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Attis
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Published: March 28, 2010
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I thought I'd do something a bit seasonal here. Throughout the ages, there have been many festivals celebrating the rebirth of the world at this time of the year, when spring is in full swing. One of these festivals was centered around Attis, a character from Roman mythology who appears in King's Quest VII.

However, the Attis in KQ7 bears very little resemblance to the mythical figure he is based on. He isn't married to Ceres, he isn't depicted as a "Lord of the Hunt" in any of the stories about him I've seen, either. However, his Wikipedia does state that he was a handsome man with long hair, so at least they got that part of his character right.

I noticed that Attis' design sheet showed him with leaves in his hair. It's hard to tell if he actually does in the game, but decided to stick the leaves in anyway. I had also planned on giving this picture a simple flat or gradient background...I guess I got a bit carried away.

Incidentally, the "real" Attis has a very, shall we say, "interesting" history, and I can see why virtually none of it is touched on in KQ7, given just how "interesting" some parts of it get.

Also: Ironically, one version of Attis' story has him changing into a tree when he dies. Pretty ironic, given that Ceres is turned into a tree in KQ7.
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bbb35's avatar
LOrd Attis, still a cool character :D
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Rockabore|Student Traditional Artist
Attis is one of my favorite supporting characters in KQ7, he's got a great design and I like his and Ceres' story. He and Elspeth (as well as Ceres) have my favorite sprites in the game.
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This is a great picture of Attis, he looks a lot like he does in kQ7. I like the green clothes. According to the myths Attis was a dying-and-rising-again god that held a role like that of Jesus Christ, only the pagan gods were just myths and stories while Jesus was a real historical figure whose powerful miracles the pagan gods couldn't come close to repeating. But I'm probably just bias since I'm a Christian. According to the story Attis was nailed to a tree for love of Cybele, he died and came back to life.
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MobileSuitSonic|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
He didn't rise from the dead actually.
Some stories say he turned into a pine tree, some say his whole body except for his pinky died, while others say his body was hidden where it could never be found.
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Akril15's avatar
Wow, thanks for telling me about this!
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Yaoi-Huntress-Earth|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OMG! I remember that guy. Man, that's pretty old school.
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Akril15's avatar
Thanks!

(Wow...it seems like just a little while ago that the games I used to think of as "fairly recent" now old fall into the "old school" category. Time does fly.)
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Storm-Torrent's avatar
Ah, I love it. Wow. You did a wonderful interpretation of him, as always!

Attis is amazing! And I completely agree about the voice too. Haha...
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Balin84's avatar
Lovely picture! Seeing this makes me want to play King's Quest VII again...
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moodyblues's avatar
Yes! It's great to see more artwork from you.

The coloring, as always, is lovely. And I like how the clouds circle above his head.

Poor Attis. I always felt so bad for him in KQ7. And he has my favorite line in the whole game: "Every moment, I become more like a wild stag. Thinking becomes difficult, and the shadows of the forest sing to my blood."
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Akril15's avatar
Thanks! And yeah, Attis does have some pretty good lines, and a great voice to match.
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moodyblues's avatar
Oh yes. That voice. It's lovely. :)
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