Here's what I posted on the facebook SimeGen Group with this cover.
Here's the long-awaited cover for FIRST CHANNEL. It is paper and e-book available in a couple more days.
Wildside went to the mat for us and photoshopped out some wooden bracelets this figure was wearing. We'll live with the long sleeves and pretend this is a sleeveless yawal -- or maybe just imagine riding pants under a tunic. We imagine this is Kadi rounding up the horses after the fight which leaves Rimon unconscious. We have real good imaginations, Jean and I. We do. The custom art on previous covers has been much, much less accurate, so we've lots of practice.
We see it as Kadi on a saddle stolen from some Freebanders who got it out-Territory -- which tells you a LOT about out-T culture on the Gen side. I would have expected wrangler's saddles, solid Western saddles with gear etc. But we discovered there's more out-T to learn about. Someone quick write a story about where this saddle came from, who made it, and why. Or maybe the story they make up when selling it in town? Talk fast.