Wolfwind by wayouteast
This is an illustration for a short story of the same name. The story is from a planned 'suite' of four stories all set in different parts of the same fictional continent - Shymeria - and representing each of the four seasons. Wolfwind is the winter story, set in the harsh northern country of Iryleer, a tale of redemption after loneliness and long estrangement. The original spark for the story was a desire to write a werewolf story where the werewolf was the 'hero'. This led to the human population being peripheral at best and the story becoming a tale of small-scale 'werewolf politics' if you like. I have always been fascinated, too, with the 'outsider' the individual who, for whatever reason, doesn't fit in, and Averyl, the central character depicted here, being an outcast in two societies, fits that description exactly.