Wemis the Gale-breadth is a deceased painter from the realm of Inkvale, located at the dark bottom of the Pim Canyons. There, the painter enjoyed the extreme solitude of vast, quiet caverns, almost entirely unaware of any other civilization beyond the borders of his subterranean homeland.
Wemis stretched his own canvases from the hides Nashcrats and fissure eels, and concocted his own variety of oily, color paints from stone shavings and Mung residue.
The work of Wemis the Gale-breadth is truly vast, but comes in two distinct time periods referred to as: Inkvale and Westerwake. Wemis’ Inkvale work is almost entirely vistas of the Underlands; bright otherworldly color juxtaposed against whirling blots of darkness, so utterly black that they have given to superstitions amongst some folks that the paintings are doorways into untold oblivions. Wemis’ Westerwake work, however, is of an entirely different sort, and only began surfacing after the discovery of Inkvale by the Middle Kingdoms of Eem.
Wemis called this discovery the “Breach of Westerwake,” and it has been known as such ever since. Discovering a small river at the edge of the canyons where the long, winding waterways pouring from the snow caps of Hetch met at the western sea, enterprising sea traders came bearing goods and riches never before seen in the realm of Inkvale, leading to an incredible economic boom–not to mention the discovery of Wemis and his art.
Suddenly wealthy and perplexed by the sudden influx in wonder and variety, Wemis wandered from Inkvale and into the light, under the protection of enormous shades carried by his servants. His journeys took him from the mouth of Westerwake, down the expanse of the Great Slog, and onto ships to leave the shores of Eem forever. However, before doing so, much of his artwork littered the countryside; each original, coveted by all, and always telling the story of exactly what the painter saw on his enduring journey.