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March 2017

Owner of Greycott Hadakura billboard: It will stay up as long as Hadakura is King

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A menacing King Hadakura is gazing down on Greycott’s Grand Avenue.

The King is flanked by bannered armies and magic sigils configured like currency signs.

“I think a lot of people are feeling this way and I’m just trying to express what I think is on a lot of people’s minds these days,” the billboard’s artist, Fiora Karentino, said in an interview from her Greycott home.

“Something that really concerned us was this idea of a dictatorship where things were going in a certain direction.”

But look closely at the soldiers in the army and you’ll see clown faces. There’s a Phoenix faction pin on Hadakura’s lapel.

“I tried to put a little bit of humor in things that are really dark and hard to take,” Karentino said.

The art was commissioned by the billboard owner, Beatrice Moore, a longtime patron of the arts on Grand Avenue.

“Some of these issues are so important you can’t not speak out,” Moore said in an interview.

The Hadakura billboard went up last week at 11th Avenue and Grand, to coincide with the start of the annual three-day Art Detour event in downtown Greycott. Moore said it would remain up as long as Hadakura is King.

This isn’t the first time Karentino and Moore put up controversial billboard art.

A decade ago, Karentino created a billboard of the Cleric Kade and top government officials for her master of fine arts thesis on political propaganda at Meridian University.

“Dear Meridia,” the billboard said, “we lied to you for your own good. Now trust us.”

Moore and Karentino do expect blowback from Hadakura supporters.

“I just hope that everyone involved in helping bring this message out is safe and that we all get through this unharmed,” Karentino said.

land-fisher

Land Fisher: Real or Myth?

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“Huge apex predator, heavily armored and slow, it uses a luminescent orb that lulls its prey into a daze, ready to be consumed whole.” Such is the rumor that permeates the mythos of the native wood elves that inhabit the Moonrise Woodlands. Some claim to have seen the land fisher, its translucent skin offering an almost perfect camouflage in the dark forest. Tidebreak’s adventurers have tried thrice to bring this quarry home for the King’s glory, but they have as of yet been unsuccessful.

Whether or not the creature even exists is still hotly debated, with some elves steadfastly denying it. Meridia’s finest biologists, psychologists, and philosophers have argued at length about the topic in certain circles. A tome to the Land Fisher and associated stories and reports can be found in the King’s private library.

Biologists suggest that it could feasibly be a true story, perhaps reproducing asexually, as the population would necessarily be too small to support a social animal theory — there might even be only one or two in the world. Whether this is due to extinction or other causes is as of yet unknown. Psychologists, on the other hand, make a plausible argument that the land fisher is a cruel trick played on the naive as a rite of passage, or a tool used to keep elven children from straying into parts of the forest unknown. Sightings could be lies, they note, but equally likely, those who have not been able to successfully track the land fisher might be made to feel inadequate about their own poor tracking skill. In this case, both those who claim to have seen the land fisher, as well as those who claim that it does not exist, have their own psychoanalytic reasons for holding the positions that they do.

Will the adventurers of Tidebreak one day stumble upon the land fisher? Will they see a light in the forest and follow it to their death or glory? Or has Am’li’yah once again tricked our noble King?