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Arrival of the Koghi

This is an illustration for Ghiznuk's story Return of the Koghi, featuring a fantasy Ghana empire for the historically based setting of the Ninth Age:…

« A big noise was heard from behind the trees. It grew louder, into the voices of many men, with the bellowing of beasts and the whining of horses. Young men came running to the chief, while the women deposited their jars on the ground and went in excitement in the direction from where the noise was coming, children following them, scaring dogs and chicken away. The whole village resounded with one echo, one chant : « Kooooghi ! Kooooghi ! Kooooghi w'o da ! Kooooghi w'o da ! »


Their leader came mounted on a fierce monoceros, a terrific beast with a huge, heavy horn like a tree trunk on its nose, sustained only by the beast's powerful neck. The animal was covered under a quilted pelt reinforced by leather patches and iron plates nailed directly into his powerful body, criss-crossed by strings of talismans and amulets, including worn out parchment covered in script. Sitting astride the monster's hunched back was a fierce-looking warchief, a kêlêtigi, carrying long iron swords on his side, as well as the beautifully carved bow that was the mark of his rank and status.


All the while the children were watching and singing around them, with the women and a growing crowd of curious villagers standing behind and around, looking either afraid or wondered, chatting excitedly among each other and clapping their hands in joy. »

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Looking Awesome!

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Absolutely Super!

fireforeffect's avatar

This is amazing work. Weldone

MrTuke's avatar
Beautiful digital painting, here. It really exhibits the design and cultural elements of the story. :)
Monseo's avatar
gorgeous work, very captivating :D
Ghiznuk's avatar
Oh, a bit late here, thank you so much for taking the time to illustrate my little story !!
Haha, I even became a hashtag XD
May I suggest adding more hashtags, such as AfricanFantasy, AfroFantasy, or something like this (don't know which ones are trendy)
Looking forward to more African fantasy with you in the near future !! :)

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I'd also shamelessly like to add that a tagcloud like this might work fine in order for it to stumble across more people's searches:

rhino rhinoceros kodo warcraft warhammer whfb t9a dark fantasy lotr harad umbar haradrim koghi songhai mali ghana west afro africa african western south southern southron horn horns horned horny goat goats goatherd herd child children kid kids adult adults crowd people village villager villagers spears spear lance cavalry arrival return of the banner banners flag flags standard standards jug urn ceramic pot pottery dusty dusty sand sahel sahara niger blue sky bird birds horse horses horseman horsemen equine leader king royal power medieval history historical southland southlands southlander southlanders taphria taphrian taphrians

But I might just go for overkill out of habit. And of course, this very comment may act as said tagcloud. ;)

Anyhow, marvellous artwork!
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Oh, geez, you did it again XD
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Capital! Forgot these tags:

Mansa Musa Timbuktu gold cattle herd ivory scholar scholarship scholars university school teaching learned learning library archive center market town city author authors book books scroll scrolls parchment paper early modern ancient Gao Hausa Kumbi Saleh Kangaba Jenne-Jeno Fulani Nok rider riders riding master mastery slave slavery slavers slaver slaver slaving enslave enslaved enslavement enslaver enslavers thrall thralls livestock desert plains steppe prairie family kind settled nomad nomads settler settlers settlement Kanem Bonu Chad Tchad Nigeria Tombouchto Agadez

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Damn, that's skill right there :D

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This is fantastic work, well done.
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This is amazing
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Simply Marvelous Artwork!!! Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: clap remake 1a clap remake 1a clap remake 1a clap remake 1a clap remake 1a clap remake 1a clap remake 1a clap remake 1a clap remake 1a clap remake 1a clap remake 1a 
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You're welcome! Handshake secret handshake :knuckles: Sonic and Sally Handshake Icon 
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