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When You're Gone by Krad-Eelav When You're Gone by Krad-Eelav
I've always wanted to illustrate this scene in some way; especially apparently it's been canon that Zihark's lover was killed, and not just split ways. (link: [link] )

;A:

But yeah. Not too much to add. except ow my feels.


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:iconeduardorpg64:
eduardorpg64 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014
I love path of radiance. This is a really great tribute to it!
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:iconvitaminanime:
vitaminanime Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013
aaw so sweet...Zihark strikes me as the type to do this

uh, where is it stated that Zihark's lover was killed?
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:iconkrad-eelav:
Krad-Eelav Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
The 20th anniversary FE artbook that was released in Japan only. Some kind folks translated his little blurb in there and, yep.

Thanks! :heart:
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vitaminanime Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013
Oh, that explains it...cos in the end of FE:RD it said that he eventually settled in Gallia, and his girlfriend was a Laguz and cat Laguz live in Gallia so that left me to WMG that he found her and settled down with her, but I'll accept that WMGs are often wrong...

NP ^^ that's one of the many things I like about Zihark...he'd stay loyal to you even after death
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Shinwa-Tsuki Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
Very nice!
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:iconschokomuffy:
SchokoMuffy Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013
it's beautiful but so sad =(
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:iconyounglink19:
YoungLink19 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
My, this is so sad. And so fitting of him.
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OnliaFaze Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
This is a a shame, for 2 reasons for me.
1. Zihark lost his lover
2. I can never ship Zihark and Ilyana the same way again

Even so, beautiful piece
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n-trace Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah... I think that actually makes sense, that his lover just died. Aw... great, I'm not crying! Something's in my eyes!
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TwentyfootAngels Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
THE FEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEELS. =C
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Pink--Reptile Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is so deep I love it I love Zihark hes one of my all time favorites
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LizaFizan Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
:cry:
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:iconpsychoswordman:
Psychoswordman Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
Man, a lot of the time I just wish that Nintendo would port everything over. ...or that I could read Japanese. Poor Zihark...
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Moguryuu Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
what no im not crying theres just sand in my eyes...

really though, gosh what a poor sweet baby...zihark was always my fav and now i like him even more as hard as that sounds!
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:iconkrad-eelav:
Krad-Eelav Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:heart:
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RoyTheFlamboyant Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Sorry to completely gush, but your artwork has improved soooo much since I started following you. This is beautiful and emotional! I love your work with the wrinkles and folds in the cape, and the lighting is awesome.
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:iconkrad-eelav:
Krad-Eelav Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Awww, I like the gushing no worries. ;w; thank you so much though, means a lot to know I'm not just floundering all over the place with artworks. xD;

:heart:
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quasigeek Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Have I commented yet? I don't remember.

:iconsadplz:

That is all.
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:iconfireemblemmewmew:
FireEmblemMewMew Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012
Aw, that's beautiful... ;A;
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:iconmaga-link:
Maga-Link Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
* u * I FREAKING LOVE ZIHARK!! What a magnificent picture of him! So touching and emotional! :love:
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torterrafreak Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I happened to see this while listening to this: [link]
Kind of a perfectly depressing combination.
Anyway, yes, this is absolutely heart wrenching and beautiful. I always love to follow the backstories of the characters, they can be so interesting!
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:iconkrad-eelav:
Krad-Eelav Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:heart:
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ScytheDancer Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love this pic<33 The colouring, atmosphere and Zi's expression>w>
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Moezz Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
In the epilogue of Radiant Dawn it says: 'Some say he eventually settled in Gallia'. I always hoped that he settled down with his lover.
Seeing this I imagine him settling down nearby his lover's resting-place...
Intense piece, I love it. ~:heart:
:+fav:
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:iconkrad-eelav:
Krad-Eelav Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:heart:
He probably figured out he'd do more good in Gallia, with mending beorc/laguz ties, and it'd kind of be a good peace of mind to get away from all the rough memories of Daein. At least that's my headcanon. : P
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RobotsWithCookies Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awwww, this is so awesome!! I love this very great job! :la:
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mullent169 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
Oh my gosh this is heartbreaking!!! :(
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theonlytoner Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
This is nice! Zihark's somber expression and pose is done very well.

Although, other than roses I'd have thought he would bring that herb she loved the smell of. (hardly artistic critique soz)
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:iconkrad-eelav:
Krad-Eelav Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:heart:

And yep, thought about doing that, but the game didn't specify, and my mini headcanon of it being catnip would be kind of ... random ... plus it probably wouldn't get the point across like roses did? : P thanks tho.
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theonlytoner Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012
haha yeh catnip isn't exactly romantic is it XD
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:iconkrad-eelav:
Krad-Eelav Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
*cackles* xD;
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oOSilbervogelOo Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
Poor Zihark, but i think you captured his feelings really good in this one.
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TimeLegacy Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
I don't think the game mentioned Zihark's dark past. He could've been easily one of my top favorite characters.
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:iconkrad-eelav:
Krad-Eelav Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Well, it kind of did, but most of it was hidden squarely in his support with Muarim, (+ in his battle-conversation with Izuka) and there's a /lot/ of it that has to be thought out. It's taken me several years to figure it all out. xD;

But I kinda like that, you know? Makes sense he'd not want it broadcasted everywhere in game, and it's a nice refreshment from the other -great- but obvious backstories of the others.
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suraisu Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
I think you captured his emotions perfectly here. I've always found Zi's past sad and that the racial segregation in the game affected so many characters' lives. This is probably why I found the PoR/RD series so amazing- the story is just incredible.
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Krad-Eelav Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:heart:
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:iconheronaria:
HeronAria Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Student Writer
.....Wow. I honestly never knew that. I suddenly have a WHOLE new respect for him.
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:iconkrad-eelav:
Krad-Eelav Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I hear you. Had my suspicions for the longest time, but I'm glad the artbook confirmed it. ( Though honestly, the 20th anniversiary artbook's absolutely gorgeous in its own right, not to mention there's some intriguing details about the other characters in there. )
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:iconheronaria:
HeronAria Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Student Writer
I've totally been stalking details in the art book since seeing this. It answers a LOT of questions.
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:iconkrad-eelav:
Krad-Eelav Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I'd be interested in hearing some of the more unusual bits, actually (if you don't mind), since I don't know Japanese. xD;
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:iconheronaria:
HeronAria Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Student Writer
Oh no... I'm only finding the stuff in English. XD (I'll be taking Japanese though so we might just see.)

I did find something that said that Kyza's...not straight.... lol
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:iconkrad-eelav:
Krad-Eelav Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Ah gotcha. And yeah, that was all over tumblr a few months ago. xD Let's just say it was definitely not unexpected, haha.

(Though c'mon, it was pretty obvious with his lines to Ranulf. ;D )
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:iconheronaria:
HeronAria Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Student Writer
(They were pretty funny.) XD I just didn't except it coming from the Japanese!
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TeiRaven Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
'When I'm Gone' is a 3 Doors Down song? <--Tei's best guess ^^;

and ow my feels too T_T
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:iconkrad-eelav:
Krad-Eelav Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
It's a track from Silent Hill's 'Shattered Memories' game. (obsessed with those soundtracks haha.)
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Subway-Sweetie-Kay Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh...My God...

I never knew that about Zihark...:( So sad!
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drakon-thedragon Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
POOR ZIHARK! ;^;
Everything about this picture is precious.
Well done! :)
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:iconkrad-eelav:
Krad-Eelav Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:heart:
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:iconlady-eleanor:
Lady-Eleanor Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
Oh no, so sad ='(( <3
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MzzAzn Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
TT - TT so sad ;A:
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