Deryni author Katherine Kurtz liked setting some of her story events in dark mysterious places, under castles, in caves, at night, or in crypts like this one. I didn't have a story to work from on this piece of fan art, but I just put the medieval mysterious elements together as well as an empowered Deryni monk holding magical "handfire." This was from a time when I was putting a LOT of inkwork into my drawings, like the Lythande illustration you just saw. I would have shown this piece earlier but I had left out the monk's feet and lower robe edge. With the handfire magic of Photoshop I was able to re-size the picture and draw in the bottom of the figure with digital inking.
Original drawing is black ink on illustration board, 11" x 8 1/2", May 1993.