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April 23, 2009
The Birth of the Banshee Queen by =PepperWolf. From the suggester: "Absolutely breathtaking scene, and even a naif like me is touched by this poignant moment. Beautiful use of hues, light and shadow; the villain exudes coldness as he broods over his victim's fate, her colours reminding us that here she is still alive."
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Suggested by Presteza
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The Birth of the Banshee Queen

" ... At least ... give me a clean death .. "

"After all you put me through? ... The last thing i'll give you is the peace of death..."



close ups, if you are interested…

WIP and some explanations of how i did it:…


thanks for the suggestion and for the DD, and to the comments of those people who didn't know my work. It's nice that some more people get to see it along with the usual ~30 people who follow my work =D


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Knight-Watcher's avatar

I remember playing Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos and The Frozen Throne years ago for the first time thinking it had very intricately made cut scenes for a computer game though Blizzard Entertainment often set the bar for high quality computer games. The voice acting was top notch to my mind so I can imagine to a degree the words you quote in the description being spoken by the characters themselves.

Sylvanas Windrunner, the Ranger-General of Silvermoon, strives to defend Quel'Thalas against the forces led by Death Knight Arthas Menethil, who himself had one been a Paladin and Prince of the Kingdom of Lordaeron. Upon the taking of the cursed Frostmourne, Arthas finally became a servant of the Lich King and eventually returned home.

The entire moment is rendered as in-game transformation of Sylvanas from Ranger General to Banshee Queen. It is not like this in the original game, but I can imagine a more elaborate version of the scene that would resemble your version/vision of the moment.

Conversely I can imagine a more elaborate version of the scene that mirrors it from The Frozen Throne wherein the Banshee Queen Sylvanas holds Arthas position when Arthas deigns to request a quick death from her when he's starting to weaken from the damage to The Frozen Throne that encases the remains of the Lich King and his helm. She means to make Arthas suffer as she had when their roles were reversed in Reign of Chaos.

Sylvanas seemed intent to mirror/replicate Arthas' merciless actions. It is only due to the intervention of Kel'Thuzad that she is unable to fully deliver her retribution upon Arthas. She only begins to regain semblance of her former appearance because of the weakening of the Lich King and the Frozen Throne or at least that was my interpretation. Her own free will was also restored to her.

Different sources present different depictions of Sylvanas Windrunner - before and after her transfigurations. I tend to imagine her as someone who experienced the process fully aware of what was happening her whilst railing against it every step of the way when she was remade from one of the living into one of the undead. Her living self becomes buried within the undead self - very much chained as she appears in your artwork of her final moments as one of the living.

manticore888's avatar

One of my favourite scenes from Reign of Chaos depicted amazingly... Gorgeous artwork!

krysdecker's avatar

thank you! I'm really glad you liked it!

fangorna's avatar
Very well done. Love the dark theme in this.
H1Gh-V0LtAg3's avatar
Nuenue17's avatar
Looks so badass.
Wildfire-of-Mars's avatar

I like it 👍
Banjoker's avatar
An elf bound in chains by ogre-like things with a man peering at the prisoner with a giant sword. I've seen something a lot like this before, but it was a video and is hard to find without the Japanese name.
sakpalamey's avatar
This one is Warcraft Reign of Chaos. The lady elf in question is Sylvanas and the one facing her is Arthas. The giant sword is frostmourne.
Banjoker's avatar
I'm thinking of something else I'm afraid.  This just makes me think of it.
I see you're a man of culture ;D
Banjoker's avatar
But of course!
sakpalamey's avatar
I see you're a man of culture as well.
SaintlyPants's avatar
The things WC3 made you do...
MasterGuns81's avatar
Great work. Please let his be a series!!
patriciaschmidt's avatar
So tragic and poignant...
valhallaxp's avatar
Ive never tried digital art, but this looks awesome !!!
Demcalor's avatar
Krysdecker. You are very talented artist, one of THE BEST on this site. I mean, there are of course hundreds who can produce similar quality art, but you're definitely in the top 1% of the artists in this site.
krysdecker's avatar
why thank you. I think I came a long way since I started to post here. And while I like my previous drawings, I always look at them and think what I could have done better. And it's really rewarding to see that there's a lot of people out there who really like what I do =)
RavarokJudge's avatar
this is absolutely epic. very nice work!
skulldoll27's avatar
What's the story to this?
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