This took me an embarrassingly long time to finish (got the commission about half a year ago…), but it’s finally done! Daine, Alanna, and Kel in fancy dresses with their weapons of choice, for dredreidel :)
Since I can’t get the thing to work as a video here ya go. I made this four years ago for a art class. I want to make more of them for each series. So, guess who has to remember how to make a story board.
An update on my Alanna drawing. The outfit I’m imagining is proving to be pretty work-intensive, but I like it. I may do a series of lady warrior book characters, I’m having a lot of fun with this one. It’s maybe 60% done.
had a bit of a nostalgic YA fiction moment and wanted to do something of fave lady knight Alanna of Trebond and Olau (and pirate’s swoop). In some alternate version where lighting and faithful are all around while Alanna is the champion. because who doesn’t want that? and armor, what is that.
Facts About Aly, Thom, and Alan (and a bit of Neal)
Thom was a really chubby baby, like just
the fattest cheeks topped by a mop of red curls. V adorable. Alanna
found his chunk reassuring, because of how much she struggled with
breastfeeding (according to Tammy). She was really afraid that she wasn’t doing it right, but
seeing that Thom was so healthy calmed her down. He was also a very
quiet, giggly baby, easy to take places. He would cry and cry when
separated from his parents, so Alanna and George did a lot of baby
wearing. When Thom grew into adulthood he took after George physically,
very tall and broad shouldered, although since he is an academic type
he’s not muscled like George.
The twins were born a bit
early, and were a little undersized. For the first few weeks they
required constant, round the clock care (necessitating that wet nurse
Aly mentions having). Aly and Alan liked being together best, and hated
being restrained, so Alanna and George had to completely re-think their
baby-calming strategies. They were the kind of toddlers that absolutely had to be occupied at all times. Alanna and George got good at carrying on conversations while simultaneously tickling a baby with one hand and playing peekaboo with the other. George and Alanna obviously love their children but…the twins were a big reason why they decided three was plenty.
Alanna is like 99% happy her children are tall and healthy, 1% pissed that she’s so much shorter than everyone she knows, including people she literally created. “Why did shortness happen to literally only me? EVEN MY TWIN BROTHER WAS TALLER THAN ME!!”
It’s common knowledge in the family (including adoptive family) that when Aly, Alan, and Thom are all together…the whole is decidedly lesser than the sum of their parts. Like, they are such smart and capable kids, but they get into the absolute dumbest shenanigans when all together. The, “I can’t believe we survived, also there may have been a lot of property damage involved, so sorry” type shenanigans. Just two siblings together can be destructive, but usually in a much smaller and more controllable way. It’s like they are the kids from Captain Planet, but what they summon when all together are horrible choices and bad judgement.
Thom convinces himself to go along with these schemes because he needs to “watch” his little siblings, Aly likes to think she’s the brains and she needs to go along to control it, and Alan just straight up likes adventure and mayhem.
The Pirate’s Swoop kids have absolutely involved their royal cousins in these shenanigans, and have nearly gotten them into serious diplomatic trouble at least twice (but they did a decent cover up job, so parents don’t know about that part). Jon and Thayet slightly look the other way because they know their kids have an incredibly restrictive life, and their cousins are a small reprieve from that.
supposed to be the sensible one, but clearly he’s always getting dragged into the mess Aly and Alan have made. Thom is also usually the one
left holding the bag, but George has caught on to this fact so when he walks in on Thom neck deep in trouble his first question is always, “Where are your siblings?”
Alan and Thom recognize Aly’s tricks more than she realizes (Alan is
the best at seeing through her, just as Aly sees through him easily).
It’s just that they know that going along with Aly’s manipulations is
easier than not, plus it will always yield more interesting results than not getting involved.
Aly, Alan, and Thom are all
fiercely protective of each other. They’re the siblings that get in
fights and are mean to each other plenty, but as soon as some outsider
looks sideways at one of them IT IS ON. This is because they love
each other, of course, but also because they’re all too used to hearing
shit from other nobles about their parents (particularly Alanna). Each
sibling sees his or herself as having thick skin, but his/her siblings
as being sensitive. Insults to yourself are met with witty retorts and
comeback (or just ignoring them), insults to a sibling are met with an
They are also champion bickerers. How could they not be? The three of them have had petty arguments going strong for years. Like Aly comes home from the Copper Isles, all of the siblings are full adults, and then somehow the conversation ends up on “Whose Fault Was It Really That We Broke Grandma Eleni’s Vase Fifteen Years Ago?” and all hell breaks loose. This is a form of love though, make no mistake.
When Neal arrived at Pirate’s Swoop it took less than a week for Aly to manipulate him into getting involved in one of their shenanigans. He’s saved all their collective asses many times, all four of them turning to each other and saying, “So we’re not going to tell Ma/your mother about this, right?” The kids love Neal, and he enjoys them back, even when he pretends to be irritated/exhausted by them. He and Aly trade wits, and he was a great mentor to both Thom and Alan about university and knighthood respectively. Alanna is very grateful to him for that, even if she doesn’t show it easily.
Although I’ve always figured Neal and Alanna would eventually get on pretty well. She likes smartasses, she’s one and all her friends were as well. And I doubt she would have shown Neal any of George’s secrets (like the crossing into Scanra) if she didn’t trust him, or that he would be quoting Alanna back at her if he didn’t like her (that scene in Lady Knight: “’Good Question,’ Lady Alanna said…She and Neal chorused, ‘Next question.’” p.47). But I would also imagine it would be awkward for Neal to gush to Kel about how great Alanna is (and Neal’s not a gusher anyway), so I always figured his complaints about Alanna in Squire should be taken with a grain of salt. I bet he and Alanna may have had a difficult time at first, but then they would come to an understanding. I bet they occasionally would blow up at each other, but then one of them would say some snarky thing and they’d both start laughing and it’d mostly blow over (although I’m sure more than a few dust ups lingered on). I think he would have fit into the Pirate’s Swoop family really well, well enough that he checks up on Thom at school and Alan at the palace when he can.