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The Winged Stag- eBay by Vertaki The Winged Stag- eBay by Vertaki
This is Rhaul the winged stag gryphon. :)

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Rhaul is an OOAK posable art doll. He stands roughly a foot tall not including his wings when they are extended or folded, he is around 2 feet long with a wing span of over a foot. He has flexible wrists to help him with balance and a fierce attitude with keen eyes to watch over the forest he guards.

Long ago, the forest was a dark and unwelcoming place. The trees twisted and bellowed with the wind that whispered omens in the night, cursed it was, and untamed, it was a forbidden place and only a fool would venture past the edge of the willows...
When I was but a lad, no older than you are now, I would always skirt the treeline for miles. One day I decided to travel further than ever before... it was the day I ran away from home. I came across a stream that flowed out from the heart of the forest. Intrigued I began to follow it, the water was cold and unforgiving but the stones, though slick and moss covered, were perfect for traveling up the stream. it was almost as if they made a trail on purpose, one to beckon in the curious and bold of heart. As I trudged deeper, curiosity gripping at my conscience, I began to feel cold and hungry. I knew that I had been walking for a long time, but the forest was to over grown in the canopy and dark, the sky was near impossible to see. I decided that it was in my best interest to turn and leave, but to my horror, the stream I had followed had vanished. Fear gripped me as the realization settled within... I was lost. I clawed my way through trees in the direction I came but to no avail. The canopy spun above me time pasted and fear grew, try as I might, I could not find my way out. Exhaustion was overwhelming and my legs wobbled from fatigue. time bled by, what felt by eternity, my vision blurred and darkness took me.

"Child..." a voice said to me. so distant and faded, it rippled through the void around me. "Child..." It said again, this time clearer than before. I opened my eyes to see a massive creature looking down upon me. Its eyes burned with an unnatural aura, two huge black wings lay folded at its side and it had a crown of sharp points; antlers that could take down a tree. Its thick coat of fur, ratty and course was damp from the mist that drifted across the ground, and instead of hooves on its front legs, it had instead scaled talons that dug into the ground when it walked. A strong black beak was present on its regal face, but did not move when it spoke again. "This place is forbidden to your kind human. But because of your innocence in youth, we shall return you from whence you came. But you must never again set foot in this forest.. for if you do, it will be your last adventure... this forest is unforgiving and you have already over stayed your welcome..." I stared at the beast as it gazed down upon me. it was as still and quiet as the trees the surrounding it. I nodded to the beast, unsure of anything else to do, I felt as if its eyes bore into my soul and we were striking an eternal pact... this creature felt ancient and I knew that all I could do, was agree to its terms. It felt as if time stood still while we stared at each other... and after a time it bowed its head to me in acknowledgment of our agreement. "Good... now stand young one... and I shall bear you home." I stood, still weak as it lowered its crown of horns towards me. Hesitant, I grasped them firmly as it then lifted its head and me up on over upon its back... it must have been ten or twelve feet tall at the shoulder... I'd never seen a beast so large. As I lay on its back I felt the ache of exhaustion again take my body and I fell into a deep slumber.

When I opened my eyes again and looked around I was in my bed and my family surrounded me. they told me that they had found me, hypothermic and unconscious on the rocky knoll about a half mile outside of town... "How could that be?" I pondered to myself... "I saw him, I was there and he carried me out of the forest...! Didn't he...?" They all looked down at me as if waiting for an explanation, but I knew I could not tell them... not only was the forest a forbidden place, they would most likely call me crazy. Delusions they would say. set in by the hypothermia. I knew better than to open my mouth, but I knew it was all real.

I can never again return to the forest... but that is why Im telling you my story, so that perhaps one day you can solve its mysteries for yourself. It will be a dangerous journey, but your will is strong. I know in my heart you will succeed.
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:iconbellak33:
bellak33 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Do you make customs? If you do how do I ask for one?
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:iconvertaki:
Vertaki Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Hey :) My Customs and Commissions are closed right now, sorry. But when I am open for commissions I will post a journal stating being open :) so if your interested in a custom then just comment on  the journal when its opened :) unfortunately It will still be a long time now im sorry. 
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:iconbellak33:
bellak33 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Thats ok
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:iconbubblegumw:
BubblegumW Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
He's beautiful!
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:iconvertaki:
Vertaki Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thank you!!
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:iconbubblegumw:
BubblegumW Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome. :)
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:iconlady-dracoleo101:
Lady-Dracoleo101 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Student General Artist
What do you use for his eyes?
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:iconvertaki:
Vertaki Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Oh resin cast eyes :) I think with holofoil. I bought them.
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:iconlady-dracoleo101:
Lady-Dracoleo101 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Student General Artist
ooooo!
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:iconp-o-c-k-e-t:
p-o-c-k-e-t Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
can I have one irl? :C
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:iconvertaki:
Vertaki Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Professional Filmographer
hahaha if you think you can tame one! :D
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:iconanimalartkingdom:
AnimalArtKingdom Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Such a cool looking creature! You did an amazing job on the antlers!
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:iconvertaki:
Vertaki Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thanks so much! :)
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:iconjustkeepdrawing:
justkeepdrawing Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
That beast is fifty shades of FIERCE.
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:iconvertaki:
Vertaki Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Professional Filmographer
yea he is! hes all like rawwrrrr :3
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:iconchrist1nme:
Christ1nMe Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
what an amazing job!
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:iconvertaki:
Vertaki Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thank you! :)
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:iconvonborowsky:
vonBorowsky Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Well done on this doll!
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:iconvertaki:
Vertaki Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thank you! :)
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:iconvonborowsky:
vonBorowsky Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Your welcome!
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:iconfruitbatslyra:
fruitbatslyra Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! This is too gorgeous! :wow:
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:iconvertaki:
Vertaki Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thank you! :)
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:iconfruitbatslyra:
fruitbatslyra Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Welcome! :D
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:iconsovriin:
Sovriin Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
OH. MY. GOODNESS. He is stunning! Absolutely beautiful! Wow, if I had the money, I would snap him up in a heartbeat. For future reference, do you do commissions or art trades? :)
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:iconvertaki:
Vertaki Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thank you! :) Yes I do ^-^ trades are a rarity but I will open a journal when commissions open.
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greysummers610 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's a really cool concept. Awesome job!
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:iconvertaki:
Vertaki Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thank you! :D I had a lot of fun working on him.
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:iconlovelytwistofnature:
LovelyTwistofNature Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
Love!
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:iconvertaki:
Vertaki Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Professional Filmographer
haha apparently! :P Anyways. Hes been shipped. there are things to note, his fur looks and feels ratty on purpose because its been styled with moose. I wanted him to have a weathered wild look. originally I had used black dye with a touch of brown.. but every time I went to wash the fabric as your supposed to, it turned white again cause it was not natural fabric it was synthetic. so in the end its that's color lmao. I went with it hehe fits his character :)
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:iconlovelytwistofnature:
LovelyTwistofNature Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
It certainly does. The best part of being an artist is when we accidentally do something fantastic.
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:iconvertaki:
Vertaki Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Professional Filmographer
indeed :D
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:iconkutkumegsan:
KutkuMegsan Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012   Traditional Artist
This is sooo fucking beautiful!!
I love it O_O

:squee::excited::squee::excited::squee:
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:iconvertaki:
Vertaki Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thank you! :D
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:iconscenceable:
scenceable Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
He's gorgeous! I love the antlers and colours. Great work!
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:iconvertaki:
Vertaki Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thank you! :D
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:iconshironiki:
Shironiki Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
He's amazing! Pure love :heart:
I adore the way you make those heads of your gryphons :)

(May I ask why you only ship in the US :/ ?)
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:iconvertaki:
Vertaki Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Professional Filmographer
oh it should be world wide... I hate it when it does that to me. I'll go fix it lol

and thanks so much! <3 :)
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:iconscenceable:
scenceable Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
if you have under 25 feedback, ebay won't let international bidders bid on your auction :/
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:iconvertaki:
Vertaki Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Professional Filmographer
*eats ebay* nomnomnomnonm
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:iconvonborowsky:
vonBorowsky Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh really? That sucks >< I was thinking on having an auction. Good to read it first. Just for curiosity, do you have an idea of how many sales someone must have to get the 25 feedback? Are 25?
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scenceable Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's only an ebay US thing, if you're in the UK, Canada, or anywhere else I don't think the rule applies. It has to be 25 separate transactions, it can be buying or selling.
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:iconvonborowsky:
vonBorowsky Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Just for USA huh? Hmm I will take a look on eBay to know if Brazil is in this rule!
Thank you very much for the info!
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Shironiki Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem :XD:

I still hope, I'll be able to commission you with something small someday. When do you think would you be open again? ;)
Keep up your good stuff! :aww:
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:iconvertaki:
Vertaki Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Professional Filmographer
hehe once I get a few more things finished that I owe to people I will re open commissions :)
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LittleNespa Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
very nice :)
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:iconvertaki:
Vertaki Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thank you! :D
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NessaSilverwolf Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
beautiful!
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:iconvertaki:
Vertaki Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thank you! :D
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NessaSilverwolf Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
my pleasure. I love your art !
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