Tales of Quahnarren: Sacred Bone Tree

ToQ: Sacred Bone TreeIn a small glade surrounded by thick forest, an ancient tree, known as the Sacred Bone Tree, stands starkly in the centre of the clearing, isolated amid the brilliantly luminous grass that grows only in this singular location. Long ago it was believed that the great warrior, teacher, and protector Guahvaan, the purposeful and enlightened leader of the early nomadic peoples, met his untimely end in this location, most likely directed or influenced by tricksters summoned by demonic forces who sought to swiftly kill his rising influence. The tree is said to have risen from his fallen remains, fractured bones forming into a sturdy trunk and branches, enriching the soil and creating an area of remarkably fertile growth, offered as a parting gift to all his people and a demonstration of the genuine power of the human spirit.

Sketch of the day: Agavaceae

Agavaceae Nolina recurvataA large and impressive Agavaceae from the Adelaide Botanic Garden. These great palms are from the semi-desert areas in southeastern Mexico, and are commonly known as Ponytail, Elephant foot, or Bottle palms.

Drawn with a 2B pencil in a small sketchbook, then scanned and digitally coloured in Photoshop using a custom watercolour brush.

Tales of Quahnarren: Firebird

Firebird

Rarely seen, these large and impressive birds are known as the ‘life giver.’ The arrival of a Firebird is always extremely welcome, as they only ever appear in moments of great personal need, when all hope seems lost and death imminently awaits. Featuring a vivid red and gold plumage, and long sapphire-blue tail feathers, Firebirds promptly restore life and vitality to all in peril within their immediate vicinity.

Those who have been bestowed the gift of the Firebird’s recuperative powers, state that they experienced a joyous and heartfelt warmth overrun their entire body, and that they felt affectionately protected and comforted during the restorative process. Many religious orders claim these birds to be arbiters from the heavens: returners of life to anyone about to be mistakenly called before their time. In various styles and uses throughout Quahnarren, the image of the Firebird is symbolically used to denote virtuous qualities and celestial affinity, and is regarded as an emblem of all principled people.

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A new addition to the creatures found in the fantasy land of Quahnarren.