Fantasy illustrations for The World of Sulhan

Client: Richard Gorman

In early 2016 I worked with writer and game designer Richard Gorman to provide fantasy illustrations for ‘Sulhan’, an expansion to his fantasy tabletop role-playing game ‘Horizons’.

As Richard was looking to publish the expansion for the first time he felt that the rich material deserved a bold new front cover, along with illustrations to supplement the wealth of information on the races, monsters and cartography of the world.

Over the next few months I worked closely with Richard to bring a world of creatures and places that had previously not been visualised into illustrated form and do justice to the tremendous amount of writing that Richard had put into his game setting. The project was a mix of tremendous collaborative creativity whilst working within the natural budget constraints of a self-published project. The final expansion can be purchased online at the RPGGeek Store.

Fantasy illustrations for The World of Sulhan

Client: Richard Gorman

In early 2016 I worked with writer and game designer Richard Gorman to provide fantasy illustrations for ‘Sulhan’, an expansion to his fantasy tabletop role-playing game ‘Horizons’.

As Richard was looking to publish the expansion for the first time he felt that the rich material deserved a bold new front cover, along with illustrations to supplement the wealth of information on the races, monsters and cartography of the world.

Over the next few months I worked closely with Richard to bring a world of creatures and places that had previously not been visualised into illustrated form and do justice to the tremendous amount of writing that Richard had put into his game setting. The project was a mix of tremendous collaborative creativity whilst working within the natural budget constraints of a self-published project. The final expansion can be purchased online at the RPGGeek Store.

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Fantasy rulebook cover for The World of Sulhan

Race & Monster Illustrations

Given written descriptions and a blank canvas I was given tremendous freedom to bring my own ideas to the table about the exotic appearance of the various denizens of the world of Sulhan. The resulting 35 fantasy illustrations encompassed everyone from sophisticated merchants from the desert wastes, to snarling lizard-like beasts of burden, a selection of which appear below.

Ajulani

The children of Ajulan, Yanuth Mistress of Water, are known across Sulhan by those who travel the waves of live by the shore. Ajulani are the aquatic peoples of the seas and oceans. They resemble gigantic near man-sized Axolotl and are capable of colour changes, tool handling and gurgling speech.

An illustration of an aquatic Ajulani

Surtisu

The sapient avian Surtisu race is obliquely related to the fiery plumaged four winged birds which also bear that name. Born of Surtis, Yanuth Lord of Fire, the Surtisu embody passionate Resolve and lead brief yet dazzling lives.

An illustration of a winged Surtisu

Umuthi

Lord Umuth, the Great Maker, is credited in Yanuth myth with the construction of the first Umuthi. Indeed, as befits their extraordinary origins, the Umuthi are still constructed. That is to say they are automata made by, not born of, their fellow creatures! Umuthi are ornate marvels of clay, ceramic, metal and stone; the stuff of Kailad and a gift from him to Umuth.

An illustration of a mechanical Umuthi

Achonids

The Achonids are children of Achon, the Yanuth Prince of Air. Resembling man sized, but flimsy, aerial jellyfish they puff through the sky, descending only occasionally to satisfy their curiosity or complete some great cerebral goal or project.

An illustration of an ethereal Achonid

Horouni

To the outside world the Greycloak emissaries and their lackeys are the Horouni. In fact they are merely the mental slaves of the true Horouni, an entirely separate race. True Horouni are large, writhing, aerial, eel-like creatures of monstrous beauty.

An illustration of a fearsome Horouni

Yaelani

The slight man sized form of the Yaelan, with it’s four gossamer wings projecting from the shoulders and lidless, multifaceted sulver eyes, can be at once beauteous and unnerving to other races.

An illustration of a bizarre Yaelani

Fantasy Cartography

As well as bringing the creatures of Sulhan to life I was commissioned to create 12 maps to describe the topography of the world. Working from original sketches from Richard everything from dangerous isles to bustling continents were mapped, creating a world of locations for daring adventuring parties to explore.

An illustrated map of the Per-loana isles
An illustrated map of the Aruthia continent
An illustrated map of the Chantess marshes