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Slavers: The Men of Leng

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The mouths of the men who came from it to trade were too wide, and the way their turbans were humped up in two points above their foreheads was in especially bad taste. And their shoes were the shortest and queerest ever seen in the Six Kingdoms. But worst of all was the matter of the unseen rowers. Those three banks of oars moved too briskly and accurately and vigorously to be comfortable, and it was not right for a ship to stay in port for weeks while the merchants traded, yet to give no glimpse of its crew. It was not fair to the tavern-keepers of Dylath-Leen, or to the grocers and butchers, either; for not a scrap of provisions was ever sent aboard. The merchants took only gold and stout black slaves from Parg across the river. That was all they ever took, those unpleasantly featured merchants and their unseen rowers; never anything from the butchers and grocers, but only gold and the fat black men of Parg whom they bought by the pound. And the odours from those galleys which the south wind blew in from the wharves are not to be described. Only by constantly smoking strong thagweed could even the hardiest denizen of the old sea-taverns bear them. Dylath-Leen would never have tolerated the black galleys had such rubies been obtainable elsewhere, but no mine in all Barth's dreamland was known to produce their like.

They leaped as though they had hooves instead of feet, and seemed to wear a sort of wig or headpiece with small horns. Of other clothing they had none, but most of them were quite furry. Behind they had dwarfish tails, and when they glanced upward he saw the excessive width of their mouths. Then he knew what they were, and that they did not wear any wigs or headpieces after all.
— H.P. Lovecraft, “The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath’


The first of Six character Pin Ups for my Dreamquest Project. I had to do a bit more storytelling telling in this one as to show the Men of Leng's true Intent.

I feel that this is not quite finished and really need to come back in and clean it up.

Edit: I am finally finished with this piece. I have made a lot of changes especially with the Leader Leng man, added more textures and a lot of refinement work. Hope you like it.
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I'm currently in the middle of reading The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath—interesting story btw—and have just gotten to this part. Anyone else find this scene particularly racist?

It's a nice pic by the way. Really like how the fish in Dreamland have kind of an alien element to them from fish in the waking world, what with the three eyes and whatnot. Excellent work here! :clap: :thumbsup: