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King’s Quest III was my first KQ. I remember watching my dad move this strangely attired, vaguely masculine character about, getting incinerated by the wizard, trying to outrun Medusa, opening the trapdoor to the secret lab, which housed that huge spell book. Unfortunately, this book didn’t help the character on his quest at all, since the computer KQ3 was on was a used one (I never could figure out what model it was – I just knew that it had DOS on it), and though we got all the games that the previous owner had installed on it (Leisure Suit Larry, Police Quest, and one or two others), we didn’t get the copy protection that came with the games, which is essential if you want to complete KQ3. If only we had known…

Anyway, here’s a quick CG-colored sketch of that game’s protagonist, Gwydion – which, as it turns out, isn’t his real name. Interesting choice of clothing, eh? Well, you know what they say about men and color coordinating…

I was going for a look for the character that wasn’t the predictable, depressed, confused slave boy stereotype that some people tend to tack onto Gwydion. I ended up coming with an expression that is literally half-serious/moody, half mischievous/confident. It’s sort of a, “Okay, Manny, this is the last slave boy you’ll ever stick to your ceiling” look.

His outfit is copied from KQ3 almost entirely, with the exception of the crenulated* sleeve bottoms, which only appear in KQ4. And I always liked that waterfall in KQ3, especially the way it was depicted, with the waterfall in the foreground, with the “camera” behind it, looking through it, showing a cutaway view of the pools and rocks beneath it.

In closing, here are three possible answers to one of the main mysteries of KQ3:

1) Was Alexander named after Alexander Pope, who coined the phrase “To err is human, to forgive is divine” (the first half of which is parodied in the KQ3 subtitle)?

2) Was Alexander’s pseudonym borrowed from Lloyd Alexander’s Prydain Chronicles, which feature a knight named Gwydion?

3) Were the names Alexander and Gwydion just pulled out of hats, with no reference to anyone or anything intended (aside from the possible origins of the names of Manannan and Gwydion, Welsh mythology)?


*Oooh, a ten-taler word!
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DaBair Featured By Owner Edited Aug 14, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I think 1 and 2 are the more likely answers.

King's Quest has done theme naming before. KQ4 has a lot of it. Rosella and Valanice were named after characters from a fairy tale called Rosanella (the original characters were named Rosanella and Balanice respectively). Genesta's name com Heart of Ice, another fairy tale. Lolotte's name comes from Prince Vivien and the Princess Placida, yet another fairy tale. The three fairy tales are French fairy tales by the Comte de Caylus that were translated into English by Andrew Lang. (Some of the names are different in the original French versions. Genesta is called Guerlinguin in Caylus' original French, Rosanella is called Rosanie, and Vivien and Placida are called Papillon and Nonchalante.)
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Akril15 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2016
Right -- I heard of Andrew Lang's adaptations a while ago, and I was surprised to find those characters' names showing up in his stories.
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DaBair Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Apparently, The Green Fairy Book (the third book in Andrew Lang's series) was Roberta Williams' favorite book when she was a child.
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Akril15 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2016
Hmm, interesting.
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PerilsOfRosella Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
I have such a soft spot for Alexander-as-Gwydion. He's so sad! You really captured his determination here; yet Alexander retains a certain softness that no one else in the family has.
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Roxas4ever Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
King's Quest V was my first one <3 I was 5 when I used to watch my mom play it. I would try to play it, but I was too young to get very far :XD:

My friend gave me the King's Quest Collection for my most recent birthday, and King's Quest III is the one I am currently on :)

So, yeah, you win all the points in the universe for doing fanart for this game :highfive:
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Akril15 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
Thank you!
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Sigrey Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009
Hooray for blue eyes and black hair!!! *fangirl suqeeeee*

:D
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PearlLotus Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2006
The colors.

Oh God, the colors. They burn. >_____< I firmly believe that Mannanan picked out those clothes himself, but such color-coordination can *only* come from a mind of pure evil.

I really like Alex's expression here. I haven't seen that much KQ fanart, so I have yet to experience the full spectrum of Emo-Alex, but this is sort of refreshing in and of itself. It's a very lively, expressive face too, and it conveys pretty much exactly what you meant it to.
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Akril15 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2006
I firmly believe that Mannanan picked out those clothes himself, but such color-coordination can *only* come from a mind of pure evil.

I agree...color combinations like that are the true heart of all things evil.

I really like Alex's expression here. I haven't seen that much KQ fanart, so I have yet to experience the full spectrum of Emo-Alex, but this is sort of refreshing in and of itself.
Thank you. I haven't seen that much art on that subject either, but I've seen a few fanfics and a lot of discussion about it. The odd thing is that KQ3 itself never really potrayed Alex as an angst-stricken, troubled youth at all -- he was just painted as a lonely boy wondering who he really is. The KQ games may be fairly flat, but the upside is that they're pretty open to interpretation.
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PearlLotus Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2006
That's probably why villains wear black so often - it's to prevent them from making color choices like that.

Actually, up until I found deviantquest, I hadn't seen much Sierra/KQ fanart, period. Just finding out that people draw/write KQ fanstuff is sort of exciting. :D

As for Alex's angstiness, I blame the KQ6 game guide squarely for that. They have a section on the Royal Family of Daventry, written in the style of a herald. When they get to Alex's section, they go on about how he has nightmares about never escaping Mannanan and wanders about the battlements at night looking all dark and tormented. Really, saying a thing like that is pretty much asking for it. >__>
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Akril15 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2006
Actually, up until I found deviantquest, I hadn't seen much Sierra/KQ fanart, period. Just finding out that people draw/write KQ fanstuff is sort of exciting.
Same here. Sometimes I wish there was a more diverse amount of Sierra fanart out there (I think I'm the only one who's done art based on the Gobliiins series), but with a fandom as small as this, I guess you have to take what you can get and be lucky that you're not hooked on some of the even smaller fandoms...like me.

As for Alex's angstiness, I blame the KQ6 game guide squarely for that. They have a section on the Royal Family of Daventry, written in the style of a herald. When they get to Alex's section, they go on about how he has nightmares about never escaping Mannanan and wanders about the battlements at night looking all dark and tormented. Really, saying a thing like that is pretty much asking for it. >__>
Yikes...is there any world that doesn't have its equivalent of the tabloids?? Sheesh.
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PearlLotus Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2006
No kidding. Then again, I never explored the smallest niches of Sierra gaming (the only Sierra games I played were KQ and the first Gabriel Knight, which I didn't even finish before my computer became "too good" for it), so I haven't had that problem quite yet. Not like there's any GK fanart that I've seen...>__>

Apparently not. They spawn as soon as civilization emerges.
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Zacha Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2006  Hobbyist Writer
"men and color coordinating…"
Hey! I actually like that colors... (but then, i am a man too =P)
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chao-hellsing Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2006
I was wondering if anybody else saw those connections.
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Akril15 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2006
Surprisingly few KQ fans ever bring the Alexander Pope and Lloyd Alexander topics. It's interesting when you think about how Disney's "The Black Cauldron" (and consequently the game Sierra made based on it) completely cut out the character Gwydion (and nearly all of the other major adult characters as well).
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Balin84 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2006
I've always about the Lloyd Alexander-Prince Alex-Gwydion connection. Though I think I read The Prydain Chronicles well before learning of Alexander's name in KQ3, I never thought too hard about it until recently.
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