Commission sketch concept done by *Valkyrie-Girl. This is my non-MLP related story idea that I'm writing up, based roughly on the concept of 'Lords of Midnight' game. The story is about a hero (or heroine, haven't decided) who must recruit the various lords and ladies of the lands to fight the Dreadlord and his foul armies. Each of these lords and ladies (besides having small but elite cadres of troops) are legendary warriors in their own rights. The story is mainly told in 'animal form' (for ease of illustration) but when combat or fighting occurs, the characters all transform to humans for those sequences (and the characters themselves are unaware that it's anything special).
Illustrated above is Lady Aurora, of the North. A survivalist of the tundras of the North, Lady Aurora is one of the many fabled lords and ladies of the Realm that must be recruited to withstand the oncoming darkness of the Dreadlord and his evil armies. She is a sturdy ranger and possesses the legendary Bow of Borealis. This magical bow (in the hands of its wielder) creates an illusion of light and blurred images of the user, making any attack on them harder to land with any precision.