I got bored with doing Darkover fan art the same way over and over again so I said, What if Darkover were in a fake nineteenth century style instead of the fake late medieval style of the usual scenario? The young heroes would be dressed in Napoleonic military garb, and they would have those curved cavalry swords that look so good in portraits. According to the author, all firearms and projectile weapons were banned on Darkover so you could get a lot of swordplay. That also meant no cannon. I never figured out whether bows and arrows were included. So here are the two young lovers of "The Heritage of Hastur," dressed in their guardsman outfits with epaulets and brass buttons. The castle is a real one whose image I borrowed from somewhere in the British Isles. This was the cover art for a fan magazine, hence the type panel.
Black ink on illustration board, 8" x 11", April 1984.