Day 3 - Kirbish / DA
More development work on Jean! (yay!)
Sorry if you’re getting tired of seeing these, I’m just determined to get a really solid foundation in my head and on paper of each of the main characters. I hoping it’ll help me picture their expressions better when I’m making the pages.
So, I should probably tell you guys something about Overworld huh? Well, it’s set in a Wild West style world where, in the past, huge crystals buried deep in the earth, for some reason only the Gods know why, began to float. This would have been a fairly minor event had they not lifted huge swathes of the land below, some of them carrying settlements or even entire cities, up into the air with them.
This land of Overworld is where the story is set. It was a fairly lawless place where people were free to make their own fortunes (or steal someone else’s). They put shards of crystals in their boats and, voila, they were able to sail upon the winds, using the natural buoyancy of the crystals to keep them apart, and so they were able to trade and explore and build themselves a strange and detached, yet functional, community.
Now, however, the land is subjugated by the people of the land below, their warships sent as “protection”. This action was justified in their eyes as the land is, technically, part of the continent and so still subject to the same laws. Some are thankful for the law, order and stability the Earthers bring with them, but there are those that question whether their motives are so straightforward. And there are others, still, who don’t like the shackles of law, those who became accustomed to flying whichever way the wind took them.
Cass, Jean and the other members of their crew are, ostensibly, cartographers. As mentioned in the last post their job is to constantly keep tabs on the islands as they drift across the skies, collecting locations and meteorological data, allowing them to predict with some certainty where the island is going to go next so any other islands in their path, or anyone looking to dock there, can be warned and able to find it.
Despite the Earther’s efforts, however, this is still a wild and chaotic land, and no-one can say for sure exactly what you might come across when you unfurl your sails and set off into the blue…