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Shauni by Art-Zealot Shauni by Art-Zealot
Characters are (c) Ubisoft's Beyond Good and Evil

An interesting topic came up in the Official BGE forums at Ubi.com. The question posed was: is Jade a DomZ or not?

Here's my theory: "Shauni" is the name of the DomZ essence that the High Priest was so eager to get back--something that would make it very powerful. Shauni is perhaps centuries old and was somehow stolen from the priest (grr, I wish I knew how!). Someone (perhaps Jade's "parents", who are...mysteriously powerful...-_-') found out how to make Shauni into a human, aka Jade, and thus hide it from the priest.

[there was also a question raised about what Segundo's 'psycho-karma' statement was about] I think the whole "psycho karma" thing indicated that the DomZ creature beneath the lighthouse somehow started to unearthing Shauni a little, causing it to leak out into Jade. Hence, when she was asked to pick a pen name, the word "Shauni" just came readily to mind for some reason...

By the end, Shauni came out completely--though still under Jade's control (which is what the DomZ priest was trying to get rid of by killing her). So is Jade a DomZ? I think she and the high priest are similar in that they are both conduits of Shauni, but Jade herself is a human.

I'm interested to hear other theories! The forum is here [link] for those who want to take a look or add to it.

As for the picture, I can only imagine that after having felt Shauni's power, Jade is probably worried that it might overpower her some day and turn her into another priest--or something worse.

Photoshop CS4, tablet, and manymany hours...
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browntoya Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015  Student Filmographer
How focused.
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darklooshkin Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014
I loved this game when I was younger. Thanks for the fan art.
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Art-Zealot Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
My pleasure!
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nightchildmoonchild Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Excellent concept
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Art-Zealot Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks much!
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Patriarch2 Featured By Owner May 12, 2013
Incredible!
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Art-Zealot Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks much!
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alexandergreat20 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hmm...maybe Shauni is Jade, there have been hints, like near the end when she resurected you know who she was told by Pay'j that she had powers, which were comming atop...anyway, I'm sure we'll find out in the second game, which is being released on 2013...this year :dummy:
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Art-Zealot Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, I definitely feel like "Jade" is not her true identity. I'm so looking forward to finding out more!
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alexandergreat20 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ditto
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watbebe Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015
Meanwhile 2015 still waiting, probably will at least another year.....
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Kalhiki Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist
Just beat the HD version (first time playing). Twas great!
Though, there were a lot of unanswered questions. Not that this is a bad thing. leaves it open to explore and for your mind to wander.
Your picture is stunning. The four armed thing (unsure if that was the priest or just a statue) is rightfully creepy and the fact that it's Jade/Shauni makes it even better. Overall, you managed to capture the essence of the character and the game.
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Art-Zealot Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I still need to beat the HD version. :shakefist: No time!

And yes, I think that even though we still have questions, it's the good kind of, "Wait, what happens next!?"
Thanks!
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Fermin-Tenava Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Your picture is interesting, because, in the game, the head of the statue is always in a cloak. So that would mean, the high priest is the heart within the statue and Shauni/Jade is the soul which brought the statue to life (Am I right?)

It's too bad we never learned much about the DomZ or the Alpha Section, where they came from, why they helped each other (though the general said, they wanted to live longer with the energies stolen by the DomZ) and so on.
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Art-Zealot Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! Yeh, I really hope BGE 2 will go into that some more.
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ShauniToJa Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012
Beyond good and Evil is my favourite game, but it is too short :(. This art is beautiful.
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Art-Zealot Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Ah yes, it's unfortunate. Thanks much!
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ShauniToJa Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012
You're welcome!
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Ragesteam Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Student General Artist
oh genial dibujo, ese juego es excelente
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Art-Zealot Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Muchas gracias! Estoy de acuerdo.

(lo siento, comprendo mas que hablo en espaņol...^^')
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Salekdarling Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
I was just thinking about this game a couple weeks ago. I need to find it and play it again. Loved it! Glad I ran into your gallery. ;-) Great art!
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Art-Zealot Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much! :D
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mirenva Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
wow, it's really, really cool *___*
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Art-Zealot Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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icecheetah Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011
Wow! Amazing work! I like how you made the 'Shauni' part of her look a bit like her, not entirely alien, not entirely human. Her.
I never really thought of the whole thing that way myself, but it does make sense.
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Art-Zealot Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks much!
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icecheetah Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011
You're welcome!
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HylianGirlYami Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
FANTABULOUS
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Art-Zealot Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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BandanaBlue Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I... really need to play this game again.

Fantastic piece!
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Art-Zealot Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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SPGinc Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011
This is beautiful. I love it.
I must go see this forum of yours
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Art-Zealot Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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SPGinc Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011
By the way, after reading your ideas here, I considered another theory behind the Jade/Shauni/DomZ issue. We've seen the DomZ capture the kids to make those sarcophagus DomZ- we've seen DomZ spores infecting Pey'j and Double H- we've seen a DomZ stick itself inside a load of old machinery to make a junk monster. I think its safe to say that possessing, infecting or tainting other lifeforms is in the nature of the DomZ. In that case, do you think its possible that that 4 armed statue that was connected to the DomZ high priest is not actually DomZ itself. I mean it doesn't look like any of the previously seen DomZ, and after the priest is defeated it remains 'alive' and accepts Jade without question. Could it be possible that the statue was actually some unknown creature that was enslaved by the DomZ? If that were the case, maybe Jade has no link to the DomZ but instead has a link to whatever the statue is?
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Art-Zealot Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I'm pretty sure that the power inside Jade has a lot to do with the DomZ, just based on what the Priest was saying (and doing). The fact that she too can command the statue just seems to me like a given, considering the Priest was doing it too. Interesting theory though; I'm not about to rule anything out at this point.
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Amber-Haze Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011
Absolutely terrific piece! And nice bit of theorizing too I might add.
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Art-Zealot Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I can't wait to see what's in store for BGE2!
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selie Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This picture is really amazing. I was googling for the full "precious pearl" quote because I couldn't think of it offhand, and this was the second result - and I'm so glad I saw it! I love this game and I think you've done a great job here. Also, your theories are very interesting. I imagine we'll see when the sequel comes out!
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Art-Zealot Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
^^ Thanks much! I'm definitely getting the HD re-release, and anticipating the sequel with great gusto!
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liberator7 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010  Student Writer
I love this picture, like a parasitic element of Jade.

You have a very interesting theory, I've pondered Shauni's nature and connection to the Domz as well. I think the Psycho-Karma Segundo mentioned relates to the energy Pey'j talked about near the end. I think that Jade had energy the Domz priest needed to Survive, the kidnapped citizens were sustenance as well as bait to bring Jade back. (The priest stated that he planned for the revolution that was going to happen eventually) What if the energy inside Jade is neutral, Psycho-Karma guides it (like positive/negative electric charge) and the Priest tried to control the Domz part of her, but her own, much kinder nature let her transcend the Priest's control?

Just a thought.
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Art-Zealot Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Hmmm...that makes sense, especially the bit about why the priest kidnapped people. I didn't really consider that before. OO They'd better tell us more in the sequel!
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liberator7 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010  Student Writer
There better BE a sequel!
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MarsW Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Woah great theory O.o And the Jade/priest rocks O.o
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Art-Zealot Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks muchly!
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xeronoxic Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010
No problem ;) good theory you made there, I agree with you! I think that Shauni is Jades unrevealed dark side, which she always had in her. I guess when the second part is released the story will refer back to the Domz scene, which took place under the lighthouse. Also I think that Pey'j was infected by the Domz. I think in the second part they will be searching for a cure.
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Art-Zealot Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Quite possible. I really do hope they tie it back in a lot with the first game.
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xeronoxic Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010
Great work!! It's amazing
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Art-Zealot Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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ArtByDani Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Nice! It is an outstanding piece :)
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Art-Zealot Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much!
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