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Audrey and Ulfred
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Published: July 8, 2018
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Ugh -- Wolves.  Even the best of them were problematic… always howling at the moon and trying to eat people.  But take your average wolf and add to him a little brains and an unhealthy appetite for knowledge…  Then you had something like Magister Ulfred, Pack Wizard of Dinnsward.  Half genius, half fool, his own people were at a loss as to what to make of him.  He was incapable of stalking his own tail, but he could maze the strongest alpha with his bizarre magicks.  Among these was his fearful soul-box, a devilish contraption that imprisoned the victim’s soul in a fragile pane of glass.  It was said that Magister Ulfred kept a secret cabinet filled with stolen souls, any one of which he could shatter in an instant if he so chose.  Fool or no, it was good policy to steer clear of him.

If his own pack gave Ulfred a wide berth, then certainly any marginally prudent deer girl ought to follow suit.  Unless, of course, she was an unemployed shield maiden who hadn’t had a decent meal in days.  Audrey was almost desperate as she exited the free company’s clearing house and in her distracted state, she nearly bowled over the little wolf as he approached.

For Ulfred’s part, it didn’t take supernatural ability to recognize dejected and hungry.  Those things were a runt’s birthright.  Ulfred had a feeling that this warrior would not refuse him as the others had.

Audrey knew she was being played, but the strange little wolf seemed harmless enough.  The rosy apples that he produced from his sleeves were quite authentic and unlike the dismissive bastards she had just left, he showed her both kindness and respect.  It was not the way of predator and prey, and Audrey suspected that between the two of them she might be the bigger fool.  In the end, however, she decided to cast her lot with the eccentric wizard.

The weeks and months to come brought many adventures as the intrepid wolf and his new protector delved deeply into places where no sane person should go.  Most of the time, the soul-box would go with them as Ulfred made a careful survey of all the curious characters and phenomena that they had encountered.  Although it could be dangerous, it was always intriguing to see which things had souls and which did not. 

Before long, Audrey grew as fascinated with the soul-box as its inventor.  She learned not to fear its crystal eye, especially after Ulfred allowed her to turn it on himself.  He wore a clown’s face for the occasion and when she examined the image in her hands, she laughed to see how silly his soul was.  But she was deeply touched when he gave it to her.  Audrey didn’t know it as yet, but in time and without the aid of any mystical device, she would eventually give hers to him.  Such was the way of Ulfred’s magicks.

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BillyDBunny's avatar
BillyDBunnyHobbyist Traditional Artist
Incredible imagination.
Andibi's avatar
AndibiHobbyist Traditional Artist
Aw, thanks!  Photography seems like magic to me... might as well treat it as such.
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BillyDBunnyHobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, me too.  I had my own darkroom at 14 and was just wild about photography.  But my comments are directed at the drawing.  And yes, cameras are soul collectors, everyone knows that!  Just ask anyone who has ever been blackmailed by photography and it's works.
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madcomputerscientistProfessional Artist
Well that was adorable af. <3

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Also, the codpiece is a bit awkward, but I guess around tentacle-beasts it's more or less standard protective gear. XP
Another question, does the wolf have wolf paw feet and a tail here? Different than the deer who most oft lack a tail and have human feet?
Andibi's avatar
AndibiHobbyist Traditional Artist
LOL -- Glad you like =D

True on the codpiece -- I actually thought about it for a bit, but then I excused myself on the basis that it must have been the best effort of some smith unfamiliar with the specs for female armor ;-)

The wolf has a tail and perhaps some kind of abbreviated paw feet, but he's not digitigrade.  The deer have tails, too, but I imagine them to be small enough to tuck inside their clothing.  But no hooves -- They definitely sport human-type feet.
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wolfzol Digital Artist
^.^ Predator and prey in one team.  This is a sign of Enlightenment. :D

Hmm.. Every big inventor seems crazy in normal people eyes. Maybe, this is right.  But a must be a little crazy, about it if you want thinking without limitations. :D
Ulfred looks like a real scientist, very sympathetic character.  Audrey in turn, looks like a real, larrikin, cool warrior.
I love that *even action doesn't contain blood in artwork. (Not a lot) Not a brutality is the focus. ^.^

I did some reading the photography history and the origin of photography words, thanks to you. In my country this word: refulgence-picture/light-picture. ^.^

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AndibiHobbyist Traditional Artist
Enlightenment is good :-)  I always like stories about mismatched characters who work together and solve problems with their own special abilities.  Wolf and deer seem like a good choice for such a story =D

Thanks for your nice observations -- I'm glad you noticed that violence (or even action) is not the main point of this picture.  I just wanted the picture to be a little funny and to show cooperation in a stressful situation :-)

The history of photography is really interesting -- I love antique photographs and cameras!
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wolfzol Digital Artist
Me too like "mismatched" characters. ^.^ Hmm but i think very few characters "mismatched". If they recognize their abilities and coordinate that, able to solve problems together. Of course, this requires self-knowledge and observation.

This artwork is a set of opposites. :D  Not just prey and predator... Female-warrior (strong man) - male wizard (fragile woman). Woman defend the male. Use to primitive and use to modern technology. Funny, and dangerous. Calm and excited. :D
How strange... the
contrary (and extreme) stuff/things, very often complement each other.

I don't wonder, that you love it. I think the first picture was made for the share. Not want profit ... One moment, what someone else can see.  Just as the inventor of the camera did not want to keep it to himself with his invention. ^.^
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AndibiHobbyist Traditional Artist
True -- Good point!  "Mismatched" is mostly a question of outside perception :-) 

I did not think of all of the opposites that you mentioned -- It's true about the contrasts between man and woman, but the I did not consider the mood, atmosphere, etc.  But you are right about all of it.

Daguerre seems to have been a good man -- a person who wanted to advance human technology for the betterment of all people.  Photography seems truly miraculous to me and a very precious gift indeed :-)


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MoqffeaProfessional Interface Designer
Your draw very fantastic La la la la     
Andibi's avatar
AndibiHobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!  :-)
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MoqffeaProfessional Interface Designer
Welcome ;)
                  
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ZaphkiellaneHobbyist Traditional Artist
I love things that play on the confusion that seemed to permeate the advent of modern technology. light bulbs, photographs, and radio are particularly interesting subjects. I haven't visited this subject for a while now but may have to return to it. 
Andibi's avatar
AndibiHobbyist Traditional Artist
All of those things seemed way ahead of their time when they first came out.  Photography still seems amazing to me, considering that it was made commercially available in 1839 (!)
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ZaphkiellaneHobbyist Traditional Artist
I've got a weird connection in my mind that light bulbs and radios have some as yet undefined connection to the spirit plane. It seems like they create a sort of barrier to paranormal entities. It is probably linked to the way that these devices make, division that is likely just a mental wall, between the tamed urbanized places and the areas that are sill ruled by nature.
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AndibiHobbyist Traditional Artist
That makes sense to me -- Light bulbs, radios, and other technologies that actually change one's perception of the environment probably go a long way toward conditioning our minds not to see the more subtle manifestations of the natural world.  I mean, who ever saw a ghost in a flashlight beam?  And I have yet to see a truly convincing ghost-photograph.  EVPs?  Jury's still out, but I suspect they're mostly wishful thinking or stray transmissions...
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FlapperFoxyHobbyist Traditional Artist
I already love this story-a wizard wolf and warrior deer maiden!Rue Grin 
Andibi's avatar
AndibiHobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!  This came way out of left field, but I had fun with it :-)
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FlapperFoxyHobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome-I hope to see more of them!Kawaii fox - original version 
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KosmoKOYOTEHobbyist Traditional Artist
A bit different from your regular works.I like it! it has a Celtic feel
due to those circular carvings on the stones.

A totally eccentric Wizard Wolf. Very unique! Your stories draw the reader
into this tale so wonderfully! The soul- box must posses magical qualities
if it is able to determine if an entity lacks a soul. I hope that you have plans
to continue on with this story. I'm hooked!:) (Smile) 

There's an interesting note pertaining to these vintage cameras and 1850's/ 1860's
photographers. When such individuals went out into the American west to record 
Native American cultures many refused to be photographed as they believed it would
steal their souls!
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AndibiHobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes indeed -- I was thinking about some of those accounts of Native Americans thinking that the camera took a part of their souls.  If they thought it was evil magic, then I would imagine that medieval people would have felt similarly.  I sort of pictured this wolf-sorceror as being a little ahead of his time, messing around with different chemicals, etc., until he stumbled on the secret of fixing an image. 

As for those entities whose souls do not show up on the photographic plate, I figure they would be ghosts, demons, or other such things that have historically resisted the camera ;-)  

Thanks as always for your nice words and thoughtful commentary!  :-)
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You're welcome!:D (Big Grin) 
Fail-Seeker's avatar
I love the story to this. :clap:
Andibi's avatar
AndibiHobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!  It's a little something different...  =D
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