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The Blackguard by dashinvaine The Blackguard by dashinvaine
The Blackguard, Scene 1.

A visual story and ballad by Gordon Napier
sequil to the series 'Expectant'.


next in sequence: [link]


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Maulric of Dis, the backguard knight, rides through the forests of lower Aratan, inflated with the pride of the strong, and on his way to claim the prizes of a victor. His captive is the young knight Sikandor, only son of Earl Kaidard, who is the lord of these parts.

The unfortunate Sikandor is bound across his saddle beside his captor, almost as dead as he is alive. Maulric, ere he releases his trophy to Kaidard, will claim the wretched youth's inheritance for his own, his castle and lands. The rogue blackguard has also heard of the beauty of the lady Belarith, younger sister of Sikandor. She too Kaidard will have to surrender if he wishes his son to live...


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Maulric the ghastly Blackguard
a man of bitter sin
allied with ranks of demons
and victory did win
And of the knight Sikandor
a captive did he make
and now with that poor youth in chains
he rode, his lands to take.

Through wooded Lower Aratan
Maulric the Black did ride
to the castle he would conquer
and the maid he'd make his bride.
And his bound and beaten captive
was stricken with despair,
for naught could he do to keep
the Blackguard from his sister fair.
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Klomster Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014
I like the guys pose.

I can imagine him saying to the poor bloke in the background.

-"You know what day it is? It is, I am amazing day! Did you notice that i am amazing today?"
And the page is like.
-"Yes sire, like every day...."

-"HAha! I knew i had missed something, i haven't told ser Joras this yet!"

-"Sire, ser Joras is dead, he's right behind...."

-"STRIKE A POSE!!!"
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Gelaion Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
awsome O_O
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UnclePutte Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2009
Tasteful in both art and story. Even, heaven forbid, realistic. Which is something you don't come across too often in D&D.
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:icondashinvaine:
dashinvaine Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2009
Thanks. I'm starting the third chapter soon.
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SpectorKnight Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2009
Impressive armor.
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dragonsdale Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009   Traditional Artist
this is MADE of pure AWESOME
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DavidSimpson2112 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2008
Great picture. You know your armour well. Do you have refernaces or just do this from your head?
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:icondashinvaine:
dashinvaine Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2008
From my head...
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JulietXII Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008   Traditional Artist
Very very nice, seriously I wish I could draw like you
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Touch-Not-This-Cat Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2008
I was wondering if you could help me learn Latin on occasion. I have just started learning it using the Rossetta Stone Language Learning system. But I have no one to talk to, exept my priest, and he is too busy. Could I occasionaly send letters for you to profread as my grammer develops? If thats not to much trouble...
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dashinvaine Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2008
Indulgeam tibi, sed tiro totus sum, et latinum meum stultus et malus est. Maior detrimentum quam auxilium sim.
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Penguinton Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
Aw thats awesome! I really like the helmet. It looks so cool.
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faile35 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2008   Traditional Artist
What can I say? As a purveyor and collector of villains, I LIKE this guy! He has definite style, and he's going places. Very nice piece here.

I'm assuming that this is somehow connected to the "Expectant" series, although you seem to be approaching the story-telling a bit differently. Regardless, I like it. :nod:
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dancingelf Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2007  Professional Photographer
Very nice work - would like to see this one inked/coloured!
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:iconinpuupuaut:
InpuUpUaut Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2007  Student General Artist
Great!! ^_^
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:icondocredfield:
DocRedfield Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Cool perspective... nice armor, as always
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Really oozes pride and power!
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PitchBLACK-Art Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Unfortunatly we dont see Sikander in this picture. Or did i miss something ;)

and the poor Lady Belarith, although we dont see yet whats behind that bulky armour.
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dashinvaine Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2007
He's there, slumped over his horse on the other side. Should have made him clearer, clearly.
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CaroleHumphreys Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Mauric really has a commanding presence in the composition. Did he elbow everyone out of the way, I wonder? :)
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:icondashinvaine:
dashinvaine Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2007
He did. He's so inconsiderate!
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ShadowXM1 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! Nice one Gordon! Really menacing! Both in artwork detail and storywise!
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ArtemisBlue Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2007
Now that's one brutal knight. I wish I can draw as wonderful as this.
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LexKempo Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2007
Awesome. And I always prefer it in Latin.
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:iconelle-chan:
elle-chan Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2007
Do you mind a small critique? Or would you prefer not to hear one? Either way it's a really good picture, and you are very, very good at drawing armor.
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:icondashinvaine:
dashinvaine Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2007
Go for it...
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:iconelle-chan:
elle-chan Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2007
Kay!

Well, for a warhorse the steed Maulric is riding has a much smaller chest than he should. He has an impressive head and neck, he just needs the chest and legs to match it.

I'll give you an example using Friesians since they were the choice steed of Crusaders, and are, in my humble opinion, very powerful and beautiful horses. :)

[link] [link] [link]
[link] [link]

I tried to find some of them just walking, like in your picture, but apparently no one likes to photograph a horse walking.

Another good warhorse to use as reference is the Andalusian, which comes in more colors than the Friesian, but is just as powerful. Black Andalusians are often mistaken for Friesians, but there are subtle differences in the face, and Andalusians don't have feathering around their feet if they're purebred. :)

Hope that helps, and that you don't feel like you've been rambled at...
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:icondashinvaine:
dashinvaine Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2007
Thanks. I'm sure those pictures will come in handy if I decide to extend this into a series.
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:iconelle-chan:
elle-chan Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2007
No problem! If we had lived close to each other, I would've just lent you my huge horse books for reference, instead of trying to find something decent on the internet. :no:
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zephroelectro Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2007
this is awesome! the horse and the guy at the front look really good. especially their armor ;)
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marcbalbi Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Cool !!!
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LadyGhostDuchess Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
AH!
mmm
Black gaurd..*droolz*

Love this
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EgilSterkr Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2007
:clap: cool angle and details!
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Sophie1990 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Really nice! I love it
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Nix-the-dark Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2007
Woah, that's freaking cool!

I wish I could've drawn that.
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