It was also a good anatomy test for me, with the hand and knee (which I hope I got right) and folds in clothing.
All in all, very pleased.
And it means - omg! Omg omg omg! - that Cluny the Scourge is next. *insert high pitched excited fan-girl squeal!*
From Redwall WIKI
“Ferahgo the Assassin was a tall, lean male weasel and ruler of the Southwest Lands for a period. He was the father of Klitch. Physically, he had sparkling, alluring blue eyes and a charming smile, but he rarely joked. His characteristic weapons were knives, and he was very adept at throwing them with deadly accuracy, as well as using them for skinning. He wore a broad belt with diagonal crossbelts across his chest, as well as a short kilt of animal skins. His secondary weapon was a mace and chain, which he used in single-pawed combat against Urthstripe the Strong.
When Ferahgo was young and had a small gang of vermin under his command, he agreed to speak peacefully with Urthound and Urthrun, a pair of badgers that lived in the Southwest Lands and resisted the weasel's attempted reign. When they fell for his cool demeanor and bright blue eyes, however, he slew them both, leaving their two sons, Urthstripe and Urthwyte, as orphans. Rather than murder the infant badgers, Ferahgo left them to die in the oncoming winter (an oversight that led to his untimely demise seasons later). Ferahgo wore a golden medallion around his neck that he took from the two badger parents that he constantly looked at to remind him of his goal.
Many seasons later, the adult Ferahgo and his son Klitch had gained a tremendous horde. He decided to march north toward the mountain Salamandastron in order to obtain the legendary badger treasure that he had heard the mountain guarded. Filled with a lust for wealth, Ferahgo dispatched Klitch and his crony, a ferret named Goffa, to infiltrate the mountain and survey the possibilities. With time, Ferahgo found himself in a full-scale war against Urthstripe and his Long Patrol.
Ferahgo's relationship with his son Klitch was one of the more complicated vermin familial situations. It is best described as an uneasy balance of protective teacher/student and rivalry, in which they constantly insulted and tried to best each other. However, Klitch was the spitting image of his father in both appearance and intellect, and Ferahgo was secretly quite proud of his son, allowing him a certain amount of control over the horde and strategy.
Among the various strategies employed against the mountain fortress, Ferahgo attempted burrowing through the mountain's walls and poisoning the food and water of the mountain. The weasel commander's most trusted vermin officers included Migroo the stoat, Dethbrush the fox, and Badtooth the stoat. He called the members of his army Corpsemakers.
During the war against Urthstripe, Ferahgo sustained considerable injury from boiling water, which was poured down a tunnel that he was helping to dig. After a quick recovery, he survived an attempt on his life from members of his own horde, who sought to usurp control while its leader was weakened. Afterwards, he came to be one of the only vermin commanders to ever secure Salamandastron, if only for a short time. When reinforcements arrived in the form of Urthwyte, Mara, Samkim, the Guosssom, and others, the tides were quickly turned. The battle was ended when Urthstripe, fatally wounded and berserk with the Bloodwrath, crushed Ferahgo against him and jumped from the top of the mountain, killing them both. Ferahgo's Corpsemakers were slain down to almost the last creature.”
Character from Brian Jacques’ book Salamandastron
Character Design by Myself.
An idea for a possible alternative version of Salamandastron. Told from the perspective of the vermin.
Ferahgo is attacking Salamandastron because he's hunting his wife's killer. She was murdered by the Long Patrol when Klitch was a baby, and Ferahgo is working for a shadowy, underground vermin organization from across the southern ocean because he believes Salamandastron is a symbol of oppression and the reason vermin are forced to scrape a living from the dust, and survival means fighting for it every waking moment. He's good in the sense that he is doing everything out of revenge for his wife's death and love for his son, as well as for what he believes is the survival of his kind. However, he is also a vicious and brutal killer who is willing to do absolutely anything for his cause, and to avenge his wife. Klitch and Goffa are close friends who met growing up across the southern ocean and form a "forbidden friendship" with Mara and Pikkle, that is constantly tested but is a major theme of the story because the four of them are a bridge between the two sides.
Meanwhile Thura and Dingeye are two young stoats who are close friends and have spent their lives trying to escape the violent and chaotic world they live in, looking for a better future to settle down and start families. Their path takes them to Redwall, where they are reluctantly taken in, with the two initially struggling due to habits and mannerisms developed after a lifetime of fighting for survival in a dangerous world. Despite this, some abbeydwellers grow to like them and they start to feel like they have accomplished what they set out to do. Others, however, despise them for being stoats, and are constantly looking for an excuse to hurt them or blame them. One night Thura is cornered by two of their tormentors who attack him, forcing Dingeye to come to the aid of his friend. The two stoats go into a fighter's rage, accidentally killing both Redwallers. Realizing what they have done, the flee Redwall. Dingeye suddenly and tragically dies of Dryditch fever, leaving Thura devastated and alone. After burying his friend he begs Samkin and Arula to kill him too. They refuse, telling him to live with the guilt of being "filthy vermin scum". Thura is found by the same fox that once recruited Ferahgo, who offers him a chance to find purpose in life again. Thura accepts and departs for the southern ocean with the fox, hopefully towards a better life.
There it is, more or less. Goffa would end up killing Klitch's mother's killer and Ferahgo would die saving his son from Urthstripe. Klitch would leave for the southern ocean with Goffa, both discussing what to do with their lives now, after saying farewell to Mara and Pikkle.
Dunno where Urthwyte comes in though...
Brian Jacques may be gone, but I'd like to think he rests well knowing that his works are remembered by those with such talent in the arts as you.
There are three types of villains in Redwall.
The villains you love.
The villains you love to hate.
And the villains that you simply hate.
Ferahgo is a villain that I just simply hate.
He's cocky, he's arrogant, and he makes me come away from the book with a sense of wanting to destroy the nearest living thing.
And seeing as that is usually my cat, I need to suppress such feelings ASAP.
Oh yeah, and he's not cocky and arrogant in the fun way like Slagar or Cluny, he's cocky and arrogant in the sense that I just want to lower a noose into the book and strangle him to death with it.
As well as the fact that he allows his son to talk down to him.
Five bucks says that if Tsarmina had a son, she wouldn't hesitate to pull his little head off of his shoulders if he ever flipped her the lip.
But I digress.
I find it interesting that there's an overwhelming use of yellow, gold and orange in this piece, yet it all feels so natural and blends well with all of the other colors.
As well, the simple expression on his face works very well to the piece's advantage.
For example; I can't tell if he's smiling, scowling or grimacing.
That's perfect considering the character's personality.
The overall design of Ferahgo in this piece is also quite awe inspiring.
His outfit looks very fitting, and the fact that the size of the Badger amulet around his neck looks like it's oversized is some wonderful attention to detail.
A very stunning piece, and beautiful to look at.
Thanks for the comments.
Must admit the amulet size is accidental, but I suppose something that fits on a bulky badger neck would not be so snug on a tiny weasel...but then he could always get a new chain... or invent elastic...
He seldom laughed, but he often smiled
And those who through him a simple clod
Were soon reconsidering under the sod
Consigned there with a friendly prod
By Ferahgo. Ferahgo Todd.
The Demon Weasel of Fleet Street.
Hold your stiletto high, Ferahgo!
Here is singing 'Yes'!
Stick it in the rosy skin of righteousness!
A lovely painting, by the way. I love the color scheme and the... subject... in general. What can I say? I have a soft spot for weasels.
Love the colouring and shading here, and the detail of the fur and clothing is well done. Also, he certainly is a handsome-but-villainous-looking chap!
And, with his leg up like that, if not for the fact I'm a bloke myself, I'd be curious to see what's under the kilt...?
Seriously, though, Ferahgo was always one of my better liked Redwall villains... and that was for the simple reason that, instead of being your clichéd ugly raving loony, he was both charismatic and sane!
He wasn't hideous like Cluny, nor psychotic like Gabool, and also not bland and forgettable like Damug Warfang. He was handsome, clever, calculating and he used cunning rather than strength to command fear from his horde.
Also, I think he and Klitch were a rare example of vermin families in the series that actually got along with each other, not actively trying to kill each other just because they were evil.
(To date, only Ferahgo, Verdauga Greeneyes and Sawney Rath ever seem to have held onto that shred of "humanity" where they actually seemed to care for their family, despite being evil)
He was a very original and realistic kind of bad guy, and that puts him pretty high as one of the all-time best baddies of the series.
Yeah, his interaction with Klitch was brilliant.