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Beth ´vampyrhobbit´ Stiner

"Asanbosam" by Beth ´vampyrhobbit´ Stiner

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This is the first draft of an illustration I did for a book I wrote about the different races in my novels (sort of like the 'Tolkien Creature Guide'). The Asanbosam are a race of vampires; the fourth Clan in the Noc Populus. They are generally found in Africa and in the mountains of the Near/Middle East. They are tree dwellers, miners, and smiths; they are a shy patriarchal people who prefer to remain on their own lands, unbothered by Humans and other peoples. The Asanbosam weapon of choice is the plother, a long wooden shaft with a metal hook on one end. Both ends of the plother are pointed; the hook-end is beaten flat into a blade, designed so that, if twisted the right way, it can cut like a sword. Otherwise, it can harmlessly lift something of the ground.) The Asanbosam pictured here is a guard, holding his plother ready to catch anyone who might try to come into Clan territory.

7 May 2004:-)
This looks to be a formidable beast! Good work with the posture and the way it is skulking in the tree. I also like the idea of the story behind this and your various other creatures. Great work!

:-) Beth 'vampyrhobbit' Stiner replies: "Thanks for the compliment...though he's not a beast...and I was going for a border guard pose..."
10 May 2004:-) Norma Peters
How unique and original! This is actually different than anything I've ever seen. I love the character design. You've made it look quite formidable.

:-) Beth 'vampyrhobbit' Stiner replies: "Thank you very much! That's the best compliment you could give me. 12"
7 Jan 200645 Anonymous Guy!
Wow, Nice picture! Looks pretty much as what a saw the Asanbosam to be. Just a sujection.. (if your not finished writing the book.) You can go to this site and get more culture like vampires and lore.


:-) Beth 'vampyrhobbit' Stiner replies: "Thanks! I’ll look it up!"
26 Jul 201045 James Campbell
Terrible! That doesn’t look a damn thing like an Asanbosam! Wheres it’s iron teeth? Wheres it’s knee hooks? That thing you drew looks like an inbreded borderline retarded fat white guy!

:-) Beth 'vampyrhobbit' Stiner replies: "Please read the description where it states this an illustration of a race in a novel, NOT a depiction of a figure from mythology. Fantasy writers are not required to adhere to every detail of the folklore they draw upon. It’s a common trait of fantasy fiction to "explain" the origin of myths (see Harry Potter, The Dresden Files, Artemis Fowl, The Spiderwick Chronicles, etc). In this context, the "explanation" is that the hooked knees and the iron teeth are myths inspired by the Asanbosams’ weapons of choice.

And even where this not an illustration of a fictional character, please keep in mind that mythology is a very subjective field. One person’s imagining of how something looks does not necessarily match the next person’s. "
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 • Created by: :-) Beth ´vampyrhobbit´ Stiner
 • Copyright: ©Beth ´vampyrhobbit´ Stiner. All rights reserved!

 • Keywords: Africa, African, Asanbosam, Dweller, East, Gargoyle, Guard, Illustration, Middle, Miner, Near, Noc, Plother, Populus, Tree, Vampire, Weapon
 • Categories: Mythical Creatures & Assorted Monsters, Vampires, Zombies, Undeads, Dark, Gothic, Book Illustration
 • Techniques: Coloured Pencils
 • Submitted: 2003-12-01 19:37:04
 • Views: 4678
 • Resolution: 700x547

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