Some fun additional content to help tide you over between page updates.
The world of leveL is not our own (at least not last time I checked), and it comes with a it’s own lexicon of terms and titles. As the comic goes on, hopefully these words will become second nature, but as a helpful tool, here’s some definitions and clarifications of leveL‘s terminology!
Level – Spelled with a capital L at the beginning, this is the proper name of the megacity in which the comic takes place.
Tier – The class system of Level’s citizens. There are Nine Tiers in total.
Tiern – A citizen of a specific Tier. (In the same way that people from America are American)
Apex Tier – The highest of the Tiers, the lawmaking class.
Securn Tier – The Security and Defense class equivalent to the military and police, ranked 2nd of the Tiers.
Medis Tier – The Medical class. Doctors and scientists, ranked 3rd.
Educa Tier – The Education class. Teachers, researchers and students. Ranked 4th.
Myrth Tier – The Entertainment class. Artists, actors, musicians and athletes. Ranked 5th.
Traden Tier – The Business class. Anyone who learns a practical trade. Ranked 6th.
Transpor Tier – The Transportation class. Pilots, railway workers, truckers and mail carriers. Ranked 7th.
Agrica Tier – The Agricultural class. Farmers. Ranked 8th.
Constru Tier – The Construction class. Builders and maintenance workers. Ranked last.
unTiern – Any person not ranking within the Tiers. These are denizens and seen as untouchables in the eyes of the Tiern, yet still live within the city.
The Sprawl – The urban blanket that spreads across the surface of the city.
Lyths – The monumentally large concrete structures holding the higher Tiers. Protected from the outside world, they are shells that house full mini-cities within them.
Holopaque – A structurally sound hologram, used for construction and well as permanent dwellings high atop the Lyths.
Haque – Illegal programs and codes granting access to areas and technology within Level, used by the unTiern.
Empath – A person with a mental condition that leaves them exposed and vulnerable to the thoughts and feelings of those around them. Empaths are rendered inert and comatose as result of their condition, lost forever in the thoughts of others.
Pancea Bracers – A Medis device used to administer chemical treatment to a patient, worn around the wrists.
This is an Inspiration Tumblr I keep and throw up photos, drawings, and any content that I feel fits the aesthetic and sensibilities of leveL. If you are a fan or architecture or concept art, you may find some things here you like…
For those who were reading all along, or those curious to see the origins of leveL, click on the cityscape above. This is the comic in it’s original form. As the name may suggest, it had a decidedly more Japan influence to the aesthetic. It represents approximately 8 years of work and also chronicles a lot of my artistic education (read: it starts off pretty atrocious.) A fair warning to any who dare to look in this place: the art is crude(r), the story is trite(r), and the website is janky(ier), so proceed at your own risk, even if just to laugh at past-Nate. Also, while there are no direct spoilers since this is a re-imagining of the story, you will definitely see characters and places that are yet to come in this leveL, so the 2002 version may color your opinion. To look back, or not. The choice is yours.
More to come!