Tag Archive: fantasy


Imagine you’re in the world of Guild Wars 2 – the Shiverpeak Mountains in particular.  It’s cold; a perpetual winter, where even the warmest parts of the landscape are barely above 0°C, birch trees and fir trees dominate a landscape peppered with shaggy bears and fantasy beasts of burden of massive size and thick dense pelts.  Nearby, the lakes are frozen solid to a depth of 10m or more, the hills are covered with thick packed snow, and the homes of the Norn have extremely pointed roofs and gigantic fireplaces.  This place is COLD.

Now, skip the video above ahead to 3:33 to see the default armor types for the 8 different Norn female classes.  Remember – it’s bitterly cold.

I picked the Engineer class.  Can’t imagine why, can you?

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Don’t try to make sense of this animated short from French Goeblins school in 2008 – because I’m not sure it makes any.  Still – if you’ve wanted to see a boy, fishing for monsters in the puddles of a multicolored, multi-leveled shanty, then this is the animated short for you.

Seen at Ufunk.net.

Penellus Stipticus, a bioluminescent fungus or foxfire fungus.

A Glowing Encrustation of Penellus Stipticus

Sometimes those crazy things we see in games which are too good to be true, have more than an ounce of truth in them.  Those CG scenes of Pandora that so wowed 3d audiences showing an alien landscape more alive in the dark, than during the day – had some small element of more terrestrial lifeforms at their heart.  Bioluminescent fungi like Panellus Stipticus.

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A nameless warrior flees through a verdant forest; his blood drops tick, tick, tick, as they hit the succulent leaves, counting the seconds before his end.  Nothing falls without the forest’s knowledge, however, and the strange, white-clad spirits, with their silent ankle-bells, have one last journey for the lost soldier.

The music may not be to your liking, but the video is dreamy, fantastical, simply done, and reminds me a little of Princess Mononoke.  Recommended by a gent at work.