inspirations.

I’ve posted this before, somewhere, but for the sake of recording these things, I thought i might show off a couple of really awesome photos, well, one for now, of inspiration that sort of helped me build the world in a city of Lead and Feathers. In the city there are contingency officers, essentially the police force, but the kind that’s not always on the up and up, who are running a city based on a pretty strict moral code, except when it’s completely corrupt.

from deviant art, artist unknown.
from deviant art, artist unknown.

I love the idea of men in plague masks and parasols, gliding along like The Gentlemen of B:TVS.  When I decided not to have an underground (because when your police force wear plague masks, how weird does your under have to be to make above seem normal?) I thought I’d map out Umbrella like Venice. Originally underground had canals and the Contingency officers floated by on boats, punting along with long, long poles. But now they’re above ground and it’s wet and damp and mossy.

And I dig it.