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Spirits and Power

(Thanks to ashtoledo for asking!)

There's no set rules or real authority figure among spirits (unless you ask the spirit of those aspects.) They opperate on an honors system. If a spirit gets negative attention from the others, though, there can be consequences.

Hierarchy of Spirits: Places are generally more powerful than Concepts, except for a few like “Love” and “Destiny”. Lots of people consistently believe in Places, but belief in Concepts fluctuates and changes. Belief is power (The Spirit of Belief is crazy powerful!)
Greater spirits = lots of belief, lesser spirits = little belief (they’re usually obscure spirits like Worn Paths) Spirits can’t die, but they can fade until they’re barely tied to the world at all.
If a greater doesn’t like what a lesser is doing, the lesser is in for a bad time! If the spirits are somewhat equal in power, it’s either settled by a truce or it’s not. Ever. 
Since a spirit’s power depends on belief, and belief can change, any spirit can change their spot in the hierarchy if they gain/lose enough belief. It really pays for spirits to interact with people...
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Appearances of Spirits

Appearance of Spirits

"Spirits of Nature/Places tend to tie themselves down to one place. It's easy for them. All the people who believe - for it's easy to believe in what's right in front of you - begin to associate the spirit with the palce.

Spirits of Concepts/Emotions are tougher to discribe. So many people believe so many different things, some the same region-wide. These spirits travel near constantly, only settling enought in one place to drink the rewards of a strong belief.

For these reasons, cultures (especially the Four Eternals) have uniform pictures of nature spirits and varying depictions of other types of spirits. No once can quite settle on one iconic form for them."

"Spirits are largely incorporeal beings that are mostly known through stories. It's said in the early days that spirits and humans frequented eachother's company. As the ages went by and humans began to focus upon their budding empires, contact dwindled. Few see spirits now, but stories about them still spread.

While they still had contact, though, spirits and humans held influence over eachother. Many believe spirits alone influence humanity, but some spirits have developed entirely too human traits. When a spirit starts to act outside of their domain, are they truly a spirit anymore?"

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Concept Art 1

I started working on the idea of Illusory the summer before Freshman year in college ( and now, during Senior year...I'm nearly done with chapter two haha ;u; ) Here's some of the first sketches I ever did for it!

Originally, Teiran was going to have magic! Now, that's swapped out for [spoilers] ;) He was also much more agressive in the planning stages. The story as a whole has also changed quite a lot - the only thing that's stayed the same plot-wise is Teiran running away from home. 

I admit, the reason I'm only now finishing chapter two after so many years is because I re-did this comic twice. Here are the pages from the first two attempts...

It's interesting to look back on these and see the progress of art and story. The first two attempts had very draw-out, slow openings. This time around, I tried to rearrange things for a better flow. At least, I hope it reads more interestingly than the first two, haha! 

I mentioned in the Foreword, but it bears repeating here - this comic is an experiment. I'm practing with art techniques and storytelling. The art above proves that, I think, I've made some progress in both of those areas. There's certainly things I'm going to work on bettering now, too (like backgrounds - no blurry silhouettes anymore haha) and you're always welcome to point out weak-spots or strong-spots in my work. Learning is the goal here!