There is a dark story in the land of rugs and cauldrons. It starts with two orphans, one a human and the other a dryad. The dryad was always more cared for than her brother, often going as far to give him as many berries as he could eat all day long. One day she left, never to be seen again by her family – but not before leaving something behind: her smile.
The young boy began his life without his sister’s care and guidance; it seemed they were both gone forever. However, he soon realized he was not alone. A small blue carpet, as big as a bed, began talking to him – and then suddenly became a full sized carpet. The boy grew up in the dryad’s house, in the little room above the kitchen floor. He loved all of his new friends and played with them daily. They were all known as ‘the family’ to him, and they had the same purpose: to help each other escape death.
The young man would often leave his house and wander in lands unknown, looking for new friends or new knowledge. During one of the trips, he ran into a succubus – a witch who had taken the shape of a young girl. She asked him to help her find her missing friend, and he agreed. They spent much time together, until one day he realized she was up to something.
She nearly took away his life, but escaped – and later became ‘Meru’. The humans believe that succubi choose their prey through sex-this is true – although it is usually only if the chosen person is smart enough to let the succubi feed off of him/her. However Meru chose this human because she believed they were meant to be together; they were both willing to give in order for the other to live.
- I chose a purple background for her to stand out against. The floor is dark brown, and the light from the door is very dim, so it is rather difficult to see anything in detail. Also, the carpet has no head and much of her face is covered by her hair or fur – this helps keep her unseen.
- I felt that white clothing would be best to show off her wings – although they’d be easy to see because they’re not hidden behind elaborate clothing. The brown robe she wears completes the color scheme of purple, brown and white; all three are very similar in shade, so common factors help me recognize and remember what was being worn by which creature at what time.