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Community => Talk => Topic started by: Identity on Jul 07, 2017; 09:59 AM

Title: hellgate logo summoning circle
Post by: Identity on Jul 07, 2017; 09:59 AM
hi there,

i've never been one for thorough background story research *cough* at least not in the hellgate universe. so, with my limited understanding of that, i'd like to know more about the logo summoning circle:

(http://orig15.deviantart.net/ad4e/f/2008/112/f/3/hellgate_london_by_reya808.jpg)

specifically, what's the glyphs in the outer ring, is it a language, what does it say, what do the lines mean, what's the purpose of this summoning circle, are there others like it? tell me anything and everything :) thanks in advance
Title: Re: hellgate logo summoning circle
Post by: NiteHawk on Jul 07, 2017; 11:28 AM
I think the outer ring might be heavily inspired by the movie "Stargate" and its corresponding device - where the glyphs are intended to represent constellations. If you look at e.g. http://stargate.wikia.com/wiki/Glyph (http://stargate.wikia.com/wiki/Glyph), the symbols are not identical but nevertheless bear a striking resemblance...

As for the lines - no idea. Probably just a 'fantasy' drawing to add some visual backfill to what would otherwise be a relatively empty center. [EDIT] It might be noteworthy that the animations used for Hellgate:London have the glyphs rotating while the line artwork is 'static' (remains in place).

Regards, NiteHawk
Title: Re: hellgate logo summoning circle
Post by: Omerta on Jul 07, 2017; 08:53 PM
The glyphs are probably intended to represent occult/satanic/wiccan symbols for demons/demonic powers, probably intended to represent the summoning spells that bring the demons in-between our world and hell in the game (see the Great Circle of Summoning in the last image below).

(http://images.fnewsmagazine.com/2014/08/demons1.jpg)
(http://images.fnewsmagazine.com/2014/08/demons2.jpg)
(http://images.fnewsmagazine.com/2014/08/demons3.jpg)
(http://images.fnewsmagazine.com/2014/08/demon4.jpg)
Title: Re: hellgate logo summoning circle
Post by: NiteHawk on Jul 07, 2017; 10:02 PM
Ah, very good indeed. It seems I was completely on the wrong track then. Wikipedia also has an article on these magical sigils (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sigil_%28magic%29).

This also suggests that the more abstract line art might be in the same category, following construction principles similar to the kameas-type of magic squares.

Regards, NiteHawk
Title: Re: hellgate logo summoning circle
Post by: Omerta on Jul 07, 2017; 10:46 PM
Oooh good find, I am almost certain the center/background of the circle is a kameas magic square-based design. I like the thoughtful implications this has for the logo designer :D
Title: Re: hellgate logo summoning circle
Post by: Identity on Jul 15, 2017; 01:30 PM
awesome, thx for the hints, i'll look into this :)