#14 Neela Farris

| November 20, 2010 | 1 Comment

Neela Farris.  A name that Gareth Hauser will never forget, a name he will remember for the rest of his days.  She is one of his greatest enemies and nearly ended his life.

Things were different before.  Then, Neela was a young student curious about exploring her own magical abilities.  This caught the attention of the Council, and one of its well-known advisors, Gareth Hauser.  However, Gareth became increasingly concerned about Neela’s desire to push the boundaries of what was known in regards to magic.  There was also the matter of Pasrov, the Council member who was assisting Neela.  Gareth was wary of the relationship between the two, and his concerns were validated in the worst possible way.

An illegal experiment conducted by Pasrov and Neela led to Neela’s “infection” by an extra-dimensional entity that manifested itself as a writhing mass of darkness that surrounded her.  The infection also drove her insane, and she struck out at anyone she saw–including Pasrov.  She killed him and it was only through the efforts of Gareth and the Magician’s Guild that Neela was finally subdued and imprisoned.

Determined to get to the truth, Gareth stormed into the Council chambers and demanded an explanation about why Pasrov’s actions were allowed.  The response from the Council was stunned silence–even they had been duped, or so it seemed.  Later, Keldo, a Council member trusted by Gareth, told him the truth: Pasrov and a handful of members had used Neela as a guinea pig for their own purposes and were planning to use her as an ultimate weapon.  No sooner than Gareth had learned the truth the report came in that Neela had escaped from prison and had disappeared.  After that, Gareth left the Council and struck out on his own to oppose the body that he no longer had faith in.

Neela haunts the outlying areas, enticing innocents and either seducing them and then killing them–or killing them outright.  Her magical abilities are high, and even Gareth wonders if he can truly defeat her….

Category: Horror, Humor, Manga

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Hello everyone, I'm Marc McKenzie, and this is my second year taking part in of this challenge. I've been a freelancer for the past few years, working in animation and creating commissioned work for clients including the New York Times. There have been ups and downs, but...that's life. Honestly, though, I enjoyed taking part in the challenge last year, and I hope to do my best this year...but I hope that everyone does their best and has fun! Ironically, I never really set out to do art at first. I studied something completely different in college and it was only because of an art teacher that I changed gears. Currently I'm living in Hillsborough, New Jersey, working on commissions, trying to find full-time work, and being a doting uncle to my niece.

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  1. atombat says:

    Great pencil work. Love the amorphous black creature, lovely design work on Neela.

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