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Ciri's Dream by Shinobi2u Ciri's Dream by Shinobi2u
Piece I created for the ongoing Dark Horse Witcher 3 Fan Art Contest. Been wanting to do a scene from the Witcher books for a while and this is the scene from the opening of Blood of Elves where Ciri is having a dream/nightmare about the fall of Cintra. It always conjured a powerful image in my head and I hope i did it justice.

The street is on fire, a roaring red wall of flame. Silhouetted before it, a rider towers over the
flaming roofs, enormous. His black-caparisoned horse prances, tosses its head, neighs.
The rider stares down at her. Ciri sees his eyes gleaming through the slit in his huge helmet,
framed by a bird of prey's wings. She sees the fire reflected in the broad blade of the sword
held in his lowered hand.

The rider looks at her. Ciri is unable to move. The dead man's motionless arms wrapped
around her waist hold her down. She is locked in place by something heavy and wet with
blood, something which is lying across her thigh, pinning her to the ground.

And she is frozen in fear: a terrible fear which turns her entrails inside out, which deafens Ciri
to the screams of the wounded horse, the roar of the blaze, the cries of dying people and the
pounding drums. The only thing which exists, which counts, which still has any meaning, is
fear. Fear embodied in the figure of a black knight wearing a helmet decorated with feathers
frozen against the wall of raging, red flames.
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Polarwolf77 Featured By Owner May 1, 2017
Wow... I almost find no words for that! It feels as if I am standing directly in Ciris dream... Awesome work!!
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MiryAnne Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Stunning painting!! The knight and the raging fire look really intimidating! Excellent job!)
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Shellsock Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2016
"Yo kid, I got yo pizza here."
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Wylfen Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2016  Student General Artist
I love this piece!
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Jooleya Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great art to go with Ciri's dream, very, very well done!!  
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Evolvana Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2016   Digital Artist
Aaaaw. She couldn't know that under his helmet was the most adorable knight ever.
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Lukanp Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2015
Absolutely breathtaking work! My new wallpaper right there.
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Mirime-Kisarrastine Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2015
As someone who has loved these books for years (and these two characters in particular hold a soft spot in my heart), all I can say is: "A fantastic job." The visuals are stunning.
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KasiaDiamondDove Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2015
very well done! :)

And congratz: you've been featured by witchers-journal.de Thumbs Up 
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stormssc Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2015
oh damn, this is so good
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AlexJohnson18 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2015
Very good, probably my favorite art inspired by the books. Little note: the knight has full black outfit including the cape, but I know that everyone imagine it differently. In my head the helmet has only feathers at the side but not a whole wing, I wish I could create something like this.... Fantastic work! I'm eager to see more art like this (not from the game). You know, what I don't like about the games is that they barely used the books. We don't see that emotional parts in the story, there is no character development. The book is different, amazing, impressive, emotional and intriguing. I just bought all parts (on E-book) and I'm already at the third book (The Blood of Elves) and I can hardly put it down. Sorry, I just had to type this. Keep up the good work!
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TheStigx Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015
Fantastic. Exactly how I imagined the scene. EXACTLY. I could go on forever, but this is 100% amazing, all the details from the book spot on. I could look at this image all day...
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EdgeCution Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And then you learn that he loved her, saved her and gave his life for her with Ciri not even knowing.
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OfDaysSpentWasted Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ohh, I love this. It looks so intimidating!
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mikeboix Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015
Amazing work. Did you won something at the final?
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Shinobi2u Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015
Nope, didn't land anything, but really appreciate it! Unfortunately they allowed works not created specifically for the contest and seemed to have a soft spot for more sequential type pieces. However, I don't want to knock the winners, they had great pieces and were certainly deserving of winning. 
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VVilk Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015
Ah, the (in)famous battle of Cintra... Or, as Nordlings call it, the "massacre of Cintra".
Excellently done.
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Shinobi2u Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015
Thank you! I wish we could have explored the ruins of Cintra in Witcher 3, it would have been an amazing addition.
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pbpoovanna Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2015
i think you almost nailed it. Love it!
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frenchfox Featured By Owner May 29, 2015
Impressive scene , breathtaking ! :clap:
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Shinobi2u Featured By Owner May 29, 2015
Many thanks! :)
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Vinterpige Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
you know, i want to say a lot about this. i really do. but i can't. all i can do is stare and hold my breath, because this is fantastic beyond words. o-o
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Shinobi2u Featured By Owner May 27, 2015
Aw, thank you! Just don't forget to breathe at some point. ;)
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ShittyChickenBang Featured By Owner May 15, 2015
Precise description and great work!
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Shinobi2u Featured By Owner May 15, 2015
Thanks!
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rudm Featured By Owner May 15, 2015
Сразу же вспомнил эту сцену из книги. Потрясающе.
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Shinobi2u Featured By Owner May 15, 2015
Я рад, что тебе понравилось!
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MrHappiDappi Featured By Owner May 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The scene was transferred so well! Hope you win this contest!
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Shinobi2u Featured By Owner May 14, 2015
Thank you! Appreciate the warm wishes. :)
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VVhiteVV0lf Featured By Owner May 14, 2015
Потрясающе! Amazing!
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Shinobi2u Featured By Owner May 14, 2015
Большое спасибо!
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VVhiteVV0lf Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2015
Только я бы это nightmare бы назвал, а не dream )
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yinco Featured By Owner May 14, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
what a piece of work! It is exactly how I imagined the scene in the book.
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Shinobi2u Featured By Owner May 14, 2015
Thank you! I'm glad to hear from several folks that this is the case for them :)
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Wierszownikk Featured By Owner May 14, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, stunning pic Clap 
I love the light on the man's armour La la la la 

And that's why I don't participate in that contest :XD:
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Shinobi2u Featured By Owner May 14, 2015
Thank you, you're too kind! I definitely wanted the lighting to frame Cahir to really accent him given how the scene was described in the book. 

But don't knock yourself! There are so many talented people out there and I've lost my fair share of contests, but sometimes just putting yourself out there helps. Main thing is to have fun and enjoy what you make as much as possible. :)
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CloudsDevourer Featured By Owner May 14, 2015
Wow, I'm speechless. Amazing job!
Good luck on the contest :)
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Shinobi2u Featured By Owner May 14, 2015
Many thanks! Crossing my fingers to reach the top 3 at the very least. There are a lot of great artists out there who have made some incredible Witcher work already. :)
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MonoFlax Featured By Owner May 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
EXACTLY what I thought it would look like! Nice work!
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Shinobi2u Featured By Owner May 14, 2015
Appreciated! Doing fan art for the Witcher has done a lot for developing me as an artist and I'm happy to share my vision with you all.
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MonoFlax Featured By Owner May 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
well it looks flawless! especially the lighting, well done!
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