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ravine- ophelia corredan by nebezial ravine- ophelia corredan by nebezial
during the second arenian expansion, lady ophelia , ruler of the corredan dukedom was on her own after the death of her husband. many worried how the generally silent duchess who rarely spoke in any of the political meetings would hold the reigns on the one of the greatest lordships in the continent.

some thought that the silent duchess might be manipulated, used for their own plans. first year of her reign she fulfilled the expectations nobles had of her. she kept things going as well as she could in times of war.

rumors spread. corredan dukedom was bordering the arenian expanse, and with many messengers of areni dropping by, lords presumed that lady ophelia would ally the corredan lands with areni.

little did they know that in silence lady ophelia listened. while many shouted, and argued , she pondered. she worried. she was a smart woman. proficient in histories and lore. and a great worry burdened her.

it was over a year since arenians started slaying dragons. harvesting their tears, all for the purpose of gaining the greater military edge.

most say in it only that. the sole danger was with arenians. ophelia had her own opinions. she knew of old alliances dragons made with people of ravine. of old promises sealed in blood and fire.

she saw the mistrust in dragons recently, aggression even. she saw and heard them roaring towards west. calling.

it would be an understatement to say that the lords and kings of the lands that opposed arenians were shocked to receive a summon from lady corredan. yet most of them answered it. and so, on an autumn night, ophelia corredan shared with them her fear.

arenians broke the pact with the dragons, old code that said man would not slay a dragon nor a dragon man. , now dragons called. they called for justice, they called for blood...and she thought there is one that might answer

baran, the eldest living dragon, giver of magic and son of mergarand the dragonfather, and barahea the dragonmother. of the eldest , he alone lives.... somewhere in the west.

ophelia proposed that they must stand alongside dragons. show their allegiances, and stop the bloodshed.

some agreed, possibly more for personal interests. united alliance is far more efficient at scaring off the opponent.
some said they would consider it.


and so corredans organized raids in which dragons were released, saved again and again.

still..arenians were relentless... and dragons, kept calling.

it was late winter that baran answered their call, and obliterated arenian borders. he then called his kin, and from them hr found out that not all have broken the code. many defended it with their very lives. baran learned of the woman. lady corredan. and with her he made the final pact. that of corredan flame. not a pact of mastery, but protection. just as corredans protected his kind, so will his kind treat corredans and all blessed by them as family.

and dragons take good care of their family.

ophelia's wisdom saved many lives that year, and later on she was inducted as an honorary matriarch of the sisterhood of anya. what was once the dukedom of corredans had become a great city. it's name was dregya, and it was protected
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Calmar Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014
This work is outstanding!

I love her confident expression, her short hair and her armour. :+favlove:
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VOLKBR Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Iam in love *¬*
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Myrethy Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
There are few people I would be willing to outright worship in this world... Stjepan Sejic is one of those people! :heart:
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bastler Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013
Maybe a slight inspiration by Antje Traue?
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nebezial Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013
not even a little bit
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SupermanLovesAspen Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, she's pretty.
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SaneKyle Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
LOL the same comment.
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SupermanLovesAspen Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
lol, just noticed
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SaneKyle Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Student Digital Artist
What a funny coincidence.
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SaneKyle Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Wow, she's pretty.
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rodsmith23 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Professional Artist
amazing!!!!
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Vampyre-Lover Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013
Wonderfully Done!!!
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monokene Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Student Artist
I like it. Girl in armor is always the winning combination.
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bastler Featured By Owner May 29, 2013
What did Master Nebezial write about Black Dragons...
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LeeReXXX Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love everything about this artwork. Ophelia is stunning! I can't stop looking at her expression. This is beautiful.
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Kalid909 Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Now THAT is a true, strong woman! No cocky strutting or posing, or any such nonsense; she shows her power through prudence, wisdom, and learning. She's smart, she's practical, and she's very, very wise. Her power lies in her strength of character, and not just her sword arm. :) I loved the story piece with this beautiful artwork, very inspiring, and very well rendered. Just amazing! :D Instant favorite! :squee:

Plus this got extra brownie points big time, because I love dragons, so I'm quite happy to see something that isn't about slaying them and making them out to be evil or mindless animals... XD
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EdDarkflame Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful work, and the insight on the story is outstanding and interesting. Awesome work, as always!
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Reilune Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
LOVE :D
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Juliano-Pereira Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice Work!! :D
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Tessriane Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Kick. Ass.
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jet7ST Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
I wish I could double favorite this.
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Enoa79 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
Beautiful work. I love his eyes.
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DarkerEve Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
Awesome.
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Passin Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
Cool
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BumpyTheShroom Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
Your work is so badass and inspiring!
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AaronQuinn Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Tis nice :) took ages doing the scales but finish it by scribbling over them :/
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kolishnikov Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
is her ear intentionally maimed or was that a dragon thing or a mistake?
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nebezial Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
its a religious branding of the followers of aertes of the fates, also known as aertes' antlers
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kolishnikov Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
i see, i thought it was just a battle scar buts thats kindof cool and weird too
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Patrucca Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Student General Artist
The story and art for this is so awesome! I'd read this book easily. :)

-P.A.
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Icon-UK Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
Loving the armour!
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Sfinga Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
Both the story and the picture are perfect beyond description!
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Sazorex Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
Short version: F**k with a Corredan and see where it gets you...
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Shard1k Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
story and art are both great
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Spydraxis01 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
This image rocks I love the design of the armor it's very...Elf. That's a good thing.
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SannaKore Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That was awesome! Great character, great art, great story! Thank you! :love: :heart: :love:
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Banished-shadow Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013   Digital Artist
love it, badass as always
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xBORNx Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013
Excellent
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BaileyBot Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
digging the elf armor
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ArtTraveller77 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You really do have a way with design, and good story too.
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Kulter Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013
wow, great design
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Snukastyle Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah, so this must be the progenitor of the Corredan Flame and Lynn's legacy...
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bdblade Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Great-great-x-grandmama looks badass!!!

I've been wondering about the ears in Ravine, is the way they're shaped significant, like representing a pact/bond from the distant past, or is it just a way to subtly show that "this ain't Kansas anymore"? :D
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nebezial Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013
its not really a spoiler to say that the splitting of ears is a religious sort of a circumcision type deal. at young age it is done to the followers of aertes of the fates as it represents her antlers. many think it a remnant of more primitive ages, but customs are hard to kill i guess
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bdblade Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Wow, that is really really interesting, that is a pretty hectic thing for a religious ritual. I'm glad the worst I have to worry about is long services :D I guess its a lot harder to kill a belief when living representatives of the deity are running around.
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nebezial Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
actually faith in aertes is at most a faith in ones own fate. what will happen will happen. faith in damanul is a faith in a living present god. they usually present it by wearing proudly the signet of a four eyed crescent moon
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bdblade Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
But at least they can (sort of) know that Aertes exists, since there are Wanderers running around swinging Grimlas weapons, rather than having to take it on pure faith. Even if they know she won't do anything to intervene.

I actually found the idea of a faith in an imprisoned being really intriguing, you'd think people would figure out that, god-like or not, anything that has been sealed up under a mountain is probably there for a reason.

I wonder what their Creed would be : "I believe in god the convict..." :rofl:

Can't wait for the next instalment!! :eager:
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nebezial Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
it all depends on the embellishing story. if damanul presented himself as a chained prometheus... a benefactor of humanity sealed by those who would keep knowledge from them.....
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bdblade Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I can see how that would work, people are pretty gullible, I guess some people's bullsh*t sensors still went of, since he's not universally worshipped. I'm looking forward to seeing who's actually in charge, him or his High Priest(s), since he kinda needs them more than they need him right now, though I'm guessing that will change.

I can't think of another work, literary, visual, or anything that's managed to get me as fascinated with as many aspects of it as Ravine. You have created somthing truly remarkable :salute:
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nebezial Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
we havent even scratched the surface ::
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