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The War of the Kings and the flood of Hyrule by Skull-the-Kid The War of the Kings and the flood of Hyrule by Skull-the-Kid
My entry for the History of Hyrule calendar contest and a tribute for the ten years of The Wind Waker.


I chose my favourite part of the Legend of Zelda mythos and probably the most tragic of all: the very end of Hyrule.
The vain struggles for survival of the kingdom against Ganondorf, the Goddesses act of the flooding and the exodus that lead to the civilizations of the Great Sea.
The best way to describe this image could be quoting Daphnes Nohansen Hyrule himself:

Once, long ago, this land of Hyrule was turned into a world of shadows by Ganon who sought to obtain the power of the Gods for his evil ends. My power alone could not stop the fiend, and our only choice was to leave the fate of the kingdom in the hands of the Gods...
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Flamereaper0001 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love pop culture characters in traditional japanese style :)
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Skull-the-Kid Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2019
The style's not Japanese but I'm glad you like it!
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Flamereaper0001 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It’s a good design either way and you did a great job :)
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Skull-the-Kid Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2019
Thanks!
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Flamereaper0001 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem :D
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Tazunee Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2019  Hobbyist Writer
Wow! bello!
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ccm2540 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2018
This is awesome. I'm a composer and I would love it if you would allow me to use this for a background for an arrangement of Farewell Hyrule King that I've been working on. I would be sure to credit you on any social media that you would like and the video won't be for profit. If you'd like to check to see if you'd like it alongside your art, you can listen to the latest draft of it here. (soundcloud.com/not_chance/fare…) Thanks for your consideration.
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DMSalesman Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Good day to you, pal. I'm here to critique this piece, long buried in my favourites, in occasion of this year's edition of Critmas.

From one who played the actual game since long ago, well done. I appreciate both the Kings' portrayals. They empower this artwork with a grandiose feeling, as if the actual scene depicted by your piece came straight off a fantasy novel, and wasn't created ex novo by sheer inspiration.

What hit me, aside from the Kings, is the overall imagery, which is well thought out: on Ganondorf's side, we have his minions, which are placed below him and his grasping hand. This very well transmits the feeling of they being the assailants. King Hyrule, instead, has his followers hidden behind him, he himself raising his arm in a defensive fashion. Of course, the fact that  Ganondorf is the one occupying more space in the artwork well serves to show who, among the two, is winning.

Overall, this is really an awesome piece, and the exposure and favor it received are sure proof of it.
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Skull-the-Kid Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2018
Thank you, mate! I really enjoyed your analysis, it's spot-on indeed.
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DMSalesman Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Glad it worked for you, I am.
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Indra1408 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
WOW this is amazing
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a73 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2016
Dude, well done, have you thought of making an actual tapestry of this?
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Skull-the-Kid Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2016
Thank you, mate! No, I never thought about making anything else out of this. I haven't the skills nlor the will to make a tapestry, to be honest...
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spitesyre Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2015
This is amazing. The style, design, colors, everything. Awesome. :D
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Skull-the-Kid Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2015
Thanks!
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dinoking007 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2015
This battle has a crossover implication involving the king's wish to flood hyrule and it is this: how did the goddesses flood hyrule without knowing water magic, my only feasible crossover theory is this: the goddesses got hoopa, a dimension travelling pokemon to make a wormhole so that the goddesses can use the power of primal kyogre, which stated in pokemon lore, can flood the planet, that is in my belief how the goddesses flooded hyrule, with a pokemon capable flooding an entire planet called kyogre
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Skull-the-Kid Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2015
A memorable theory, for sure. :XD:
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Ramman05 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2015
Incredible.
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Kmen92 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2015
Hello, Skull-the-Kid. 

I am making a video on the possibility of a war taking place during Zelda Wii U as a part of my Zelda Unknown series on YouTube and I would be honoured if I could feature this amazing piece of art in the episode with a shoutout and obviously credits (textbox) within in the video and in the description of it. 

The title for the episode will be "Hyrule Battlefield". 


Greetings
Commonwealth Realm. (YouTube channel)
www.youtube.com/user/commonwea…
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Skull-the-Kid Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2015
That would be great, do it! I hope to see your video soon.
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Kmen92 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2015
It will be up some time late next tuesday September 8th.

Greetings, Commonwealth Realm.
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SuperMisurino Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015  Student Filmographer
no cioè ma questo è stupendo! come ho fatto a perdermelo!
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Skull-the-Kid Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015
Ma infatti all'epoca l'avevi commentato, eh... :XD: Contento che ti piaccia, comunque. :)
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SuperMisurino Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015  Student Filmographer
ecco mi era venuto il dubbio..........mi scordo sempre le cose, pietà xD
Comunque mi piace molto quindi l' ho ri-commentato :D
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Skull-the-Kid Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015
E a me fa doppiamente piacere!
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TaeKwonDoMonk Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I immediately was hearing The Legendary Hero in my mind when seeing this.  This is a magnificent work! ^_^
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Skull-the-Kid Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014
Thanks, too kind!
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TaeKwonDoMonk Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
You're welcome! :)
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Cr2O3 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014
fantastic
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AceSunburris Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome! :D
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iverie Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very beautiful, but looking at it, all I can see is that King Daphnes is like "Bitch slap!"
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KaizokuShojo Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013   Traditional Artist
Amazing, just stunning.  I really like the classic feel to it.
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Skull-the-Kid Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013
Thanks, I'm really glad to read it! :)
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Blue--Eyed--Beast Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is really cool! Did anyone else besides me see Fado and Laruto?
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Skull-the-Kid Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013
It's probable, but I don't remember anyone saying it before you. Thanks!
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Sharkysaur Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great illustrative style. I like the limited coloring, and the thick outlines, and the movement of the characters.
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Skull-the-Kid Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
Thanks a lot for the appreciation and the detailed comment! I probably work best when I keep my style more graphic.
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EternalWX Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013
man, this takes me back!
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Skull-the-Kid Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
:)
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Katsumiyo Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013
Your linework here is just gorgeous, and I love how it looks like watercolor despite being done digitally.
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Skull-the-Kid Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013
Thanks a ton!
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Ruyc Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013
Yeah, reminds me why the King of the red lions is my favorite companion of the saga, this goes straight forward to my favorites
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Skull-the-Kid Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013
Thanks a lot, pal! I'm truly glad to hear it, years ago I've dedicated some other pieces to the good old King.
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Ruyc Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013
In that case, I will check out your gallery later
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Pepperoonie Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the color and style of this!
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CaptainNC Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Student General Artist
Holy shit this is so perfect I cannot even
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Skull-the-Kid Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
Too kind!
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CaptainNC Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Student General Artist
Too amazing! Pftahahahah
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The-MidnightFlower Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome style to depict the epic and yet so tragic moment ;) incredible work!
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