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The Dragons of Water by Cloister The Dragons of Water by Cloister
THE DRAGONS OF WATER
At the end of the Dark Ages when the cities of mankind grew and the population of Europe had recovered from the Plague the Dragons went into hiding. That proud race, which had sprung from the volcanoes of the Old World, bringing with them the fires of the earth, now sought the security of the gloomy waters. They swam safely along bottoms of the big rivers, and lay sleeping in the depths of great lakes. There they were transformed. Their scales became softer, and their bodies turned ever more aquatic. When the renaissance era came to an end the Dragons were one with the Element of Water. So fishlike were they, that only a few of them could leave the waters for an exerting last flight under the shelter of night. What those few saw in the mirroring surface of their watery refuge, was a vague image of their former glory.

What is that creature that follows your bait up from the lakes and rivers, whose scales gleam brilliantly in the sunlight, and who wriggles despairingly at the contact with the chill morning air? Some say that the dinosaurs turned into birds. Do you know what happened to the Dragons?


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Skull-Guild Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the story! It's so deep. Like, uwu. The last two lines, "Some say that the dinosaurs turned into birds. Do you know what happened to the Dragons?", makes me question a lot of things. 
And I love the picture as well. The scenery really goes well!
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shavalitah Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
BEAUTIFUL I LOVE IT
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ShoutFinder Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2015  Student Digital Artist
That is a brilliant story and immediately explains the piece above. I love this to bits.
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silverstream0123 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013
so i don't think we got to a nice start I'm silverstream01234 and i luv your dragon.

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NymphCalypso Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
Ooooooh, cute! Meow :3 
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silverstream0123 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013
wow! i really would like to know your point of view of dragons. i believe they used to exist too, maybe even a few exist today in the modern days. but i am very interested in what you have to say
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Cloister Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I really have no opinion on dragons. It is irrelevant to me whether they exist or not, or have done so in the past. (Generally though, I don't believe they exist or have existed, physically.)
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silverstream0123 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013
well then im sorry for disturbing you but than why did you write that wise stuff in your description
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Cloister Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I call it imagination. Also, there is a tone of mythological language in there - a symbolic representation of change and transformation, which we recognize to be true. Our former selves die away and we are reborn with every breath. If we can't see that, at least we know we are no longer infants, and as we will see we will diminish into old age and frailty. This 'what once was is no more' and 'nothing remains' is universally true. That's what my description is about, and why it may sound "wise".  Also, universal to almost all mythology is the idea that once we were "greater". Once we lived in a paradise kind of state/existence, and then came a big flood and changed the conditions. We were expelled from "Eden". With a core of "the dragon inside" the current state may be reversable.... enlightenment, salvation, moksha, nirvana, union mystica, satori, or whatever. Out of the water, and into the air.
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silverstream0123 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013
i know but if we were a greater kind why would you think we were dragons. i believe dragons are there own kind and may exist. i know the greater kind your speaking of is apes. 


p.s. I mean no disrespect toward your beliefs
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Cloister Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I didn't mean to say we were dragons. I meant  that the dragon are (imo) a mythological representative of a mighty spiritual past, the great "inner" spiritual fight (work) and so on. If they have existed or not, is of no importance to me, since only NOW is ultimately real. It is what the dragon means to me now, that makes me draw them, and think about them. I have no interest in whether or not they once where, or if they are actually real etc. Stories, at times, are more important to us, than actual hi-story. They are a reflection of ourselves and those reflections matter...now.
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McCheeseburger Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow your pretty deep about this aren't you X"D i like dragons to even though i am not that successful at drawing them :P X"D but this amazing
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silverstream0123 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013
ok but dragons did exist no questions ask
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Cloister Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
 Totally irrelevent. 
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loverofmynight Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
sweet
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DameOdessa Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:wave:

Your splendid work has been featured in my journal: [link]

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NINJAWERETIGER Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is so cool!
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Jobi0425 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
great picture! love the detail!
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apollosguardian1990 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Wow, you really made me think! This is awesome
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Commander-Fillmore Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012
very nice work man
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dragonmaximus Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
sublime
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ShortStack1315 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Student General Artist
This is awesome. I like the detail of the dragon skin:)
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DaYiNaDa Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012
aw-some, i am ting to find some one to do a pic for me that may eventually be used as an rpg background....
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bloodtiger99 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
sweet
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TechTaKitty Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
May I post this on my blog if I give a link to your deviant account?
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Cloister Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Alright... but please link people to [link] instead of the DA account.
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TechTaKitty Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
okay! Thank you SOOOOO much!
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challenger88 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Epic x2
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Moleo4 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I looove the colors, great choice
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Riki20 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very nice!!
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GuardionEatos Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012
awesome
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xDarkcrimsonx Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011
Sweet. I love this. ^^
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fffanatic06 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011
The pic alone was amazing but the text gave it such a more somber, almost melancholy feel. Thank you!
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purebloodline Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
great pic looks great
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AlexTatjana Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011
did you know if you type in dragons and birds together that this is the top result :)
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FlameNight Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is beautiful!!! :D
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whalestar Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011
WOW!
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mthomasart Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Student Digital Artist
The color choice and lighting is superb!
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eyratheartist Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011
wow awesome story man;) keep up the amazing work
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kimplotloker Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
love it
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syllynce Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011  Student Digital Artist
seriously, how could you do this artwork? so beautiful!
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DRAGONLOVER101040 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing!
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Stabby14 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Student General Artist
Wow, I really love this. To me, the dragon looks almost sad... Maybe it has something to do with returning to the water?
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chambs Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing. nice work
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Skytch Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011
Holy crap is this an amazing painting!
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DL4E Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011   Writer
wtf?!i LOVE it
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JWright-3D-Graphics Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011  Professional General Artist
that is what i call detail
great job
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InspiredDragons Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing! I like the contrast and the viewpoint, and of course the dragon and all, May I please display on "DragonsTalons" group, for dragon art fans to see?
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SkekLa Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011  Professional General Artist
WONDERFUL DRAGON!!!
You achieved to do a very powerful and intense image!
He looks like he's going to fly out of the screen!!!
Thousandss of thumbses up!!!
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DragonZoo Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2011   Writer
This pic is phenemonal! I love it so much I added it to my blog "A Dragon Picture A Day" which you can check out here: [link]

I added full links back to your profile so any visitors can check out more of your work!

Thanks for an ace dragon!
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