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Connection (Kelikiin AU) - Illustrated

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Kelikiin in the Wake

A digital painting, in a rough-cut fashion, of two jellyfish-like creatures with five eyes and long trailing tentacles interlaced with one another, against a backdrop of paper that has been marbled using a blue and green stone texture. A carved rendering of a pair of kelikiin with interlaced trailing tentacles, as imagined for the story "Kelikiin in the Wake". The background is paper that was hand-marbled by Ann Alaia Woods of Aimia Artworks and then scanned and incorporated into the illustration.

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Map

A map of the Earth of the Atevi - of the main continent and Mospheira. A map of the main continent and the Island of Mospheira on the Earth of the Atevi, supplemental to "Connection". (Click on the image to open the full map in a new window.)

I utilized maps from the books, as well some conjecture from other fans, do to this: the source material is all available on the Maps page of the Shedijan Wiki. Note that several other landmasses of the planet are not shown here: specifically, the Southern Island, the Edi Archipelago and/or the volcanic islands Lord Geigi reports seeing from the station in the various later books of the Foreigner series. I'll be adding that eventually. Also, I should note that anything in purple is from my story and is not canon - and, in fact, I have made up everything east and south of Malguri (including the coastline directly to eastward from the Marid. Lastly, the mountains and other physical features (like the lakes) are not to scale -- went a little hog-wild with the illustration there. Thanks for bearing with me.

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Machigi

A sketch-and-wash portrait of Machigi, aiji of the Marid Aishihai’mar, as imagined for the story 'Kelikiin in the Wake'.  He is a black-skinned ateva, with pointed ears and golden eyes, and is glancing off to one side with an intent, serious glower.  His long black hair has come undone. Aiji of the Marid Aishihai’mar, as imagined for the story "Kelikiin in the Wake".

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Fisher

A head and shoulder portrait of Fisher, the sailor who has pulled Machigi out of the sea, as imagined for the story 'Kelikiin in the Wake'.  She is a black-skinned ateva, with pointed ears and golden eyes, looking to the viewer's left with the hint of a smile on her face.  She is wearing a simple brown shirt with an open collar; her black hair has been tied at the nape of her neck with a twist of green-brown cord and the wind is whipping loose wisps of it around her face. "Fisher", Machigi's mysterious rescuer, as imagined for the story "Kelikiin in the Wake".

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The Blade of the Taisigi

A digital painting of a long knife, vaguely in the style of a Persian recurve blade, with a plain handle of muted green, its blade crafted from pattern-welded steel in the ancient 'watermoss' pattern. The Blade of the Taisigi, as wielded by Tema in the story "the Killing Floor".

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Granddaughter of the Edi

A sketch-and-wash portrait of Rao, Granddaughter of the Edi.  She is a black-skinned ateva, with pointed ears and golden eyes, and is wearing several layers of robes over a pleated skirt, with a gold-green stola looped through her arms and draping behind her. Rao, as seen in the retinue of the Grandmother of the Edi during the "Conference at Najida".

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Sigil of the Taisigi Clan

A pale green circle with a heavy muted blue border.  In the center of the circle is a stylized  triangular span of three blue leaves tiger-striped in green, and centered on the leaves is a blue blossom with spiky petals. Sigil of the Taisigi clan: a stylized taihi flower centered in its span of leaves, within a circular border. The taihi is a hardy, aquatic plant native to the Taisigin Marid, and may be found floating on the waters of ponds, lakes, and hugging the shoreline in undeveloped bays of the Sea of Marid.

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Machigi

A head-and-shoulders sketch-and-wash portrait of Machigi, aiji of the Marid Aishihai’mar, as imagined for the story 'In the House of the Taisigi'.  He is a black-skinned ateva, with pointed ears and golden eyes, who is wearing a shirt he's stolen from Duke Leto Atreides II ('Children of Dune', 2003, Jan and Theodor Pistek, Costumers). Machigi, aiji of the Marid, as seen in In the House of the Taisigi".
Don't be fooled by his innocent expression. The scoundrel has stolen that shirt from Duke Leto Atreides II ('Children of Dune', 2003, Jan and Theodore Pistek, Costumers).

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The Seven Taisigiin

A rough, painted sketch of a Japanese-style banner on a frame.  It is light green and has six stylized flowers in a inky, sketch-like style stacked by two-by-two in three rows.  Below these flowers and centered is a brushed triangle, and below that, the brushed character 'tai' in an old Taisigi script. Banner from the famous Marid machimi, "The Seven Taisigiin".

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Tabletop Aijiin

Two screenshots, side by side, of a rendered image of Rao and Machigi as tabletop miniatures. Rao is wearing a gown in pale blues and greens with highlights of gold and brown.  At her feet is a cobalt blue cup with water in it. Machigi is wearing a jabot and shirt -- he has taken off his coat -- and is holding a scroll that appears to have a splash of blood on it.  By his feet is a dagger, driven into the stones of the ground. Rao and Machigi, as imagined via the tabletop mini design system at HeroForge (www.heroforge.com)