Contemporary Art Week!
I think a lot of fans of Epic or High Fantasy tend to have a series that’s “their” series…the one the ends up setting the bar for the rest of their fandom adventures. For me, it was always Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time. I read the first book, The Eye of the World, sometime in 1991 and that was pretty much it for me.
Although it has plenty of flaws, it stands apart from a lot of medieval fantasy settings in that it’s a loosely medieval-ish world, not an endless Europe that goes on and on for thousands of miles. There are very specific nations and cultures at work in the main setting continent (as well as the “other” continent), and there are also in-universe races and cultures associated with nations, with aspects of various historical world fashions, social mores, myths, and even bric-a-brac chosen from a world setting, rather than creating a dichotomy of red-haired white people versus blonde-haired white people and other common fantasy tropes.
Although many of the characters can be read ambiguously in regard to appearance, Gallagher’s character designs are among my favorites, and generally faithful to the text descriptions.
Tyrantrum is the largest prehistoric terrestrial carnivore. First discovered over a century ago, only recently has there been technology to revive the fossilized bone. Paleontologists started to theorize it may have had some feathers and were completely surprised by them adorning its shoulders. Another astonishing characteristic was its “beard,” which it uses to intimidate rivals by flaring it out, making its enormous jaw appear much larger. Tyrantrum earned the nickname “despot” as it’s a very aggressive Pokemon that’s often seen forcing others out of its territory. Much like its older counterparts, Tyrunt is very belligerent. In fact, it’s known to erupt into fits of selfish tantrums when it perceives that it’s not getting its eay. As shown here, a Tyrunt coaxed a Bastiodon into attacking it, knowing very well that its daddy would come to the rescue. Bastiodon was confirmed to be the ancestor to Aggron. It’s super defensive, sporting dense armor and boney osterderms for added protection. It exhibits a grumpy personality and doesn’t take shit from nobody. Though Tyrantrum’s mighty quakes might be a problem for Bastiodon…
TYRANTRUM, by RJ Palmer.