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Rise of the Sha by Ghostwalker2061 Rise of the Sha by Ghostwalker2061
Alright, who ordered the epic battle scene? Anyone?

No one?

Alright, I'll just have to take it back then. Oh well.

I had to do some alterations to this image. Making it brighter and not as dull in color.

Neltharion/Deathwing and the Sha Blizzard
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:icondemot92:
Demot92 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014
now this is a battle I want to see.
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Ghostwalker2061 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
It is coming in the next book.
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Laharl234 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Obviously the Sha would win because Deathwing is everything that makes them stronger.
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:iconghostwalker2061:
Ghostwalker2061 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
.....it's Plotonium, that's why that image exists since you haven't read the stories.
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Laharl234 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Plotonium?
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:iconghostwalker2061:
Ghostwalker2061 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Ask a silly question, get a silly answer.
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Laharl234 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Why would Deathwing fight the Sha? They're both Old God aligned.
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:iconghostwalker2061:
Ghostwalker2061 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Let me ask you this.  Do you REALLY want to know?  Or are you asking just to ask a silly question?
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Laharl234 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
It's not a silly question, it's perfectly legitimate.
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Ghostwalker2061 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Do you honestly want to know?

There are four stories that are in fact the only ones in existence of this type.  I know, I've looke.  No one's written that sort of story.  And there are four of them now, And three out of the four are posted here, while the fourth is posted only in a preview form here.  

That would give you the answer.

The other answer is this.  Being the Lore junkie I have to be.  And I have to be one in order to write said four stories to make them have some sense within the concept of Warcraft as a whole and still counter Chris Metzen's plot red ring of death that was the end of Cataclysm as the alternative, and plausible alternative to the Dragon Soul raid, one that still puts Thrall on his holy Green Jesus pedestal that Metzen likes...

I shall give you the in game answer.

Something tells me, you've never rep-grind with the Klaxxi.  Have you?  Then let me educate you.  The Klaxxi are a faction of Mantid, who state by the end of the rep-grind that they are still loyal to the Old Gods.  They are specifically loyal to Y'Shaarj, the seven headed Old God the Titans actually slew, and who's dying breath created the Seven Sha Primes. However, the Klaxxi challenge the Adventurer, as in the Player Character, or Toon, and for me, my Blood Elf Shadow Priest, to go and kill their queen.  Their queen was being possessed by the Sha of Fear.  

Now, why would the Klaxxi, who still are loyal to Y'Shaarj, an Old God, would ask you to slay their queen who was working for the Sha of Fear?  

Because according to you, the Sha are a part of the Old God forces.  

They are not.  They are a final curse upon Pandaria from Y'Shaarj, and a good reason why the Titans cannot destroy the Old Gods completely.  As stated by Kil'ruk the Windwreaver...

"Our Gods were many, and powerful. We mantid worshipped the seven heads of Y'shaarj.  Great was the Old One, and terrible was His wrath. He consumed hope and begat despair; He inhaled courage and breathed fear.  His last terrible breath has haunted this land ever since, but the shadows he left behind are mere whispers of his former glory."

Though the Klaxxi are loyal to this one Old God, they still ask you to stop one of his Sha.  Why?  Because the will of the Sha goes against their culture.  They follow an Old God, not his curse.  The Sha asks them to Swarm when they know it is not time, and so the Sha is a danger to their society.  

To state that why would a servant of an Old God go against another is to state how much you do not understand what the Old Gods are.  They are a chaotic force.  They war with each other.  To be allied with one another goes against the chaos they wish to create.  

They glory in bloodshed.  They kept the Elemental Lords constantly warring with each other despite the fact that the Elemental Lords worked for them.

Does this clarify the idea of being a part of the Old God forces and still being against one of their curses?

Now, as for the actual reason why NELTHARION and not Deathwing would want to go after the Sha.  Go read Pandaria: Rise of the Sha.  At this time, I am just getting to destroying Theramore.  And spoiler alert, Neltharion is there to defend Theramore.  Why?  Because it's his home.  Why is it his home?  Because by the end of the other stories, Theramore has proven to be the only place on the planet where the people actually want him here.
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Laharl234 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I'm a lore junkie too. And while I'm not reading that all, I can pick out the key points I'm responding to.

The Sha: As fragments of Y'Shaarj (or echoes as the Klaxxi put it) they are definitely aligned with the Old Gods.

The Old Gods and Klaxxi: You contradict yourself here as you ask why the Klaxxi would want to destroy the Sha possessed Empress if she's aligned with the Old Gods, but then go on to state that the Old Gods are chaotic. The Klaxxi are loyal to Y'Shaarj, not his fragments, and especially not when his fragments interrupt with their rigid cycles (insects are very strict with how they operate).

And yes, I'm well aware of the Old Gods. They find their chaos fun though. The "wars" between themselves are, to them, nothing more than a game. It's Lovecraftian. The Old Gods don't view wars in the same way as mortal plane creatures. It's a chaotic, bloody game to them. Though the Elemental Lords part is wrong; they fight with each other because that's what they do. I questioned why Deathwing would be fighting a Sha, because he's the Herald of the Old Gods, their forces rallied behind him. When working towards a specific goal the Old Gods put the games on hold and work together.

And you didn't specify in your description if this is Deathwing or Neltharion. You say both. Don't bitch if you're not going to be clear in your description about the picture. If you said something like "Battle between Neltharion and a Sha from one of my stories" then this whole thing would've been avoided.

And I completely disagree with you about Metzen, Thrall and Dragon Soul. I might even take it PARTIALLY to the objective level and say you're wrong. But that's not a discussion I want to get into.
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renndor Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013

Why would Deathwing fight the Sha?

The dragon in the images is actually Neltharion post-redemption, not Deathwing. His story is described in the following series:
1) Romancing the Coffer
2) The Hammer's Fall
3) Rise of the Sha (preview).

The first two chapters of Coffer are enough to get the basic context for the character in the image.

They're both Old God aligned.

This actually isn't true for Deathwing.

Deathwing was driven mad by the Old Gods, but he wasn't one of their lieutenants, nor does he take orders from them. In fact, the Old Gods tried and for the most part failed to control him. Deathwing and the Old Gods are more allies of convenience-- sometimes their interests align, and sometimes they don't. Deathwing's been quite happy to work against the Old Gods when it suits his interests.

The Sha: As fragments of Y'Shaarj (or echoes as the Klaxxi put it) they are definitely aligned with the Old Gods.

Being aligned with X doesn't mean that one is allied with X. For instance, the fact that the Joker and Two-Face from Batman are both villains doesn't automatically make them allies.

The Sha are an echo of Y'Shaarj, the curse expelled with his dying breath. They aren't alive or sentient, so they can't really be allied with anyone. They're more like constructs, machines executing a function. Dumbly executing their program may bring them into conflict with Y'Shaarj's forces, as the later may (and do) interpret his wishes differently. It can even bring the Sha into conflict with the other Old Gods and their forces, if the latter feel the Sha's actions are damaging their plans.

The Old Gods and Klaxxi
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You appear to be agreeing to the parent comment here.

Though the Elemental Lords part is wrong; they fight with each other because that's what they do.

The elements definitely conflict in their natural state, but the level of conflict on a balanced, healthy world is a far cry from the elemental wars that occurred under the Old God's direction.

When working towards a specific goal the Old Gods put the games on hold and work together.


The Old Gods can definitely work together, but that doesn't mean the games are on hold. Indeed, it's possible for them to work together overall but still fight over the details.

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Jeht-Maverick Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013
Kick his ass, Deathwing!!!
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Shadowwshade Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
Hmm, I'd have to give my vote for Deathwing :P
Anyways, amazing picture :D
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vzara Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
GOO DEATHWING!!!!!!!!!!!!! *_________*
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Kingpin2007 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy crap someone's about to get roasted o.o


I absolutely love the colours and glow effects in this pic. I really hope that one day I would be able to say that I can manage such effects even CLOSE to the quality of this.


instafaved :>
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Knight-Of-God Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It does seem brighter! Excellence! Mission accomplished!
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victortky Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
wow, just simply amazing colouring and details!
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Sorelstrasz Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I didn't order it, but I'll gladly take it off your shoulders :)
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:iconghostwalker2061:
Ghostwalker2061 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Ah, now make that image too.

How are you doing with the image I requested?
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Sorelstrasz Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I worked on it some more just before school started up again. With school, though, I haven't had time to finish the thing. Tell you what, I'll spend a coming weekend or two to get back to my desktop computer at home and get that thing out finally. It'll be the next deviation I post. Sorelstrasz' promies :)
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Ghostwalker2061 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yay.

I've been missing the little image I wanted to see. It would have been so cute.
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Sorelstrasz Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, and I'm disappointed in myself that it wasn't done before school (cause of this long wait now), but I will get it done and it will be completed!
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Ghostwalker2061 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Always take your work with you. That's why I work off of a laptop.
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Sorelstrasz Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, the problem to that was because of my performance last semester. Parents said you spend too much time gaming and making art so you'll only have your laptop to use for college this next semester. So yeah, I agree with them and I've definitely given a bigger priority to my schoolwork this semester like I did last year. :)
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Ghostwalker2061 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Well, I just graduated. So, no need for that worry anymore. Though I did quite WoW due to finances right now.
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AdventDestiny Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Heard on KaijuGalaxy that not a lot of people liked this pic; this is amazing art!
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:iconghostwalker2061:
Ghostwalker2061 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I have no idea why. They much rather have dragons over scenic vistas than this.
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AdventDestiny Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So because they're used to a specific style they ignore anything else, even when its a good quality pic. That's just stupid.
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grahamskrtic Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I AM THE TIMELESS ONE, NOZDORMU, AND I FORBID YOU, BY THE LAWS OF TIME AND PERSONAL PREFERENCE TO KEEP THIS WORK OF ART ON THIS SITE!!!!!!!!!! *transforms back into grahamskrtic* Ok, now that that's settled, I'd still like you not to take this down. Pease?
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ZukiFera Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
Oh man, Nel or, more likely, Deathwing would probably be totally provoked by Sha of Anger. And I tought we called Nel fatty, but look at that Sha!
Naj, just kidding, awsome work on effects, dynamics and poses. :thumbsup:
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Netarliargus Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
Nice work, I've always preferred those "action scenes" over a character just standing there and striking a pose. All the fire in the foreground looks a bit distractive though. That being said, the whole concept of the Sha is pretty much the same idea as the Old Gods in Cataclysm, that's why I think villains like Garrosh Hellscream or Lei Shen, the Thunder King, [link] are much more interesting as they have more character, personal motivations and goals. (And now they have dinosaurs as well, Nel fighting the Thunder King who rides a T-Rex, how much more awesome can you get?)
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Ghostwalker2061 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
The Thunder King will be turning up in the next book after the Rise of the Sha, since I've decided to split it up. So, there will be an image of Nel taking him down too.
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Netarliargus Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
Well, it's a plot point which is hard to ignore for Nel, since the Thunder King used the power of the Titans to forge his empire. Namely with the Engine of Nalak'sha.
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Ghostwalker2061 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Still trying to find exactly what the engine does. I may have to make up something since well, due to what Deathwing did to Neltharion as in pulling all the hidden Titan knowledge the dragon has forward in order to create such weapons like the Magnetic Acceleration Cannon, Neltharion now has knowledge to operate Titan technology and would know what such things do.
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Netarliargus Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
Don't know what it does either, probably something that allowed the Mogu to shape stone and flesh.
It was guarded by a Titan Watcher called Ra-Den, looks like the Thunder King captured him and stole his power. [link]
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Ghostwalker2061 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, read that too. So obvious it's Raiden from Mortal Kombat. Seriously Blizzard, you had to stick Raiden from Mortal Kombat in your game too?

Guess that means he'll have to challenge Neltharion to a MORTAL KOMBAT as well.
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Netarliargus Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
Hmh, but who's going to shout "FATALITY" then? Or would he rather go for "FRIENDSHIP"? [link]
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Svartya Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Student General Artist
Great and well made picture like always! Nel always look so awesome!
and yes battle are always nice! :D
the picture looks pretty like always good colors i adore your style :D
ah good to hear those interesting stuff from Pandaria lol i wish i could play WoW :ohnoes:
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Astral-Spectrum Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Alright you got me, its a Sha haha.

"Does that make you angry?"
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Ravenfire5 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
really amazing pic! :)
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OHNOBOY Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I find these Sha as a greater threat than Deathwing was... In lore and gameplay. However Neltharion is just always number 1 in my book. Love the great lighting and just feeling of the image. great work as always and Nel will be squishy lord of the universe... Nuffield said.
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Ghostwalker2061 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Well, I think the Sha would be excellent enemies for Neltharion to fight due to their power.
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OHNOBOY Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nuff* autocorrect!
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Letdragon Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
Nice use of light and shadow.
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Knight-Of-God Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is sweet, epic job! And I wish I could play Pandaria, it looks like a lot of fun. So do the Pandarens.
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dracostarcloud Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
This is NOTHING like the epic battle scene I ordered. There's not a single Rattata or Bidoof to be seen.

I like this Sha guy. I like how he's a dragon AND a ghost. I also can't help but think of G Gundam's Shining Finger when I see the glowing hand attack.
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Nightdragon0 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
Now that would be an epic fight scene!
Would that be Nel against one of the named Sha, or perhaps against his own? Like how some of the characters you interact with during quests manifest Sha from themselves due to their negative emotions. If you wanted to do a literal Neltharion vs Deathwing, this would be a good chance.
I take that last bit from the quest where you go to the Temple of the White Tiger for the first time, where the player faces against a Sha in the image of themselves as one of the fights.

I do like your description of adding it to your multiverse, especially the part about the giant squid.
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Fortress2660 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Student Digital Artist
MY FURRY IS UNLEASHED!!!
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Ortheka Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wowowow, epicness =D Go get him, Nel!
(Enter Ortheka and her ragtag band of ex-cultists trying to be nice and kicking that Sha somewhere out of picture's border %)))

On topic: I love how you did the glowiness. And Nel is huggable, even when he IS pissed off.
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