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ravine - necryte varda by nebezial ravine - necryte varda by nebezial
varda balahadd ... his name now is a memory from heroic poems but it was he who waged the war that culminated at ravenora plains, the very war that lead to the creation of paladia alliance, and also led to the fall of the kingdom of nebezial asheri

varda was slain 212 years ago by general melchial asheri, brother to king nebezial

historians differ in the opinions as to what the purpose behind vardas war was allthough they do agree on one thing , varda wanted to release the sinner delphi bellarya

to what purpose it still remains unknown, but mere three years later king nebezial will be the one to fulfill his goal

it is worth acknowleging that never since varda has a necryte of such power emerged , unless one believes groundless rumors that a sorcerer known as the reaper of ardunat is actually none other than varda returned

people feared him for a good reason, for necrytes could do the unholy act of binding dead souls to living bodies, the dead form a pact with a necryte and become the perfect soldiers, no fear, no hesitations and absolute loyalty

but varda took it a step further, to destroy his enemies he meticulously organised kidnappings of high ranking military personells families whom he then posessed with dead souls and put on the frontline of his army

he was defeated in the end but it was a bitter victory
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oilyoily Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
So wait, does that mean Melchial is over 200 Years old?
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emielboven Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Is it right to assume that the staff Varda is holding here is the same staff that Melchial holds in Issue 1? Did he take it as a trophy when he defeated Varda?
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nebezial Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013
if you read carefully  on the scene where king godwynn talks to antheus about melchial in book 1. he mentions how melchial proudly parades the staff of varda balahadd. but the whole thing will be handled in detail later on as there is importance in many many little things in issue 1 :)
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emielboven Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ok, after a little search in my proudly owned version of issue 1 I found it :D I looking forward to issue 2 :D Will there be more epic battles than in issue 1?
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silicio1 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011
epic
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Makkovar Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011
I like him already.
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djlegaspi Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011
amazing details!
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:iconpsychosomatic-psyche:
Psychosomatic-Psyche Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're so talented! I really like your artwork! :D
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TMcLeod Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Awesome. I hope your Ravine series develops into a comic book. I would love to read it.
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VeiledInShadow Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011
i love what you did with this guy. full suit of armor (very impressive armor too) then add the hood and shadows to make it a bit more mysterious. absolutely love it
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EBENEWOOD Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011   General Artist
Fantastic work!! :clap::sun:
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MizarriSeth Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011
Awesome!
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Vampwhore Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011
awesome
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Phoenix001 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Amazing! :worship:
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xxemir89xx Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011
Thats what I'm talking about. Great story behind this guy, he seems to really know how to take advantage of emotions when trying to win a war. Character design looks awesome.
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NatiaGreenleaf Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011
WOW! Awesome job!!! :D
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Ianthe126 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love your drawings ** (you have heard already, I guess ...)
(My apologies for any spelling or lexical n.n")
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im-myke-guys Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
How about upload something of poor quality for once, how about that.
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dagoth-jeff Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Nice work!
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Papathan Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011
very wicked, gotta say love everyhing about this, stance, "color," movement, clothing/weapon, most certainly the backround, smoke isalways a safe choice =)
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dsb14 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011  Student
EPIC!!!
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Blayze-23 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Did you create that brush that creates the effect of smoke, or is it somewhere i havent looked yet?
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nebezial Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011
its a set of several brushes actually
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seishyn Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011
Amazing detail in the armor! I loved reading some of the characters history too. Very cool.
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Araphiel Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011
:worship:
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BrenGun Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011
awesome!!!
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BenSonkkila Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Nice
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Jenalha Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011
Wow, he looks so powerful *.*
I like so much the blend of armor and cloak. Love his desing :heart:
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VincentAMV Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011
Maybe old, but definatly badass!

The details on the man are great, the tiny little things like the lionhead and the light reflecting so naturally from his armor are great. His staff is quite particular, not a sword as I suspected but a cane or staff leaving to believe he doesn't fight (or is a magician) but this would go against the armor. Which keeps my mind busy, and I like that :)

That background is just supercool. A great shadow formed behind him "attacking" the light and darkening the image which is great together with the hood hiding his face.

Very great job here, love it!
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nebezial Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011
thanx for the very insightful opinion :)
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RayvensEye Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011   General Artist
That is sweet looking armor !
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wogule Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
armour and hood is looking great. The staff not so much - looks as it goes through him not behind him. It spoils the whole thing.
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Stevebot-7 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Very well done. For some reason, probably because I've seen it recently, he reminds me of Jeff Bridges doing his whole Jedi Master thing in Tron: Legacy.

Are his eyes leaking blood/dark stuff?
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killadroid Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, what a monster!

I'm a little confused (again :() though...Varda fought for/worked for Nebezial? Or was he on his own with this army?
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nebezial Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011
varda was a threat to all the nations of ravine continent, nebezial was at the time a relatively young tho very powerful king, and this event took place before the poisoning that resulted in his current form

nebezial was smart enough to realise his older brother melchial was a more skillfull general than he was so he let him take command of the armies

in the end it was Melchial Asheri who killed varda and ended the war thus gaining a heroic status and respect of all the nations and even after his brother refused to join the alliance melchial was a welcome guest at courts of the alliance kings who often reflected that he would have been a more suitable choice for the ruler of aphel adria
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killadroid Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So, this war took place before the dragonblood mutation...And before Nebezial was known as a heretic then. I get it now, thanks :).

Pretty disrespectful of him NOT to join his brothers alliance though :(. I don't know how the ruler of Aphel Adria acts...But Melchial would've been a great king :).
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Seenshadows Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is just really well done. Hook, line, sinker!
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Blue6 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011
i notice you do a lot of scale male and chains, are these set brushes you use?
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nebezial Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011
i do them cause proper amrors had them and yup they are brushes i made to be used in combination with my use of bevel emboss layer filter :)
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Blue6 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011
looks really cool. bevel and emboss filter is the secret then, eh? haha. thanks for the tip ^__^
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BajiquanBear Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011
Freaaaaking sweet back-story.

I am waiting very patiently for Ravine to meet the press :) (thumbs up here)
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EsBest Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011  Professional General Artist
That is one seriously beastly image right cheer! I love. I now have another added to my favourites. It will also be on my desktop for quite some time knocking out DOTA.
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InsidiousVendetta Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
Love stuff like this. Great work.
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626Ghost Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
bad ass!
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Visii0nzZz Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011
awesome background!
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That-Random--Artist Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
cool! ^^
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MarcFelix Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011  Professional
beautiful work
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venominon Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Oh my god! I can't wait for this!!! There's just too many awesome characters!

Are you still planning the date for the issue releases?
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Fat-Turkey Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The detail and mood is awesome. I also love the description you have given.
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johnkings Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011
nice *--*
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