Urath Book 4 Chapter 12-1: Wyvern Attack

Vue Fantasy posted on Apr 30, 2013
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Despite the late hour, everyone was still awake and alert. Everyone knew what to expect in this area, so the whole crew was just a little too tense to be able to sleep or relax. The bells clanged in three short bursts indicating trouble followed by constant jangle that went on for a few moments, which meant wyverns. Fir and Malgwyyn scrambled up the webbing on either side of the great balloon. Fir had a bow and Malgwyyn carried a sling. But he didn't carry ordinary bullets. He carried a small bag with a few bullets created by him and a spell casting elven smith back at the Order. These bullets had some extra kick. Thomas and Ian took the helm and Brigit, Levi and Eve took up a position in the rear. Meanwhile up top, Aelfwynn gave the rope another seven quick pulls to count off the number of wyverns she spied. Everyone counted as they took their positions. Aelfwynn was already with her crossbow. “Seven!?” Eve exclaimed. “We've never been attacked by so many before!” “Don't underestimate them, they're smart and seem to have a plan this time!” Levi shouted. “Wyverns are smarter than some dumb people I know.” Brigit added. Eve and Levi readied their bows and took up opposite sides of the rear of the ship and soon saw, by Eladha's light, a cluster of wings, necks and tails separate up and down. Everything happened very quickly next. The three women peered above and over the rail looking for a target when suddenly over head above them all, was heard a loud screeching growl. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Aelfwynn had the best vantage, but was the most exposed. She had watched the creatures disperse in all directions and kept her eye on one in particular that she suspected had spied her. The light of Elahda evened things out. Wyverns had superior night vision, but the lanterns on the deck and light from the sky negated that. Not to mention that any elven eyes would see the body heat from the pseudo dragons. Aelfwynn saw four of the wyverns dive and the other three went high and separated. One came straight for her. At all costs, the balloon had to be protected or it would be certain death in a fall from this height. The wyvern swooped in and Aelfwynn made aim and released a bolt from her crossbow. The wyverns were getting savvy to their tricks and pulled up and sideways at the last second, the bolt completely missing it. It quickly resumed it's dive while Aelfwynn quickly tried to reload. Anchored to the balloon and rope webbing with her legs, feet and toes, Aelfwynn re-cocked the bow in only a second using the new folding shoulder stock that Malgwyyn modified. In three seconds she had the bow cocked, reloaded and was bringing it to bear on the fast approaching menace. The wyvern saw the bow come up and tried to come up short, but it was going too fast and instead managed to give an even clearer shot for Aelfwynn. Without even taking proper aim, Aelfwynn released the bolt. With deadly speed and at close range, the bolt embedded itself out of sight into the chest of the wyvern. Screeching and growling the beast was shocked backwards then dropped, bumped off the balloon and fell half a league to its certain death, but was probably dead before hitting the ground from the crossbow bolt in it's chest. Aelfwynn immediately saw bright flashes on either side of her as Malgwyyn and Fir launched explosive attacks at two other wyverns that had come from the flanks. Malgwyyn's exploding bullet and a flaming arrow from Fir sent their targets to the rocky slopes below. Wyvern from DAZ Thanks for stopping by. More tomorrow.

Comments (20)


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Ken _Gilliland 11:21PM | Tue, 30 April 2013

nice work:)

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eekdog 11:23PM | Tue, 30 April 2013

looks like it will take more then one crossbow arrow to kill that beast, cool atmo..

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SidheRoseGraphics 11:36PM | Tue, 30 April 2013

This promises to be quite exciting! That was close with Aelfwynn. That's a lot of wyverns all at once to deal with. I hope they succeed!! Great read and a perfect image for it, Art!

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bebopdlx 12:52AM | Wed, 01 May 2013

Really nice work.

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mgtcs 1:49AM | Wed, 01 May 2013

Gorgeous scene Arthur, amazing composition, loved your perspective!

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JohnDelaquiox 9:28AM | Wed, 01 May 2013

great action scene!

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vitachick 10:09AM | Wed, 01 May 2013

I would get off that off and RUN!!!

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petemohr 12:26PM | Wed, 01 May 2013

very dynamic composition! the light works fantastic in this scene. as always, an excellent work!!!

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mikada 12:35PM | Wed, 01 May 2013

A very fantastic render.

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Valeriya 12:41PM | Wed, 01 May 2013

Amazing! Excellent work!

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flavia49 12:44PM | Wed, 01 May 2013

fabulous render

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Cyve 12:57PM | Wed, 01 May 2013

Marvelous scene... wonderfully done !

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Savage_dragon 1:49PM | Wed, 01 May 2013

No, no no. We don't shoot the dragons. Or the wyverns! Lol. Really nice render & installment.

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drifterlee 2:28PM | Wed, 01 May 2013

One grab of the balloon by those talons would break it, I think!

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RodS 4:18PM | Wed, 01 May 2013

A really exciting chapter, Art! Looks like they have their hands full, but it looks like they're evening things up a bit! Excellent artwork as well!

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GrandmaT 4:38PM | Wed, 01 May 2013

Excellent work!

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Tracesl 10:12PM | Wed, 01 May 2013

excellent

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twelvemark21 5:52AM | Thu, 02 May 2013

Gorgeous atmosphere and mood, spectacular rendering!!

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grafikeer 9:40PM | Sun, 05 May 2013

Great mood and lighting...fits the story perfectly!

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brewgirlca 12:51PM | Wed, 29 May 2013

Great story.

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