– I’ve posted a special auction. I’m offering a large recreation of the “Chocodiles” Modest Medusa strip, done in marker. I created this piece for a 2015 exhibit at the Portland Art Museum, where it was displayed for several months. You can find the auction here. All proceeds go to our Yeld shipping fund (which is getting closer and closer to wrapping up).
– If you’re looking for some cool Modest Medusa art at a great deal, the Modest Medusa original art sale is still going. I have hundreds of pages available for sale. Check out the info page here to find out how to get yours. All funds from this sale go toward helping me ship Yeld books to kickstarter backers.
– Speaking of which, I’m running a gofundme to help raise money to get those Yeld books to the very patient Kickstarter backers that have been waiting for them. In return for a small donation I’m offering a digital version of the brand new Yeld game expansion Town’s & Territories. For a larger donation you can get a piece of original Yeld art from the book. You can check out the gofundme here. If you don’t have the Yeld game book yet you can get the digital version here (and the expansion as well). The physical version will also be available for sale later this month.
Goddamn sand got in my eye again!
Yeah like why can’t you come back to Earth for a visit or something?
Because after Yeld transforms you, you literally can’t leave(or at least can’t just leave). The Knight of Chains could, because Medusa’s mom interrupted the transformation to change him into his current form. He couldn’t, figuratively, stay in our world, because he’s spend so much more time in Yeld that our world doesn’t feel like home to him anymore. In the RPG, a way to return after being transformed is to defeat the prince, not sure if there are other ways, haven’t read the book in it’s entirety.
Is it the horns? I bet nobody will even notice.
Hard to tell if that’s the “Let’s not get into that” stare or the “Oh, I just realized exactly how literal that’s likely to be” stare. At least she doesn’t have a squid attached to her head, The Deep would probably be more of a jerk about that sort of thing versus the Dark Heart of Yeld. She’s not going anywhere either way but hey, no nagging mental roommate hat!
I hesitate to ask this, but it’s really bugging me: Are Mara’s horns supposed to change shape or are horns just really hard to draw?
I keep forgetting what they look like. I’ll develop consistency eventually.
I am okay.
Yup, according to the RPG the only way for her to ‘de-monster’ and be able to leave Yeld would be to defeat Modest’s dad and restore the fae to their proper order.
That thousand yard stare. Good god, what has she seen?
She’s just realised she left the stove on.
Feels like one of those trade off deals. You can live but only in this world
I just realized…she has a similar look to what Modest’s Mom’s boyfriend was becoming before he was changed to a Magic Horse (Pre-Chainsaw). Was he going to become whatever Mara was? If so, why was being a pretty horse creature a better transition? Aside from greenish skin and big horns (and cool magic abilities), Mara looks pretty much like herself. If she is the same creature that CU was originally going to be you have to wonder about the negatives of it. I wonder if it’s the whole association with death thing? Girl looks like she’s seen things….
Yes. People from our world (or other worlds) who travel to Yeld eventually become monsters. There’s lots of things that cause this, including vampirism or werewolf curses. But most of all its the corrupting influence of Yeld itself. Yeld will slowly transform you into something that fits its needs. Most of Yeld is dark, wild and unexplored, so you’ll become something thats meant to live in that. This is usually some kind of horned monster (and horns became a symbol of Yeld itself, and one the Old Kings honored in the crowns and helms), but sometimes it will specifically be a thing called The Hunter in Darkness, which is a kind of bogeyman lord of the forest type myth. They’re rarely ever seen, and live deep in Yeld’s core. They’re terrifying and no longer thing or act like humans. The kid who became the knight of chains was transforming into something like that (or possibly just some lesser weird horned monster). Gorgon cast a spell to break Yeld’s hold on him, and transform into something else instead. So he was saved from that fate. Its not clear if something like that happened for Marah, or if she’s still transforming. It sometimes takes years.
Here’s some art from the game of the kind of monster they may have eventually become. There’s a scarier, more monstery version in the game too, but I don’t have the art handy.
I thought she had transformed into a Drudge Angel after being claimed by them.
It may be more complicated than that.
That sort of look to the camera usually precedes an audience vote.
Yeld sounds like a stalker now.
More like a child predator.
Leads children in with promises of candy and fun, then traps them. The horrors inflicted on them, and the very situation itself, serving to leave irreversible changes on a fundamental level. Until they can never return to the life they once lived, where they were carefree and innocent.
…Jesus, but that’s a DARK metaphor I just made.
Marah has a different set of horns than when we saw her in the duel the prince. Why is this?
They straitened out.
Is Marah staring at the camera?
She’s meant to me staring at Modest.
Shouldn’t her eyes be directed a little lower, then?
I guess so.
I thought maybe it was a “4th wall” stare, looking at the artist: “Well, Jake, I guess that answer is up to you, isn’t it?”
Apparently you aren’t the only one.