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About Varied / Professional Astra Crompton31/Female/Canada Groups :iconweaponry-academy: Weaponry-Academy
...a pirate's life for me!
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Weaponry - Pieces of Eight 21 by tarorae
Weaponry - Pieces of Eight 21
He gets the job done.

This has been a very conversation heavy chapter. There's a lot of things that needed to be set up or cleared up... Hope it's not getting too stale!
Weaponry - Pieces of Eight 20 by tarorae
Weaponry - Pieces of Eight 20
One. Two. Three.

Simple answers to complex, twisty feelings. I'm pretty sure Shrapnel can cut through the most tangled Gordian knots.

But these are all important points to remember.
Weaponry - Pieces of Eight 19 by tarorae
Weaponry - Pieces of Eight 19
waiting for the hammer to fall

annnnd here we have Gun's motives for his recent behaviour. This is the other half of why he's so angry about Arrow + Shrapnel (Shrarrow, if you will). He feels that something good and innocent has been irrevocable corrupted. However, Shrapnel's got something to say about that...

Now, back to working on the short stories for the upcoming anthology.
Weaponry - Pieces of Eight 18 by tarorae
Weaponry - Pieces of Eight 18
And Shrapnel is back on screen. He's buckling his pants because he and Maria just "caught up". That is some post-sex hair, there. In chatting about this page today, my roomie and I determined that Siren is the James Bond of the pirate world. She gets all the hot young things, an often far younger than her. Power to you, Siren! You've still got it!
Weaponry - Pieces of Eight 17 by tarorae
Weaponry - Pieces of Eight 17
Ou est Fausto?

I now enter the busy season: prepping for NaNo, currently attending the Victoria Fringe festival, finishing last year's NaNo novel, prepping for Halloween... To follow my creative exploits, feel free to find me on Facebook, tumblr or my mailing list. For all these links, go here:

While in the comic, you get to meet Nimue, the Sea Witches' First Mate. She's actually named for one of this comic's longtime supporters, Alice Shipway.
  • Listening to: Legend of the Quill Prelude
  • Reading: Legend of the Quill ~ Astra Crompton
  • Watching: Red Dwarf
  • Playing: Zodiac (on Gaia Online)
  • Eating: Stuffed Pablano Pepper
  • Drinking: Cherry Blossom Tea
Hello, hello, hello!

After a mad-cap pace and gruelling schedule, which may have permanently bloodshot my eyes I am happy to report:

Legend of the Quill is ready for print!

For those of you who read First Born, this is the next book in the Ul-Zaorith world, and the start of an epic high fantasy trilogy!

The book clocks in at just over 440 pages, and is illustrated by yours truly. It will be released at this time only in soft cover. The selling price is only $25 and you can pre-order your copy here:…

If you're outside of the Victoria area and would still like to order a copy, please send me a message and I can get a shipping estimate for you. I will be basing my initial order numbers off of the Pre-Order interest, so if you want one, now is the time to get in on this great deal! I'll be signing and doing a sketch in each copy for the Pre-Order, and you'll get a limited edition bookmark to go along with it, so please do order a copy!

For those who aren't familiar with Quill:
This is an epic high fantasy, in the tradition of saga stories. If you like books like The Malazan Book of the Fallen, or Lord of the Rings, or The Eternal Champion, you will probably like my book. It does contain some scenes that may be too graphic for young or sensitive readers. Buckle in for magic, sword fights, ancient prophecies and mischievous Demons -- all set in a unique and fresh setting with new races and cultures for you to explore. I've spent 15 years building this world, with history, languages, maps, flora, fauna, gods and magics, so I truly hope you'll take a chance on me and read The Prophet's Tale, Book One: Legend of the Quill.


Astra Crompton
Artist | Professional | Varied
Astra was born and raised in Victoria, Canada. An only child, she found ways of entertaining herself through self-taught drawing, singing, sewing, painting, writing and creating worlds for her numerous stories. The majority of Astra's art features her original fantasy characters, from Steampunk to sci-fi to high medieval fantasy genres. She is a published author for her Ul-Zaorith novels, runs multiple web comic projects, and hopes to someday put out the related table-top role-playing game Ul-Zaorith: Otherworlds for which she is already working on illustrations and writing. She also freelances for children's books illustrations, book cover design, tattoo design, game design, clothing modification and creation, and character illustration.

Current Residence: Canada/Ul-Zaorith
Favourite genre of music: alternative, contemporary, classic rock, classical, etc.
Favourite style of art: strong line-art, soft colour, dynamic manga,
Operating System: PC
MP3 player of choice: Winamp: tried, tested and true.
Favourite cartoon character: Zuko & Iroh, Jessica Rabbit, Nightwing, Wiccan & Hulkling,
Personal Quote: What is to give light must first endure burning.

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BelRhaza4017 Featured By Owner 5 minutes ago  Hobbyist General Artist
An early happy b-day wish to u, my dear lady :)
:party: :iconcakeplz:
zenphoenixa Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Astra dear! Hello! :D :D Lovely to see you again, it's been many... years *gulp* XD;; I still fondly remember drawing Ahddy for you. :) It's great to see you've kept busy over the past years developing your awesome art and story! Thankyou for stopping by and checking out my latest offerings. :D
tarorae Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2016  Professional General Artist
Hello! It's so nice to hear from you again! It's been a long time, and I've not been around DA as much as I used to be. I still have that commission in my favourites that I've received! <3 What's new with you? What projects have you been working on?
zenphoenixa Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Whoops, sorry for my late reply! ^^; I miss being able to spend all my time on art and such, now I've got to fit it in after work and other priorities. So I guess that's something that's very different for me now, after all these years! : p I got a Wacom tablet for my birthday this year, so that's the main thing I'm playing around with, testing slightly more realistic styles. I'm enjoying it because it feels like I'm finally adding to my skill set.

How is your story going? I wish I had the diligence to map out a whole world like you did! One day I hope I can do the same. :)
tarorae Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2016  Professional General Artist
Late replies abound! I pretty much log on once a week to post more comic and then toddle off again...

That's great! I've been using a Wacom for a long time. I really like it, but then I feel like it's freed up my colouring a lot. I'm at the point where I'm of the same mind towards my writing. I've got a lot of autodidactic skills but now it's time to add a bit of polish with proper technique.

My stories are going well! It's weird to think that I've been doing my comic for 5 years now and that after 15, my first novel from my trilogy is published and I'm working on books 2 and 3! Ahd'ar'ohk is actually in both First Born and Legend of the Quill, so you can finally see him in action!
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lauren-bennett Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Oh my gosh how was I not watching you here ;_; what the heck @ self!!
tarorae Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2016  Professional General Artist
Maybe I fell through the cracks? I haven't had much time for illustrations lately...
lauren-bennett Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Awww I'm sorry to hear that :(
tarorae Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2016  Professional General Artist
No worries! I've been doing a lot of creating, just mostly writing these days! :) How are things going with your comic?

Also, I've gotten into Transformers Prime recently, and I always think of you! (I too adore Knockout!)
Naakichia Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2015
I start a 124 Watcher Contest and i would like to ask if you are interested to join
Your art was realy good
PS: There are lots of prizes to win:)…
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