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Bathed Dream by Aikurisu Bathed Dream by Aikurisu
“Curious... Are you familiar with this one... lonely... lovely little tale; spoken of by the locales here with whispers of an age most romantic?”

“If you mean that I’m aware of the history of this room; it’s telling of forbidden love, broken oaths and tragic decisions, then yes.”

“... does this mean you’re not fond of role-playing? And to think I was about to ask if you’d like me to be your Lady of Roses ...”

-- Shae and Klaus



In an age when the lusts of power and glory in the northern realms of Elshanae, (also known simply as the northlands to those who have dwelled there), were sated and withdrawn for more peaceful endeavours within their reach, many romantic tales bloomed on the lips of bards who lived when they unfolded. But of all these tales there was one so great that it became almost a myth: the passion between a nobleman and a mysterious woman kissed by fire. The fabled love story of Naithen, Lord of Elsest, and Kalyna, the Lady of Roses.

Nevertheless, according to a series of old building letters, it is believed that before Naithen took Kalyna as his second wife, she was given a bedchamber in Elsest’s main keep that once served as the personal living quarters for one of Raleigh King Rurik the Maker’s closest retainers. The room was not extravagant back then, but its closeness to where Rurik and his family once slept centuries ago offered certain comforts that were not properly visited upon in that age till Naithen had the room refurnished for Kalyna’s wellbeing.

Among these, none spoke greater kindness than a bath Naithen had masons build with the aid of a personal friend of his, who was a practitioner of moonstone magic. To the untrained eye the bath was built with stone collected from a riverside quarry, but beneath the bath itself rested a chamber for triggered, uncut red moonstones, placed beneath smoothed stone tiles that eased the strength of their naturally generated heat. The tiles absorbed it enough within themselves that the bath's water stayed at a comfortable, fixed temperature, which was something of a heavenly luxury for those who called Elsest Fortress home during long winters. A luxury few among even nobles understood.

Kalyna was blessed with her lover’s ingenuity, yet it can be said Naithen was no fool and knew he created their newfound favourite place of romance. There were few nights after it where they cared for the support of a good bed and, by the time the two married, Naithen ignored his original quarters in favour for the one he furnished for his beloved Kalyna. Ironic, given his former place of rest was King Rurik’s own and was fit for the concern of travelling royalty.

By the time Naithen and Kalyna’s love became a topic for bards, centuries later, few people ever called the Lady of Roses’ bedroom their own. Even those who inherited Naithen’s title as Elsest’s ruling lord over the years hardly ever used it for personal use, (though that is possibly debateable...), leaving the room to the interests of dust and, on very rare occasions, a place for esteemed guests loyal to House Raleigh's lords and their once powerful sovereignty.

That was how Klaus came to call the room his own when he travelled to Raleigh lands in search of answers few were willing to tell. In some ways it can be said the room was given to him as a good-humoured jest by his good friend, Rhys Raleigh, who alike many other minds among the young would-be king's fellow northmen there believed all Klaus really needed was a woman’s passion to settle his mood over things and remove his depressing outlook on life.

What none knew at the time, however, was how one woman may have seemingly read their minds and knew the history behind Elsest Fortress nearly as well as the stone of the forthright had.



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Yeah, yeah. I’m sure it’s not the kind of lore some people wanted to read... so okay! I’m teasing! ... that and it’s hard to write about this pair's intimacy without giving spoilers away...

Looking on the bright side, though, I will draw a couple art for Naithen and Kalyna next month. They’re new, but... well, maybe I’ll hint at something else they’re related to lore wise...

So... yes! Finally a proper couple art for Shae and Klaus. (I swear, I should have done this long ago...) The question, though, is this reality for them? Or little more than a dream?


Artwork // Shaelyn, Klaus, Lore, Etc - © Kristopher P. Love
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EccoCassandra Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
Dripping beautiful Heart La 
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ZlobaNajvacsia Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012
:love: beautiful :)
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Aikurisu Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
Thanks =)
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devASHBA Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011
Nice work :)
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Aikurisu Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
Thanks =)
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iduck Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The composition on this is really great :nod:
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Aikurisu Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011
Thanks. =D
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Comacold Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Again, the woman looks beautiful :D The water dripping off her looks quite realistic but...the butt! Isn't it a bit too high (or, if you insist on showing it, isn't the back too curved?)?
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Aikurisu Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011
I thought about it, but what I should mention is her height should suggest that she's moving on her knees to be above Klaus. It'd give the kind of support for her back to be arched like that, yet because of the bath wall I guess the idea of it all becomes a little lost in translation...
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nankotsufangirl Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great work xD
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Aikurisu Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011
thanks =)
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PuzzledHeartBox Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011
Waw I love the artwork it's amazingly pretty and well detailed,
the story suits it perfectly, and I enjoyed reading it completely :).
this is a sure :+fav:
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Aikurisu Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011
Thanks! Glad ya like it so well. =D
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FremenFrank Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011
Favorite and then fap. Good to go!
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Aikurisu Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011
How frank. =P
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ynguer Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011
Now that started to look like a dream. I can completely picture any them dreaming that.
Shae in a wish-like manner, and Klaus in a secret earning, an answer to his friend jest.
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Aikurisu Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011
Indeed. Well said. =)

I'm not entirely sure, though, how Klaus feels about it... yet. For see... well, it depends how much lore I'm willing to reveal. It's complicated, maybe. XD
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BlackndRose Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
This is amazing <3
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Aikurisu Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011
Thanks. =D
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I-Love-You-Too-Kain Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Student General Artist
wow, steamy, literally... i love the affects.
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Aikurisu Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011
Hehe, thanks. =)
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Arcane-Catharsis Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Featured here: [link]
Stunning work :clap: ^^
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Aikurisu Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011
Thank you. =)
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348joey Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011
Where can I find the lore?
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Aikurisu Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011
Still being written actually. ^^; I should have it uploaded in the description here by next week sometime, if not sooner.
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348joey Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011
Where can I find the lore?
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aLzRitH Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
very sensational and... romantic.
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Aikurisu Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011
Thanks. =)
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SerenityWhitewater Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Love it as usual. This is really awesome my friend. Your art brings such joy to me.
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Aikurisu Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011
Joy? I don't think I've heard that said about my work before... ^^; Glad ya like. =)
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ynguer Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011
Wow, great!
The lore for this one is just around recent circumstances and feelings or do we get to read a more... immediate description? ;)
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Aikurisu Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011
Possibly immediate, but I'm not sure if I want to promise anything yet. ;)

That said, this sort of scene could be spoiler-esque, which is why I'm being cryptic in saying whether it's reality or a dream for them. =P
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ynguer Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011
Hehehe, I see...
Methinks they would not mind even if it was a dream, though that would make things a little bit sad. ;p
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Aikurisu Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011
No doubt Shae would be punching a pillow in frustration if it were only a dream she woke from amidst confusion and sweat. Klaus on the other hand... probably would stare motionless at the cieling/sky from his bed for awhile... or end up somewhere where he could slash a sword around with reckless abandon. He'd never admit to the latter, though, being a cause for it. Would rather say it was just his physical training for the day. =P
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ynguer Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011
I just could see her punching a pillow! XD
And Klaus was sort of predictable on that point (but its sad, really).
But I guess that you can always benefit that when dreaming one don't realize that she is dreaming. After that its all each one's confusion. ^_~
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Aikurisu Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011
The question is whether Shae would try to make it a reality after being annoyed enough with the confusion side of things. >_> <_< >_>

Poor Klaus will never find peace in that case. =P
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RaisloverSakura Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Very dark and mysterious!
This is absolutely gorgeous!!! :heart:
Lovely design and concept!!
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Aikurisu Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011
Thanks for the kind words. =)
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RaisloverSakura Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
My pleasure! :heart:
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NIELSPETERDEJONG Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011
This picture looks stunning! :) I just love how you drew them here! ^_^
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Aikurisu Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011
Thanks. =)
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bodice Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011
As I said before, really like the poses -- it looks so intimate and loving. Great job with this! :D
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Aikurisu Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011
Thanks Bella. =D
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gppr Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011
Nice. They get a romantic and steamy pic!
Very nice sexy pose for Shae. (you are toast, Klaus :giggle:)
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Aikurisu Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011
Pfft, Klaus could always just close his eyes and pretend she's not there. No worries then. =P

... wait. On second thought, that might not be such a wise idea...
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jet7ST Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011
I like it. The expressions are good. Can't wait for the lore.
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Aikurisu Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011
Thanks. I hope to write it in a week or so, if not a few days. It's a tricky subject to write on when it could give possible spoilers.
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SwiftwindWindshear Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
As always, I'm impressed. I noticed the necklace looped around the goblet and wondered if that was one you'd already drawn, or if it was one you'd planned on making later on.
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Aikurisu Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011
[link] I usually try to involve it somewhere with my Shae-related art. Been that way since her first illustration, which was: [link] =)
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BryanSyme Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I love it.
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