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Kyreth's Bow by Aikurisu Kyreth's Bow by Aikurisu
ďA good hunter always crafts his own bow. Not because it teaches him a vital necessity for living off the land, but because the bow should be unique to each wielder's body, soul and mind, lest weíre forced to take the arms of those before us.Ē
-- Kiefer Oakheart



In true Oakheart tradition, those who sought to become men among them had to undergo several rites of adulthood before they could marry, begin families, and hunt for themselves without the guidance of their fathers or closest kin. Among these rites, before they could partake in what was known as the Ďblood huntí, adolescents were told to craft their own bows, as a sign of independence and hunting skill. Yet because Kyreth himself was born into Ascalonís nobility with his motherís parentage, the rites of adulthood his father undertook in his youth need not have applied to his children. Kiefer was a man who respected the traditions of his ancestors, though, and with it taught his only son everything he knew about his ways of the hunt and how to live off the land, among other things.

In the case of Kyrethís bow, however, Kyreth as a young boy was enamoured with the design of a bow he saw carried by a traveller who was passing through Ascalon on some kind of trade errand. The bow was shaped after what would become known as a Half Moon Shortbow, which was considered somewhat exotic in Kyrethís youth before its design was fancied by crafters around the world. Nevertheless, when Kyreth was tasked by his father to craft his own bow before he could become a man, Kyreth leaned back on his memory of the travellerís bow when he set about designing what would never leave his side for decades. To some it is the rangerís closest companion for the sentimental value it holds to him, which is helped in part with his chosen grip, being the remains of a garb his dear sister wore when she was a servant of Dwayna; the very same she would come to lose her life in, before The Searing. Before Kyreth's innocence was lost to the tides of her terrible fate...


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Of course, there is another reason I chose to model something off the Half Moon Bow... for I wanted to draw something that can be seen in the game, and it's been Kyreth's chosen bow for years. =P

Wow, and has it really been like two years since Iíve drawn a bow illustration? Seriously, I need to get out and draw more. x_x

Artwork / Kyreth Oakheart - © Kristopher P. Love // Guild Wars - © ArenaNet
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kaburninator Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014
nice
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Arah019 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
Excellent!
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Aikurisu Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012
Thanks!
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Arah019 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012
you're welcome! :)
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bodice Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012
Love the shortbow, it looks great! :D
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Aikurisu Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012
Thanks Bella. =D
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Senatime Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I always wanted to learn the bow. This is great, love the symmetry, an actual bow like this would be to amazing, would take some serious craftsmanship.
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Aikurisu Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012
lol, what I would give to see this crafted in real life, too. I know I'd have it hung up on my wall for inspiration. =)

...or have it for use. Heh, I've always been fond of archery, but for some reason I've never taken the time to learn it.
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BelRhaza4017 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
incredible work on this bow, my friend
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Aikurisu Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012
thanks =)
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BelRhaza4017 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
U r most welcome, my friend
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tigerfeiry Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
You do need to get out and draw more. I also started squealing when I heard you mention Ascalon. I wish I could get back into the GW1 story and work on my game more, but I haven't had much will for it. You said you might not be playing version 2 of the game, right? I've had several friends who did the beta, who were skeptics because they didn't think the PVP only endgame or the way its transitioned into an MMO would work, and have said that the game is amazing. 14 days! I'm very excited :squee:
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Aikurisu Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012
lol, I kinda feel silly in a way for being one of only three people who are able to acquire the Collector's Edition for GW2 in my area, yet at the same I need to keep telling myself that the main reason I got it was because I was hugely impressed with the CEs for GW1 and love this latest game's art direction. (Even though I'd gladly sell my statue of that Charr when I get the chance...)

Anyway, hope my latest piece inspires you more about playing GW1 again at any rate. There will hopefully be plenty more to come. =D

Now if only we could play as the Ghosts of Ascalon in GW2... and kill countless Charr...
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tigerfeiry Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012
Hannah wanted to buy the CE just for the Charr, but we can't afford it. I pre-ordered us the base copy, we don't get the 3 day head start either because we're getting a physical copy. But I'm looking forward to the game.

As far as gaining interest in GW1, it isn't likely to happen, unfortunately. The inability to jump around kinda broke me, lol.
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Aikurisu Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012
lol, true. The inability to do much in GW1 that you could in something like WoW is kinda suckful... but ah well.

Still, you may want to jump back in for a chance to acquire some items to put in your HoM. =)
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tigerfeiry Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012
I shall think about it. Haven't been feeling peachy keen lately so I've not been doing a whole lot of anything.
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Velnna Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful design :love:
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Aikurisu Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012
Thank you =)
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Velnna Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're most welcome :heart:
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Dhaundre Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
Great!
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Aikurisu Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012
Thanks!
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DameOdessa Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Love it! :omg: Splendid!
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Aikurisu Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012
=D
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