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Stars in Shadow: Planetary Populations Concepts by AriochIV Stars in Shadow: Planetary Populations Concepts by AriochIV
Design sketches for the Stars in Shadow game project.

Visual ideas for various major and minor alien races, which standard and special world types they map to, and some notes about their attributes and abilities.

Stars in Shadow: Special Planet Types by AriochIV 

Stars in Shadow: Star and Planet Types by AriochIV 
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Yahtzeemaybe Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
All of the major races have been covered so far (basically) and we have seen some art for the Gardeners and potentially some hints about the Esk.

I am curious how the minor races will play out. Do they have ships that we will be able to see? will they make their own actions in the game?
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AriochIV Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014   Digital Artist
Some of them will have their own ships. I think they will probably start out as purely defensive, sort of "guards" for "treasure", but with more development time, eventually they should be able to be more active -- pirates should raid nearby systems, Gardeners should try to spread their ecology, etc.
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Blueoriontiger Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The game assets are coming along nicely. I look forward to checking it out when its complete. :)

The Esk remind me of a siphonophore. Are all the glowing parts eyes or something else?
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AriochIV Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014   Digital Artist
The ESK are other-dimensional and indescribably evil, so there's no telling what those things might be. :D
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Yahtzeemaybe Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Yay! Eldritch abominations!
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Blueoriontiger Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I actually got that game last weekend. o.O
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Yahtzeemaybe Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
What are you even referring to?
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Blueoriontiger Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Eldritch. They had a Humble Bundle sale...
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Yahtzeemaybe Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Huh. I've never heard of that.

An Eldritch abomination is really any mysterious, obscure, ancient, and incomprehensible being. From what I can gather, the Esk are one such monstrous race of eldritch things that are impossibly evil and ancient.

If you're familiar with the works of H.P. Lovecraft, he wrote about many eldritch abominations, such as the Great Old Ones and their leader Cthulhu, the Elder Things, Father Dagon and Mother Hydra, Nyarlathotep, and more.
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Blueoriontiger Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hm, I see. I know a little bit about Lovecraft and have heard of Cthulhu but not too much, but never heard about an Eldritch. Thanks for the explanation.

I actually visited the game's webpage, and it would seem that the game actually draws some inspiration from Lovecraft, which would probably explain the name. This discussion certainly brought some new things to light. :)
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