Video Game Atlas: The First Kingdom of the Unfinished Swan

Categories: Gaming

Once a week Art Attack will offer you a handy little travel guide to the fictional worlds of video games.

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Name: The First Kingdom of the Unfinished Swan, Unfinished Swan series

Population: Virtually abandoned

Government: Monarchy

Sailing west of C-Island and away from the closest apex of tropical utopia this side of Costa Del Sol, I awoke one morning to find myself in a very strange land. The First Kingdom of the Unfinished Swan was not only ruled over by a young artistic king, he had painted it into existence by hand. Where my boat ran aground, the area is a completely pure white landscape.

The perfection of the blankness is such that maneuvering through the area is extremely difficult. Even the trees and rocks and assorted hills are so white that they cast no shadow, and I had to make my way through by marking barriers with a sharpie pen.

By strange contrast, the majority of wildlife seen is pitch-black in color. Fish, frogs and alligators populate the shore, and birds can be heard in the background.

Despite being all but invisible save for the occasional golden ornament, the outlying city features an amazing sculpture garden full of works created by the King, including an impressive self-portrait bust some 20 feet high. At one point, the citizens of the city revolted against the whiteness of their surrounding, complaining that they were constantly barking their shins and running into doors. After the people began painting the city, the King finally gave in and allowed shadows in the living areas. His garden remained unblemished, though like much else in the city, it's fallen into disuse.

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