No natural light permeated this far into the temple, everything was lit with sconces and the light they brought with them. The priest at her side seemed unfazed by the oppressive narrowness of the corridors, turning left and then right at various junctions that all looked the same to her, swinging the lamp this way and that so the inky shadows churned over the slick, whitewashed stone and folded in behind them as they moved.
Alyvia tried not to think of what might happen if she lost her guide. At least the temperature this deep into the ancient building was more hospitable, though the lack of the ever whistling wind through the stone made the darkness even more unnerving.
Many minutes must have passed as she scurried alongside the priest, trying to avoid stepping on his robes, staying within the fall of light from the lamp. They passed a small number of posted guards who dutifully unlocked heavy, functional iron doors that sent wailing creaks echoing down the corridors. At last, the priest came to a stop.
"Here he is."
The lamplight swung over the bars of the small window in the stone and sloshed over a figure hunched on a tiny wooden bench. His shadow leapt up the wall behind him before settling in a distorted version of the elven body that cast it. Scornful red eyes glowered from the anaemic face as the chains around his wrist clattered against the wall. Alyvia could only hold his gaze for a second. Far from frightened, chained in a tiny cell in the darkness with no other living interaction, he seemed angry they had disturbed the quiet. She busied herself with the scrolls in her belt and fished around for a nib and ink, hoping that her current company wouldn't notice the delicate tinkle of glass that belied her shaking hands.
"Your priests are that ineffective, Harris, that you had to send a woman?" His voice was commanding, waspishly sarcastic and he used the clank of the chains as very effective punctuation. A low chuckle bounced around the cell. "At least the view will be better."
More Whaler Girl elvish fun. Inspired by the work of Piotr Jablonski a lot lately, trying some new stuff with lighting and composition.