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If You Want to Cross the Bridge, My Sweet by hyperionwitch If You Want to Cross the Bridge, My Sweet by hyperionwitch
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What's that you say? You think Poor Unfortunate Souls is a weird song to take a title from? Sure! I'm terrible at titles. lol

A bit ago I sketched Llaalruse as the High Priestess in a Tarot deck, and I wanted to finish it...but it seemed kind of silly to do a Tarot card with no accompanying pieces, so I just made it into a piece about the choices in Lal's life.

Particularly later in her life, she gets kind of conflicted about being a part of the Thieves Guild along with House Hlaalu--it's not that she's big into politics, she just happens to have Real Feelings for Crassius Curio while also thinking of the Guild as her family. I guess that's where the title comes in? She can't really switch completely to either side without losing something, so...she just kind of...tries really hard to straddle the line between the two.

There's a lot more to it--like why she's dressed the way she is, what the objects mean, etc, but I figure I won't bother explaining unless someone is actually interested. Y'know. Just to keep from being obnoxious.

Anyway. A Photoshop painting! I've been struggling with MyPaint lately, so I wanted to try going back to PS for a while. Honestly, this turned out so well that I think I might be going in...a good direction? I always think that! Who knows. Whatever works. Anyway, I spent a lot of time doing detail work on this, so I'm particularly happy with the result.

(I must have been in a Terezi mood when I worked on this. I picked teal and red for the colors, I was wearing teal and red that day...hmm.)

Elder Scrolls belongs to Bethesda
Llaalruse belongs to me
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squidonmyhead Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
This is so awesome :O I wish you could give your character that hairstyle in the game <3
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hyperionwitch Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, well, I suppose you can, if you play on PC and use mods. 'Course I suppose this particular lady's a bit weird, in that she wears a wig, but. *shrug*
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400004 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
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Narakyo Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
I wouldn't mind hearing about meanings and stuff cuz I'm nosey :D probably be good for notes and stuff lols
I do love her clothing in this :)
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hyperionwitch Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
lol WELP. They aren't super deep, since I'm a bit lame, but let's see. Subbed for space-saving.

She's wearing a wig and half-dressed in red because it's a deconstruction of her fake persona, Venan Olethys (House Brother in House Hlaalu). Showing off both her normal self and her fake self is supposed to sort of tie into the two-sided thing.

On the left side, there are a bunch of objects that are...well, eminently stealable. It's a little shallow, since it implies that the only reason she sticks with the guild is for monetary reasons, so the Bal Molagmer gloves are there, too. For her, the guild is not only about being with the family she's been adopted into, but also about stealing from people who don't need it and giving it to people who do.

On the other side, love tokens from Crassius Curio. There's a lot of weird backstory with them, like how Lal is in love with him and he likes her a lot but frankly can't be with her because that's not his schtick and also he's a politician. Regardless, he does tend to send her little gifts, so she still can't get over him, and that tugs her away from the guild and into House Hlaalu.

The banner in the background is the symbol of House Hlaalu, which is appropriate since it also has to do with weighing things and, in this case, it's weighing decisions.

There were more things in it that related to the High Priestess card, since that's what she was going to be in the tarot thing (the flowers were going to be pomegranate blossoms, she has that veil partially covering her, originally there were going to be letters emblazoned on the banner in Daedric lettering--another High Priestess thing), but most were either axed or reappropriated.


lol I hope that interested you. I know it's not terribly deep, but I wanted to stay in the ES canon here. XD
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Narakyo Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
It is ouo I love learning about other people's canon because, in a way, that's someone's take on the game itself and it's people XD I always imagine my girl didn't get along with House of Hlaalu because of a glitch that made them attack me on sight (ANY Hlaalu guard in ANY location...indoors or outdoors...there was armor piled in from of my home in Balmora LOL)
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hyperionwitch Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:DD

Haha oh man, that's a crazy glitch. Gotta suck, too--I love being in Balmora, I'd be sad if they'd all attack me there.
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Narakyo Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
Right??? The only upside was I was allow to fight back since they had the whole 'they have to strike first rule' Power leveling FTW XD
I might have to draw a picture of this now or something XD
will stop wasting comment space on awesome picture ouo <3
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hyperionwitch Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
lol That's true, at least. XD

HAH, don't worry about that. Nobody comments much. lol BUT YES DRAW, YESSS.
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PunkRoctorok Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
ah the great house hlaalu. greedy fucks xD.
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hyperionwitch Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I think by greedy you mean BEST. XD Kidding, but I do love Hlaalu. Always been up my alley (stealthy and talky).
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PunkRoctorok Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I joined Hlaalu on my warrior, not knowing what they were, so I couldn't get far. On my stealthy Imperial I got pretty far, but i haven't played that game since Skyrim came out. Now Telvanni are a bunch of crazy fuckers and I REALLY want to explore them but magic is so hard to manage on that game...
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hyperionwitch Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
lol It's not too bad once you get used to it. Honestly, most enemies are so still when they attack you that it's easy to hit them with spells (as opposed to Skyrim, where things like Ice Wraiths flail around like their life is at stake--which I guess it is). If you get a lot of money and buy high level spells while spamming magic to up your stats, it's pretty doable. And Telvanni is pretty legit--it starts out kind of fetch-questy, but it gets really fun later on.
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PunkRoctorok Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
well yea but magicka didn't recharge on there unless you waited and every freakin little attribute determined your likeliness you would even hit. idk, i might try it. :)
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hyperionwitch Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
True, that part is annoying. Fortunately, if you increase the right attributes, you can get a whole lot of magicka, making it possible to cast a billion spells before you run out. Another good thing is to steal a staff from a Telvanni early on--it is extremely powerful, so when you run out of spells, you can just beat things with it (while it casts magic). It's in the tower in Tel Branora--Felen Maryon's Ebony Staff. You can stand behind his shelf, sneak, and you'll be basically invisible.
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PunkRoctorok Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
haha, you've got that game figured out like i have oblivion :)
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hyperionwitch Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
lol I think I've read UESP and the published guide more times than I can count. Morrowind is my baby. ...Also I like to find ways to make it easier.
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monikoko Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
Oh, I love the part where cons reflect the red light from material. I usually do that on nearly every surface to bring the piece together. But I overdo it quite often.
I really like the whole piece. It gives the dark and cold mood and pose reflect that even more.
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Aniphine Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Professional Writer
This looks amazing! I love the colors and the lighting. Well done, it really has a dark aura to it. :D
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Tomatosoup Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
Aaah I love your colouring! And the light and everything! Unf.
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Quilsnap Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012   General Artist
I think everyone has 'feelings' about uncle crassius
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hyperionwitch Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
lol I certainly find him hilarious, but I'm not sure I share Lalruse's actual love.
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Wingedfeline Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
It's pretty amazing X3 Awesome job.

...Now excuse me while I go listen to poor unfortunate souls. x3
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Hessarian Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow
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