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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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Draegohn Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015
Hey I used (and cited) this amazing piece on the following link: medium.com/@heathenthink/too-l…;
If you're not cool with it just let me know and I'll switch it out. 
I really like it and it fits with my poem. 
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dragonkiss114 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Truly amazing!
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Sharpyhammer Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
all i can .. say i...s "WoW"!
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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:
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TheLastIronMan Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
To the Hall of Awesome!
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TheLastIronMan Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
To the Hall of Awesome!
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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.
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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. ;)
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Sylverwyng Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yuuuus that makes me a happy being inside. <3<3
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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:
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SoundlessWhispers Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
...It's stunning. Wonderful art!
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Ala-Rai Featured By Owner May 3, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Brilliant concept and composition! The ground looks like I can just walk up and touch it. Phenomenal! (and I don't use that word a lot)
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Ulalah Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
.................mystical
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928 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011
that look simply awesome, well done
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:iconsebasruna:
SebasRuna Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011
Well... This is beautiful...
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:icontartakovsky:
tartakovsky Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011
Wow you should be a professional artist, I've been browsing through your gallery and I am impressed with everything you made and all your ideas. You think and act like a true artist in my opinion haha you should be famous!
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Eigems Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing, I could actual picture the story in my head very vividly.
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:iconeigems:
Eigems Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing, I could actual picture the story in my head very vividly.
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Gwenthyr Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the colors of the ground and tarot-card-like composition and symbolism in this. :)
But the circles disturb me here, actually...
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beutelwolf Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
=( that image appears in one of my dreams
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hummingvoids Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
whoa great lighting....
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jMichaelSchmidt Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010   Photographer
I love the colors, slightly desaturated and understated, and i love the (controlled?) distortion, as if he (or she?) bends the very fabric of our existance... :-D i really like this piece...
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Vinca Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
too kewl, dude!
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:iconnochiel:
Nochiel Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
This is really cute! The background is breathtaking detailed!
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xSPYROTHEDRAGONx Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great skills combined with a cool motive, this is a really amazing combination which guided to this really fascinating peace of art with a very interesting background story and mood in it.

good job man that looks damn good! ;P
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Lemmy-X Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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This excellent artwork is featured in my journal. [link]
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Karfunkelstone Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! Mal wieder einfach nur atemberaubend! :wow:
Die perspektivische Verzerrung und die Bewegung im Bild ziehen einen richtig hinein!
Toll! :clap:
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Karfunkelstone Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! Mal wieder einfach nur atemberaubend! :wow:
Die perspektivische Verzerrung und die Bewegung im Bild ziehen einen richtig hinein!
Toll! :clap:
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Dissension-7 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010  Student General Artist
Wow! This is gorgeous! I love it so much. :heart:
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Louvy Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010  Student General Artist
gorgeous picture ...
I love the BG realistic rocks and the pose, idea ...
It's an awesome and professional done really, you're talentued!
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:iconxerces:
Xerces Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Awesome work! such an intense scene with amazing colour and detail. well done!
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:iconcleocatra:
Cleocatra Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010  Student General Artist
Beautiful dude!
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artstain Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
one of the best! :-)
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galestormKitsune Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010  Student General Artist
This is really beautiful :D
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Janix-moon Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010
I like the way the landscape brings you in...
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Runelights Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010  Professional General Artist
Wow, I love the new style, it's great. I've watched your stuff for some time, and I think this is such an amazing growth and leap. Awesome.
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mikeomni Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010
Beautiful lighting choices here
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kate44 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2010
Beautiful :)
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stormbringer2 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
OK IM IN LOVE this has to be one of my favorite pictures that you have ever done!
yaay im so exited by the beauty my sentences are flowing really badly right now.. oh well :D!!
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Naeran Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Interesting character and story.
Good job! :)
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Ady-182 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This is gorgeous! I love the colours and the smokey effect. Really lovely =]
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GuephRen Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010  Student General Artist
I don't long the the person who asked for this waited, but I would have waited for a very, very long time for something of this quality!
It's a fantastic job, specially with the light play! :)
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Darkwing2743 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Beautiful.
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MellyMaltesers Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010  Student Interface Designer
this be cool
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Bluemoonrunner Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010
Oooo, dragon fox. Nice. I love this and the story too.
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Keitaro91 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010
epic, i so love this one ^^
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slownsilent Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010  Student General Artist
Really great!
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:iconshirouga:
Shirouga Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010
Amazing picture!!! The text is well composed too, you truly are an artist!!!
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flabaflaba123 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010   General Artist
Awesome dragon :D
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Beee85 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010
cool!
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