2013 – a new beginning
First off I’d like to apologise for my lack of publishing towards the end of last year. I had a few issues to sort out close to home. i don’t really want to go into them too much on such a public forum, but I’ll just say that I’ve managed to find a new supplier of paper (thanks Theo P – Rymans is the business!) plus pencils (again, Rymans) and am back better than ever. I’ll be updating this more often. But here’s a little taster to get your appetites whetted.
This sword doesn’t have a story, and in that way it is a story in and of itself. It is the Unnamed Solider of the sword world. Just another tool, a weapon to be used and discarded when the powers that be (the Gods? Leaders? who know who really pulls the strings of war- usually leaders though) deem it no longer useful. This sword was found half buried (both in the ground and in a person [so fully buried]) at the site of the battlefield of Arkerg Sk’arrrkarrag. A vicious brutal battle between two houses- House Velian; a valiant noble house of the lowlands, and House Bratulis, a brutal, war loving clan from the west. They met in the foothills of the mountains to the North, and over a million deaths were made. The houses have made up now, both realising the folly of their ways (it was long and complicated, but basically, Daiv Bratulis thought Jhonni Velian had stolen his favourite cloak, things escalated. <sighs> such is war friends) and teamed up to make a monument on the site. This sword, the Unnamed Sword, was hung in the middle of the monument by magic.
As you can see, it has been very carefully shaded to show that there is a light source to the left. A complicated technique achieved by drawing more lines on one side than other. I think a well known artist once said that drawing is nothing but darkness and light, which is something I definitely agree with. But it is also symbolic in this instance as it signifies that battle between darkness and light, so prevalent in many fantasy worlds. Ironically, not in mine however. In the realm of Shagina, there is no black and white “Good” versus “Evil”. there are loads of shade of grey (like the sword- heh!), and one’s persons opinion might be different from someone else s. Something for the more mature readers to get their heads around, and maybe get them thinking about wars closer to home.. (afghanistan)