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Rhys of Raleigh by Aikurisu Rhys of Raleigh by Aikurisu
Some lore will be updated with this soon, (later tonight, maybe), but for now I'm just going to take a break from this comp... before I revisit one of my original plans in turning it into a fancy fish tank...

[link] is the sword Rhys is wielding in this, too. So at least there's some related lore there if anyone's interested in it. =)


Artwork // Rhys Raleigh, Lore, Etc - Kristopher P. Love
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:iconzireael07:
Zireael07 Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This is amazing!
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:icondameodessastock:
Just sublim, the colors and lighting are perfect!
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Kaytara Oct 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful colouring and lighting work... So smooth and polished! O_O
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:iconynguer:
It looks like a heavy sword for a small person.
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:iconaikurisu:
Pretty much. It was wielded by much older and stronger men before Rhys' time, so it wasn't exactly meant for a teenager's hands.
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:iconimrryr:
Been meaning to comment on this one, but I quite like it and appreciate it's moody tone. And, of course the very muted color pallet helps reinforce that. Well done, sir!

I take it (from reading the lore) that things are going poorly for him, and he regrets taking up that sword? There really should be an agency in charge of mandating clear labeling on cursed swords so that this sort of thing doesn't happen. ;)
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:iconaikurisu:
Yeah, the labeling tag with that information was probably lost aeons ago. I think it also said something about not machine-washing it, but... =P

Yet ironically it's not the sword in itself that troubles him, but what it represents. Around roughly 300 years before Rhys was born, the Kingdom of Raleigh was peacefully annexed after its last king, Rafe the Yielder, bent his knee to the Gaelferan Empire and sacrificed Raleigh's sovereignty with it for sake of preserving his people's way of life, when their military strength was greatly lost during the Mad War. Rafe was considered a coward for this decision by many of his peers at the time, but scholars agree that he actually saved the heart of his kingdom from ruin: its people. So Rafe was as much a hero as his ancestors were, like Rurik the Maker. It's just he had to make a humbling decision none before him ever faced, and that his reign as the last Raleigh King was very short-lived. (He inherited the throne within merely a month before he surrendered it to Gaelfera.)

About 300 years later, though, Rhys, who is only 16 at the time, (which is his age in this illustration), reinstates Raleigh's soveriegnty by becoming it's first king since Rafe abdicated it. It's not what he wanted. He was forced to become king under the guidance of his advisors, since his father, High Lord Ragnar, disappeared in the Forbidden North with most of their military strength in that age. Raleigh's lands are left defenseless because of it, leading to the idea of reclaiming their sovereignty as a means to securing alliances with neighbouring noble houses in their region. But at any rate the sword is supposed to represent his bloodline's return to sovereignty, which he finds terrifying, deep down. He believes it's now his responsibility to lead his people to glory like his people's great kings of old, and the blade is a symbol of who they were, making it the perfect weapon to be at the side of their young descendant to further strengthen his voice as a Raleigh king.
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:iconbodice:
Yay!! Glad you finally drew him, he looks great! :love:

Now you just need to draw Zahra... ;)
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