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A Slave's Escape-illustration by 1-Renaissance A Slave's Escape-illustration by 1-Renaissance
A dear friend once told me
That fortune favors the bold
And the only way a slave is free
Is when it's in death's hold.

Soon one winter morning
In the first light of the dawn,
A fever came to deliver him
My friend was free and gone.

All I can do is wait
For death to show me the light,
So that I too can escape this fate.
Maybe I will tonight.

Then I heard a voice I knew
From the far and distant shores,
"Where's the warrior I knew was free?
You know the choice is yours."

To arms every one of you.
Freedom has been our right since birth
We are the bold who fortune favors
So tonight we fight for all we're worth.

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I was going to illustrate this poem/song anyway. :D This song was sung by Zephyr (the female sea otter) just before they made their escape. She wanted to rouse their spirits.

For a long time the slaves had slowly weakened the gates that pinned them in. Then when the pillars beneath where knocked down as planned, a wall caved in and crumbled. That's when they made their move.

Here are the names of some of them. There are a few that may be familiar.

On the far left is Prince Burlock of DeMort, the albino ferret holding the banner. As mentioned, the female sea otter is Zephyr, last of the Wavetread otter clan. On the bottom right is Queen Felka, the flying squirrel, captured toward the end. Then there's that black-footed ferret whom I named Tim, wielding a sickle. The young rat is Razzi, the squirrel is Terrol. Those are the ones I know. :D

This may not have been what you might have expected. I was going to draw Zephyr singing to them when in the cells. But I wanted to draw an action scene. :D

And to add a little note, I've never drawn this many characters in one scene. It was crazy.

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KCrutcher100 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

What story is this from?  I'd like to be able to read it one of these days. Could you post a copy on DA please?

 

I love the poses you used, especially Zephyr's. Even without having read the story for this yet, I can tell she'd be my favorite character. :)

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halthewarrior Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Hobbyist
where is this poem from?
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1-Renaissance Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012
I wrote it.
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halthewarrior Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Hobbyist
cool! this is a wonderful poem!!!!
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1-Renaissance Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012
Thanks. :D
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halthewarrior Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Hobbyist
no problem^^
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Pinegreen Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The creature next to Terrol. Is that a vole or a hedgehog?
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1-Renaissance Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011
Hmm...I never drew a vole so I guess it's a hedgehog. :D
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Pinegreen Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh... There doesnt seem to be many awesome voles in Redwall. Burble qualifies and Didjety and Yoofus have potential, but the others don't seem as good.
Warrior vole? Yes please.
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Foeseeker-warrior Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2010
Wow, that's a lot of energy! I love Zephyr there; she looks so warrior-ish. And the albino ferret is creepy.
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1-Renaissance Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010
:laughing: Creepy? How so? Well, seeing what he is and has gone through, it's reasonable that he does in fact look unusual.
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Sambrook-the-Otter Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
I think what I admire about you the most is your immaculate attention to details. Everything is so straight and so precise, its simply startling. I really really wish I had your skill and talent. Especially in the ways of clothing and backgrounds!
Another great great piece of work!
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1-Renaissance Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010
Well I gotta say, that does make me proud.:D Thank you...a lot. :D
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Shadymissionary Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010
Well done!
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Kelaiah Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010
Magnificent. Simply magnficient. You never cease to amaze me. :D

My only critique is Zephyr; I think she could have a little more of a feminine build, because the way how she's drawn now looks a bit masculine. To me, anyway. But I do love how her pose is, the way how the shackles fall from her, that smile of freedom, awesome!

And I think its very interesting that you should have a ferret named Tim when that is my real name and I love ferrets. ^^

:D

Once again, excellet pic, beautifully drawn! :D
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1-Renaissance Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010
Zephyr was the strongest slave. In fact, the guards were afraid to even approach her if she wasn't tied up. I wanted to give her a tough build but I guess I could have made it more feminine.
Thank you! :D

That "Tim" thing is an odd coincidence. He was one of the first characters I named, long before I met you. And when I added him here, I figured you might notice. :D

Hmm...Tim. That's a name I don't hear often if at all. I like it. If I get a ferret I'll call it Tim. :D
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Kelaiah Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010
Yep. Your welcome! :D

I've actually experienced that before: I've created characters long before I meet anyone online, and then I meet someone who's like my character - and I won't be able to have the pleasure to say "I based this character off so-and-so!" But then again, I suppose this just means that I have a better imagination than I thought. ;) :XD:

Its kinda odd, my name. Originally my parents were going to name me something different, but at the last minute my dad said "No I don't like that at all. Let's do something different." So my mom whipped out her baby name book and went through the A's, went through the B's, and on and on, and all the while my dad kept on saying, "No, I don't like that name. Don't like that either. Nope, don't like that either."

And then finally my mom came to "Timothy." My dad was like "...yeah I like that. Let's go with that!"

But that is weird that you don't hear that name too often, because I've met a few other Tims, especially in school so it was a bit confusing at times. Plus there's Tim Curry, one of my favorite actors. :XD:

But awww, thaaaanks! That's real sweet. :D
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1-Renaissance Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010
You should feel honored that your naming was a cause for argument. Mine was different. Mom named me Ana after my grandmother. My father wanted to name me Paola after is ex-girlfriend (I'm really pissed about that). So it's Ana Paola. No arguments. But my mom always called me Polly instead of Paola. And that's pretty much what my family and very few friends call me: Polly.

When I'm old enough I'll probably change my name to....Optimus Prime. I'll sure get a kick out of that! :D

I agree that Tim Curry rocks. I find it funny that he often plays the villain. His voice can sound like a blender, too. :laughing:


So here's my list of names for ferrets:
-Tim
-Veil (mischief maker)
-Romsca (partner in crime but more sensible)
-Truffles (a belly dragging DEW)
-Shakespeare (skinny and timid DEW)
-Maddox
-Montag
-Redaii (pronounced Red-ah-ee)


Yeah, like I'm going to have that many.
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Kelaiah Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010
...after an ex-girlfriend? ^^ Heh heh, actually, I forgot to mention, but my mom's first boyfriend was named Tim. :XD: And what's more, she met him in Kindergarten, only he moved away after a time, and she's never seen him since. She can't even remember his last name. :XD:

"Polly", huh? That's a nice name. :) ...except, of course, that was the nickname for one of my Sues... you may have read that one fic. :XD:

..."Optimus Prime", eh? :XD: Haha! :giggle:

If my book series ever gets published, and if its ever made into a movie, I'd want Tim Curry to voice one of my villians (a huge black rat named Gog).

8 ferrets, eh? Heh heh, actually I saw a special on TV about ferret-owners. This one lady had a basement full of ferret-cages, she had probably 30.

And this other lady made up a 'ferret song' about how her pet ferret dug a hole in the couch, and filled it with toilet paper, pencils, and various other household appliances. :XD: It was super cute. :D

Heh heh, I love it whenever ferret's carry stuff; on the same special this girl had her camera recording her ferrets all stealing her shoes. The way how they picked them up in their mouths and sort've trotted/danced off with them was so absolutely adorable! :D :D :D

But anyway, you have good taste in ferret-names. :XD: Heh heh, "Veil" and "Romsca" are very popular ferret-names. :D

Er, but was does "DEW" stand for, if it stands for anything?
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1-Renaissance Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010
You too? Looks like we're in the same boat.....and it's sinking! Heh, just kidding.

I know I won't have 8 ferrets at once. 3 at a time at the most. I've snooped around ferret vids on YouTube and they are cute! And they get into their weasel war dances. In my stories the war dance is a tradition among ferrets and is often performed at celebrations, to pay tribute, have fun and other reasons.

And DEW stands for Dark-Eyed White. Those white ferrets that aren't albino. Then there's the DEW patterns with only few patches of gray fur.
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Kelaiah Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010
Heh heh, yeah... did you see the one "Ferret vs Jalepno"? :XD: That one was EPIC. :D

Oh I see, thanks for explaining! Yes, those kind are really cute. :D
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1-Renaissance Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010
I did! :D I saw that one a while ago. Poor thing. Though it was funny how its tube-like body fit perfectly into the glass when it went for water.
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Knuckles5000 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very well done, fits perfectly with your poem. I think you've included the highest amount of characters at once in this drawing, which isn't an easy thing to do.
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1-Renaissance Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010
No kidding, mate. I was wondering how I would get about without smudging everyone. But then I placed a paper between the sketch and my hand. It worked! :D
Thanks. :D
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Knuckles5000 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha that's not a bad idea.
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DCLeadboot Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heh, heh... cool moment there! :D
Ah, that's one philosophy I learned from the Tales of Redwall... if you really must keep slaves - for Heaven's sake, treat them well! Else you'll be in for a terrible retribution when they escape! (and they will escape someday... after all that harsh treatment, they'll make sure of it)

The other extreme of that is this relationship between these two characters from "Eagle of the Ninth" (Rosemary Sutcliffe) - Marcus Aquila, former Roman centurian, invalided out of the Eagles after suffering a bad leg-injury in his first and only battle against a Briton-uprising (in which his cohort earned their well-deserved first honours, too)
Later on, he purchased Esca Mac Cunoval, a young British tribesman for whom he'd appealed mercy after seeing him defeated in a gladiator deathmatch. Unlike the typical vermin-slave relationship in the Redwall stories, Marcus and Esca become more like friends than master-and-slave, and eventually Marcus gave Esca his freedom. Still, Esca remained with Marcus, becoming like the equivalent of a officer's batman.
And there's the difference. Treat a slave/servant with kindness, and they may thank you for it later. ;)
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1-Renaissance Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010
Thanks. And sure enough those vermin will pay dearly. :evillaugh:

Eagle of the Ninth sounds like a story I'd like to read.
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DCLeadboot Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heh, yeah... I believe it - well, I've seen it before in the books, anyway! :XD:

Spencer: Right glad I am to be on the good side with you, Fred! :O
Frederick: Th' only way t'be, matey! ;)
Danbuster: That's right, Spence! Stick by me and Frederick - can't promise it'll always be easy, but at least we'll live longer! :D

Oh, it is a good book, yeah! :)
I understand they're supposed to be making a film of it recently, too...
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FelldohTheSquirrel Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:clap: Bravo!
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1-Renaissance Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010
:bow:
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FelldohTheSquirrel Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D
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av-marten Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010
Words cannot express...

Seriously. I envy your epic anthro drawing skills. And your poetry skills too, of course. (Everything rhyming that I write ends up sounding either sappy or slit-wrist-worthy. Or both.)

My inner nature geek can't help but wonder how a bunch of animals in a Medieval European setting ended up with with a uniquely American black-footed ferret among them. Not that I care; just caught my eye is all.

I been watchin' yoooo. Through ~Kelaiah's favorites, anyhow. I love your artwork, and this novel idea of yours intrigues me.
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1-Renaissance Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010
My stories actually take place in a North American setting (my homeland). These slaves were once oarslaves aboard the Demoniac. They were taken from across the oceans. That hedgehog for instance.

The black-footed ferret is native to the region this here fortress is built on. Another native is that flying squirrel. Sorry for the confusion. But I do think these things ahead of time. :D

And thank you. :D
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av-marten Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010
Ohhhhh that makes sense.

(Black-footed ferrets are my favorite animals, no lie. They're awesome.)
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1-Renaissance Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010
Yeah they are. :D But thanks to the settlers who can't tell the difference between a meat-eating ferret and a crop-eating prairie dog, they're endangered.
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