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The Art of Shavarath, Part 5

Posted by Keith Cross on Apr 13, 2009  | Comments

The Art of Shavarath, Part 5 - Dungeons & Dragons Online -

The folks at Dungeons&Dragons Online have posted part five of dev journal which looks at the artistic vision behind Shavarath, the Plane of Battle.

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Floating Citadels

The Archon Host swoops down from mighty floating Citadels, delivering their righteous fury to the wicked. Since General Horoth’s rise to power, the Citadels have become a rare sight in the skies of Shavarath. The Archon’s losses have created disarray among their leadership.


For the archons we combined classic Greco-Roman architecture with Middle Eastern accents, and even subtle Egyptian influences. The archons are Lawful Good, so the colors we went with to reflect this were golds and browns. We made their structures epic, yet included a touch of something jaded. For example, the top side of the Citadel is polished and pristine but the bottom half is rough and dirty, reflecting countless years of war. Their weaponry is golden-hued, but dirty from use. This creates a sense that while the archons are out to uphold their ideals they may not necessarily be friendly towards outsiders, including players venturing from Eberron into their territory!

Read more here.