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In Death, Sacrifice by PayRoo In Death, Sacrifice by PayRoo
redrawn version three years later


Ah, this took up my whole day!

Surana takes the final blow himself, unwilling to let his king fall or make a pact with the devil. Zevran picks up the pieces.

The feet gave me no end of trouble; couldn't figure out what angles they should stick out at! But I'm reasonably happy with the end product.

Soooo much Schadenfreude potential with bereft Zevran... I intend to milk it for all its worth.
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kitiaramajere Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013
I can tell a big difference, but I still like the old one too ;-)
Man I hate anyone doing the sacrifice...
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ViBlue Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Student General Artist
omfg you just represented my whole story ;n; even your surana looks like a male version of my surana ;n; *feelings*
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Dark-Dragon-Aera Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011
Oh, I wanted art with my OC like that.)
Very sad moment in the game.(
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PayRoo Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011  Student General Artist
thanks! this part in the game was absolutely heartbreaking!
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Dark-Dragon-Aera Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011
I think so too.
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Xyradis69 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love expression on Zevran's face, he truly looks in pain. I feel sad looking at it too, I love this picture though, you did an amazing job.
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PayRoo Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2010  Student General Artist
thank you! that was what I was aiming for, twisted angst-loving heart that I have...
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VertigoZero Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Damn, if I could make art for my character that's be great. >w>
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maradeux Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
It's so sad... But "Schadenfreude"? No, not at all... Poor Zev... (what happens to him after... *weeps bitterly*)
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PayRoo Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010  Student General Artist
Haha, afterwards Zev goes on a Crow-killing spree, of course! :'(
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maradeux Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
He will never love again. Never again! He's still so young. That's so tragic. :tears:
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NikitaDarkstar Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Wow thats a very emotional piece. Doesn't help that I just finished my first play-through and sacrificed my mage. (And had her turn down Zevran cause she wanted Alistair, who told her to get lost after he became king... this game is way to addictive.)
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PayRoo Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2010  Student General Artist
Thanks!
This game just begs you for many, many multiple playthroughs ;)
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SmackyTheFrawg Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010
AND you wear the same robes?! Haha, oh this keeps getting better. Was your mage a blood mage by any chance?

I've never sacrificed him though. (I keep Loghain around to do that)
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PayRoo Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Student General Artist
lol! No, my mage was a goody-two-shoes for the most part. In his 'canon' playthrough I sacrificed Loghain, haha. I kind of have an 'alternate timeline' story path where he sacrifices himself though.
...I am waayyy too obsessed with this game XD
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Margenal Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmmm honnestly i always cosen the pact option, a demi god raised by morrigan is too tempting ^^

nice picture, well done! ((and hell yes, feet are a tru nightmare!))
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Aillanna Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010
Fffffffffff, another one I just love. D:

I really adore Zevran's expression here; it seems to me like you've done a perfect job of capturing Zevran attempting to hold it together when he would give anything to safely just... let go of self-control for a few minutes. I dunno if it's precisely the look you were going for, but... >: It's kind of what I picked up, anyway. <3

....And I don't know why, but... there is something particularly heartbreaking about your poor Surana, and somehow part of that is in the frayed, tattered edge at the bottom of his robes. I guess it really made me stop and think, well, they've been traveling back and forth all across Ferelden, trying to fix this huge problem no doubt for over a year... surely only growing closer to one another and the rest of their companions.... and when they finally do find the end, it's such a tragic solution.

Idk, maybe I'm reading too much into things. Either way I love it. <333
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PayRoo Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Student General Artist
Haha thanks! I spent forever trying to get Zev's face right; glad it worked!
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paradisekisses Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010
I don't think I could do that to Zevran...that guy has had everything he loved taken from him. I love him too much. It may be horrible but I'll convince Alistair to make a pact with the devil.
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PayRoo Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2010  Student General Artist
Haha, that's why this isn't my 'canon' ending for my Surana... ehehehe. I prefer hardening Alistair, making him marry Anora, then sparing Loghain and throwing Loghain at the archdemon. Morality all around! :)
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paradisekisses Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2010
Hmmm...true. I remember the first time I began the game and Loghain left the battle field I told my mom that I was going to chop off his head and hang it on my wall...but throwing him at the archdemon is good too.
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vampwhisper Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
JUst out of curiosity... what does the ending say of Zev if you sacrifice your character that was in romance with him?
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PayRoo Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010  Student General Artist
Verbatim from my ending slide...
Zevran lingered in Denerim for a time, mourning the loss of his love and working for the Fereldan throne as a distraction. Eventually the Crows came after him once again and he elected to take the fight to their doorstep, returning to Antiva. After four master assassins disappeared, the Crows readmitted Zevran -- as their leader. He maintained a distance from his former comrades even then, and despite frequent offers of new bedmates, never loved again.
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vampwhisper Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
THat's really what happens?????


HOW CUTE!


LOLZ. I watched the breakup on youtube after he tells your character he loves them and it was sooo sad T_T


THank you for telling me :D
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Sythin Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010
uaaa!! so beautifull! Great colours!
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will-oh-wisp Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010
I love this!

Angsty Zevran for the win. I made my Dalish boy (also Zevran's lover) sacrifice himself, and I was very disappointed there wasn't a scene of Zevran angsting over his body. xP

This makes up for that. It's beautiful in a very heartbreaking kind of way~. I really love how... broken they both look. Aaah~. :heart:
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PayRoo Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010  Student General Artist
Thanks!
Well, at least you have the heartbroken!face at the funeral.
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will-oh-wisp Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010
Aha, yeah, that's true. xD
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Silieth Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awww... So moving. Even my heart made of stone feels sorry for them *sniff* Wonderful colors and emotions.:worship:
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PayRoo Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2010  Student General Artist
Thank you!
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No-one-o1 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*whipes tear from the eye*
Awwwww :'( I was picturing something like that as well, when my warden sacrificed herself. Zevran looked soooo sad during the funeral *sniff*
This is wonderfully drawn. It rly expresses the mood nicely :thumbsup:
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PayRoo Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2010  Student General Artist
I know! The funeral face is just heart-twistingly sad! Thanks!
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equinexus Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010
Pact with the devil, lmao.

Very nice.
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PayRoo Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2010  Student General Artist
Thanks! Haha, maybe Morrigan isn't a devil, but it's certainly a dangerous pact!
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CocomoLizzy Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010
Aww this picture is so amazing, sad and deep :ohnoes: I love how everything looks like a wonderful painting~ :meow: Really excellent job with everything owo The sacrifice endings make me sad D':
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PayRoo Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010  Student General Artist
Thanks! I love the sacrifice endings myself for the angstability.
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CocomoLizzy Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010
You're welcome~ :'3 For the angstability? :XD: I do not think I've heard that word, but I totally see what you mean. Hmmm.. maybe a sacrifice should be the ending of my newest elfy :evillaugh: But I unno, I don't like the angstyness much, and I do love her a lot~ ;A; I'd like her in DA: O Awakening.. :P Too much to think about.. I shall leave this overly-long comment at this game really sucks you in =w=
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Taiyama Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Maker's Breath, that's amazing. You did such an excellent job. Poor Zevran looks so sad, I feel sorry for him. God knows he takes a while to fall in love, but once he does he does so unquestioningly and irrevocably. This would make good fanfiction, maybe with the angle of Zevran thinking that between Rianna (I think that's the name?) and your character, everyone he loves dies.
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PayRoo Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010  Student General Artist
Oh, thanks! I'm always on the prowl for angsty Zev fics, haha.
I believe her name is Rinna, btw. ;)
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Taiyama Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Rinna, that's the name, I remember now! Thanks for reminding me.
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DNGgimp Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OH! que bonito! good job :)
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PayRoo Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010  Student General Artist
Ahh thanks!
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J-Anip Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010
Very beautiful. I love the blood effect, It's very realistic.
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PayRoo Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010  Student General Artist
Thanks! I was kind of going for the DA splatter effect...
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Kaytara Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazingly done... The dead archdemon and the so perfectly messy blood on the ground are done in an almost speedpainty style that sets the scene perfectly without distracting from the main focus... Zev's expression, so contorted with pain and grief, is oh so eloquent... You can practically read in his eyes "He's dead, and now I'll have to live on without him".

And the subject of the painting itself makes me very happy to see. Since Zevran joked about taking responsibility for preventing your untimely death, you'd expect the PC's death to hit him pretty hard. Thank you for touching on that. :)
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PayRoo Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010  Student General Artist
Ah, thanks for such a nice comment! Warms my twisted little heart :) I think I'm addicted to the Zevran part of the Ultimate Sacrifice ending, haha.
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Smilika Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
(((( oh my...it is so sadly and beautiful((( amazing work)
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PayRoo Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010  Student General Artist
Thanks! :)
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licrydis Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010
I like the sacrifice endings.

Atmosphere of your picture is interesting, it's probably the color palette. Very good.
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PayRoo Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010  Student General Artist
The sacrifice endings are so sad they're enjoyable, if that makes any sense! Thanks!
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