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Dante's Stringed Scythe by EmperorJustin Dante's Stringed Scythe by EmperorJustin
A muscial weapon from my fantasy novel. The strings slide along the track the knobs are on, and can be concealed within the shaft of the scythe so it may be used in a more "conventional" manner. Here's a written description of the scythe from the book:

"In his hands he held the instrument they had been hearing. To Oliver, it first looked like a scythe with a very twisted handle, but then he saw the strings. Running along an almost invisible track at the top of the scythe’s blade were several round black pins that were connected to hair-thin strings. The strings stretched from the top of the scythe down into the curved handle. It almost looked like a kind of harp, but its shape was too menacing. The gleam of the cutting edge of the scythe was too sharp to think of the instrument as anything but a weapon.
The blade was polished and bright. It reflected the room back on itself, as well as the strings laid over it. The curving handle was some kind of lacquered plum colored wood with silver designs swirling around its surface. At the top of the scythe, sticking out of the side opposite the blade, was a single metal bird’s wing; fully extended so that each meticulously detailed feather could be seen."
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:iconalisterlebeau:
Alisterlebeau Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the concept of these scythe, I draw many types of weapons. I have drawn many scythes, I really love this. I love the colors and all the little details. And the strings. I love how it's also a harp. I really love the idea behind it as well.
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Louisetheanimator Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2016  Student Filmographer
Beautiful! I love your idea.
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:iconzhugebeifong:
zhugebeifong Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist

Dante? As in... Dante's Inferno?

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:iconlord-jereth-knight:
Lord-Jereth-Knight Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
I must say, its incredibly useless in combat with strings in the way, it would be better to have the strings in the bottom's recurve.
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:iconrandomdragon0412:
RandomDragon0412 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Epic Win!
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:iconlallirrr:
lallirrr Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Student Digital Artist
nice concept!!
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:iconbadboylover94:
Badboylover94 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Oh my gosh...it's soooooo beautiful!!!!
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:iconepona1993:
Epona1993 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
its a nice weapon don't get me wrong, but the random strings and the curve to it makes me confused. lol I like the design but the strings are a put down. sorry
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:iconfishbonemania:
FishBoneMania Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011  Student General Artist
beautiful weapon with a wonderful description.
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:iconclarsachsoul:
ClarsachSoul Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011
that is SO something I would play!!!! :D love it!!! I wonder if it could ever be made into a real playable instrument? That would be sooo cool!!! Also love the story!! Are you doing NaNoWriMo this year too?? :D
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:iconkcinimoi-45:
kcinimoi-45 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011
melody of the heavens or death depending on the opponent. great sycthe
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:iconcoldharbourvampire:
ColdharbourVampire Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010
thats so kewls ^_^
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:iconthugrakhotan:
ThugraKhotan Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010
is it sentient? it look like a weapon that was created long ago
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:iconheroormonster:
HeroOrMonster Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2009
lovely design.
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:iconbarkingmad13:
barkingmad13 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so awesome. I'm gonna favorite it. :nod: Very detailed and original. ^^ And epic.
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:iconlokashi:
Lokashi Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009
amazing
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:iconchaosapostle:
ChaosApostle Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2009
It's an interesting concept and in fact the strings, if thin and strong enough, could be left out and still prove quite nasty in terms of combat.

My only issue is that if you decide to rework you make the handle's curve more fluent and less curved by the bottom and tilt the scythe head more so it looks like if it were swung it would catch more of what it was swung at on the blade instead of missing the intended target, as it seems to be with it's current curvature.
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Uzaru Featured By Owner May 12, 2009
hi im interrested in youre design could i make a redesign of it?:), ill make it towards my own idea. let me know pls:D

~Uzaru~
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Dragoonfliy Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW.

A musical weapon to die for, quite literally is you use it the right way. The detail is great as well.
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BellaxXxAndre Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008
This is freaking amazing! i too am writing a novel, but my Scythe didn't come nearly as amazing as that!
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II-Loki-II Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2008
just one word:
creativity


i`ve seen lot of scythes, but no one like this one dude.



awesome work
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:icongriffiththewhitehawk:
damn that would sting
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:iconmalteseruler:
malteseruler Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2007
SOOOO SWEET!
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:iconmorganedwardashton:
MorganEdwardAshton Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2007  Professional
This is simply beautiful. I love both the design and the idea behind it. Wonderfully well-thought-out and drawn.
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:iconkuraioujou:
KuraiOujou Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2007
wow, now that really brings the idea of an "instrument of death" to life! ;D very creative, shows the inspiration that can come form reading.
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:icondevinair:
Devinair Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2007
omg this is amazing i love the color and the imagination of the weapon
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Ashieepants Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2007
it's a very odd coincidence for me also. I am writing a narrative right now and the main character is Dante. one of the villains has a scythe as a weapon..so yeah.

anyway, this is a beautiful scythe, i don't suppose it's used as a weapon?
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:iconemperorjustin:
EmperorJustin Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2007
Yes, it's used as a weapon.
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:iconshiihai:
Shiihai Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2009
but with all that strings, just a little part of the scythe can cut (still freakin awesome)
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:iconvelasa:
Velasa Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2007   Traditional Artist
This is just a beautiful concept. It's drawn well and the little story bit is fascinating. I almost kind of want to play with it, but bah.
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CyrenMortalis Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2007
Hah, funny I should come across Dante's Stringed Scythe, my name is Dante.

Anyways, I love the way you've done this one, it doesn't look like a scythe you could ever use, but it sure looks good nonetheless.

Definate fav, keep it up. :damphyr:
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Specialist-Wilson Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2007
*gawks* You make me jealous. I wish I could draw a scythe that well. Of course, then the black and white thing would be an issue to me, because I still don't have any coloring tools.
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CrazyAsian1 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
thats is freakin awesome. i love super weird weapons.
nice job
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:iconcaethilia-mordon:
Caethilia-Mordon Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2006
Fantastic idea for an instrument - whether of war or music. Can't imagine it wouldn't be slightly unweidly, though. Nevertheless, gorgeous picture, love the linework and colour scheme. Nice.
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ragemuse Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2006
Fantastic 8-)

~Liriel
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:icondr-fennopolis:
Dr-fennopolis Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2006
When it said Dante, I couldn't help thinking of DMC. Yet this weapon is good enough to look awesome in anyone's hands. I want one!
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DesultoryMoonlighter Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011   Artist
same here
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:iconbunnikkila:
bunnikkila Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a wonderful design! The sliding strings just fascinate me... how are they locked in place?
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:iconemperorjustin:
EmperorJustin Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2007
There's a track in the handle that they're attached to. When not being played, the user pulls on the farthest string, and they all kinf of collapse together and lock away inside the staff section of the scythe.
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aquielleoz Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2007
cool
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:iconthecosmicfool:
thecosmicfool Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2006
Saw the link to this on Nanowrimo. I love the design, very original.
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