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Botai
One of the ancient Botai people out for a morning ride with the family dog. 

From the dept. of I Just Like, Googled This A Little:
The semi-nomadic Botai (named after the area where the archaeological remains were found in modern-day Kazakhstan) were either the first or one of the first cultures to domesticate horses, around 3500 BC. (They also had domesticated dogs with skeletons that resemble modern-day Samoyeds, but no other tame animals.)

We can be really certain they had tame horses (rather than living on a steady diet of wild horsemeat) because complete skeletons were found, not butchered parts dragged back to town. (There's not much meat on, say, a horse's leg.) Also, probably most tellingly, there's a pattern of bit wear on many of the horse skulls. That means these horses were being ridden and not just used as meat/milk animals. 

Of course, we're also really sure that horses were first tamed as meat/milk animals, like cattle, and only ridden after they were domesticated. (The modern people living around Botai do eat horsemeat and drink horsemilk -- useful animals!)

The clothes are...not accurate, but they're the best I can do. Modern-style pants* didn't apparently exist back then, but I can't imagine going for a ride in a Kazakh winter bare-legged, so ... maybe Plains Indian-style leggings? The fur coat and hat are similar to modern traditional clothing from the area. Because they didn't have sheep, and I really doubt they were growing flax or cotton out there, the clothes are all fur or leather.

*quit giggling, Brits
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Hades was embittered
Yana and Martin Korelenko from my alternate history comic (before it diverges) when Yana was about eight, at the Holy Saturday/Easter vigil. Since they start around 11 PM and end around 2 AM, kids often sleep through lots of it. Yana’s dad was on Pillow Duty and dozed off himself for a while.
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Gonna take up my burdens, down by the riverside...
The scanner almost sent this one beyond the Ninth Gate but I think I brought it back. Turns out that I will sometimes read fantasy, Mr. Nix, if you give me surcoats, bandoleers, and sapient mutts. 
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irembeyzagilik Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2016
omg your art is AMAZING Heart are you from Crimea btw? 
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CrimeanDoodler Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2016
(Also, I went on over to your page and SHEESH, you're good. I sure wasn't cranking out realism like that at age 17.)
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CrimeanDoodler Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2016
Nah, it's a misleading handle and I really should change it. (I have an alternate history comic set in Ukraine about ethnic disputes over the Crimea -- I started drawing it before the current...stuff -- it just turned out that way.)

And thanks very much! I'm glad you enjoy it. :)
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Wilczomlecz Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014
Hi, just wanted to say that I love your webcomic. Although I'm allergic to Yaroslav's co-working with Russians (any co-working with Russians), I keep reading and reading because your comic contains EVERYTHING that I love: adventure, war - but with some humanity, great-but-not-totally-evil-villains, nice style.. and takes part in Slavic part of Europe, it's nice to see familiar names and all :)
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CrimeanDoodler Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014
Hah, well, maybe I should apologize, but Chekhov and Slava's bromance is serious fun to write/draw, but I can see how citizens of our respective countries might have different takes on Russia. (I tend to be very unhappy with how Western media has handled coverage of the real-world mess in Ukraine, especially about Russia's involvement, but that's another discussion.)

But yeah, thanks! I'm so glad you're enjoying it. I think we like similar things in comics. :)

(And sorry to take so long to reply -- I was vacationing in Poland and was away from a computer.)
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Wilczomlecz Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014
Here in Poland :)? Hope you enjoyed them! About that real-life mess - what do you personally think of it? Are there any chances so things could get better? 
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CrimeanDoodler Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014
In the Tatra Mountains, in Zakopane, and Krakow. Incredibly beautiful places, and the mountains reminded me very much of another mountain range that's home to me. I'm going back someday, that's for sure. I was only there very briefly, but I really loved it. 

Ugh. I can't see it ending well in the foreseeable future. The post-coup government in Kiev has way too much influence from groups like Svoboda, who are frighteningly ethnocentric and violent, verging on neo-fascist, which is not a word I throw around lightly. (It was incredibly cynical of various countries to support the coup, but that's enough rant for another day.) And the Donetsk guys ain't exactly a utopia either. And right now the ordinary people caught in the crossfire are really severely suffering. But I'd love to be wrong about my predictions. 
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MadarasGirlfriend Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So I just spent a couple hours reading the whole of your webcomic and omfg it's great. It's like a legitimately developed story which I appreciate so keep up the good work. I really really have enjoyed it so far :D
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CrimeanDoodler Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
Glad you like it! I guess that means I should get cracking on the next page, huh?
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MadarasGirlfriend Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, I wouldn't want to force you into it or something (I mean, you just updated it yesterday) but, I do anxiously await its arrival :D
Lol, I was reading and then you updated a page right on that day...it was kind of lucky like that.
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