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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 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015
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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PeachiePaws Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing capture! That's one of my absolute FAVORITE parts in the book series! <3

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DeadPegasus Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013
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.
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CountSantoGermain Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
Highly Impressive.
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swan-swan Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013
Sheesh, you really captured this scene.
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iamnumberthirteen Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
This is the best representation of an ASOIAF scene that I have ever seen! It captures the scene perfectly! Just...WOW!
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LNDFrance Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
ADWD/Daenerys summed up in one image. Great ^^ !
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Daffny Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
that so nice
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CerseiDM Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. It's simply breathtaking, a beautiful scene and you painted it just right. The result is amazing!!
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lamnay Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
Just read this scene, it's just perfect.
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uzukitty18 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
absolutely amazing!!!!!
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lmhank02 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
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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Majoh Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Ahh, thank you! Getting the details right is tricky, especially with subject matter I've never experienced first-hand (like horses!).
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LadyTargaryen Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
Gosh! This is so fuc*ing amazing :O
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godofimagination Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
Who is the guy with the axe? Strong Belwas?
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godofimagination Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
The best part being she got them for free.
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RenegadeOfficer Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
This is absolutely fantastic :D
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RhaenaTargaryen Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
This is by far my favourite of all pics I ever saw of ASOIAF!!!!!!
I absolutly love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Majoh Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!!!! :)
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DeadPegasus Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012
Shitdamn, are those things really that big?
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bobsmith-730 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011
I loved the scene when I read the book and you brought it to life! Dracarys!!!!!!
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Dragonlord965 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011
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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LiberLibelula Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Professional 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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ridley100 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011  Hobbyist 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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nanadb Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011
:wow:WOW! This is beautiful, I love it! I just read this scene yesterday. I love Dany, her character keeps growing and growing in each chapter.:love:
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Wilquina Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011
Pretty cool, but I expected to see the black fire coming out of Drogon's mouth ^^
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blue-willow Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing... :O
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El-Dracon Featured By Owner May 19, 2011
GREATTTTT!!!
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Kith-Koby Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011
Very impressive. The amount of detail going into this scene is amazing. I love it.
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bootlog Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011
EXCELLENT!

As I was searching for ASOIF artwork, 'Dracarys' appeared beneath an image. I had the same chills as when I read the word in the book...

This is awesome
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Majoh Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much!!! :) I just love that scene.
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duckchick Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011
AMAZING scene!! I love what you've done here!!
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HeilyAens Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I love it!!! :heart:
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ThoughtCriminal320 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow...just...WOW. :jawdrop: Thank you for making one of my favorite scenes come to life so perfectly =)
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CharsPurplePants Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010
This is incredible! Made me pay more attention to the scene's details. Well done!
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aznmilton Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010
so the fella in green lying on the ground in the middle... Kraznys ... ... yeah.. if I remember correctly he doesn't get to stand up and complain to Dany about that...
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Nyph-Atzbel Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AMAZING!!! :heart:
I love it!!
:+fav:
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ReichsMarshall1 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010
my favoite scene in the entire book. Bravo
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jag620 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010
yay, you did my favorite dany scene
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RAD06 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010
awesome... love these books (unfortunately takes for ever for him to finish series :( lol... im impatient)
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Majoh Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Ohhh, I know! He blogs occasionally about his progress on the book as well as the upcoming TV series, so at least it's on his mind. :D I shall just continue (im)patiently waiting!
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DubuGomdori Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010
What an incredible work of art. I love it.
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jesatria Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010
Amazing!

This is one of my favorite scenes in the entire series & you captured it wonderfully. Instant fave!
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RTakeshi Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh, that's fantastic. That's the first depiction of this scene that I've seen, and I doubt I'll find better.
Excellent job!
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p0rphyrogene Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009
Impressive is an understatement. Truly a monumental work!

I re-read this scene yesterday (being an old ASOIAF-aficionado), and thought "this would make for some great painting. Let's see if someone tried on dA".

And sure, there you are. Marvellous, love it! I don't think it could have been done any better. :)
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Terror-and-Love Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009
It is marvelous!

Not only one of my favorite scenes but this is a very well done picture.

So much going on. A lot of my favorite characters.

I like how you envisioned the People of the Astapor, I had a image in my mind like this, sort of Babylonian/Greek/Arabic.

Again, you did very good work on this. Very detailed. and nice technique.
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Len-n-n Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2009
This must have taken so much work! I can't imagine actually sitting in front of a picture long enough to make it look this amazing and this detailed! (Then again I'm not that much of an artist, just a poet who likes to draw lol)I think the rearing horse and Drogon are especially lovely, and I love the detail of the discarded harpy's claws on the ground.
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Sodano Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2009
I tried to post this on the blog, but im not a member :P anyways, this looks awesome! has a renaissance feel to it! and i love the dude getting his face burned, LOL =P
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Sefinova Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2009  Professional General Artist
NICE!!! I love how there's so much going on in the piece. And the random hand getting chopped off is a nice touch! XD
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Figuer Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2009
Great and big and superb.
Waiting for a dance with dragons...
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