Lucien, in the middle of a contract that sends him to the west coast of Cyrodiil, finds a shipwreck on the rocky beach. Normally he never stops to loot a place that looks like it is about to collapse, but he was in dire need of food and weapons after being attacked by bandits along the way. He lost his horse and cart as they both went tumbling over the rocky cliff and into the ocean.
As Lucien is scavenging he hears a lot of thumping and wailing. He thinks it is a wraith at first, but then listens carefully. It was a horse.
He follows the sound to the hull of the ship, where he finds the poor creature still tied up. He carefully approaches and purrs: "Steady...steady...easy girl....it's alright... I'll get you out."
Almost immediately the horse stops panicking as if she understands what he's saying. Once Lucien is face to face he finds himself entranced by those glowing red eyes.
"You're not just any kind of horse, are you gal?"
Lucien cuts the binds and leads her out to the shore, but she does not run away. She wanted Lucien to be her new 'owner', and since Lucien didn't have a horse of his own anymore he wasn't going to argue with her.
Lucien named this beautiful, intelligent, fast, and strong horse Shadowmere.
LuLa is still quite young at this time. Not like... just out of his teens young but he's not in his late thirties or early forties yet.
Astrid called Shadowmere a 'he' but Lucien called it a 'she'. I'm going with what Lucien called her because who else would know the horse better than her old friend
I think Astrid just used a generic term because she didn't know what gender Shadowmere was. Cause she doesn't seem to know much about any Dark Brotherhood stuff except going 'stabby stabby'
I was inspired to draw this when I looked out of the window of the car (as a passenger so don't yell at me about paying attention to the road) and watched as this beautiful black horse galloped across the field. All these years I've passed farmland I never saw a horse do anything but eat grass. I thought instantly of Shadowmere and two really nice pictures I wanted to draw of her.
The other one will be of her and Ethaniel ^__^
I also had to watch Black Beauty and aggh... that movie just kills me at the end every time...omgit'sjoeaaaw!!
Lucien LaChance and Shadowmere © Bethesda