A few folk on Facebook recently speculated about the story behind the cover of Gloranthan Adventures # 1 New Beginnings.
Here’s the art direction I gave to Jon Hodgson.
I’d like a landscape, which is hilly and rainy,possibly very rainy,lots of little farmsteads (think long houses).In the foreground there is a Warrior flying out of the thunder and rain looking a bit worse for wear(Sartarite magic allows them to fly, since they worship Orlanth King of the Storms).
His bright bronze weapons and armour identify him as a Thane (noble). The armour he is wear has the air and movement runes (see http://www.glorantha.com/library/eurmal/intro-runes.html) either as tattoos or prominent jewelry on his person which identifies him as a worshiper of Orlanth.
He is fleeing the Lunar soldiers who have just defeated his warband (who may be on the page in the distance as hazy red figures waving swords and setting a farmstead)
What the Sartarites look like: One part Urnfield, one part Mycanean, one part Hittite, with a dash of Viking thrown in!
For the record its one of my favourite covers that Jon has done for me. I like the fact that it looks like an ordinary bloke who’s royally pissed off channeling the power of his god about to wreck havoc on the bastards who burnt his home 🙂