The Merchant Caravan
In Spider Stories we needed a home base for Zahara, the lost princess, to hide. The caravan is a constantly moving and constantly changing world, home to all kinds of soldiers, workers, and craftsmen. Here she’s just another working woman. The caravan has to be busy enough that no one would notice her true identity and yet open enough that it feels like a community or a large family. It takes a village or so they say.
This opening is meant to set the stage for the series. It is the introduction to a world we haven’t seen before in animated high fantasy. This is the first in the set, but actually one of the last to be painted. We wanted to know what the rest of the story was before we settled on how to introduce it.