As a Scion, Khione had spent her entire life on Mount Olympus. She frolicked as a foal in meadows made of clouds, jumping from one floating island to another. As the years passed – although they were far less important to the immortal Greek gods and magical horses they invited into their homes – Khione grew into a stunning, mature grey mare. She considered herself blessed – with friends and family to enjoy eternity together.
And then the Greek gods decided, in a moment of desperation, to send their beloved Aksiothos to Earth – as disciples who would help spread faith in the Greek gods once again. Khione was thrust from the only home – only world – she had ever known and dispatched down to Earth. Everything had changed in a moment and now she had to pick herself back up again, and try to find her new place in this strange new world.
Did she find her fallen comrades and herd mates?
Would she look for a way to return to Mount Olympus… despite the gods having kicked her out of her home so tragically?
Maybe she would find a new meaning and purpose here on the Earth?
She had so many options to consider and decisions to contemplate. She knew she wasn’t ready to mingle with humans, and so she found a tropical forest, lush with vegetation and life, where she could spend her time figuring out her next step. It was here, in the Amazonian jungle, where fate intervened and showed her the next adventure.
Standing before her, forming a semi-circle, Khione found herself face-to-face with a group of beautiful, strong warrior women regaled in hunting attire. These were no ordinary women - they were skilled hunters blessed by Artemis, seeking truth and justice in the wisdom granted by Athena, made strong and powerful by Gaea, and virtuous in the love granted to them by Aphrodite. Before the mare stood the infamous Amazons, sisters blessed by the gods, who are dedicated to the peace believed to be every person's right – uniting all people, sexes, races and creeds with equality, compassion, reason and love.
And just as she recognized them for who they were, the Amazon's recognized Khione as an Aksiothos, a breed of horse regaled and honored by Zeus. The sisters lowered their weapons, and stood in wonder, taking great delight in Khione's presence.
Khione would not consider allowing a mortal to approach her, but the Amazons were not mere mortals, and were revered by the Greek gods as well. So, as a dark-haired woman approached slowly, with humility and respect, Khione relaxed and allowed their leader to stroke her nose.
"Truly, you are magnificent… and must come from Olympus," she said as she reached up to pat Khione.
The girls spoke softly and quickly, wanting to shower one of the god's allied horses with love and respect, and believing that such an act of compassion to one of the god's own steeds could only help them in a future time of need. In an instant, with unanimous decision, the sisters offered Khione transportation back to the Island of Themyscira, where she would be able to live in peace and comfort, with purity of spirit, hidden away from the hostile world of mankind.
Themyscira was not her original home, but Khione was finding it easy to settle into an alternate life on the island. She could wander among lush meadows to graze on sweet grasses, spend an afternoon ambling across the golden sand of the beach, or just rest comfortably in Queen Hippolyta's elegant stables. And she found delight when the Amazons would use her in their training, adorning her with the finest tack as they practiced their rigorous and intense training scenarios.
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tl;dr - Khione is adjusting to her new life on Themyscira with the Amazons wonderfully.
I realize she is holding her spear/lance very near the tip, but I didn't want to draw it extended any farther as it got in the way of Khione's face/bridle for the image. Consider it a special Amazon training technique, LOL.
Art & Characters (Khione & Kopesia) © ReQuay
Pose ref: Grey Andalusian Stallion
I'm honored that Khione got second place.
And so proud that all the time I put into her intricate tack and details really paid off. Humans still make me incredibly uncomfortable. And the tack is definitely a challenge (how does one paint chainmail, ugh?). But I'm hoping that as I get to explore Khione's and Kopesia's adventures, I will also get the chance to continue working on art elements (humans, tack, backgrounds) that push me and grow as an artist.
Wow! Amazing work! Love it!
I was wondering if you could let me us this image for an Android game called "Kingdoms of Myth", it's turn based strategy game based on a fantasy World. You can find a little bit more info in this rough website made by my colleges lifeisinfinity.eu5.org/infinit… (Sorry for the bad English). Of course you will have full credits of your work and link to your webpage if you want
Lot of thanks for your time
P.D: By the way we just created now a Facebook with more recent pictures: www.facebook.com/kingdomsofmyt…
lot of thanks for answering. I understand your decision, and if I'm asking you instead of using your picture without your permission is because I respect artists and I think you have all the rights to decide if someone can use your image or not. I know that this days people just use other pictures without asking, but i don't' want to be a simple burglar.
Lot of thanks for your time and keep on with the good work!
That's so exciting to hear! It's such an interesting idea that I would love to hear more of it!
I understand how life can be. I hope you can get some free time sometime soon