The adventures of Shupe – Part 1
Hide your ore, lovelies!
We continue Blapril with our beloved troll Shupe, smasher of kegs and charming shopkeeper of Gwent. Not only is he smashing kegs, but he also looks smashing in his card art. In fact there is not only one card art to talk about, but four!
You can click the card names to see their premium versions.
All card art and premiums were taken from The Voice of Gwent.
One day off...
We start with Shupe’s Day Off and the card art shows us what he does in his leisure time when he is not busy smashing kegs for the players:
Painting Gwenty-cards. And here I thought every card had a different artist. Seems like “Illustration by:” is only followed by one of Shupe’s many aliases. Take a look at his brush in the premium version: It is sparkling like meteorite powder – and here comes my theory for you: If you use normal paint for creating those cards, you get standard cards – but if you mix that paint with meteorite powder, the artwork becomes a moving one! I think we are onto something, lovelies. You read it here first.
The little birdy at his big toe looks like he is from the quality assurance department and in charge of carefully judging Shupe’s work. The one in the foreground? Probably security. Take one step closer to see some leeks and he will stop you. Better don’t risk it… You will also notice that the birds look like the one from the CDPR logo, but more on that in another episode.
Another interesting detail is the grinder between the red and the yellow pennant at the right side. It is probably used to grind spare cards into Scraps, but maybe Shupe also uses it to convert chunks of meteorites into powder.
There is also a viciously cute Nekker hiding behind a card keg, but writing of “viciously cute”, Easha will tell you more about that.
...full of magic
Pardon? Did you just…!? We will talk about that later, Poppy…
Back to business:
Shupe’s Day Off lets you play one out of three Shupe versions: Shupe: Mage, Shupe: Hunter and Shupe: Knight respectively. While all of those cards look different, the Nekker, the birds and Shupe wearing a hat according to his profession are reoccurring elements on all of them.
Let us have a detailed look at Shupe: Mage and start with Shupe as a mage himself.
His hat is that of a Ban Ard Tutor. The Ban Ard Academy for Boys is located in the Kaedweni city of the same name and Shupe as a male troll attending it would make more sense than him being member of the Aretuza Academy for girls, as stated in his flavour text.
While his magical power seems to be immense, his talent apparently is not. This magical vortex seems quite out of control and I am mildly surprised that there is no cow trapped inside like you see it in cliché catastrophe movies. Instead the Nekker takes its place. At least the bird seems rather unaffected, it is used to flying after all. Shupe, however, is certainly not and tries to get a hold on a weather vane – This already tells us a lot about how much went wrong with that vortex when it catapulted a troll to such heights. The weather vane is another Easter Egg in itself, as the weather cock is shaped like the CDPR logo. This Easter Egg can be found throughout some CDPR games. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales both have such weathercocks.