IT makes me think of Hector coming out to protect his brother Paris from the angry Greeks. Paris thinks he can defeat their champion, but runs away in fear instead, begging his brother for help. Except in this scene Hector is considering sacrificing Paris, whos' impetuous actions of stealing away Helen has started a war. A terrible choice to make. Save his brother and risk losing your nation and everyone killed, or kill his brother to placate the Greeks and save everyone else. This picture makes me feel the knives are hidden behind his back so his brother won't see them and know he is to be sacrificed.
You know, this reminds me of Jacqueline Carey's novels. You ever read them? Only, I think the heroine would be a little darker and devious....but this is an amazing piece. There's so much palpable tension.
This is what it's about folks! True art tells a story, and lookie what we have here. This is beautiful. The emotions are great. It has my mind in a whirl. You're very talented. Good job.