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I've left the waves in the lower part on all the versions, but the last three versions have a darker blue sea, so I changed the color of the waves to grayish-white. Kind of like making a negative instead of a positive.
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One other thing that differs: I used a different typeface on Version No. 4. I've pretty much settled on that one, for the cover and the title page and headers, etc.
It works best if you click on the pictures and get a bigger version where the detail is easier to see.
The scene depicts the Point of the Monster (Dan'ki'no'dai). Remember the story of Perseus and Andromeda? Here is what is said about it in the book:
As we sailed into the deep bay where Li’hwai’chet was located, we had to pass the impressive headland that thrust out along its west side. “Dan’ki’no’dai,” said Mo’wiv. “Can you Moon-Wings see the monster upon it?"
We craned our necks and could indeed make out the shape of an enormous head at the top of the point and twisted rocks that descended in great coils.
Mo’wiv was continuing, “It is said that the ancient hero Wak’a’lo’a possessed the head of a magical She-Monster that it had killed in lands beyond the north wind. The palps on this head would turn anything they touched to stone. Wak’a’lo’a used it to destroy the fierce sea-worm whose petrified remains you see here and thus saved a female nymph from being carried off by Guoi’me’uh’hma’no’tze … [i.e., the Sea King]”
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And we sailed on, through the shadow of the Point of the Monster, which loomed above us like a warning not to overstep ourselves – a reminder that, even though one of us had earned the surname “Monster-Slayer,” we did not live in the same age as ancient heroes.
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