Because this is a nice idea to give a view on the other characters emotions, which is not shown in the game obviously. Sure, every player has it's own "inner cinema" or head canon to fill the missing scenes, but to WATCH/draw this tragic moments as you did is heartbreaking. Especially the Cousland origin is a hard blow by itself.
Every origin story had a hard beginning, but when I started up my first fem Cousland I was literally in tears by the end (only other origin story to do so was the fem city elf one). Even though you barely know this family before the attack, you can tell this was a family that loved each other very much. Eleanor and Bryce's love could have been a story in and of itself.
I love so much that this was a good family. I hate that they die so tragically, but it makes it so much more real and meaningful. I think at some point I will have to draw some younger Bryce/Eleanor pictures. Because they are wonderful and they deserve it.
Oh man, I would LOVE to see some of Bryce/Eleanor early years! I read through David Gaider's The Stolen Throne just trying to learn more about Bryce and was so disappointed he wasn't mentioned at all. My head canon says they met in the war since she's a battlemaiden. I also have it in my head that Rendon was rather jealous she didn't choose him, but that's just me. In any case, thank you so much for such a beautiful collection!
I like that head canon. I also imagined that he might have been in a betrothal to another noble woman when they met, I think she mentions using her womanly arts to get a husband or something along those lines… I just like the idea that they were hopelessly attracted to each other despite the odds. And I totally agree about Rendon being jealous, I feel like his whole life is his attempt to achieve what Bryce did and only managing a shallow copy. I feel like that really works with the narrative, and is even implied with the things he says.
This brought me back to when I play DAO the first time. I played as a fem Cousland, and the scene of her last moment with her parents brought me to tears.
You're doing an amazing job! Now I simply must put you on my list to watch so I can enjoy moar of these wonderful pictures. No dialogue only makes it better, since you captured the essence of 'A picture is worth a thousand words' beautifully (and heartrendingly too)
Thank you very much! I think there may be something to letting the viewer "fill in" the dialogue. I feel like that might be why playing as the Warden was so personal. Instead of someone else doing the talking, your imagination filled in the voice. So here, you know what they are saying to each other, and I don't have to ruin it with my poorly worded talk bubbles.
Duncan is a tricky character in these scenes. It is going to be very easy for him to come off as callous, but I don't think he is. He just has a job to do here, and there are some things he can't change.
Thank you for the comment, and get ready for that next page. It's seriously killing me, but it will be done pretty soon.
I've never thought of him as callous. As you said, he has a job to do, and he's very dedicated to it. He does some things that come through as callous or cruel, but he has little choice in the matter. I think you've captured that perfectly, in the first scene, where he looks at Bryce - his look is all I am sorry but I *have* to do this. But I might not be objective when it comes to Duncan.
Can't wait for more! (and wondering if you're planning to draw some scenes from the way to Ostagar as well...)
I haven't decided if I'm going to draw scenes on the way to Ostagar. I half want to skip straight ahead to being AT Ostagar because I've already drawn those scenes. When I started this project I never really thought it was going to be as chronological as it has been. I really just intended to hit the high points to illustrate the major scenes of the story. But it's been fun to really dig in deep and flesh it out too.
I do know that I want to post the highlights in chronological order, but maybe I'll fill in details as the mood takes me. That's kind of how I operate anyway.
It could be an interesting little DLC, right? The wardens adventures with Duncan? But then it would potentially make losing him that much more painful. At least you can be slightly detached emotionally from Duncan when he dies. Unlike Alistair. Poor guy.
god, I wish there was an option for you to just carry your parents out the secret passage and just don't give a damn about what anybody says.. I think they really have a fighting chance with arlana, duncan, eleanor, and the mabari in the same party ;;__; i just want them to be happy and alive together huhuhHUH
I know, right? It's like every time you watch a movie and you're like "MAYBE THEY'LL MAKE IT THIS TIME??"
I think they made it pretty clear that Bryce was mortally wounded and he wasn't going to be able to move from that spot though. Eleanor just made the choice to stay with her husband in his last moments and give her child a fighting chance at escape.
Damn...I just love love LOVE your style. It's incredibly expressive while still being simple & elegant. I'm impressed by your ability to make unique faces, and express emotion without words. I'm curious to know what your original in-game Cousland looks like, for comparison. The other characters are totally dead on, while still retaining your style.
I tried to google search female wardens and see if I could find one that looks close, but I couldn't find any surprisingly! The biggest difference between her in game look and my artist interpretation is probably the hair length. I started sketching her from screen shots, and in game she has that loose hair that stops above the shoulders. But the more I sketched her the more I tended to lengthen it. It's more fluid and dynamic that way.
Also my version has 100% more facial expression. XD
Uuugh I visualized that while I was driving one day and I totally started crying. I'm glad no one was around. I don't want to explain why I'm bawling over my fictional video game character story. Haha.