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Creature Feature: The Wyvern

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Meet Allison Theus, the Mother of Wyverns (and other cool stuff). As a Senior Concept Artist, Allison is responsible for turning the game designers’ ideas into visuals that evoke emotion and inspire players to want to be, conquer or possess those creatures. Soon we’ll be adding a Bestiary section to our website and that will become the repository for creature content, but we couldn't wait to show off what Allison has been working on recently. 

 

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WYVERN LORE

 

An Excerpt from The Saga of Hero the First Crow

 

His mortal name is long forgotten. All that is known of the First Crow is that he was unwavering in his devotion to the gods. By all accounts, he was pious and generous and humble.

 

Illara, Daughter of Cats, came upon him in a field. She asked him, ‘Why do you toil so? Put down your blade and play with me.’ 

 

The man was not one so easily put off his duty. ‘It is written in the Book of Deeds that the day is never to be wasted. I cannot put down my blade.’

 

And Illara was displeased and she left him.

 

Malekai, the Spider Lord, came upon him at the river and said to him, ‘This day is long and splendid. Why do you spend it fishing?’ and the man said, ‘I must feed my family. I cannot put down my rod.’

 

And Malekai was most displeased, and he left him.

 

And the one said to the other, ‘This man says that he is pious. Let us test his devotion.’

 

The man was whistling near the river when the black cat came upon him. 

 

The creature said to him, ‘The gods demand that you send your eldest son into the Wyvern’s cave!’

 

And the man was beside himself with worry, for surely he believed that the Wyvern would devour his son. But he was a man of faith, and so he sent his son into the cave.

 

The Wyvern was waking when the boy appeared, and hungry. She devoured the boy, then returned to her slumber.

 

The man was weeping in his home when the Spider came upon him. 

 

The Spider said, ‘The gods demand you send your second son into the Wyvern’s cave!’

 

The man was full of fear, but he did not wish to anger the gods. So, he sent his second son. 

 

This son was likewise devoured.

 

The man and his wife were wailing in the temple when the Cat and the Spider came upon him. ‘The gods are not convinced of your devotion. You must send your youngest son into the cave.’

 

The man’s wife cried and pleaded, ‘We have but one son left, please do not make us do this thing.’

 

And in that moment, the merriment of the gods turned into anger. They went to the Wyvern and said, ‘This mortal does not love us.’

 

The Wyvern swept down from the mountain and destroyed the man’s home. She devoured his wife, his last son and his four daughters. She burned his village, clawed up his fields and chased away his neighbors. 

 

The man was left with only soot and ash and bones.

 

Through his tears, the mortal said to the Wyvern, ‘What have I done to deserve this?’

 

 ‘It is not for you to question the gods’, said the Wyvern, and she returned to her cave, her hunger sated.

 

 

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A WYVERN FOR ALL SEASONS

 

As campaigns progress and The Hunger takes hold, the Wyvern—like all manner of living things in the land—evolves through the changing of the seasons and begins to show the ravaging effects of Winter’s approach.

 

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ARTIST TO ARTIST

 

In this video, Lead UX/UI Artist Billy Garretsen chats with Allison about the creative process, how the concept art for Crowfall is evolving and advice for aspiring artists. This may be of particular interest for those who would like to pursue a career in the video game industry.

 

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Valerie "Pann" Massey, Director of Community
 

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An Excerpt from The Saga of Hero the First Crow

 

I don't just want an excerpt, damnit.     I want to read the whole Saga.

 

Beautifully written, as usual.   Moar, please.


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Wow, some really nice screengrabs to be had from the video.


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I really like the Summer concept, as the Wyvern begins to change.

 

It's interesting what we are learning from the Lore portion of this update. It seems that if the Gods ask you, or offer for you to do something, you should do it unless you have a lot of children. I wonder if the 12 will have any direct influence or interaction with us, like in that Lore piece?

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Really impressed with the shifting of the critters over the seasons and I loved the interview with Allison.  Great stuff!

 

OK- disclaimer.  I read a lot and I've got odd ideas most of the time.  Here we go with straight opinion so toss it if it's not useful. 

 

The actual lore is getting really predictable.  There's this monomyth meets burning bush vibe going on and I found myself announcing the next step in the story above.  I think Lucas already covered this ground that was heavily covered before and I'm concerned that the lore will have a dated/same ol' same ol' feel.  I know the lore is close to the heart of whoever is doing it but perhaps it can be spread out among the CF team a bit more so some new approaches/ideas can be developed.

 

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Love the looks.  Absolutely fabulous concepts.

 

As a complete non-artist, merely looking at the aesthetics, I would say the transition from spring to summer to fall is great but the winter doesn't seem...enough to convey the menace of the most dangerous transformation of the creature.  There are sizeable transformations (color, deterioration, crystal progression) from spring to summer to fall but winter is a more subtle final push than the previous.  Something more skeletal...bone white I think would be incredible and make it pop a bit more.  Again this is the impression of a non-artist eye.  So feel free to tell me to shut it.   ;)


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OMg omg omgggggggggg

 

 

Take a deep breath. You'll make it. :)

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