Manhalia Captive

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Anna Kasho

Too important to destroy, too dangerous to display, the Manhalia was a failed experiment. When she was younger, when the chain held her leg firmly fastened to the floor, they used to open the door and show her off to rich patrons and visiting warlocks. Inevitably, the visitors gasped and stared at the dark twisted thing crouching on the stone floor, while the wizards puffed and preened, and she hissed and blinked at the unexpected light. Slowly she grew and matured. One day she realized that the chain, so formidable before, now posed only a mild inconvenience. When the door next opened, and she leaped forth and maimed the war-king's envoy, the wizards paid dearly for their pride. Since then, all visitations stopped and the big door was sealed over Manhalia's cell. It did not open again untill the girl appeared. Fun to paint, I am most pleased with the stone and her hands :) (Tablet, Painter7)

Published More than a year ago

Category Fantasy

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