Tag: deities

#8 Seraphim Wyrmslayer

| November 8, 2011 | 12 Comments

She would retrieve her sword later, down on the scarred, broken slate-rock of the plain below.



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#6 Kihalo The Dealer of Secrets

| November 6, 2011 | 0 Comments


Kihalo is an goddess worshiped in the world of Elhi.Long ago during the First Age she discovered the true name of  Dorosyn,god of Chaos, and bargained it away to his daughter Eris in exchange for the knowledge of her heart’s desire.She used this to leverage the ways of Creation from the Wise One Turyn and traded that to Mungul,The First God of the Orcs, so that he could have a race in his own image.What Mungul traded to her has been lost to the ages though radical theologians point out that Kihalo’s daughter Yethrin appears in the world not long after this deal is struck.This is usually met with derision,and the occasional fist from followers of Kihalo and Mungul.


Kihalo trades in information.She doesn’t care how trivial it seems,or useless it is to her,she knows someone will pay dearly for it.Kihalo trades fairly,always taking from supplicants a secret that is just as important as the one she gives.She also doesn’t care what is done with the information,whether it leads the person into redemption or dooms an entire civilization to ruin.In the end it all leads to new secrets for her to trade.

#11 – Medh, the Earth Daughter

| November 18, 2010 | 4 Comments

Another one of Ssilir’s gods. Medh is the daughter of the earth, a goddess of stone and soil. Along with her sister Deph, she influences the animal and plant world, but Medh presides over domesticated animals and agriculture. She is a goddess of architecture, cities, and construction, and is sometimes associated with money and trade.

Finally, she is the goddess of the nest. Ssilirians can procreate on land or in water, but they always nest on land. She is the goddess of female fertility and the guardian of the home.

I’ll have a more detailed write-up of her when I feature her in my webcomic.

#3 — Deph, Queen of the Jungle

| November 3, 2010 | 3 Comments

Deph is the Queen of the Jungle and the creator of animal and plant life on Ssilir. She is the youngest of the gods and delights in exploring the wilderness. Her mother represents agriculture, but Deph presides over the untamed wilds. Ssilirians believe fruit and meat are her gifts to the people, and many celebrations in her honor involve feasts. Most of her temples are located deep in the jungles. She is also sometimes associated with fire because of the use of wood as a fuel source.

She is usually depicted as a green and brown Ssilirian woman (women have smaller beaks and lack crests or horns) whose coloring changes with her surroundings. She is always shown with a companion animal, usually one of the local species around where a given temple stands.

Still getting used to the pencils and markers. I wonder if it actually is any faster than doing it digitally. Unfortunately, I don’t have the time to produce perfectly sculpted works, what with school and day jobs and other things. So I am doing the best I can! Any tips anyone has for working with this medium would be greatly appreciated.

#2 – Nal, the King of Birds

| November 2, 2010 | 3 Comments

Ssilirians believe they’re descended from the birds. As a result, they treat all birds as sacred animals. Nal is one of the two sons of Iul, the Sky Father. He is the god of birds, athleticism, festivals, hunting, the arts, and the Ssilirian masculine ideal. He is usually portrayed with crests instead of horns, and is always covered from head to toe brightly colored in the manner of birds common to the area of Ssilir near one of his temples.  Nobody knows what Nal’s true skin color is, but Ssilirians widely believe he introduced the art of body painting to the people.* He is usually depicted with wings and feathered armbands, collars, and anklets.

Every year, the Nalian Games are held at his biggest temple. These are a series of competitions similar to our Olympic Games. Qul, the main character of Planescape: Metamorphosis, competed in these games once. He also presids over arts and craftsmanship, including painting, sculpture, and other handiworks.

* Ssilirians generally do not wear clothes. They live in a tropical climate and have naturally thick skin, so have little need to use clothing for protection against the elements. In lieu of clothing, they use body paint. Their habitat has many plants good for dyes and pigments, so they manufacture hundreds of types of lasting paints. Wealthy Ssilirians often hire dedicated body painters to cover them in a rich tapestry of body paint, similar to how humans might hire a portrait painter or sponsor an artist to paint a ceiling.

#1 Iul, the Sky Father

| November 1, 2010 | 6 Comments

Iul, the Sky God and father of the Ssilirian pantheon. Ssilir is the world the main character in my webcomic is from. Iul is the patron of night and day and the sky and all things in it. He is always depicted in sky blue or night-blue colors. Some temples paint their icons of Iul with special paint that changes color with the time of day so that he accurately reflects the sky. He is also considered a patron of knowledge, learning, and law, and many of his priests are scholars or judges.

This is the first time I have drawn him and the first time I’ve worked with markers and colored pencils together. It feels so different from working digitally. Any suggestions or tips would be welcome!