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Guardian of Death by KainTheVampireLord Guardian of Death by KainTheVampireLord
Acrylic paint, 50x70 centimeters
Mortanius, the necromancer, member of the Circle of the Nine. 



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TheTrueMorgul Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2017  Professional Artist
awesome art!
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Skullgrin-140 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice illustration of Mortanius, plus the redesign looks really creative. 
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KainTheVampireLord Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2016   Traditional Artist
Thank you. That's one of the good things about old games and their low polygon characters that it's left to the imagination to readapt them into a realistic scene. 
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BeyondTheNytemare Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Both a puppet and a force of his own, I like the concept of this piece very much, Mortaniius looks dark yet serene.
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Arthur-Ramsey Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2015   General Artist
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KainTheVampireLord Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2015   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much :) 
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LoKIMOOn1000 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2015
Wow, a really great interpretation of Mortanius! :D I like how his expression is both calm and stern, I really like it.
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Tsukura-Chronicles Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Love it! 
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KainTheVampireLord Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015   Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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LittleEiko87 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing!
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:iconkainthevampirelord:
KainTheVampireLord Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2015   Traditional Artist
Thank you :) 
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LittleEiko87 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I love all your art! And I love Kain too :P
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BeyondTheNytemare Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmm true that Mortanius used Kain as a puppet but for all the right reasons, he saw the error that had been made, just a shame that realisation was in defiance and not in the original blood omen
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KainTheVampireLord Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2015   Traditional Artist
Defiance was overblown by sentimentalism and pathos so not a loss Blood Omen didn't made Kain the righteous goodguy with that scion of balance thing.
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85NERO Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
wow amazing cool perfect i love the LOK series your pic so beautiful and evilDeviantArt :) (Smile) :D (Big Grin) +fav deviantART I think I've fainted. Heart I think I've fainted. Love La la la la Clap Hi! Boing! Boing! 
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KainTheVampireLord Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2015   Traditional Artist
Thank you. An evil world needs an evil interpretation :) 
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The-Vile-Cortex Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2015
I almost wonder if the original Mortanius design even had a shirt. He's so thin and looks so gross, I think those were his ribs and muscles sticking out.

What you did here looks good. I wish I could go into more detail, but I'm having trouble phrasing it.

Are rib cages difficult to make?
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KainTheVampireLord Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2015   Traditional Artist
I was thinking of that too, the original sketch looked like a zombie, the CGI character's ribs on the other hand were too large to be his own but that's the good in scarce visual reference, it's up to me how to imagine it. I was thinking of something similar stoff to the bone armour. Kain's wear also needed several change, the low polygon CGI model's stuff doesn't works on a realistic proportioned body.

Nope, just pick the right person and boil the flesh and tissue off the bones ;)

Actually the ribcages weren't difficult, didn't counted if it actually has the anatomy correct number of bones, just meant it to be a mages' wear. 
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WolfsbaneWolfen Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Love the LOK series. A shame Dead Sun got cancelled. 
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KainTheVampireLord Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2015   Traditional Artist
I love the Blood Omens too but to be honest as the other line kept disappointing I stopped following the series.
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WolfsbaneWolfen Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
They all followed each other. The thing that males it so is the story line. The time line within the LOK series kept changing and can sometimes get so confusing. It was like Inception over and over again.
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KainTheVampireLord Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2015   Traditional Artist
Was one of the Soul Reavers your first game? 
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WolfsbaneWolfen Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah. The first Soul Reaver. At the time, I didn't know Blood Omen even existed. I know how the first Soul Reaver ended and how the events in SR 2 affected the time-line pf the history within the LOK lore history. Blood Omen 2 as well, was affected by the time paradox if I'm not mistaken. Then came the LOK: Defiance game. 
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KainTheVampireLord Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2015   Traditional Artist
Bingo! That's where our perspective on the series differ. No offense, the pattern is always the same depends on the game you played first. Soul Reaver players are awestruck by the whole series (and usually dislike Blood Omen 2) while the Blood Omen players experience the Soul Reaver side as a shock. I too had to check the box if I really really bought the right game as the Soul Reavers/Defiance were so alien from that experience the Blood Omens gave and the exchanging of Kain't character and role didn't helped to make the Soul Reaver side feel like belonging to Blood Omen. Understood which side is preferred by the developers so decided not to keep following the series.
Blood Omen 2 was affected by the time paradox in some levels, for example Vorador's revival, corruption was gone due to that ritual in the spirit forge which also released Ariel so she was no more the part of the story in Blood Omen 2. 
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WolfsbaneWolfen Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Wow. You're as big a LOK fan than I am. I'm a big fan but even I could not explain all that. Makes me wish I had a PS2  for BO 2 and SR 2. BO I'd want to play too. I grew up with SR and Defiance. 
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KainTheVampireLord Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2015   Traditional Artist
In some levels can say so. These games are great artistic inspiration too. The time travel and paradoxes are not too hard to understand if you're the fan of sci-fi, nothing feels difficult after Asimov's novels. 
By the time I met these games they were already old, played them on pc, the good side is Blood Omen still works even on newer systems. I grew up with the Tomb Raider series but the Blood Omens became the favourite gaming experience, I guess because of the unique dark world and a sadistic anti-hero with selfish interests in the main role where no one can be divided to goods and bads. 
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vLine-Designs Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Such breathtaking image! Mortanius's armor is so badass :D
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KainTheVampireLord Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2015   Traditional Artist
Thank you. I've got only the concept sketch and the 1996's CGI as visual references which weren't too much, it took some creativity to adapt the characters to a realistic scene. :) 
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vLine-Designs Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have always thought that Morty is all bones untill i realized that these bones are part of the armor xD.
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OctodogPhotography Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Wonderful. :)
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KainTheVampireLord Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2015   Traditional Artist
Thank you :) 
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