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Rat Hunt by Nathanomir Rat Hunt by Nathanomir

Henry Lockhaven continues the tale for his delighted daughter, Aura ...

There were seven of them, you know. The Sarethian Seven, they were called. Each one more beautiful and deadly than the others, if you lined them up that way. Oh, I could tell you blood curdling tales ... but that's for another night. Anyway, the other three, Noishante, Coravanne, and Enorra, returned to the palace to hear that their sisters Iryndelle, Lunambyra, Tannerra, and Yveramore had thwarted the assassination of Queen Theda. They missed all the fun. They were most put out!

Not to be denied their share of the action, they left their sisters to comfort the still shaking queen. Noishante, Coravanne, and Enorra set out to find Mustelon, the larcenous captain of the guards, who fled when Varman fell to Iryndelle's sword. The city of Tasara was beautiful that morning, but the ladies didn't notice. They hunted a rat! Like the others, they had become fond of the young queen and took their jobs as auxiliary guard seriously. In the mood they were in, it would have been more merciful if Mustelon just hanged himself. Even the palace animals wanted to help the trio catch this sniveling rodent.

"I think that raven is trying to tell us something," Noishante said.

"I know the cat is. He's been ahead of us all morning," Enorra said.

"Remember what old Ivynn said about ravens? They are sent by Heittan as messengers. Cats excel at finding vermin," Coravanne said. "Mustelon is close!"

"Is that what the smell is? I thought it was the latrine!" Noishante said.

Sensing Mustelon lurked just around the corner, the trio gathered their wills and their steel. Not much remained after Noishante, Coravanne, and Enorra finished with Mustelon, I assure you.

The Seven woke up that morning as barbarian mercenaries. They went to bed that night as counselors to the queen of Phrathia.

Now, go to sleep, little princess, and dream of high adventure!

DAZ Studio Pro 4.6 -> Reality 2.5 -> Luxrender 1.3. Clean render. 33 hour bake time.

All names and characters are copyright Nathan Boutwell, 2014.

This is a follow up to Barbarian Wall. After that render, this one was a lot easier to set up.

Left to right: Noishante, Coravanne, Enorra, and Mustelon (oh, look -- there's a guy in the scene!). Leave a comment for technical and content information. 

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Dangerguy01 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very cool story-telling effects with the lighting. It's like the three main figures are one figure, gradually emerging into the light. Their pale skin in the bright light draws our focus. Then we notice the other details: the cat, the raven, the cur hiding off to the side. (And I love his "oh shit oh shit oh shit" look and posture.) Skilful use of the characters' gazes here, with Noishante and Enorra's eye direction drawing us to the raven and to the cat, respectively.

And on a free-associating pop culture note, I like that the cat is a Siamese. Reminds me of a scene from Batman: Year One. "I knew the Siamese wouldn't stay quiet..."
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Nathanomir Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!

Leave it to the temple guard cat breed to say something. :)
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Valkaneer Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015  Professional Writer
Nice.
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Nathanomir Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks.
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thormemeson Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well they probably won't last long
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Whazizname Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014   General Artist
Beautiful render!!
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Nathanomir Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you.
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Ashfire45 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
DAT LIGHTING!!!! <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3<3 And the girls, and the armour, and the lighting, and the coolness, and the lighting, and the cat, and the crow, AND THE LIGHTING! <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE!
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Nathanomir Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! That's just straight sun and sky in Reality. 
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