This was my submission for this month's issue of Shousetsu Bang Bang ( [link]
)! This month's theme was folklore and fairytales - and guys, I gotta say, I'm liking how this turned out! Especially considering how many photoshop closed on me while I was working on this >.<
So this is actually a Daracian myth - Darac, for those who don't know (read: everyone), is where Amadeus (one of my main characters) is from in my story En Route. I was originally hoping to do a series of drawings for this issue, but ran out of time before I could finish it all! Which kind of sucked.
For anyone who's interested, the myth involves a young warrior named Laim (the one kneeling) finding an injured Daracian wolf in the desert near his home. He takes the wolf to his home and nurtures it back to health, all the time telling it to believe in him, that he'll make it better. The wolf gains consciousness, and begins accompanying the young man when he goes out. One day, Laim and his companion encounter a large group of raiders, and he's quickly overpowered. The wolf then reveals himself as the demigod Harai, first guard of the underground realm of the gods. He asks Laim for his belief, in exchange for protection. Harai then goes and kicks the raider gang's asses. When Harai returns, he states that his debt to Laim has been repaid, but that he does not wish to be parted from him. He again asks for his belief, and this time Harai gives himself over as a familiar (...which I will discuss in another post) in exchange. The two work together as a duo for about a month, until Harai again comes to Laim at night and asks again for his belief. When Laim says yes in return, the two have sex for the first time. Another few years pass. In this final scene, Laim's home has been surrounded by his fellow villagers, who want to kill him for lying with another man. Harai assumes his true form, and again asks Laim for his belief. Laim instantly says yes, and the two return to Harai's home in the realm of the gods, where they live for eternity.
...YEAH. I WISH I COULDA MADE THIS A WHOLE SERIES OF PICTURES. I might someday, hopefully! Hope you all like!