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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.

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.


Temeraire is the property of Naomi Novik.
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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.
KeizerHarm Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014
Kutuzov will be a major character, but he won't be riding dragons :-(
redapplecandie Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
His face... priceless!
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.
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!!!
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
bitnotgood7437 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
Ahh I love this! Volly, you darling thing :D
Fumseck73 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
*die from laughing* :rofl:

I love it :D Volly is quite cute like that :XD:
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
TheFeilineDragojn Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
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