Fantasy Spark

Feb 26

Views of Windsor Castle

Here are some views of Windsor Castle from within the outer wall. Including the Dread Gazebo! ;-)

Not all castles are functional war-bases. How might such locations develop after many years of peace? How might they be re-converted back into battle-readiness should the situation arise?


Feb 24

Tomb at Windsor Castle chapel

Here are some more photos of my trip to Windsor castle, this time from within the chapel. Lots of historic figures buried or entombed here. The banners are the banners of the current Knights of the Garter. Each banner shows something about the family and life of the person knighted. Those without a previous noble background have a new banner and coat of arms created for the purpose according to the existing historical method.

What can bystanders tell from your characters simply by the insignia, banner and other marking they carry? When major characters die, what kind of ceremony would be appropriate? What privileges or commitments might pass to the next of kin? How will the heraldry of noble families changes as leadership passes from one generation to the next?


Exhibits from the Horniman Museum, London

Here are some of the weirder exhibits from the Horniman Museum in London. It’s a smaller museum by London standards, and a bit out of the way for those visiting central London, but definitely worth a look as I think it still has that old world “gentleman’s curious collection” feel to it. Free entry to the majority of exhibits: http://www.horniman.ac.uk/

Do any of these exhibits have a place in your fantasy world? What about the collection itself? Collections require upkeep, and of course for some the attraction is in the act of collecting itself. What characters in your world would have the resources and inclination to collect interesting specimens, and of what types?


Last year these colourful eggs were put up in random places around central London. It was quite cool suddenly discovering them in familiar places. The final pic is of an unrelated exhibit in a museum, but I thought it fits here.

In a fantasy setting what might be the cause of large unusual eggs appearing around the area? If many appear at once, how might they be linked? Could affecting one cause a corresponding effect in another?


Oct 4
I can haz ur soul?This is one freakeh kitteh. Of course making a monster at least partially appealing has its merits.

I can haz ur soul?

This is one freakeh kitteh. Of course making a monster at least partially appealing has its merits.

Sep 19
Just a treeYep, it’s just a tree. Looks like an old tree though, and a distinctive one. Probably used as a landmark and meeting point for generations. If only it could tell us what it’s witnessed over the years.

Just a tree

Yep, it’s just a tree. Looks like an old tree though, and a distinctive one. Probably used as a landmark and meeting point for generations. If only it could tell us what it’s witnessed over the years.

Sep 7
Another cool one from reddit - abandoned c19th mill in ItalyIs this an abandoned mill, sacked monastery, not-so-abandoned hideout or the entrance to an elaborate and vast underground dungeon?

Another cool one from reddit - abandoned c19th mill in Italy

Is this an abandoned mill, sacked monastery, not-so-abandoned hideout or the entrance to an elaborate and vast underground dungeon?


Frankfurt Schlosshotel

I was lucky enough to stay at this hotel in Frankfurt.

To me it seemed like the grand and ancient home of a vampire, or perhaps the family manor of a baron plagued by an unspeakable and unspoken curse passed down from one generation to the next.


Swamp sculptures in Victoria’s Way, Wicklow, Ireland

Saw these 3 pictures on reddit: http://www.reddit.com/comments/zgrc0

The figure in the bog has stood for longer than anyone can remember, with creator or cause unknown. Until the right person investigates too closely and awakens that which was once made dormant…


Sep 3

Weird petrified spider

There’s something wrong with this spider. And if that happens to a spider, what happens to something bigger?…

weird petrified spider


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