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Vaarsuvius Screwed Up Big Time by songsparrow882 Vaarsuvius Screwed Up Big Time by songsparrow882
I've discovered the arcane powers of Gimp! Surely, this will demand more experimentation!

Illustration of this page ([link]) of the "Order of the Stick" webcomic. Vaarsuvius, androgynous elf wizard of arcane awesomeness, just realized that he/she is responsible for a worldwide genocide. Oops.
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Storyweaver1 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014
Powerful scene. The original was incredible but sometimes stick figures don't carry the full impact, you know?
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songsparrow882 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014
I think Rich Burlew does a remarkable job of capturing emotion and depth considering his comical style. That scene hit me hard!
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Storyweaver1 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014
Agreed. I was trying to compliment your's.
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songsparrow882 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
Well then, thank-you. :)
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Tsuki222 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
Poor V, especialy with Qarr's cruel coment in the new comic...Beautiful piece, by the way, quite ironic that Girard looks here like a Saint, seeing his dysposition towards Paladins. Then again, he and Soon seem to be not so diffrent, after all.
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Dewani90 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
so V killed a bunch of dragons, okay, and so killed a bunch of asshats too, guys that don't wanna be raised from the dead just to laugh at any lawful good that wants to help them, i'd say they didn't even deserved being raised by lawful evil malack as zombies..., they died, who cares, snap out of it V and go on living, doubt anyone from the order of the scribble or their descendants would be really missed, the only ones worth of saving would have been the halfling, the mage and the elven maiden, those 3 cared about keeping the world destroyer at bay
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Not-always-Fanart Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013
There's also the fact that, iirc, Tarquin almost married someone who died quiet, suddenly and inexplicably, on the day Varsuvius cast the spell. It's very, very likely that she was related, however distantly, to the Draketooths. This means that V almost killed Elan as well.
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evilhamster13 Featured By Owner May 31, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That was addressed in the comic. She wasn't related "distantly" -- there was that whole thing in the previous part where Tarquin talked about how she had a kid with her first husband, Whatsishame Draketooth, and because she was the mother of a Draketooth, it made her a blood relation of someone who shared the dragon's blood (V's spell included the clause "anyone related to someone who is related to the dragon").

There's even a part a few pages after this scene where Vaarsuvius is recounting how many people must have died to his familiar and there's a panel where he says basically "Oh no, that must be what happened to Tarquin's wife, too!" while showing a picture of her being struck by the bolt.
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Tsuki222 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
He also killed countless other families with Black Dragon blood.
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Dewani90 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
well, the spell is called FAMILICIDE, and it is known for not leaving any kind of survivors (it's strange that V didn't mind killing 1/4 of the population of black dragons on the planet but did mind killing the draketooth clan and all the humans that were related to them by a one night stand), the thing is Tiamat, it wants 5 good dragons killed for each black dragon murdered that way?, that's not how you balance things, that dragon goddess got Loco in the coco, reptilian races should stop praising her so she lost all power and start praising banjo the clown god of puppets, then it can go in a serious smiting of evil-doers... sorta
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Tsuki222 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013
Well, s/he only now saw the direct consequences, and V did seem to regret killing those dragons, saying, if rember, to not praise him/her after all the ordeal with the dragon, fiends and Xykon. And we must remember, there is a lot prejudice agains 'evil'/'monster' races, which include Chromatic Dragons. Also, Tiamat is insane, but that is part of her mythology, and I think that lack of worship wouldn't depower her enough, in core(pre 4E)D&D, Faerun and Planescape she also seems to be a paragon of Chromatic Dragons and their kin, as long as they exist, she seems to resurrecting and keeping a lot of her power. Then again, this is OOTS-verse, so here it may weaken her enough for Banjo to take over :XD:
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Dewani90 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
and then everyone will praise the new and bestest god ever, because banjo is not picky with his followers, and gives happiness to everyone, still I hope V gets over this n.nU
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Aliroz-The-Confused Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I fell out of my chair and literally screamed "No!" when I saw this page.

One question: Why did you draw it so that we can't see V's face? Any particular reason?
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KindCritic Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Student Writer
I literally screamed when I read this page. I bolted up to my OOTS-loving brother and was like "OHMYGOD V KILLED GIRARD AND ALL THEM!!!" And he just says, "Duh. Read that already." -_- he doesn't understand....
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songsparrow882 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
Haha I know, right! I was freaking out too. I still freak out whenever I re-read it. I am so loving the current plotline. It just tears out my heart. Poor V!!
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KindCritic Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Student Writer
I just keep reminding myself that it's okay because Elan and Haley will live happily ever after, because the Oracle said so... Vaarsuvius though, her life is going to suck dragon butts.
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songsparrow882 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
It already does. V's life is a freaking mess!
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KindCritic Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Student Writer
And it's only gonna get worse... :(
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Owdar Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012
I think this is very effective. The scene is one of my favourites in the comic. :)
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songsparrow882 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
Thanks! Mine too!
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ElainaG Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's amazing. I feel so bad for V at that time....
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songsparrow882 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012
So do I, friend, so do I!
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KidSapiens Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
That's the least of hir problems right now.
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GlassMouse89 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist
I agree with remiya, that wall painting is very nice. I like how it trails off near the bottom, really conveying the scale of the genocide.

The contrast between the light wall and the dark V adds a lot to the atmosphere, too. I dunno if the heavy shading was intentional, but I like it a lot.
The red hair to the right is gorgeous, too.

If I should critisize one thing, it's that there are anatomy problems with V. Hirs arms are too long, and hirs legs maybe too short? I'm not sure. Anyway, it doesn't detract much from a very nice, poignant piece :)
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songsparrow882 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012
Thank-you! Yes, the shading was intentional. And I appreciate you pointing out that problem- clearly I need to take an anatomy class. XD I'll have to be more careful in future drawings.
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GlassMouse89 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist
This [link] is a great ressource for anatomy and poses. Maybe it can be helpful :)
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songsparrow882 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012
This is the most useful thing I've ever seen. Thanks!!!
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remiya Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Poor V :(
I like how you did the wall painting.
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songsparrow882 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012
Thank-you! And I know, I feel so bad for V right now. I'm going crazy waiting for the next update!
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Axel-the-firedancer Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wonderful
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songsparrow882 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012
Thank-you!
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Axel-the-firedancer Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
u r welcome :)
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DaggerPen Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ouch. Wonderful piece, very poignant.
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songsparrow882 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012
Perfect! That is what I was trying to convey. Thanks!
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DaggerPen Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You succeeded nicely. <3
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songsparrow882 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012
*doffs feathered hat with a flourish and gives a dramatic bow*
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DaggerPen Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hahaha.
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JoeMerl Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Student Writer
Well, a worldwide genocide that included humans, anyway. Pity s/he didn't take creepy interspecies sex into account.
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songsparrow882 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012
Well, the genocide of dragons was intentional, and -assuming they were not shiny- that's completely acceptable, even according to Lawful Good terms. But I wouldn't blame him/her for disregarding the possibility of inter-species procreation, considering that Vaarsuvius doesn't seem to take any kind of sex into account, regardless of the occasion.
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JoeMerl Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Student Writer
I know, that was a joke. ;-)
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songsparrow882 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012
I know you know, but I'm not one to pass up an opportunity to spout character analysis.
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squidbreath Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012
ooh, stylish robe
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songsparrow882 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012
Why thank-you.
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