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Barbarian Hero by staino Barbarian Hero by staino
Keir is strong, brutal, and intimidating. He’s a skilled warrior and I have encountered few braver. But he has one weakness, well in my opinion any way, despite his gruff disposition, Keir is a good man. True, it’s to my advantage to have a friend that’s honest and, for the most part, loyal. But In my line of work as a… ne'er-do-well rogue, Keir’s behavior can be rather maddening. Several times he’s endangered my operations so that he could indulge himself in defending the weak or to pick a fight with someone cruel, or even just a bit abusive. He’s hard to work with needless to say.

I used to wonder why my savage friend behaved this way, but Keir doesn’t talk much about himself. One knight after a successful job restoring a kidnapped girl to her wealthy father, the two of us sat drinking to our success at a local inn. We drank and we drank and finally I asked Keir why he behaved so… decently.  And much to my surprise he responded.

“There was a boy, who loved his father. They lived in the woods and the old man hunted and trapped to survive. He cured hides for sell. One day, men came, rough men from the mountains. They were interested in the furs and sought to take them without payment. The old man fought them, killed two of them with arrows, but they grabbed the boy.  He could not help his father.”

“They killed the father?” I asked.

“No. As I said he was old. His heart stopped. So the furs were taken and the boy was left.”
Keir’s features became soft, a distant look in his eyes. “That boy wasted his life with anger, seeking revenge…. Revenge that in the end he never found.”

“I’m sorry Keir. You can’t blame yourself. There’s nothing you could have done. Your father had a weak heart and you were just a child.” My words felt feeble.

“No, you misunderstand me. I was one of the men from the mountains.”

Keir stood, paid for his drinks and stumbled off to sleep in the stables.  We never spoke of it again.
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:iconwardragon1984:
WarDragon1984 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2016
Picture was good, but faved it for the story.
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:iconstaino:
staino Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2016   Traditional Artist
Thanks! I appreciate the compliment. :D
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Spacegryphon Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hyborean Age Walter White!

"I am the one who chops (heads off)!
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staino Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014   Traditional Artist
Hmmm, a terminally ill tribesman starts out doing some naughty things to set his family right at the end of his life then eventually desegregates onto a full on barbarian monster..... I dunno could work. :D
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Spacegryphon Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Don't forget the mighty black wizard, who threatens the barbarian's family, gets his face ripped off by the hero!
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staino Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014   Traditional Artist
:lmao:
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inkeverlasting Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014
Background story is excellent, as usual. As for the drawing, I particularly like the chest scar detail and the shackle round an ankle. There are stories there!
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:iconstaino:
staino Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014   Traditional Artist
Wow, Thanks! This guy is a walking history of violence. His skin evidence of his adventures. I added the shackle to let you know this guy is never far from trouble. I'm happy you noticed! :D
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Keydan Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014
I had a char who literary looked like this, but had a belly. Parody on barbarians, Bloodsteel Gorevenger :D
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:iconstaino:
staino Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014   Traditional Artist
Bloodsteel Gorevenger! :aww:
Sounds cool! My goof-ball barbarian is Dribblegurn Bloodurge.
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devduck01 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
As a folically challenged person myself...I approve of the virile and powerful depiction here...damn if it aint like looking in a mirror...with my glasses off ;)
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staino Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014   Traditional Artist
:aww: Ha!
Thanks for taking the time to look at my drawing and for commenting. I'm happy to be the chapion of the follicly challenge.
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caesar120 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014
Well, Blaine, this character carries all the usual trademarks of Coolness I've come to expect from your characterizations...including the back-story! But..."...men of the mountains"? I am left with the impression that this guy's nads are more than a wee bit chilled. *shrug* Just a guy thing.
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staino Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014   Traditional Artist
Yes, my barbarian wears a loincloth that leaves things free and easy. Is this guy showing a lot of skin? Is his outfit impractical for a cold mountain lifestyle? You have to have a motivation to steal someones collection of cured beaver pelts. 
And hay, I'm known for drawing a certain kind of lady. Well, knowing you, a six foot Valkyrie warrior maiden in scanty armor with a cleavage you could ski down. It's only fair mate, I draw a bloke in his fur lined skivvies.
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caesar120 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014
Well...fair is fair.
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NennaFox Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014
yay! More Staino work <3  Nice as always. Love all the small details.
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:iconstaino:
staino Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014   Traditional Artist
Wow, thanks! :thumbsup: :thanks:
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Nefermeritaset Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014
Good story, and great picture ! I love all the fur ! Are they the furs they took from the old man ?
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staino Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014   Traditional Artist
:thanks: Thanks!
They are not the furs he took from the old man. Too many bad memories. They are a new set.
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Nefermeritaset Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014
Much better this way. ;)
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Treyos Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Nice twist on the usual tale cliche.  As for the drawing... well, looks pretty good, but the dude needs some pants.  Makes me cold just looking at him.
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:iconstaino:
staino Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014   Traditional Artist
Yeah, it's a problem. When the wind blows just right you can see stuff. (shivers) Eeeew!
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Treyos Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
What has been seen cannot be unseen!
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Harkon72 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014
Looking great!
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staino Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014   Traditional Artist
:w00t: Hay, Thank you!
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KTHunter Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014
Another great pic.  Love the story.
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:iconstaino:
staino Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014   Traditional Artist
:w00t: Glad you like the story!
And thanks for the Fav. :thanks:
Opps! I did it again.
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CrystalSabre Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Interesting story.  He wanted to atone for what he was a part of.
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staino Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014   Traditional Artist
Yes, I think that sums up his motivation. How could he ever give back what he had taken?
I must admit, most af my male charaters are a bit self-loathing. Just like me.I am a dummy! Yay, for me! ahem... :cries:
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CrystalSabre Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Surely, you're not like that?!
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:iconstaino:
staino Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014   Traditional Artist
Well, a little. :blushes:
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CrystalSabre Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I guess I am a little, too, then.
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NonieR Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
I hate to ask, but are you a fan of Sir Terry Pratchett's Cohen the Barbarian?
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:iconstaino:
staino Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014   Traditional Artist
No, never read of it. :no:
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NonieR Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014
Cohen the Barbarian.... Well, Pratchett riffed on just what yer usual Barbarian Hero would be like when the guy's been around for eighty years or so; after all, what could possibly kill him? Cohen's still got the unbreakable will and unbeatable skills, but, um, fewer teeth and a tendency toward hemorrhoids. He still conquers empires; he still gets the girls (even if they have to help him with his charleyhorse once or twice); he still leads the Golden Horde--okay, the Silver Horde nowadays. You get the idea.

But--and this is why I love Pratchett so much--Cohen *isn't* just a spoof; he's also the real thing.

--Nonie
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staino Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014   Traditional Artist
Heheh cool.
After you mentioned Cohen I asked my buddy Aaron, he's a real Pratchett fan. Gave me a bit af an education on the character. Yeah, my guy resembles does Cohen a great deal, only my barbarian is a few years younger. Give him time he will have the hemorrhoids eventually. :aww:
Thanks much for letting me know about this guy. :D :thumbsup:
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SongsOfBeitar Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
For my opinion, read previous comments. Yes, including the ones about his mustache.
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staino Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014   Traditional Artist
:giggle: I see!
Well, thanks for stopping by and for checking out my drawing. :thumbsup:
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014
Great details, and the art does a wonderful job with the text of making a vivid, fascinating character believable and interesting.  Quite a bit more here than the usual, except from you.
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staino Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thank you for the thoughtful comment. :thanks:
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Arteaus Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
All of my feels have been exploded. You win sir. You win.
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staino Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014   Traditional Artist
I'm glad to have had an effect. I feel like I'm banging my head against the wall artistically this week and I does me good to know, as you put it, that you "all of your feels have been exploded". I'm absolutely out of ideas. A drawing of a bald barbarian with a mustache and the story about his self-loathing drive to help the downtrodden was all I could come up with. This is what it must have felt like for Stan Lee when he came up with Striparilla.
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Arteaus Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You know me. I always enjoy when someone takes a normal artistic convention and turns it on its head. As for the philosophical and metaphysical implications of the characterization of the heroin "Striparella" I...I'm just making stuff up and using big words at this point. I got nothin'.
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staino Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014   Traditional Artist
Hay, even when you got nothin' it still makes me smile. :D
Congrats on the engagement. Oh, ye who is soon to be a son-in law!
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Arteaus Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well thank you my ser. That's very good of you. :)
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Armstrong7 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014
Backstory with a twist! Nice read to go with your excellent picture.
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:iconstaino:
staino Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014   Traditional Artist
So nice of you to say! I appreciate your compliment. Thanks. :thumbsup: :thanks:
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Nicolaas-G Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That is one mighty fine barbarian with one mighty fine moustache! Love the ax too and really awesome details. One question though if I may...there seems to be a shackle around his one ankle...how does he take his Jean Paul Gaultier design sandals off to wash his feet...now everyone knows that barbarians might not groom too often but they are quite partial to the washing of feet since that incident in 754....the one no one talks about (prolly coz they drank and drank too and no one remembers...the one that included the copz)
Love the story that you brought to life with this. Absolutely amazing work both counts...you had me in that smokey inn with them listening to the idle banter, the clinking of tankards and goblets, the bloke snoring it off under one of the tables and all the while thinking and wondering if the rich bloke's daughter was a blonde or brunette or if only one might hope...a red head...and eating cookies :icondragoneat:
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staino Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014   Traditional Artist
:lmao:
Oh, yeah that thing on his ankle. I forgot to take that off. He's a free man now. Woops, sorry.
The boots are designed by a Hyborian age cobbler named "Gizzic the Nimble". Does mighty fine work considering he doesn't have any thumbs.
Sigh... The daughter was blond, busty, and and of age. O.K. are you satisfied? :D

Oh, and excellent description of the patron filled inn. :thumbsup:
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Nicolaas-G Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's all good :rofl: I've been a fan of the Hyborian age since I got my hands on my first Conan comic back in the late 80's and then all the books followed, I absorbed them...breathed them in like the freshest air...time to take them out of their dust covers and read them again...:Aww:
Gizzic is truly masterful! I'd order a pair but for the postage and the postal service not ever delivering things here...we think monkeys might be involved and such a fine pair of footwear should not be sent via mail like that...one should sit and have a tankard of mead and have them custom fitted with a wench on one's lap and a joint of fine roasted meat in the other hand listening to bards and minstrels murdering an ode to someone and waiting for the first fight of the night to break out...now that's how one gets a fine pair of boots...the old fashioned way...from someone with the same size foot lying passed out on the floor and whilst you're at it you might relieve afore mentioned personage of any other valuables for later use in more mead, ale, meats and wenches :aww: Now that is the life :D

Sadly no, I'm partial to red heads, fiery hair, fiery temper, smallish of bust and large of adventuring appetites...it's no small wonder they gave her back for the cash instead of selling her to some Kalamshite merchant for double that

Spent many a happy hour in inns like that :) 
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