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Once We Were Young and Alive by SlayerSyrena Once We Were Young and Alive by SlayerSyrena
This is a gift for :iconclandestine-assassin: who requested Lord Harkon and Valerica ballroom dancing together before they entered their unlife of vampirism.

Lord Harkon and Valerica belong to Bethesda
Art by Syrena Seale
Pose inspired by John Lagatta's work: imgc.allpostersimages.com/imag…

:star: Please support my art by checking out my science-fiction novel, 'The Spyder in the Cracked Mirror'
on Amazon.com:
Paperback: www.amazon.com/Spyder-Cracked-… Kindle/Ebook: www.amazon.com/Cracked-Entropy… Nook: www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-s…
(Also available on international Amazon.com sites.) Thank you! :heart:
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:iconlordgojira:
LordGojira Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Damn... now I feel depressed :iconsadguyplz:
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TheDarkGuild Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I often think of what they were al like of the night of the ritual.
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:iconempressofdiamonds:
EmpressofDiamonds Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
It's really sad, the life they chose tore them apart.
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:iconreplicatorfifth:
ReplicatorFifth Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
ah, a look at this and its a snapshot of court life and it's trappings, a life without Molag Bal. Honestly, this is so beautiful, its bright and full of life. Molag Bal is, obviously my least favorite of the Daedric Princes, and its easy to forget that the evil monster what was Lord Harkon was once human, before the King of Corruption gave his family Vampiric Immortality.
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:iconslayersyrena:
SlayerSyrena Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you for the great comment! :dance:
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:iconreplicatorfifth:
ReplicatorFifth Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
your welcome! I love all your work and normally I don't have much to say but, this one really prompted a more thorough response as I really took time to look at and appreciate all the little details.
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:iconeldursvala:
Eldursvala Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
AWESOME
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:iconslayersyrena:
SlayerSyrena Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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:iconumbravita:
Umbravita Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This is amazing. I especially like how you did Harkon's face. You can see the love between them. :) 
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:iconslayersyrena:
SlayerSyrena Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you. I really appreciate your comment! :dance:
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:iconjoshmoe93:
Joshmoe93 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013
I had always like to think that Harkon had an Anakin Skywalker-type of rationalization for vampirism; he was afraid of his family dying. And just like Skywalker, the dark side drove him into insanity and bloodlust.
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:iconslayersyrena:
SlayerSyrena Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
Very interesting! :)
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:iconjoshmoe93:
Joshmoe93 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
Thank you. I found in fiction and real life that no one is born evil. (unless it's Emperor Palpatine) They all have thought that they did unspeakable things for a 'greater good'.
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DarthSithlords Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
"Good is a point of view."-Palpatine.

"Coming from one who murders vampires as a trade, I find it hard to believe your intentions are noble."-Valerica.


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:iconjoshmoe93:
Joshmoe93 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013
read Darth Plaguies, especially on Palpatine's backstory. He was nothing more than a spoiled, remorseless, power-hungry teenager who had wanted to join the Sith ever since he heard the legends.
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:icondarthsithlords:
DarthSithlords Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013
Yet he still toppled the corrupt Republic and brought justice and achieved the revenge of the Sith by wiping out most of the evil Jedi Order.
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:iconjoshmoe93:
Joshmoe93 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014
I'm not denying that Palpatine is a bonafide evil genius, far from it, he knew his enemies and played the game of thrones like a master. His downfall was that he focus, in the end, on corrupting Luke, when he should have first destroyed the Rebellion, especially when they were badly hurt after Hoth.
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:iconjoshmoe93:
Joshmoe93 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014
You may call the murder of billions, even trillions, of innocents for the crimes of their liege lord 'justice', i call it for what it is; Tyranny. Yes, the Jedi before the Imperial Period were very Lawful Stupid, so bad they even made Ned and Rob Stark look like logical gentlemen. But to claim that a mundicidal, paranoid, tyrant that controls the populace using division and fear of retaliation is 'just and moral.' You got the case of the Joffrey's
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:iconsaya-aria:
Saya-Aria Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013
This is quite sweet. 
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:iconslayersyrena:
SlayerSyrena Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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:iconcsphire:
CSphire Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The title alone makes me want to cry at how so many relationships start out so hopeful and end in tragedy.  I like how you took her double buns and made them youthful by letting some of her hair down.  Both have a look of we can do anything look which is nice too :)


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:iconslayersyrena:
SlayerSyrena Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
Hi, CS! I'm happy you noticed how I let part of her hair down. And your 'we can do anything look' observation is great. Thanks so much!
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:iconteal-eri:
Teal-Eri Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not bad, actually it's nice to see Harkon drawn in this style. He sorta looks like a Prince Charming who is taken from one of Disney's movies ^^
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:iconslayersyrena:
SlayerSyrena Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
I don't think I draw in Disney-style but thanks. ^^
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:iconms-katonic:
ms-katonic Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013
This is so adorable, and yet so sad.  Seeing them so happy and yet knowing how the story ends.  Brilliantly well drawn, I love their expressions.
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:iconslayersyrena:
SlayerSyrena Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yeah ... :(

And, thank you! I'm glad you liked it! :D
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:iconfoolishlittlemortal:
FoolishLittleMortal Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw, they used to be so nice and awesome together. :) I'm loving the details you drew on their outfits. And their expressions. no bitterness there. <3

(Btw, was this because Magz got you that Elfquest book? It's awesome she was able to get it for you. :) If so, you were able to make this pretty fast too. O.o)
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:iconslayersyrena:
SlayerSyrena Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks, Foolish!

Yes, I told her I'd draw her something because she was nice enough to snag that book for me at Comic-con. I had to get it done in one afternoon/evening because I had commissions to work on the next day.
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:iconfoolishlittlemortal:
FoolishLittleMortal Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's awesome. :D
... And dang, you worked fast. O.o
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:iconneko-chan42:
neko-chan42 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Lord Harkon looks like Anthony Ainley.
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:iconslayersyrena:
SlayerSyrena Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
Huh? *goes to google Anthony Ainley*
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:iconneko-chan42:
neko-chan42 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The second Master to appear in classic Doctor Who
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:iconthedarkcorvus:
TheDarkCorvus Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013
this is awesome !!!
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:iconslayersyrena:
SlayerSyrena Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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:iconkorimasho:
KoriMasho Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is gorgeous. I love your art. ^_^
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:iconslayersyrena:
SlayerSyrena Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :D
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:iconkorimasho:
KoriMasho Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're quite welcome!
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:icontheshieldofoak:
TheShieldofOak Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
Gorgeous (as usual)!! Both expressions are fabulous! But Harkon....killer. *thud*
:D
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:iconslayersyrena:
SlayerSyrena Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
Heh! Thanks so much! XD
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:iconhoenn-master:
Hoenn-Master Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013
You don't know how much I like this. Not. At. All. :iconcreepysmileplz:
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:iconslayersyrena:
SlayerSyrena Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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:iconhoenn-master:
Hoenn-Master Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013
You're very welcome. :)
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:iconravenofthedarkness6:
ravenofthedarkness6 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013
This is so beautiful. Great work. =)
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:iconslayersyrena:
SlayerSyrena Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks so much!
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:iconravenofthedarkness6:
ravenofthedarkness6 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013
youre welcome. =)

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:iconislandmirage:
IslandMirage Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah... This makes me kinda sad. They look so happy together...
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:iconslayersyrena:
SlayerSyrena Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yeah ... :(
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:iconskythe-soulblade:
Skythe-Soulblade Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh how the mighty had fallen.
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:iconslayersyrena:
SlayerSyrena Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
Indeed.
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:iconookaminouta:
OokamiNoUta Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
=X Am I the only one who kind of crushed on Harkon? I think it was his voice...if I could I would totally have married Serana's daddy. Especially if it scarred her. XDDD
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