Those Who Lead The Valley The Okoblaya, a small and scattered group of anthros who were separated by a dramatic civil war, are the only remaining hope of possibly binding the two great nations together (Wolf and Bear nations) and bring peace once more to 'The Valley'.
The Okoblaya, which means 'peacefully' in Lakota, is lead by an elder named Tunkasila - he is wise and an experienced shaman who have lived long enough to witness war and peace for two generations in 'The Valley' - the size and growth of his curved horns is proof of his ageing wisdom.
Among him are three of his disciples who are believed to hold something special, a key if you will, that will achieve this peace in 'The Valley' that Tunkasila has foreseen in his dreams.
The first two are Mato and Caksi - both strong and charismatic emps (aka men). Mato (from Bear Nation) and Caksi (from Wolf nation) come from a high end family with a military background - their parents and family were either violently killed or brutally punished for opposing the nation's order to fight against the opposing nation after the infamous sabotaged peace treaty event that took place four seasons ago. The two, even though they don't fully trust each other, believe that with the help of Tunkasila, their combined forces, and a solid plan they can reclaim trust and achieve the peace they've longed for for both nations.
The third disciple is Ruby, Ruby 'Locke' Steadfast, who has mysterious healing powers and is the final key to the puzzle. Despite her role being unclear to the Okoblaya, only Tunkasila truly knows what is expected of her and how she will achieve in solving the crisis between the two nations. Because of this the Okoblaya, as well as the two disciples are not fully confident the about shaman's plans that seemed disclosed to the group.
Nevertheless what you see here is a painted picture of the three disciples and their teacher who will help guide them to completing the mission. And this mission, that was originally planned in the beginning (i.e. before the sabotage), once achieved will bring two nations together and restore their trust and friendship for generatons to come. It is foreseen by Tunkasila that if the peace is not attained quickly - chaos and disorder will follow for 'The Valley' and every anthro who live amongst it will die and perish forever. Comments
Ruby is actually shedding some tears if you look closely. She is upset by all the hate, the fighting and bloodshed that devastation the two nations. I added in the element of rain to emphasis that emotion which also adds a nice touch of atmosphere into the drawing.
The location of where this is drawn is at the peak a gorge that is overlooking 'The Valley' and 'Melissa River'
(just a reminder: The name came from the early settlers of 'The Valley' where the river was dedicated to the first lady who devised a unity between the two nations at the heart of the river - where water can be shared by all creatures equally
Also, I just want to quickly thank everyone who have been giving me a lot of encouragement and positive feedback on the character redesigns and brand new concept that the ASHWORTH series is heading for. More concept art to come in the future! *thumbs up*