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Shanghai (Dec 10, 2006) — edit
I've been thinking about drawing a frosty mountain town for awhile, but the exact design I just made up as I went. I was thinking of various old games as I made it.

loosely named after Thule

I made Tahei with the idea of a country at the top of the world that's perpetually frozen. There's a Christmas themed mining town (it takes a lot of coal for all the bad kids out there), a glacier roaming with snow beasts, frozen waterfalls during the winter when it gets really cold, a hot springs for the small monkey population (based on a type of monkey in Japan that does go into hot spring waters), an icy moon that's closer than you'd think (it is the top of the world after all), and a castle on the mountain top. I haven't decided who lives in the castle, but it's not Santa Claus. I like real world references and influences, but I normally avoid directly using fictional/real life characters or places since it is my own fantasy world I'm making. Tahei as a country may only be made up of one town and a castle, but they never have to worry about being invaded because no army would want to bother with it. The monkeys here are like miniture yetis, and the snow beasts are their much larger cousins (think The Empire Strikes Back and that big snow monster that attacked Luke at the beginning).

maybe the castle will be a pathway to the moon. The owner of the castle should be based on Kaguya Hime from Japanese folklore (a princess who came from the moon). The pathway should open up during the full moon, and there should be a race of Lunarians there like in Final Fantasy 4 or in the Touhou game series (Imperishable Night was about Kaguya). There was also a villan based on Kaguya in one of the Inu Yasha movies.
Shanghai (Dec 10, 2006)
drawn in 38 min
davincipoppalag (Dec 11, 2006)
Can't wait to see what you do with this!
cmb (Dec 11, 2006)
Ive hear of Thule- is it a mythical northern frozen country?
Shanghai (edited Dec 11, 2006)
Ultima Thule is a semi-mythical place with similar legends under various names dating back a couple thousand years. It may have actually been a real location which we know today by a different name, considering that medieval maps sometimes showed it to be in the far north around where Iceland is, but if that's the case then the exact real world place it's based on isn't really known. There's also a brand of outdoor equipment named Thule because they think it makes them sound tough and rugged.

In the wikipedia article I linked to Thule is pronounced Thoolay, and Tahei is like a combination of the names Thule and Tamulheim (the fantasy world I'm making which is named after Tamuril).
Shanghai (Dec 11, 2006)
drawn in 37 min
Shanghai (Dec 12, 2006)
drawn in 4 hours 18 min
Took longer than expected. I must stop watching tv instead of drawing @_@
davincipoppalag (Dec 12, 2006)
Great entry! You do these fantasy world scenes so well!
woah_pockster (Dec 13, 2006)
eeee so awesomeee *_* <33333333
frootcake (Dec 13, 2006)
oh come on, you can finish it better than this. there are moments of brilliance in this, like that cloud in the bottom left going to the bg and the rain, it really looks like a storm. another hour and this would be sex on a stick
cmb (Dec 13, 2006)
thanks for the info! i love the colours you are using in this!
sharden (Dec 13, 2006)
burrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!! I love this!
Shanghai (Dec 13, 2006)
drawn in 1 hour 24 min
frootcake (Dec 14, 2006)
cheers man, that's brrrrrr-illiant? sorry.
DarkCloak (Dec 14, 2006)
Awesome piece.
Kloxboy (Dec 17, 2006)
Congratulations redpanda! "Tahei" is awarded first place for Contest Week 39: Winter Wonderland. I really love this piece, it's so creative and beautifully rendered. I wish I could walk through that villiage, it looks soo cool. I love the description, it's so well thought out, original and even comical. Great piece, very entertaining.
Sweetcell (Dec 17, 2006)
Congrats on the win panda. :)
frootcake (Dec 18, 2006)
good call
cmb (Dec 19, 2006)
great win - well done!
Dr.Snoopy (Jan 7, 2007)
Well deserved showcase entry!!
davincipoppalag (Sep 28, 2018)
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