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By The Light Of Narbondel-drow by PaleDrow By The Light Of Narbondel-drow by PaleDrow
Menzoberranzan is a drow city that lays deep underground in the underdark. The only lights that break the pitch darkness regularly are luminous fungi farms, the fairy fire that covers many buildings, the many candle-lit studies of clerics and wizards studying arcane writings, and Narbondel.

Narbondel is the only pillar of rock in the 2 mile wide and 1000 foot high cavern untouched by the drow artisans. It lays right in the center of the cavern and streches from the bottom of the cavern to the top.

Each day the arch wizard of the city travels to Narbondel and casts a spell into its base igniting a light that slowly travels to the top over the period of a day. As the light travels upward, it fills the pillar with light and when it reaches the top it fades away signifying midnight.

Narbondel is how the drow of Menzoberranzan tell time in thier otherwise timeless cavern. To human eyes Narbondel is but a small glow like a campfire. But to the eyes of the drow, who are accustomed to seeing quite clearly in total darkness, Narbondel shines like a small sun.

This particular scene shows a young wizard of sorcere visiting a priestess in Arach-Tinilith at her command.

P.S. Yes that is a small glimse at Melee-magthere off to the far left.

Colored Pencil/watercolor
16 x 20 black matboard
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HighPriestSatanis Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013
You captured the Drow aesthetic.

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dejesusscott Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
Very well done yo. Great works........ Hoping you have more coming soon. Love da works yo...
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Dinhj007 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011
Wasn't this watercolor painting done by Jeffrey T. Lowe ?
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BabyPizza Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011
This is great. I'm currently on the 2nd book of the Dark Elf Trilogy & it is great to see someone take the words of the book and put it into imagery. It perfectly depicts it, and I applaud you!
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grakhor Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2009
right mood, nice work ;)
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awesomewolf123 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008
she doesnt look evil enough, or demanding....but its really amazing. i attemped menzoberranzan only once, and it failed....horribly.
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humanofprey Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice coloring/lighting work and nice details on the scene and characters, especially the female drow :thumbsup:
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Subuday Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2008
Bla-bla-bla... How I hate all this RPG-ic naked, long-eary girls...

Boring...
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PaleDrow Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2008
Long, pointy eared chics are hot :)
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MistressIniquity Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2008
One of my favorite characterizations of Menzoberrazan I have seen yet. Beautiful!
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