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Traces of Death by Hieronymus7Z Traces of Death by Hieronymus7Z
"In Bravil lies the home of the Lucky Old Lady and a "lucky" Bosmer, and today fortune shines on both... but only one shines back."

"...Ungolim, the leader of the Black Hand, the Listener. He routinely visits the Lucky Old Lady statue each night, which is where he receives the list of people to visit that have performed the Night Mother Ritual..."

A scene from the "A Kiss Before Dying" TES IV: Oblivion quest.
My entry for a contest held by the and
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This piece of fan art is rather unique and it has very good conceptual tone. I especially like how if you look closely, the background appears to be giving the victim a judging look and yet also a pitying look, which adds a nice dose of impact to the picture. The use of color has been done in a way that fits the colour style used in Oblivion. This picture makes the quest in the game mean more to me now and it feels as if you've been given more of an insight into why you did this to this character. It really feels as if i'm playing the game again

good luck in the contest hieronymus7Z!
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This is a beautiful piece of artwork. I love the amount of detail here, from the rain to the blood, to the accurate likeness of the Lucky Lady/Night Mother and the city of Bravil. The lighting is gorgeous, including the reflections on the ground, and the inclusion of Masser and Secunda is a wonderful addition. The pose of the character, as if he is in mid-fall, is also excellently executed (if you will pardon the pun :P ).

As an Elder Scrolls fan, I love this work. This illustrates one of the best moments in Oblivion, and I can clearly remember my own Dark Brotherhood character doing the exact same thing. :D

All in all, wonderful job! :)
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Geoffryn Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015
Looks like a Tower of High Sorcery....
JadeEmptyGlass Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014
I really love this piece. Ungolim's pose, his soaked green brocade doublet, the lit torch falling to the rain-slick stones, the Lady looming out from the silhouette of Mother Mara's chapel, it's all so masterfully rendered. It particularly captures the secrecy and silence of this crucial moment, Ungolim's last gasp and the clatter of his torch muffled by the patter of rain.
Cartagia1 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
This is one of the best pictures I ever seen on this site.... poor Ungolim
Tobassinesia Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013
Ungolim noooooooooooooooo...
BeardedBovel Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013
This is such a great piece of art. Straight away I saw the scene play out before me, from playing the game myself. May I post this picture on my blog as flavour for a post? The blog is about TES RPG I am hosting.
Hieronymus7Z Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Sure thing, feel free to use the piece. Link me to the thing if you wish too. Thank you (:
BeardedBovel Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013
Thank you very much, here is the result.…
B6L6U6E Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Student General Artist
I'm in love with this piece.
BiGoDeViN28 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
Man, this piece is great. There's a lot of good TES fanart out there but this one holds a story. I like how you portrayed the fight with Ungolim. He's a legend for being able to sense Assassins close by. But he was unable to sense you. I like this a lot because in the actual game, I always ended up just throwing hands with him, with no sense of stealth. Either way, good work.
PriestMorokei Featured By Owner May 30, 2013
Absolutely amazing! It is Indeed a masterpiece.
LieutenantGordon Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013
Gorgeous! Only thing that bugs me is that it's raining, but you can see the moons as if it was a clear night.
VeronikaDark Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great. May I have your permission to publish your naroby Gallery on our website. [link]
Hieronymus7Z Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Sure thing, thank you (: sorry for the delay!
UnholyEvil Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
I love how Swietopelk clearly has no clue what is happening in the picture:D
heiwako Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is absolutely gorgeous. I found it on Tumblr and immediately recognized the Lucky Old Lady. I thought I recognized Ungolim, but followed the link to just be sure. I love being able to tell the source without citation and I think you did that here. The rain adds a certain melancholy element to the piece.
trish05 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
SophiaDragonMaster Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Aaah amazing! Brings back so many memories!
I love everything about this, it's just so powerful.
Tsapoliton Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012
Nice atmosphere, I really love this work.
GreyFoxHel Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012   Digital Artist
Боги, о этот момент! *_* *далее следует куча комплиментов и лама*
gor1ck Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012
На мой взгляд это лучшее из того, что приходилось у тебя видеть.
B6L6U6E Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Student General Artist
Wow. I love it.
DanNiDae Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Student
That is epic...and very inspiring!
Great job, love the amount of detail. The lighting is beautiful
MadValGod Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012
It's very cool +___+
PunkRoctorok Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Some of the best TES art I've ever seen. Bravo. Bravo.
TytoAlba19499 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012
вау! отличная работа
BloodRosesForAll Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Totally amazing piece, here! :D
Kinda sad that a few people that have seen this don't truly realize what's going on, though.
My favorite quest in Oblivion, besides the Shivering Isles, and I still remember how the last time you see a certain loyal Speaker is right after this scene.
Truly brings back so many bittersweet and nostalgic feelings... :'3
MasterFyr Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012
Офигительно красивая работа! Спасибо Вам! :)
Neria-Mahariel Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is stunning, and absolutely amazing. I envy your talent. The rain looks amazing, as well. Everything in this looks spectacular.
KoriMasho Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That is EXACTLY how I kill him every time, too. Arrow to the neck/head.
This is amazing, beautiful, awesome, and provoking. I almost skipped over it, like a do with most of the stuff that ends up in my inbox, but the statue caught my eye, and I went, "Night Mother!" I'm a total dork, I know. But this made me grin widely. Well done, you!
Izz-noxfox Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This is a really great illustration of this event, very dramatic and immersive, it feels like we're there, watching this instant like time froze in shock and horror. The composition is excellent and the colors fit very nicely the gloomy atmosphere of Bravil and the theme of the Dark Brotherhood. Your style is great, precise and technical yet still emotive. I'd like to give a special mention to the light reflections on the watery ground.
Annathelle26 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is just breathtaking!!:wow::heart:
NorroenDyrd Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012
Stunning moment capture - I just love the falling torch detail! :iconiheartitplz:
EdminAkaDiamond Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Cutetiger40 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh. My. Lord... This! This is SO beautiful and amazing!
I love it so much! :heart:
I love the details on the buildings and Ungolim's pose looks really great :D
The way the rain and the moons create the mood and setting is amazing. And the rain even makes the Night Mother's statue look like its crying for him.
Awesome job!
Quillweave Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012
Just... gorgeous. This immediately evoked memories of the first time I completed this quest - and the chilling consequences. Well done! :la:
WhenNightmaresWalked Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Student Writer
Oh, but that is beautiful.
ego Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
one of the most beautiful pieces of oblivion-related fan art that i've ever seen. gorgeous, just gorgeous.
Le-ARi Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
I have not played this game and do not know these characters, but I loved this picture! Very beautiful and emotional!
DNGgimp Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just wow.... it's beautiful.
cloud-koibito-gurl Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
"No! No, I'm too late! I thought I could get here in time, thought I could stop you! By Sithis, what have you done? What madness has claimed you? You have betrayed me, you have betrayed the Dark Brotherhood!"

I like how the rain on the Lucky Old Lady makes it look like she's weeping for her fallen child. Excellent Picture.
jashin3378 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
Loved this quest. Love the shinys from the light, especially the reflections on the wet stone :)
AmberAndAmethyst Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think I can watch this forever.
OctodogPhotography Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh the nostalgia! ;w; What a gorgeous piece.
Aniphine Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Professional Writer
Absolutely gorgeous work!
AxisEnigma Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Wow, I thought "hey this reminds me of the night mother" then i actually read the description.
Jowain92 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Wow, this really captures the tone of this quest in a very different way, I like that, its unique and very cool!
Apolloette Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is amazing. I love the perspective, the mood... everything. This quest was always fun to do in Oblivion, but you've made me look at it in a whole new way :D Great job, and best of luck in the contest.
WraythSkitzifrenik Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yup, that's how I did it. Very cool!
Hieronymus7Z Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, mate!
Dr-Aim Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Student General Artist
I love the brown and orange palette of this, it's awesome. I didn't immediately understood the front character's deal (an arrow in the neck, that's his deal), but awesome job nonetheless !
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