Corvus – A Raven’s Tale – Crown of Crows – Part XXXV – The Rattus Rodentius Army Awaits

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The Rattus Rodentius Army Awaits

When the Corvid scouts returned to Harfengel the Ravenking with news, it was as expected.

Grim.

The Corvid scouts spotted the Rodents inside the castle and in turn, they too had been spotted and the Rodents were quick to raise the alarm and prepare for a siege.

It was hoped that the castle was empty but the Corvids had left Crowshaven with war in mind as the most likely outcome.

This was it.

This was the culmination of a long history full of rivalry and vengeance; deep seated hatred that had been passed down through the generations.

This was the beginning of the end…

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Corvus – A Raven’s Tale – Crown of Crows – Part XXIV – The Stone circle and Mirror Pond at Mistglen

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The Stone Circle and Mirror Pond at Mistglen

There are a vast number of scary things to be happened upon within the confines of an ancient forest, especially one with a reputation such as that held by the Grimwood. One of those scary things is a sudden clearing, such as the clearing in the centre of the Grimwood known as Mistglen.

The open circle of land set within the confines of the Grimwood is a fair few leagues of open space, with a scattering of trees, ponds and meadows. True it its name, there is also a lot of mist in the area of Mistglen and this gives what could be a place of beauty, an eerie and otherworldly atmosphere.

After battling their way through the rough forest terrain, the Corvids wind up in Mistglen, their attention immediately drawn to the Stone Circle that surrounds the Mirror Pond; they decide to head towards it to take rest and recuperate by the water.

They know now from the map that Alwyn gave them that they are about halfway through the Grimwood and this gives the group a sense of relief.

The problem being that it can soon turn to complacency…

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Corvus – A Raven’s Tale – Crown of Crows – Part XV – The Long Flight to Ironholde

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The Long Flight to Ironholde

With the last whirling mists of the Graveland well behind them and the strange binding worn off, the Corvids once again take to the skies and stretch their aching wings.

They stick to the coastline for this leg of the journey so as to avoid entering the Grimwood, doing so at this point would risk too much of a delay and if they got lost in the ancient forest they would never get to Ironholde in time to fulfill the prophecy.

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Corvus – A Raven’s Tale – Crown of Crows – Part X – Corvus Gains Some More Quest Companions

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Corvus Gains Some More Quest Companions

The Crowchief of Thornwatch heeds the prophecy that Corvus relays to him and he agrees to take his colony and head to Crowshaven; he also offers the services of three of his most renowned warriors.

The Corvids spend the evening in conversation with the three new companions to their group; Ronin, Ethelred and Everild and they look over the map fragments that were given to them by Alwyn, the White Raven, in order to figure out the best route to take to Ironholde.

They decide that avoiding the Grimwood Forest for now and heading through the Burntwood is the best option; upon coming out of Burntwood they can hug the coastline and avoid the risk of getting lost in the forest thickets.

The Conspiracy of Corvids now has seven members and thus a greater chance of succeeding in the quest of retrieving the Crown from the Man-King; the group agree to leave Thornwatch at first leg to get onto the first leg of their journey.

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Corvus – A Raven’s Tale – Crown of Crows – Part IV – Corvus Meets Alwyn; The White Raven

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Corvus Meets Alwyn; The White Raven

After an arduous journey, Corvus and Finbar finally reach the Ancient Watchtower, exhausted, but glad to find substance to the myths and legends of the Colony; The White Raven was indeed living there.

He introduced himself to the pair as Alwyn, and informed them that he had been expecting a visit soon, despite having not seen a soul in over a decade.

“You have come at a time of great change, oh winged wanderers, and I believe that it is not mere chance that brings you to my abode, nor that just the two of you should arrive under the same sun.”

In the distance to the north, two Corvids can be seen heading towards the Watchtower.

Corvus related the illness of his fading sibling to Alwyn and asked for help in locating a true remedy.

“The physicians in Crowshaven can’t help her now, some have mentioned a herb called Starshade, but none can tell me where to find this herb. The Sages are sure that only you, the White Raven can know of its location!”

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Corvus – A Raven’s Tale – Crown of Crows – Part III – Flight to the Ancient Watchtower

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Flight to the Ancient Watchtower

The journey from Crowshaven to High Point is over 130 leagues as the crow flies and with the life of his Sibling hanging in the balance, Corvus, with Finbar alongside him make the journey in a single flight, although it takes many hours, flying through the night and into the following morning before reaching the Watchtower.

The Ancient Watchtower itself is perched comfortably on one of the cliffs at High Point at almost the most northerly point of the land and has stood there bravely in the face of the winds of change for centuries, holding its ground but very slowly succumbing to its inevitable ruinous fate.

Rumour has it that the White Raven was living in a Colony not far from High Point when the foundations were laid for the Watchtower, in the Golden Age of the Old Corvidae Empire.

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Nocturnal Sun -Oil on Canvas – Fantasy Oil Painting Palette Knife Imagination – Imaginative Realism Landscape Art Illustration

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Nocturnal Sun – Oil on Canvas – 11.75″ x 15.75″

For quite some time, I have say here and typed out several lines of poetry, then deleted them. Several short, two sentence storylines, then deleted them. I can’t settle on a singe idea for this painting and have therefore decided to leave any story or meaning down to the viewer’s discretion and imagination.

This painting was a total step out of my comfort zone, I used palette knives as my weapons of choice, and painted solely from imagination, this is a painting that I felt my way around as opposed to hours of studying reference photography.

Once I had it completed, I posted it to a few groups on Facebook to garner some feedback and ideas for a title. I had a lot of different titles to choose from before settling on ‘Nocturnal Sun’ – as chosen by Panagiotis Zacharatos (who won a free print in the process of giving me the title I chose).

So pretty much every stage of this painting has been a totally alien experience and process in comparison to my normal methodical approach to my artwork.

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