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Songkeeper by AlectorFencer Songkeeper by AlectorFencer
"Lanůvran zan-Faervan is what his people call a "Songkeeper." While he is still rather young for this role, he possesses a natural talent for it which has earned him the respect of his peers. It is his responsibility to preserve and perform the songs of his clan. "Song" is a word used often by the coyophians, to refer to history, culture, art, and lifeways; and as such, a Songkeeper plays a significant role in education and leadership. He/she is akin to a teacher or guardian of knowledge, and must often journey alone into the desert to practice and honor this duty. Time alone in the wild helps a Songkeeper to concentrate and to refine their techniques.

Lanůvran is Songkeeper of the Black Feather moiety, Atroxan Clan. The Black Feather are warriors, seekers of truth, guardians of nature and of their people. The opposite moiety is the White Claw. The White Claw are artisans and scholars, healers, and the keepers of history and culture. There is often some overlap, but these are the traditional distinctions. Music, meanwhile, as well as the operations of day-to-day survival (hunting, building, etc.) are duties shared amongst the entire clan. When the clan gathers to share their songs, it can be a powerful yet eerie experience for any outsider to hear the strains of instruments and the strange, howling voices echoing across the desert.

The Black Feather especially revere the spirit of the ancient dragon as both guide and, in a way, ancestor. This is connected, therefore, to the most significant of knowledge which Lanůvran is tasked to protect and impart. During his ritual time alone in the canyon, Lanůvran plays on his flute the Guardian Song, conjuring in his mind and spirit an image of the ancient one, whom he asks through his music to watch over the land and to provide guidance to the clans. He does this at sunset, a meaningful time for all coyophians; and he plays with extra fervor, for he has been fortunate enough to encounter a sacred white rattlesnake along the path. This serpent has special meaning to the Atroxan, and serves as an omen of a promising future.

- Lanůvran

A little midnight snack, the long overdue commission for Lanovran on Furaffinity. He waited way too long for me to finish this painting. I hope I could make it up by resizing it and giving it a proper background and such. This turned out totally different than originally planned but I'm happier with this version.
I wanted to put a native american mandala into the background but erased the first two circles and let it stand like that. There is too much going on already. x)

I hope you like it! <3
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dragonkiss114 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Truly amazing!
Sharpyhammer Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
all i can .. say i...s "WoW"!
A7XSparx Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That is...beautiful. :heart: Great work!! I love all the details, it's breath-taking work!! :huggle:
TheLastIronMan Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
To the Hall of Awesome!
TheLastIronMan Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
To the Hall of Awesome!
Sylverwyng Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Jesus christ this is beyond amazing.

This could easily be a book cover. But I would rather it be above my bed, in a gorgeous frame.

This is simply fantastic.
Lanovran Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014
Heh.  I just now saw this comment.  I realize it's two years old, but I had to reply because I thought it was ironically funny, given that I actually DO have this painting in a nice frame over my bed. ;)
Sylverwyng Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yuuuus that makes me a happy being inside. <3<3
WovenLife Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Student General Artist
* A * every time i come and look at your works, this one is my TOP favorite ; w ;
colors, composition, the entire idea itself ohohohohohoooo :heart::heart::heart::heart::heart::heart:
SoundlessWhispers Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
...It's stunning. Wonderful art!
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