The text and paintings on The Trowbridge Chronicles are taken from the illustrated journal of Violet Trowbridge, a shrew that once lived in a village deep in the Olympic Rain Forest. Each new post will represent a portion of Mrs. Trowbridge’s journal.

Friday, June 22, 2007

WAR BALLOONS OVER GILOH!

Mrs. Trowbridge was an ardent student of shrew history. She stated more than once in her writings that the royal assault on Giloh was the first use of hot air balloons in recorded Trowbridge shrew history. So the Nang Dynasty is credited with the invention of the hot air balloon as a means of shrew travel. I wish I could have been there to witness the grand event. It must have been a most remarkable day.

Did anyone catch the clue that Mrs. Trowbridge left in her story regarding the impending balloon assault? In the episode of May 18, Emperor Nang stated that "the winds have shifted...the time is right." You may also recall the Wind Riders episode of November 1, 2006 where the concept of balloon travel among shrews was introduced.

Some have asked why the emperor chose his bright royal red for the color of the balloons. This is a reasonable question. The red certainly doesn't offer any kind of camouflage against the desert sky. But Emperor Nang knew what he was doing when he selected the bright color, for he was aware that shrews have poor vision. Their eyesight only extends out a few meters, so the color of the balloons had no strategic significance.

After all these months of Keno in captivity, I hope you're as happy as I am to break out of the dungeons and hospital rooms. Finally it appears that the conflict in our story line is reaching a resolution. But there are still unanswered questions. What has become of Shrew Khan and his forces? Are they still alive? Our story resumes...


9 comments:

ValGalArt said...

Very Beautiful! I am thrilled that the story has resumed because I need a good summer thriller! Great!!!

studio lolo said...

Shock and awe!! That made me laugh. I just love this visual of the red balloons against the violet and blue. Stunning, Bron!

md said...

can u say 99 balloons, damn now i know where that saying started. who would have thought it started with a shrew. spectaular airal assult here

scribblesk said...

An amazing and awe inspiring spectacle! Shrew ingenuity at its best! Magnificent!

aynaku said...

what a vision! this brilliant red assault and your thrillinfg writing amaze me greatly!!!
:)

Ginger*:)* said...

Such experimentation! I always wondered who created the idea for the hot air balloon. Who knew it had such small beginnings! Gorgeous painting. This background is perfect for the ascent.

Digital Scott's illustrationblog said...

I've missed out on a few episodes!!! I'll have to get caught up with your story. Beautiful work.

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