The scenery of the Alliance’s Valgarde in the Howling Fjord is absolutely stunning.
Reminds me a lot of Roger Dean’s work and his Yes album covers. Relayer in particular.
Maybe the similarity is only in my eyes, but the Howling Fjord is evocative of it.
And remembering Relayer means I remember the album cover, and the poem inside.
Snakes are coiled upon the granite
Horsemen ride into the west
Moons are rising on the planet
where the worst must suffer like the rest.Pears are ripe and peaches falling.
Suns are setting in the east.
Women wail, and men are calling
to the god that’s in them, and to the beast.
Love is waiting for a lover.
Generations kneel for peace.
What men lose, Man will recover
polishing the brains his bones release.
Truth conceals itself in error.
History reveals its face:
days of ecstasy and terror
invent the future that invents the race.
(c) October 1974