Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Baku # 2 (illustrated by Lukas Ketner)

In The Dream Hunters, the Fox journeys into The Dreaming, hoping to save the life of the Monk, who she loves. She encounters Dream as a large black fox.

As she stands before the Dream Lord she stares across the wasteland and sees a group of Baku grazing. The fox knew that if a dreamer wakes from a dream of ill-omen they could call upon the Baku to eat the bad dreams and hope to prevent the events the dream foretold.

The Fox asked Dream if she were to catch a Baku after it consumed a dream what would happen. Dream replies that the Baku and crafty and hard to catch and if they are caught they are harder to contain.

This is one of the Baku.

It appears in The Dream Hunters on pages 34-35.

Lukas did a wonderful job with this character. This creature reminds me a little of a cross between a boar, an elephant and an eagle, and I think that is mostly due to the shape of the head and the unyielding gaze of this Baku. This is another amazing portrait from Lukas.

Here is Baku # 2…

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