Thursday, October 7, 2010

The Nazir

From 1920, Jacob, son of Aaron, the Samaritan high priest of Schechem.

I re-purposed this photograph as a depiction of Nazir Achmed Zehavi for the "Masks of Nyarlathotep" project. I don't want to give away any spoilers, but I think the portrait perfectly captures his character, in every sense.

Click through for the high resolution version.

9 comments:

elmo iscariot said...

That's a fantastic photo. What an evocative face!

Raven said...

Your "Masks of Nyarlathotep" keeper and players might possibly enjoy and/or benefit from the campaign maps Droesler has posted at Yog-Sothoth.com.

Propnomicon said...

@ elmo iscariot

Thank you for the kind words

Oh, and I find your name hilarious.

@ Raven

The quality of the free materials produced by the Mythos community continually amazes me.

elmo iscariot said...

As Elmo gradually replaced lovable, fuzzy old Grover in all the Sesame Street promotions, _something_ had to be done. ;)

Robbert Folmer said...

I went a little crazy on it.

http://b.imagehost.org/0649/nyarlathothep.jpg

Raven said...

Well, Elmo, all I can say is to look out for characters named Fezto.

elmo iscariot said...

Ha! Outstanding, Raven.

I nearly got thrown out of a shooting range once for using Elmo targets. ;)

Raven said...

The real-life gentleman in the photo (Jacob, son of Aaron, the Samaritan high priest) had some 1906 correspondence of his published in a 1907 issue of the Open Court, a monthly magazine out of Chicago.

Raven said...

Incidentally, a trivia point about Jacob's turban. It's red, as all Samaritans were required by (then-Islamic) law to so identify themselves. The Nazir, of course, would have worn a different color, so presume grey or brown or (if he was a hajji) green.