"I can never return."
With GW2's Living Story Season 3 about to kick off, I wanted to finally finish this painting as a little tribute to Trahearne - and his fans - before the season likely moves on from him.
I did the original sketch for this when I first completed the Heart of Thorns story, shortly after its launch. Pre-HoT, I was fascinated with the idea of a corrupted Trahearne aligned with Mordremoth. Before Mordremoth's design was revealed to us, I had a vague image of it as a western-styled, jungly-looking dragon.
I absolutely love the Mouth of Mordremoth's intricate and considered design - but I wanted to do at least one painting of Trahearne with that vague, jungly-dragon image that symbolically represented Mordremoth to me. Thought it'd be fun!
When I finished the HoT story, I was pretty bummed by Trahearne's fate haha, and I lacked the motivation to bring the initial sketch to completion. It felt like finishing it would be like saying goodbye to Trahearne for good. That sentiment persisted until sometime last month, when I started picking it up again here and there. Then, Living Story Season 3 was finally announced! And now, with only a day before its release, the community excitement gave me the final push to bring this painting to a mostly finished state.
So I can finally say goodbye, Trahearne! You may be gone, but your memory will live on in the Dream - and you will be dearly missed.
And I will never stop painting you sob