Wow, what a labor of love! Getting these 3 books to a state where I can even take a picture of them, has been a journey. The Bomoki's Gate copy is proof. When I'm done with the edits I've noted therein, it'll be live. I get really excited thinking about it.
This scene shows Malcor facing Cor'tanos, the Shadow Dragon Patriarch from outside the flow of Time. The artist, Darko/Paganus, did a great job on all main aspects. As an author, I have very rigid ideas about how these characters look but with the art, I give scene suggestions and let the artist do their thing.
In the Dragon Wars, where Tiamat separated from Bahamut - which also split the metallic and chromatic dragons - Cor'tanos refused to pledge to either. He led the shadow dragons down the flow of Time to see where it ended. They found the end, which they named the Gates of Oblivion, what everyone else named the Realm of Shadow.
Before her experience with the goddess Tiamat, Dar was just another girl in the barbarian tribe called, Horse.
Before Dar's experience with Tiamat, Dar was just another human, the 200th generation in the Tribe of Horses. The fire breather Alerius saw her as 200 generations of failed potential.
For thousands of years, the red dragon patriarch Alerius watched over a small group of barbarian tribes. He believed, and experimented to prove, that they could be molded as a society and culture to worship Tiamat (the goddess' kinder avatar) and Takhissis (her war avatar). Consumed with just surviving, Alerius had to increase their survivability while molding their worship of him towards having enough intelligence and wisdom to recognize that Tiamat stood behind Alerius as the real god. She was always there.