Over the past few weeks, I’ve started to lay the foundations of a “Milhamah: Fighting Words” video game using the Godot game engine.
The game is rough right now — Shem is the only playable character, and the Guf soldiers are the only enemies. And most of the background stuff comes from past handmade assets that likely won’t appear in the released version.
But it’s fun to smack the Guf guys around, and it’s got to start somewhere! I’m hoping to make a playable app and online version by Christmas. And once the initial game is released, I hope to build upon it over the next several months…
Get used to seeing these bad guys in “Milhamah” Issue No. 3!
This is a guf (plural: gufim). These soulless husks make up the Bavel Macrostructure’s shock troops and cannon fodder.
Giant corks replace what used to be their heads. They have the power to partially dematerialize. And they often fight with syringes that numb or weaken their opponents into blacking out.
In Hebrew, “guf” means body, but is also used for the grammar terms “first person,” “second person” and “third person.” Likewise, Bavel’s gufim come in three ranks; this one is from the third.
The guf’s shoresh (גוף) is associated with corpses, stopping things, plugs, vests, high boots, and gate valves. Mixing the letters also produces definitions of weakness, numbness, fainting and fading to black.
Last weekend I started designing the first page of “Milhamah” Issue #3 after a couple of weeks of finessing the script. But in the meantime, I’ve also been thinking up characters, items and other new content to populate the “Milhamah” universe. I’ll be drawing them everyday during Inktober, so here is my first:
Meet the Compassionate Vulture, a “caring” carrion eater who consumes the weak and dying just a bit early. But does she do it out of mercy, or hunger?
This will eventually be a generic baddie in the “Milhamah: Fighting Words” series. Its shoresh root is רחם — which encompasses compassion, wombs and vultures.
It’s a simple sketch, but I hope to do more of them in the days and weeks to come. So much of “Milhamah” is in my head, so the faster I can get the ideas down on paper, the more I can share with the rest of you!
Milhamah: Fighting Words
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