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Volly Catches a Cow by DarthFar Volly Catches a Cow by DarthFar
"Breakfast?" This question came in hopeful tones: little Volly, the courier, landed beside them. He had heard the noise and come looking, now he gazed about inquisitively. "Cow!" he squealed, seeing one loose, and immediately leaped after it: the animals began bellowing and ran away all over again.

"It is not really our fault," Maximus said, when they were once again alone, Volly and the animals already far distant. "The herders ought to have been here."

Temeraire closed his eyes and hid his head beneath his wing, curling his tail around himself; he hardly imagined how he was going to face Laurence.

From
Feast or Famine by Naomi Novik.

TEMRER - COW!!!! :D [I wanted to title it that, but dA's title bar won't accept exclamation marks.]

Fanart for Naomi Novik's Temeraire series. Feast or Famine is actually a short story that takes place between His Majesty's Dragon and Throne of Jade, though the events chronicled in it are referred to in Catherine Harcourt's letter in ToJ. The story cracked me right up; when I got to Volly's bit, I knew I *had* to draw something.

All the British dragons are described by Sir Edward Howe as being "ridged", which is all well and good if they're the size of Regal Coppers (although... if their spiny columns are so dangerous to boarding parties, aren't their own crews - not to mention their captains!- in danger of being impaled? LOL), but how comfortable can it be riding a lightweight-class courier, especially on 14-hour flights? So Volly's ridges are raised plates instead. Call it artistic licence. ;) Other than that, the dragons are as close as I could get to Novik's description of them. In case anyone's asking, the rivets on Volly's neck brace spell out "Volatilus".

One can't help but love Volly. Even if the average broken lightbulb is brighter than he is.

If you haven't read the books, you probably should. It's the Napoleonic War! With dragons!

[I'm still waiting for my shipment of books 4-6, so if you dare ruin it for me, I will set Iskierka on you.]

For Marguerite and MmeBahorel, because they got me started on the series.

NOTES

Temeraire is the property of Naomi Novik.
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:iconcharanty:
Charanty Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014
If so I hope that author didn't fuck up battle at Borodino ( i really hope to see Kutuzov rides a cool dragon into the battle) and Napoleon invading Russia in general.
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KeizerHarm Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014
Kutuzov will be a major character, but he won't be riding dragons :-(
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redapplecandie Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
His face... priceless!
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AmandaBarrow Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love your depiction of Volly. It made me smile, which I really needed today.
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Bealoreas Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I haven't read one of those books in what feels like forever. Now I have the desire to find them and read them.

Love the image!!!
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
Yeah, those books are fun - although I found the 6th book (Tongues of Serpents) to be a tad tedious.

Thanks! :D
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bitnotgood7437 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
Ahh I love this! Volly, you darling thing :D
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Fumseck73 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
*die from laughing* :rofl:

I love it :D Volly is quite cute like that :XD:
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Eldarwen-Seregion Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012
Awwwww!!! Volly!!!! He's not the brightest dragon in the covert, but we love him anyway....XD
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TheFeilineDragojn Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
LOL!
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LadyMordred Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011
I love the huddled Temeraire in the background...
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LadyMordred Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011
Please ignore this comment. DeviantArt decided to put it on your page rather than the one I was commenting on. I am muchly confused.
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Falcolf Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011  Professional Filmographer
I think I picked up one of these books and looked at the back and wanted to read it once, but I didn't have any money at the time. I'll have to go back and get it again. I could do with something awesome like a Dragons x Napoleonic Era story! That just sounds too badass! :D
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nuraydia Featured By Owner May 26, 2011
ohmygod volly looks so cute <3
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crystalpurity Featured By Owner May 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I love Volly...so, so much XD
They're all so adorable! I love the facial expressions :D
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SamokWolf Featured By Owner May 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
yeah come on, Volly :D
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spiritlover92 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011
This is to cute! I adore the series and your picture is EPIC!
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DeVoutNumelran Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Where can I find the side stories of Temeraire? I know of the main books, but what about the side stories?

Volly is AWESOME by the way. XD I wish he appears more often.
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011
To my knowledge there's only *one* side story (if you don't count all the bite-sized drabbles and the stuff Novik is writing for her upcoming chapbook, which I don't think is available for preview anywhere anyhow), and you can find it on Novik's website here: [link] Check this place for the drabbles too: they're short but very entertaining.

Volly is one of my top favourite characters in the books. :D
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DeVoutNumelran Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
XD just read it. XD Volly is My favorite also XD
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Poison-Stripes Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:rofl: Poor Tem. If he could he'd do an epic facepalm at Volly.

Volly here is just adorable!

And Maximus is right, too!

I'm plowing through book 4, myself

No, no Iskierka! Bad Kazilik!
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011
Is there something wrong with me, that I want a Kazilik? :rofl: I just love Iskierka, that reprehensible creature. You know, she only gets worse in book 5. And 6.
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Poison-Stripes Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Nah. Oh, I think she was adorable and cute when she hatched in book 3. If the state of Granby's clothes are any indication, I'll keep that in mind.
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arysani Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011
VOLLY! This short story is as far as I've gotten in the series - and I am a little bit in love with cute wee Volly. And that short story KILLED ME. Clearly Tem and Max are not permitted to ever be alone because clearly when they do there are SHENANIGANS.
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011
The story is a killer, isn't it? :rofl: If you liked it, you should really try the books. There isn't so much Volly in them, but Tem is incorrigible enough for several dragons.
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arysani Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011
I've read the first book - and part of my next paycheck is already earmarked for the next two...
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PyroPrincess00 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010
Now that I have finished the first book, one of the best series I have ever read, I now want to see Temeraire catching a Tunny. :giggle: I adore Volly though, he's such a goof.

I also understand why all the Les Mis fans like them. I think, mayhaps, it is not the ABC that you guys love but Napoleon, lol.
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010
Oh god, don't you just love Volly! :rofl: Feast or Famine is pure genius.

Be glad you're not immersed in the LM fandom? it has recently transformed Napoleon into a vampire, who converted Baron Pontmercy, who converted... Marius. :rofl:
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PyroPrincess00 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2010
Where did you read Feast or Famine? I only heard of that part happening in the letter Laurence received. :sniff:

Do they sparkle? :rofl: There's a bit too much romance in the LM fandom for me anyway, lol.
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2010
DOOF! There's a LINK TO IT in my COMMENTS section! go reread it! :shakefish:
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PyroPrincess00 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2010
I hate you...:blushes:

[sulks off]
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2010
Not my fault you didn't have your glasses on when reading my comments! :nana:
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SilkenWinds Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Volly is so lovable in his simple way. And you did his colors PERFECTLY, exactly how I imagined when reading his descriptions.
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010
Thanks very much! :D I have a soft spot for Volly too.
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tanabatablossom Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So cute and funny! Though I'm a little disturbed ... please tell me the cow escaped! *whimpers*
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010
I um, I don't know what happened to that particular cow that Volly threw himself after, but rather a lot of cows were probably eaten on the whole. :giggle:
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tanabatablossom Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:( That depresses me.
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010
It's a cow, Bats. Dragons like cows. Cows are delicious. :giggle:
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tanabatablossom Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That cow was cute! Couldn't you have made the dragon eat fish? I heard fish is healthy :D
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Crystalitar Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
i love this art <3
better dragon structure then other ones and the expression on volly's face xD
and the look of young maximus is awesome^^
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EonOrteaShadowmaster Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010  Student Writer
Is munch time!!!
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010
Lunch time! :D
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Tabon Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Student Digital Artist
It all looks very medieval, not just because of the setting and characters, but the wonderful style and brilliant choice of colours. Such a strong atmosphere. I love it!
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Innomadic Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010
Volly is always hilarious...in any situation
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010
Volly is just adorably funny. :D
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Khrests Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I JUST finished the first book today, and I am so in love. :c
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010
The books are a lot of fun, aren't they? :D
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Khrests Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love them. xD I got them originally just as a side thing, waiting for my other set of books to get in and now I think I like them more.
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Brambles-de-la-Fox Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2010
This is AMAZING. There's so much detail... *drools* And Volly is so cute. I love his obsession with cows. XD
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010
Thanks very much! Volly *is* such a scene stealer in that short story. :D
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