|My jewelry designs associated with "Theran" and the connected short stories.|
The story behind the pic can be found here: "On her husband's shoulder"
If you don't want the whole thing(short though it is) I have an (extremely) brief synopsis here:
This is Katya asleep leaning against her husband's (Bran's) shoulder. They put their daughter to bed, got ready to head to bed themselves but decided to sit down and relax in front of the fireplace for a little while first. Katya was more tired than she had thought and fell asleep on Bran's shoulder so he gently carried her to bed and tucked her in before giving her a good night kiss then laying down and snuggling up beside her.
Written character descriptions of Bran and Katya may be found here: Bran- c-hillman.deviantart.com/art/B… and Katya- c-hillman.deviantart.com/art/K…
"We were on our way to Balkiri, a town that had always treated our people well. They were our primary trading partners at that time and we had many friends among them. As we approached the town we began seeing signs of a large war party headed the same way, by the looks of the tracks they were only a few hours walk ahead of us. We became concerned for our friends in Balkiri and hurried our pace, our warriors ran ahead with me at the head of the line."
"What I saw that day made me glad I am a warrior. Glad, because I was equipped and trained to exact vengeance for our friends."
"As we came within sight of the town wall we were greeted by the sight of the gate hanging half off its hinges and smoke pouring over the wall itself. The war party we had seen signs of had been coming here, killing everything within their path. "
"We rushed in to search for survivors even though we held out little hope of finding anyone alive within those walls. As we came through the gate we saw devastation on all sides. Buildings ablaze, bodies just lying in the street with gashes all over their flesh, blood everywhere that wasn't burned to charcoal, though the worst of all were the children's bodies. They had been herded into the village square and slaughtered like livestock at the butchers."
"At this time we split our forces, some of our people, including the best medics we had, stayed and began to search the rubble for anyone the raiders had missed, the rest of us went after those responsible for this madness."
"We were out for blood. No-one does anything like that to our friends and lives."
"We circled the town looking for clues as to which direction they had gone. We were shocked at how easy it was to find the trail; they seemed to have made no attempt to hide their tracks. Since then I have come to realize that they had hidden it fairly well. They had been too panicked by our unanticipated approach to take the care needed to hide them well enough. Though no-one from off of the plains would have even known anyone had passed that way, the tracks were almost painfully obvious to the eyes of some of the best trackers on the plains. They had thought the cursory job would slow us down enough to allow them to get to a defensible position. They were dead wrong."
"We caught up to them after about an hour, within sight of a cliff that had to have been their destination (Balkiri was in the foothills of the Mountains of the Dawn that border the Plains), had they reached it we would only have been able to approach from one side and would have been spotted in an instant. As it went however, they were concentrating so hard on reaching it they didn't notice as we began to pick them off one-by-one. Around half of them were dead before they even knew what was happening. After what they had done they deserved no mercy .and we showed them none. We killed them to the last man and found enough on their bodies to identify them. They were a Plains clan much like us in many ways, but far more warlike. We knew where they camped that time of year and headed straight for where their camp should be."
"When we found it we began to hunt down their remaining warriors. We did not stop till there was not a single warrior left among them. At that point we marched into the center of their village and confronted the chief, we threw down the body of their Weapons Master at his feet and told him (in a loud voice so the entire clan would hear and remember); "This is the fate of any who seek to harm us or our friends, we are not the monsters you were so your people may live, but you have no warriors left. We will be watching, should you seek to train these youngsters into more of your murderers, we will be back, and if that happens, there will be no survivors." We then turned our backs on him in contempt and returned to the village."
"When we got back to the others we found out that there had been two survivors of the attack, a young woman and an infant boy, he appeared to be about six months old at the time."
"The woman was badly injured; she had apparently shielded you with her own body. According to the medic she was still conscious when they found her and had thought they were the raiders. She tried to fight them off but was too weak to do anything, when she realized this she became hysterical and passed out shortly after. She never woke up again. She died the following day."
|The start of my primary project, the other portions are linked to it through the "Artist's Comments" below the actual "Deviation".|
My idea for my entry to the Illustration Contest goes as follows:
My character sitting on the riverbank, leaning against a tree trunk, idly strumming his mandolin while his fishing-pole is propped beside him with the line and bobber in the water. There is a white fence behind the tree separating a wheat field from the river, Lorna and Pan happily playing in the field without a care in the world. Nao sits on the branch of a nearby tree watching all 3 of them and chewing idly on a shaft of wheat.
Unfortunately I don't have much confidence in my ability to do anywhere near good enough to win, but all I can do is my best! Still no ideas for the Outfit Design Contest though...
(For those who don't play Mabinogi... Nao, Lorna and Pan are prominent NPCs whom every player knows, or has interacted with on several occassions at least. Well, Lorna more than Pan, but the two are a set. Nao is a divine being who used to be a human girl named Mari before being...changed. Now she guides the Milletians, those who cross the Soul Stream, in other words, the players. Lorna and Pan did some of the tutorial stuff early in the game, are featured prominantly in the old guides as the ones telling the player the info, and now Lorna is in every single town on the first continent where she is used to access some stuff. Pan is a black sheep that is always seen with her, like Mary had her little lamb, Lorna has her little Pan. This is the three of them together, the text is Korean but I have no idea if this is official art from the Korean version or just some really good fanart though. Nao, Lorna, and Pan. These are the 3 Heroes: The mage Tarlach, the swordsman Ruari, and the archer Mari. Mari is who Nao used to be when she was still human.)
Probably mentioned it before but...
A MMORPG I play, "Mabinogi",(can be found on the web and also on Steam) is having a contest to win a Wacom tablet for doing digital art, but I'm running out of time to enter and still haven't decided on what to do for my entry, let alone gotten started on it! 11 days left... Wish me luck, I need it!
Well, actually they are holding 3 contests, 2 of which have a Wacom tablet as a prize. (1st prize in one, 2nd prize in the other). The "Outfit Design Contest" and the "Illustration Contest". Both of which end on January 18, 2016 at 11:59:59 pm.
The 3rd contest, the "Screenshot Contest", ends on the 11th but I'm not really interested in that, the prize for it is a stuffed doll estimated at $50 which I have no use for except maybe to sell.
Enjoy writing, drawing, reading, and video gaming (and much more, but I'm not listing it all here).
Current Residence: NYS, USA
Favourite genre of music: J-pop, J-love, J-rock, Classic-Rock, Classical-Orchestra
Operating System: Windows 8.1
MP3 player of choice: My laptop, the only MP3 Player I own...
Personal Quote: The Fates of all Worlds are Intertwined