So I desperately needed a break from the Preview art. Like, hard-core needed it. I’ve churned out over 35 individual pictures in the last 2 and a half weeks, and I’m really afraid of burning myself out. So here, have something that has absolutely nothing to do with the preview!
The 1400′s was a hell of a time for both Vanya and Ivan. Novgorod, birthed out of the marshes and rivers feeding into the Baltic sea, started the century riding high on a sound defeat of the Swedish, wealthy, militarily sound, and establishing strong alliances with the Lithuanians. Muscovy, once a wooden matchstick out that would burn at the drop of a hat, rose to power on the backs of the dead, establishing the first proper Tsardom and started the long process of shaking off the yolk of the Tartars. For a long while, the two of them left each other alone. Tver came along, and fed by Novgorodian and Lithuanian patronage, blossomed. Only one city could become the new Capital. After Tver toppled, the two were bound to clash, and they did. …violently.
Vanya would not live to see the end of the century, nor would he survive to see his once powerful Republic laid low and subservient under the boot of his cousin.