www.WisdomComix.com – So in this scene… Wisdom is using illusion to show what Nina’s hair might look like in a different color. They’re trying to find solutions to conceal her looks as much as possible so it doesn’t rouse suspicion once they leave the ship.
After he changes the color, Nina looks down at a puddle on the floor to see what he’s done.
The main website of www.WisdomNovels.com is slowly being updated with some current projects, such as artwork, comic, novel and more. So far, I’ve added some new content to the Homepage. Next up will be the Links page. I’ve been over some of them and there’s a lot of broken links and missing pages. So all that needs some revamping.
I’m excited to start this next chapter! I never know how characters are going to react with each other until I write it. If this were only a movie…
A series of whistles and chirps could be heard even before they reached the edge of the brush and pulled back low hanging limbs. At first glimpse, the fields of Lexington seemed dotted with mounds of snow. It was not until one of those mounds moved that they realized the place served as a feeding location for a group of White Wings.
“All that fresh meat!” Nathan stared intently at the flock. More landed in the midst, squabbling for their share. A few feathers went flying when they were abruptly shooed away. “I’d take one of those over-sized chickens in a heartbeat! When we going on real hunt?”
Thomas Gracie sighed. “Once we’ve established a suitable location. We’ve been over this already.”
“But I’m tired of green stuff and berries!”
“As are we all.” Thomas Gracie released his limb, allowing it to swap Nathan across the cheek as it fell back in place.
“Watch it!” the Trapper protested.
“We have to be mindful still. You can’t go lugging large game about those Healers.”
Shafari pushed aside the branch to peer out through the leaves. He noted a few loose strands around the sleeve where it had snagged on some brier. It was the same along the helm where it constantly brushed against the ground. Already stains had accumulated since their travels.
“Hope we brought along a tailor,” he murmured,
“What? You couldn’t cast a spell and repair it yourself?” Nathan flicked the strands on his friend’s sleeve with a finger. “Nah! You might set yourself aflame.”
Shafari jerked his arm away with a huff. “I’ll have you know this fabric is made from fire repelling minerals. It can’t burn.”
Nathan just snickered. “You can.”
Since starting the comic, I’ve been improving Wisdom’s Ambassador outfit quite a bit. Now on page 14, it finally feels more complete. Leaf patterns inspired by this earlier image of him.
This is the ending from the previous chapter… love that last comment!
“The other Healer was very worried about you,” Jenario said.
“Sarra?” Providence waved the comment aside. “She reminds me of your mate, slow to trust outsiders.”
“And we have no magic! Well…save one.”
“Sarra only fears your lack of understanding in our ways.” There was a moment’s pause before asking, “What did happened to Jileathia?”
Jenario sighed. “She’s improving, but it hasn’t been easy. Her brother used to dabble in magic. It’s…what killed him. Ever since then, she’s feared it. Even Shafari knew better, but she hasn’t warmed up to him either. You’ve seen why.”
Providence frowned. “Fire is the worst element he could’ve picked. It requires much control, which he lacks quite a bit.”
Jenario grinned. “I won’t tell him you said that, but he’s heard enough from the rest of us to know by now.”
The sound of water hinted that they were close to camp. Providence seemed to glide across the fallen log with ease while Jenario stumbled after. When they reached the group, the men had nearly finished packing.
“Exploring without us?” one asked. “Find anything interesting?”
“Just some spiders,” Jenario answered.
“Did you squish ’em?”
Providence’s tufted ears turned back with a cheeky grin. “More like…they squish you.”
A grunt was all he emitted when talons sunk into his shoulder and side. The next instant he was airborne. Earth rapidly fell away in a dizzying whirl of light and shadow. A blast of wind continuously slapped his face until the creature reached a desired height. For a moment he could see the grove where mere dots of colors represented his friends. Then, the air shifted in a sudden dive toward a grouping of trees at the edge of the meadow. In all his young years of never speaking, Mididus finally found his tongue…and screamed.
Book V “Chosen” introduces each of the Elemental Masters as the main character discovers why each was chosen to represent a part of Nature. In one particular scene, Master Yuri Sanssumi directs our hero down into an underwater cavern to show him the beauty and hidden dangers of the sea. As Master of Water, Yuri reveals this by giving a 360 view through cavern openings, suppressing the water from coming in while images of creatures and fish swim outside. It’s unclear whether they are actually there, until the hero tries to touch the watery windows, breaking the pressure bubble and escaping back to the surface before the cavern completely floods.
Some quick references we could see….
I have not drawn the book’s squid creature yet. So this is as close as I could find.
- Can grow to enormous proportions with tentacles that can trail for miles behind it. The actual “head” is just a swimming mechanism that either floats or propels through water. The real head of the creature is in one of the tentacles. There are at least 3-4 tentacles. One is tipped with poison for defense purposes, but can cause problems with other sea animals as well if they get tangled. Is usually docile unless threatened.
- Offspring grow up in a shielded section of swamp waters that connect with the ocean. Kha’lari young ride out on the next high tide where they swarm in large groups that look like jellyfish or squid.
- Yuri is in charge of keeping populations in check.
- King Red Shell: These bus-sized crabs are the “kings” of the ocean. They are highly aggressive creatures with an appetite to match. Their red-topped shells are tipped with spiked edges while barnacles and smaller fish ride the white underside. It has two claws, one massive while the other more for gathering food. This creature is mostly a bottom feeder, but will occasionally come up if ships are too close for comfort. King Red Shells are a captain’s worst nightmares. The closer to shore, the closer to danger their ship might be. Luckily, these crabs are not the fastest, allowing most ships to out-sail it.
- Red Shells: As a smaller cousin to their “king”, these melon-sized crabs are the beach bombers for swimmers. One snip can remove a foot with their nasty over-sized pinchers. The same in coloration, they usually gather in clusters to feed near shore and often burrow in the sand so the pounding waves don’t carry them off. They’re fairly quick on land, but prefer to remain beneath the water’s surface.
- A sailor’s warning, “Where’s there’s one, there’s fifty!”