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Ever Afters for Wardens and Champions by aimo Ever Afters for Wardens and Champions by aimo
Ever after for Wardens and Champions, both happy and sad.


Testing Painter brushes with my main Dragon Age: Origins & 2's Wardens & Champions.
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LightEmeraldTimeborn Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
ToughMakorra Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014
I have tears in my eyes. In my bloodshot, I-drank-an-espresso-shot-too-late-in-the-day eyes. And all because of the bittersweetness of this drawing. Shame on you for being so awesome. T.T
R3aperWolf Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Last one made me sad. It was nice, but sad. ;;
Alfastanna-Thackery Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013
This had me on the floor crying. Beautifully done, you never cease to amaze me with the depth of emotions you capture in your artwork.
TheDalesShallRise Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Student Writer
So sad.....bwahahahahahahaha! :'(
awaller2011 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I can't even look at you Lady Hawke. She's making ME tear up.
camibee Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Is your Lady Hawke wearing Anders' pauldrons? If so then aawwwww that's so sad :tears:
Stubbs89 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I thought the only race/class combo that could end up with Alistair in the end was female human noble? How does it work out with a female dwarf?
aimo Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013   Traditional Artist
No problems if Alistair stays a warden.
Stubbs89 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aaah, I see!
majamagdalena25 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
liberalSpaceship Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
These are all lovely but the final panel with Hawke crying is killing me a little.
iTallaNT Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
man I always wanna comment but everyone always beats me to it ;3;
but anyways, great work as always, makes me wanna go back and play both games all over again 9w9
I really love the stylized lines you used, and is that a new nose drawing style I see thar? :3
chaotik74 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
On the Anders debate, and the rather drastic change in personality betwenn Awakenings and DA2, remember that when Justice and Anders merged, it was a lot like getting a voice in your head constantly urging him to "seek Justice"...the problem being that Justice, as a pure spirit, had very little idea of human interactions or concepts other than in thier most idealized forms...and Mercy was always another spirit.(shame he never sought out Wynne) Also remember that Anders sens eof humor in Awakenings was borne of a coping mechanism for his experiences..and if they hadn't bothered him that much, he wouldn't have gone Apostate in the first place, would he? When Justice "moved in" he was looking for a home.. niether of them really understood at the time that Anders was not made of stone..he was highly flammable wood...and Justice was a torch.
ponypie Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Neither Anders nor Justice had mopey coping styles.
The problem people perceive -- or that I do, at least -- isn't that it doesn't make sense for him to have changed. It makes sense that he'd change. The issue is that it doesn't make sense for that Anders/Justice hybrid to be a morose pile of brooding doesn't make sense.

Justice was contemplative at times, yes, but not sulky. He faced challenges with a two-step process: first determine the best course of action, second execute that course of action.
Anders coped with humor. He was not generally the ruminative sort.

It isn't intuitive for a hybrid of those two to turn out to be so morose. In particular, there ought to be more of Anders visible in the character. We can see Justice -- or Vengeance -- quite clearly in the moments when he comes to the fore. Meanwhile, there's virtually no effort whatsoever made to try to bury his angst and personal struggles under a veil of humor. Anders just doesn't seem to be there anymore.
Sapphire-Petal Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013
And if you really think about it, there really wasn't enough time between Awakening and when you first meet him in DA2 that he would progress that much from a flirt with little cares in the world, to a brooding debbie downer. DA2 begins right in the middle of DA: O, and it's a year later when we meet Anders- Awakening takes places six months after the end of DA: O, so Anders had been with the Wardens, and was merged with Justice for less than a year after the end of Awakening. How on earth did his personality change in so little time? I mean, it's one thing if years and years went by and he gradually became that way, but in such a short amount of time? What happened?
Shawell Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
What happened to number 1 and 4 ?
They make me feel bad in a way
Lurockia Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
For Number 1, Morrigan left and for Number 4, Anders is gone. ):
LonewolfD Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
Amell longing to find his love, I'm guessing this is before Witch Hunt or did he not go through the mirror.
Lady Aeducan having comfort in her lover's arms. This is probably after awakenings because of the bun.
Male Hawke on the run with his lover after siding with the mages.
Lady Hawke viscount of Kirkwall but she killed Anders to keep the city safe and now she regrets what she did.

So which ones did I get right?
aimo Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012   Traditional Artist
The winnar is j00! Pretty much all are correct: Amell didn't go through the mirror, while Lady Hawke killed Rivalmance Anders in order to free him from Vengeance's control.
LonewolfD Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
Why didn't Amell go through mirror. Is it because his country need him more? Why didn't he go with his true love?
Nomadka2011 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
i don't recognize the lonely ones...
but i love the art
kaikou13 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Student General Artist
Older Alistair looks hot ngl
villain42 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
So what program do you use for most of your digital art?
How lovely!
cloudy0103 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very cute!! :meow: lovely!! :D
kitiaramajere Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
Shenachie Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
Way to grab those heartstrings and yank, Aimo!
da-vhenan Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
This is so beautiful. <3
dehedda94 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
well screw me with a flaming fish, now im crying
Momijimii Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
Did you make your Alistair king, or did you bring him with you to the Grey Wardens? My mage Warden brought him with her. :)
FyreQueen89 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
Oh, my word, so gorgeous. Amell and FemHawke are my favorites, I think. Just the amount of emotion(and the fact I have a femHawke in the same position as yours...), it's very powerful.
Marethyn Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
It's really nice, with the slightly sketchy style.

And I've just realized that the way you draw Alistair with beard he looks like my boyfriend :love:
jactinglim Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
aww beard looks cute on Alibear
kamidoodles Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
;~; is that bottom right champion a viscount with ander's feathers?
katiebour Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
Ioialoha Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
This is lovely, and so sad for some! Nice work.
EternoAprendiz Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
If she killed her lover she did not loved him/her. To love is to forgive mistakes and giving second and third chances.
theangellilith Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2015
Agreed, also for everyone saying how many innocents he killed, he blew up the chantry at night, when there were only the mothers and templars there. Also he tried the peaceful route for 7 years to no avail. I really hate all the shit Anders get when he went through one of the worst lives of all the companions. He was taken from his family at a young age, stripped from his name and only being called what they call the people from where he was born, being awaken with kicks to the head (he says this in DAOA), 1y in solitary confinement (also told by him in DAOA), even when he got conscripted the templars kept going after him (DAOA) and even got a templar to become a warden to watch him and shit (Anders short story), having one of his lovers who had passed the harrowing turned into a tranquil (DA2). Not to mention living his whole life under watch in a tower, never seeing his family again, never having the possibility of having meaningful relationships and if he happened to get someone pregnant in the circle, having the baby taken away as soon as it was born. Only mages of noble families tend to have some slack and see their families (Flynn, this one mage mentioned in some robes in MotA, possibly a Trevelyan inquisitorm and I believe Connor, not sure tho), which was not his case.

Besides Anders experience we also see that a lot of mages are abused, we know of the rite of annulment that kills every single mage, even children in a circle, sometimes only because they tried to keep some regional lore (Dairsmund), some are raped and made tranquil even after passing their harrowing (Sir Karras and Ser Alrik in DA2), some are just left to die and forgot about (the human Cole). The very harrowing is a ridiculous test and terrible to do to anyone, they tell mages demons are bad, then send them into the fade to stay face to face with demons and if you fail, you're cut down, imagine if they did the same to everyone, I mean in DA2 all companions minus Anders fall to the demons when you are trying to save Feynriel. But then again the point of view in Thedas is that "Mages aren't people" (Cullen states that in DA2).

Even so he kept writing a manifesto, tried to help mages escape and had a free clinic for 7y. But when he saw nothing would ever change he did one act on which he expected to die to try to free everyone like himself. But people hate him more than Isabela (who stole the qun and got kirkwall into war with the quarry, vicount dead and the power trouble later on), Fenris (he killed all the fog warriors that had helped him without trouble when Danarius returned, only after got remorse, even so he kills his sister if you do not stop him, and all of the slavers that were out to capture him), Sebastian (asks Hawke to kill all these mercs as revenge for what was done to him, then he condones the vengeful act of Anders), Merril (her playing with demons got her keeper possessed, also was the reason Pol died and can eventually be the reason her whole clan is killed). Hell, even Varric had a terrible idea of keeping the red lyrium idol unless you stop him. 

At least Ander's actions were not about himself, he wanted mages to be free and he expected to be killed for what he did, Sebastian, Isabela, Fenris, Merril never expect to die and what they did was about themselves and their own needs (revenge for Sebastian, selfishness for Isabela, pleasing his master for Fenris and later keeping his freedom, and finally trying to be the one to fix a broken eluvian and get a piece of their culture back for Merril and also a way to try to cope with the death of Tamlen).

I hate how people hate Anders. Then again, "one man's terrorist, is another's freedom fighter."
Graveyard-Keeper Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That was not a mistake at all! D: I think it's quite evident, check the dialogues, he felt no compassion nor regret.
I mean, Anders IS pretty hot, but looking past what he did is just fucked up.
EternoAprendiz Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
I studied law and psychology so I'm against death penalty and I strongly defend people can change and should do something to compensate their mistakes.

Death is the easy way out for Anders.
Graveyard-Keeper Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm saying it was not a mistake. A mistake is if he had wished, at any point, he would have done differently. He NEVER acknowledged any regret.
Sparing his life is indeed an option, without having to forgive him (Which is really not Hawke's place to do.) What I'm saying is fucked up -from Hawke's perspective- is completing the romance.

And to be honest... In the atmosphere of the game, that resembles the brutal middle age, Hawke is judge and executioner all the time, I don't think actual ethics concepts about human rights/life's worth apply. You don't really get to choose not to kill. It kind of...Is the whole game,stroll around and kill in the name of justice. It just wouldn't be consistent to act differently.
Pittlers Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
I think betrayal and terrorism count as unforgivable no matter how much you love someone.
EternoAprendiz Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
And how killing solves anything? Merrill is right: He should work to put things right instead. And Vengence is still alive and free to possess a new body.

He probably saves more people than he killed as a free healer.
Pittlers Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
Killing him prevents him from doing more atrocities in the name of mage's freedom. Killing him removes "justice" from the waking world. Not killing him makes Hawke all but useless as a mediator in the war to come, the chantry and certainly no templars will listen to someone who is protecting Anders. He is possessed by "justice", it is only fair that he gets what he deserves.
EternoAprendiz Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
No it doesn't. You will see. Vengence will be back in another body in no time.

And not everyone knows who blew the Chantry. Everyone near when he confessed is dead or his friend. And in-game even the templars and seekers don't seem to care if you save Anders.
CandyStriped Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
What bugged me with Anders decision is his complete lack of respect, not just for Hawke, but for anyone.

He didnt trust Hawke to confide in his plan, but insisted on roping him/her into it with emotional blackmail.

He murdered innocent civilians over a non-existant point "Because there is no compromise" - well no not any more Anders, since you've just labled every innocent mage a killer because of your complete and utter lack of diplomacy.

To me, his actions dictated cared for nobody but himself. He insisted on his method being the only method, refusing to listen reason. It's his way, or the high way - which also makes me wonder if Pride is infecting Justice as well.

In either case, killing Anders after his act of terrorism, ensures he will endanger nobody with such irrespnibleonver again.
No more Mages will suffer for his decisions.

It hurt to kill Anders for me, because I loved him in DA: Awakening, but if someone can kill so many innocents because he "feels" it's the right thing to do over some misguided sense of justice, then they are a danger to the public.
EternoAprendiz Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
No it doesn't. The author heavily implied that Vengence is still alive if you kill Anders. And he can possess others and do worse.

Anders say he is trying to make a potion to separate him from Justice and that it will make "BOOOMM" and it's done. And Anders wants to die for what he did because he fells guilt and agree that die is the right punishment for him.

But I agree about his way being stupid, It's just a very forced plot device, I made two comics about that.
issuldra Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My friend and I were batting around the idea that Vengence is slowly turning into Wrath. So that is a very valid point.
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