Today we’re going to go through some of the developmental sketches that went into designing the Dream Eater temple grounds. The sketch above is for the Tower of the Dead. You’ll notice it’s somewhat different than the Central Temple, shown below:
For one, the Tower of the dead is octagonal, whereas the Central Temple is square in its base. There’s a reason for this. One that we’ll actually, for once, touch on in a future chapter. (I know – world exposition…my nemesis. Even I cannot refuse it forever.) So I’m not going to go into it here, but for those of you that like how architecture reflects history, I hope you look forward to that little connection. 🙂
Next up is a map of the main grounds. This doesn’t include the infirmary, orchard, farming fields, Tower of the Dead, or guest house, but it does cover the majority of the installations. This was one of the later revisions, (I made several maps) and it is (mostly) unchanged relative to the final version, although the Central Temple is the wrong shape and some of the placement for the Dojo is different. Not that it would be called a Dojo in this world. In part because they have no “d” or “j” sounds. “Tozho” would probably be the closest equivalent, if I was to do a phonetic conversion…and that IS tempting, just to be lazy. (As a side note, I went through an entire process of combining words from my Pamaru lexicon to develop a word for “teacher” so I wouldn’t use “Sifu” as was my knee-jerk desire, having attended a Tai Chi & Kung Fu school for a couple years…and ended up with “Viku” which sounds a heck of a lot like “Sifu” anyway. BUT IT’S BASED ON REAL FAKE WORD COMBINATIONS, GOSH DARN IT!)
Torii gates I’ve always found absolutely fascinating and beautiful, so I knew I wanted to incorporate a lot of that same design feel. The Fushimi Inari Shrine that I visited in Japan had a particularly strong impact on me. Especially since we went to it on a misty and spooky day, and it had this incredible feeling about it, as though you were passing through these tunnels of gates into another world. Hence the front gate at the entrance to the temple:
I also wanted to incorporate Rakaros in much the same fashion as Asia-continent dragons and fu dogs were in many temples that I visited. Statues at gates, fountains, and incorporated into columns and roof-tops. We’ll be seeing more of those close-up elements later on, but for now, here’s some of the concept art:
Hope you’ve enjoyed this tour of the Dream Eater temple! See you all on Monday!