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The Dancing Dagger by Wildweasel339 The Dancing Dagger by Wildweasel339
This story is related to my previous illustration here: [link]

"The Wild Lands are not kind to strangers who linger beyond our protective walls. The beasts there have mercy neither for the lost, the weak, nor the young. However there is a tale, surely just a myth, of a girl who was orphaned deep within the forest. She belonged to a family of traders on route between the kingdoms. Depending on whom you ask, the family was slaughtered by a band of highwaymen or ravaged by a pack of dire wolves. In any case, the girl survived and they say, and I’m not saying it’s true… but they say she befriended a young bear. Ridiculous, I know! But the legends say she grew as wild as her companion and as agile as the prey they hunted.

I recall a few years back of a hunter that shot an arrow at a bear down in the grasslands. He created a lot of ruckus throughout town about it. Apparently he feared for a young girl who was alone in the same area. Of course he was probably just seeking attention, as many do these days.

Now I’m not saying that I believe this, because I don’t. But recently there was word of more sightings along the roads that pass through the deep wood. Apparently both traveling bandits and royal guard alike have been attacked by a mysterious wild girl. Hah! I mean I truly do laugh at the mere thought! Still, these so called survivors often refer to their sighting as a “savage beast girl,” a “shadow of death,” or a “crazy *&#@!” However, as word of this girl’s combat prowess passes from town to town, she is most commonly referred to as the “Dancing Dagger.” This started after our king’s champion swordsman came retreating into the city gates one cold morning, all bloodied and maimed. You would figure him mangled by a pack of wolves. With a sputtering tongue, he confessed of his encounter with half-naked girl with feet so swift they appeared to never touch the ground, and with a blade so furious he could parry no strike. Personally I think he just took a tumble and hit his head, but other folk seemed to believe him.

Now it seems like every self-proclaimed master of combat has journeyed into the Wilds in hopes of challenging the illusive girl. Apparently the king has promised gold and glory to the one champion to bring him the head of the Dancing Dagger. That’s all just hearsay to me, but there is one thing that I know for certain… The beasts beyond the walls have mercy neither for the lost, the weak, the young, and certainly not the foolish."
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maylin-15 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015
Amazing, gruesome in detail, but overall I think this an amazing piece. The background story really ties into it as well.Trophy Emote 2 
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OwlWolfRaven Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014
Loved reading these little stories. :D
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:iconjlblacksmith:
JLBlacksmith Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014
This is 2014 and I'm still loving this pic! :)
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Wildweasel339 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
:) thanks!

It's interesting for me to look back on older work. This one holds up better than some others of mine.
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ILUVTABBI Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
Great sense of movement! and the description makes it. I love me a wild young fighter story, and the disbelieving, almost amused narrator is really engaging :thumbsup:
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josephmatthew10 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
I detect hints of San from Princess Mononoke; that same wild, dagger-flashing anger.  And hair and fashion sense.  Man, you're good.
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gratteloup Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013
sorry, make it a little bit with less emotions..according to the fact i've been killed with Boo and thing i wrote you under,want to keep up at least THE DANCING DAGGER... you reach me in the heart with this,i've been shaked and felt the chaos seed trying to grows up a few second.I should tell you again,man,you are brilliant!
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gratteloup Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013
Yeh,Man i 've been killed with Boo,and i want to keep ,even if it is not a noble or just feeling , the dancing dagger,anyway,you reach my heart,for  i feel the chos seed trying to grows up. man you are brilliant.
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ApocalypseGroup Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013
I love the colors, very dynamic scene :clap: :+favlove:
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ArtbroSean Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
That's really well done. Great work!
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ampofthelamb Featured By Owner May 23, 2013
super cool! and love the story!
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JayceJvR1992 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Wow! Beautiful, the texture and movement make this a very dynamic painting and really interesting to look at :).
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fizzyfruit Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
This is amazing! I like how you actually have a background story and say what inspired your work and your thoughts on it, like how ~84-175 mentioned! It's nice to know these things rather than just be in the dark and know the artist's intentions and world better.

Anyway, your painting is magnificent! I could only hope to become as good as you and some of the other great artists on dA.
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84-175 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
Very energetic and intense, with just the right amount of violence!

I love it when an artist shares some thoughts (or in your case, an actual back story) about a piece of work. There's way too many "..." descriptions out there. :)
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Wildweasel339 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Why thank you! :)
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erhaben89 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
BEAUTIFUL
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Aurorraas Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing! This reminds me of Dragon Age. :)
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jfreak85 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
brilliant pic with so much action!!
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JovenDragon Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Dice and slice! Nice tale and awesome artwork!
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Lixadry Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
WOW!! amazing drawing !!
really good work !!
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SpikeRazzor Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
Why cant I find books half as interesting as your description?
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Ckrona Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012   Photographer
Love it!
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JLBlacksmith Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
A mighty knight in armour,
A reward with a sweet flavour
Stomping and slashing and hacking,
He dances with death untrembling,
So far safe in his fortress of steel
But he tempts fate and turns the wheel
And in his inflated pride
He forgets fear and does not close the gate
where words are born and which they ride
what a mistake, but too late
He realises slash hack or fence
In armour he cannot swim
In the violent river of the dagger's dance
His costly steel suit killed him
more surely than the cheap steel of a girl's blade
And to the this world farewell he bade.
For his shinning armour exposed his throat
Over his dead body she would gloat
The daring knight would shine no more
And glory would belong to the wild girl forevermore
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Levitating-Narwhal Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Student General Artist
With your permission, I would like to publish this. With full credit to you, of coarse.
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:iconjlblacksmith:
JLBlacksmith Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
Well, your work inspired this little poem, so I guess it's only fair you get to publish it.
Permission granted! ;)
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Levitating-Narwhal Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Student General Artist
What work?
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:iconjlblacksmith:
JLBlacksmith Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
uh oh I was so tired when I got that message I thought you were Wildweasel339. My apologies.
But It doesn't matter go ahead publish it if you like.
Maybe you'll make me famous who knows ;)
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Levitating-Narwhal Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Student General Artist
I just may. Want me to send you a link to it?
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:iconjlblacksmith:
JLBlacksmith Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
Sure thing.
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Wildweasel339 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
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splendid! Thanks for sharing! :)
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:iconjlblacksmith:
JLBlacksmith Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
Glad you liked it!
I don't presume to be great poet but I was really inspired by your work and I gave it a try, especially since I've been reading A song of ice and fire by GRR Martin his medieval songs are just awesome!
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mirandaest Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
Wow! Love the sense of motion and the contrast of the blood. Beautiful and savage!
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oO-Monkey-Oo Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist
Beautiful art. awesome work :)
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EmeraldKeefe Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
Awesome picture, well done!!!
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manillalu Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
o dear. If I ever finish looking through your portfolio, I'll end up dying of an overdose of awesomeness. this is really killing me
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Bruggenbrander Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
i have to say i love the story even more then i love the painting!
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imke14 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing story and painting :D
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Wildweasel339 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
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commonjohn Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
impressive work!
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Wildweasel339 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks man!
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Aslehill12 Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing :love:
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Wildweasel339 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!!
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RobertCopu Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Great motion! You've done such a good job in capturing the living, moving, and breathing figures. That leg especially adds to it all.
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Wildweasel339 Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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el-e Featured By Owner May 11, 2012
great work:>
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Oleen Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
Amazing, you have talent :)
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Sneaky-Muffin Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
Sounds like an exciting story, will there be a third part?

Well done!
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:iconwildweasel339:
Wildweasel339 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!

No third part is planned, but neither was the 2nd. So.. maybe! :)
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gabrielegabba Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Wow mind blowing! :D
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FirestarKozWolf Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
WOW Thats soo cool. Did you write the story?
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