"In the middle of the desert lies the Red Castle, said to grant the most wicked wishes one's mind can birth. However, to get there, one must survive the relentless heat, and the restless Bloody Vultures, devilish creatures made from the blood that drips from the castle's walls."
I know I messed the light source (freaking sun), and probably the dithering. This was more of a training than a valid attempt. I'm happy with the results, but really unhappy with the colors.
Could have removed the sun, but left it there for composition purposes.
These freaking colors!
Edit: Removed the moutain where the castle was sitting on, and made the castle itself gigantically tall. The mountain was hard to see, and the composition looks better this way. And, as per Connor's suggestion, removed the sun and replaced it with two moons.