Stay tuned!


Sprite Arts – Lagano

Hello again from Pixel Land.  We’re here today to give you an awesome look at another new race from our upcoming card game, and it might just end up being your new favorite.

At this point, the “evil” races of our game are sorely outmatched by the alleged good guys.  There’s no better way of evening the scales than by showing off a race with scales.  So, without further adieu, here are your lagano heroes:

Kieriss Raul Qath Lerra Skithis Vississ Woas

Our lagano are perhaps more different from each other than any other race on Tellest—only the kaja and the kobolds stand a chance at holding up to their variety.  That’s because the lagano are technically not a race, but a collection of them.  Most are the tried and true lizardfolk that you’re accustomed to in other fantasy universes.  But it also encompasses anthropomorphic snakes and gators and things of that nature.

We could go on about semantics forever, but we know what you’re really here for is the characters!

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Kieriss Raul is an adept thief, who is just as good at picking off an enemy from afar as he is at slinking in the shadows until an opportunity comes to poke an unsuspecting fool full of holes with his deadly kris.  Hailing from the swamplands of Warus, he’s seen his fair share of conflict with other races.

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Qath Lerra is a temple guardian from the Ipparian island of Norkoth. She’s earned immense praise not only from her peers, but also from their gods, and has rose up the ranks as a powerful member of her society.  That’s why it was surprising to everyone when she chose to investigate the strange dungeon, leaving her temple behind.

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Skithis is a deadly member of an elite warrior’s guild that hails from Sithus.  The Rhodan city is known for producing incredible amounts of lethal poison, and Skithis enchants all his weapons with it. Unfortunately, the potency of the poison, and the lack of caution that he exercises while using it leaves him in danger at all times without an ally to keep an eye on him.

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Vississ Woas is a cleric of Kerogane.  Her people pray to a flaming salamander god, and a good amount of her peers believe her to be a rising champion in his fiery eyes.  Though she seems regal and almost dainty, she’s proven to others that she is fierce and able to endure anything.

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And there you have it.  This is our full team of Lagano.  Hopefully you liked this little look behind the curtain.

Next up, we’re heading back for another look at the good guys, with Tellest’s minotaur crew.

Sprite Art – Kobolds

Hey there folks!  Just coming back at you again with some new heroes from our card game!

Today’s group is a little smaller, both in number, and sometimes, in size.  The kobolds live in a society dictated mostly by breed, and the ones who are of a certain size are often ignored by the larger and stronger breeds.

Without going too much into that, let’s take a look at the adventurers who are going to brave our dungeon:

Jasper Breth Leah Tremaine Vya Moot

As varied in their sizes as they are in their breed, eh?

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Jasper Breth is arguably our most adorable adventurer in the entire game.  He’s a paladin who is committed to upholding justice, even though he’s a teensie, tiny little fellow.  He’s got his work cut out for him on a regular day, so it’s going to be a real challenge when he ventures into the darkness of the mysterious dungeon.

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Leah Tremaine is one of the characters we’ve featured in our short stories, and she’s done some growing up since the.  No longer the littlest kobold, she actually stands a little bit taller than Jasper.  It wouldn’t matter though.  As a mutt, in kobold society, Leah is practically untouchable.  Of course, that can be helpful sometimes, especially in her new line of work… as a thief.

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Vya Moot is a tough nut to crack.  It’s long been rumored that she’s got gnoll blood in her, though she would argue to the ends of the world and back that she isn’t.  Still, no one can miss the fact that she plays with decidedly dark magic.  Even those closest to her can scarcely believe that she’s to be fully trusted.

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And there you have it… your kobold heroes, and the latest batch of adventurers who we’re hoping you’re going to love in our new card game!

Stay tuned for later this month as we bring you the cunning lagano!




It’s about time we show you some more of this game, don’t you think?  Why not the very design of the cards?  Here’s your very first look at the card design we ended with.

This nice pearly white card is the card on which our adventurers will be placed.  It leaves room for an explanation of the cards abilities, their class, title and of course, the artwork.

Meanwhile, here’s a darker card design for our dungeon chamber cards.  You’ll notice we still have room for the various pieces of this design.

In the next few months, as we get closer to a full reveal, we’ll continue to show off some cool parts of the game.  Keep your eyes peeled!

Sprite Art – Kaja

Hello there everybody!  We’ve got a new group of heroes to show off to you from our card game, which we’re getting increasingly further along with!  Testing is going well, and we’re excited to drop some major bombshells regarding what this game is all about very, very soon.

Fun fact: this group that we’re featuring today—the kaja—was almost prominently featured in the 2013 book, The Enemy Within. But because that book was bloated at over 800 pages, they were cut from the material.  Since then, they’ve appeared in short stories, and will feature in the future book, Dragonspeaker.

Let’s not spend too much time talking about the books just now.  You guys are here for the art!


Cath Oona Fe'Pavi Jagsis Hauth Olinna

They’re pretty much as different as they come, no?  As we’re prone to do, let’s get right down to business, and tell you what each of these adventurers do that makes them special.

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Cath Oona comes from a tribe called the Pan’thar (again… the naming isn’t all that impressive, but you can blame that on her tribe, not on me).  With all that black fur, Cath makes an excellent assassin. Even though she’s not one of the most well-armored people, she’s still got an insane amount of fortitude, and she’s a force to be reckoned with.

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Fe’Pavi is perhaps our most famous kaja, short of Kaiyonani, who is getting her own novella soon enough.  While that other kaja relies more on the aid of a dragon, Fee prefers to put her trust in other mortal races.  Together with Benton, she accounts for the two characters we have in this game from the short story Return of Faith.

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Jagsis Hauth hails from the desert sands of Saveon, where his tribe is in constant danger on account of rival kaja tribes, various beasts that live in the wilderness, and the recent arrival of humans from the north.  Of course, his tribe is wary of him, as well, especially since he found the magic orb that gives him magical prowess that he didn’t have before…

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Olinna is a very peculiar creature.  More regal than the other kaja in this set, she also puts her faith where not many of her kind would. As a priestess of Animus, the god of life, Olinna has spent her time devoted to healing the sick, and easing the suffering of those that are committed to death.  When the dungeon appeared, however, she knew her journey would take her elsewhere.

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And there you have it.  That’s our latest set of awesome adventurers, this time with a little more fur than we usually have.  These are some pretty cool cats, if I do say so myself, and we hope that one of them is your favorite when the game eventually comes out!

Sprite Art – Humans

Hey there folks.  It’s about time we get to the truly familiar, a race we can all be at least a little familiar with.  We already showed you some of our humans, but now we get to show them off even more.

Alexander Baron Alicia Mane Benton Kearst Jerrick Tull

Handsome group of folks there, and we’ve got every class covered, as usual.  But what exactly makes these folks tick?

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Alexander Baron is the kind of chap who believes that there is no problem that can’t be solved without a proper dose of perseverance. Whether a situation requires money, chivalry or good old-fashioned moxie, Alexander is sure to fight the good fight as best he can. As headstrong as he is dashing, this fellow can often find himself in a little too deep, yet he always manages to find his way to safety.

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Perhaps our most famous character in the game, Alicia Mane needs no introduction if you’ve read any of the Child of the Stars trilogy books.  If you haven’t, just know that she’s one of the most powerful heroes in Tellest at this point and time.  Somehow blessed with both clerical and fiery magic, she can make short work of any foe—if she only learns how to temper those flames.

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Another character who is growing in popularity lately, Benton Kearst has what it takes to battle against almost insurmountable odds.  Rumor has it this white knight of Gardone has come from another world, but while he’s here, he’s made incredible allies, like the kaja thief, Fe’Pavi.  The group that he’s now a part of, championed by a distant benefactor named Shazra, consider Benton their leader, of sorts.

Jerrick Tull 4xJerrick Tull.  If something needs to be stolen, he’s the man you want for the job.  He’s dealt with insane odds, and escaped from places you wouldn’t believe.  He’s known to tempt fate more than he should, and one of these days, he’s likely to get himself into a problem that he can’t get out of.

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And there you have it: all our human champions in one place at the same time.  Though these heroes don’t know each other, they soon might, as they’re pitted against the traps and monsters of the dungeon that mysteriously appeared nearby…

We’ll be back soon with another group of adventurers, and this time, they won’t be so familiar to you.  Stay tuned!

Sprite Arts – Gremlins

Good morning everyone!  It’s time once again to look at some of the awesome sprite work that we’ve got going on for our upcoming game.  We are so close to being able to reveal more news it’s not even funny!

We’ve shown you an assortment of races already, and after today, we haven’t even hit the halfway point.  But this will be the second half of our more diminutive races.  We’re proud to introduce to you our gremlins!

Cravat Keeno Kor Laros Merris Dath Wecca Innis

Look at them little guys!  So cute, and yet, so deadly…

Cravat Keeno 4x

First up, we’ve got Cravat Keeno.  A master of thieves, he actually benefits from having other unscrupulous folks nearby.  He’s a brilliant tactician, and one heck of a good aim with his crossbow.  Of course, he’s just as deadly in the shadows with a blade.  Mostly mischievous, it’s Cravat’s greed that truly makes him dangerous.

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Kor Laros doesn’t exactly have the same level of charisma that the other gremlins in this group have.  Ugly even by his race’s standards, Kor has steered the disdain he’s found into pure mayhem.  He’d be happy watching the world burn, and he’s happy to start with the dungeon that has mysteriously appeared.

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Merris Dath: sometimes rival, sometimes friend to Cravat.  She’s another thief, so she’s gives him some kind of edge.  As much as Cravat likes to lean on other people though, Merris likes to work independently.  She considers herself the queen of thieves, and values expedience over all else.

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It’s a face only a mother could love, but Wecca Innis has earned her praise among her people for being a tough warrior.  And despite that strength (and those chompers), she’s known for being a bit of a charmer.  That good nature belies her skill, and she’d just as soon cut you down as compliment you.


And there’s your goblin crew.  Next time, we’re bringing you the race you’ll be most familiar with, no doubt: the humans.  For now, enjoy the tiny, tough bunch you see here!

Sprite Arts – Goblins

Hey there everyone!  We’re back once again to show off some of our upcoming game.  Drawing back the curtain bit by bit is hopefully getting you excited for a more expansive reveal later on.

We’ve shown you a wide assortment of characters already, and now we’re ready to show you another race of characters.  Elves and dwarves, gnomes and gnolls, it’s time to move aside.  Make way for the goblins!

Breggin Toll Darris Urza Jass Gore

You’ll notice right off the bat that we’ve only got three of these adventurers, similar to the dwarves, who were also underrepresented.  Such is life… it was all randomized—that’s the lot they drew!

So what are the stories for these three brave souls?

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First up, we have Breggin Toll.  Handsome guy, right?  Well, Breggin is a fierce goblin cleric who has set out to cleanse the dungeon that’s appeared.  He knows that something is amiss, and he’s willing to stake all his worth on finding out what that is.  Here’s an interesting side note, for if you’re new to Tellest.  Our goblins aren’t like the little guys you’ll see in most fantasy.  They’re vicious and deadly.  If you’re a fan of the old look though, sit tight, the gremlins have taken up that spot and are going to be our next featured race!

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Darris Urza is a loner if there ever was one.  Even with those of his kind, this goblin shaman believes that they only hold him back.  He believes he’s stronger by himself, and as such, he never depends on anyone else.

Jass Gore 4x

Finally, we have Jass Gore.  This warrior/thief hybrid was inspired by Paul Davies’ concept art of the goblins, and we are incredibly satisfied by the way this turned out.  Jass is the face of the goblins, so to speak, and he’s definitely a strong candidate for a memorable champion.  Fleet of foot and deadly with a blade, Jass is one fellow you wouldn’t want to meet in a dark alley or dungeon corridor.


And there you have it.  Here’s your first look at the vicious goblins, just one more race that’s going to feature in our game.  Stay tuned… in a couple of weeks, we’ll show off those gremlins!