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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]


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...


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...."

Gelaion Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
awsome O_O
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.
dashinvaine Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2009
Thanks. I'm starting the third chapter soon.
SpectorKnight Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2009
Impressive armor.
dragonsdale Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009   Traditional Artist
this is MADE of pure AWESOME
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?
dashinvaine Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2008
From my head...
JulietXII Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008   Traditional Artist
Very very nice, seriously I wish I could draw like you
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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