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    A temporary recall from retirement, this Challenge has got me intrigued, just too bizarre to pass up. I'm thinking of creating a story in the format of a Children's Book, one illustration and one stanza per page, with a map in the end that shows the journey taken.

    As a preview to what is planned, here's the story in rhyme - its already written. It has the kind of sing-song style that Tolkien presented in his orc song in The Hobbit.

    In case you can't tell, an Orc Christmas is about winning the Race War...

    Note: final map is on page 5, post # 42 of this thread

    The Twelve Nights of Yuleblood

    When nights grow longest, and snows blanket all, tis the season of Yuleblood before Long Night's Fall, when spirit of First Orc visits our door, to decide if his bloodline will settle the score, as first among races in twelve nights, no more.

    First night is hardest, a red wyrm we seek, hopefully in slumber atop a great peak, of gold and bright treasure and burnt hero bone, its dung that we want from that dragon sewn, something for spells for the shamaness crone.

    Next we enter the Marshes of Men, who live in stone towers beside the Great Fen, taking a daughter or fat farmer's wife, we'll kill all the menfolk in glorious strife, then at midnight, we'll be taking her life.

    Third to the forests where old enemy dwells, to those hidden archers and spell-casting elves, we won't chance to see the Woodlands nor Grays, nor their enchantments, nor arrow slays, we'll just put to torch, set their forests ablaze.

    Gnashing and tearing, chomping and chewing, dining on halfling that's what we're doing, be better as elf-meat, if we had our due, we'll just settle for halfing, to be filled we need two.

    The roots of old mountains, in holes of dwarf clan, where forgers are forging the shields of their band, whose gaunt bearded faces and beer bellied shapes, shall meet orcish spear points to pop them like grapes, we'll sunder their laughter and silence their japes.

    Boom, boom bringing their doom, the giants are marching and they're coming soon, big as the mountains, but they're just as dense, we're setting the pitfalls for our needed defense, we'll kill them with guile as they have no sense.

    Rotting and stinking with maggoty stares, undead afoot, don't get caught unawares, from battlefields ancient, the fallen of brave, we'll bash in their skulls with stone hammers and stave, and send the arisen back to their graves.

    They smell of dragon, these tiny churls do, the kobold's a morsel in any orc stew, we'll track them and snack them and bring them to bear, or drive them to pit traps waiting to snare, since they breed like rabbits there's plenty to share.

    Hiding in deep beneath driven snow, beneath even dwarf holds this habit of Drow, these ebon-skinned devils, like their brothers up high, still elvish blood born, an orc can't deny, we hear them and fear them and seek their demise.

    On high to the mountains, to village's cold, barbarians raging and bellowing bold, due to the inks under their skin, tattoos are poison they must be flayed thin, an orc must be careful too much means death's grin.

    Once all the raiders return from their raiding, we feast on the windfalls still left from our sating and offer the chief's cut to First Orc ancestor, not of the green meat that's started to fester, only the best of halfling, elf or a man's sister.

    In winter we orcs go merrily a raiding, to honor the First Orc before spirit's fading, to sing of our endless racial war's fight, one that the orc will win through our might, and celebrate the Yuleblood on this twelve-th night.

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    Sounds interesting GP, looking forward to seeing what you come up with.
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    Love it mate cant wait to see the final product

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    awesome poetry there, might have taken my vote already...

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    Wip Plate 1

    Page 1 of the story - the Spirit of the First Orc at the door (young orcling answering the door)

    Enjoy!

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    Wip Plate 2: dragon cave

    Plate 2: dragon cave - an orc picking up some dragon dung...

    Note it says page four, instead two, which means I need to change the previous illustration to say page three. I plan to place a title page and the map before the story begins, thus the corrected page numbers. I might add some detail to the first illustration, the room around the door looks too bare - need to fix that.

    Anyway, moving right along - I like how this illustration turned out, much better.

    GP

    PS: no WIP tag, yet, as these are illustrations only and don't count towards the challenge, its just extra credit for some fun!

    PPS: I plan to make a PDF of the whole thing when I'm done...
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    Nice illustrations GP. Maybe you could add some burnt hero bones as a final touch to that dragon pic?

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    Wip Plate 3: Woman stolen

    I'm gettin' better at this!

    Been a while since I've done more serious illustration, almost makes want to improve the first one (almost.)

    Plate 3: Orc taking the daughter away!

    I'm done for the night...

    Enjoy!

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    PS: good idea, Ghostman, I'll do that tomorrow!
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    Wip Plate 4: burn out the elves!

    Plate 4: Burning down the house (and trees).

    Orcs too scared to face the elves in their domain, so its time to burn them out!

    I'll try to get the "burnt hero bones" in tonight...

    Thanks, Ravs! I've always been the artist, just haven't had to show it except thru maps recently. Its been a while since I've just drawn like this.

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