White Dragon Horse

Tripitaka contempatles the illusionary nature of reality by Dan Barker.

Tripitaka riding on the White Dragon Horse by Dan Barker.

In the novel Tripitaka’s white horse is the son of one of the Dragon Kings of the Four Oceans, who gets into trouble for burning down a castle. Guan Yin saves him from execution on the promise that he will provide a service later on. He goes to live by a river and he encounters the pilgrims as they try to cross it. Giving into his fierce Dragon nature he eats Tripitaka’s horse, and a ferocious fight erupts between him and Monkey, Pigsy and Sandy. Eventually he realises that they are disciples of Guan Yin and manages to get this across to the Pilgrims. The fight stops and the Dragon pledges to carry Tripitaka to India without complaint and turns into a white horse.

During the course of the novel the horse only turns back into its Dragon form once to save Tripitaka when Monkey abandons them.  This write up assumes that the Horse takes a more active role in the adventure, and is in effect for the purpose of the game a fifth Pilgrim. The 1970s/80s Japanese TV series (known as Monkey Magic! In the UK) has the Horse take human form in just this way. This write up also assumes that the Horse uses the Horse Whip, part of a magical set of horse tack along with a saddle, stirrups etc. given to Tripitaka by Guan Yin, as a magical weapon.

Horse (aka White Dragon Horse, Yu Lung)

Origin: Dragon

Attitudes: Yang: Sturdy, Yin Perseverance

Weakness: Given to expressing his Savage Dragon Nature.

Skills:

  • Dragon Kung Fu 3
  • Courtier 2
  • Taoist 1

Magic

  • Flight
  • Shape change
  • Dragon Breath

Magic Weapon

  • Horse Whip

Morning Monkey, 3 Days to go, Cover preview

So the clock is ticking down on the campaign and on Friday Morning it will all be over.

Cover artist Jon Hodgson is hard at work on the front cover and has posted these two detail images of the work in progress.

Monkey, detail work in progress by Jon Hodgson

Pigsy detail work in progress by Jon Hodgson

Jon Hodgson’s work in progress cover

Morning Monkey FOUR DAYS TO GO!!!

That’s right this time Friday morning it will all be over!

Stretch Goal 4 funded at the end of last week, so that’s The Monkey Companion in the bag. That’s a total of four books that the campaign has funded now. I’ve added six new stretch goals to the campaign  and funding has picked up. Who knows where we will end our own Journey to the West ?

So if you are thinking about backing now is the time to jump aboard and if you are a backer thinking about upping their pledge please do now to help the campaign end up in a crazy unimaginable place 🙂

Jon Hodgson’s work in progress cover

 

Monkey Morning 18 Cover + Illustrations

More art is coming in from the artists. Lots of stuff to show you today 🙂

Art production for the main rulebook is fully under way and the artists are blowing me away with their contributions 🙂

Here’s Jon Hodgson’s cover in progress

And here it is again on its own as a static image…

Jon Hodgson’s cover a work in progress at sketch state

Next Dan Barker has finished off his full page illustration for the adventure “If you see Buddha on the Road”

Dan Barker’s If you see Buddha on the Road