Magicka Mechanica Cultural Studies – The Undyrkyn

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The Undyrkyn are commonly known as the “lesser” races, mainly comprised of “monsters”. These “monsters” decided to turn down their tribal ways and coincide with civilized rules and structures. The Undyrkyn are commonly made up of the three of the more intelligent “monster” races, the Goblins, also known as the Gyblakyn; the Minotuars, or Donmyrkyn; and the Orcs, or Urukyn. This change came around during the beginning of the industrial age of man, and they are the youngest group of races to conform to civilized life. The Undyrkyn have only been a part of society for the last two hundred years, ever since the United Countries Civilities Act of 1634, but would not be considered complete citizens of cultured races until the Undyrkyn Civilities Act of 1802. Because they are so new to society, the Undyrkyn are often looked at with disdain by some of the older races. The Elcarikyn and the Duskoralun are more accepting of the Undyrkyn. The Undyrkyn got their name from the Undyrcar, where the largest of the tribes has been found, after being driven underground after the fall of Undyr Thorymyr and the end of the Age of Terror.

The Undyrkyn are often known as the races who have turned their backs on the old tribal and general barbaric behavior that was so prevalent during the times before human industrialization. The number of Undyrkyn tribes were decimated with the invention of the handheld firearm. Instead of being slaughtered as a people, the three Undyrkyn races declared themselves civilized and worked to make a place for themselves in society. Most Undyrkyn serve as craftmen and laborers, the goblins finding a niche in household domestics mainly, but the most prevalent of jobs for Undyrkyn have been aboard ships, docks and other naval vessels. This does not apply to Minotaurs, who are naturally unfit for sea life. Most Undyrkyn also make up a large portion of the military, with Orcs and Minotaurs making great foot solders and city guards, while the goblins excel at scouting and informants.

Despite the turning from their barbaric lifestyles of the past, there still remains bands and tribes of Undyrkyn who refuse to conform to civilized life. Many of these tribes have been pushed into the Undyrcar, but there still are groups of them that ransack the land, though above ground are the most noticeable in the Serylyn Forest and in the Great Spine. While the Undyrkyn are no longer tribal, there are two major established colonies of Undyrkyn on the islands of Minos and Uru. Minos and Uru was the last major hotspots of tribal activities, before a group of Undyrkyn established colonies on those islands, and transformed the last major tribes into towns, but have kept tribal traditions. Once colonized, Minos and Uru were found to be rich in metals and fertile land that have sustained the Undyrkyn economy on the islands.

The first mention of the Undyrkyn appear near the last hundred or so years of the Mortal Wars between the humans and the elves. Lore states that the sorcerer Undyr Thorymyr used them as foot solders and slaves until the end, and he was driven into the Undyrcar for his crimes against “humanity” and basic morality. It is unclear whether Undyr created the Undyrkyn, as he had claimed, or just controlled them during the mortal wars, and the Age of Terror when he returned. The Undyrkyn claim they were created by the Curydyn Mog’Roth, but because of their average short lifespans, records do not show definitive proof of the Undyrkyn creation. The next major appearance of the Undyrkyn is during the Age of Terror, when the then lich Undyr flooded the United Human Empire with waves of his undead and Undyrkyn solders, leading to the fall of the spread of human expansionism, and the war that lasted nearly two hundred years until he was defeated by human hero Thoran Hallar, the first King of Thorance.

To learn more about the Undyrkyn struggle for recognition, please read “A Brief History of the Undyrkyn Struggle for Recognition as Civilized Peoples“.

Umedyn’s Progress Report

So, I’m sure none of you are asking “Where has Umedyn been?” Well the short answer is that I have been in sort of a slump. I, quite frankly, am disappointed in myself. I was going to try and make this summer as productive as I could. Instead I not only haven’t made a single post since June, I couldn’t keep my New Years resolution and make a post a week (or at least catch up if I fall behind).

I hit a snag in my comic, first getting a serious case of creative block (Which plagues me to this day) and haven’t been eating well the past few weeks. Not because of any kind of disorder (I hope) but mainly because I barely have had the funds to feed myself, eating about a meal a day (usually some kind of chicken and mash potatoes, which I bought in bulk). It’s hard to get the old muse flowing when you’re hungry and sleeping from sunrise to sunset.

This isn’t complaining, or a sob story to make you feel sorry for me, I’m just telling you what’s been going on with me lately and why I haven’t posted all summer. I  am hoping to change that soon though. School will be starting up next week (even though my grants and loans don’t come in for about a 2 weeks to a month after that, really sucks). Because of this, I am going to try and get caught up with my New Years resolution and make a post every day of this week.

Keep in mind, most of these posts will be Magicka Mechanica information that I could have done over the summer, more Cultural Studies of the various races, maybe some info on the many lists I have, and possibly some other stuff (I have to go through my notes to figure out what exactly is polished enough for basic human contact). I am hoping that through this, my muse will finally kick back in and I’ll finish this damn page I haven’t touched since June (this creative block really sucks).

So keep an eye out, because posts abundant this week!

Trying to get back up to my own standards,

-Umedyn

Forum is back up! All seems to be working now! – Yuri.media

Source: Forum is back up! All seems to be working now! – Yuri.media

The Community is back up! It seems everything is back up and running! You can make and view posts and profiles, register as a user and everything! The host seems to have fixed the problem! I’ve ran some tests, and everything is working fine, so come on in and get started like we wanted you to do before the crash!

Yuri.Media is Up and Running!

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Okay! So, some of you know I have been working on a project for the past few weeks. Well, this morning we’ve decided to open up our work to the public!

Yuri.Media is a group of creators and reviewers who make yuri, or lesbian themed work. This can range from Comics and manga, to games, shows and movies. We all come from a wide and various background all across the world.

Yuri.Media is first and foremost and site for people who like yuri and other lesbian works to find content creators and reviewers. Yuri.Media isn’t just for the fans of yuri it’s also for the creators and reviewers themselves.

Yuri.Media is also a group dedicated to supporting and helping to promote yuri and lesbian works. We support the other aspects of the LGBTQ+ community, of course, but our main focus is yuri.

If you are a creator or reviewer, you are already eligible to join the member section. A member doesn’t have to only make or review yuri and lesbian material, but the member does have to support yuri in some way.

We promote all of the member’s works of any kind, but we prefer your works to have at least some LGBTQ+ element in it.

Being a member is free, and requires no participation from you at all. The Member’s section of the Forum is for creators and reviewers to get together to support each other, by asking for reviews, critiques and help promoting a new project through various social media outlets. This area of the forum is exclusive to members of the Yuri.Media Group.

Other benefits of being a member, besides the community, include Having your blog, comic, book, movie, game, whatever, supported by the Yuri.Media community, we all will post it up on our Twitter, Facebook and other pages, sites and platforms.

Non-members can still interact and talk, we have a section for open discussion for everyone who registers on the forum, and even a section for guests to give comments without having to register. We ask, of course, that you be respectful.

So if this interests you in anyway, be sure to check out the Yuri.Media site, and join our community!

For the Betterment of all Yuri Kind,

-Umedyn

One Year Anniversary

One year ago today I took a chance and started this… after all this time, I still resist calling this a “blog” I have always hated that word, so I try and use it as little as possible. Still, one year ago I started this site and took a chance with my art and ideas, throwing them out here in the internet space. I was terrified and hopeful.

This post will be my 96th post on this site. Most of these are my Kokoro No Kinu pages, some are the Magicka Mechanica notes, and some are stand alone art or notes.

I have met many many amazing people on this journey so far, with a big shout out to OG Man, who reached out to me in the early days. It is mainly because of him and the Nation (you know who you are) that I really got any publicity during those starting weeks. More came along after my many twitter rants and tweets, some from other places, but all of them have been amazing people.

Still, the people who I am the most thankful for are the people who read this. That does mean you, right now. Without you I would have given up a long time ago. The people who keep coming back, who give me the feedback I need to carry on. You are the reason I have the inspiration to go on. Who knows how long it would have taken me to even get this far with my projects. Kokoro No Kinu, without you, would be gathering dust on my notes shelf with my other backlogged projects.

This year has been something that I hold dear to me for many reasons, and I hope the next year will be even greater. There will be an exciting announcement in the next few days, as well as another Kokoro No Kinu page up hopefully by Friday.

With renewed vigor I get back to work.

All because of you reading this.

Thank you.

-Umedyn

Magicka Mechanica Cultural Studies – The Peryaldyn

The Peryaldyn, Peryphylyn in their language, are what humans commonly refer to as pixies. Pixies are the smallest of the “civilized” races, measuring at an average of six inches tall. Their wings are similar to translucent dragonfly wings, but pixies, unlike dragonflies, only have one set of wings. Pixies have the most diversity of all the “civilized” races, ranging in hair, eye and skin colors of all kinds. These colors can range from bright blue to green and human tones. This distinction of coloring has no effect, however, culturally or otherwise in the fey community.

The Peryaldyn is the longest living race, and the most illusive. Pixies are considered a phenomenon in the cities, due to the Peryaldyn’s strong cultural ties to nature, though some pixies still live in “Doxydal”, which is a blanket term for all of the other larger races, cities for various reasons. The Peryaldyn are known for making the best spies, mainly because of their size and flying abilities, but also the race’s penchant for using illusion-based magic. Despite the spying reputation, Peryaldyn are often known to have very cheerful dispositions, though that is a general stereotype of the Peryaldyn. Though known for their size, it is often a grave mistake to underestimate one of the Peryaldyn. Most pixies rely on illusion, nature and conjuration magic to suppliment what they lack in size and physical strenth, as well as speed and ranged weapons. Being great pioneers in botany and herbalism, their ranged weapons are often tipped with deadly poisons.

The Peryaldyn mainly live in the great central forest that spans the middle of the continent between the two major mountain ranges. The Peryaldyn are governed by kingdoms and courts, the favored of the King or Queen becoming lords. Currently there are two courts of Peryaldyn in power, the Serylyn and Unserylyn courts. These are often translated by humans into the Seelie and Unseelie courts. The Serylyn court is often referred to as the Day, or Sun, Court, because of it’s stance on working with the Doxydals. The Unserylyn Court, known as the Night, or Moon, Court tends to take the hands off approach to the larger races, and the Unserylyn Court has been known to harbor a lot of the more malicious and tricksters of the two courts. This often gives the Peryaldyn a reputation for being practical jokers and con artists. Both Courts, however, enlist the help of the Forudyn, the forest elves, and have done so since the mortal war, where humans rebelled against the elves. The Forudyn do not interfere with the affairs of the courts, but act as delegates and protectors of the pixies from other Doxydals. For doing so, the Forudyn receive gifts and services for their protection.

Both the Peryaldyn and the Forudyn worship the “Mother Earth” nature goddess, known as Pery. It is said that the Peryaldyn were made from her, and so they took her name into theirs as a sign of worship. While the Peryaldyn have no organized religion, Pery is their figurehead, and they all, or at least the pious ones, abide by Pery’s rule to honor and respect nature. Her rule is to live with nature, and not just seek to control it. This is the chief reason why most Peryaldyn buildings, even in some Doxydal cities, are made from living wood and plants, shaped by magic and kept alive by feeding on Pixie Dust, which the Peryaldyn create naturally, and has magical growth properties for plants, and can even rejuvenate dead plants. This plant and pixie relationship is symbiotic. The plants get a steady supply of nutrients and the Peryaldyn get shelter. Pery is said to have no one form, but to be the earth itself, and is the only god not to be considered on the Astyr plane. Pixies say that if she has to appear to mortals, she usually comes in the form of either a Spriggan or as a dryad, as these are some of the only creatures created from plant life and magic.

Magicka Mechanica Cultural Study – The Umedyn

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The Umedyn, and by lesser extent the Astyrdyn and Curydyn are beings of spiritual nature. The Umedyn are beings that do not reside in the mortal realm, they are akin to what humans call “angels” and “demons”, but it is more complex than these concepts. The Umedyn are sentient entities, at least the major ones, and are broken up into three categories: The “Gods”; The Astyrdyn, or the god’s “servants”; and the Curydyn, or those Umedyn who actively meddle in the affairs of mortals. The Astyrkyn are the children of men and Astyrdyn, and are often known as “angel spawn”; Alternatively, Curykyn are the spawn of men and Curydyn, who actively meddle in the human world, these are often referred to as “devil spawn”. Generally there are more Curykyn in the world than Astyrkyn. It seems, however, that no matter who the Astyrdyn or Curydyn mate with, no matter what the race, they are born to appear to be half-human. This fact has lead some scholars to believe that humans are not creations of the Elvydyn, like previously believed, but are the spawn of the Umedyn directly.

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Creation of a Page

While you all wait (who ever is waiting) for my next Kokoro No Kinu page (sorry for that, school been getting in the way, but I promise it will be up by Wednesday night.) I thought I would share with you all the process of how I create my pages. There  are about 5 steps in the process of creating a page, so for anyone who is thinking of making a comic this way in the future, hopefully this will give you all some helpful tips and pointers. I will be using the first page of Chapter 3 as an example. So let’s get started… after this continue reading button that is!
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Sidewalk Spider

Alright, I promised two posts this week because I missed posting last week. So in keeping up with my new years resolution of posting at least once a week, I’m showing off a little sketch comic I made. I was testing out my Tablet, seeing how it works with my graphic art programs, and so far I’m very satisfied. I created this little comic sketch while testing out how well I could create comics in the future by just doing it on computer, and I think I will stick to hand drawn at first, then cleaning it up later like I have been doing. I think I am also going to start using my tablet for Kokoro No Kinu, specifically how I do my lines. I won’t bore you with the details, but your going to see a shift in how the lines look in Kokoro No Kinu, so look out for that! Hopefully it will also cut down on some of the editing time for those pages. But enough about that, let’s show you the little 4 panel comic I made, simply titled Sidewalk Spider.

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I’m going to clean it up and color it in the future, but for right now, this was the four panel sketch I made while testing out how my tablet worked, so all of that is hand drawn with my tablet.

Sci-Fi Tech Sketches

Alright, in trying to keep my resolution of posting at least once per week, I have some sketches for you. These were very early concept designs for a shelved Sci-fi game idea I want to make in the future. Of course Kokoro No Kinu comes first, and/or with Magicka Mechanica. Since I really have nothing else to give, (still working on chapter 3 page 1, been a bit slack on that… my bad) I thought I would just share these with you all. The first one is free, but after that, you have to click that Continue Reading link to see the rest. Cheap tactic, I know, but it makes me feel better to see page views on my dashboard.

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