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Chosen Paths by Krad-Eelav Chosen Paths by Krad-Eelav
Part of the 'let's draw underloved FE characters' spree, not to mention my gallery was getting clogged up with Uprising. xD

Always have loved Nasir. One of the first FE characters that I drew and uploaded here, if you can believe it. Can't believe how rare he is to be fanarted, considering his role in PoR. o.O

Kinda found it unusual he sided against Ena and Kurth in RD, though? I understand dragons are stubborn beasts, but he's siding against his granddaughter and his next king, for goodness sake. Not to mention the possible influence Ike had on him. I know that's only three years worth, compared with the gazilion's he's lived, but still. -_-.

So, yeah, slight style tricks lifted from ~fayrenpickpocket Oh her colors. :heart:

Enjoy~


time: 3 days off/on
program: painter 11 + PSCS5
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14bj337 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
Ooh, very nice! Each dragon, resolute in their own path... I love the coloring, and Nasir's hair in particular looks very well-textured.

I didn't get to use Nasir in my first PoR playthrough; Ike was too weak, and he died. That's one thing, though, that I love about the fight with the Black Knight - it's actually a challenge whether or not you'll be able to beat him. With Ashnard, you have all the turns in the world on your side, plus the Laguz Royal to help you out... not so with BK!

Enough about that, more about Nasir... having played PoR, it is disappointing that Nasir's role in RD is so small. Oh, and Nasir siding with the king is complete bullshit. In PoR, his bond of duty to Ena is greater than that to his own king, so why would that reverse in the sequel? He risked his life just to help Ena, and now he's fighting her? I'm calling shenanigans. As much as I enjoy RD, it really did mistreat many of its returning characters.
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Krad-Eelav Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I love the battle with the BK for the same reason (and actually, the fight with Naesala, if you so choose.) Instead of handing everything to the player like candy, it made you work at the good stats to hammer them. xD;

I've heard some interesting opinions as to why he'd side with the king in the comments, but ultimately I'd have to agree with you. He switched sides a ton in PoR, but it was always for Ena's sake. And yes, that it did. Still a great game, though!
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The-Demon-King999 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
Ah... Nasir... You know, he's fairly useless in RD. When you DO get him, it's the last battle, and well... Ashera can turn both him and Garenth into paste. So, while saving them is all well and good, I usually use them for free experience, leaving them with approximately 10 HP each, and then I destroy Dheginsea.

Also, Fun Fact. Using Kurthnaga and Ena in that battle, only to defeat every dragon is fun. They don't attack back, and get a whole lotta free experience...
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Krad-Eelav Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Sticking Imbue on Nasir fixes most of his deficiencies in the last two levels. :> Gareth's going to get turned into paste no matter what, but at least Nasir's a decent magitank.
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The-Demon-King999 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012
True... But, generally, I just stick to Kurth and Ena at the final bit. Mainly because, at that point, I've maxed them out in lvls. And Kurth has more than enough defense and hp to tank. Of course, in all reality... I just have EVERYONE except Ike, Micaiah, Mist, and a few others stay back. ESPECIALLY the heron I take with me. They can take the magic Judge attack that comes from Ashera, but NEVER the physical. Oh, and Lehran/Sephiran/Sephiroth-wanna-be tends to be useful.
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14bj337 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
Yeah, abusing the fact that the other dragons won't attack Ena and Kurthnaga is basically the only way to train them. Kurthnaga can actually turn out pretty good, with his massive strength growth and acquired formshift ability. Ena... Ena's useful for Red Tide, and that's about it.

And I never thought of whittling down Nasir and Gareth for experience while keeping them alive... seems like a sound tactic. And they aren't that useful for the two parts of one chapter that you get them, but at least their dragon skills are helpful.
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The-Demon-King999 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012
Exactly. And what with what Krad said, putting Imbue on Nasir tends to be a good idea if you want him to Magitank.
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14bj337 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012
Huh. I never knew Nasir could use Imbue, but it's corroborated by the FE wiki. That would be a good tactic.
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The-Demon-King999 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012
Yeha. He tends to be the better choice out of the two recruitable dragons in the point of the game. Gareth is... Kinda useless. He can't take a hit from Ashera's magical Judge. Trust me, I tried to use him. He was killed in one hit...
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WolfenAmphithere Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Student Artist
I think his siding with Dheginsea was more because he knew that if he DID go against him, and they DID somehow survive, he'd never be allowed back in Goldoa, ever... He also probably knew that Ike would win.
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Krad-Eelav Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
That's a good point there! But it's still so weird that he'd risk life and limb in PoR for Ena to turn around and fight her...
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WolfenAmphithere Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Student Artist
Yeah, good point...
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SAmaryllis Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aghhhhhh I ADORE the hair here!! It looks so polished and silky and gorgeous~~~ *__*
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VelkynKarma Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aw man. Nasir. I wanted to use him for so long in PoR, and yet every single time I fought the Black Knight at the end there, Ike would just have this moment of epic fail and never, ever trigger a crit or Aether. So I could never defeat Mr. Black Knight before the time limit was up. I finally had to start a specific Ike build from the beginning, training Mist up especially so she could heal him, just to beat the Knight and earn Nasir.

....but it was worth it. Because he is awesome. :D

~VelkynKarma
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Krad-Eelav Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oh man, I hear you there. Pretty much had the exact same thing happen as well, and yes, it was totally worth it. ;D Nasir's pretty sweet in RD too, especially if you stick Imbue on him. Instant heal powers, go!
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VelkynKarma Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, beating the Black Knight is never as easy as people make it look online.

Of course after all my hard work training Ike up so he could beat the BK without crits, that's naturally the one playthrough in which he decided to crit. Of course.

I never actually played RD (no Wii) but I'll take your word on that. Nasir sounds like he's pretty awesome there too :D

~VelkynKarma
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Madmangamer364 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
I always try to ensure that Ike has max'd out strength and skill before getting to the Black Knight and then hoping that at a crucial point in the fight, Aether kicks in. It's a matter of luck, but I've only been unable to beat BK once since having the game, and I don't think I give Ike Aether until AFTER that fight. That being said, my use with Nasir is usually pretty limited, unless I deliberately hold the boots for him to use.

That aside, it is good to see Nasir and Ena here with this painting. The painting here appears to have been done with a fairly loose approach, but it gets the job done all the same. I was going to point out how long Nasir's face appears to be in this drawing, but upon closer inspection, he does have a nice-sized jaw in the official art, too. =P

I don't get to comment as much on your work as I used to or would like to, Krad, but there's no doubt that you haven't lost your touch. :)
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VelkynKarma Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, I usually try to boost a lot of Ike's stats anyway since he's the one guy you will always have with you. I'm just extremely unlucky when it comes to Mr. Black Knight :XD:

Nasir's usefulness or lack thereof isn't really important to me. What I love about Fire Emblem is the characters, and I loved Nasir's character from the moment he was introduced, so I really just wanted to have him in my party :XD: I almost never pick characters due to stats....primarily just due to class, and reading supports, and wanting to learn more about characters.

(And really, if you put a little work into any FE character they can still be awesome, so it's all good)

~VelkynKarma
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