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Campaign Inspired Art

It’s been a little while :rolleyes: since I updated my story hour, so I thought I’d make a thread of art inspired by the game.

I’ve used DALL-E and DreamStudio to generate the images over the past several months, which has been an interesting and sometimes frustrating experience: I must have prompted and tweaked thousands of images. Some (only a few, to be honest) were an immediate “Yes! That’s it!” Most exist as the twentieth, fiftieth or hundredth iteration of an image, as I’ve striven to understand the weird syntactic rules which these programs seem to follow, and coax them into rendering an idea into a picture. It’s also been annoying to navigate the rather restrictive censorship protocols which the AIs seem to be burdened with, although the term succubus is understandably problematic.

The images are presented in more-or-less chronological order as regards the story hour.


1. Nwm Arrives at Kyrtill's Burh

The castle from the southeast with the main keep on the right, the bakehouse and servants' quarters on the left, and the Steeple visible in the background.

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2. Despina's Petition

The courtyard of the Ducal Palace in Trempa.

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3. Feezuu Assassinates Archbishop Cynric

The temple orangery, Morne.

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4. The Trial of Eadric of Deorham

Temple court, Morne.

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5. Judgment of the Curia

Temple court, Morne.

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12. Rimilin

Acolyte of the Skin and outcast Wyrish wizard.

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13. Jovol the Grey

Ogre Mage. Wyrish wizard and architect of the Second Injunction

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14. Gihaahia and the Articles

An abomination, bound as the Enforcer of the Wyrish Injunction.

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15. Titivilus, Nuncio of Dis

Eadric's official tempter.

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16. Shomei the Infernal

Her first iteration, before her reembodiment by Nwm.
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17. Loquai Hunters

Umbral sidhe; denizens of the demiplane of Afqithan

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18. Irknaan's (later, Ortwine's) Palace

Demiplane of Afqithan.

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19. Nhura

A corrupted Lillend.

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19. Nothing Becomes

Eadric's first encounter with Soneillon

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20. Ainhorr and Heedless

An advanced and heavily armored balor. Chief captain of Prince Graz'zt, with the slaadi sword Heedless.

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21. Graz'zt's Army Assails Throile

Prince Graz'zt's attack on the Abyssal domain of Queen Soneillon

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22. Soneillon's Entreaty

A battered Soneillon requests help from Eadric

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23. The Web of Motes

Mostin examining possibilities.

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24. Mostin's Comfortable Retreat

As situated in the forest of Nizkur.

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25. Portrait of Mostin the Metagnostic and Mogus

In Mostin's study.

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26. Murmuur's Tower in Afqithan

A devilish planar nexus later acquired by Mostin

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27. Eadric and Ainhorr

Confrontation in Irknaan's throne room

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28. The Ennui of the Adversary

Hell.

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34. The Dromond of the Cheshnite Immortals

The ship bearing the immortals arrives in the Thalassine

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35. The Temple of Cheshne at Jashat

Raised overnight by epic magic.

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36. The Adversary Inspects a Scion of the Yew-ludja

The Temple in Morne.

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37. The Academy

Shomei's former abode, southwest of Morne

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38. Irel, Who Smites

Celestial prince, an exalted deva.

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Any advice on coaxing out images you want? Or is it largely trial and error?
I haven't been able to discern anything approaching a coherent formula, and there's a lot of trial and error. That said, I generally use something along the lines of:

[Scene with descriptors][Period][Actor with descriptors][Action][Subject of action with descriptors][comma][general mood descriptor][comma][mood descriptor][comma][detail level][comma][art style][comma][camera angle]

E.g.:

A yew tree in hazy diffuse light. A titanic angel kneels before a tiny slender maiden in a white peplos and offers his greatsword, dynamic, detailed, digital art


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Enitharmon submits to the Eleos.

This is around the 100th rendering, though, and I think it could still be better. Tiny is included as a descriptor to emphasise the size difference, otherwise the contrast in proportion would be far less.

This was using DALL-E; DreamStudio is much more finicky, and seems to carry over shapes from previous renderings into wholly different images, although I've still had some success with it.
 


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