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    The Blackguard (visual story)

    The Blackguard
    Ballad and dark fantasy visual story, by Gordon Napier.
    (some nudity in scenes later on)
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    Maulric the ghastly Blackguard
    a man of bitter sin
    allied with ranks of demons
    and victory did win
    And of the knight Sikandor
    a captive did he make
    and now with that poor youth in chains
    he rode, his lands to take.

    Through wooded Lower Aratan
    Maulric the Black did ride
    to the castle he would conquer
    and the maid he'd make his bride.
    And his bound and beaten hostage
    was stricken with despair,
    for naught could he do to keep Maulric
    from Belarith, his sister fair.

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    A couple walked along the way
    close by, and arm in arm;
    They had weathered many dangers
    but emerged safe from harm.
    It was Odo, Knight of Esa,
    the gallant and the bold;
    And Asterith of Aratan
    she with the hair of gold.

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    They walked along the hollow,
    duly Odo did suggest
    That, as night was nigh upon them,
    they should find a place to rest.
    But Asterith urged that they go on,
    for three miles off at most
    was Nazmart the hall of Kaidard,
    a good Earl and gracious host;
    A friend of her master Arrizard
    sadly lost now from her sight.
    Said Odo 'call no man master
    for you are here queen by right!
    And Earl Kaidard owes you homage
    and should swear a vassal's oath.'
    'With a dukedom I'd reward him
    for a bed!' the damsel quoth.

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    Asterith fell quiet and listened
    for she thought she'd heard a sound;
    'Cometh riders!', then she uttered,
    with her ear now to the ground.

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    Fair Belarith of Nazmart
    stood on the parapet
    of her father's rugged fortress
    for her brother did she fret.
    The brave sons of the county
    he had led away to war
    to do battle with invaders
    and the outcome wasn't sure.

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    In a reverie of worry
    she gazed into the night;
    When a hand from behind touched her
    and about she turned in fright...

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    It was the Countess Charana
    wife of Kaidard, the good Earl.
    Of the lateness of the hour
    the lady informed the girl:
    'Now cease thy futile vigil
    and good-night go bid thy sire
    remind him of your affection
    then to bed let ye retire.'

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    In the hall of his ancestors,
    with their armour hung around,
    sat and brooded the earl Kaidard,
    and with him his faithful hound.
    His daughter came and touched his hand,
    both felt the same concern
    about her brother- and his son-
    and if he ever would return.

    Kaidard beheld his daughter
    with a look loving and fond;
    But even she could not lift him
    from his slough of despond.

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    Very cool stuff I like the story behind all of it

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    Very nice art you have here. Your values are really good and I like the story you are portraying through your drawings.

    The only thing I would suggest is to work on your anatomy as your characters are quite stiff and the proportions seem a bit off.

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    Maulric met a Knight of Esa
    stood barring his way;
    'twixt feuding foes so bitter
    there was no need words to say.
    Aikon, the blackguard's squire
    now had a crossbow at the ready;
    Asterith likewise drew an arrow
    and her aim was sure and steady.

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    The dark horse charged forward,
    its great hooves they did pound,
    raising clouds of dirt and grit
    that swirled across the ground.
    Maulric bore down on Odo
    with a deadly, lowered lance;
    But Odo's sword parried as he
    withstood the brute's advance...

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    Sikandor, bound across his steed
    in sore humiliation
    could only lift his head to watch
    the fierce new confrontation.

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