“Bal-Sagoth the band is just one facet of the vast and far-reaching world of these stories. The lyrics of the six albums are reflections of a much larger and more intricate body of work, and only a relatively small part of that has thus far been revealed in the lyric booklets. As I originally intended, the chronicles of this baroque fantasy world now encompass other forms of media such as prose short stories and novellas. Additionally, the canon will also ultimately include graphic novels, illustrated books, role-playing games and more. The forthcoming revised and expanded edition of my Glossary (entitled “The Lexicon”) will also provide readers with unprecedented information on all aspects of the lyrical mythos.”
The Antediluvian Map
This is the antediluvian map which I first drew back around 1989, or thereabouts. This is a colourized version of my original map illustration, which has appeared in several of the Bal-Sagoth albums over the years. The map shows most of the major territories in which my sword & sorcery lyrics, short stories and novellas take place. There's also an expanded version of the map which will be uploaded soon, showing more countries, cities and major rivers.
Many fantastic characters populate the Bal-Sagoth lyrics and the short stories & novellas, from mighty warrior-kings and fearless rogues to nefarious witch-queens, merciless warlords, villainous sorcerers and malefic demigods. Here is a selection of concept artwork showcasing some of those characters.
The barbarian warrior-king CAYLEN-TOR first appeared in the lyrics of the second BAL-SAGOTH album. This character has proven to be a fan favourite over the years and his epic adventures continue in the novels “The Chronicles of Caylen-Tor” Volumes I and II published by DMR Books. (Volume III will be released soon.) Caylen-Tor was also immortalized as a set of two metal gaming miniatures from Barbaric Splendor Miniatures. Here's an assortment of Caylen-Tor concept artwork, character illustrations, book covers, and more.
Zurra: Hound of the Z'xulth
Zurra is the villainous central character from the lyrics of the fourth Bal-Sagoth album, and he also features in several forthcoming comic strips and short stories. Here’s a selection of concept artwork and illustrations featuring the malevolent Hound of the Z'xulth, including a thumbnail preview of a four page comic strip: