Sigil Art – The Undermire

I just want to come right out and say I’m sorry for anyone who has trouble with spiders for this one!  I don’t do too well against creepy crawlies either (hence why I squared Kaos off against bonebiter spiders in The Bindings of Fate).

We’re going to be looking at a sigil of a city that’s a little less apparent in Draconis now.  We’ve spent a lot of time with humans and elves and dwarves, but there are a lot of other races that call Draconis home, and in Daltain, we have a city of gremlins that is called The Undermire.  We’re going to be spending a little bit of time with them now so that we can figure out what’s going on with these clandestine gremlins.

Just like most spiders you know, the most dangerous ones are the ones that you don’t see.  The Undermire is quite possibly the one place on Tellest where all the most dangerous gremlins in the world like to hang out.  It’s not the kind of city that is very welcoming to anyone else, and that includes even the races that are usually aligned with them.  The spider, therefore, represents them very well, and a green background helps to convey their relationship with the world rather well.  It’s sort of a reference to their skin, but it also references their toxicity.

From what you likely know about Tellest gremlins (or goblins in many other fantasy worlds—perhaps most namely the Warcraft universe), they can be very volatile.  From dangerous experiments, to machinery and tinkered objects that they know are a little unwieldy, the gremlins of Tellest can mess things up a lot.  To that extent, it wouldn’t be unreasonable to see their sigils smashed up here and there.  And those who live in the Undermire might not care too much to clean it up.  These are some of the toughest gremlins there are.  Who is going to ask them to make reparations?

While the gremlins of the Undermire are fierce, they’re are brave perhaps because they know they have a place to go and lick their wounds.  To that end, they’re not going around announcing where home is.  There are not a good deal of cases where you would see them flying their banners with the exception of within their hidden city.  And even then, they might not last long, as those volatile acts I mentioned earlier?  They more than likely have led to the destruction of more than a few banners and tapestries bearing the Undermire sigil.

Now, while the sigils might not last long, that’s probably not enough of a reason to stop those gremlins who have style and pizazz from finding fun and interesting ways of throwing the sigil to the ground or on the sides of buildings.  Heck, it may even be a rite of passage for an Undermire gremlin to sneak into a nearby city and tag their sigil on them.  Maybe it’s a pilgrimage of sorts, and those who travel to the farthest cities to make their mark have the greatest stories told about them.

As always, we leave you with one final picture: the phone background.  I hope you enjoy it!

It has honestly been so long since I’ve taken a look at what sigil is next that I don’t have the faintest idea of what comes next, but suffice it to say we have more on the way!

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Michael DeAngelo

Michael is the creator of the Tellest brand of fantasy novels and stories. He is actively seeking to expand the world of Tellest to be accessible to everyone.

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