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Staring At The Stars by darkspeeds Staring At The Stars by darkspeeds
"Star light so bright, it shines with might, dreams of tomorrow shall be realised by night..."



*High above the windmill tower four members of the Royal House who defend the Kingdom of Mercia look up into the starry night. An ocean of stars can be seen, it is a sign of magnificence and good luck.

Airlith: *folding his arms calmly and says the following with adoration* "My father taught me those words Parmir... Star light so bright, it shines with might, dreams of tomorrow shall be realised by night..."

Parmir: *sits with his legs crossed and staring at the night sky...* "Yeah..." *he smiles softly and appreciates the glorious lights that shine brightly above him*

Airlith: *he smirks at his companion who is very much like a little brother to him. He follows what Parmir and the others are doing - staring at the night sky gracefully*

Belling: “It’s so beautiful… I’ve never seen so many stars before in my lifetime” *a gentle priestess sits behind the two and has her hands form a close, as if she was praying, lays it lightly on her lap*

“It must be a miracle…”

Johnathan: *the priest with the shiny nose stars carefully into the night sky and agrees with Belling* "Is this a message from our heavenly fathers? A sign of hope perhaps Sir Airlith?”

Airlith: *the young paladin nods his head in the direction of Johnathan and Belling and turns his head back towards his little companion Parmir. He stares at him for a while and is amazed at how much he has grown*

“Tomorrow will be your first official mission, are you ready for it little guy…?”

Parmir: *without thought he turned his head towards his mentor Airlith and nodded in agreement.*

“I won’t disappoint you Air! I’m confident that I will succeed!”

Airlith: “Mmh! Good.” *nods back approvingly*

*Parmir turns his head back and continues to stare into the beautiful sky. He is very excited about tomorrow for it will be his first real venture with the holy guards. They plan to go deep into the forest and out to the mountains where Castle Wolfenwood is. Their mission will be to deliver vital medicine to heal the king who is significantly ill from a disease caught from his visit to the village. The king must be healed before peace negotiations take place for the North and South Kingdoms of Mercia*

Parmir: “I won’t let you down Mum… Dad…!” *he whispered to himself and closed his eyes for a while. Clenching onto his memorabilia ruby necklace he stands up and prepares for his journey tomorrow morning.*


Yay! More new faces! ^^ I'm starting to develop the support characters for each main protagonist in ASHWORTH series. :) Thanks for the lovely feedback on Bad Ass Bandits! I really apprecaite the love and support on this series! :D :hug:

Kind regards,

Elson 'Darkspeeds' Wong ~ ^^

P.S. For those who say that Ruko's, he's rather flattered...! :heart: (XXD...:giggle:...)
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shadow4maria2006789 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2007
Parmir looks really sweet in this one ^^ This is trully an amazing piece :D
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GhostBulb Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2007
Excelent, this art is...jaja, great, and...please, visit my site for you personal opinionXDXDXD

so sorry...my english is really terrible X3
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DarkThief2008 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2007
Oh...that character Airlith is so hot... ^u^ Great job on your characters; keep up the good work, my friend... ^u^
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MsLizShadow Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2007  Student Photographer
:aww: Very Nice!!! ;)
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Blue-Sage Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2007
So much creativity in one pic... I really like how you are slowly expanding the backstory of your characters.

For some reason, I can see these guys in a Fire Emblem game.
Airlith: Paladin
Belling: Cleric
Johnathan: Bishop
Parmir: Brat *is mauled to death by millions of Parmir fangirls*
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Hipster-Coyote Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2007  Student General Artist
0_0 how do you do it???? its so awesome
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british-penguin Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2007
great work there i love the way he's looking up :) he's like ahh what a beautiful sky ^^ anyway great
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piedodge Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2007
:aww: Parmir's so cute :hug:
Just a awesome picture and a great story to back it up.
Lovely done darkspeeds!
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Maipee-Chan Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2007
Omg, this is so awesome!! I love how you had put detail into the characters, AND the leaves! They are leaves, right? -shot- XD

Parmir looks SO cute in this! I love how you wrote the little story under neath it. Wow, I'm gonna fav this!! :+fav: Keep up the great work!
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KentaruZ Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2007  Professional Writer
wow, incredible work Elson
the entire scene is fantastic, and the face expression are amazing x3
loves the background
great work bro :clap:
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FireFoxgirl Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2007
it's nice
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SwiftShadow777 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2007
neat!^^ i like the expressions.
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SempaiMiles Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2007
Your images always seem...idk...so crowded! Are you surrounded by good family and friends a lot in real life? I'd like to see you open something up and really explore some more spacial compositions!

-Miles
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BloomBlitz Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2007  Student General Artist
Again, another nice piece of art, Dark! I espically love the windmills in the bckground. Such a lovely, peaceful and serene scene. Also, Parmir looks so happy and cute!

*faves*
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Oreon-la Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww. That's cute. :)
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Crystal-Dream Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
"Yes, stars so bright, shining in the darkness...giving me back the hope of making my dreams come true... the starlight always reminds me of the light in my heart, my heart which is covered by darkness so very often. The stars to me are my friends and together we are going our path into a better future "

Hehe, sorry about that, but when i read that lovely scene it reminded me of how much I love the starlights. I remember seeing the milky way in Poland, at a place where the city lights wouldn't steal you the view away. well, what i have written in this comment in the bold letters is what Jamai would say seeing the starlight.
Your support charas are really good and well done. The scene you described here is so very lovely.
I also must start to work on some more support charas. Ther main charas of my series are already worked out pretty well, but the support ones still not even thought up, except the support chars of Jamai's past and maybe Miline. Gotta get t work harder on the rest of the story, too. But i already have so many sidestories in my mind. :)

anyways, too bad it is a sketch again, i really would love to see some coloured picture of you. Especially in this picture I would love to see the shadings in their faces and the bright starlight in a black background. :) but meh, I can imagine that really well anyway.
the picture looks all in all so very well done. I love it and so do the others here. :) :hug:

Hope you enjoy the rest of your trip! See you in Heidelberg! Oh and we still need to know where exactly in Heidelberg we will meet, but we will see about that.
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Ste-C Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2007  Professional General Artist
Mercia? Do you mean the kingdom from the Sonic comic by any chance? If it is, then 'whoppee!!' I've a character that comes from there. ;D Nice work, and very good backstory!
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reyhan-spirit Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2007
Airlith rocks!
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Mafalda-chan Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2007
I like Airlith! :D ( Parmir looks cute too! =3 )


:+fav:
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Valejandra-Fox Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2007  Student Traditional Artist
Nice job ^.-b
and i still love ur shading! awsome as always~
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kitsunechao Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome /^^
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taeshilh Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2007  Professional General Artist
Aww, that's so lovely! I really adore how this turned out.. and hey, it's a picture with one of my most favorite characters on there ";__;" Yes.. Parmir and Ruby are my favorites.. with friggin' Healix as a close second if not the third tie. They're so greeeatttt.. BUT ANYWAY ENOUGH STUPID FANGIRLING.

Hey, it's that guy with the closed eyes that you showed me before XD It's really cool to see him again.. is this the first time you've shown a picture of him to DAland? I just find him such an amusing character.. nice that you added him in the back. And is that Parmir's guardian next to him? I still remember the story very well, but the names skip my head.. I know you mention it in the description, but it's hard to properly staple a name onto the characters ;.; And hey, a womangs. Is she some religious character? The crosses keep giving out that vibe XD

.. Looking at the description again, I remember who the guardian is now XD Airlith.. squee. Don't worry, I won't go around spoiling anything from your story!

I only have two criticisms for this ;.; *Dodges tomatoes* First off, I really think you shoulda tried and made the background dark since they're sitting out at night.. while the stars look very pretty the way you did them, a first glance could easily mistake them for little leafy circles flying about.. probably leaves from some Cherry Blossom tree or I don't know.. you can see the moon there, yes, but that would just bring confusion XD So yeah.. I just think that would have enhanced the picture since it would give the effect of nice darkness.

Secondly.. I tried to make that same pose that Parmir did.. and to be honest, that's a really hard position to support your head if you're looking up XD The hands should be a bit lower.. not on Parmir's ears or something.. they should be a bit more down onto his chin, preferably. They should also be kind of bent.. since the head would be putting some pressure onto the hand.. so you'd try to keep it a bit bent to support it ;.; But that's really all I see wrong.. and believe me, I've done that hand mistake plenty of times before.. it's really a hard thing to master "XD;" Just a hint, though!

Great job on this!
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cj-thedebugfox Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2007  Student General Artist
Cool^^ I like their happy faces XD
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nara-chan Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2007
.....................*steals Parmir* we can stare at the stairs at my place >O


I'll feed you lots and lots of good treats made of CHOCOLATE


*loves this picture*
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Foxy-Sierra Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
A beautiful night sky of stars can be more astonishing then the ocean many a time... *looks up and sees only snow clouds* >_<

Awesome pic, Darks-san! :D
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superchaoticboom Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2007
Wow! There's gonna be alot of supporting characters' for each main protagonist! That's so cool! I can't wait to read them all when you publish it!
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Konya651 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2007
:wow: THIS IS SO COOL! >W<
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DarkMar0 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Sweet, cool, you rock!!
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KaleidoStar132 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2007
absolutely beautiful picture Darkspeeds!
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FlyingMonkeyofOz Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2007
I LOVE RUKO. He is very much welcome.
Nice, more depth to our young one. Like the sound of the gang, they seem to be an interesting bunch to experiment with. The whole world of Ashworth is really taking form. :-) KEEP IT UP!
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lenoir-whittlethorn Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2007
these characters are well designed. :D the story seems interesting too!
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EvyCrystal Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2007  Professional General Artist
wow amigo this is wonderful job ^^ I like the shading and I really do love your BGs!
hehehehe keep up the great work ^^- love the chars too ^0^-

hope your well ^^
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Dolltwins Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2007
SD:=D Awesome! Great work Darkspeeds, and congradulations on you voyage =), doors will open for those who look for them. =D Good luck buddy!
Lyd:^_^ Awesome Work as always! Keep it up! =)
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SoftMonKeychains Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Hi!!!!
Wow....yeah...
Cool! Some Parmir´s past!
Is amazing! You created some amazing new characters!
I like Airlith, he is sooooooo handsome^^
I never thought that Parmir had got so important missions before he joined Ashworth and Ruby...
I´m speechless about the sketch, Elson, is so beautiful...
I can feel Parmir´s emotions and when he whispered for himself about his parents...men...that´s...well....something like hope....in his heart^^
Your series is going to become more and more complex!!!!!

And my series started! CURSED TALES´s comic! The first page is in that [link]
See it if you want^^
See ya e boa viagem, amigo!
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Agirl3003 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2007  Student Filmographer
oooh! Awsome! ^^
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hypermegatailsfan Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
What a sweet night-time gaze...I love the counterclockwise rotation of the chracters,with varying expressions,but the same goal in mind.A true wonder of a piece.
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Cross-X Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2007
0.0 holy crap due awsome work 0.0
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felousefarnayne Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
ahhhh so sweet how you drew the characters in this pic like that indeed especially the poses nice work and keep it up Darkspeeds ^^
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Sonicsuperstar1 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2007
I love it *favs*
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FantasyTheAlmiqui Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2007
Awww... Parmir looks so cute ^-^ Lookin' good. Only thing I can say is that I think if you shaded the sky, it'd look more night-ish.

But great work! =)
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sonicheroesrox Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2007
Why must you draw so well? You are making me so jealous of your wonderful abilities.
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Annomaniac Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2007
*whistle* Night so bright... night so bright... so Elson is also faszinated by starlight... ^^

You perfectly catched the atmosphere of a heaven full of stars in this picture. Parmir fits perfectly in here with his big eyes and the soft smile on his face, just looking at the stars, thinking about his mission tomorrow... And not to forget are Airlith, Jonathan and Belling... everyone fits in this picture, and they all seem to have different personalities for their own... a cross on the priestess clothes... Again, I wonder what the sign means...

And of course, the background again... the windmills in the back in a line, the mountains, the moon and, of course, the stars... and the nice little details, the leaves in the foreground... what would a picture of yours be without it ? ^^ A nice, more silent, but warm picture... I really like it. :)
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HappyAggro Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2007
There is so much depth and...epicness oozing from this pic. Way to go Darkspeeds!

What breed are Belling and John?
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Emily-Young Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2007  Hobbyist Filmographer
That's so cute! Love the little guy that's looking at the stars in the sky! What's the name of the guy standing the closest to the left of the pic?
HE'S CUTE!!!
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Raje-T-Hedgehog Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2007
Interesting scene and amazing artwork as usual, buddy ^^.
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BlizzardHedgehog Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2007
Awesome^^
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Luke-the-F0x Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is Parmir the one in front? He looks really cute.
Awesome job.
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Crystal-The-Hedgehog Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2007
Very nice ^^, Your very talented especially with using only a pencil. Nice shading techniches and their expressions are nice =)
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Ristar89 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2007
Airlith is awesome. O___O
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darkspeeds Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
LOL! XXD Thanks Ristar89! = ) I really like how I designed Airlith! X3 He's the new cool looking good guy! Mua ha ha! *SHOT* XXD I also like how I gave the priest Johnathan that cartoony look with his eyes! ^^ I'm throughly proud of those creations. :)
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