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The Eagle Has Fallen by kittenwylde The Eagle Has Fallen by kittenwylde
EDIT: Thanks to having an emergency hysterectomy, I'm no longer sicker than crap, and I have plenty of free time to write and make art before I can go back to work. So here's the first chapter of Black Eagle Rising, called Fallen Eagle. It is a work in progress, and therefore subject to revision and change without notice.
WIP: Fallen Eagle"Finally!"
The sound of a voice managed to penetrate the cloud of gray depression surrounding Nika Finmoralyn. She opened her eyes.
"You are alive, right? And an officer?"
The voice belonged to a man in the uniform of the Eagle Guard, Clerical Division. Nika nodded and struggled to her feet, trying to shake off the bleakness. The best she could do was push it aside a bit, enough to let her speak.
"Lieutenant-General Nika Finmoralyn. What do you need?"
The man, wearing insignia that marked him a Captain of his Division, sighed with relief. "You're in charge now, aren't you. Good. Tell me what in blackened hell I'm supposed to do with the payroll! Please."
The despair came back, and Nika sagged back onto the bench. It overlooked the garden in front of the barracks, which had once been a pleasant, refreshing sight. Now the plants were straggly, untrimmed, with weeds sprouting all through the flower beds.
"Do whatever you want with it," Nika said. "I don't care. There's no one left to pay.
 

This is a scene that has a story with it. But I'm behind on my writing, thanks to getting sicker than crap every time I turn around. I am PISSED OFF! At least I got the render done. This one was quite an adventure, let me tell you. It started out with a mysterious hole that showed up in the figure's forehead and progressed to crashing my computer, complete with a BSOD. Yes, that's right, a Blue Screen of Death. So I had to rebuild everything and try again. This attempt rendered with only two black spots on poor Delaney's head, which was a vast improvement over the crater.

Anyway, I'll give you a bit of background, and find a way to work in the proper story later.
The character is Nika Finmoralyn. I haven't quite figured out her title yet, but she's second in command of the Shining Home Division of the Golden Eagle Guard. She has just completed a survey of the capital city (as yet unnamed) and discovered that the Golden Eagle Dominion is pretty much dead. The Shining Ones are all dead, victims of the Blue Death. So are nine out of ten people that used to live in the city. She returned to the Palace to make her report, but there was no one to report to, because almost all of the Palace residents were either dead or fled. (Yes, this is a rather bleak world, at the moment.) Right about the time she came back, the payroll officer was looking through the barracks for someone--anyone--to pay. Between them they decided they might as well take a good chunk of the gold each and set off in search of a new life, somewhere far away from the suffering brought about by the Blue Death. But you see, a big bag of gold is really, really heavy...
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karibous-boutique Featured By Owner May 13, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good grief -- a "mysterious hole that showed up in the figure's forehead" ???  That sounds like a digital plague, lol.  The render turned out beautifully in the end, but I'm sorry it brought along the BSOD!  (Maybe your PC caught the Blue Death??)  :giggle:
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kittenwylde Featured By Owner May 13, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think you're right, it was the plague all along!
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vwrangler Featured By Owner May 8, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
She's looking a bit blue herself. I hope that she's not ... unwell .... It is a striking and evocative scene.

That is indeed a honkin' big bag o' gold.

Wonder why you were getting holes, of all things?
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kittenwylde Featured By Owner May 9, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beats me, I thought it was a texture error, but switching textures didn't work. It definitely had something to do with the hair, though. And she's not sick, she's a freak and immune.
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vwrangler Featured By Owner May 9, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, I'll bet you ran into a version of the issue that Iray has with some skullcaps. Not all of them and not often, but their transmaps wind up reacting weirdly to the characters and the lighting. There are some that can be counted on to do this, but I don't remember which ones. Depending on whether or not the hair can tolerate it, if you lower cutout opacity to zero, it can get rid of the issue.
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kittenwylde Featured By Owner May 13, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, I'll try that. Because now it's happening a lot more often.
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CrownDigitalArt Featured By Owner May 7, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great job, you really captured the feel of exhaustion, both physical and mental, along with the look of 'what now?' 
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kittenwylde Featured By Owner May 7, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! That pose was pretty rough.
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JoePingleton Featured By Owner May 6, 2018   Filmographer
WOW marvelous scene, It looks like she has hit rock bottom.  Can't wait for the rest of the story
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kittenwylde Featured By Owner May 7, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! I'm glad I got the look right. As for the story... there will be more, but I can't swear to how many or how often. I need to write more.
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