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Shadow of the Past by Aikurisu Shadow of the Past by Aikurisu
“Let each Charr I slay rot in this world and deserve no afterlife, no gift beyond death. This much I willl say, for all the innocent blood they have shed. And may that prey upon their minds whenever they look to the shadows, lest they forget.”
-- Kyreth Oakheart



In the dark times that shortly followed The Searing, before Prince Rurik began the exodus of many Ascalonians seeking refuge in Kryta, there was story of a man who preyed against the Charr legions, fighting from the shadows and ruins of what once belonged to Ascalon. He was a solitary individual, avoiding the company of others as he and his equally independent pet, a rare feline simply known to him and other travellers as ‘Friend’, traversed many areas north of the shattered remains of the Great Wall and hunted down Charr stragglers and parties alike that knew not what they fought.

Some thought him to be a demon. Some learnt to fear him. In an earlier age, though, the shadowy figure was thought a man who had everything he wanted, only to lose all by the time of The Searing. He was once a noble, respected, gifted with the bow, and graciously blessed well by the human gods. Some say he even heard them speak to him, lead him, especially that of one goddess, Melandru. Some Ascalonians believed he was her champion, and those who did had their reasons. Whether or not this was true, Kyreth Oakheart was a man who fought the tides of evil and death. He despised it as he did all walks of life that tried to embrace it. Necromancers, even among mankind, quickly learned that the ranger was inhospitable to all servants of Grenth. He had no pity for how they lived.

Still, in the end, Kyreth longed to slay only Charr. Yet in the days that lead to King Adelbern denouncing his son, Kyreth put his personal ambitions aside to aid Prince Rurik in leading his wary people away from Ascalon’s scorched battlegrounds. He was among those who lead the way in securing the earliest paths for refugees to take in reaching Yak’s Bend, silencing many a Charr scout and leaving their skinned corpses to rot in the sun for their kin to see and know that The Beastslayer prowled the area. Their bravest sought to find him and bring his head back as a trophy, although as it came to be that none of their bravest ever returned, it is said the Charr grew bored of trying to hunt him down and hid their fear by calling him a coward who fought them with trickery and honourless ways.

Those who did see Kyreth fight knew otherwise, however. He was quick, very quick, and was said to even surpass the talents of the hero, Aidan. Like Aidan, though, Kyreth almost lost himself to his obsession with vengeance against the Charr, till Rurik’s path lead him into the Shiverpeak Mountains and thus had him slowly forget his hatred for what remained many a thorn in Ascalon's landscape. Although by then Kyreth’s time as The Beastslayer made him a legend to those among the Charr who would remember him as a great warrior to be respected. A legend that would outlive their era...


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Though not originally in the cards, I did want to draw something atmospheric for Kyreth's backstory to begin with, so here we are. Hope you like and comments and such always apppreciated. =)

Artwork / Kyreth Oakheart - © Kristopher P. Love // Guild Wars - © ArenaNet
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BeatchBall Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012   Writer
:omg: Wow!
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Aikurisu Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
Thanks!
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Roocool Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
way to coool
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Aikurisu Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
thanks
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wangqr Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
amazinggg :D the lighting n shading is rly well done!! i love the dark mood in this piece!
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Aikurisu Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
Hehe, thanks. =)
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roamingtigress Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
I love the atmosphere here; very dark and atmospheric. Great work!
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Aikurisu Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
Thanks! =)
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roamingtigress Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
You are very welcome!
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BlaueLibelle Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
the atmosphere is amazing! Great work :D
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Aikurisu Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
Thanks =D
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BlaueLibelle Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
welcome :)
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killa02 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i love this ambiance,very nice job ^^
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Aikurisu Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
Thanks. =)
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J-u-d-a-s Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
Hauntingly beautiful, very nice :thumbsup:
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Aikurisu Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
Thanks Paul. =D
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Senatime Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Great lighting effect. Spooky elements always work well with trees.
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Aikurisu Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012
Indeed. Heh, your words made me start thinking about Sleepy Hollow, too. Loved that film for its atmospheric forests...
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Senatime Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I'll need to check it out.
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DameOdessa Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome and sublim! :wow: Amazing atmosphere! :love:
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Aikurisu Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012
Thanks Odessa. =D
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Malevolence-Game Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
This is phenominal! (added you to Skype, btw)
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Aikurisu Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012
=D
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BelRhaza4017 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
very cool back story to go with the pic of the sword that you did, very well done!
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Aikurisu Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012
Thanks! As for the back story, there much more to come. =D
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BelRhaza4017 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
sweet!
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Forsaken2544 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I like it!

The shadows hiding everything but the eyes gives it a supernatural feel. It needs to be seen at full-size, because otherwise a lot of the details are lost.

The hood kinda makes his shoulders look hunched. <_< but that is just an impression from a random wandering whatsisname.
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Aikurisu Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012
=D

lol, since you mentioned it... this is one of the first times I'm happier to see one of my works in a smaller size. Makes it easier to track all the details and merge them together to form a better focal point, imo, but I know what you mean. As for hunched shoulders... *shrugs* Wasn't what I thought, but I do know something is odd with his posture. Hmm...
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