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Attack on Castle Cousland part 11 by RanmaCMH Attack on Castle Cousland part 11 by RanmaCMH
I think, at least for my Cousland, there was a never a moment when she didn't think she could save her parents. 
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ClefJ Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I only now just got into Dragon Age. I fear I'm in for a hell of a trip. These arts are a wonderful tale to see! ^^
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RanmaCMH Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Professional Traditional Artist
You are going to get so sucked in and I am so happy for yooooouuu
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TheRedAlex Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
No, no, why... I'm crying now. There's just so much feeling, so much... oh Maker, this is really well done. Everything is just so... spot on.
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TenshiOfLight Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015
I love all your pages, but dammit, this one... this one is bringing me to tears just looking at it!!
You, my friend, are a wonderful artist, truly. :hug:
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RanmaCMH Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Augh I was crying when I was drawing the memory of her as a girl.  All of this stuff is so much more affecting when you have a daughter of your own ;___;
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TenshiOfLight Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015
I can imagine ;_; :hug:
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Jollina Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014
the second to last brought me to tears after all
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RanmaCMH Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
The first time I pictured it in my head it brought me to tears too. :(  Why do I do this to myself??
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Jollina Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014
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.
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prplkat Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014
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.
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RanmaCMH Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
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.

Oof, and that city elf origin is brutal too.
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prplkat Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014
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! 
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RanmaCMH Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
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.
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ishtar10 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014
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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)
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RanmaCMH Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
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.
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MorriganxKentou Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014
Nooooo....anything but this!? Pikachu crying 
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DefinitionOfDestiny Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ouch. This one brought tears to my eyes. Which is a good thing, it means you managed to let the message go through with this drawing. Wonderful!
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RanmaCMH Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!  I feel terrible to be so proud of making so many people sad!  I promise there will be happy times too.
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DefinitionOfDestiny Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Tsk, you *should* be proud! Well, I'll be here to check on the happy times :P
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Goldie4224 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014
oh, this is so cute and sad!
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kitiaramajere Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014
The interjection of little Arlana with her toys... ahhhhhh...
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RanmaCMH Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I love drawing baby Arlana with her family, I just wish it didn't end so sad. 
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Anduinel Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014
This series is killing me. Beautiful work.
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RanmaCMH Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!  The challenge to communicate everything without words is tough but the payoff is huge.  It's so emotional to just speak with body language.
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laureen14 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014
next hih ! ;)
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Bazylia-de-Grean Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014
Great facial expressions, as usual. And the childhood memory... So, so very moving :(
Love the subtle shading in the first scene, Bryce's expression and the sadness in Duncan's face.
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RanmaCMH Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
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.
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Bazylia-de-Grean Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014
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...)
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RanmaCMH Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
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.
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Bazylia-de-Grean Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014
I was just curious :) The road to Ostagar has so much potential, story-wise. Wish they gave us that in the game, it would have allowed to develop our characters more.
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RanmaCMH Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
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.  
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Spicy-Noodle-Ghost Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Student Digital Artist
You are a mean lady
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RanmaCMH Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
JUST YOU WAIT
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laureen14 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014
its perfect !!! <3
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reubelyn Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oW OW OW WH Y IT HURTS. 

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
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RanmaCMH Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
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.  

Well shoot, now I'm sad.
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PistachioInfernal Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014
Nooooo :tears: :heart:
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TurningLeaves Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014
Oh my God, just the amount of emotion and expression in this... and then your description... :iconcannotevenplz:
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RanmaCMH Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
This origin is killing meeeeeee
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Nightengale14 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
OH MY GOD DID YOU HAVE TO ADD THE CHILDHOOD MEMORY?!?!?!?!?!? :cry: :crying: You're going to kill someone with all these feels!
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RanmaCMH Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I'M SORRYYY

I saw it in my head and I just had to do it!  If it makes you feel any better I totally cried too.  I'm glad I was driving by myself because it would have been super embarrassing to explain.
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Nightengale14 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
You are too perfect my friend. Just too perf
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RanmaCMH Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
No YOU are.
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Mangonaid Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Student Filmographer
GOOD LORD THE FEELS! You never cease to rip my heart to pieces with you great art!
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RanmaCMH Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Just wait till the next page.  I'm drawing it and it's making me tear up.  I don't know if that's because the gestures are working or because I'm a big sap now, I'll let you be the judge.
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Flutterby-Lullaby Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014
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.
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RanmaCMH Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
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
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VampOrchid Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ugh the hug and the life as a child flashing before her eyes....sigh....so sad, but done so beautifully!
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RanmaCMH Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I pictured the flashbacks on a drive and I got so emotional about it.  Oh man.  Having babies makes you cry about freakin' everything. 
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VampOrchid Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ugh I couldn't agree more lol
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