This here is the cower design for Astoria PartI, volumI, entitled 'The birth of a hero'. As the story begins, the hero, Jamesing 'whitesoul', is wisited by a misterious woman who reweals to him, his tru identity, and tells him, that his place is in the magical world of Astoria, and not the grey terran word. The young man enters Astoria, and signs in the school Phoenix, of the city Anorien, and from then on, his life is about to change. On this sceen, he is sent to help the forest keeper, 'axer' Og, to find the city's lost hypogryphs. during the search, they get separated, and the path leads Jamesing to the sceen of his first encounter with the Dark Lord. The characters on the pic are: Jamesing in the middle, folowed by Og; on the left is lord Lewendar 'darkhair', leader of the city, and on the right is Sylwanis, his stepdoughter. On the top of the pic you can see the Dark Lord Wanares, steping out of the Crimson Gate. The enwiroment is the city forest, with the school in the background, and the city gate in the foreground. in the bottom is the top of Gate 17, that takes you from Budapest to Astoria. (done with pensil; lighting done in Ulead Photo Express).