When HellGate went dark, after the War of the Dishonored, all natural energy sources were lost.
The few remaining Techs sought new ways to inject energy into machines, tools and vehicles.
One such way was labelled, “The infinite spirit.”
This, somewhat, macabre system included increasing the stamina, strength and power into an, unwilling (usually a slave), participant. The slave was strapped and connected, intravenously, to whatever machine needed power and would then be attached to an umbilical line that was connected to a Solar-Plexus device. These devices were, either, other energised slaves or machines.
As decades passed by these slave machines either evolved naturally or were enhanced by their owners. They also became prized items on the black market and were hunted and captured by Rag N Bone men, scrappers and Junkers.
This particular slave-device was a “lamp- lighter”. Originally built by the old council of HellGate to wander the streets lighting the way for street merchants and civilians.
Now the lamp-lighter is controlled by a powerful and righteous Zealot who lost his mind and tongue long ago and now speaks via the flashing lamp that his slave is strapped to. The Zealot internally reads his flaming HellBook of litany and then translates it into Ancient Morse Code for the people of HellGate to see.
I actually built the Zealot, well the top half of him, in 2016. I built the slave in 2017. Never knew what to do with either of them and then I had a lightbulb moment and thought I’d join them together haha.
I was rained out at work today so I spent the afternoon painting this macabre pair for HellGate.
In other news I’m releasing episode 13 of the Imperial Rebel Ork Podcast tomorrow and its all about Historical Miniatures and Wargaming.