Before getting into more Cha'altified submissions, I'd like to blog about the Kort'thalis meta-sigil.
This magical symbol or glyph is a portal to Cha'alt... the eldritch, gonzo, science-fantasy, post-apocalyptic campaign setting I created years ago. Instead of physically transporting you to the world of fuchsia skies, it's a vehicle for your consciousness.
The very first painting of Kort'thalis, over a decade ago, looked like an eldritch and infernal key to another dimension. This is the latest.
It's acrylic paint on high-grade gallery type canvas, approximately 24" tall x 18" wide, varnished for maximum protection. There's an unexpected Erol Otus quality about it, if I do say so myself.
For those using Cha'alt, either on its own or as a hybrid setting in conjunction with others, I suggest rendering your own and keeping a visual of the meta-sigil nearby while you're gaming (both GM and players). Personally, I like to meditate on Kort'thalis for a minute or two before each session, and if I need an extra shot of inspiration, I'll glance at it while running the game.
All language is simply communicating through mutually agreed upon symbols. When you see this symbol, it communicates the eldritch, gonzo, science-fantasy, post-apocalyptic qualities of Cha'alt, transporting you to its burning sand below a fuchsia sky, so those adventures can be lived by you, me, all of us.
This secret world that lives and breathes inside our collective imagination is objective reality, just harder to perceive... that is, until one spends sufficient time and energy in Cha'alt. The more you engage with it, the realer it becomes. Perhaps the everyday world will pale by comparison?
Roleplaying games are an outlet, an escape, a fun pastime with family and friends. But it can be so much more, the chance to participate in the creation and continuation of a parallel universe that exists just outside of our own.
Yesterday morning, I had the painting right beside me while running Cha'alt for someone on Roll20 who'd never played D&D before. Did it make a difference? Well, I felt different. With each session, I see the world of Cha'alt and everyone inhabiting it as incrementally more alive and real.
I'll have this and other paintings of the Kort'thalis meta-sigil on display at VENGER CON!!! Tickets still available...
If you'd like to participate in one of my Roll20 demonstrations (90-minutes, text only, and usually 18+), either let me know or follow me on Twitter @VengerSatanis.
Have a great week, hoss!
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