Urath Book 4 Chapter 10: Cruising by adoretyOpen full image in new tab
adorety 9:39PM | Tue, 23 April 2013
Brigit came up to the main deck and found Levi and Malgwnn rooting around in the food crates. "Join us Miss Brigit!" Malgwnn expressed jubilantly. "Don't mind if I do." "Here." Levi said and placed a quarter loaf of brown bread, a nice slab of orange cheese and a pear and apple on the one and only central table in the glass enclosed deck. "Moutinelle cheese!" Brigit exclaimed. "And ginger spiced bread with an alusian apple and a golden pear. It's been years since I've seen any of these and you have not forgotten." Brigit smiled at Levi. "How could I forget. That's all you ever ate when I first met you." Levi replied also smiling. Now Malgwynn smiled. "Awww shore and begora. It's good tah see yah ladies smilin' twon another for once. Seems our wee taking off fest lightened the mood around here.” "How about Aelfwynn?" Asked Brigit. "She's doon below and Fir's topside now." Said Malgwynn. "And Eve?" Brigit's one eyebrow went up. "She's still out. My guess is it might be morning till we see her." Said Levi with a smirk. “You know humans and my whiskey.” Evening led to night and the two men being relieved by Brigit and Levi and getting the sleep that humans needed. Malgwynn tended to his machines and took a nap and traded off with Fir topside. Fir took food and retired back with Eve for the rest of the night. Levi and Brigit did not talk much about personal issues, but Levi gave Brigit the necessary instructions on piloting the ship. She showed her the navigation compass and explained the basics and principals of guiding the ship. Here Brigit learned a few more things about the ship. The ship generally cruised at the same altitude all the time, a little less than a third of a league in altitude. The prop moved them forward regardless of the wind direction and the wings were used to make adjustments in altitude up to a half a league or more. Angling the wings and adding more power to the prop allowed the ship to climb. Releasing steam out of the exhausts added an extra boost. The gnomes originally wanted as much of a closed system as possible for the drive, to conserve water, but this modified version aided them well. When Brigit was comfortable at the wheel, Levi took Fir's spot on the top of the balloon and left Brigit alone until dawn. When Starnos began to rise, Aelfwynn had come up and replaced Levi up top, so Levi came down to check on Brigit. They were well into Mandor now, the land of humans, and would probably pass the fortress city at the pass of the Kraggenspur Mountains. Once past the city they would be on high alert for wyverns. But for now it was a beautiful, yet cloudy morning. The mountain peaks still kept some of their snow, with the highest peaks being snow capped all year. Vast wilderness forest stretched out below them from the mountains to as far as the eye could see, and elves could see very far. "All is well it seems." Said Levi. "It would seem." Replied Brigit. "You ready for some conversation?" Levi looked away and back, then leaned against the railing with little heed of the great height they were at. "Sure. Now's probably best.”
grafikeer 9:43PM | Tue, 23 April 2013
Wow...the light and shadowplay on the mountain range is amazing,as are the clouds...great POV and overall sense of grand sweeping scale to this one!
Savage_dragon 9:48PM | Tue, 23 April 2013
Ginger spiced bread?? Mmmm!!! Beautiful render. Takes me away. ")
barryjeffer 10:10PM | Tue, 23 April 2013
Your posts always make me smile... great writing and strong image, my friend.
leoshades 10:53PM | Tue, 23 April 2013
Great image! I've wanted to play with that airship, though I don't yet have it... I like the mountains in clouds, too.
RodS Online Now! 10:54PM | Tue, 23 April 2013
Oohhhhh - I wanna be on that ship with them! A totally gorgeous render, Art, and as always an engaging read. Most excellent! And it's cleared up something I've wondered about for some time..... I've always thought it was just my sh###y luck when I got smacked in the head by a turd. Now I know from whence they came... These guys really need to update thier plumbing...
SidheRoseGraphics 11:21PM | Tue, 23 April 2013
What a wonderful image and bit of story. The part about the 'direct drop' gave me a good chuckle :) Wonderful writing Art and can't wait for more!!
vitachick 7:12AM | Wed, 24 April 2013
Excellant image with a great sky POV....Wonderful chapter to the story!
brewgirlca 11:42PM | Tue, 28 May 2013
I love the intimate details as you take the time to thoroughly describe all the changing of the guards. Few would bother to give such a full account but it breathes life into the story. The effects of the spirits are well told and give some insight into the strengths of the characters. I like how the Eve and Fir relationship is being slyly told.