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''Easy Girl'' by KABren ''Easy Girl'' by KABren
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 :P 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
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AcidicFox Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
You should really write more of this story... Great job with the art though... the horses I draw just turn out like mules. :happybounce: 
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KABren Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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ChristopherDavies Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You should make a FanFic of this.
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LordOmegaZ Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012   Digital Artist
got shadowmere today :D

i find how she "looks" at you to be very cute ^3^
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DragonTeethe Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Professional General Artist
I don't know the story, but she is just BEAUTIFUL! <: )
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KABren Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. There really isn't a full story behind it- I haven't written it yet =3
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GigaPipen1407 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You did really awesome; love Lucien's clothes, and the amber eyes look awesome.

Also- Lulabeard. Hehe :icongrinstareplz:
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KABren Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks ^^
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GigaPipen1407 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem. :D
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Zakaef Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
lucian and shadowmere. the only follower/horse that never fails.
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Zuneperry22 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012
love it
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CheckyGirl Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so lovely! And I always thought of Shadowmere as a female.
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KABren Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you very much
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hoppymic02 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012
Adorable!
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AkatsukiChild Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012
This is so cute :D

And 1. she was a "she" in Oblivion, and doesn't MERE mean "female horse" anyways? :XD: Astrid is stupid, enough said. :D
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KABren Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It would be "mare" actually XD but yeah Astrid is a dumbbunny
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AkatsukiChild Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012
Ah, ofcourse! :stupidme: Indeed, maybe we should tell her to take a look between Shadowmere's backfeet! :XD:
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queenmoreta Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
can't love lucien without loving his horse too <3. Shadowmere is gorgeous and runs so fast :D.
this picture is very lovely, you can feel the emotion in both their eyes and in luciens body language.
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Aniphine Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Professional Writer
This. Looks. Spectactular! :la: I love how you drew this, it looks fantastic! :D
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KABren Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :D
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LordOmegaZ Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012   Digital Artist
i wish i owned a real shadowmare :'(
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tea78iscool Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
so cute.^^
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AnnaValtieri Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I thought the same thing about Skyrim. Lucien would know. "Shadowmere, my old and dear friend." Lucien did always call her as a she in Cyrodiil. And I have to go with what he says, because not only is she his, but Lucien's just amazing. And more so, he cared greatly about the Dark Brotherhood, so I'm positive he knows what's going on. Astrid wouldn't know. Look at how she treats the Dark Brotherhood, after all.

Ah still, this is a very lovely artwork and writing. :)
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schl4fmuetze Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
In Skyrim his horse isn't a she, its a he. And his name is Shadowmane :XD:
THAT WAS JUST TOO CONFUSING! But okay :lol:
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Zaarin1 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And of course horses die instantly upon purchase. :P
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