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Submit Yourself to the Taint by Isriana Submit Yourself to the Taint by Isriana
"Join us brothers and sisters. Join us in the shadows where we stand vigilant. Join us as we carry the duty that cannot be forsworn. And should you perish, know that your sacrifice shall not be forgotten and that one day, we shall join you. - - You are called upon to submit yourself to the taint for the greater good."

- Dragon Age: Origins

My entry for :iconrih75:'s contest which aims to spread some video game love :pointr: [link]
I had hard time choosing between Dragon Age: Origins, Mass Effect and KotOR but in the end I decided to go for DAO. I found the whole Human Noble origin amazing as it is, but I guess the true crowning moment of awesome for me was my very first Joining. Honestly, I was both horrified and in awe at the same time, and after that there was no turning back. I remember playing like 18 hours straight, and then doing the same thing next day. And the day after that. Gosh, my eyes and mouse hand were almost killing me... :XD:
Oh and hey, here is my Grey Warden, warrior Ellara Cousland, who appeared briefly in one of my comics a while back (without much introduction) :pointr: [link] About time I get to make a decent portrait of her considering that I finished DAO last October after over 88 hours of gameplay. :D On a side note, I'm pretty happy with the darkspawn I painted here - I think I managed to make them look properly creepy. I hope you like this, too!

Blood brushes: :iconscully7491: [link]
Background texture used is my own

Ellara Cousland me
Darkspawn and Archdemon Bioware
from the game Dragon Age: Origins

For more Dragon Age: Origins fan art take a look at here!
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selenticsurface Featured By Owner May 20, 2014
Wow, just wow. This painting really brings the moment to life.
AMorticianToDIEFor Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Darkstar-Killpool Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
LMAO it sounds dirty!! Submit yourself to the 'Taint'.
Berserker79 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013
Beautiful work! :D I'm just afraid it's a bit too late for me to vote in the contest... :roll: :)
NovemberDurand Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013
She looks so much like my Caitlin it's crazy. Same hair colour and style, same armour, similar facial structure. You have very good taste, and immense talent! :)
ToBeAdvised Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah, the one thing that I really remember about that scene was how big the freakin' goblet was. I saw it in Duncan's hand and I was like: "WTF, that's bigger than my head!". (I was a female Dalish Elf)
SeerWalker Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013
I know, right? That was pretty much the only thing I was thinking during that scene. "That is one giant goblet"
ToBeAdvised Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
*EDIT: BTY, love the archdemon in the background. Keep up the good work.
Id0ntlikeyou Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is amazing. And your Warden, Armor, face, hair, the whole thing looks way better than actual in game!
NocturnalDarkness Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
It's the background that does it for me. So ethereal and horrifying.

And the dissonant serenity of your Warden is awesome. She's like: 'I'm'ma kill all of you like a BAMF.' Except more elegantly stated. :p
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