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Warning: A Storm of SPOILERS below!!

From A Storm of Swords, by George R. R. Martin:

“You are in difficulty,” she observed.

“He will not come,” Kraznys said.

“There is a reason. A dragon is no slave.” And Dany swept the lash down as hard as she could across the slaver’s face. Kraznys screamed and staggered back, the blood running red down his cheeks into his perfumed beard. The harpy’s fingers had torn his features half to pieces with one slash, but she did not pause to contemplate the ruin.

“Drogon,” she sang out loudly, sweetly, all her fear forgotten. “Dracarys.”

The black dragon spread his wings and roared. A lance of swirling dark flame took Kraznys full in the face. His eyes melted and ran down his cheeks, and the oil in his hair and beard burst so fiercely into fire that for an instant the slaver wore a burning crown twice as tall as his head. The sudden stench of charred meat overwhelmed even his perfume, and his wail seemed to drown all other sound.

Then the Plaza of Punishment blew apart into blood and chaos.

The Good Masters were shrieking, stumbling, shoving one another aside and tripping over the fringes of their tokars in their haste. Drogon flew almost lazily at Kraznys, black wings beating. As he gave the slaver another taste of fire, Irri and Jhiqui unchained Viserion and Rhaegal, and suddenly there were three dragons in the air.

When Dany turned to look, a third of Astapor’s proud demon-horned warriors were fighting to stay atop their terrified mounts, and another third were fleeing in a bright blaze of shiny copper. One man kept his saddle long enough to draw a sword, but Jhogo’s whip coiled about his neck and cut off his shout. Another lost a hand to Rakharo’s arakh and rode off reeling and spurting blood. Aggo sat calmly notching arrows to his bowstring and sending them at tokars. Silver, gold, or plain, he cared nothing for the fringe. Strong Belwas had his arakh out as well, and he spun it as he charged.

“Spears!” Dany heard one Astapori shout. It was Grazdan, old Grazdan in his tokar heavy with pearls. “Unsul-lied! Defend us, stop them, defend your masters! Spears! Swords!”

When Aggo put an arrow through his mouth, the slaves holding his sedan chair broke and ran, dumping him unceremoniously on the ground. The old man crawled to the first rank of eunuchs, his blood pooling on the bricks.

The Unsullied did not so much as look down to watch him die. Rank on rank on rank, they stood. And did not move.

The gods have heard my prayer. “Unsullied!” Dany galloped before them, her silver-gold braid flying behind her, her bell chiming with every stride. “Slay the Good Masters, slay the soldiers, slay every man who wears a tokar or holds a whip, but harm no child under twelve, and strike the chains off every slave you see.” She raised the harpy’s fingers in the air…and then she flung the scourge aside.

“Freedom!” she sang out. “Dracarys! Dracarys!”

“Dracarys!” they shouted back, the sweetest word she’d ever heard. “Dracarys! Dracarys!” And all around them slavers ran and sobbed and begged and died, and the dusty air was filled with spears and fire.

Artist Commentary

Biggest. Painting. I've. Ever. Done.

I worked on this regularly from late June to late October 2009. Rather than work on a bunch of smaller paintings all summer, I decided to make one huge painting instead. I loved working on this I learned a lot about creating a scene with background, characters, and action.

Created in Photoshop over who knows how many hours!

Progression and commentary on this piece here: [link]

WIPs also posted regularly on my art blog at: [link]
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buosocomes's avatar
Wonderfull!! This is my favourite sequence from the books, and I've never seen it depicted so brilliantly! It rivals even the version in the show (which is also great) It reminds my of 19th century historical paintings, is that intended?
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PeachiePawsHobbyist General Artist
Amazing capture! That's one of my absolute FAVORITE parts in the book series! <3

DeadPegasus's avatar
Who here remembers that scene in the first book/season where a frightened little girl just stood there naked while her maniac older brother molested her, and she didn't say a word?  Or when she didn't a word when said lunatic brother sold her to the leader of a tribe of expert cavalry warrior rapists?  Or when said uber expert cavalry rapist warrior began to ride her everynight?  Yeah.  Remember that, and look at this.
swan-swan's avatar
Sheesh, you really captured this scene.
iamnumberthirteen's avatar
This is the best representation of an ASOIAF scene that I have ever seen! It captures the scene perfectly! Just...WOW!
LNDFrance's avatar
LNDFranceHobbyist General Artist
ADWD/Daenerys summed up in one image. Great ^^ !
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CerseiDMHobbyist General Artist
Wow. It's simply breathtaking, a beautiful scene and you painted it just right. The result is amazing!!
lamnay's avatar
Just read this scene, it's just perfect.
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uzukitty18Hobbyist Traditional Artist
absolutely amazing!!!!!
lmhank02's avatar
This is awesome! The only thing is the saddles on the horses do not have girth straps. You can't have a saddle and no girth strap or else it will fall off :)
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MajohProfessional Digital Artist
Ahh, thank you! Getting the details right is tricky, especially with subject matter I've never experienced first-hand (like horses!).
LadyTargaryen's avatar
Gosh! This is so fuc*ing amazing :O
godofimagination's avatar
Who is the guy with the axe? Strong Belwas?
godofimagination's avatar
The best part being she got them for free.
RenegadeOfficer's avatar
This is absolutely fantastic :D
RhaenaTargaryen's avatar
This is by far my favourite of all pics I ever saw of ASOIAF!!!!!!
I absolutly love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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MajohProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you!!!! :)
DeadPegasus's avatar
Shitdamn, are those things really that big?
bobsmith-730's avatar
I loved the scene when I read the book and you brought it to life! Dracarys!!!!!!
Dragonlord965's avatar
This was by far one of my favorite parts in the book. When Daenarys told him dragons were not slaves and then had Drogon blast the guy in the face, I just shouted "Yes! Thats the way it should be!". They should have seen it coming, but their greed got the better of them. I also thought it rather funny how she pretended not to understand their speech the whole visit, at least til the very end.
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LiberLibelulaProfessional Digital Artist
Oh my God. I LOVED this scene. It shows the TRUE "Fire and blood" Daenerys´s got inside.
And the little slave girl, so calm there XD
Amazing work!!
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ridley100Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this scene. I think I've only read the second and third books, but this was one of the most memorable.
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