Zephyr Rider (colored)

Sci fi/Fantasy image by

Sarah Farooqi

I was fortunate enough to be abnormally inquisitive in my youth and as such I heard many more stories from more sorces than most children. The long and sorrowful tale of the now extinct Zephyr Riders came to me from an old woman who was rumored to be a witch but who was in fact the childless great-granddaughter of the last member of this noble group. This is a painting the old woman gave me, showing her ancestor about to jump and catch that savage wind as it flew by the tower, an important message bound to her wrist. The Zephyr Riders were bird-like and only flew while they were young, before child-bearing made them too heavy. They were also gifted with an extraordinary sight, that enabled them to see the wind coming so that they knew just when to jump... This is a character from a story that I have floating in my head. I'm waiting for the story to congeal more before I write it down. This picture was done entirely on the computer using Photoshop Elements and a Wacom tablet. The basic idea for a Zephyr rider came from Zephyr Song by Red Hot Chilli Peppers ('...Fly away on my zephyr...') and I made them messengers because Zephyr is the name of our IM system here. I think that's all I have to say for now. :-) (Jan 2003)

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