Northern Prominent by Katzbalger

Northern Prominent

Katzbalger

28 May 2016 at 15:35:27 MDT

Some legends would argue what was easier to kill – a beast of fire or ice? Both took an army and men insane enough to know they wouldn’t return alive. Purging wasn’t a duty, but a necessity to keep people and their Lord houses safe. Slaying was a mission that took several weeks, chasing the beast all the way across the vast Northern landscapes in hopes they would eventually exhaust, and blades, griffins and men alike would take care of the rest.
Every dragon dead meant another epic tale of blood, snow and cinder, but the ghastliest, oldest fire dragon was no tale of honourable heroes. It was a tale of seared men and snow stained in crimson from those unfortunate enough to die to its claws.
Grimmyr was an elder dragon so big, a single bite could swallow a man whole. His wings were glowing like burning embers and his scales as dark as obsidian that would stand out against the cold winter sky. Redmond still shuddered to think of the beast’s maw and its blood soaking his clothes after he had the honour to finish it off on the back of his griffin. The vast majority of men from all across Eskara had died on the battlefield, a fight that was now sung of and re-enacted as an epic in plays. Those surviving were damaged in spirit and body, and the King, Redmond himself had lost his queen to the monster in battle.
Blades were put up like gravestones next to their owners’ bodies and Redmond, clad in white pelt, dragged himself up the slope of the mountain to find out about the queen’s fate. His surviving daughter was presented to him by a surviving Eskaran Lord who’s half has met the dragon’s fire who was barely able to keep on his own legs. Redmond collapsed in front of her, embracing his unscathed child.
Not every beast dead ended on a high note, Redmond would still flinch or wiggle himself out of the court when his men would have a play on the slaying of Grimmyr in honor.

(And Lord Harrow yells a lot about winning many battles and aiding the King, half-faced while wielding banners of beheaded dogs. Happy end.)

Small story time over. I suck at doing coherent writing, sorry. My grammar is weird and May is not here to yell corrections at me (CRY). Jokes aside. Uh.. Not much to say here. I can’t wait to get my new computer. I’m drawing on canvases that are way past print size and I keep having to “patch together” each document by drawing parts separately. I found out my ultimate drawing comfort starts at 6k pixels, ahem. And I’m just dealing with lots of lag because the only thing I like to work with is my trusty (dated) Photoshop. Luckily, I ordered a custom build a few days ago and… Yeah, from there drawing will be a lag-free breeze (also, vidya gaems I guess). Also, I keep trying to simplify characters and put more attention to backgrounds. Well, so far it’s working. I guess. I’ll just draw more and find my way back into drawing more involved things. 0_0

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    Oh man, that was an awesome read~!

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      Thank you :3 I usually don't expect people to read this stuff, haha. I'm glad!

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    I love the mood that you've set, everything in this submission goes so well together.

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    Oh man, everything in this picture fits together so well. I'd especially love to have his armor available for Dark Souls tho', gotta say; it's swaggy! The read is pretty great too, and helps set the mood~ Also on a slightly unrelated note I really like how your icon / watermark thingie kinda fits in the picture as a decorative and pretty non-invasive element. :'D

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      Haha, I just doodled up something without going ref hunting this time since I just wanted to make this a quick picture... But boy, FASHION SOULS! Thank you so much for reading :D
      And I'm trying to make it as non-intrusive as possible, haha. Btw. you switched to Weasyl?

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        Fashion Souls are best souls! Except... when Estocs are involved. Then everything just sucks.
        And yeah, I switched after losing control of my FA account... I did try to reach the administrating team to get it back, and they replied, but then there were reports of accounts already having been taken over, viruses going rampant on the site and so on, so I voluntarily just gave it up just shy of my 10.000th pageview, weh. ; u ;

        So yeah, definitely switched over to Weasyl for now! Hopefully it won't collect dust now. C':

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          God D: That is awful. I hope you will enjoy Weasyl though! It's a nice cozy website; maybe a lot smaller, but also easier to view :3

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            This is true! I'm hoping for a bright future for growing communities on here. That having been said, I have no idea how to reach out to my old FA watchers, but I hope they will eventually catch on and hopefully look around on other artsites for people they used to follow. 'w'
            Super stoked to see most (I think) of the people I watch on FA also being here, albeit in a slightly different level of activity than I am used to from the bigger artsites. Real happy to see your stuff on here too! C8

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    If America ever plunges into feudalism, I'm sure Bill Gates would become the Lord of Redmond xD

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      Hahaha, that took me a moment to grasp... XD I just used my failglish in 2009 and named him Red+Mond... My naming skillzZ have Tränenmond potential (bad reference :D)

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        Hee. German and Scandianvian languages are like English behind a mirror. Why not use your proficiency in these to name characters? Meister Aschen, Meister Klaus von Feuersee, Ritter Acht Sieben, Baron von Mannering... Sounds exotic, and you don't have to try so hard :P

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          They sound really silly to me, but that's because I'm German, haha. We settled to name chapters in German for giggles, but it's often hard to come up with a title that doesn't sound stupid to me. My own language can evoke a "cringe/cheese" feel in me really easily as opposed to things that sound much less goofy in english. XD