Erath3.9:Ethereal Partings by adoretyOpen full image in new tab
adorety 10:26PM | Thu, 15 December 2011
Winslet had a place in town she had some personal stuff stored. In fact she had several places like that across the land. 'It's good to have a secret caches for an emergency.' She'd said. Indeed it was. She had acquired a new outfit for traveling, that was slightly less revealing then her other one, on their second day in Highbridge and was dressed in that now along with a long, flowing, blue gossamer cloak. She revealed that it was in fact a Cloak of the Shadow Hawk. A legendary magical cloak that allowed the wearer to fly for a certain amount of time. It was created by the Inventor Mages in the Order of the Djinn and given to it's highest members for great deeds done. Winslet had, in fact, earned it, but when asked to return it when being discharged from the order, she simply flew away. Ertha said 'You wont be needing that for this leg of the journey, but it will come in quite handy soon enough.' Winslet could only imagine what that meant. Ertha spoke up again. 'Gather round ladies and enjoy your first step in to the ethereal plane.' The four women joined hands with Sirenia and Ertha opposite each other. They closed their eyes and in less than a minute the world around them began to fade into gray and ghostly forms. The room faded and became a shade of what it was and soon seemed to almost disappear altogether. 'Welcome to the shadow side.' Ertha said. All four women looked like shadows of their former selves. When Brigit and Winslet looked around they saw colors, stars and mostly swirling mists. In seeming vast distances, buildings and even landscapes could be seen as drifting and changing forms. Ertha explained, 'What you see is our world as viewed from the shadow side.' 'To travel the ethereal you need to know your destination and concentrate on it. Then you simply move forward until you arrive there. The ethereal is always changing, therefore knowing your destination is of paramount importance or you could just wander and never know where you might end up. This is the shadow side that lies between the prime material and the deep ethereal. To get where we need to go quickly we will enter the deep ethereal.' Ertha explained and turning to Winslet added, 'I know where we are going so all you need to do is follow me. The same will be true for Sirenia and you Brigit.' She said now turning to the other women. Brigit turned to Winslet. 'So this is where we part once again old friend.' 'We will meet again soon I believe. Be well and survive old friend.' Winslet responded and the two women embraced. It felt very strange, for rather than feeling a body it was more like touching some ambiguous form. Ertha and Sirenia embraced as well, then both parties set off in opposite directions. Winslet stood for a moment looking at her surroundings and down at herself in wonder. When she looked up Ertha was further away than she expected and walking at a completely different angle than what would seem possible. Ertha shouted out 'Keep up or be lost!' It sounded rather muffled though. Winslet immediately moved forward and caught up quickly. 'You understand 'follow closely now' I suspect.' Winslet simply nodded. 'See that curtain of colored light in the distance?' Again Winslet only nodded. 'That is where we enter the deep ethereal.' It was sort of like a huge curtain made out of a rainbow. When they arrived before it Ertha turned to Winslet, 'Ready?' 'As I'll ever be.' Was the response and together they stepped through the vaporous curtain of color. Thanks for looking and comments. Vue render mainly with lots of photoshop.
mgtcs 10:30PM | Thu, 15 December 2011
Fantastic image and story Arthur, very fine work, congratulations!
SidheRoseGraphics 10:56PM | Thu, 15 December 2011
I was hoping you would post another in the series soon. This is awesome Arthur - both the image and the story here. That rainbow effect is not always easily achieved, and it's great the way everything is tilted at odd angles. Really gives the feel of being somewhere else and not here. Lol, I love how Winslet 'simply flew away'. Good for her! Great description and explaination of the ethereal plane. Bravo on this!
odile 2:27AM | Fri, 16 December 2011
This is nice. I like all those transparencies, fasinating! The set is great as well!
Dreamdesigner 4:29AM | Fri, 16 December 2011
Very interesting and successful story and outstanding render work Arthur:-))))))
ZanderXL 1:06PM | Fri, 16 December 2011
After a night of whisky and wine a breakfast of fruit, bread, and bean soup ain't gonna cut it! Where's the fry-up and copius amounts of tea?? :) So. Travelling the "etheral". Do they actually, phyiscally move onto this plane or are they projecting themselves?
RodS 6:50PM | Fri, 16 December 2011
Wonderfully composed story, well written and engaging - I'm hooked, Arthur! Wonderful and very ethereal artwork! Oh, dear..... Bean soup first thing in the morning?? You wouldn't want to be within 100 yards of me for the rest of the day....
brewgirlca 8:32PM | Fri, 16 December 2011
In full view I can see that this is a lot more tricky than what it first appeared - with the transluscent clothes and the underlying skin textures. Very crafty the way you have done it. A gripping story and a fine explanation of the planes of being.
twelvemark21 10:43PM | Fri, 16 December 2011
Definitely a must zoom to appreciate what you've done here. Those transparencies, the atmosphere, the background structures and the rainbows... The image alone is a impressive pc. of storytelling. (Enjoy very much your writing style, gotta find time to go back and read this from the beginning...)
psyoshida 2:38PM | Sat, 17 December 2011
What a great storyteller you are. It amazes me every time I read your stories. I hope I don't have to wait long to get more of the story as you leave us hanging wanting more to go with them into the deep ethereal. A zoom is an absolute must, it's incredible the different levels of transparency you have achieved. What a great job. Just excellent work all round.