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.
I was going to illustrate this poem/song anyway. 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.
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.
And to add a little note, I've never drawn this many characters in one scene. It was crazy.
I own all of this.
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.
Another great great piece of work!
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. ^^
Once again, excellet pic, beautifully drawn!
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.
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.
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.
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.
But awww, thaaaanks! That's real sweet.
When I'm old enough I'll probably change my name to....Optimus Prime. I'll sure get a kick out of that!
I agree that Tim Curry rocks. I find it funny that he often plays the villain. His voice can sound like a blender, too.
So here's my list of names for ferrets:
-Veil (mischief maker)
-Romsca (partner in crime but more sensible)
-Truffles (a belly dragging DEW)
-Shakespeare (skinny and timid DEW)
-Redaii (pronounced Red-ah-ee)
Yeah, like I'm going to have that many.
"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.
..."Optimus Prime", eh? Haha!
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. It was super cute.
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!
But anyway, you have good taste in ferret-names. Heh heh, "Veil" and "Romsca" are very popular ferret-names.
Er, but was does "DEW" stand for, if it stands for anything?
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.
Oh I see, thanks for explaining! Yes, those kind are really cute.
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.
Eagle of the Ninth sounds like a story I'd like to read.
Spencer: Right glad I am to be on the good side with you, Fred!
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!
Oh, it is a good book, yeah!
I understand they're supposed to be making a film of it recently, too...
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.
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.
And thank you.