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The Death of Asmodeus


"Look at me, my little friend. I can see that you are a great warrior. You are not afraid to gaze into my eyes. Look at me."

The eyes seemed to expand and dilate until they filled the whole of Matthias's vision. They dominated him. He could not tear his gaze away. Asmodeus continued in a persuasive undertone.

"See, they are twin pools of eternity. Sink into them, and you will find darkness and rest."

Log-a-log was completely hypnotized. Matthias too felt overcome by an immense lethargy. The adder's voice was a cold, dark, velvet fog that threatened to envelop him. He stared deep into the deadly eyes, his lids began to droop heavily...

Martin the Warrior strode boldly through the dark mist. "I am that is! Matthias, why do you sleep! There is a warrior's work to be done here! Pick up your sword, Matthias! The evil one shall not have it. Strike for me now, my brave young champion!"

Asmodeus was working his body free, pushing forward.

Matthias's eyes were shut, his lips moved with one word.


Suddenly the spell of the snake was broken. The young mouse's eyes snapped open, clear and bright. He swung the ancient sword high and struck at the giant adder.

He struck for Redwall!
He struck against evil!
He struck for Martin!
He struck for Log-a-log and his shrews!
He struck for dead Guosim!
He struck as Methuselah would have wanted him to!
He struck against Cluny the Scourge and tyranny!
He struck out against Captain Snow's ridicule!
He struck for the world of light and freedom!
He struck until his paws ached and the sword fell from them!

When Log-a-log awoke from out of the trance, he saw his friend, Matthias the Warrior.

He stood shaking. His chest heaved with exertion. His paws hung limp at his sides. The great sword lay against the warrior's blood-flecked habit, its long, deadly blade crimsoned in victory.

And the head of Asmodeus Poisonteeth, the giant adder, lay severed upon the ground, its eyes dulled in death, never again to hypnotize another living creature!

-Brian Jacques, Redwall.

Acrylics and coloured pencil on 16x20 illustration board.
; u ; I'm very proud of how this turned out. Will be selling the original and prints and bookmarks at Furnal.

EDIT: Oh my golly gee goodness what what a DD??
This is incredible, thank you so much! <3


Thought Sketch 3This moment has fire in its reach
deny your faith and subdue its lies
bring forward your strength and sight
rely on your metal
your mad gods
the end is your passion, not mine

Lovely prose, written in response to this painting by


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Shutter Speed
1/80 second
Focal Length
45 mm
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Date Taken
Sep 24, 2013, 9:27:46 PM
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LazyRayFinkle's avatar
Schazmen's avatar
Ah, such memories... My favorite book series of all time. And so many warcries to choose from...
Ah, well.
Tea-Iroh's avatar
That is an atmospheric strong one :)

I want to ask in a humble way, if I could
1. set the colors on black and white / or maybe there is a line art which I am allowed to use? 🙏
2. print it and
3. (re)color it (with credit to the artist) to learn more and led me lead by the atmosphere of your artwork and the character/scenery in doing justice to these

You can find examples in my own 'gallery'
AlexAceves30's avatar
Matthias! Don't stare!
Painterlyphotobomer's avatar
Awesome I could imagine the rest of the scene as I read the text 
DragonstormStudios's avatar
<3 I'm glad that the text transfers well with the image! That's exactly what I try to go for with my work, so thank you. :)
CourageousDefender's avatar
Love it! Been looking for a piece on this sight depicting this scene and you captured it perfectly! Great job!
DragonstormStudios's avatar
Thank you so much! I'm honoured that you think so. ;u;
Ipey1's avatar
Really can't get over how epic the backshot of Matthias holding his ground in front of Asmodeus is. Superb work!

Also really smart what you did with Asmodeus's scales, giving them clear texture in highlights and blending them smooth in the dark. You prolly saved yourself literal eons and made it look great all at once!
DragonstormStudios's avatar
Hahaha thank you so much! And oh man definitely, while drawing all those scales may have been relaxing once upon a time that would drive me insane now. :B 
camdencc's avatar
I saw this and it struck a very small bell that I then inquired of to discover an old favorite. Thank you
DragonstormStudios's avatar
You are so very welcome. c:
Temiree's avatar
This is one of my favorite Redwall pieces that I've seen in a long time. The colors, the composition, the style itself, it's all awesome to me. Great work! =D
DragonstormStudios's avatar
Thank you so much Temiree! And goodness your work is gorgeous, permit me to stare at it. :D
Hildron101010's avatar
This brings back many memories. Thank you for this.
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Angie-Pictures's avatar
Beautiful work! Congratulations on the DD! :iconflowerheartplz:

DragonstormStudios's avatar
Thank you so much! <3
Angie-Pictures's avatar
It's my pleasure! :)

SwirlyEyesHypnotize's avatar
You are more than welcome, my dear! ^^
Selmarkai's avatar
Such nostalgia! I had this on cassette when I was little and would listen to it over and over (and over). Wonderful colors, beautifully done! The excerpt really brought me back. Congrats!
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Cassette! You must mean the audiobook then. :D

Thank you so much c:
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