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Archisoilus, Master of the Ground by Edarneor Archisoilus, Master of the Ground by Edarneor

Honorable Grandmaster of the Enclave of Thirty Cliffs, Magister of the Elite Royal School, the perpetual delegate of Earth in the Union of the Eight – all these titles Archisoilus, Master of the Ground had achieved on perfectly solid… grounds.
He is universally acclaimed as one of the greatest earth-mages in history: during his long career he had devised a way to withstand furious earthquakes by employing the technique of “floating granite”, single-handedly created a 30-league-long bridge across the Galreean Gulf while the entire city watched him in awe, and had also invented (and made widespread) the practice to magically fertilize barren lands.

Last year, having felt that, as his life drew to a close, powers were leaving him by the day, the Mage finally decided to retire, left his own enormous tower at the crossing of the Five Kingdoms to his successor, and settled in seclusion somewhere in the Mohrland Mires.
There he used the remnants of a ruined fishermen’s village together with some huge prehistoric boulders, their gray tops just rising above the surface of the swamp, to assemble a crude leaning tower, where he could, no longer confined by rank or status, pursue his all-time dream – gardening!

Little did Archisoilus knew that, until the recent “Ban on Magically Modified Plants and Fertilizers” (which, sadly, had caused some famine in the northern provinces, but had also significantly reduced the number of accidents with a talking pumpkin), the enchanted water from the vast fields of Transpretania was being washed by numerous streams and rivers down into the Mires for decades. This couldn’t have no impact on the local flora and, of course, fauna.
So, one day, or, rather, night, Master of the Ground was rudely awakened by a loud munching down below. He immediately hurried onto the balcony, only to face, shall we say, the consequences of his own former agricultural innovations.

(made for the contest [link] at

Почетный грандмастер Анклава Тридцати Скал, Магистр Королевской Элитной Школы, бессменный делегат земли в Союзе Восьми, Архисойлус Повелитель Почвы получил это прозвище отнюдь не беспочвенно. Он общепризнанно считается одним из величайших в истории магов земли, и за свою долгую карьеру открыл способ противостоять разрушительным землетрясениям с помощью техники «плавающего гранита», на глазах у целого города сотворил мост через Галрийский Залив длиною в тридцать лиг прямо из прибрежных скал, а также придумал и ввел в обиход практику магического удобрения неплодородных земель.

В прошлом году, почувствовав, как на закате жизни его сила тает на глазах, Магистр решил наконец-то уйти на покой, оставил свою громадную башню на пересечении Пяти Царств лучшему из своих учеников, а сам уединился где-то в Морландских Топях.
Там он из остатков заброшенного рыбацкого поселения и громадных доисторических валунов, обнаживших свои седые вершины над поверхностью болота, сотворил аляповатую башенку и, свободный от ограничений, продиктованных рангом и статусом, приступил к исполнению мечты всей своей старости – заняться садоводством.

Однако Архисойлус даже не предполагал, что, до недавнего принятия закона «О запрете магически модифицированных растений» (который, к сожалению, вызвал несколько волн голода в северных провинциях, но зато заметно сократил количество несчастных случаев с говорящим патиссоном) зачарованная вода с полей Транспретании на протяжении десятилетий смывалась многочисленными ручьями и реками прямо в Топи.
И вот, однажды, когда Повелителя Почвы посреди ночи разбудило громкое чавканье, он поспешно выбежал на балкон своей башни и нос к носу столкнулся с, так скажем, последствиями своих собственных сельскохозяйственных нововведений.

(сделано на конкурс [link])
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DYWPhotography Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Dayyyuummmm! Nice!
Edarneor Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hey, thanks! :)
by the way, what do you like most about this picture?
DYWPhotography Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I love the amount of detail you put into it! The fluttering pages, the books flying around, the owl on top of the roof, the holes in the roof, the scarecrow... all in all a very great piece of art!
LUFT-CAVERZNOVICH Featured By Owner May 8, 2014
Super artwork ! :)  Bravo !  :clap:
Edarneor Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
This piece has been for a while though, haven't you seen it before? :)
Also, I'm going to upload more art soon, stay tuned :)
marioPulido Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Student General Artist
Edarneor Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
mea00 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice work :)
Edarneor Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
Christiania-unica Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
Featured here [link] :iconautumncolorplz:
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