Rioan grabbed Andel’s hand and turned towards the waterfront, running fast as she could. Mardhul had vanished. Smoke rose in black billows from wooden buildings as they sprinted down the street.
A wall of searing fire blazed across their path as the wyvern passed overhead. Behind them the burnt-out shell of a building gave up its strength. It crumbled across the road and into a structure across from it, showering the street with brick and cinders. Rioan stared, looking frantically for an opening; a hole in the walls of flame; some chance to escape.
The only solace was the stone hall and tower that housed the town clock. The hour struck seven and the brass bells began to ring their heavy song, echoing perversely out over the now quiet road.
Rioan bounced nervously on her heels, looking at the hall. She jerked Andel’s arm.
“Come on, the hall will have a back door!”
“Not… Not a good idea.”
Andel shifted back an inch, staring up past the rising smoke, past the eaves of the hall and the clock face on the tower above it. The bells reflected firelight from the belfry as they chimed the final chords of the hour. Rioan looked up to see what had him so transfixed, and gripped his arm tighter.
Perched high upon the bell-tower’s steeple, bathed in a malevolent crimson glow, sat the wyvern.
Kelkolan Chapter 3 ~ Ushikanu
Added my new watermark, fixed some of the colour.
Also I just noticed there was a print request on this. I might consider making up some prints of it if people are at all interested. I'll look into it (:
---------------Edit Just clarifying about Vexus' head, his upper jaw is thin due to his design. Vexus' head shape was modelled after that of a pit viper, and flipped so the thinner mandible was at the top. It does appear a little thinner than it's supposed to be, partially because his eyes were just a little bit too big D: (I went back and fixed it).
The ushikanu don't have a lot of pressure or strength in their jaws at all, which reflects in how thin their upper jaw is. They rely on their size, flight speed, and the weight of their head (by using their head as a wrecking ball of sorts) in itself to bring down prey.
Here's a detail shot of the head (: [link]
Thanks for the feedback, sorry if I confused anyone (:
:3 Vexus says hello.
Scene from Chapter 3 of Kelkolan
that I've wanted to illustrate for a long time.
Original file size was..... 5000px wide, this is about half of that. Lots of fun, despite having to stare at it for most of the past two days, I liked working with this, and for a change, I really
like how it came out.
Official time of completion, 3:30 am ^^ Common trend - when I work on an arts, I rarely sleep XD
As for the clocktower, two things. Firstly, yes the numbers are written in Ildarie script. Secondly, yes, there are fifteen numbers on the clock, so no it's not an error and yes, I know that generally clocks tend to count to 12 XD. However Feian daily rotation is 30 hours, not 24, so they have 15 hours on their clock (:
Vexus + Art © A.J.Kelly (hey, that's me!)