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February 2008 -- Rats

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  • Behind the Art:
    Sketching in the Field
  • Myths and Symbols:
    The Crafty One
  • Wombat Droppings:
    Rules of Art
  • Artist Spotlight:
    The Art and Life of Sulamith Wulfing
  • Healthy Green Artists:
    Making It Last!
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    Features

  • The Gimp for Beginners: Two Basic Tasks
  • I Knew It Would Come To This: Painting Walkthrough

    Fiction

  • Poem: Smithkin's Rats
  • Fiction: Oh, Rats

    Comics

  • Falheria: Rats!
  • Tomb of the King: The Map, Pt 1


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  • Smithkin's Rats
    by Valerie Joanne Higgins

    The siege of Trigall?
    WE FOUGHT DRAGONS,HARPIES AND GIANT BANSHEE CATS,
    BUT THE WORST OF THEM ALL,
    WERE MAGE SMITHKIN'S TRAINED RATS.

    When we took turns to rest,
    FROM GUARDING THE HALLS,
    WE WERE KEPT FROM OUR SLEEP.
    BY THEIR GNAWING THE WALLS.

    Then when one got through,
    THE JUMP AND THE FRIGHT,
    THE SEARCH FOR THE HOLE,
    THAT TOOK HALF THE NIGHT.

    Have you tried to catch,
    A RAT IN THE NIGHT?
    AS IT JUMPS AND IT TWISTS,
    AND TURNS READY TO BITE?

    Mage Smithkin?
    HE LEARNED ALL HE WANTED NO DOUBT,
    FOR THE BEST WE COULD DO
    WAS TO CHASE THE RATS OUT.

    At the end of our tether,
    HARDLY ABLE TO COPE
    WE LEARNED THAT THE RATS,
    JUST ADORED SOAP.

    To our boiling oil,
    WE ADDED SWEET ASH,
    AND THE LAST OF THE LAVENDER
    FROM THE HOUSEKEEPER'S STASH.

    We wrapped up each bar
    WITH A CALICO BOW,
    AND A HALF TRAINED MAGE 'PRENTICE
    BRIBED THE RATS TO GO.

    One by one each rat
    FORSOOK THE DARK RIFT,
    AND LEFT TO SERENADE HIS LOVE,
    BEARING A SWEET SCENTED GIFT.

    Valerie Joanne Higgins a fantasy artist and poet who lives in Shropshire, England.
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