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Her Main squeeze by Baron-Engel Her Main squeeze by Baron-Engel
This jumping a bit ahead in my Andur dreamscape. This is a scene from a dream I had several years ago. Here we see Petina spending some quality time with one of her friends in the Sultan's city. His name is Zamoor and to Petina he is a creature of myth and legend. A talking serpent.

The Event which resulted in the explosion of intelligent beings on earth not only uplifted mammals and birds, but some reptiles. In particular snakes. However as the magic waned in the world at the end of the Middle Ages the reptiles were the first to feel its effect. By the end of 15th Century they had all reverted back to their original state and their civilizations became the stuff of history and legend.

Now most mice and rats are not keen of snakes since some species are known to eat them. That said almost everything larger than a cockroach has apparently eaten a mouse or a rat at some point. But Petina is not your ordinary mouse and along with being a partner in several business enterprises Zamoor and Petina have had several casual flings in bed. Here we see the two of them relaxing and chit-chatting. It should be noted that in our world Zamoor's species is that of Red Tail Rat Snake. What can I say Petina likes to take risks sometimes.

Zamoor's magical talent has led him to the profession of gem appraiser, and his appraisals carry a lot of weight in Andur and beyond. Petina has used his professional services on several occasions and for both parties it has been a pleasant and profitable experience.

This piece was done with my usual mixture of colored pencil, marker, technical pen, and gouache. The working surface is vellum finish Bristol Board and was about 12"x 16" in size.
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EarlMcClaw Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
I'll have to say that Zamoor knows how to lift Petina's -- er, "spirits." (Looks at how her T-shirt is buoyed.) Yeah, I'll go with "spirits."

You've got me wondering if there's a section of Andur built to mouse / snake scale. If so, I'd expect it to be mostly protected against biggem intrusion and probably reminiscent of Lilliput to the latter. (With biggum spaces suggesting Swift's Brobdingnag.)
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Uchihaninja Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
"Several casual flings in bed?" I'm not even gonna ask how that would work. I'm sure the answer would disturb me. That being said, wonderfull work. Damn shame though about the snakes losing their intelligence. Is there any risk of that happening to the mice or the other sentiants of your worlds?
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
No apparently the results of The Event seem to have had the most impact on mammals. No one knows why but theories abound. Although many experts do believe that by their very form mice and rats must be very strongly linked to what was magic, they do not appear to be in a risk of going away. Not even in the 24th century.

In fact the mammals that seem to be in the greatest risk are the larger species like the elephants. This and the fact mice and rats were some of the greatest users of magic when it was available as a usable force. This has caused some people to speculate that maybe body mass plays some factor in the equation. Some theories speculate that every individual of an intelligent species has the same amount residual magic in them. However if your larger it gets spread out more because of your body mass. This is why Rosemary's hair goes pop [link] . Most people can't do anything useful with but it is still there as part of the environment.
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dreamlessdancer Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
I'd postulate that it's something to do with general brain organization along with body build and glandular properties that permitted the retention of the uplift to some and took it away from others.
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
You would not be only one in that world for believing that. Many a study, report, graduate thesis has explored that angle. Unfortunately no one has found the conclusive smoking gun to put the argument to rest.
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Thanos-san Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
"Squeak" indeed... Are there a lot of talking snakes in Andur, or just this one?
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
There a few more snakes in the city, but many folks are not fond of them. Primarily that is do to the Vizabom Empire to the south of Andur, but I'll talk more about that in another posting.
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:iconthanos-san:
Thanos-san Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Hm, interesting :3

So far, the whole Andur thing is kind of vague to me... Is there any coherent storyline like the MLP scape?
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
There have been seven major dream arcs in Andur. Unfortunately I did not document them or my Angel and Knight dreamscape as throughly I have my Equestria dreamscape, and since I have over fifteen years of dreams from Andur I will be describing things in a more general fashion.
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Thanos-san Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Oh, wow... That's a lot of dreams alright xD
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Aramis-Dagaz Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
At this point I need to stop being surprised about anything relating to Petina.
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
If you hang around her long enough you start getting just a bit jaded.
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ColonelYeo Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, now I've seen everything! :XD:
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Rindis8 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
...thinks about Baron's sketchbooks for a moment.

No, no you haven't. :P
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ColonelYeo Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
... You're probably right. <.<
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:iconognimod:
Ognimod Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
Lucky guy? Lucky guy. Though Petina's just as lucky to have a snake friend =P

"...and along with being a partner in several business enterprises Zamoor and Petina have had several casual flings in bed."
If that means what I think it means, holy crap. Pettie really has no inhibitions at all.
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
If that means what I think it means, holy crap. Pettie really has no inhibitions at all.

Eeyup!
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:iconognimod:
Ognimod Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
Also, since I just noticed them, I have to compliment on her nipples poking out through her shirt. Yum...
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh she's a very happy mousie at the moment. Especially when he starts nibbling her.
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Cursive-Spill Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The creativity images that goes through your head is astounding. Glad I clicked the watch button.
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Welcome to my imagination.
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Cursive-Spill Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hehe thanks for the invite!
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astrocitizen Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
Since this is Andur-relatd, does that mean that's an Abdul plushie in the background?

I like it when anthro/furry-worlds branch out from mammals to show also birds, reptiles, even insects and fish that are intelligent. Not sure why they're so rare -- diffiiculty of rendering them, or just an aversion artists have to going to far from their kingdom?
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Since this is Andur-relatd, does that mean that's an Abdul plushie in the background?

Yep it is.
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astrocitizen Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
Huh, he must be more of a celebrity than I thought then.

Been looking forward to Andur material, new and old, since you posted the Ship a few weeks ago. Not that I haven't grown to like your MLP stories -- "No plop-bombing!"... ha-ha :)
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
No Petina just blew money on having custom plushie made of him. She's like that.
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astrocitizen Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
Oh! Oh, well then...

It's been interesting to read you respond to other people's questions garnrered by this artwork, on The Event and societal standards in this world. It reminds of of a more civilized version of the world in Jack Kirby's KAMANDI series.
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
The Andur and Angel and Knight dreamscapes have been places that I have visited for more than a decade, and during that time I discussed, read and watched many TV program dealing with The Event. Also having both a 5'2" raccoon version and a 8.5" mouse version of myself means I have had a chance to see many different facets of the world.
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ardashir Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
Boy, I bet he can give her one memorable hug.
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah he gives big hugs.
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:iconardashir:
ardashir Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
Heck, I'd be surprised to learn that Petina never made moves on him.
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Orca19904 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
Well if you re-read the description, it's mentioned that the two have had "several casual flings in bed".
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ardashir Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
OOps, sorry. Just a wee bit tired right now.

And given that this is Petina, I really can't say that I'm surprised.
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