Now, this is probably shaping up to be one of the most complicated works of RealmgART I’ve ever attempted.
Shockingly, the giant sea monster isn’t actually the hardest part. The hard part has been the waves and I’m not entirely satisfied with how they’ve turned out.
Anyway, this is going to be a depiction of the story behind the coat of arms of the Duchy of Mercurio — which I explained in my post about the various political powers in Natalis — that being Duke Mercurio slaying the monstrous orc.
You’ll notice, of course, I haven’t gotten around to drawing Mercurio himself yet…
Now, you’re probably wondering why I’m calling a sea monster an ‘orc’ and going “But Greatest Living Author J.B. Norman, that’s not what an orc is! Orcs are big and green and angry! Or big and green and grumpy! Or twisted mockeries of Elves spawned in the pits of Utumno! Or football hooligans!”
Worth noting that those kinds of Orcs don’t exist in Realmgard. And for that matter, neither does anything else that fits the archetype but called something other than Orcs.
I’m sure I’ve mentioned before that I have a Humanities degree, and this is the influence of spending four years reading some of the most influential books in the history of Western civilisation.
I won’t bore you with the details (I think I’ve done that already), but in my third-year European Literature course we read 16th-century Italian epic poem Orlando Furioso, about Charlemagne and his knights — Orlando is the Italian form of Roland, best known from other chivalric poems.
To make a long story — emphasis on long; the version we read is about 600 pages long of about 5-point typeface — short, over the course of the poem, several beautiful young women need saving from a sea monster called the Orc, which Orlando ends up killing.
So, essentially, I’m taking my cue from classic literature rather than modern Fantasy.
Notably, the idea of calling large sea creatures “Orcs” clearly caught on in real life, too:
The Killer Whale, scientific name Orcinus Orca, translating to something along the lines of “Sea Monster from the Underworld.”
That’s, uh, that’s pretty Metal.