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Art Drop | The Mali-Kar

Face to the Stars

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  • Art by Tumo Mere

Tucked between the poisoned lands of the Ebon Cascade and the stifling heat of the Vinyatian desert lies the Kingdom of Ramnos, and it’s people, the Mali-Kar.

The Mali-Kar are the scholarly aimed astronomers of Tikor. While many cultures look to the stars such as the See’er, the Mali-Kar take a different and more scientific approach. For them, the future is in the stars itself, in space. They question what is out there and if one day the people of Tikor will travel there as well.

Their deities whisper to them tales that could only have originated on worlds elsewhere. Or so the Mali-kar believe at least. Made up of various sects, not all Mali-kar believe the same, but they all look to the stars in some way.

Lead artist, Tumo Mere, has brought another instant classic to life! The colors of this piece as usual are fantastic. For the Mali-kar I wanted to dip a bit into Egypt, but I wanted to avoid all the stereotypes the west has about that sort of thing. Instead, Tumo came up with a style that feels more like it was inspired by Egyptian culture in an authentic way. The bits of flair and fashion that culture retains even if it doesn’t remember why.

Overall the Mali-kar are one of the more secretive cultures on Tikor, with their borders being closed for the last few thousand years. However, with a new King on the throne of the Kingdom of Ramnos, the borders are open and times are changing…

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Creator and Author of Swordsfall. He's a longtime omni-nerd who grew up during the classic days of Toonami, TechTV, and Transformers. However, as a black man in the hobby, he found himself longing for more stories that told the adventures of people that looked like him. Creating Swordsfall has not only been an effort to be the change he wanted to see but also as his own personal journey.

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