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Do as you were taught. by Templado Do as you were taught. by Templado
File is HUGE, so you can see details here without raping your poor computer. - [link]

Bid for stunning nordanner mare: [link] # 501


It took me alot of time. Really alot. Also there is a story for it.
And it was actually russian and loong, but I`ll post here short and freaky version here. Sorry for my ugly horrible english.
Also... No refs exept inspiration for riders face ^^" No screenshots. Just watch and draw)

P.S. Sorry, Dane. I just do not now nothing about Skagenrak, so consider this as freaky psyho fanfiction with AU X )


It was misty, cold morning, when flock of colorful horses loudly rushed into the yard gates.
Animals were frightened of a new place and while trotting around nervously, they tried to stay closer to each other.
- Northen mares are here at last!
Dark haired boy of an age of ten was very anxious about all that was happening in the yard. And was staring at horses from old wooden house`s balcony.
-Holy fire, uncle Eirik, there are Tollin`s nordanners and from Autumn Flowers valley and look! Even Master Longwei sent his horse here!
Boy was totally exited, but his collocutor, who was busy with sharpening his sword, didn`t share his enthusiasm. At all.
-You right, that green collar with dragon on mare`s neck says that she was master`s Longwei once, but… There is no reasons to be happy about that.
-But… Isn`t that striped mare good? Well, dragonhunter`s horses always are. They must be.
Gloomy man raised from a bench and looked at boy attentively.
-They are. And this horse definitely was too. But dragonhunters, especially such dragonslayers like Longwei never shall pay their Great King`s nordanner tribute with their own horse. They are reach people and it is not a problem to pay this tax with gold. Dragonhunters will pay with their precious horses only if this horses has some very big troubles or if they`ll get poor. But I doubt if master Longwey shall ever stay without a dozen coins in his pocket. So, there is only one reason, why this horse got into the export herd.
-But she looks healthy. What happened to her then?
Boy seemed worry and disappointed.
Eirik grined.
-And what`s your business in it, Bran? Wonna buy her? If you do, then be prepared to sell all your brothers and sisters to slavery. And may be then you`ll have a half of those money which you`d need for it.
- I don`t want to buy her. I just… can`t understand, how then dragonhunters can sell their friends, their partners just because they got sick or something!
-Lad, forget about all that songs and foolish ballads. Only sons of noble man, who want to hunt a golden feather couple of times, sitting on father`s horse may talk about partnership and all that things. I told you, that dragonhunters are reach. They really are, but they are reach not because of some hiden sourse of wealth, but because they can handle their business very strict and right. There is no place for sentimental things. Horse is nothing if she can`t hunt down the dragons. Hunters treet their horses extremely well, but only till they are usefull. Remember that. And now Bran, I`ll tell you one story. Story about master Longwei.

As you know, there in northern mountains there are living wolfsnout dragons. They live in small packs and usually they prefer to avoid people. So, you`ll never hear about fearsome man-eater wolfsnout.
Also, they are known for very beautiful feather coloring. And so many dragonhunters chasing them. So did and master Longwei. He was an expert with these beasts. People called him “northern dragon lord’, because he was extremely efficient in hunting, he was a man of wide knowledge and also he was just damn lucky.
One day he tracked a pack of wolfsnouts. Very special one. Pack had dragonbabies and one of them had very rare blue fethering. And Longwei wanted to catch this dragon. And one day he got all preparations done, the trap was placed and it was just a matter of time. But the magic trap, baced on potion worked wrong. Something was not right with potion. And instead of sleeping smoke, a cloud of poisoned gas raised. This thing killed and burned into chemical ash all the pack, but not the blue little dragon. But that lizard was very smart and quick and he manage to escape from Longwei. And that was no good for both of them. Dragonhunter was shure that this lone cub won`t survive by his own.
But he did. Wolfsnouts never attack people, only if trying to protect themselves. But hugry dragon had no choice, and soon he found out that it is very easy way to get dinner by killing peasant`s cattle in the valley. That dragon was very smart, swift and three years later he grow strong.
He was not afraid of people, he could even hunt them.
Master Longwei was trying to catch him and then after one more year to kill him. Dragonhunter knew, who was that dragon. He was shure, that this tyrant is his “cub”, that man didn`t catch four years ago.
And one day his old horse, Morrow, injured his hoof, so Longwei decided to take his new horse, young striped mare. He had to go, because that was lord`s dragonhunt, and Longwei just could not refuse or skip it. He was not sure if his mare was ready.
He and the lord`s son with his group went very high up in the mountains.
And there Longwei met his old enemy. But dragon was not alone. He gathered a new pack . And it was a pack of creatures that learned not to afraid people. And their leader knew how to kill them fast.
Blue wolfsnaut rushed to Longwei as falcon, but he was not able to make a deadly strike, because horse reared and the beast was not fond of an idea to get some hoofprints on it`s face. And then only a sudden event saved the life for both horse and rider. Mare took a step back and lost it`s cadence. So the second strike of the dragon was not so direct. He grabbed horse`s side with his huge claws, and all three just begun to skip down by rocky hill. Longwei just managed to get the lightning potion, which shy away the beast right in time. Horse and rider got wounded, but they were alive.
After three months mare has recovered, but she became very shy. And because of this it was impossible to gain control over her, every time when she faced dragons. So, now this horse is here. She is brilliant, but she has no chance to get into king`s guard and that means only one. She`ll be exported.


Horse ID #501
Horse name: (buyer decides)
Breed: Pure Nordanner
Registrated: Not yet - buyer's job
Gender: Mare
Age: 5 years
Height: 15.3 HH
Color: Dark chestnut tobiano tabby
Genotype: ee AA TyTy nTb
Training: Basic training given, can be ridden
Tack: Daily + Dragon hunter full gear

Nordanner breed belongs to Daneart

Nordanner Sale
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This piece makes me think how I'd feel if I was in that situation. Cliffs at my back and fierce dragons ready to devour me if I let down my guard but once. The colors are a good choice and I love how the background came out. It looks far-away and gives you a feeling of being high up above it.

I love the detail. It's great how you made the dragons so detailed, each feather, and the faceplate on that horse is very nicely done! I couldn't make a rider look that good. He definitely looks like he's hanging on there, but he looks brave and unafraid against overwhelming odds. A very nicely done piece, one you can be proud of! What can I say? I love it!
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FalconSkyhawk Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW that is attention grabbing and really cool! :D
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Templado Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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ForgottenAmnesty Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
Oh wow, those creatures are so cool! The tack, especially the faceplate is really awesome-looking
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MadHatters-Wife Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Student
Вот это силушка-сильная!!! Браво!
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reapper411 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i am in love with this picture! :heart:
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ShinigamiLover1991 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
O.O Crazy good detail here~ I'm so jealous~ ;P
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JEAikman Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, there's so much going on in this picture, and the detail is amazing!
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Templado Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you!)
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DreamHorseStudios Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is the most incredibly detailed work I've seen in a long time! I'm enthralled with the design of each dragon and the way that they draw from the various traditional depictions (dog-like dragons, horns everywhere, giant claws and slithering tails), but manage to be something completely individual and unique thanks to your use of new elements like the feathering and raptor claws. Impressive! Also, the knotwork and stitching on that mare's barding? Mind. Blown.
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