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Marulen Herding

By Drelteo
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My Arcanus Winter Festival Entry for Marulen Herding!

A violent storm in the tundra of Ethora begins moving south without warning, hitting a small farmland about a mile
from an old town. The rapidly collecting snow and sharp winds render the usual exit from the farmer’s pastures to his
marulen’s barn inaccessible… And his herd are out in the open!

The farmer runs to the town in search of help to save his herd, offering payment for one’s time. Marrok (left) and Khalon
(right) are passing through and take the opportunity to help, having too little money to have stayed at a hotel that night

The three trek as fast as possible to the pastures and, monitoring the swirling grey clouds against the darkening sky, make
the decision to lead the marulen through a large, covered canyon and back to their stables before the storm worsens… But
the canyon’s path has been unkept; the boulders are loose, it’s overgrown with vegetation and flooded from recent rainfall.

It’s a tricky journey on the thin, uneven road as the sun sets. The cold air smells of ferns, moss and rotting wood.
Communication is hard over the sounds of paws and hooves trekking on loose gravel, water pouring over rocks and strong winds
whistling throughout the canyon. The farmer leads the herd while Marrok helps clear the path and Khalon brings up the rear,
ensuring none of the Marulen stray.

The day's last rays of sunshine seep into the canyon, and their warmth is bittersweet. Will they make it back safely before nightfall?
Follow-up artwork will be posted next month!

For the group Arcanus Ethora by Velkss.
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Chestash's avatar

Love this painting!!! It looks stunnning!!!!

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Oh man, thank you! :D
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