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Contest of the Forgotten Lands: Last Man Standing by Achast
Contest of the Forgotten Lands: Last Man Standing
The Last Man Standing at the Battle of Kerath's Crossing
Painted by Sir Urist Louen 1332
Oil on Canvass


This painting hanging in the Royal Galleries, by the late Master Louen depicts the decisive moment of the Battle of Kerath's Crossing. In the center, one can see the Old Man of The Company of the Last Man Standing (14th Founding) prepares to sound the charge that would shatter the Imperial Pikemen and win the day. The Last Man Standing was an infamous company of 300 elite light sword infantry. They were known for a unique tradition of the mercenary companies of the era. The soldiers of the company did not take wages and any wealth earned through pay or plunder was instead deposited by the Old Man in the Company Chest (seen here at the bottom) upon which every man signed onto the Company during the Founding. After the Company was founded, no new soldiers were allowed into the Last Man Standing (though at times, soldiers might be recruited for support units). Through battle and attrition, the company would dwindle from its full complement of 300, to a mere handful of men. At this point, the surviving soldiers would duel each other, until only one was left. This Last Man Standing would go to the Old Man and the two would at last open the chest. The Old Man would take have of the accumulated wealth and retire, while the Last Man would take his share and use the money to raise and equip a new Company, becoming the new Old Man. Through its long and storied history, the Company was founded again and again. It was known for seeking out the fiercest fighting and the bloodiest battles, little caring for the casualties the company took, for each saw every casualty as one fewer man standing between him and the Company Chest...    

(Last minute entry for :iconshabazik:'s Contest of the Forgotten Lands (fav.me/d9ku915). I had some trouble deciding what would be the subject for my entry. Eventually I came up with this idea for an interesting mercenary company. Hope you like it!)
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Recently, I upgraded my computer to Windows 10. Unfortunately, during the process, it seems a bunch of files wound up getting deleted. I lost at least one story which I was working on for someone here on DA, as well as a bunch of work I had done for a big project I've been working on since December, that I had hoped to have finished by the end of the month. That...won't happen now, safe to say. Grumpy Emote  So, moral of the story, always remember to back up your files. 
Didnapper OC Contest: The Governess
As Governess to the Dornea Family, Miss Knowles considered it her responsibility to watch after the daughters of Lord and Lady Dornea, and to teach them to become proper, respectable Ladies of the Gentry.
Unfortunately, one summer day, during an outing to the countryside, the ladies were waylaid by a band of ruffians, who forced the three from their carriage, bound and gagged them, and spirited them away to a ship on the coast, waiting to smuggle them overseas.
Now, the three are awaiting sale at some distant slave market. Despite this change in circumstances, Miss Knowles is still determined to do her best to prepare her charges as best she can for the life ahead of them...


This was drawn as part of my entry into the Didnapper OC Contest: fav.me/d9nv6s5
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Didnapper OC Contest Entry: The Governess by Achast
Didnapper OC Contest Entry: The Governess
My entry for the Didnapper OC Contest: fav.me/d9nv6s5
The Governess sees her job to watch out for the young ladies under her charge and see they are educated and taught proper manners. Unfortunately, the kidnappers of the Slaver's Guild have different plans for her wards and for her as well...
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Recently, I upgraded my computer to Windows 10. Unfortunately, during the process, it seems a bunch of files wound up getting deleted. I lost at least one story which I was working on for someone here on DA, as well as a bunch of work I had done for a big project I've been working on since December, that I had hoped to have finished by the end of the month. That...won't happen now, safe to say. Grumpy Emote  So, moral of the story, always remember to back up your files. 

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kindinov Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist

Mature Content

Keyhole colored by kindinov

Thank you very much for watching.
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Achast Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2016
You're welcome.
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kindinov Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist

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Caravan by kindinov

Thanks for faving this picture. I'm planning to publish a lot of new pics in nearest future so if you want to see them at once - add me to your watch list.
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Achast Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2016
Thanks! I'll do that.
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HarrisTarvis Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
I really enjoy your stories! Keep it up. I would be honored if you gave my work a glance!
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EvilSweep Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2016
Thank you kindly for the fav. Really grateful for the encouragement.
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Achast Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2016
Your welcome. :D
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EvilSweep Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016
Thanks for the fav. Hope you enjoyed it :)
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Achast Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016
I did. Thank you!
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skygaggedrim Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2015
Happy New Year Achast!!!
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