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Feldon of the Third Path by chasestone Feldon of the Third Path by chasestone
Art Director: Dawn Murin
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Omaly424 Featured By Owner Edited Sep 21, 2017
Fantastically emotive piece (I know this is an older piece, but I had to comment). Also great subtle reflection in the window?
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bunnywithmonocle Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so intriguing.
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Veramundis Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017
I like the idea that the reflection of the man seems to be kissing the lips of the robotic head. Great work, I always enjoy pictures with emotional strength.
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vorropohaiah Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
not only that but the outline of the two heads also creates a heart-shape!
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Mini-Ikaros Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2017
What an amazing image!! There's a sort of emotion one can sense when looking at the old mans face as he stares at the automatons head. Is there a story/lore to this? mini-ikaros.deviantart.com/?gi…
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ulianRM Featured By Owner May 5, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Yes, one of the best of the lore of Magic: magic.wizards.com/en/articles/…
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Kellkrull87 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2017
Alas, poor Yorick!
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It sorta reminds me of this picture book my third grade teacher read us, called Because I Love You, I guess by Max Lucado. It was some kind of allegory for God and the Garden of Eden. Old due making robots, it seems appropriate to mention.
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Jrydland Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2016
Good god...
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kerabromsmu Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! Superb image!
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VirginiaSoares Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2016  Student Digital Artist
WOW!
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cuttsthebutcher Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2016  Student General Artist
Simply stunning!
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Kata-Nui Featured By Owner May 10, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the background of Feldonn, sad story.
I wish i could read the entire lore with the Urza and Mishra Brothers.

One of my favorites cards and illustration thanks dude.
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RosanaAnna Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heart +fav 
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Vampyre-Lover Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2016
Beautifully done..WOW!
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chronicvillainy Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh wow this is amazing! I love the details and the mixing of genre here! The colours and the textures on the different materials looks wonderful as well! Good job! :D
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AbleEdge Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2015
Resurrect my love with NECROMANCY? That would be weird.
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urzapw2000 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2017
he did try necromancy but that's not what's happening here
read this: www.deviantart.com/users/outgo…
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TwoSunnedSky Featured By Owner Edited Oct 24, 2015
This is one of my favorite pieces of art. Ever. It's all about the face. Slow, weary pain and longing. And the detail! It's like Ivan the Terrible and his Son. Thanks for this wonderful piece. 
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Wicked-Scott Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2015  Professional General Artist
Wonderful mash-up of genres here.  It deserves another new category similar to  'Steam-Punk'.  Maybe it is, but your aesthetics are unique to it.  Approval Matrix 9.7000142.
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vanceinfinity Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Great work!! Did you use photoshop?
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Vincent2009 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
¡Increible!. destaca el alto nivel de todo su trabajo.
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Acamal Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2015
Beautiful...
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urzapw2000 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2015
I LOVE FELDON!
I read his story and it was so sad!
I think he finally used blue or white magic to create a homunculus that he could say goodbye to...
also the card is friggin awesome!
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ColonialFungus Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2015
Where could I find a story about him.
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urzapw2000 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2015
oh uhhhh... there was a magic the gathering anthology called colors of magic...
it was a long time ago... hold on...yes that was the name...
I have the book somewhere and I can find it and transcribe it if you want...
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ColonialFungus Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2015
Oh ty :)
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urzapw2000 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2015
Loran died ten years after the devastation-after Urza and Mishra destroyed most of the world with their war, after the tumultuous explosion that eliminated Argoth and altered the rest of the world forever.
Loran died in part because of that devastation. She did not die in battle, for she was not a warrior. Nor did she die in a duel of magical forces, for though her lover Feldon had mastered the study of magic, she found she could not. she did not die of intrigue, or of passion, or of some fatal flaw.
She died in bed, weakened by wounds suffered over a decade previous-wounds inflicted by Ashnod the Uncaring, Mishra's assistant. She was weakened by the lengthening winters and the cold mountain air, weakened by her own great age, weakened, and eventually defeated, by the world that the brothers, Urza and Mishra, had created.
At first she just winded easily when in the garden or cooking, and Feldon would put aside his own work to help. Then she had trouble working in the garden at all, and Feldon did the best he could, under her direction, to substitute for her.
Later she could not work around the house, and Feldon brought in servants from the nearby town to aid. when she could not get out of bed, Feldon sat beside her and read to her, told her stories of his own youth and listened to hers. After a time he had to feed her as well.
At length she died in bed in her sleep, Feldon sitting beside her, asleep as well from his long guardianship. when he awoke her flesh was cold and pale, and the breath had long since left her body.
He commanded the servants to dig a grave behind the house, among the weed-choked garden that Loran had begun with Feldon's grudging, grumbling aid shortly after they first arrived. She had kept it going through several seasons by sheer force of will, but when she took ill that last, final time, she had to surrender the garden to the weeds and the cold rains.
It was raining when they laid her to rest, wrapped in her bed sheets and sealed within a coffin of thick oak planks. Feldon and the servants uttered a few prayers, then the old man watched as the servants methodically piled dirt atop the lid. Feldon's tears were lost in the rain.
For days afterward Feldon stayed by the fire, and the servants brought him his meals, much as they had brought Loran hers. Feldon's library and workshop stood empty for the nonce, the books closed, the forges cold, the various reagents and solutions settling quietly in their glass jars. He stared into the fire and sighed.
Feldon remembered: the touch of Loran's hand, the Argivian lilt to her voice, and her thick, dark hair. Most of all he thought about the smile that she gave. It was a slightly sad, slightly knowing smile. It was a soft smile, and it warmed Feldon whenever he saw it.
Now. Feldon was a practitioner of the Third Path, the way that was neither Urza nor Mishra, charting a new course between the two warring brothers and their technological miracles. He could pull from his mind great magics, fueled by the memories of his mountain home, and work wonders with them. he could cause fire to appear or the land itself to shift or summon the strokes of a lightning storm and bend them to his will.
Yet he could not heal Loran's body or dying spirit. He could not keep the life within her. His magics had failed him and had failed his love.
The old man sighed and raised a hand toward the fire. He unlocked a part of his brain that held the memories of the mountains around them. He pulled the energies from those lands, as he learned to do in Terisia City with Drafna, Hurkyl, the archimandrite, and the other mages of the Ivory Towers. He concentrated, and the flames writhed as they rose from the logs, twisting upon themselves until they finally formed a soft smile.
Loran's smile. it was the most that he could do.

woof... that's a lot and I just started...
here's the rest in a nutshell:
 after he was done moping he tried to create a golem in her likeness but neither of them satisfied him...
so then he went in search of other mages
he found a hermit who could summon a wurm but had no power over the dead
then he found a sorceress who created an illusion of Loran but Feldon couldn't touch her
then he went to a crone who taught him how to summon a zombie(not what he wanted either)
then he went to a scholar who taught Feldon how to create an exact replica of himself(the scholar) out of magic alone
Feldon went home and remembered Loran in as much detail as possible
when he opened his eyes she stood before him, but this was not what he really wanted either
he at last was able to say goodbye to Loran, which is what he'd wanted the whole time
here's the last few paragraphs:

The scholar spent three weeks in Feldon's Library and then left, but he promised to send interested students to the grizzled man's home. Every so often some would-be scholar or mage would appear, and Feldon, remembering his promise, would let the wizard go through the library. Over dinner he would tell his own story of what he had learned about magic.
Sometimes the aspiring mage would listen politely, sometimes intently. Occasionally, after everyone had gone to bed, a mage would creep down and find Feldon sitting by the fire. The flames twisted into the form of a smile, a soft and knowing smile.
And Feldon, the ancient wizard, seemed to be content.

there, done...
tell me if you want any more detail about any of his "lessons"
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ColonialFungus Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2015
Oh my, many thanks for going to such lengths to share his story, an amazing tale indeed. 
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urzapw2000 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2017
if you're still interested i found this link on this page
www.deviantart.com/users/outgo…
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urzapw2000 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2015
ok welcome!
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Hayl0n Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I would love to buy this as a print for my wall.
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Spisepinden Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015
Feldon's story is so sad :( Amazing artwork though
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arschpo Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015
:headbang: :stupidme::stupidme::stupidme::stupidme:  :squee::squee: Great Artwork :squee::squee:   :stupidme::stupidme: Amazing :stupidme::stupidme::stupidme::stupidme:  :stupidme:
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Aztec-Necromancess Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Student Digital Artist
At first i thought it was a picture taken with camera, jeez it's so beautifully drawn. :O
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Prosaiper Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Professional Interface Designer
Awesome.
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ShikaraNara Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
great work with the light!
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Gadgetsmith Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I can't help but see Robin Williams in that face.
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vftga Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Man, I just love your work!! It would be amazing If you make a timelapse or a guide / brush set one day!!!! +fav deviantART 
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yalanore Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015
Oh yes a timelapse could be so awesome !
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NorlinDesign Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love this!!!
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FrankyGandia Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015
O.o
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AriaValmar Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015
This is beautiful. Unique and fresh. Art at it's finest and I don't say that a-lot. The detail, the intricacy, the overall feel of it. Brilliant work. 
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Ourobouros434 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015
This art... this card... the flavor is perfect and the art really pulls it together. I like how you captured the story behind the card and the nostalgia of older characters from MtG past cards.
Even without that, this is a phenomenal piece. I love all the intricate detail that gets looked over when it's printed on a card, like the pipes in the back, the hand in the foreground, and the reflection in the window.
:star::star::star::star::star:
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LiezelvdL Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Love your work!
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SkullStriker10 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015
we are all clock works.
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snifys Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015
cool
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Szigeti Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
To be or not to be. Ha, great.
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snufkin734 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Professional General Artist
Wow!
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