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The Mark of WinterMore by deathstarshotput The Mark of WinterMore by deathstarshotput
Here’s Basil Lichner, from the story Jagged Coast, bearing the Mark of WinterMore.

       Roughly 900 years before his time, the Ice Queen – a very powerful and enigmatic sorceress – walked the Prime Material Plane as a keeper of Order and Justice.  For many centuries, she had acted to protect the Planes of Existence from evil entities and their empowered minions.  Nobody truly knew how she came to be so powerful, or if she was from the mortal, divine or elemental Planes.             But she was known for her great magical power, which came to be called WinterMore, even if she was never known for all the deeds she had performed for goodly peoples.  
        And one day she disappeared.  But she did not simply pass into legend.  Unbeknownst to the mundane or even Higher Entities, she had given birth, to how many children nobody knew.  But her descendants started to appear randomly in different and completely unrelated family lines.  Everyone knew a Child of WinterMore when they suddenly manifested the Mark of WinterMore - - a mystical tattoo-like design similar to the icy blue marks that the Ice Queen carried on her entire body.
         Very rarely would a Child appear, or remain visible to society.  When one of them did appear, they would be thought to possess the Ice Queen’s power - - power that many would covet and want to control.  And in one famous instance, power that was abused and led to horrible loss of life, which caused a spirit of suspicion to surround anybody who bore the Mark.
         Basil is not a magician, or a warrior.  He’s a blacksmith and magical item-crafter.  Where a layperson would just see a fancy tattoo, Basil is able to see runes in the patterns of his Mark that he carves into objects, giving them very strong magical powers.  The greatest of his crafts, he’s creating for his fiancé, Fawnlum deathstarshotput.deviantart.co… .
         He does not know the true potential of the power in the Mark, and all its earth-shaking implications.  But there are those who do know that potential, and will make every effort to seize Basil and exploit that power. 
          But his darling Fawnlum will have something to say about that.

Once again, another great pic for a great price provided on commission by :iconrodespinosa:, who I highly recommend.
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RodEspinosa Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I haven't seen this piece in a long time. Good to see it here!
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deathstarshotput Featured By Owner 2 days ago
Yep :).  And once again, thanks for the great work. 
Even though I've had a dry spell on Deviantart, I'm still writing the story.  It's a learning experience.
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19chucki74 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Been a LONG time since we heard from you! Waiting for a new chapter of Jagged Coast, is you're working on it.:eager:
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deathstarshotput Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013
Done.  If it was easier to submit literature on DA, it would have been up sooner.
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Jacob-Cross Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013
Cool
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deathstarshotput Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013
Thanks :)
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Jacob-Cross Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013
No problem :)
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DeadOnes Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i love it. the mark makes me think of lightly falling snowflakes  :)
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deathstarshotput Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013
Thanks.  The 'snowflakes' -type image is appropriate, since the story has a Winter theme, like in the cold land of Basil's barbarian people.
I had asked :iconrodespinosa: for a combination of Celtic and Baroque design, and he produced this, which looks great.
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DeadOnes Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's really good. 

this image makes me really interested in the story. Is there an ongoing story?
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