Illustrations of his films: The Shining Prince

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Adrian Rossii As Bear Sherker the young son of Queen Maeve and Prince Puski and the younger brother of Eald Black Theri Anthrope.  Rossii watched news reels to learn how to play ‘The Bear’ who was one of the richest men in the world by the time the film was being shot in the mid 20s’. The film was only allowed after Bear Sherker green lighted it.

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Adrian Rossii as Bear Sherker

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Adrian Rossii as Bear Sherker in the film.

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Adrian Rossii as Bear Sherker in a dramatic scene that hints that ‘The Bear’ was indeed a Were Bear. The makeup for ‘The Shining Prince’ was considered remarkable for it’s time.

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Adrian Rossii as Bear Sherker with ‘Jenny’.

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The real Bear Sherker around the time the actual events occurred.

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The real life Prince  Arthur Dagmar Astel  alias ADA who later became the King of Zendula. The Film danced around any controversial hints that he was less than a noble victim of dastardly intrigue.

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Princess Allusia Elphberg the devious Princess Royal who wants to be queen the worse possible way.  It was played by Roxy Stein who in real life boasted a very heavy German accent which doomed her when talkies arrived.

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‘The Cat makes love to her Dream Lover’ is the caption of this still. The special effects were considered amazing for the 1920s.

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‘The Cat lashes out!’ is the caption of this still. The devious Princess Royal alias ‘The Cat’ is turning on her lover. The devious lovers secretly used black magic to curse the real ADA in order for the devious doppelganger to take his place as the bogus ADA. But the criminal plotters are being destroyed by their own black magic and venal  plots. The evil princess is turning into an increasingly vicious Were Cat and the doppelganger is morphing into a frightening monster: Lir the Mimic Octopus Monster who can mimic or counterfeit anyone which is needless to say very dangerous when he is also utterly vicious. So was the two bit actor who played the evil doppelganger. He morphed into the very character he was hired to play.

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Allusia Elphberg the Princes Royal whose use of black magic as recoiled. She is now a hideous Were Cat that only mimics a beautiful girl.  The film exploited trick mirrors to great effect to show the duel nature of the increasingly evil intriguer.

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‘The Cat plots her next move’ as the sexy intriguer commits every sort of evil. Roxy Stein had a showy part and played it to the hilt as a ‘virginal good girl’ who is actually venal, corrupting, and increasingly diseased.

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The Princess Royal as the virginal princess the world sees  (give or take the usual 1920’s version of princesses) and …..

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……and the real face of the Were Cat hissing away behind the facade of a goody good girl. In the final death scene the makeup was considered so gruesome it was heavily edited. The  outtakes were put back into the re-release for  a more jaded public who wanted to see the horror when the firm was released in the 1940s dubbed with lavish music and sound effects.

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Tiger Davies as Lady Desiree in ‘The Shining Prince’.  Tiger Davies also produced the film.

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Horsham ‘Daffy’ Gilbert Blackheart and Tiger Davies as Eald Black Theri Anthrope and Lady Desiree the famous lovers. ‘The Shining Prince’ was packaged heavily as a romance of these two doomed lovers.

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The real life Lady Desiree in a private photograph to her private lover Eald Black Theri Anthrope. Lady Desiree was a ‘professional beauty’ or courtesan  of mix blood and mix pedigree who genuinely fell in love with the tragically doomed Eald. In real life she committed suicide after her lover’s death and her will left enough funds to pay off most of the Eald’s debts to save the Ealdom of Zendroseda to the embarrassment of Bear Sherker who did not have the money to save the bankrupt ealdom. He  rather despised Lady Desiree during her life but atoned by green lighting this film which showed her to be a very gallant as well as romantic lady indeed.

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The real Lady Desiree posing for a fashionable advertising for something luxurious.  Lady Desiree discretely declined lovers and therefore income from lovers after she became the lover of Eald Black Theri Anthrope who had no money to maintain her in the life of luxury she enjoyed before. So Lady Desiree cleverly moved into advertising as a ‘professional beauty’  before the camera.

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The public at large had no idea what was happening behind the scenes as the real life crisis played out. Only Theri Anthrope and Lady Desiree and a few other beleaguered  players knew the real ADA had been deposed by black magic and a doppelganger substituted by the devious Princess Royal to seize power through treason and royal murder.  Both sides were plotting. Evidence was not enough for an out and out arrest or trial. And the Princess Royal was extremely popular with the public who bought her pretty face and simpering smile. She was corrupting the bastion of the Courts of Equity with her bribes and threats as politicians played both sides with amoral ruthlessness as an aging king was abandoned  too soon after his queen was found to be poisoned by arsenic.

Eald Black Theri Anthrope was the Mayor of The Havens and he formed a nucleus of plotters to stop the usurpers  with or without evidence or popular support.  But the majority of the Lower Chamber sold out to the usurpers which aided the coup plotters and royal murderers.  And other courtiers said they could not take sides even if the Crown Prince was venal and even if the Princess Royal was corrupting  if they were the lawful and genuine articles. And without the real ADA, who could prove the rogues were indeed a doppelganger and a murderess?

During a key election Theri Anthrope was attacked and melodramatically was carried into the Lower Chamber to preside while bandaged and obviously bloody to shame the politicians who were selling out.  Meanwhile, Prince Puski and Bear Sherker frantically hunted down the real ADA to try to find him and reverse the black magic to produce the genuine article which was the only way to expose the usurpers. That the doppelganger posing as the Crown Prince was actually a mimic octopus monster  who could pose as absolutely anyone only made their job harder.

The public became uneasy but as the plots and counter plots spun out of control, no one knew who was winning or losing or would survive to wear the crown of Zendula.   The plotters who lost would wear the label ‘traitor’ . King Astel privately told his Privy Council he would murder the usurpers in cold blood with his own military sword rather than see them steal the throne. Meanwhile, no one knew if the real ADA was even alive….

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The real Lady Desiree as she played out a real life game of danger and intrigue that would either save the country or damn it. As Eald Black Theri Anthrope’s lover she considered it patriotic duty as well as her duty as a lover to help Theri Anthrope stop the usurpers no matter how — even at the cost of apparent high treason and the resulting damnation of the public at large who continued to be besotted by the Princess Royal. If Lady Desiree and Theri Anthrope lost then they would be damned in history as traitors……

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Fetchit Maere was a bit player when he scored the plum role of the doppelganger who joins the Princess Royal to depose of the real Crown Prince to take his place in a devious coup. The role required elaborate makeup to reveal  hints of the increasingly corruption  until the final  shocking sword scene when he is finally revealed to be the mimic octopus monster.   His scenes were often shot with elaborate special effects to alternate between him and the actor who played both the real ADA and the doppelganger  poising as the real ADA. But as the film went on the bit player dominated the director and bullied the other actors as he increasingly played the role for real……

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Lady Flavia in the movie played by Rose Tarrii.  Tiger Davies tried with more success to tone down her 1920’s makeup.

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The real Queen Flavia. The movie only hinted of the political necessity of the political marriage without love.

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‘The Folks’ ie Northfolk the Master of The Havens and Southfolk who usually was elected Mayor of The Havens. Eald Black Theri Anthrope’s success  with the general population of Zendula’s capital city  during two elections for mayor shocked the ‘Folks’ who assumed the mayorship was their political property.  They only appear briefly in the movie. In real life there was a secret debate between King Astel and the ‘Folks’ over who should murder the usurpers if no one could stop them legally or illegally  or paranormally.  In the end Theri Anthrope and Lady Desiree’s scheme  plus Theri Anthrope’s behind the scenes political maneuvers  and ruthless ‘bait and snare’ tactics of corrupt courtiers and politicians handled the crisis without the need for the ‘Folks’ to evoke  emergency powers. Per the Magnanimous Charter the  Master of The Havens must nominate the next king or queen so the ‘Folks’ would  have been forced to refuse to nominate a popular Princess Royal and defy popular opinion.

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Daffy and Max Sprat rehearsing the final duel. Because the doppelganger is an mimic octopus monster who can mimic anyone the duel starts with the monster apparently being the chief villain played by Max Sprat before the climax when the real face of the horrifying monster is revealed. So the two actors rehearsed extensively. Max was a great fencer  and the climax features two showy fencing duels  that showcased his showy villain’s skill with the sword.

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Daffy and Max rehearsing the showy duel which in real life ended up staring another person instead of Max.

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Daffy and Max rehearsing the climax of the duel. In real life Theri Anthrope died of a cowardly thrust of a blade through the back. While Theri Anthrope  did fight the monster, he could not slay it because the monster simply kept morphing. The film expanded the fight into a showy duel to the death which ended up being filmed with an entirely different ending than the one Daffy planned.

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Daffy as Eald Black Theri Anthrope with his brother Bear Sherker played by Adrian Rossii.

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Daffy as Black Theri Anthrope  in one of the many lavish costumes the film boasted. The costumes were, for the era, quite realistic. Tiger Davies tried with no little success to stop the actresses and costume designer from inserting too many 1920s chic retrofits of the 1880 fashions. Typically, the men boasted the most authentic costumes and makeup.

The Late Astel Era was a showy time of lavish couture for the upper classes. The irony was much of the look flaunted by the upper classes were originally decadent, in your face couture introduced by the Swell Mobs of organized crime which percolated up into the upper class  when Prince Puski flaunted the originally outrageous look.  The swags of chains fossilized in the Courts of Equity  and today are required.

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Daffy as Eald and Mayor Black Theri Anthrope in a court couture. The court couture was extremely correct for the period but was also one of the biggest expenses for the film so the dream for a coronation climax was vetoed by Tiger Davies as too expensive.

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Daffy as Eald and Mayor Black Theri Anthrope. ‘I have damned myself’.  Theri Anthrope was implicated in the treason because of his besotted love for the pretty girl he knew  from childhood who accepted the offer to marry Prince Arthur Dagmar Astel in order to become the Princess Royal and future Queen of Zendula. She choose being queen over being the wife of a  mere eald. The pretty girl played the real life Theri Anthrope and implicated him in the treason she was committing so he would take the fall.

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Daffy as the Black Eald as he resolves to stop the usurpers no matter how…..

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During the actual crisis the real Eald and Mayor Black Theri Anthrope was dying of consumption as the Victorians called tuberculosis.  He caught the lower class disease while campaigning in the slums to expose the shocking poverty, filth, and sweat shops. During his life, Black Theri Anthrope was considered a ‘radical’ for his aggressive social reforms and his aggressive battle to pass the long ignored Perceval Reform Bill  to introduce safety in the work place,  reasonable work hours, a required lunch break, clean water and clean air, prosecution of commercial sellers of polluted city water, slum clearing, prosecution of child labor,  expansion of schools and hospitals for the urban poor,  and food and drug safety.

His ‘trickle down is baloney and I for one won’t ever be reduced to baloney” retort became infamous.  Big businesses and banks refused  to pay taxes which rested mostly on the middle and lower classes in the days of regressive taxation before the income tax. This campaign for progressive taxation  made Theri Anthrope person non grata with Zu House and the ZOX  consortium of Zendula’s powerful big businesses.They joined the Princess Royal to finance the next mayor election to throw Eald Black Theri Anthrope out.

The rich upper classes also  thought Theri Anthrope was a dangerous radical and a ‘Frenchie Commune-istic Red and Black radical’. The corrupt Princess Royal was able to unite big business and the more hostile upper class elite against Theri Anthrope to quash the long quashed Perceval Reform Bill which Theri Anthrope championed. Chief Navigator Hood preferred to keep power by not pushing such radical hot button issues which Theri Anthrope pushed.  Some of the last public appearances that King Perceval Astel made were beside Eald and Mayor Theri Anthrope on the stump selling the Reform Bill over the opposition of Chief Navigator Hood.

The Princess Royal thought she bought the mayor’s election for her candidate when big business and the conservative elite  went over to her side. But at the last minute the ‘Folks’ swallowed their loathing for Theri Anthrope to throw in their support for him and the Princess’ candidate was defeated in a narrow race  which was further tarred by a murder attempt on the life of Theri Anthrope and accusations of a sex scandal when Theri Anthrope’s affair with Lady Desiree was exposed.

“I am not married Gentlemen” Theri Anthrope told the politicians of the Lower Chamber ‘but I know of any married navigators who are married — yet have paramours on the side’  —– as he eyed every single politician in the hallowed chamber who was married and had a paramour on the side.  After Theri Anthrope was elected a second time he exacted quietly brutal vengeance along with Hood who also narrowly survived as Chief Navigator.

The elaborate political scene was recreated in the film with a series of clever montages  of newspaper venters selling papers behind placards intercut with images of ‘rats scurrying’  and ‘cats and dogs’ hissing and snarling  ‘owls pouncing down on scurrying ferrets’ contrasted with archival photos of genuine poverty and misery which the Reform Bill was trying to address. The Percival Reform Bill finally passed in 1899 when the genuine King Arthur Dagmar Astel and Queen Flavia finally pushed it through over the howls of big business along with the progressive income tax.

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A charming scene between Tiger Davies as Lady Desiree and Daffy as Eald Black Theri Anthrope  that lightened the tragic tale of their doomed romance.

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Another romantic scene between Lady Desiree and Black Theri Anthrope  showcasing their love — and lovely costumes.

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Daffy as Eald Black Theri Anthrope in his lavish court couture as the Mayor of The Havens.

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Daffy as Black Theri Anthrope in another lavish costume. ‘The Shining Prince’ was remade in the 1950s in full color  which showcased the lavish costumes and historic sets but  did not quite capture the romance of the original.

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A fine profile of Daffy as the ‘Shining Prince’. Black Theri Anthrope was actually only an eald. His mother was Queen Maeve but that title was elected by the Ealdoms of the Great Gap Horse Masters and Theri Anthrope failed  to win the title in the election after his mother died. Theri Anthrope’s father was Prince Puski but father and son were likewise alienated  and there was no reason to assume Theri Anthrope would inherit the title or the wealth. During the crisis Black Theri Anthrope was simply Eald of Zendroseda so he was land rich but money poor.

He should have married money which  many land rich titles were doing — the money being daughters of rich businessmen. But Black Theri Anthrope was romantically involved with Lady Desiree who had sacrificed her lovers and income to be Theri Anthrope’s paramour.  Their romance was not economically wise.  But Theri Anthrope also knew he was probably terminally ill so he perhaps doubted he would survive the crisis to worry about such things as a bankrupt ealdom or siring children.

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The start of the famous waltz scene between Daffy’s Theri Anthrope and Tiger Davies’ Lady Desiree.  It was a key romantic moment that visually symbolized  their falling in love.

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The seductive dip on the waltz. The waltz theme is the romantic theme in the custom musical score that Daffy composed along with two love songs.  Daffy was a good dancer and so was Tiger Davies and they spent a great deal of time to make sure the dance was visually intoxicating.

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The climax of the waltz.  In real life Eald Black Theri Anthrope had a shattered kneecap courtesy of a childhood run in with Arthur Dagmar Astel the future Crown Prince and then King of Zendula which left him all but crippled. He tried to hide the extent of the crippling with lovely canes and careful maneuvering so during his life it was not widely known how badly he was crippled — or that he was dying of consumption.

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The last waltz where the doomed couple dance in the moonlight among the roses of Zendroseda before the tragic climax.

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The real Chief Navigator Hood during the crisis that the film the ‘Shining Prince’ showcases.  Hood was hobbled by a narrow ‘Counting of the Arrows’ which meant he did not have a clear majority of Navigators in the Upper and Lower Chambers of the Steering Committee to act decisively. He loathed Black Theri Anthrope as an ‘upstart puppy’ . He was dismayed when he realized what a good politician the poor Eald actually was.  Theri Anthrope actually outflanked ‘Daddy’ on many occasions  and saved Hood’s political hide  during the critical election.

Hood was a wintery elite member of the ancient ruling class: the Garden District, and ruled from the Upper Chamber where the titles were. Despite being the son of an ex-pirate, the public saw Hood as a cold aristocrat  and so embraced the Princess Royal as a beautiful and warm and sincere champion of the people. In fact she was a ruthless  intriguer, poisoner, engaged in black magic to destroy the real Crown Prince,  poisoned Queen Connii, and tried to poison King Astel and Theri Anthrope. She underestimated the naive Theri Anthrope and used him to help her steal talismans to do black magic before dumping him as merely a poor eald. Theri Anthrope rued his besotted love for the pretty face and turned into her nemesis. They ended out as implacable enemies  fighting to the death.

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The real life King Perceval Astel during the real crisis on which the film is based.  The weary ex -ranger turned king had outlived his time and was quietly desperate to see a lawful succession to stop any potential civil war. His only son was Arthur Dagmar Astel (ADA) who was rumored to be ‘odd’ if not out and out ‘unfit’ so the role of the Princess Royal was crucial to ‘sell’ the unknown boy to the public. It was understood they would rule as joint rulers.  In the end the joint ruler would be Queen Flavia who ruled with King ADA as her ‘enthusiastic but second billed ‘ joint ruler.  King ADA was not interested in ruling and was mostly obsessed with technology, robota, weapons of war, and industrial needs of the nation.

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Eric Von Haught was the director of ‘The Shining Prince’ but he suffered a breakdown as the film careened off course. Tiger Davies directed some scenes. Daffy directed other scenes. By the last scene a member of the Thiess Guards (paranormal police) had taken control to stop further deaths. Despite the trauma the film still came in on budget and on time courtesy of Tiger Davies  who was a no nonsense producer. It made a fortune in it’s fist issue and second issue (dubbed for sound effects and music) and was later remade in the 1950s.

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Max Sprat as the showy chief villain. Daffy wrote the part to be showy and Max had a field day as Rupert Hentzau Black Astel.

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Max Sprat as the showy villain. Daffy was not worried but Tiger was worried as Max stole much of the film from the more quiet part that Daffy played. But Daffy explained ‘Theri is the eye of the storm. Don’t worry.”  Daffy was right. Today the film is an example of many fine actors playing off each other.

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Max Sprat between shots with his co-star Zelda who was later revealed to be a member of the Thiess Guards (supernatural police) assigned to the film as paranormal events erupted out of control.

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The dungeon scene as Max Sprat as the villain Rupert fights the noble member of the Thiess Guards there to rescue the real Crown Prince.  The expert fencer playing the member of the Thiess Guards proved to be a real member of the Thiess Guards.

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The real life member of the Thiess Guards who was picked to rescue the real ADA. Little is known about ‘Mautha’ .

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The real spy master during the crisis. There are few photos and what few photos that exist do not reveal the name for security purposes.

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The real life Prince Puski during the time of the real crisis. He only appears at the tense climax. When the actor hired to perform met with and accident Prince Bear Sherker performed as his father in an uncredited cameo. Many of the exteriors and some interiors for the climax were shot at the Ealdom of Zendroseda courtesy of Prince Bear Sherker who also supplied an historic airship for some dazzling visuals.

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Some of the amazing makeup for the infamous Lir the Mimic Octopus Monster. Records are confused and some accounts say the makeup artists did not supply any makeup at all because Fetchit Maere apparently ‘supplied his own makeup’. However it was achieved, the film featured closeups of increasingly venal evil.

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Another closeup of the increasingly evil Lir. Fetchit Maere smiled throughout the film and the smile became a smile of utter evil as the filming continued.

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A dramatic closeup as the  evil of Lir the Mimic Octopus Monster is revealed.

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The hideous climax of the transformation into the evil Lir. The grotesque ‘smile’ become a bottomless hole of a gigantic mouth as if the mouth of a great white shark.  The tentacles ‘feed’ the bottomless mouth.

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A dramatic shot of the mimic octopus monster. The monster was filmed in deep shadows until the climax.

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Another dramatic closeup of the shadowy monster as he morphed from venal to beastly

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Another view of the monster. The makeup was considered amazing for the time but there is some confusion about the actor behind the makeup and indeed how much of the makeup was actually makeup

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A close up of the venal villain in the film as he slowly turns from oily to venal to beastly.

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The bit actor hired to play the monster hovered around the sets even if he was not suppose to perform to pressure Von Haught to ‘enlarge my part’  . He was filmed more often than the script originally called for. He was always filmed in sinister shadows as his face became ever more evil.


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The dramatic last shot of the film featuring the Mannaz Gate at the Swanfleet warning all to stay away from this more dire place.

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A color drawing for a over tunic for the Upper Chamber of the Steering Committee for the admirals of the navy of Zendula for the film.

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A color drawing of the over tunic for Barons which were reserved for the House of Strathclyde.

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A color drawing for an over tunic to be worn by Ealds such as Black Theri Anthrope would have worn.

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The over tunic for the Upper Chamber to be worn by the Dux  who commands the urban defenses and militias  (and today the rocket shieldwall).  During the crisis the Dux was waiting for  a telegraphic command from the ‘Master of The Havens’ to order out the militias after the death of King Astel because the ‘Folks’ planned to refuse to nominate the suspected usurpers and royal murderers. In Zendula the King or  Queen is not  the automatic heir. They must be nominated by The Master and voted by the Courts of Equity including the full Steering Committee.

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The over tunic for the Cearls (Sirs) of the Upper Chanber. The Upper Chamber was put on ‘secret alert’ by the ‘Folks’ after the death of King Astel pending an emergency declaration which was never issued.  The usurpers and their chief collaborator were all quietly killed by paranormal means.

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A color drawing for an over tunic for the Lords of Honorary Pedigree which was a lifetime only title for a lifetime of achievements. This is in contrast to the inherited titles of the Historic Pedigree, the High Lords, and the Military who also inhabited the Upper Chamber.  Most of the Upper Chamber stayed remarkably loyal to the lawful government — but then they had a stake in maintaining the lawful government. The usurpers planned to slaughter them and replace the Upper Chamber with minions  mostly from Big Business.  The Upper Chamber voted for the Perceval Reform Bill and the Income Tax Bill without hesitation while the Lower Chamber politicked for  decades despite being elected ‘by the people’.

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A color drawing of the over tunic of the Pendragon who commanded the Cavalry (which today is the heavy cavalry or tank divisions and the light cavalry which is all terrain military vehicles, helicopters, Parachute irregular assault forces,  and elite special forces). The Pendragon is always a De Gallus Astel. The De Gallus Astels are also notoriously Werewolves.

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A color drawing of the over tunic for the Princes of the realm who by traditions were the various branches of the royal tree of Astel.  Tiger Davies wanted to save money by not filming the coronation but the funeral scene required most of the same expensive regalia and in hindsight film historians said the film should have been properly ended by coronation scene considering the huge profits the film made. But Davies did not know the film would generate such huge profits and budgeted conservatively. The 1950’s remake did feature a lavish coronation scene.

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A color drawing for the over tunic for the High Lord and Exchequer of the Treasury Court. The High Lord was actually the first member of the Privy Council to fight with the fraudulent Crown Prince and Princess Royal over squandering of monies from the Royal Purse. ‘I know a knave  by the way they abuse public funds and this pair are knaves’.

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A color drawing for the over tunic for the High Lord of the Chancery Court which included Probate Court which kept registers of Historic Pedigree, Secret (Were) Pedigree, and Royal Pedigree. While the Cockpit of the Lower Chamber mostly defected to the usurpers, the Privy Council stayed loyal to King Astel.

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A color drawing for the over tunic for the High Lord of Justice Court.  Lir was executed by paranormal means  caused by the lawful evoking of a license to kill  by Weregilt by the magical inhabitants of the Swanfleet. Translation: the Fox Gods and Sojobo the Harbinger of War who was a Tengu demon bird changeling. Lir had committed supernatural malfeasance against the Children of Lir who were great grandchildren of Sojobo so the fierce Tengu presided over a display of  gruesome revenge. This saved Justice Court from holding a public trial. Likewise,  the ‘Folks’ evoked their right to try and execute the Princess Royal in a Star Chamber Trial held on the Cosmati Mosaic Talisman for royal regicide, attempted regicide, high treason,  and abuse of black magic on a talisman they owned per a Prerogative of Mother God of The Waters.

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A color drawing for a over tunic for a courtier of the Lessor Courts of Equity. The Courts of Equity is the government of Zendula. Part is elected and part is appointed. Courtiers earned a right to work in the Courts of Equity by residing in one of the Inns of Court which licensed them.  Each lining boasted the official pattern of the part of the court where the courtier worked.

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A color drawing for the over tunic of the Chief Navigator who commands the majority of the votes in the ‘Counting of the Arrows of Election’ in the Steering Committee and runs the Cockpit. During the crisis the Chief Navigator was Hood.

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Hood was a title of pedigree so he ruled from the Upper Chamber. This is a color drawing of an over tunic for the Upper Chamber.

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A color drawing of the over tunic of the Master of The Havens who was Norfolk during the crisis.

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A color drawing of the over tunic for the Mayor of The Havens who was Eald Black Theri Anthrope during the crisis. The Mayor presided over the Lower Chamber and by tradition sat  on a chair over a bag of salt. Because Hood ruled from the Upper Chamber the day to day events of the rowdy and unstable Lower Chamber were actually directly handled by Theri Anthrope who saved Hood’s political hide when Hood lost control during the election.

Navigators of the Lower Chamber had to balance loyalty to their district who elected them, loyalty to the party that nominated them to run for election, loyalty to their King and Master, loyalty to the Chief Navigator who controlled the majority of navigators during voting on bills, and loyalty to the financial backers who supplied their ‘election expenses’. Few navigators could deftly balance so many conflicting loyalties.

The navigators of the Lower Chamber could often tell the way the political winds blew by the black cane Theri Anthrope welded during the session. Each cane boasted a silver handle that hinted what Theri Anthrope wanted. Some of the canes boasted silver handles such as owls devouring sparrows, eagles devouring ferrets, cats devouring rats, foxes and hounds,  swans, horses, wolves, or tengu demons. When Black Theri Anthrope was first elected everyone assumed he was a naive kid they could bamboozle or bully. They quickly discovered that the thin, black haired Eald of land rich but money poor Zendroseda was smart, cunning, and quietly ruthless.  He was feared during his short time as mayor but after the crisis was revealed to be determined and tenacious patriot.

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A color drawing of an over tunic for the Lower Chamber. The tunic boasted ‘Arrows of Election’ because each newly elected navigator had to produce the ‘Arrow of victory’ to the Mayor of The Havens who presided over the Lower Chamber to prove he was lawfully elected by the people of the district.  By tradition the tunic is basted up the sides which generated the old saying : ‘He was as loose in his morals as the basting thread on his over tunic’.

The Navigators of the Lower Chamber were badly divided during the crisis. They needed election expenses such as only Big Business could provide and Big Business and the Princess Royal were arm in arm. The Princess Royal was also popular with the general public who elected navigators of the Lower Chamber.  In the last election of the crisis they mostly backed the candidate for mayor bought by Big Business and sold to the public by the Princess Royal.  When Eald Black Theri Anthrope was re-elected the two timing politicians were hoisted on their own petard for betting on the loser and betraying both Hood and Theri Anthrope. Revenge was swift.

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A color drawing of the over tunic for the High Lords of Military Court who were all preparing for a messy coup and possible insurrection by the fan base of the Princess Royal.  The usurpers planned to incite a popular insurrection after the death of King Astel (from poisoning) counting on the unwillingness of the Military to open fire on the people.

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A color drawing for the over tunic for military commanders when they attended the Upper Chamber or else court functions in a military capacity. While most over tunics for the court boasted required linings of historic pattern (based on ancient racing colors) the military tunics could feature any popular lining pattern. Soldiers picked traditional patterns like ‘Sword Iris’ or ‘Artorious the Glorious’ or ‘Horsham Battle Colors’ or ‘Gildagad’s Battle Standard Colors’ or else used traditional regimental camouflage such as ‘Grey Owl’ or ‘Snowy Owl’ or ‘Forest Tiger’ or ‘Heartlands Peasant’  or ‘Mountain Stag’. Camouflage was based on nature’s own camouflage.

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Examples of the Amberling jackets’  used in place of the older traditional over tunic required by the Courts of Equity and the Master.  By tradition the Amberling regiments of the Rooks, Ravens, and Crows were black with black or gold cording. This is not to be confused with the ‘Ravens’ or Financial Police who were only armed with lethal steel fountain pens (which by tradition they were suppose to use to jab at financial knaves).

clothing jacket m n

A color drawing of naval and military jackets for the film.  They would be worn over either buckskin leggings and riding boots, overalls (looser trousers) or kilts. Zendula kilts were one solid color.

clothing kilt

Examples of kilts used in the film. Kilts were always a solid color  with possibly a thin strip and the ‘tail’ or end was often pinned to the tunic or jacket like a mock cape or else was draped behind the kilt along the back of the belt. Kilts were unisex and were used by both navy sailors and soldiers as well as civilians. A kilt could be sewed up from a bolt of fabric in only two hours  so many people preferred them to trousers which were more difficult to sew. In the Astel Era most clothing was still custom hand sewed and ‘ready to wear’ was just appearing in the 1880s.

clothing ot cascade

A color drawing of the Desiree cascade gown worn in a key scene. It was crafted of velvet. The front overlapped with a deep decollete  with a jeweled belt.

clothing ot heike

A color drawing for a Heike Style over tunic worn by Lady Flavia in the film.  Over tunics for women were worn over ‘underwear’ or dresses  that boasted a limp shape  because the over tunic was the focus of the couture.  The costumes for the film boasted ‘watered’ or ‘textured’ silk  for the outside of the tunics and Merry Ford Silk’ patterns boasting up to 20 colors for the linings. Because of the expense the costumes were naturally recycled into later films and slowly vanished from excessive use so today there are no surviving examples of the costumes from the film.

clothing ot maeve style

A color drawing for a Desiree over tunic for the ‘Rules Scene’. Many over tunics were reversible so the wearer could ‘flash’ the more ornate ‘Merry Fords’ lining. This is especially typical of court tunics which were required to conform to official shades of blue for the outside of the tunic.  Away from court the courtier would ‘flash’ or turn the tunic inside out to show that  he or she was not on official court business.  A professional beauty like Desiree would also find a reversible tunic effective in doubling the clothing she could exploit. She would also create an ‘intimate’ feeling if and when she ‘flashed’ a delicious lining.

clothing ot maeve even

A color drawing for an evening over tunic for Lady Desiree which showed  the risque good taste a ‘professional beauty’ was suppose to display.  The over tunic was heavy Merry Fords Silk inside and a dense blue velvet outside.  It weighed over 20 pounds.  To cut costs Tiger reused the over tunic as a coat over another costume with the blue inside.

clothing ot w even 2

A color drawing for an over tunic for Lady Flavia so it echoed classic First Age drapery. The over tunic was designed to be worn over ‘underwear’ ie an evening gown  where only the skirt was expected to be seen. The over tunic was edged with crystal beads to create a sparkle on the film.  The back of the over tunic is along train to create an imperial richness.


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