It has been a while, but yay! more book characters fanart! Val, Ygritte and Ryk. Ryk isn’t a very prominent character, but I wanted to draw a wildling dude, and I have been having some fun AU thoughts with his sibiling like relationship with Ygritte. Osha and Gilly were top choices to draw on this Free Folk edition, and I do hope to get to them soon. Not going for a 1:1 equivalence to any real world ethnic groups, but I am going for a central asian influence on my take of the ASOIAF characters, and it has been a real fun process, one of my least favorite aspects of fantasy is that it is so european, in that way that not even real life Europe was.
So Restless AU thoughts. Haven’t thought of the specifics of it, but Ygritte and Ryk are perhaps the most prominent Free Folk in Restless. Mance’s power isn’t as consolidated so there’s friction between the factions, and Ygritte and Ryk and their group still haven’t made their mind if to follow him as king so we get a lot of the workings of the Free Folk through them. They will run into Benjen and his rangers at some point, but it the result will be an unlikely truce (if momentary)
Val will run into Rhaegar on his journey Beyond the Wall, and it’s pretty clear it is at Mance’s behest to arrange a meeting between Kings. Perhaps most surprising is Rhaegar’s willingness to accept, to the point even Val ends up advising caution during their journey. But Rhaegar’s focus on the Others and the threat they represent guides his decision making, for better or worse. Jamie knows it’s reckless, but he believes enough on his king to trust on this gamble.
These lights illuminated the man clad in black; his profile, of a young and charming complexion, was outlined against the dark background with the purity of a medallion; he leaned his elbow on the corner of a panel of the door, and rested his brow on his left hand, an unconsciously graceful attitude, which set off the height of the brow by the smallness of the hand.
Victor Hugo, frigging MURDERING ME, because he’s describing the obligatory Hot Young Man of the book and Y’ALL Y’ ALL KNOW WHAT GESTURES HE’S DESCRIBING RIGHT
WHAT AN UNCONSCIOUSLY GRACEFUL GESTURE. WHAT ELEGANCE. WHAT POISE.