Speaking of the artwork, I wanted to create a fantasy version of the traditional tarot artwork, one that was free of all religious and divinatory connotations. I approached Ralph Horsley, a very talented and experienced fantasy illustrator I had the pleasure of working with before. The idea I put to Ralph was to illustrate the deck with fantasy versions of traditional tarot imagery, based on the Loka board game miniatures and artwork, while keeping the ‘olde worlde’ feel of the medieval artwork.
The Loka board game setting was perfect for the Loka card game, because it included four elemental armies, which would match the four suits of minor arcana. As the Loka board game contains elemental chess pieces, it was fantastic that the King, Queen, Jack (pawn) and Chevalier (knight) were actually matching the chess pieces! For example, if the pawn of the Earth army in the board game was a Celtic warrior dwarf, the Jack of the Earth suit in the card game was a beautiful piece of artwork depicting a medieval rendition of a Celtic warrior dwarf.