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Concept Art – Pendrich’s Helmet and the Veil of Mist

Once again, folks, we are back with a nice little grab bag of Azot’s work.  Last week we looked at items belonging to a couple of our heroes.  Today, we’re going to look at something that belongs to the darker, and sometimes inscrutable side of Tellest.


Pendrich’s Helmet

One of my favorite characters from the Child of the Stars trilogy was introduced in the second book.  Pendrich of Arex was this huge “dark knight” character who seemed like he could only possibly be a bad guy.  His outfit was a huge part of that.  He wore a raven-winged helmet that I couldn’t wait to see in art form.

Whaaaaat? There seemed to be a slight miscommunication. Azot definitely likes to do a stylized version of things, but this didn’t quite look like what I imagined The Raven’s helmet would be.  This looks cool for something like a knight in a tribal locale, but for our knight from the north…

There we go.  That looks much more the part.  It’s still got Azot’s signature stylistic flourishes, but it doesn’t look like a knight from the bayou anymore!

A splash of color made Pendrich’s helmet look even more badass.


The Veil of Mist

The Veil of Mist was going to be both an artifact and an upcoming book.  I was planning on writing that book during NaNoWriMo this year, but with Quantum Quest as my new big project, I felt it made more sense to write a story about that instead.  Still, the Veil of Mist exists, just outside of a book at this point.

Essentially a cloak of invisibility, the Veil of Mist is not a flawless item.  The garment owns its namesake, as there is a mist that rolls into the area when someone (or something) is draped in this.  Above, you’ll see a few of the different iterations we tried out.

We ended up liking this one the most.  It had a very runic magic feel, and it fit with what we imagined of the cloak better than the other three.



Well, that’s it for now, but you can be sure we’ll be back with more to show off in the next three weeks or so.  See you then!

Concept Art – Bolt’s Chakram and Maximus’ Clockwork Mouse

Hey there everyone!  Earlier in the year, we were showing off the works of a great concept artist, Azot.  We were calling these little items grab bags, because it was a couple of pictures of a few different artifacts.

Well, we’re back with more things to show off, thanks to our ongoing collaboration with him!  Today, we’re going to display two more Tellestian artifacts—we hope you enjoy them!


Bolt’s Chakram

Azot has a way about making the ordinary extraordinary.  While Bolt’s chakram in Lord of Thunder is pretty tame, he added some cool features to it like you wouldn’t believe.

I feel like this is the kind of stuff you would see as a Dynasty Warrior character’s ultimate weapon.  Needless to say, I absolutely love it.


Maximus’ Clockwork Mouse

Next up, we’re looking at another character’s specific item. Maximus is pretty well known among the Tellest populace for being a tinkerer, and the clockwork mouse he made was one of his earliest inventions.

Here, we see the “skeleton” of the clockwork creature.  It almost looked like Azot put it through a 3D modeling software.

The final form looks even cooler.  The color fits what I would have imagined of it a bit better, and I like all the bells and whistles.  I could see this being made by a Warcraft gnome easily.


That’s it for today’s feature, but we’ll be back with two more concept art pieces in just three weeks.  Mark your calendars!

Concept Art – Griffin

We’ve got a kind of weird one for you today, folks.  As you know, Tellest is kind of ultra-high fantasy compared to a lot of other stuff out there.  We’re the 4K HD TVs to the old 720p projection TVs. What I mean by this is that there really is no lack of weird, strange, fantastic things that happen in these books.

Still, we’ve yet to see a single pegasus, chimera or unicorn anywhere in the world.  Sure, we’ve seen golems and dragons and whatnot, but where’s the freaking other creatures?

I honestly don’t have an answer for you, but I will say this: at the very least, pegasi are on their way.  I have had a story brewing for about two years now that will lead into Tellest’s third volume of books (with luck).

And here’s another thing to say: we may not have a story in Tellest to say about our latest concept art, but we still do have a funny anecdote!


So, the whole point of this griffin here, which we commissioned from Leo, was that we needed a badge to be our “early bird” for the Kickstarter.  At the time, Keota was just a gleam in my eye, so we couldn’t use him.  We came up with the idea of getting a griffin in there.

griffinWithin like three days, Leo had this guy made up, and it’s one of the most gorgeous greek beasts I’ve ever seen.  It definitely makes me want to think of a use for him.  Harry Potter had Buckbeak, and everyone seemed to like him.  You gotta figure a griffin is close enough to a hippogriff to get some love!


We’re very happy with how this little piece of concept art turned out.  We’re hoping to get more mythological and mystical beasts all over the sight in the future!

Concept Art V by Azot

Hello there folks!  I’m sad to say that we’re coming to the end of an era today.  This is the last set of five “grab-bags” we did with Azot for our artifact concept art series.  We’ve seen a lot of cool Tellest stuff, but this brings us to our agreed upon ten.

Let’s not get all melancholy, though.  Instead, we’ll focus on the art.

First off, let’s take a look at Woodchuck, the quiver of endless arrows that is in the hands of our ranger, Steel Tip.


Here, you can see it taking shape.  Azot gave it those nice designs and styles that he’s known for.


In our final variation, you can see the details even better.  We have an awesome little lion down there as well.  Nobody knows the exact origins of this magical quiver, but we do know that Steel Tip received it for helping the elves of Cefen’adiel during a troublesome encounter with a handful of evil races.

Next, we’ll step over to another one of our young heroes.  Holklund Crescentshire utilizes an awesome sword called Sepulcher’s Claw, which allows him to such the life force out of his foes.


There’s a very eastern feel here, which I really dig.


Now it’s time to confess to something embarrassing.  I thought that I had told Azot that the sword was supposed to be comprised of wood.  The thing was carved out of a tree that was planted atop a man’s grave.  Somehow I didn’t let him know that part of the weapon’s history!


In my opinion, the art was salvaged wonderfully.  A lot of people wouldn’t put much faith in a wooden sword, but Holklund’s Dao is anything but an ordinary wooden sword.

And that about wraps up our set with Azot.  It would be a bit sad, I think…

If it wasn’t for the fact that we’ve slotted up ten more gorgeous pieces of art from him!  We’re so excited to show you phase two of our collaboration with Azot in the next year.  While we’re getting to that, of course, be sure to check out all the other beautiful art coming your way!

Concept Art IV By Azot

Moving right along, folks!  We’re back in the groove, and that means showing off some awesome artwork.

Over the past few months, we’ve been lucky enough to show off some gorgeous art by a new concept artist, Azot.  Well, he’s not so new anymore, and it looks like he’s sticking around for a while!

We’ve shown gloves and pendants and things of that nature, but we’re getting into some pretty cool stuff today.


First up, we have Azot’s interpretation of the Wispmail.  This armor, worn by Kaos Kreegan, looks like a typical set of chain or ring mail, but it’s enchanted to let the wearer feel as though they’re simply wearing cloth.


Azot made the think look gorgeous on all accounts, and I’d be very happy to see some art with Kaos in an outfit like this later!

But who is Kaos without his trusty sidekick Steel Tip?  The ranger from Ippius came to Draconis looking for an item that was meant to prove his lineage—a magical sword called the Spectrum.


What he found, however, was a bow of the same name.  Above, you can see Azot’s version of the weapon as its taking shape.


The Spectrum is notable for the way it enchants the projectiles that are fired from it.  A magical trail of color makes it look like streaks in the sky, which the ranger is able to use to illuminate the darkness, and to send signals to his allies.

This wraps up the fourth set of items from Azot.  We have one last batch from our initial collaboration, so be sure to come back here on Wednesdays, when we feature our gorgeous art!

Concept Art – Female Lagano

A few weeks back, we showed off the lagano in its male form.  While the word lagano technically covers the whole of the humanoid reptile races on Tellest, we chose to cover the most popular form.  In typical fantasies, they’re called lizardmen.

Now, we get a chance to look at the fairer sex.


Once again, we’d like to shout out to Luigiix for his work on this series.  He did an awesome job.

We started off with a sketch of our lagano priestess, which I’m very happy with.


From there, we graduated to lines.  You can see a bit more regarding the material (or lack thereof) that she’s wearing.  Apparently, skin is in when it comes to religion for these folks!


Finally, Luigi threw on a coat of paint, and gave her some lovely textures.  Those scales must have taken a long time to perfect, but he did a great job.  You’ll see this lady in our upcoming card game next year.

We hope to bring you more from Luigiix soon.  In the meantime though, check out both of our lagano side by side.


Concept Art III by Azot

Hey there everybody.  We’re still getting acclimated to life without Kickstarter, but that doesn’t mean there’s ever any time to relax. We’ve got books going out to new fans, we’re cleaning up our old catalog, and we are of course writing new material as fast as we can. In fact, word has it there might be a new State of Tellest blog post coming right around the corner.

But I digress.  That’s not why you’re here today.  You’re here to see some awesome new concept art, courtesy of our artificer, Azot.

Just as before, Azot has put in a lot of work on two pieces of Tellest history.  Both of them are part of Kaos Kreegan’s ensemble—at least as far as The Bindings of Fate is concerned.

We’ll start off with the Iron Kiss, which is the item Kaos had for far longer.  It’s a leather glove with magnetic properties, making it capable of unlocking just about any chest or door he comes across.


As always, we should remind you that Azot’s art is highly stylized. There’s a good chance that the artifacts our heroes would use are probably a little more mundane looking than these gorgeous pieces, but what’s the fun in that?


As you can see here, things are coming together great.  The Iron Kiss is one of the favorite items that Kaos relies on.  After all, it’s not all that entertaining getting to a treasure chest and not being able to see what’s inside.


Here’s the final look at this awesome artifact.  I love the extra flourishes that Azot put on the piece, like the trim, the lock symbol, and the little dice-looking pattern there at the bottom.

After that, let’s move on over to one of our former main character’s new pieces of equipment.  This is the Ring of Amplification, which—as its name implies—empowers something.  But what?  Well, as of now, it only works with the powers of someone who is what we call a Child of the Stars.  There are only a few of them who have been revealed in the series, including Kaos Kreegan, Essex Cayne, and the stranger known as Azura.  But things are known to change.


Here are some early sketches of the artifact.  The symbol of the starchildren is a black sun around a blue triangle.  Azot also gave us a version that was a little less accurate in case we wanted to mix things up a bit.


After that, we played around a little bit with the color scheme, so that we knew exactly what we were going to be looking at when it was finished.


Ultimately, we decided to pull back a little bit, and have a bit more blue and gold than black.  It’s used primarily by a hero in the books we’ve released, and the excess black kind of made it look like a ring fit for a villain.

We’re on a roll with these, so keep your eyes peeled for the next set of pieces from our concept artist Azot.  Next time you’ll see his work is next month!


Concept Art – Male Lagano

Hey there folks!  It feels like it’s been years since we had some good concept art to show off on the site, and we’re here now to make up for it.

Today, we’re pleased to bring you another collaboration we did with Luigiix.  We’ve already seen the kaja and the avarian, so we’ve got feathers and fur.  What do you think about scales?

Lagano Male 1


The lagano is the umbrella term for any of Tellest’s various reptilian races.  The most prevalent of them is the lizardfolk, which you’ll see Luigiix did for us here.

Lagano Male 2

While they’re consistently placed on the “evil” side of the race spectrum, they’re also one of the ones that will usually surprise you. A little more cautious and thoughtful, the lagano can just as easily win out over aggression and come to an accord with just about any race, providing it lines up with their values.  And with their views on religion and nature, they usually have the best interest of Tellest at least on their periphery as well.

Lagano Male 3

Here we have the final version of the lagano male.  You can see he wields a particularly threatening looking weapon.  One of the other things the lagano are known for are their deadly poisons.  This one clearly knows his stuff.

We’ll be back in a few weeks to share a look at his female counterpoint.  In the meantime, relax, have fun, and enjoy all the fantasies your heart desires!

Concept Art II by Azot

Well hello there friends!  A while back now (three months in regular time… three years in internet time!) we told you we had begun working with a new artist, Azot.  We forged ten items with him, but we only had the opportunity to show you the first two.  Today, that mistake is rectified!

Last time, we showed you some of the equipment that Kaos Kreegan has used from time to time.  Now, we’re going to show you what are ostensibly the two most important items in the series at this point.

First off, let’s show you Mr. Macguffin, the item that makes the entire first trilogy take place.  In The Bindings of Fate, Kaos Kreegan discovers the mystical gauntlet of time long past, Azaros.

Azaros Desaturated

The funny thing is, nobody even really knew what Azaros did until the second book.  It really was just a MacGuffin, but it’d be like if the ark was never opened in Raiders!

Azaros 5

The full color version of the gauntlet doesn’t look that out of place in the world of Tellest.  But, I do think it looks a little bit like a medieval mega buster, which I’m totally OK with!

The next item up on our list is quite possibly even more important.  It is an item that connects two characters, lends one power, and eventually unleashes even greater power, which may not be able to be controlled…

Heart of Ariyas 0

The Heart of Ariyas was given to Alicia when she was just five years old.  Kaos Kreegan was a stud even back then.

Heart of Ariyas Desaturated

Sixteen years later, when Kaos met Alicia again, it was the heart pendant that she wore around her neck that proved to him that it was the girl he knew from his youth.

Heart of Ariyas Card

The Heart of Ariyas—the goddess of love on Tellest—gave Alicia great power.  She could heal the wounded…

Heart of Ariyas 1

And it also gave her great strength, but at a cost.  The fire magic that was offered to her through the pendant enraged Alicia, and put her in situations that were as horrifying as they were dangerous.


That’s it for this grab bag, but you can bet your behind that we’re not going to wait three months for the next set.  We’ll be back later this month with two more pieces that Azot did.  Keep your eyes peeled!

Concept Art I by Azot

Hey there folks.  So, one of the things we pride ourselves on here at Tellest is a great amount of content, and ways to see into the world of our writing.  Thus far, most of the focus on that has been through the characters, and to some extent, various maps and locale concept art.

One of the things we’ve been missing out on is a representation of the treasures and artifacts that our characters wield.  Tellest is very much a fantasy world, and as such, we knew it was important to show that magic exists everywhere.

To that effort, we’ve banded together with a new artist named Azot, to show you some awesomely visualized versions of the treasures our characters wield.

First up, let’s show off what I believe is Kaos Kreegan’s most badass piece of equipment.  The Sky Talon is a grappling hook that can root itself magically in the air, allowing Kaos to swing and hover over obstacles and enemies.

Sky Talon Desaturated

Again, these are highly stylized, so they wouldn’t quite look like this in universe, but who wants to see something as mundane as that?

Sky Talon

Here you can see the colorized version of it.  This definitely looks like the tool of a treasure hunter!

And what kind of treasure would Kaos be hunting?  Why not the magical sword, Wildfire?


Azot gave us versions of the sword with both the non-ignited and flaming versions.

Wildfire 2

It pops off the page even more in full color.  That symbol on the sword is the first time we’re seeing Kaos Kreegan’s logo.  In the books, it’s a blue triangle and a black sun, but it looks perfect here.

Throughout the rest of the year, we’ve got much more to show you from Azot.  Keep your eyes peeled for our next update!