"The lands we traverse have always been alive with magic. Our ancestors might have perished long ago, without even a handprint to our legacy, had we not learned to draw power from the earth and its creatures to carry us through those harsh and unforgiving years. These powers saw us through the dawn of our species as we thrived and came onto our own. We developed technologies that functioned in tandem to magic, and this vitality surged and coursed through our cities as it did through our veins.
After centuries, however, that magic has been dwindling. Devices dim and machines fall silent as the flowers wilt, the rivers run dry, and the birds fall dead from the trees. Their energies trickle through our fingers even as we scramble desperately to retrieve them.
This is a world building project done for my final year at Emily Carr in 2016. It's about a place and time built up by magic and adventure and grandness that has fallen from its former glory, and about its inhabitants struggling to keep their own inner darkness at bay. At the same time, it's also my attempt to explore what fascinates me about the complexity of human experience and the ways in which we consolidate our differences. It's about the connections we make, the things that drive us apart, and what helps us to rebuild. Each of these characters (6 in total) have come to represent something different to me, and the aim of this project is to try and translate that into narrative form, into something tangible.