The Dreamy period (circa -1680 EC to circa -1580 EC) is characterized by a spate of prophetic visions, rather odd art, and horrible migraines, none of which were very good. While there were 167 books of prophecy published in this time period, the fact that only a few ever actually predicted the future fails to show that this was anything special, beyond three very stupid publishers. The fact that one book was entitled Brother Oarb’s Big Book of Bird Migrations doesn’t really help any either.
However, by far the most famous work of the period was the Book of the Abyss by Charis Laronge, a rather mislead Ghyllian who believed that, in -1660 EC, the world would be consumed by Things Ghylliankind Was Not Meant to Know. Throughout Ghyll, people spent the next hundred years preparing for the predestined war that the book predicted. Needless to say, when the dark armies that were supposed to envelope the world failed to do so, people were a bit angry at him and did some needlessly mean things to his 52-year-old grave.
Likewise, the art of the time was an equal failure, but the failure for which this time period of Ghyllian history is named. The time period is not named for any sort of surreal, dream-like quality to the art, but rather because it looks like the artwork was painted by someone who had just gotten up out of bed with a very bad hangover and decided to snap a few out before lunch. Consequently, most were not that original, usually featuring a scantily clad Busco whacking people with large shining implements, ranging from, at best, the horreld blade to, at worst, a stick with a large nail on the end.
The only real artist of any worth produced during the period was Harover, who made the "hangover in the morning" look work. Somehow, he succeeded in making paintings so horrible that they transcended all notions of good taste and beauty and were immortalized forever. However, that is not to say he was that original. His most famous work, Busco Whompin’ Dem Bad Guys, along with the rest of his fifty odd paintings, featured Busco “whompin” people in one pose or another. The only real reason any other paintings of this time period are worth anything is that art critics tell us they are.
The migraines originated from said artwork.
--Vladimir the 16th 17:45, 3 November 2005 (EST)