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Corvus – A Raven’s Tale – Crown of Crows – Part VIII – Corvus Makes a Tough Decision – The Corvids Begin Their Quest

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Corvus Makes a Tough Decision – The Corvids Begin Their Quest

Having heard the prophecy, Corvus is left with an impossible decision to make; does he source the Starshade herb and save his sibling only to see the whole of Corvid-kind eventually wiped out by the Darkness; or does he take up the quest and risk failing and the definite death of his sibling who is just a day or two at most away from death now?

There is no time to do both, the next full moon is less than a week away and the Crown must be retrieved by then.

Alwyn, the White Raven; hasn’t left the land around his Ancient Watchtower in over a century and the reclusive manner of his being suggests it could be just as long again before he even considers doing so, regardless of the reason.

Reluctantly, but seeing the bigger picture and knowing the outcome of not even trying to do so, Corvus decides that the only true course to take is to take up the quest of heading to Ironholde and getting the Crown.

Finbar, Munin & Hugin agree to join Corvus in the fulfillment of the prophecy and heading out on the quest and the White Raven shares with them the fragments of an old map so that they can find the way.

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Corvus – A Raven’s Tale – Crown of Crows – Part VII – Alwyn Relates a Prophecy from the Dawn of Corvids

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Alwyn Relates a Prophecy from the Dawn of Corvids

Four and the White Raven in a place where the stars spawn

A warning of Darkness, a plague from the Far North

A sickness that spreads turning Corvids to waste and bones

The only hope is one Colony, one King in a safe abode

Between the sky-stone falling and the next full moon

The Crown must be taken from the hand of a god

Or the Darkness will spread and it affects all croons

No more songs from the Corvids and the land is forgot

Alwyn then explains the prophecy:

“On this night, the sky stone fell like a flamed eagle flying through the night sky. This means that before the next full moon, you four must travel to Ironholde and retrieve the Crown of Crows from the hand of the Man King.

All Corvids must be united under one King and taken to Treehold Keep, there is an old castle there, the air is clean and protected by the Silvertip Mountain Range and should protect all those dwelling within from the Darkness.

The Corvid Colonies will not unite unless a King is crowned, and there is little time left to fulfill this prophecy; failing to do so will result in…

Extinction.”

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Corvus – A Raven’s Tale – Crown of Crows – Part VI – Munin & Hugin Arrive with Grim Tidings

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Munin & Hugin Arrive with Grim Tidings

Just as Alwyn finished explaining the properties of the Starshade herb, the other two Corvids that had been seen in the distance arrived. Straight into the Watchtower they entered, looking panicked, flustered and exhausted.

The two Corvids introduced themselves as Munin and Hugin from the Colony of Dimhallow in the Northern Rayvik Kingdom. They had traveled a great distance across the open ocean on the North Sea to find the White Raven and bring him a vital warning.

“Our Sages and Wisebirds insisted that we brought the information to you and that you would know what to do with it and how to save us all!”

Munin done the majority of the speaking, with the occasional affirmative coming from Hugin; Munin’s crazed look and spiked hair certainly suited the message that he carried.

“There is a Darkness spreading throughout the world and it is killing our kind rapidly, it seems to be coming from the Far North; we recently lost contact with all Colonies north to Dimhallow and this is what incited the Sages to send us here. A warning must be giving to all of our Kinsfolk!”

Alwyn had been listening intently and as soon as Munin finished talking his posture changed, his eyes seemed to glow, and he began to relate a prophecy from the Dawn of Corvids.

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Corvus – A Raven’s Tale – Crown of Crows – Part V – The Meadow Temple; Astralus Starshade Herb Amongst Ruins

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The Meadow Temple; Astralus Starshade Herb Amongst Ruins

“The herb that you seek has many properties, and a very short lifespan once picked.”

The White Raven had a grim look on his face, and went on to relate to Corvus all that he knew about the Starshade herb.

“There are some ruins on an island to the east of this Watchtower, the Meadow Temple it is called. That is the only place in my knowledge that Astralus grows dependably.

It appears only at night, under starlight; hence it’s name in the common tongue of Starshade, and once picked it will wither and die by the following sunrise. There is no known way to preserve neither the herb itself or its roots and it cannot be replanted once harvested.”

Corvus knew that it would be near impossible to harvest the herb and get it home to Crowshaven in a single night but he had to find a way; meanwhile, two other Corvids arrived.

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Corvus – A Raven’s Tale – Crown of Crows – Part IV – Corvus Meets Alwyn; The White Raven

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Corvus Meets Alwyn; The White Raven

After an arduous journey, Corvus and Finbar finally reach the Ancient Watchtower, exhausted, but glad to find substance to the myths and legends of the Colony; The White Raven was indeed living there.

He introduced himself to the pair as Alwyn, and informed them that he had been expecting a visit soon, despite having not seen a soul in over a decade.

“You have come at a time of great change, oh winged wanderers, and I believe that it is not mere chance that brings you to my abode, nor that just the two of you should arrive under the same sun.”

In the distance to the north, two Corvids can be seen heading towards the Watchtower.

Corvus related the illness of his fading sibling to Alwyn and asked for help in locating a true remedy.

“The physicians in Crowshaven can’t help her now, some have mentioned a herb called Starshade, but none can tell me where to find this herb. The Sages are sure that only you, the White Raven can know of its location!”

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Corvus – A Raven’s Tale – Crown of Crows – Part III – Flight to the Ancient Watchtower

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Flight to the Ancient Watchtower

The journey from Crowshaven to High Point is over 130 leagues as the crow flies and with the life of his Sibling hanging in the balance, Corvus, with Finbar alongside him make the journey in a single flight, although it takes many hours, flying through the night and into the following morning before reaching the Watchtower.

The Ancient Watchtower itself is perched comfortably on one of the cliffs at High Point at almost the most northerly point of the land and has stood there bravely in the face of the winds of change for centuries, holding its ground but very slowly succumbing to its inevitable ruinous fate.

Rumour has it that the White Raven was living in a Colony not far from High Point when the foundations were laid for the Watchtower, in the Golden Age of the Old Corvidae Empire.

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Corvus – A Raven’s Tale – Crown of Crows – Part II – The Sickness of Corvus’ Sibling

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The Sickness of Corvus’ Sibling

Upon returning from a recent gathering expedition in the Smallwood, Corvus younger sibling was struck with a sudden illness that rendered her almost lifeless and fading rapidly. Corvus tried to seek help from the Colony’s physicians with little joy, none of their ‘remedies’ having any positive effects.

Corvus’ lifelong friend Finbar finds him at his tree and brings some hopeful news:

“The sages speak of a White Raven who lives in an Ancient Watchtower at High Point, he is said to have flown these skies since the days of the Old Empire and possesses a depth of knowledge and wisdom in the art of healing and herb-lore.”

With no other options available, and the prospect of a mystical ancient White Raven; Corvus, with his good friend Finbar alongside him, embarks on a quest that will take him far from his home in Crowshaven.

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Corvus – A Raven’s Tale – Crown of Crows – Part I – Crowshaven

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View of Crowshaven Colony

The world has changed greatly since the days of the Old Corvidae Empire, a dark age has set in and the Corvid Colonies have separated over the past century and a half, scattered throughout the world and estranged.

Crowshaven is the largest single Corvid Colony in the known world, being home to thousands. The inhabitants live in the surrounding trees with the most important members of the Chieftain bloodline living in the Great Tree.

Meetings, moots, assemblies and courts are held in the remains of an ancient temple that the Corvids call the Divine Slab of Forefathers, situated on a hill next to the Great Tree.

Within the Colony of Crowshaven lives a particular Corvid of little renown at this point in the story; his name is Corvus…

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Corvus – A Raven’s Tale – Crown of Crows – Inktober Graphic Novel Illustration Art Project

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Who wants to hear a new story?

Over the past few weeks I’ve been planning and working on a fantasy graphic novel idea to release throughout Inktober 2019, undoubtedly this project will run a bit longer and there may be a few missed days due to having other commitments.

However, I’ve got most of the storyboards done and a lot of the reference material gathered, and dioramas built in order to bring this story to life in a graphic novel format.

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Anyway, let’s crack on…

Every good fantasy story begins with a map…

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This is the world that this story will take place in, I started out with an ink drawn map, scanned it into Photoshop and then added the text, compass and logos.

I’ll be posting the first slide for the story in the next hour, so this introductory post has been left quite last minute but give it time and this will all work like a well oiled machine…

Hopefully…

The Farewell Speech!

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