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Lyon-Dano Speculation by DeepChrome Lyon-Dano Speculation by DeepChrome
As some of you have seen, I have a deep and abiding love for Anne McCaffrey's The Tower and the Hive series. I've read all of the books, and particularly liked the idea of the Gwyn-Raven Dynasty continuing on for a few more generations.

As always, the Tower and the Hive series is copyright by Anne McCaffrey. This is merely speculative art that in no way has an impact on what McCaffrey chooses to do with the future of her characters.

Anyways, on to the speculative part of this.

Near the end of the series, we find out Laria Raven-Lyon not only has chosen a partner in Kincaid Dano, but is also pregnant by him. (For those of you who haven't read that far, I won't spoil the hows of it. Just go read. ;P )

I felt like drawing some of the attire and fashion style as depicted in the Romas cover art for this series. As he tended towards influenced by Earthly cultures (the Rowan dressing Egyptian, Laria wearing Persian styles, etc) I decided to try a bit of Japanese kimono and see where that went.

But then I had to design a character to put the clothes onto. :shrug: Mostly cause I don't think anyone else except maybe Damia would've fit the kimono look, and that style doesn't quite fit Damia's not-so-reserved styles either. So. New character, mostly just for the hell of it. :)

Anyways, Kincaid is described as having the tall, lean look of a Capellan. Laria's father Afra is Capellan and she is clearly described as having inherited most of Afra's physical features. Thus, I speculated that the kid--assuming it's a daughter, which it probably is--was going to carry on the tall and lean features. Basically she'd be probably a six-foot version of the Rowan--same radiant smile, same narrow face, and the same silver streak--but would have a lot of her parents' even temperament and naturally laid-back nature.

Yeah, anyways. I don't even know if Anne McCaffrey will even continue the series, so I will certainly defer to her choices on what happens next. (So once again, I stress, this is purely speculative art, more for the sake of the clothing....)

Well. Enjoy.

Drawn in CS2 with a Wacom 6x8 Intuos tablet.
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Jeradia Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011
Thats really good i love this and the other picture you did of Rowan, Damia and Laria. Anne is also one of my favourite authors its a shame that she died recently :'(
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DeepChrome Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah it is. :(

And yeah the Rowan is my favorite of her characters besides Helva, the Ship Who Sings. :D
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kylieleane Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010  Professional Writer
Ah, my fave series of books, I haven't met very many people to enjoy them as much as I do.
Its a beautiful picture, I love the background and her outfit is just fantastic.
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DeepChrome Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. :D Glad you liked it. I really love the Romas art on the covers. It gives the world a flavor that not many book covers can pull off, let alone make distinctive enough to remember.

Yeah it's a long-loved series for me. I've been into McCaffrey since I borrowed a copy of The Ship Who Sang from the middle school library in the seventh grade. I have phases where I drift off, and then come back, and my writing seems to have gained some influence from her and David Weber particularly.

I've gotten better at doing faces since I did these, so someday I may redesign my concept of the Rowan. We'll see.
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blossomstar14 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Beautiful work. I've been reading the series myself (I'm on 'Damia's Children';) and I've been in search of a family tree cause I'm a dork like that.
Anyway, I though Capellan's were green skinned?
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DeepChrome Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you.

Yeah, they are. I always saw it as a greenish tinge. (Oddly it makes me think a little of Vulcans, as Spock's blood is green, and they'd naturally have a hint of green to their complexions as a result. If anything, they ought to have been greener....)

It seems to be hinted in Children of Damia onwards that green skin isn't typical for descendants born of a Capellan and someone from other worlds. The only one of Damia's kids who even has it is Kaltia. And that's one out of eight kids.

Hmm, I kinda meant to do more of these sorts of Gwyn-Raven-Lyon artworks, but I keep forgetting. Hmm, indeed. :D
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blossomstar14 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
huh. Thats interesting. Anyway, I really like your work!
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DeepChrome Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. :)
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PetSether Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I had always been confused by the description of Afra. My reading teacher (who suggested the books to me) always sit and discuss the physical traits of the characters xD

But I really like this picture. It seems fitting of the book series (I am barely one hundred pages into 'Damia' myself :P Better get reading while winter break is here).
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DeepChrome Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. :) Yeah, winter break should help loads, especially if you're a fast reader. Also, that's one awesome reading teacher if they're recommending sci-fi to you. A lot can pretty much dismiss the genre, unless it turns up in an excerpt in a lit book. :no:

Afra, I always saw as tall, lean, slightly green-tinged...I guess you could say like Spock, if you watched any Star Trek. :D But handsomer.

Hmm. I really ought to try drawing him and Jeff Raven one of these days...
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jrl3001 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2008   General Artist
Very awesome DC! :) I think you should post more of your character art here :P
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DeepChrome Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. :)

I probably will. I've quite a few characters piled up in my head.
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thisolddeviantart Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2008
oh, I like it.

it's great to see you have a lot of talent with non-completely-digital art too! :D
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DeepChrome Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. :D

Yeah it's good to change around from fractals to drawing and then back again.
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thisolddeviantart Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2008
no problem! ^^

you're good at it. ;p
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DeepChrome Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. :)
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thisolddeviantart Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2008
XD
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Vypor Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008
Nice! :D
I've never mastered the art of making clothes actually look like, well... clothes. :doh:
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DeepChrome Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It takes practice, more or less. :D

Thank you, though.
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Vypor Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008
I bet!
And you're welcome. :D
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Katheairene Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
good concept :] I didn't reach this point of book, but can't wait to check out the rest of storyline ;]
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DeepChrome Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. :D Glad you enjoyed it. I had fun drawing and painting it.

The series' last three books were Damia's children, Lyon's Pride where Kincaid is first introduced, and then The Tower and the Hive, the title of which makes me pretty sure it's the last book in the series. Hope that helps you figure out which ones need reading.
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Katheairene Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
I've read Damia's children, but Lyon's Pride and the last book were not avaliable here, I have to find elsewhere original ;]
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DeepChrome Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Best of luck there, okay? :) Lyon's Pride and the last book were pretty good. :nod:
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Katheairene Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
so I'm starting in minutes ;]
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DeepChrome Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hehe. :) Enjoy.
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yulii Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008
she looks so pretty :) and you made an adorable sexy outfit that looks perfect on her and her pose :D
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DeepChrome Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. :D

I have fun designing cool outfits for sci-fi characters. Long-time hobby since childhood when I tried different stuff on Princess Leia. :shrug: It's a nice way to pass the time. :giggle:
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TsukinoHikari20 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008
Beautiful work :)

I really wish she would continue the series! I'm always eagerly awaiting the next volume :X

Anyways, I love the design of her dress. The main reason why I started to read the series was the cover, it struck me as absolutely beautiful. The design you have here, is also absolutely beautiful :)

Good work!
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DeepChrome Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! I was trying to do my own angle on the cover art style, and continue the generational progression. :D Hey, the cover art on The Rowan was what got me intruiged enough to read. I had read her Pegasus/Talent series, and mention of Talent in the book cover blurb was enough to get me interested. :nod: After the first book, I was hooked. Hooked. I gotta replace my copy of Damia sometime, cause the binding broke in half, and gave me two books...right down the middle of the whole book. :rofl: (Strangely, my favorite McCaffrey books have a habit of doing this. My copy of The Ship Who Sang fell apart at several sections, to the point that I wanted to make a little titanium box for it. :rofl: )

As for continuing the series, I wouldn't mind seeing how a Lyon-Dano grew up. They'd have such laid-back, peacefully happy parents with level heads on their shoulders. Also, growing up on Clarf could be...interesting. I don't mind Kincaid's orientation--he really could've just been bi, and only a buncha 'Dini picked up on that--and would be interested in seeing the focus of the story shift back to a single lead character rather than four or five. Like, having the next one focus on the oldest Lyon-Dano's adventures, or somesuch.

Given how The Tower and the Hive concluded though, my hunch is that was the last book. McCaffrey seemed to have wrapped things up nicely by shifting the final paragraphs to focusing on the Rowan and Jeff Raven rather than their progeny... She did, however leave a gigantic opening for fanfiction. (If I recall correctly, her site has a section where you can register a fanfic site with her site's listing. She's done trying to stamp it out--but wants writers to respect the universes. Hence why I figured the logical choice for my character had to be a Lyon-Dano.)

Anyways, I appreciate your comments. :nod: It's cool seeing other fans of the series come out of the woodwork. :D The only other Tower and the Hive fan I've met on here is *Katheairene, who's done some pretty nice portraits of Isthia and Damia. (She's also made a family-line portrait of the Gwyn-Ravens, which I modeled my own Gwyn-Raven family tree piece off of.)
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TsukinoHikari20 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008
I don't think McCaffrey will be writing many more books sadly enough, she keeps on shifting more and more to her son :/

But I can understand where she's coming from, she's like 90 now at least isn't she?

I would love more Pegasus, I was addicted to those as well :P

The only reason why I ever was introduced to the books was I found them in my mom's bookshelf around 12 years ago :P

Other than my mother I haven't met another fan either!!!

I did manage to get a friend hooked on it as well, though he was turned off by Kincaid's orientation switching around a bit (friend is gay and was offended). But I think he got over it and just ignored that last book and enjoyed the rest :P
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DeepChrome Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heh, I couldn't figure the orientation switch either. Which is why I figured, "Why not just assume Kincaid was bi at the outset, and perhaps had only assumed himself to be gay?" One--it takes out the idea of a gay person switching orientations like that, and two--explains why he'd even have feelings like that for Laria anyways.

Anyhoo, I do agree--she is 90-something, if not 100? :faint: Although she seems to have the same thing as Reidinger (The Earth Prime, not the first Peter...) has--that intense personality that defies society's urge to tuck it into a neat age label. Maybe her son will take up the Tower and the Hive series, but that's up to him and her to decide whether or not the story could be told further.

Did you read the last Pegasus one--Pegasus in Flight? That one's the bridge between the Pegasus series, and the Tower and the Hive series.

I started on McCaffrey when I found The Ship Who Sang on a library bookshelf in the 8th grade. I was hooked, and a few years later, found all the other Brain/Brawn books, and read them along with the first two Pegasus books. Then there came the Tower and the Hive series, and that last Pegasus book.

Pretty fun stuff. :)
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TsukinoHikari20 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008
Of course I read Pegasus in Flight :D

lol, I doubt her son will. He tends to stick to Pern, its a nice series and all... But to me its not the same as my fav's! :P

Makes more sense I agree that if they just just he's bi. Then you wouldn't get insulted gay guys going bleh at the book every so often :P

At least he went back to the other books and didn't bleh the whole series :P
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DeepChrome Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heh. :) That was one of her better books, too. Very diverse, and had a lot of great developments, especially for Peter. And it made a great bridge between Pegasus in Flight and The Rowan.

I can't seem to get into Pern either. It's fantasy with just an edge of sci-fi, rather than the other way around with the Tower and the Hive or the Brainships series. :shrug: My preference leans towards sci-fi, so that's probably why.

I also thought it kind of stupid that Kincaid was flat-out gay and yet flips orientations to this woman. I could care less if she was his Prime or an interesting personality--he was pretty clear about wishing for a 'Dini split of Laria to be male, and then in the next book whaaa? It would've possibly been more interesting had this whole relationship really been a 'Dini prank taken too far. :lmao: I mean, that made no sense from what I knew about homosexuality. So I'd think if there was a next book, this whole situation needs to be explored more, like maybe Kincaid figuring out he was bi, or having to deal with his still-existing attraction to men.

I wouldn't be surprised if there are some bi guys out there who could mistakenly consider themselves just gay for the fact that they like men and that there aren't any likeable women around. (That would most fit Kincaid's situation IMHO. Although I'd find it strange for a T-2 telepath to not have figured that out...)
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TsukinoHikari20 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008
Pern is alright, its just not as good as Pegasus or Towers :P

Not near as good at all.

I think its somewhat more creative, besides I like reading about the future Earth, instead of the far way out there.

lol, A 'Dini prank would actually make more sense!!! :P
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DeepChrome Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:lmao: It originally was one if you read between the lines in the story, so having it be sort of this extended prank cause both their pairs liked them together would've been both sad and hilarious at once. My guess is Anne had tried to make it stick convincingly and probably just forgot the idea that making Kincaid bi would've solved the problem. :shrug: And a nice twist on the usual "telepathic girl meets telepathic guy, they link minds, and then fall in love, get married, and have 15 kids" pattern that the Tower and the Hive series tends towards. Although I like the way McCaffrey did twists on that pattern with Thian and Greevy (Gravy) and Rojer and Asia. Those were also nice variations on the usual love-story pattern. :nod:
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