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Bastion: Calamity Moon by Etherpendant Bastion: Calamity Moon by Etherpendant

...He emerged from that hole in the ground, into a wakin' nightmare. Everything that wasn't gone was twisted upside down. The world was frozen, air thick with ash. What few faces he saw on the street stared back at him with gray and vacant eyes. He found his wife-to-be asleep in her home. But when he reached out to her, she joined with all the ashes in the sky.

And so Zulf returned to where he proposed in the Hanging Gardens. And there he stood, as if the gods would answer him...

- Who Knows Where #3, Bastion

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...He was on top of the world; his mission to unite the Ura and Caelondians was taking shape, his desire to travel the land and see the city had come true, he even found love there, proposed and was accepted. He had everything. A whole life of happiness, fulfillment and companionship lay ahead of him.

And then the Calamity took everything. From the highest peak of elation to the deepest, darkest valley of loss, falling like the stones that once made up the land around him...


- :iconsinow-dark:
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How many times Setting Sail, Coming Home played while drawing this: NOT ENOUGH TIMES

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EDIT: THIS COMMENT SECTION IS ALREADY SUPER CLUTTERED BUT OMG A BASTION FANDOM IS FORMING

Steam group: [link]
General chat: [link]
Or just search the Bastion tag on tumblr [link] !!


I'm no longer involved in the fandom, but last I checked it was thriving on Tumblr :D Just search the "bastion" tag: [link]

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Bought HIB5 last week, immediately played through Bastion.

:iconblushplz::iconcblushplz:

SO AMAZING

I AM LISTENING TO THE SOUNDTRACK ON REPEAT NOW

:iconiloveyouplz:

Anyhow, I didn't really care for Zulf in my first playthrough though I did choose to save him. After, though, I started listening to the soundtrack in earnest, got hooked on "Mother, I'm Here (Zulf's Theme)". Youtube: [link] Liked the tune, didn't really get the lyrics though.

Then I stumbled on [link]. "...My approach for this one was to write a song that might be sung at funerals in the world of the game."

:iconcryforeverplz:

THE LYRICS MADE SENSE NOW. HORRIBLE SENSE.

oh zulf.

:iconcryforeverplz::iconcryforeverplz::iconcryforeverplz:

ASJFWEFAIFJLWDKJFF

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:iconkokoroichan:
KokoroIChan Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014
THIS GAME IS AMAZING AND YOU ARE TOO
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:iconbloodcurdlingraccoon:
Your painting perfectly captures the mood of Zulf's theme! :iconcryforeverplz:
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ProfBathrobe Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Feeeeeeeeeels...
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ColinGhastslayer Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Sorry for another post, but just a warning, after looking at this pic and listening to Zulf's song I literally started crying ( and now i can't look at it without crying.. XD) . Bastion is beautiful and so is this piece.
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ColinGhastslayer Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Good grief, this brought tears to my eyes, really great job.
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:iconnightchildmoonchild:
nightchildmoonchild Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Poor Zulf
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:icongeorgemerianos:
GeorgeMerianos Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I loved that game. One of my favourites. 
Nice job :D
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DemoniqueAlma Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I felt to sorry to let him die I love bastion.T-T
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:iconetherpendant:
Etherpendant Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
D: nooo! New game+ and save him T_T
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DemoniqueAlma Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'm doing that everytime now!XD
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:iconfukaimori247:
Fukaimori247 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
lol I know that feel.
The lyrics killed me when I had listened to them on repeat for half a day.
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:iconetherpendant:
Etherpendant Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
"...Lie, on my back, clouds are making way for me... I'm, coming home...sweet home..."

/wails
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:iconfukaimori247:
Fukaimori247 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
/sob
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lucas420 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you did absolutely wonderful.
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:iconetherpendant:
Etherpendant Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
t-thanks :iconcryforeverplz:
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UncleAsriel Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
Great way to capture a powerful scene.

I'd argue that the silhouette figure's smiles are a bit too large for their features, but the concept you were aiming for is still effective.
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:iconetherpendant:
Etherpendant Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!

Yeah, that's definitely true, they're borderline creepy-large. Though I think making them smaller might make them hard to view in non-full-view mode, which I think most people use.
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Armameteus Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012   Writer
When his backstory was fully explained, I suddenly felt something for Zulf. He was on top of the world; his mission to unite the Ura and Caelondians was taking shape, his desire to travel the land and see the city had come true, he even found love there, proposed and was accepted. He had everything. A whole life of happiness, fulfillment and companionship lay ahead of him.

And then the Calamity took everything. From the highest peak of elation to the deepest, darkest valley of loss, falling like the stones that once made up the land around him. And, upon playing through the game on New Game+, the moment his song started playing, I... I choked up.

This piece captures Zulf's past perfectly. And when I say that, I mean "there is no other way than this to encapsulate his tragedy in a single image". The pain you captured on his face makes my soul ache for him. In the most emotionally compelling way.

I can't favorite this enough.
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:iconetherpendant:
Etherpendant Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
oh god sorry about the super late reply

:iconcryforeverplz:

Wow, you did an amazing job of putting the whole situation into words. Damn near poetic. In fact, I feel like I understand it even more now. :worship: I'm going to add your description (credited) to the image description if you don't mind :D

I an unworthy of your praise. :iconblushplz:
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sunatsubu Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
omg this is so sad...I didn't care much for zulf either (I saved him too tho) until I played his who knows where....so sad!! T_T
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:iconetherpendant:
Etherpendant Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah T__T The song is just so powerful after you realize his backstory...
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L-Silvermoon Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
Your art is amazing... But it's so sad...
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:iconetherpendant:
Etherpendant Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!

you can't draw zulf's story without it turning out depressing ;__;
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:iconl-silvermoon:
L-Silvermoon Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
True, that...
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SloorpWorld Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Firstly, your drawing is fantastic! :la: Secondly I think it's a bit spoilish for me! :dummy: I lost in 3 reflections remaining on Who Knows Where and haven't tried again. Is there a story when you beat it?

Oh and I can't stop listening to Setting Sail, I also catch myself singing it all day.... It's epic. I was listening to the whole soundtrack while making my bastion drawing ([link])

Again so beautiful game. We need more of these.
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whitetower-exe Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This image is so powerful, just like the game itself. Excellent work.
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:iconetherpendant:
Etherpendant Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconblushplz: Thank you!
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:iconatradomina:
AtraDomina Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
Oh god. It just feels like you stepped on my heart in all the best ways.
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:iconetherpendant:
Etherpendant Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
zulf steps on my heart in all the best ways ;0;
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Dman64 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Student Photographer
What do you say to a man who's seen too much?
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Twilight-Vulpine Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful picture.
Poor Zulf...

I agree that Bastion has a fascinating setting that many stories could be built over.

I just have a nitpick about your picture. The large smiles on the shadows make them look more creepy than happy.
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:iconetherpendant:
Etherpendant Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes! It's a same supergiantgames has indicated that they don't intend to make any sequels.

Yeah, I was worried about that too - but I was thinking maybe they'd be too small to notice when not zoomed in otherwise? /flail
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Mesuvias Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012
This is magnificent. You clever sod!
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:iconetherpendant:
Etherpendant Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks! :iconblushplz:
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:iconathe-nya:
athe-nya Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I...never got to his story in the Who Knows Where but my god.. *rivers of tears*
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:iconetherpendant:
Etherpendant Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
y-you never got to his story? whaaaaaaa

WAIII
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athe-nya Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I got diiiistraacted! Dx
That and I accidentally did The Kid's with 3 idols and died at the end and rage quit the Who Knows Where ;_ ;
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:iconetherpendant:
Etherpendant Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
haha! Yeah, the Who Knows Wheres can be so frustrating, esp if you die ALMOST at the end ASDALFAJSLDSJKL and then gotta redo the whole thing WHYYY
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Nyerguds Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012
Magnificent. That story was heartbreaking.
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:iconetherpendant:
Etherpendant Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! It definitely was :iconcryforeverplz:
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:iconbjhu:
bjhu Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Student General Artist
Very cool, I like the concept.
I also like how the lighting lends itself to the sad mood of the painting.
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:iconetherpendant:
Etherpendant Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I struggled with the lighting/composition for quite a while ^^;
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Jinxletandcake Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012   General Artist
Poor babbu ; n ;
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dumdumdumbutt Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Hobbyist
sklfhjsfZULF oh man i know i said it on tumblr but lemme reiterate that this is super amazing wow ??? *__*
a beautiful piece dude :) !! and sad ....
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Etherpendant Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
HAYYYYY!!!! :iconiloveyouplz: I like how this account also follows the dddb pattern, haha

Thanks!! ZULF-TEARS POWER THE WORLD
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