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Blight Infection Concept by FlatAsABird Blight Infection Concept by FlatAsABird
A deep-seated infection, simply called the Blight, spreads from the Chasm of the Abyss. Once it takes hold, there is no cure. Slowly it overtakes its victim, consuming them, until they are a husk of their former self. These demonic mutants are called Prowlers. The Rangers of Othaedal were hardest hit due to their proximity to the Chasm and their duties, which often take them into the wild overgrowth of the Blighted Woods. Now, the Pathfinders willingly take on the Blight. They use its transformative properties to give them monstrous strength and enhanced senses. The risk is that it could overtake them, and they lose themselves to it. While here is no cure, the Witches of the Deep brew a potion, something akin to liquid flame. It burns back the infection, keeps it at bay. Pathfinders either die early, or become the very things that they hunt. Here, is a working concept of what the Blight would look like if left unchecked.

This piece was sketched in Procreate using an iPad Pro. It presents original characters, creatures, and the world of In the Shadow of the Ancients. ItSotA is a comic project that I am working on with my husband, based on a tabletop roleplaying game campaign we ran over the course of years. It was a multifaceted adventure, that spanned multiple groups and branching storylines, and utilized Dungeons & Dragons, Dungeon World, Torchbearer, and Pathfinder.

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TheGearWork Featured By Owner May 24, 2017  Professional General Artist
Nicely done! So how does the infection spread? Is it something like radiation where the closer you are to it, the worse it gets (while still becoming worse with time) ? Or is it like a simple nick or cut gained while in the effected areas begins the process?
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FlatAsABird Featured By Owner May 25, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! The infection isn't quite like a virus or radiation, it's sort of a magical demonic thing that consumes the body and soul. The most common way people get it is breathing the miasma that comes from the Abyss. It's almost like a cloud of spores that constantly drifts on the wind. It can also be spread from others who are infected, through mixing of fluids. It's quite dangerous. However, the Pathfinders have learned to harness the demonic strength of the infection and they purposefully get infected so they can fight monsters and beast and the like. It makes them fringe members of society. Outcast for fear of what they possess or might become, however they have the strength to keep people safe. Regardless, this isn't a finalized design, I have some thoughts on how it should look to make it more demonic.
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TheGearWork Featured By Owner May 25, 2017  Professional General Artist
Fantastic! I can't wait to see!
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Poses17 Featured By Owner May 24, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice. Love how knarly and dreadful it seems, but not like a viral infection. 
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FlatAsABird Featured By Owner May 25, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! It's not the finalized concept, but I like that concept too. It's not a virus, it's a demonic infection. The final version will definitely take cues from this, but I have some more thoughts on getting it to look a little more demonic.
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