As people in the UK batten down the hatches in the face of the wrath of Storm Eunice, the Warlock thought it would be timely to transport you back to a time when the weather could not only be fought but defeated.
The first FF adventure to be set in Femphrey in
the Old World, Stormslayer had
the weather mage Balthazar Sturm interfering with the climate in
order to wreak his revenge upon those he saw as having passed him over for
greatness in the past. Green describes the adventure as, “an attempt to
write a book that was more like the original adventures and also one that
didn't rely on Demons, Chaos or Undead for the villains. It was to be more
elemental altogether.” As with the other titles published as part of Series 2, Stormslayer featured a set of three pre-generated characters.
“It was one of my all-time favourite jobs so far,” says Player of his sole Fighting Fantasy commission. “As a fantasy illustrator there is nothing I like better than drawing monsters. This was an orgy of monsters and mayhem; never a dull moment. I also love working in black and white line; you can put all your time into the design and atmosphere and it also means the process is shorter with no time for boredom to set in.
“There were also new challenges. How to keep the poses different and fresh when so many figures are advancing towards the viewer was one issue I had to wrestle with. Illustrating a collection of objects and weapons in an interesting manner was another.”Stormslayer has been translated into French and was published by Gallimard Jeunesse in 2013 under the title Le Maître des Tempêtes (which translates as 'The Master of Storms').