These two stalwarts are Sparhawk, the heroic and somewhat stodgy Knight character from David Eddings' "Elenium" series, and his cohort and best friend Kalten. They belong to a knightly religious order based on the Templars, though there is hardly any religion in the Eddings world. Eddings' knights ride about doing good deeds, and getting involved with magic and princesses. Also, they wear their armor almost all the time, even when indoors at courtly events and banquets. I don't know whether real medieval knights ever did that, it seems quite odd to wear a hugely heavy suit of armor when you aren't in battle, unless perhaps you're expecting trouble at any time. One disturbing theme in the Eddings "Tamuli" series (the one with "Domes of Fire") is the baby girl goddess whose mere touch causes humans to be obsessively and hopelessly in love with her, even if they don't want to be. When I read that I suspected that Eddings was modeling her on a member of his own family but I'll never know since Eddings is now in the otherworld himself, if there is an otherworld.
Watercolor on illustration board, 10" x 7", October 1997.