Elven King’s Blade Creature Feature: Black Knight

Raythe says …

Our glorious artist, Mathia Arkoniel, is continuing to paint some of the scary, beautiful creatures of the gay high fantasy romance, The Elven King’s Blade, including two of yours coming up!

This entry though is one of the first frightening beings we see in the story, and the one that causes Ciaran’s father to think he’s going crazy. It is the Black Knight.

These fearsome warriors ride at the head of the Riven’s army, cutting down their enemies with their wickedly sharp blades. Some say that there is nothing beneath the armor they wear. Others believe that they are the bodies of the Riven’s enemies brought back from the dead to fight for them.Β  But no one truly knows as when a Black Knight is killed, armor and all, they disappear.

The steeds the Black Knights ride are as fearsome as their riders.Β  These horses have matching glowing red eyes to their riders and eatΒ flesh. Yeah, you read that right. These horses are carnivores and like to snack on the fallen.

So check out Mathia’s interpretation of my Black Riders and, if you haven’t already, check out The Elven King’s Blade to see them in action!Β  Let me know what you think in the comments!


Black Knight and its Steed from The Elven King’s Blade!

25 Responses to Elven King’s Blade Creature Feature: Black Knight

  1. _Panther June 6, 2018 at 5:47 pm #

    This is SUPER COOL!!! I would be terrified if I came across this in the forest with no one around… O_O Mathia did an awesome job, I think I’m actually more afraid of the horse than the knight!!! Can’t wait for more creatures!!! :3 <3 <3 <3

    • Raythe June 6, 2018 at 7:07 pm #

      I know!!!! Mathia asked if the horses were carnivorous and I was like YES! And this awesomeness is what was created! Just wait until the Rail Hounds! Those scare the bejeesus out of me!

  2. smint45 June 6, 2018 at 5:53 pm #

    Holy shit that thing is scary^^ I love it!!! Mathia you really outdid yourself again!!!! I really love your art^^ Although that horse will hount my nighmares^^ Great illustration!!!! Can’t wait which of the fan sugjestions you will pick!!!

    • Raythe June 6, 2018 at 7:08 pm #

      I had Mathia choose which ones would be illustrated. Mathia thought they were all great, but picked two that could be illustrated well. So we’ll see coming up!

  3. Molly June 6, 2018 at 6:21 pm #

    Wow just wow. I would hate to come upon this terrific duo any time. Great job

    • Raythe June 6, 2018 at 7:08 pm #

      Can you imagine see the glow of those eyes? Oh, God … shiver!

  4. Ipodpixie June 6, 2018 at 6:22 pm #

    Amazing. This is really brilliant. I actually wouldn’t have pictured the horses with fangs and sharp teeth. As has been said by others the horse is terrifying!

    • Raythe June 6, 2018 at 7:09 pm #

      When Mathia asked me if they were carnivorous, it seriously inspired this piece!

  5. FaereMage June 6, 2018 at 6:43 pm #

    Damn, Ciaran defeated one of them when he was a small child.😯

    Wow, that really shows how strong he is as a Blade and I’m sure he’s only gotten better.πŸ™‚

    πŸ˜–That horse is truly terrifying. I can just hear the sound of it’s hooves pounding on the ground as it runs at you. 😱

    • Raythe June 6, 2018 at 8:16 pm #

      He was 15 and he defended himself, but man, I don’t know how he did it.

      Imagine it at night and you’re running and unarmed …

    • GhostRage June 6, 2018 at 9:12 pm #

      Makes you wonder who’s blood and abilities Ciaran carries because that seems very strange given what else has come to light recently.

  6. Keith June 6, 2018 at 6:51 pm #

    It looks so cool <3

    • Raythe June 6, 2018 at 7:09 pm #

      I know! I love seeing each of these pieces!

  7. Keil June 6, 2018 at 7:03 pm #

    Less scary and more noble looking than I imagined but very cool! Love the headdress/helmet/feather-thing! And the horse’s fangs… those are badass. πŸ˜‰

    • Raythe June 6, 2018 at 7:10 pm #

      I wanted them to seem beautiful and terrible. Mathia delivered!

      • Keil June 6, 2018 at 7:27 pm #

        Yes she did! It’s almost like the victim would be frozen in terror and awe as the knight came barreling down on them. Very cool πŸ™‚

  8. Dragonsbane76 June 6, 2018 at 7:48 pm #

    Wow!!! I gotta say Mathias out did herself!! Love the Black Knight and steed!! 😍😍

    I would be scared and probably frozen in terror!!!😱. Amazing as always with the detail in the knight and steed! Feels like they could jump of the page at you at any moment.

    • Raythe June 6, 2018 at 8:18 pm #

      I always wish I had some of Mathia’s art BEFORE I created the creatures. Just gave Mathia my ideas and see what was created!

  9. GhostRage June 6, 2018 at 9:08 pm #

    Um, that horse freaks me out far more than it’s rider. I love horses and seeing that one is freaky. Esp since it sounds like the black knights might be able to turn horses like Aetheden’s into their own carnivorous mounts. Yikes! I’m not sure which worries me more that horses teeth or its riders bloody steel.

  10. Raythe June 7, 2018 at 2:55 am #

    This seems to be a common refrain! I’m so with you. I have to write a scene where the horse goes after one of our guys. Oooooooh, and to put Aethaden’s horse in danger … yessssss. I’m adding that!

  11. Mischief2459 June 7, 2018 at 4:22 am #

    I’ve been picturing the black knights looking similar to the nazgul rider from the lord of the rings, but this look awesome.

    • Raythe June 8, 2018 at 5:26 pm #

      That’s how I envisioned them too … But we needed to make them our own and this is what we came up with!

  12. Jennifer June 7, 2018 at 6:26 pm #

    Yep…definitely can see both the knight and the horse staring in one of my nightmares.

    • Raythe June 8, 2018 at 5:27 pm #

      Tee hee! I feel the same way.

  13. ArrogantFinch June 13, 2018 at 5:40 am #

    This is such an awesome illustration! I actually find myself looking more at the line work. That head!!!! <3

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