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Aranée 71: Smoke in the Wind

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The dark lord stood at the massive window in uncharacteristic contemplation. The bustling seaport below brought a small smile of approval to his face, another first for him. Things were finally back on track.

Shipments were being received and dispatched at a record pace and bright sails dotted the Freskon Sea to the horizon. The dark rider, Galen, had finally been killed and his scraggly remains dragged through the towns to remind everyone just who controlled the countryside. While they had not located her body, several reliable accounts corroborated that the irritating Elf half-breed had fallen in battle covered with blood. And without these agitators ratcheting up their hope, the villages had quieted down again and no longer overtly resisted the Greener patrols.

But still... still... A small annoying tic and the shadow of a frown settled on his face.

Still, they had NOT found the Elf whore's body. And it seemed as if his contacts in Jobil City had gone blind or been driven underground - he had received no new reports from them in weeks. There also were a few very strange reports of missing patrols and vanished raiders near the eastern Packran mountains and from the northwest corner of the Disputed Lands.

A small commotion in the street captured his attention. A woman had pulled loose from her escorts and attempted to run away, but the weight of heavy chains and shackles on her hands and feet slowed her and she was soon recaptured. One of the guards viciously backhanded her and she was knocked to the ground nearly unconscious. The men slid a wooden plank under her and bodily carried her to the bustling docks.

A tiny smile played on Lord Logash's lips as a servant offered a cool drink. He shocked the man by smiling at him as he took the goblet and settled into his throne. He stroked the arms of the symbolic seat of power and gave a satisfied sigh. Mentally, he had to remind himself that no nation was easy to govern, none was perfect. But HIS lands were once again running very well, indeed.

And that knowledge gave him a great deal of pleasure.


TO BE CONTINUED!


View episodes in sequence for the entire story, links below.

This one is not exactly what I wanted, but frankly I've run out of time for a bit and I wanted to get the chapter posted. I just got back from the Sierra and have nearly 300 images to sift through and process. But nasty old obligations are keeping me from the fun stuff...

UPDATE: Many of you are speculating that this is a new character. In fact, he was featured in chapters 38 and 48. I realize the story has stopped and started so much it is easy to lose continuity, so I offer this info, hope it isn't TOO much of a spoiler.


Please leave a comment yea or nay, I truly value your words...

FIRST CHAPTER -:- NEXT: The Trackless Tireless Sea -:- PREVIOUSLY: Interregnum

Image and story © 2012 by Larry Hodge
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Sep 26, 2012 1:14:00 pm
Nice! ")

by Savage_dragon Homepage »

Sep 26, 2012 1:26:35 pm
Excellent!

by barryjeffer Online Now!   Homepage »

Sep 26, 2012 1:27:37 pm
I like the lighting effect.

by mikeerson Homepage »

Sep 26, 2012 1:36:20 pm
Wonderful work Larry, so glad you finally had time to post the next chapter

by magnus073 Homepage »

Sep 26, 2012 1:53:20 pm
remarkably setting, lighting and render, super story also.

by eekdog Homepage »

Sep 26, 2012 2:15:55 pm
Nice introduction to this new character in your story - I am sure we will hear a good deal more from him! Wonderfully done as always!

by PhilW Homepage »

Sep 26, 2012 2:54:35 pm
Ohhh......this is a marvelous image and story my friend, the atmosphere is perfect and your writing is really good! ***********

by mgtcs Homepage »

Sep 26, 2012 3:15:16 pm
Oh gosh this is awesome, but as always I think Ive missed the first of your story...allot of "firsts" for this fellow here I see. Excellent job with it...I will try to at least check the previous out...ugh...I need more free time haha Ive got tons of time its just never free to comment or...anything else lol

by Rainastorm Homepage »

Sep 26, 2012 5:02:45 pm
Excellent writing! the image is stunning and goes with the chapter quite well

by Faemike55 Homepage »

Sep 26, 2012 5:23:18 pm
Cool scene. He's a nasty man, isn't he?

by drifterlee Homepage »

Sep 26, 2012 5:28:59 pm
Another beautiful image, with excellent lighting. Amazing work my friend.

by adrie Homepage »

Sep 26, 2012 6:35:52 pm
Cool

by bebopdlx Homepage »

Sep 26, 2012 9:14:12 pm
Love the progress in story and art!

by restif Homepage »

Sep 26, 2012 11:07:48 pm
oh, is he in for a surprise :)
Excellent chapter and wonderful image, great lighting in this illustration.

by Cimaira Homepage »

Sep 27, 2012 2:04:18 am
Great light and pov.

by spdskool Homepage »

Sep 27, 2012 3:56:06 am
Excellent work!

by fallen21 Online Now!   Homepage »

Sep 27, 2012 12:27:31 pm
Gorgeous image, although I'm still rooting for Galen to somehow turn up alive

by jandunne Homepage »

Sep 27, 2012 1:48:41 pm
excellent :-)

by mapps Homepage »

Sep 27, 2012 7:15:17 pm
Excellent continuation. Some heads are gonna roll when Logash learns the truth.

by adorety Homepage »

Oct 12, 2012 7:00:32 pm
I remember this guy very well, no matter the fits and starts.

by brewgirlca Homepage »

Apr 23, 2013 2:59:38 am
I take it this is the bad guy, and very suitable to it he is. He thinks he's won but I'm sure time will show him otherwise! Another great installment!

by SidheRoseGraphics Homepage »

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