Written by Sándor Moldán, Creative Lead
This piece is entitled "Bitter Hatred" and is the hero artwork that currently features on the coming soon page of our website at www.dawnofthetyrant.com.
Art Director: Sándor Moldán
Concept artist: Tugsbayar Jamts
This stunning piece was created as a promotional artwork for the game by Tugsuu, who hails from Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia. Tugsuu's work has been instrumental in really nailing the style for the two leading, protagonist races – both of which will be playable in the first release of the game.
Two sides of the same coin, the Lánaraï (left) and Kheïtanni (right) are both descended from the Aëdr, an ancient civilisation that once ruled among the stars. The bloody rise of Rhïarrh, known also as the Tyrant-God, sparked a civil war that tore this mighty race apart and cast the remnants of both sides down upon a lifeless planet where they still vie endlessly for each other's demise.
Though the galaxy-conquering technology they once possessed has been long forgotten and lost to the ravages of time, the Lánaraï still cling to their former glory. Stoic in the face of their inevitable decline, their image has remained almost unchanged since the war. While they have not for one moment wavered in their mission to put the last of the dissidant rebels to the sword, their true goal lies forever skyward, back to the distant stars that were once their home.
The fall left the wings of the Kheïtanni burned, broken and useless – their shattered wing bones now used as a ghastly trophy rack to display their martial prowess. While they have lost the ability to take to the air they make up for their defect in other, more sinister ways. In stark contrast with their former kin, the Kheïtanni hold no grand illusions and have dedicated themselves solely to exacting a grim vengeance for the betrayal that cost them everything.
This artwork perfectly captures the contrasting factions and the uncompromising brutality and grittiness of the game. There are certainly no pure white, downy feathers or shining, untarnished silver armour here. Only blood, dirt, steel and a bitter, utterly unquenchable hatred.
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