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Here, at the end of all the things. by DarrenGeers Here, at the end of all the things. by DarrenGeers
The final installment of our hero's journey ;_;

you can watch the making of here - www.twitch.tv/geers_art/b/4974…

follow on twitter to see when I go live - twitter.com/GeersArt


Rest well young Khajiit.  Rest well.
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Daily Deviation

Given 2014-04-29
Highly emotive and sad, makes you want to jump into the screen to
the other side, hug him and tell him everything is going to be alright.

Here, at the end of all the things. by DarrenGeers ( Suggested by KeinZantezuken and Featured by Thiefoworld )
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MrElagan Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I keep coming back to this picture, it's just hands down the most expressive art I've ever seen - I especially remember the first time I saw it after all the other pictures in the series and it just struck me how amazing this is. Just incredible :)
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Satsunoryu Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
It's a great outro screen and pic.  Just amazing.
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obsidianbug Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Your art is wonderful and gorgeous<3
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DarrenGeers Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
thank you :)
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randommurmeli Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2015
Your art is wonderful! This is really nice work!
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werefox00 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2015
Poor thing, Wish he had a happier ending.
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ultimatede Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015
This is adorable!
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AFK-man Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2015
Oh! It's sooooo cute.
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Gatman720 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hopefully it was a heroic sacrifice.
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Allentia Featured By Owner May 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So cute yet so sad ;___; :heart:
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jesspeach Featured By Owner May 23, 2015
Wait wait guys, hes not dead, he just took an arrow to the knee so he can no longer be an adventurer.. right?.. right??  T-T
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goeliath Featured By Owner May 16, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awwwww! What!? WHy!? the cyootness is dead?!
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JoeGuy4Yanna Featured By Owner May 12, 2015
omg, this is so damn cute, how come its not already in my favs?
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rachellethatsme Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015  Student General Artist
So this is a thing!
www.bcwsupplies.com/type/maxpr…
Hope they talked to you first :S
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DarrenGeers Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
thanks, they did :)
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An-Old-Otaku Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Wonderful!  Just wonderful!  :thumbsup:  :thumbsup:
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Whim-N-Wonder Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Waaaah! 
Despite the sadness it gives me, you did a wonderful job! ;) (Wink) 
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hollowhero95 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015
Damn you arrow to the knee, why, JUST WHY!. This is so sad, rest in peace Dovahcat, "The warm sand of Elsweyr is far away from here."
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Deathwhisper123 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
That line has never sounded so tragic than now. I can only imagine.....

This was it, he thought. His tiny body sat limply on the dusty ground, his back leaning on the ancient word wall for support. The trip getting here had been quite troublesome. The draugr had been extra cranky this time. They sure did a number on him. Oh, but that was okay, he mused to himself. He was used to getting beaten up.

It had been many seasons since he had slain Alduin. By now, his reputation had spread throughout all of Tamriel. His name was sung in many songs, his tale told in many stories. His tales of triumph over evil were so many that some even thought of him as a god. Yet, as heroic as they made him out to be, he was just a little Khajiit, a scared little wanderer who had been suddenly burdened with an impossible task. Slaying dragons was a dangerous, painful job. He remembered the countless times his fur had been singed off or when his whiskers were frozen brittle. Scars from their vicious bites hid unnoticed underneath his plushy pelt, the pain they came with sometimes still jabbing at him on cold nights.

When he had finally killed Alduin, the little Khajiit couldn't help but feel that he had so much more to do. He had wanted to retire, yes. Get away from all this fighting. He had seen enough bloodshed to last him countless lifetimes. And yet, as he reflected upon the memory of slaying the World-Eater on the fields of Sovngarde, Dovahcat knew that he had only survived because this world still needed him and his gifts. So help the world he did. 

A wet cough rattled through Dovahcat's body, the sound echoing off the vast walls of the ancient tomb. Ah, he had been daydreaming again. It seemed this was all he was doing nowadays. In his daydreams he saw all his comrades and the battles he shared with them. Most of them were gone by now, probably up there drinking mead with all the other great Nords of old. He'd look forward to seeing them again. It wouldn't be long now. He could almost hear their voices calling him, telling him to hurry up and join the festivities.

He could feel the life ebbing away from him, his grip on this world slowly loosening with every passing second. No more fighting, no more tears, no more fears. The thought cheered him up so much that he could barely feel the pain of his wounds. The trip here was worth it. After all, he thought it fitting that he meet his end in the place it all began. Bleak Falls Barrow seemed almost untouched since he last came here. He wagered it'd stay that way for many more seasons. He found himself chuckling despite himself. It was funny how unafraid he was of death now even though he always feared it before. Maybe it was because he knew the peace it brought or because he knew what awaited him after this.

Regardless, Dovahcat could feel the cold winds now. They battered his worn body, and even his fur could not lessen the chilly touch. He shivered and tried to warm himself up but found his arms could no longer move - like most of his body. The little Khajiit could only close his eyes and imagine that he was warm. Funny enough the first image that came to mind was of his homeland, a place he had not been to ever since his quest had began. A small pang of homesickness hit him. He missed the warm sun that peaked through the lush jungles or of the golden mountains that gleamed under its beautiful light. Never again would he be able to go there. As Dovahcat's soul was finally released from his worldly body, he found himself muttering a line his Caravan friends had told him so many times before, a line that he related to now more than ever.

"
The warm sand of Elsweyr is far away from here...."

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hollowhero95 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2015
Wow, wow... that's really deep, well written and described, i don't know what else to say, aside that what you wrote is a fitting description of this image. That line indeed now sounds more tragic than ever.
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Deathwhisper123 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks! I just hope what I wrote could match the brilliance of the artist's work. It was so emotive that I was inspired to give it a story.
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MyBeautifulFlaws Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
HE TOOK AN ARROW TO THE KNEE, TOO!
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MahouShoujoIceStar Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If only Alfiq were bipedal!
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Scyther3 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015
After killing Alduin and doing every single little thing any person could need help with, he lays down and rests. The Final Rest (not meaning that he is dead)
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DarrenGeers Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
he totally dead
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Dragon-of-Twilight Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Congrats on the DD! I remember this little guy <3
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hjullu Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2015
;_; !!
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Neteasegames Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015
Hi, Darren Geers, I have seen your excellent works in your website, Can we have a further communication about job opportunity? My skypeID: neteasegames
or I can call you at your convenience.
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DarrenGeers Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
hi Netease - can you please send a note with a basic description of what you're looking for before I add you on Skype?  Thank you.
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Neteasegames Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015
We are having concept artist, VFX, GUI artist , Animator, and other positions . These experts position will help us to create more excellent games
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DarrenGeers Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
oh I understand.  I'm currently employed - thank you for the offer :)
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Neteasegames Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015
Thank you, you can see our website address :forum.deviantart.com/jobs/offe…
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xBeauGaming Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015
Dude, this is awesome!  Do you sell prints?
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DarrenGeers Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
no prints yet sorry, haven't had time to set something up.  Feel free to print it for personal use though!
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FYGO369MFD Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
His last adventure... that arrow ended everything
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Waanmo Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So sad... I love your work here, but the feels are really hard!
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GounterLOVE Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
An arrow in the knee!!!
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AvalPlaza Featured By Owner Edited Jan 26, 2015
I am having a dejavu, it's like I´ve seen that scene before - years ago.
I am not into manga though.
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CagierAgate26 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
[>;~;]> I just want to hug him, to take the pain away....
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grim-vi-iii Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015
if all khajiit would look like this, I'd play khajiit more often.
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chaincat33 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Khajiit will tell tales, sing songs and raise skooma in honour of the fallen. May Azurah protect the fate of his soul.
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MaRina731 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so unbearably sad! And I don't even know the background story ... oh, dear! I can't stand it and yet it's beautiful - and so so sad!
Well done! This is excellent work!

:+fav:'d
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DarrenGeers Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
thank you
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Jowain92 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Rest in peace Dovahcat, you will be sung of by the greatest bards in Skyrim... except Mikael... he sucks.
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unknownErrorfound Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014
YOU PUT AN ARROW IN HIS KNEE
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NobleValerian Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Professional General Artist
Shared this on my blog  :)

www.noblevalerian.com/da-favou…
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Demon57 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Totally awesome artistry! :love:
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DarrenGeers Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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Demon57 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Hatsune Miku-06 (Smile)  no problem 
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