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“Ashen one, hearest thou my voice still?”


I'll provide full size 8k image without watermark and normal speed video process on my patreon:www.patreon.com/wlop


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Gondav Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2018
Another artist from this site (www.deviantart.com/ameliethe) has made a cover for the Riven Gates 1 book: Mordecai, by Michael G. Manning, which is practically a copy of this drawing, you can see for yourself here: 

www.facebook.com/MagebornAutho…

May be called taking inspiration or whatever but still not cool.
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:iconwolf---chan:
Wolf---Chan Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi! Sorry to bother you, but your art has been napped by a clickbaity instagram page: www.instagram.com/p/BiD-fsdAb7…
Again sorry to bother you!
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:icondeaconrayne:
Deaconrayne Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2018
Wildly evocative and creative work. Kudos on such a poignant and exquisitely executed piece.
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:icondracoleader:
Dracoleader Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2018
Where you at Pax South because there was a guy there selling playmats and I happened to get this exact piece. I love your art!
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Everwish2222 Featured By Owner May 4, 2018
Aww, love the artwork (as always ^_^) and the quote you provided - it truly suits the Dark ending!
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:iconhajimepinata:
Hajimepinata Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2018
It Was At This Moment Bunny Knew: He Bucked Up [EMOTE] just Monika [EMOTE] just Monika [EMOTE] just Monika [EMOTE] just Monika [EMOTE] just Monika [EMOTE] just Monika [EMOTE] just Monika [EMOTE] just Monika [EMOTE] just Monika     
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Beast161616 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2018
Beautiful.......Just.....Beautiful...
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:iconchristianc09:
ChristianC09 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2018
I watched you change
Into a fly
I looked away
You're on fire
I watched a change in you
It's like you never had wings
And you feel so alive
I have watched you change

I took you home
Set you on the glass
I pulled off your wings
Then I laughed
I watched a change in you
It's like you never had wings
Now you feel so alive
I have watched you change

It's like you never had wings
Anh, ahah
Anh, ahah
Anh, ahah
Anh, ahah
Anh, ahah

I look at the cross
And I look away
Give you the gun
Blow me away

I watched a change in you
It's like you never had wings
Now you feel so alive
I have watched you change
And you feel alive
You feel alive
You feel alive
I have watched you change
It's like you never had wings

Anh, ahah
Anh, ahah
Anh, ahah
Anh, ahah
Anh, ahah

You change
You change
You change


Deftones - Change
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Rukkami Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2018  Student Digital Artist
salvation
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:iconnetherstray:
NetherStray Featured By Owner Edited Feb 26, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful! Reminds me of the "it's us vs the world, baby" ending I got when I played. 

...Wish people would quit reposting with the signature cut off! Dicks!
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Lost-One-60 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2018
Its quite the moving piece of art.
I really feel the bond between the two characters.
Well done
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:iconirlyyy:
irlyyy Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2018
THIS HAS TO BE IN A FREAKING MUSEUM GOOOOOSH
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:iconpronomicalartist:
PronomicalArtist Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is amazing I really wanted to find the artist who made it when I found it on some anonymous site. Amazing stuff <3
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:iconremnantryku:
RemnantRyku Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Her final line is one of my favorites in the Souls series. Wonderfully done on this piece.
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mezzatiowl Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2018
I love it! 😍
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:iconkou32:
KoU32 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2018
Beautiful 
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:iconmarvingod:
marvingod Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2018   Traditional Artist
epic
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:iconjackewa:
Jackewa Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey there! wlop 
Is there any chance to get this image in high resolution for a new patreon? o: 
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W3sternS1av Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2018
i approve, what are their names?
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:iconleslewellyn:
leslewellyn Featured By Owner Edited Feb 1, 2018
They're the player character and the Fire Keeper from Dark Souls 3.

The former is named whatever the player chooses to name him/her, but usually addressed as "ashen one," or "unkindled one," because your character is a revenant raised from ancient, cold grave ashes containing not even a spark of fire-- but where embers might still burn, for a while, should they fall there. Metaphorically, you're a sort of divine fire pit.

Undead, in Dark Souls, seem to be humans touched by divinity, which usually withers them into Hollows, but can also allow them to ascend to a form of godhood. (In DS1, a "Hollow" was necessarily a mindless husk with no memory of its former life. By DS3, however, there's been a progression-- Hollows can not only be sane, but highly rational; there's an entire nation of the things, complete with its own church.) The Unkindled are a type unique to DS3, and a hint of how far the universe has wound down by that time-- the vessels used to gather the fire no longer necessarily carry any spark of their own, and have so little link to either Fire or Dark that they can't even go Hollow unless their darker potential is drawn out.

The nameless Fire Keeper, too, is undead-- like you, she cannot die until her duty is fulfilled (or her/your failure is absolute). Her purpose is to tend the eldritch bonfire that your quest circles around, and to use the souls you gather to strengthen you. However, her power is drawn from Dark, and so she's blinded to prevent her from being tempted to betray Fire and pursue the world the Dark would show her.

One of the possible endings to the game allows you to give her eyes, and then use her power over fire to betray it. The author's quote, above, "Ashen one, hearest thou my voice, still?" is from that ending, after everything goes black. The Fire has gone out, but you, and she, remain.
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W3sternS1av Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2018
...so are they like a thing?
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:iconleslewellyn:
leslewellyn Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2018
Ambiguous, with implications. "I tend to the flame, and tend to thee...."

It's not clear whether the Fire Keeper has/develops feelings for the Ashen One, or whether it's just that the nature of her duty has certain subtle overtones. The process of leveling up in Soulsborne games has a long-established pattern of coming across deeply personal, if not sexual, dating back all the way to the original Demon's Souls, with varying levels of creepiness. (Dark Souls 1 is I think the only exception-- you handle your own leveling-up.)

Like many things in Soulsborne lore, the specifics are never directly addressed.
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ChristianC09 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2018
They are undeads, and i ship them
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BendhAl Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2018
How Can I have this picture in 1920x1080 , please .
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KATTALNUVA Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
For some reason, this makes me think of Lancelot and Guinevere, and how their forbidden love ultimately destroyed the fellowship of the Round Table.
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:iconkabuto-gouki:
kabuto-gouki Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing
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:iconengirish:
Engirish Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wonderfull art
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:iconknightsaver20:
knightsaver20 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2018
how can I buy a painting of this with a frame
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:iconcloakedassasin:
CloakedAssasin Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2018
A true soldier doesn't fight because he hates what's in front of him, he fights because he loves what's behind him...
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Dohtemmm Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2017
Really beautiful ! 
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Broad-Skies Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2017
Holy crap, I haven't been on here for awhile, so I'm not sure what's going on, but just seeing this picture made me start tearing up for some reason. I don't even know why....
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:iconikhwans:
Ikhwans Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
just another victim of unspeakable destiny... painted on the canvas.
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pelican55 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2017
I love this picture.  Dark Souls, ashes and smoke!
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:iconashleyraelakes:
ashleyraelakes Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2017  Professional General Artist
So enchanting! 
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Yurieru Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2017
The maiden grabbed the knight by his cape when he started to walk to the waiting dragon. He stopped his steps while hearing her "If you cross that door, I won't be able to see you again. You will die. I don't want to let you go; not again." Her voice was crumbling in fear and sadness.

He only stepped away a little, turned himself and grabbed her in his cold metal skin while saying to her at the ear, trying to avoid sadness and the fear of never see her again to be in his voice: "But you will live, and for me that's enough, Diana. You were always the light that brought me to life and to think that this life is worth living. If I live, it will not matter to me anymore that you are a princess and I just a knight, I will take you by force if that is necessary, because I want to remain at your side for ever. But if I die, you can be sure of one thing: I will never forget you, because not even in the next life we forget the one we love the most in this one." Inside his helmet, his eyes were swollen while trying to keep his tears, because he knew that the probabilities of comming back were so low, it was almost impossible to live after this battle. But he had to give her courage, even just a little would be enough. He hugged her a little closer for some seconds, after that, he backed away to watch her in the eye the same way they've done for a very long time.

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She only felt the cold metal against her body when he hugged her. When he spoke, she tried to control her fear, but it was not possible. After she heard him saying the same words she wanted to tell him, she could not bear it anymore and began to cry. When he finished the hug, she took his helmet and removed from him to see his eyes. His face was covered in scars with all the battles he have fought, but his dark eyes remained the same. After placing her hands on his cheeks, she made for the first time what she had to do since a very long time. She came closer to him and joined her lips with his. The kiss was pure and fullfiled with all the emotions she was having, and felt the same comming from Agnos, the knight who always protected her and who always was at her side.

When they came apart, they saw each other in the eye. "Please... come back... I want you to take me, and to be with you the rest of my life. I don't want to wait another life to be with you."

He took her hand with careness and kissed her in forehead "If that is an order, my princess, I will do it. I will come back at your side."

"It's an order, soldier. I want you to come to me again. And to don't let me go away again."

The knight saw her in the eye once more, before nodding at the order that her princess, the one person he loved the most, gave him. "I will. Now and ever."

After that, he took his helmet once again, but did not put it on. After saying a silent "I love you" to her, he backed away and started to walk to the dragon who was waiting for him. That was a battle for both, for salvation of this earth, for the ones that both loved. But, deep inside themselves, both, Diana and Agnos, knew he wouldn't be able to come back, and with that pain in her heart, when he crossed the closing doors, she fell to her knees and cried alone in that growing darkness.
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Lady-Stesonora Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2017
Magnificent and heart breaking....breathtaking...
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:iconblurgon:
Blurgon Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2017
Stunning !
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:iconmrdibara:
MrDibara Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2017
"Ashen one... hearest thou my voice, still?"
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:iconchristianc09:
ChristianC09 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2017
"..........Yes"
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:iconkanji-the-wanderer:
Kanji-The-Wanderer Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2017  Student General Artist
Beautiful, amazing work~! 
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:iconjbjavier:
jbjavier Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My jaw just hit the floor. The way it's framed and the emotion behind both the characters conveys through their body language beautifully. Amazing.
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AmadeusMiakodaGrim Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a ship I've wanted to happen since I first saw Dark Souls 3
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alexxxan Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Estoy enamorada de tu estilo Love 
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:iconvanblood:
vanBlood Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2017
Nice
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lighthousesociety Featured By Owner Edited Aug 9, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
As she was ready to embrace her guardian knight, a small tear was shed by him as he closes the visor gate of his helmet in hope that she would not notice, "M'lady, 'tis penalty by death to be smitten with thee.  Thy Father has commanded as..." only to be interrupted by the Princess, "My love for you shall never wane.  'Tis a blessing you bore thine own heart, with honor and tithing.  You mean so..." re-interrupted again by the knight, scolding the Princess for her profession of love for someone who was anything but royalty, "Thou hath condemned me..." turning about quickly while removing his arm from her grasp.

Pausing his movements, uncertain what to do next, he can faintly hear her sniffling as he is certain she feels betrothed by his pledge to her.  Unable to move, still with her close by him, he quietly asks, "Wouldst thou taken thine life for thee in spite of thy Father's admonishment?"  Now silent, the knight can still hear her sniffling, her grip on his left arm stiffening with her head touching his shoulders, signifying her feelings and devotion for him.
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TheTrueEmperor Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2017
and from one artwork sprouts another 
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lighthousesociety Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
As I have stated to the other commentator from September, I apologize for the extremely late reply.  My only question is, did the story match the painting?  Did it convey, although partial in nature, enough feeling, enough emotion, love and heartfelt?  I write mostly nonfiction as my daily career; friends and colleagues have indicated that I have a flair for romantic and theatrical writing.  I would be most interested in your thoughts.  Perhaps a follow-up short to the prior?

Either way, thank you for the compliment.  Blessings be.
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MrSUNRUIZUO Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2017  Student Interface Designer
The story is very good.
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lighthousesociety Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
I apologize for the extremely late reply, but being out on assignment has my hand knuckled under by the end of the day.  Although I may have some graphical artistic capabilities, so many others on this web site are much, much talented with a brush, pencil, chalk, oil and paper.  For me, it is the typewriter, and words are my brushstrokes, with the story as my finished canvas.

Having read my fair share of Harlequin romance novels, watch other emotional sources of interest (such as Hallmark Channel, etc.), other written sources (sci-fi, fantasy, suspence, or even mystery) to appreciate the fictionalized world that I have dreamt over the years.

Nay, though I be long-winded, I try and write romantically, fluently, with emphasis, pronouncement and emotion.

Blessings be.
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WhatTheCLeigh Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Is this from something in particular?
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