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Remembrance by Krad-Eelav Remembrance by Krad-Eelav
Started out as a sketch request for the epic folks over at doodle_emblem on LJ, but uh, got carried away as usual. [Not my fault, I thought it turned out rather well.]

Thought of showing a different side of Nephenee, as she's always happy, or just curious about a life aside from her village. This one ... she's gone through hell and beyond, lost some dear friends [maybe Brom or Zihark or Calil?], and is struggling to come to terms with why she fights.

It's kind of a different look to Fire Emblem when you start remembering that every character that dies - whether it be your own, or the enemy - has a brother, a friend, a mother or a lover, and that they're people with their lives.

Sobering.

Flowers at the bottom are red poppies - used in the UK's Remembrance Day, and -I've heard- in a few other countries as well.

On a different note - Can you find all 8 stat-up items in the flowers? [ Energy Drop, Seraph Robe, Spirit Dust, Secret Book, Ashera Icon, Dracoshield + Talisman?]

The 60 poppies also represent the 60 charries you get in PoR.


Time: 10-ish hours.
Programs: SAI and CS5
Music: Arditi - Day of Infamy [link]
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Kyusil Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Hobbyist
This is a beautiful picture and I love seeing this aspect of the games touched upon, even if it's not given all that much consideration in the script. I'm totally with you on the point about enemy characters too, especially since most of them are swept up in the dealings of one crazy ruler or another.
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quasigeek Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
It's all those really happy characters I wonder about the most. You know something's eating at them inside. I mean come on, they're at war. (Especially with Nephenee. That girl is unstoppable and can take out an entire battle on her own.)

This depicts that beautifully. You can tell there's something going on in her mind.
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Krad-Eelav Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah; it started nagging at me after I finished reading some military-fiction books Karen Traviss - she writes for Star Wars + Gears of War. Fantastic stuff. . Even battling for a good cause like with Ike, it'd be rough on anyone to go through that. ;A;

Oh - did you know on the level with Jill's dad, some of the wyvern riders will actually briefly talk with Jill? Wondering why she defected and all of that. I thought it was such an interesting touch...
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quasigeek Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
No kidding? I'll have to actually use Jill next time I get to that chapter.
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Krad-Eelav Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Jill is literally a tank in PoR (like Haar is in RD, except even better somehow) - she capped/surpassed pretty much all of the good stats against ike! (HP/Str/almost tied with speed/def). And she's actually really good to field in that particular battle, as long as you don't fight against her dad. :A; Somebody needs to draw a fanart of those two...
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Sweet-Amy-Leah Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011  Professional General Artist
wow, your style is very cool.
Can I have a request?
you can take your time to do it, I am very patient:)
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Krad-Eelav Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Sorry, but I won't do requests. ^^ Commissions are fine, though. Thanks for asking.
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RubyDragonCat Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm loving the thing with the flowers, 60 for the number of PoR units, and the hidden stat up items.

I shall now drag crazy OCs into this.

Cerai: Mehgah. I just try not to think about that...besides, bandits and pirates are generally worthless scumbags that deserve to die. Don't even get me started on ferals. You feel sorry for them, yeah, but at the time, you have to fight back or else you'll get ripped to shreds and then you'll die...

Yeah...anyway awesome and powerful piece. It really makes you stop and think.
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lucathia Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011
Really love the thought behind this.
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Uruboros Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011  Professional Writer
I don't see too many people do little fun things like this anymore. The symbolism and little extra items in the flowers were fun!
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eclipse561 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011
Man, even your women are looking masculine.
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Krad-Eelav Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Hah, at least y'can tell she's a lady. xD
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awesome-o-clock Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011
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theonlytoner Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011
Alas the nature of war is indeed a sobering thought. I think you got the right expression for that too.
And I think I've found all of the items, although some of them are very cunningly masquerading as poppies XD
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Krad-Eelav Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
You've got good eyes for sure. xD

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Guavi Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Krad drew a female what

On a completely serious not, love the imagery and ideas you put into something so visually simple (IN ALL THE BEST MEANINGS OF THE WORD "SIMPLE"). Fire Emblem for the most part presents a very naive and idealistic take on wars and national politics, so it is always sobering indeed to take a step back and see the things and possibilities that aren't mentioned as much.
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ScytheDancer Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha my first thought was exactly the same as yoursxDD
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ScytheDancer Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Niiice~ I like the other side of Nephenee in this pic... She's usually so "carefree girl from countryside" that it doesn very often cross my mind that she would have these kind of sdes too in the game. I mean, there aren't very many support convos for her either so she doesn't really have much time to show her other sides. But I like how you drew her here:) Plus I think I found all the items|D
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