Funded in many hours! Night Nymph story! Hope Nymph reveal!
Thank you, thank you, thank you. We never expected this kind of positive feedback and support. We are truly humbled by your generosity. Those may be big words, but we worked on this project for the last several months and to see it all coming together, to see this overwhelming positive response, brings so much warmth to our hearts.
You made our dreams come true.
Know this: we are here for the long haul. Every dollar this campaign makes above the production costs goes directly towards financing the development of new miniature lines and of the Aeon Trespass game. We are more dedicated than ever to bringing you the best in art and design!
If you like what we’re doing, why not show your support by liking us on Facebook and Twitter and spreading the word. We’ll take any help and goodwill you can offer.
Now, to the more meaty part of the update!
Night Nymph Story
The night is both an ally and a sworn enemy of the Hellenes, it was so in the times of the gods, it is so now, even as the sundered body of Nyx floats through the skies.
Berenike and Thucydides met on the supply trireme of the Labyrinth Stewards – Minoan slavers by any other name. As it was since forever, harsh times can make the hearts sink to the lowest depths – or, strangely, blossom. In captivity, the two quickly fell in love and swore to never leave one’s side. They had no rings to exchange, so Berenike gave Thucydides the star iron necklace, the only thing she had left from home.
Then, they reached the Cretean shore and the Labyrinth. But something has changed. They were not met by the usual jailers, but by a host of hooded men and women, all bearing that peculiar mark. The Stewards were quickly overwhelmed and the prisoners freed, and each one given a choice: leave and brave the Minoan countryside or join and take shelter in the shadow of the Great Maze. Berenike and Thucydides wanted nothing more than to live the rest of their lives peacefully and together, so they quickly agreed.
They did not understand what that entailed.
Not willing to embrace the Truth of the Labyrinth, they ran – and the Labyrinthians gave chase. Out of breath, the young lovers took shelter in a ruined temple of Nyx.
It’s there that they met the Night Nymph. Shrouded in the tatters of night Herself, ethereal and seemingly not bound to walk the earth. Thucydides pleaded with her and after a suitably long time of petitioning, she agreed. She would cloak them from the eyes of the Labyrinthians and lead safely to the shore.
She would not do it for free, of course. The Nymph pointed her sleek alabaster finger to the necklace Berenike gave to her betrothed.
“That” she said.
She did as she promised. Even though the Labyrinthians knew the island like the back of their hands, even though the Hekaton ranged the shore, their ungodly wails ripping into the starless sky, the couple made it safely to a small hidden cove, where a boat awaited.
“Thank you,” said Berenike, tears of joy rushing to her eyes. “We would have never made it without you.”
“As promised,” said Thucydides, taking of the necklace and glancing painfully at Berenike, for he knew how much the heirloom meant to her. “It’s yours.”
The nymph took the necklace, gave it the most brief of cursory glances and dropped it into the sea.
“No. I meant you.”
And the Night Nymph disappeared into the blackness with Thucydides, leaving Berenike alone. The woman would never see her lover again.
They say the Night Nymph was on Mount Olympus when the Eschaton happened. That she seized the moment and tore the cloak of night from the still warm body of Nyx. That she was there, when the Sphere descended upon Atlantis and sank it to the bottom of the ocean. When Alexandria was ravaged just by its passing. They say the cloak she wears breaks the natural laws and makes space fold onto itself.
It is all true.
Hope Nymph revealed!
And this is our second stretch goal, the Hope Nymph! The Ephemeral Mother. This is still very much WIP. The things that are definitely getting a reworking are the smoke bits, in the final version they will be more puffy, ‘cloud-like’. Other than that, some small anatomical corrections, a few brushes to both faces, some color corrections to make the picture pop out more. Hope - no pun intended - you like it!
I think that’s the longest one yet, so I'll end here. See you in the comments section!