If The X-Men Lived In Medieval Times

If the X-Men existed in medieval times, would they be casted as demons or witches? Or perhaps some of them would be worshiped as magical beings? Would a leader emerge amongst them? Illustrator Nate Hallinan explored the idea, which resulted in ‘The Order of X’.

This is a personal fan-fiction variation on the X-Men. I thought it would be a fun exercise to do the X-Men in an alternate medieval/fantasy reality. Prejudice and discrimination were rampant in our history. Being a darker and less civilized time, fear and hatred ran deeper making it an interesting setting for the X-Men. The task to protect and defend the ‘gifted’ would be near insurmountable. I’ve created short background stories for each character and I will be posting those along with the final images.

Nate will be expanding his series of characters. Current illustrations are also available in print.

What do you think of his idea? Do you get the feeling like it’s a mashup between X-Men and Lord of the Rings?

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Gabriel

How dare you make wolverine short! LOL

Jackson Chung

Someone has to be the dwarf! LOL

Bumferry H

To be fair Wolverine is supposed to be around 5 feet tall and more of an animal than the “my other half can’t get enough of him” Hugh Jackman version in the movies. ;O)

McTigerlily

Wolverine IS short. :)

AddieCat

Wolverine is 5’3″ in the comics, that’s his official height. So if you want to say ‘how dare you make Wolverine short’ I suggest you take it up with Len Wein and John Romita, Sr. :)

3RT

Wolverine has always been short… unless you only watch the movies.

Elizabeth Johansen

Wolverine being short is one thing, but this one is so pudgy, and with the armor he makes me think of Juggernaut.

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Nash J

This is such a.cool concept

Jackson Chung

Exactly! I hope Nate comes up with more drawings. I’ll definitely share them when he does.

Aaron

Cant wait to see Storm making things happen in that universe.

Jackson Chung

Added Storm.

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Austyn

Seems similar in overall concept to Marvel 1602. Though I do have to admit that these look a lot cooler.

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Dustin

Well I thought this was a mod for Skyrim. Check everywhere for the link then I read the article.

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Hodor

Dr… sorry, Lord X would have his own Hodor ;)

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Soorabu

Ummmmm………… I guess you are oblivious of Marvel 1609

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Jon Mercurio Knight

Super cool! I can’t wait to see more!

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sam

You should check out marvel’s 1602 trades
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marvel_1602

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Andrew Gould

Pet peeve – this is a fantasy world, not medieval.

Sorry. Carry on.

cna

I think you missed the point in his quote: “I thought it would be a fun exercise to do the X-Men in an alternate medieval/fantasy reality.” So technically, you are right and wrong. There are definitely elements of both in there which sounded like his goal.

Andrew Gould

Nope, there’s nothing even remotely historical about any of them. It’s all entirely a made-up fantasy. My pet peeve is people taking very good fantasy (or even bad fantasy, but this isn’t that) and calling it “medieval” as though there is some relation to Earth’s genuine history where there really is no such relation.

Don’t get me wrong – there’s nothing wrong with fantasy. I’m wearing a Game of Thrones t-shirt as I type this. But it’s not medieval.

Again, sorry for being a nitpicky killjoy.

Dagda

The article plainly states that this is an exercise in placing a fantasy concept into a medieval setting. The setting is medieval, likely full of historically accurate detail, the events surrounding the characters are fantasy. Much like the current version is set in a modern setting, on Earth, not fantasy setting on fantasy world in fantasy land. Are you being purposefully dense, or is it just part of your idiom?

Victoryoftheppl

You must be a riot at parties.

Andrew Gould

*sigh* Don’t I know it.

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munind

WOW A SHORT WOLVERINE! -.-

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Brian

So you read 1602 by Neil Gaimon as well, congratulations.

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Christopher H

This is so cool! I love medieval, and xmen is amazing stuff!

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r

lol

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Tony

All are fantastic, but would wolve’ rune have metal claws? Bone I can see-did you explain if they were extensions of his body or external weapons?

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Victoryoftheppl

I never wanted something so badly in my lifeeeee

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Mark Whitmill

This looks like it would be an amazing comic… either in a short term or as a long term story. I would most definitely read this, and don’t believe that this appears as a mash-up with the LOTR.

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Dave Whitelock

Now sit down, here’s the thing THE X MEN ARN’T REAL.

i know shocking but as theymdon’t/never existed they woulnt be cast as withes back in the day….sorry love and peace xx

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Obviously

Anyone with those kinds of fictional powers would be rulers of the world. There would be no stopping them.

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Dan Falconer

Why would Wolverine need such thick armour?

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Ari

Dude, I just stumbled upon this and I wanted to say this is an interesting concept. I’m trying to imagine how the story will flow and how the other characters (Magneto, X-Force, X-Factor, etc.) will look like. I’d love to see this further expanded. :) :)

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Nash J

The Wolverine is killing me. Kodos on the artwork Nate Hallinan.

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Jorge B

Now this is good concept art

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