Below Status Update #4: Down and Up

Sorry it’s been quiet around here. Blame Christmas (pesky Christmas), and the fact that a lot of recent development has been profoundly unsexy maths. We’ll make up for it with a bijou barrage of posts over the next week.

After the break, check out some more new art, including a very special piece…

In an earlier post I raved about the pit Yasmeen had painted for Below. Here it is:

A jagged, swallowing pit, like a blunt-toothed mouth.

The Pit

I expected a nice, clean hole in the ground. I got that thing, like a broken-toothed mouth waiting for prey. Glorious. It fair warms my shrivelled old Dungeon Master’s heart.

We’ve seen lots of Yasmeen’s subterranea, now, so let’s take a look at something a bit different. Here’s her depiction of Gallowmoor, the land under which Below takes place.

A feathery green heath, under glowering clouds. A line of gallows march across it.


This captures Gallowmoor’s character perfectly. The clouds and the gibbets are grim, but the land’s beautiful as well as bleak. The grass is feathery. Its colours are bright. She’s nailed the quality of light you get when sunlight follows a storm. Gallowmoor is troubled, but it isn’t hopeless. It’s somewhere that’s worth fighting for. I think this is my favourite thing she’s done.

Next time we’ll take an in-depth look at Below’s second playable character – the Blacksmith’s Daughter. And next week, we’ll sneak a peek at the revised advancement system. See you soon!


  1. Lily Fox January 3, 2013 5:09 pm  Reply

    A saw the pit and physically shivered, while emitting a sound of disbelief and disgust. Which is a great response!

    Gallowmoor. The crevices of those hillocks appear streaked with blood. More visceral events than hangings occurred here, I fear.

  2. Tssha January 3, 2013 6:27 pm  Reply

    Indeed, that pit looks like it could swallow me whole. Sure, I could just climb back up, but we both know I won’t. Not until I find what I went into the dark to find…and I’ll find it or I’ll die far more than six feet under. Swallowed by darkness, buried in the rock.

  3. Vael Victus January 4, 2013 5:23 am  Reply

    That Gallowmoor and what you said about it makes me want to cry.

  4. Andy Raff January 4, 2013 2:36 pm  Reply

    That is definitely the damn pit I kept falling into during the playtest. Gallowmoor is gorgeous. Double-plus good artwork.

    Also, maths. Can’t wait for a beta to try that maths out in.

    • Chris January 4, 2013 2:38 pm  Reply

      Fingers crossed, you wont have to wait long…

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