"The Ard Rhys at the Hadeshorn"
From the Terry Brooks novel, "Jarka Ruus". The Ard Rhys, Grianne Ohmsford, confronts the Druid shade Brona at the Hadeshorn. Harpies circle and the Furies watch as "...Druid shade [Brona] surged out of the roiling waters like a leviathan, huge and threatening...The shade wheeled towards her soundlessly, drawing all the light into itself...Within the hood, red eyes flared to life and burned with unmistakable rage. She waited as the shade skimmed along the lake's boiling surface to reach her, growing steadily in size. The shade threw out one hand, and a wind howled across the lake, whipping at it's robes and sending Grianne to her knees. The lake boiled anew, spitting and rumbling, a cauldron of discontent, and the Warlock Lord began to retreat back towards it's center, burning eyes still fixed on her. She tried to stand again, but the wind beat her down, and it was all she could do to meet that terrible gaze from her kneeling position. I've tried to create an ethereal effect, especially with the shade. Notice the low contrast between the blue greens of the lake and the violet tones of the land, especially in the shoulder area of Brona. I also like the effect of the Harpies flying in with their sword like fingers that, along with the other demonic creatures, forming the red around the top and focusing the attention on the red flares of the shade's hands.
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