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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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
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
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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staino Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014   Traditional Artist
:laughing:
Um... (speechless). :o (Eek) 

Well, O.K. I'm the writer... so she is a pretty read-head, lean and built for speed. Independent, intelligent, and headstrong. Don't know how the bad-guys caught her. Her freckes lowered her value on the secondary marked so they were forced to ransom her back to her father. The price, a cocoanut tree. A rare coconut tree that, is, um rare, and stuff.
Ah, crap. I have nothing. :shrug:
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Nicolaas-G Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
I have heard of that tree. Way I heard it they returned her to Atlantis and she was the great granddaughter of the mighty Kull himself but alas, they didn't like the tree and it was kinda bulky for the return voyage so they planted it on a beach there and forgot about it...Several years later though one of those blabby prophets of DOOOOOOM!!! popped about and spake all about the end of the world and the peoples of Atlantis thought blah-de-blah-blah as was the norm with stoned prophets back then if they weren't thrown with rocks. At the same time there was the vicious wood borer beetles and the very fashionable clog epidemic of '68 and there was not a single twig of wood left ceptin' for that darn coconut tree...At the same time an Egyptian zoologist discovered several new species of dung beetles but since his ship was already consumed by the beetles tour and being so excited he decided that they would chop down yon tree and build from it a mighty ship. His colleagues, also high on certain herbs and roots found the royal petting zoo and being on a psychedelic trip thought that they discovered some rather awesome new species of various luminous colored fuzzy wuzzies and the ship was just getting bigger and bigger...damn hippy zoologists even back then...
Anyhoo, Osmosis, that was the name of the Egyptian zoologist, took all aboard and non too soon because they'd hardly made the great harbor gate when the then emperor noted that his favorite ourangutan was missing and the entire city was on high amber alert...at the exact same time everyone in Atlantis started a cloggy line dance to celebrate the finding of electricity by one of their less famous scientophilosophers that they all jumped up into the air at the same time and that caused the equilibrium of the planet to suddenly go haywire and with the combined weight of all the Atlanteans, the sighting of a quantum weather butterfly and a very early discovery that sparks and gunpowder near an active volcano doesn't bode well the island suddenly ceased to exist in a poof and a splash and only Osmosis and his crew of psychedelic zoologists made it off the island in the overly large ship made from that lone, forgotten, extremely rare coconut tree with a bunch of stolen fuzzy wuzzies and many kegs of fine Atlantean honey mead and ale :aww:
That's about how the story goes...I forget some parts being so old with my mind going but I'm sure a young lad like yourself set on adventure the way lads today do will be able to fill the blank spots and tell the whole tale :D
As for the lass, she was out a hopping and a skipping when an old druid in a wolf's head cloak stumbled from a grove of Elder and Holly trees being pursued by some burly bandits set on his secret recipe for clam chowder (I have it on good authority from the druid himself that the secret is lima beans) Well the druid tripped and fell just as the lass was bending over picking some daisies among the clovers and his very druidy staff conked her on the noggin...he himself conked his noggin on the lass's mace that was on the grass and the bandits not missing an opportunity picked up both and set off with them. The druid was put through tremendous tickle tortures until finally he spilled the beans as to what his secret was and the lass was sold to a slaver who in turn sold her to a satrap as a sandal polisher and strap repairer. The satrap being a greedy old git hired a defective detective and found who her elderly father was and sent his ransom demands and for the rest we know that bit already :aww:
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