The clashing sounds of daggers between Lena and Amélie have reached its stalemate. Broken swords, dented armor plates, torn-up shields, and few bruises surround their beautiful bodies is destroying their honor for one more time. It has been thirty days since they first met in a battle of Dragon Ridge. Lena swings her dagger to Amélie’s face that quickly blocked by the French skulker. Lena forced the blade to punch through Amélie’s beautiful amber eyes, but it seems their strength are worsening and both of them were too weary to do any more fatal blows, Amélie pushes her away and finally resting herself underneath a tree. One thing that a battle can’t do is… there’s an adoration in their eyes as they look each other with hate and in between sharp breaths.
“Let’s take a rest for a while, Frenchie,” Lena begged while she’s wiping out her blood and sweat that drips from her face. “I have enough of this.” She said, fed up with the blindness of the Emperor about attacking France.
“I’m not resting until you’re dead.” Amélie threatened, with a dagger placed below Lena’s throat.
“Please… I beg you.” Lena pleaded in between her breaths.
Amélie sat down beside her under the tree. “Okay, I’ll let you live today.”
Britain and France have been in bad blood since the Ancient times, the middle ages were the most unfortunate for both countries and its leaders, many scholars feel pity about what’s going to happened next, but for Lena and Amélie, it’s just another day in the battlefield where who kills the most wins.
“What’s your name, French?” Lena asked.
“Is that matter to you, Brit?” Amélie replied.
“Well, I hope we were allies in the future battles – not wanting to have that harsh duel with you again, somehow,” Lena explained. “If you don’t want to introduce yourself first, let me introduce myself, then. My name is Lena Oxton of London, 15th Cavalry Brigade. A pleasant to meet you.” She introduced herself.
“My name’s Amélie Lacroix of Annecy, 4th French Army, 25th Skulker Regiment. A pleasant to meet you too.” Amélie shook her hands with Lena, although disgust can be implicitly shown in both of the women, love could faintly felt in between them.
“Straight from the army, aren’t you?”
“I am, yes.”
“I know you guys have high morale on battles than us mercenaries, but I assume that we could build a friendship over here,” Lena said, sipping her spiced wine. “Do you wish to taste my humble spiced wine?”
“Friendship?” Amélie asked.
“Yes, Milady. I have high hopes for what’s going to happen in between our beautiful countries – the greatest empire of all. So, why wouldn’t we take it to the next level?”
“I fear that I haven’t trust you enough to be my ally,” Amélie replied while taking a sip of Lena’s spiced wine. “We just finish our duel, and we barely meet each other, and I couldn’t think about our friendship will last longer as you thought, Lena.”
“I have the same fear, too,” Lena said. “But I keep my confidence and set aside my fear of all.”
“You have a point, to be honest.” Amélie agreed. “Mind if I drink the whole bottle? I haven’t got enough water since yesterday’s long march.”
“Do please empty that bottle, Amélie. I brought another one.” Lena nodded while grabbing another bottle from inside her knapsack. “Cheers, to our friends and foes, and to us – as companions.” Lena raised the bottle and drink it up.
“Salut.” Amélie raised her bottle and clang it up with Lena’s.
“So, how are your life before you affiliate yourself with the army?”
“I was a wench, a beautiful girl that are ready to serve any men who come into my parlor in Paris.” Amélie lustfully winked. “They are all trying to… have intercourse with me, but I ended up killing a few… probably ten, and thus the army show their interest in my blade works, now I’m here as their pawn.”
“Such twisted past you have there, Milady.”
“Yes, was twisted. Nonetheless, several men I know from before I joined the army finally signed themselves up and they’re my platoon mates. Still, every night they want to taste my busty body… ended up in a ditch, with their faces covered in mud and blood of their own wrongdoing.” Amélie said, drinking the last sip of the spiced wine and put the bottle near a crystal clear water source, unharmed from the heat of their duel and no blood spilled into it.
“Wow, a wench like you could be that… violent. I should be careful when you’re around the tavern,” Lena widens her eyes. “These men shouldn’t really to have a fight with you over your busty body.”
Amélie nodded in agreement. “I suppose so.” She went to the water source and fill the bottle. “So, how’s your past life, Lena?”
“I was appointed as a maid in House Wilmington, was their best maid and a mercurial one, that I know. My job as maid didn’t pay well enough and my knife works are required somewhere else, so I decided to join the army. Before I was a maid, I worked dirty deeds done dirty cheap – A mercenary, if you want to know the standard term of what am I doing before the army.”
“So you’re a mercenary, disguised as a maid?”
“It was a long time ago, yes. I was a merc-maid or Servanary. A mercenary and a servant.”
“You always like to combined words, I assume?”
“Yes, that I am often combined words. Mercmaid, Servanary, Mercent, you name it.”
“And those combined words were from two separate words, am I correct?”
“Yes, it is.” Lena nodded. “Hey, it’s almost dusk, let’s find somewhere to sleep and tomorrow we could do guerrilla, couldn’t we?”
“Guerrilla? What do you mean by that?” Amélie turned around as she walks to the horizon, her beauty was at the peak of its golden age.
“Guerrilla is a tactic used by many tribes around the world, they may look traditional, but their guerrilla tactics were the finest of all strategy around the world. No one notices you nor know where you are.” Lena explained.
“Where did you learn such things, Lena?”
“Books, scriptures, poems, war philosophers, you name it.” Lena counted numerous of ways how she knows the art of Guerrilla Warfare.
“You’ve been everywhere, haven’t you?” Amélie asked. Jealousy came out from her mouth.
“I’ve been to South East Asia, the India, the Africa, Middle-East… but sure my heart stays for England,” Lena recalled several places that she has been to. “Been it is awesome, but it always my home in London that I think of.”
“Hey, let’s have a race, shouldn’t we?”
“I have a shack not far from here, it’s the best place to rest. Maybe I can cook some French delicacy for you as we ride into the sunset.”
“Whoever reaches your shack last cooks dinner.”
“That would be a beautiful idea.” She began to lift her hands and cast a conjuration spell to summon her mares, “La Vitesse,” and “La Fureur.”
“Are you… a witch?! That’s intolerable!” Lena shocked.
“Oh, yes. I had forgotten about what I do. I’m a necromancer by talent and nature.” Amélie lands a lustful wink and rode her mare slowly. “Do you wish to get some rest, Lena?”
“Well… well… of course I do want some sleep!” She rode her mare and went to chase Amélie that seem has gone into the sunset.
The race was fast, the mare was fit enough to jump a gap in between cliffs, but to ride beside Amélie into the sunset on her summoned horse… it was priceless for Lena and Amélie alike. The mercuriality of the horses… were no match to any war horses the army had. And, so they rode into the sunset with a smile… leaving dust and gravel behind the bloodied battlefield. Lena respected the Winch for all of her life. It has always been the Winch that she’s been looking for in her entire career of being a sellsword – beauty, elegance, and brutality in one body.
There is a Full Moon today, June 2nd, at 12:19pm EST. The Full Moon has the greatest energy of the lunar cycle - emotions are heightened and psychic intuitiveness abounds. Good luck falling asleep! This Full Moon is in Sagittarius, opposite the Sun in Gemini. This axis represents knowledge - Gemini being the lower mind, and Sagittarius being the higher. This Gemini season we have been keen on learning new subjects, conversing and communicating, taking in our surroundings. The Sagittarius Full Moon calls us to balance this type of cursory knowledge with something deeper - or more properly, something higher. True meaning, true faith - a worldview that will encompass all these little things we learn with the help of Gemini. With Mercury Retrograde, many of these things we have been learning have come from within - an inner understanding. This is a wise way to approach the truth of the universe, from the inside out. But we must be wary, as things may be confused and unclear at this time. Once Mercury goes direct on June 11, things may make more sense. But for the time being, we may rest, and continue exploring our inner worlds.
In Celtic lore the June Full Moon is called the Moon of Horses. This is a fitting name, as Sagittarius represents the centaur - half-man, half-horse. For some this is an image of the bridge between the human world and the animal kingdom. Consciousness versus the instincts. At this time we may want to balance our head in the heavenly clouds with our feet on the ground. Sagittarius has a tendency to get carried away - like a wild horse. It is a sign of idealism and grand schemes. Surely there is nothing wrong with dreaming big - but perhaps we should be more practical with our longings, only for the sake of manifesting them. But - with this in mind - do not temper your heart’s desires. For nothing is impossible. Neptune in Pisces is squaring this Full Moon - lending us either its shadow side (delusion, deception, confusion), or its lighter side (Oneness, unity, spiritual keenness).
Sagittarius rules over the archetypes and symbolic knowledge. This could be a good time to connect with something, or someone, higher than yourself. Through meditation or visualization you can enter into conversation with any particular god, goddess, animal, or historical character that sparks your interest at this time. Through this process you can learn to embody these characteristics you place higher than yourself. You can also explore other cultures at this time, opening yourself up to a grander view of the world. Sagittarius is all up expanding our sense of self. If you have been feeling lost, or ungrounded, the key to finding your path could lie in the various truths held by those that have lived long before you. Sagittarius is the sign of wisdom - do not be afraid to reach out to those that “seem” to hold more wisdom than you.
Venus will move into Leo on June 5th, making our love-styles more gregarious, prideful, and playful. Leo is the sign of romance, giving and receiving love from the heart. Do not be afraid to take pride in yourself, as it lends you the energy to take pride in others. Allow yourself to enter into a mutual exchange of admiration, adoration, and validation. Let your inner child play, and let your inner royalty reign.
While Venus is still in Cancer during this Full Moon, do not be afraid to embrace your feminine intuitiveness. This is a Full Moon for priests and priestesses, the Ancient Mysteries, the secret teachings. These things all lie within us, our innate knowing of the truth we hold in our heart, our emotional wellspring. Set yourself on course by believing in this, and in something bigger than your self. This is a time for faith, faith in all things, in the grander plan laid out before your incarnation. Accept the confusion and the unknowing at this time, as acceptance and surrender will bring you closer to your destination. And remember, it is the journey that truly counts.
Saturn will remain in Sagittarius until June 14, until it slides back into Scorpio. With Saturn in Retrograde, we may have internalized societal pressures. If we are able to bypass this, we may combine the energies of Saturn with Jupiter - and learn the balance of the worldly realism with otherworldly optimism. Perhaps this is a time for taking measures towards embodying your truth and your life-path. As I mentioned before, this is the Moon of Horses. Both Sagittarius and the horse represent freedom - freedom to follow your passions, your intuition, your sense of adventure. We may be battling internally the restrictions of Saturn, as a horse locked up in captivity. You must realize that within you there is always freedom, and that you hold the keys to the cage. Tap into the power of the horse and set yourself free, through the power of knowing the truth of the universe. Only the belief in your own limitations and in external powers will hold you back. Always remember there is a clear path, even when you are unable to see it. This faith will carry you on.
I wish I could quote the entire book of The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, because it is so Sagittarian, but I will settle with this one:
“Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with God and with eternity.”
And so believe in your dreams, believe in the ease of achieving them, and listen to your heart - for it speaks the language of the universe.
Thrilling Adventure Hour Fan Art: Expanding Color and Structure
Took me a bit of time but I finally finished The Red Plains Rider I was working on. Nothing like a busy weekend to keep you from finishing. I wanted to make sure each character has a unique style so I experimented a bit with the design before finalizing. I’m also including Mercury the Horse as I promised a few days ago. It’s my first attempt at a horse silhouette and I thing it turned out pretty well. Let me know what you think.
Known for: His chubby cheeks, always being the boss of the colts and stallions
Mercury is an extremely strong and tough pony. None of the boys like messing with him but he’s kind at heart. He hardly gets into fights as I think most of the others are too frightened to take him on. He’s always been a leader. He was born very dark and slowly gotten lighter and he’s now close to white like his father was.
Mercury is very kind to people. I’ve found that he doesn’t like too much attention but he wouldn’t hurt anyone at all. He’s a lovely natured stallion.