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Tanya and Toby by RanmaCMH Tanya and Toby by RanmaCMH
Tanya and Toby from Quest for Glory 4 might be my all time favorite NPC pair.  For those of you who don't know the game or their story, I don't want to ruin it just in case you play it eventually… but to try to sum it up; Tanya is lured from her home to become the child of the "Dark Master" of the land of Mordavia.  The Dark Master uses Toby, the monster, to befriend her and eventually kidnap her under the guise of friendship.  When the hero finds Tanya, she is convinced that she has to stay in the castle forever because her parents don't love her anymore, because she is a "bad thing" now.  

The reason that I love the two of them is that Toby LOVES her.  It's like Beauty and the Beast, except Beauty is a child and the beast isn't really a prince, he's just a beautiful monster.  

Auugh my feeels.

Also played around with a brushy background for this one.  A white background was far too bright, I think this works better.
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AuspiceKossan Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2015
Thank you.  I really mean it.  This is a beautiful rendition of a game that will always be very close to my heart.
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RanmaCMH Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for that wonderful compliment.  I can't even think about Toby's sacrifice without getting emotional, so it's really special to find other people who know and love the game the way I do. <3
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BardofMaple Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2015
Oh what a lovely picture of Tanya and Toby their store is one of a tragedy yet bittersweetness.  I love how you have to earn Tanya's trust when she is the "bad thing" you mention.  I like how little by little you gain some of Toby's trust too as you are able to learn more.  I cried sadness and joy too during this story arc, but yet was really happy for Tanya when she was reunited with her mother and father.
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RanmaCMH Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
I picture the sacrifice scene and the reuniting scene so clearly in my head that I can actually hear it as well, and it's by far my favorite sequence in the game because of that.  So bittersweet.
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BardofMaple Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2015
It really was, in the next game Katrina is in it.

I also felt bad for Nicholia and Anna
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kagato007 Featured By Owner May 10, 2015
Toby and Tanya - my first tears in QfG 4 (not the last ones though;) ) That game was heart grabbing.... I love it :heart:
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RanmaCMH Featured By Owner May 16, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
It's funny going back and playing it as an adult, I realize how much "filling in the blanks" I did with my imagination as a kid.  The scene itself is simple enough but oh how it broke my little heart.  I still loved it though.
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kagato007 Featured By Owner May 16, 2015
I didn't have the pleasure to play it as a child, but even as an adult, I shed some manly tears for Toby. Also - Tanya promising Toby that she will protect him, was so painful to listen, when you know what he will try to do.

It was very simple, but beautiful at the same time.
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RDizzy Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I loved the characterization and storytelling of those games - and you've captured that beautifully here :)
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RanmaCMH Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!  I totally agree.  Sometimes I worry that I just loved them as a kid and they'll lose their charm as I grow up.  But I still love these games, and I still cry over Toby. 
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100RadCoffee Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful drawing. :D

Also I love Quest for Glory IV, I still play it from time to time. Might be worth mentioning that the Dark Master did love the child as well, even if it was a bit of a misguided love.
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RanmaCMH Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
So true, another reason this was such a great story.  I love that the Dark Master didn't end up being a cookie cutter villain.  And that need that Tanya was supposed to fill made her kidnapping tragic instead of just malicious.  Beautiful. :)
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Samurai-ko Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014
LOVED this game, and gorgeous artwork! :D
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RanmaCMH Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!  It's great to find other fans of the game too. :)
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blues32 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014
This was a beautiful thing...but my game used to bug here...I think it was while playing as the wizard. Wouldn't let me offer to bring her to town. Left me furious.
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RanmaCMH Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I know, the bugs in the game were just infuriating.  But I think Sierra games ALWAYS suffered from game ending bugs!  I think I learned what a patch was when I was like, five or six, just because of the game crashing waterfall bug in Kings Quest 4!! >_<
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blues32 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014
Feh...I didn't need a bug to stop me from beating Kings Quest 4. That damn whale tongue did me in. As for Quest for Glory 4, my first copy on hard disk was so bad, I couldn't get out of the second room. I enter it, kill the spider-bats, and that's it. I couldn't go down to the next screen.
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RanmaCMH Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh that whale tongue.  Also you had to spell tongue correctly. Lol.  Kq4 might have been the best spelling tutor I ever had growing up.  

I'm kind of vaguely recalling a bug crashing the game that early.  That and some kind of bug with the Leshy in the forest, but the big one for me was the stupid monks tomb bug.  

It's kind of amazing you can beat the game at all!  Just proof that my love for QfG conquers all. XD
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Magnus-Aether Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2016
Yup, for some reason my 2nd grade teacher didn't think it was important for kids to know how to spell words correctly, even though I had been playing KQ4 for about two years by then (with my mom, of course, but still...)
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Cat-Star4 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so cute! That whole part of the game made me so sad. Toby and Tanya were def on my top lists of faves. Only just behind the Dark Master herself! The shading, hair, and fur look awesome! 
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RanmaCMH Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!  I loved the Dark Master storyline too.  The Cole's really went above and beyond when the wrote the stories for QfG4.  My all time favorite Quest game.  I just wish it hadn't been so buggy!
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SlayerSyrena Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Professional General Artist
Wow, don't know this story but this is a beautiful illustration.
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RanmaCMH Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
You should check out the musical theme that goes with these two.  The whole soundtrack for the game was haunting, one of my favorite classics.

www.sierramusiccentral.com/mus…
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cinemajack Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014
<3
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VampKate95 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014
WOW
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RanmaCMH Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Journei Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
OOooh I remember this
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RanmaCMH Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Do you remember how it resolves?  Man, what a heartbreaker.  ;__;
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Journei Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
At least now with the games I play, I can get used to the feeling of my heart being torn out
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RanmaCMH Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Right?  That used to be quite the rare occurrence!  
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Journei Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Now thanks to Bioware it's a daily occurrence (scarred forever) 
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