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Morrowind's Red Year by Jedi-Art-Trick Morrowind's Red Year by Jedi-Art-Trick
My Morrowind nostalgia has kicked in bad since playing the Dragonborn DLC, and the whole Red Year lore event has energized my imagination. I consider Morrowind my fantasy game homeland :)


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Luca72 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Wow, this so perfectly captures the feel of Morrowind. Bleak and troubling, but also alien and intriguing. Art like this always makes me want to take another tour through the ashes
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Jedi-Art-Trick Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
Practically every time somebody mentions Morrowind, I want to fire it up again.
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Lazarist Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The Red Year makes me very glum, in fact everything that happened to Morrowind after the Nerevarine prophecies makes me rather depressed. It took me a long time to forgive Bethesda after they turned it into a half obliterated hellscape, part of me still holds a grudge given how much I enjoy Morrowind.

Tribunal damned fetchers.
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Jedi-Art-Trick Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I get that it makes you feel bad, but why be mad at Bethesda? They added an element of tragedy to their story to tug the heartstrings of Morrowind players. And the Red Year fits with the Dunmer theme of a cursed race, with fate dealing harshly with them over time. I feel sad but it's compelling at the same time. 
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Lazarist Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is very true, and admittedly my view changed with time, I do however think primarily that the way Bethesda dealt with the destruction was exceptionally poor, and to my eyes came across slightly spiteful. They basically handed over the destruction to an unconnected author who wrote it down in books which received an incredibly lukewarm reception. When people asked about their canonical place in the series, Bethesda just seemed to shrug and say "Yep, that's pretty much what happened", despite many arguments that the books were flawed canonically by fans. 

Another aspect to my grudge partly lies in the basis of the main quest of Morrowind, The idea is that you're saving the damn place from a morally ambiguous deity and his swarms of eldritch abominations, not assisting in its brutalised massacre by both Argonia and the forces of nature. It felt like after all that effort, the work of the Nerevarine had been in vain and actually only assisted in toppling Dunmeri society for Red Mountain and the Argonians to utterly crush it. And of course rather than assist in reforging society or hold off the Argonians or Daedra, the Nerevarine just happens to go missing before shit hits the fan. Sorry but that just feels like the destruction of the redemption that was fought so hard to attain in the prophecies, like it was beaten into the dust and had its skull caved in by a howling monkey. In the end you saved nobody, and possibly millions of people died because you undermined Morrowind. Enjoy.

Another problem of mine is that in comparison with Morrowind, Oblivion didn't hold up, and it seemed the creators of it were aware of that. What was hinted in the lore to be some sort of bizarre Romanesque China covered in dragon symbology and consisting of wide plans of swampland and jungle essentially got pushed into being a Gondor knockoff with a plot lacking even the most basic nuance and moral ambiguity of Morrowind. Instead it settled into a battle with some obviously EEEEVUL cultists and the Daedric version of Satan, with clear lines between who was and wasn't a "Good" guy. Oblivion to me bred resentment and disappointment, as it seemingly did with a lot of players- It's seems to me that Oblivion is the Black Sheep of the series, a view shared by a fair portion of Elder Scrolls fans, if not the majority of them-  and to later learn that they'd supported Morrowind obliteration just seemed like Bethesda's response to that harsh criticism in a most juvenile fashion. It as if to obliterate their previous work completely and make all points and struggles won there redundant was a form of spite to the criticism of the fanbase, like cutting off their nose to spite their face. My dissatisfaction with Bethesda eased up when they released Skyrim, as I did enjoy that a lot when it was released, but at the end of the day its just viking age norway with dragons, and lacks the alien spark of Morrowind which I think could have so benefited the series in originality. Perhaps I'm being too condemning, as unlike hard liners I joined the ES fanbase only by the third game, and have since discovered that previous games were... somewhat similar to Oblivion in style and quite conventional fantasy RPG's, then again, I was far too young to discover them with any ease before I encountered Morrowind.

Perhaps another factor was the amount of time I put into Morrowind, I don't know for sure, but I've got the feeling that it was probably the better part of over a thousand or so hours I spent in that game, hell I bought it a month or two ago and I already have 70 hours on it according to Steam. I fell in love with the place, the history, the people and the culture, so to have it told to me that the place I liked best in ES was obliterated kinda hit home, especially given the destruction was to... vast to the various factions, cities and peoples. To put it in perspective, I've probably played a hundred or more hours of Skyrim, but only about forty in Oblivion, I dislike ESIV that much that I never once felt a nostalgic twinge about it and would prefer to forget about it entirely.

Of course, this is just my foul tempered rantings which probably border on hypocrisy and overt stifling nostalgia, I can't change a damn thing about the series and even if I could I probably wouldn't feel happy doing it. Over the years I've come to deal with the Red Year Event and respect the other point of view, as much of this is- as you said- typical of the cursed Dunmer race. Skyrim was a definite balm to that itch anyway, and so its ebbed to a low grudging grumble when I think about it. All of the above can roughly be transfixed to the outrage of the past, I no longer feel it however, it wouldn't do anything to change the fact that canonically, Morrowind is almost half a blasted wasteland and the other half in control of Argonia, with a small sliver in between of proper Dark Elves. What's done is done.

My apologies for cluttering up your Deviantart piece with my ramblings, I do hope they proved to be somewhat interesting however, even if they're jaded and probably biased.
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Lazarist Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
By the way I love the art, It seems in the gloom I forgot to mention that, its wonderfully atmospheric and you've done an amazing job with it.
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AnnaBelov Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
It looks really powerful! Amazing atmosphere! Here the sense of style , a good technique )
Also, there is a certain mystique and mystery )
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Jedi-Art-Trick Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Morrowind inspires mystery and mystique. It's a very alien place.
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TeachingMyselfSpeed Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love how white-hot that lava looks!
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SoulRebel9 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Professional General Artist
This is great. I love Morrowind. I just finished a painting of Whiterun : D
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Izz-noxfox Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014  Professional General Artist
Wow, this is really wonderful and amazing. I love the colors and you've reproduced the feels of Dwemer ruins on the sides of Red Mountain.
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Jedi-Art-Trick Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Dwemer architecture in MW is so distinctive
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Izz-noxfox Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  Professional General Artist
Absolutely. I think it's revealing of a different culture than that of their counterparts in Skyrim and Hammerfell =)
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sarahowen97 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist

This is so awesome! :D
You've been featured here! :)

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JesterDK Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gorgeous picture. Awesome job!
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liviadoraline Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Hey, few weeks ago I contacted you about using this image on the cover of my fanfic and you ask me to link you. So it's here:

liviadoraline.deviantart.com/a…

:)
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skv1991 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014
Awesome art! Hape this will help me on remading Dwemer interiors for Skywind :D
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Dralin-Fortea Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014
I can't agree more on Morrowind being my fantasy game homeland as well. There's a reason I play as Dunmer in every TES game!
"We're watching you...scum."
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Jedi-Art-Trick Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
There's a guy in Mournhold who says "Hey there, sport! What's the word?" when you pass him. He's my personal favorite XD
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TantibusCorax Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist
This is stunning; I love the lighting emitted by the lava, and the ash swirling in the air.  In fact, I've had this as my computer's desktop wallpaper for several months, without the temptation to change it, which is unusual for me.
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nesiwabisi Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Morrwind is indeed a fantasy homeland for many.
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AndrzejZArt Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes. It so is. Back in the day when I was playing it a LOT I had these vivid dreams of striding through the island, talking to dunmers, and having a debate with some Telvanni witch about Nerevar and coughing with the dust during the storms when approaching Ald'ruhn in a smelly silt strider with a really weird looking cat-person. I remember how alien a Khajit actually looks, when the fur on it's face reflects the light of the moons and you see your face reflected in these weeeeeir cat eyes. Never dreamt up an argonian though. Didn't meet a whole lot of them in-game, hey didn't leave such a mark.

I don't know why, but despite the graphics being nothing compared to the games of today and the lack of recorded dialogue or actual conversations that game felt so real. 

P.S. Hate what they did to how elves look in ESO.
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nesiwabisi Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Exactly, morrowind just kind of pulled players into the game. The graphics at the time were, good. I actually track down working first gen xboxes so I can continue playing. I hate to say it but I've been waiting for a reboot version of morrowind to come out for new consoles.  As for the elves of ESO, I haven't seen to much of them.
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doulifee Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
oh god yes, poor Vvvardenfell. I was testing the alpha of the mod 'shadow of morrowind' , they try to make the post red year island.  
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Xerxan Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this makes me sad
based on the description of the red year from in-game and the novels, vvardenfell probably resembles a nuclear bomb test site
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Jedi-Art-Trick Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
That's why it would make a fantastic game setting- a sort of oppressive fallout-ish vibe, while being a story of perseverance (the summer rebuilding their society).
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Zeraio Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014
After Dragonborn DLC I REALLY want to go back to Morrowind and see how much things have changed since I remember it.
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Jedi-Art-Trick Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I was sort of hoping that Skywind was going to be that, but I'm still happy it's coming
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Infindibulator Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014
Hail to the best TES game ever! And I mean Morrowind, of course :>
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Jedi-Art-Trick Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Indeed :)
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ThornSpine Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice
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CrimsonBetelgeuse Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow...it's stunning La la la la 
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Starkiteckt Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome! Thanks for releasing in high resolution!
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Lesliewifeofbath Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Morrowind is my homeland too.  Great picture.
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BeardedBovel Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013
I feel like a comment-bomber but I just have to - there's so much greatness you have produced! I'm one of those people who never played TES:IV but yearn to one day be able to look past the aged system and enjoy the story. It's works like this one that makes want to do it right away. I'm blown away with how nice the lava looks and how great you've done with the lighting seeing as it really makes the whole piece. Excellent work!
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Jedi-Art-Trick Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! You know, if you have the PC version of Morrowind, you can mod the game to be much more modern. Even though it's probably my favorite game of all time, I sometimes pop it back in and it feels VERY dated. 
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BeardedBovel Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013
I have tried to install and mod it to a better standard but for some reason my original copy of Bloodmoon won't work with Tribunal or TES:III. And to be honest - since the release of Skyrim I've been quite busy with that game. Morrwind, I'll see you one day!
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Jedi-Art-Trick Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You could wait until a stable version 1.0 of Skywind is released. Shouldn't be long.
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ideal-insomnia Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013
I'm replaying Morrowind right now (once more!) and I absolutely love this artwork! Brings so many memories.
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Jedi-Art-Trick Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! Lots of memories to be had in morrowind!
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Vertharnar Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013
Damn it! In Vivec chanells i've made skooma stashe!!!
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Lord-Radian Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your fantasy game homeland :) same here . Amazing dwemer ruins. 

and yes Dragonborn=nostalgia explosion 
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pinklollyblue Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
If you made a print of this I would buy the hell out of it. <3
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Pkmn2Legacy Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013
The day will come when the filthy Argonians will be beat back from the ancestral homeland. We shall return to a land ready to rise, with giant fields perfect for ash yam farms!

The Dunmer shall rise again!
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Jedi-Art-Trick Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, not if fate keeps spitting in their eyes. :/
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Pkmn2Legacy Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
Well, fate hasn't been able to keep the Dunmer down for long in the past so :)
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Velena-Gorosama Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Oh.. compatriot! :)
I was so mad when I first found out what they did to Morrowind... How could they destroy what so many people loved? Sure, Morrowind will rise from ashes, but wouldn't be the same again.
Thank you for your art! It is stunning. In addition to the atmosphere I also like the composition. The tilts of spires and the whole perspective give a feel of lava flow, so inevitable and deadly... Great job!
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Jedi-Art-Trick Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I don't like it but I think it fits- the Dunmer are seemingly a cursed people, and have to endure much hardship
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Velena-Gorosama Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You know, for some reason your explanation made me feel easier about it. Sometimes there are just things one ought to cope with. So as for the people.
Thank you so much!

By the way, it reminded me of this wonderful and very touching comic by Mittnu [link]
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Jedi-Art-Trick Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Ah, yes. Love Minttu's art!
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