This is our take on the iconic D&D illustration “A Paladin In Hell” by the late great artist Donald Sutherland III. Appearing in the first edition of the Player’s Handbook (and later inspiring a module of the same name by Monty Cook), the image depicts a nameless paladin in melee with a giant demon whilst a hoard of various demonic monstrosities approach from below. It’s AWESOME. We thought it would be interesting to do an updated “redux” and add a bit more backstory to the image. Saint Kargoth the Betrayer (King of the Deathknights), during a battle with paladin Hainard of the Whiteguard, lost his favored sword Gorgorin The Shatterer. In our take, the sentient blade escaped and teleported itself to Hell. Hainard made it his life’s quest to track down Gorgorin and destroy the sword forever. Our “Paladin in Hell” shows Hainard in fierce combat with a grotesque demon as holy power is streaking down into his sword to charge it for a Divine Smite! A variety of demons swarm below. Off in the distance, you can see the silhouette of Gorgorin The Shatterer on top of a lava-fall. HEAVYWEIGHT! We then chose to amp things up a bit and filter this shirt design through a few more lenses. The front of the shirt showcases elements of 80s thrash/hardcore that reference the graphics/typography you would find on the spine of an old music cassette.
And there she is…PALADIN IN HELL REDUX
Artwork by Defame / @defameart
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