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Drina the Barbarian wields the powerful relic Tarenbour the war axe.

When forged by the priests of East Kingshall it was imbued with the intelligence of the greatest member of their order, Brother Adulfo Taren. Also known as “Saint Taren” and “Taren the pure”. Adulfo was a good man, the best they say, always kind, fair in a conflict, slow to anger, and quick to defend the weak. A man of few words. The perfect choice to be the conscience of a magical axe.
Funny thing when making a copy of one’s intellect, you get everything, the good and the bad. Well, turns out the reason Adulfo spoke so little, he had a wicked tongue. Loved to swear and usually had a barbed and cruel insult on the forefront of his thoughts.

Tarenbour the war axe says things that would make the most hardened warrior blush.

Just before battle Tarenbour has been known to bring into question the parentage of all opponents in the vicinity. Make brazen accusations about their sexual habits and preferences. And describe the private and unpleasant place its blade will soon be placed.

Drina wishes she had a different axe.
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dlambeaut Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Her body balance is perfectly achieved: the axe really seem to be heavy. And contrast between a skinny, nearly frail, (but beautiful otherwise) girl, and the big, sorry, BIG axe, really do it. Good job. Funny, sexy, and epic.
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staino Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2015   Traditional Artist
Funny and sexy was what I was going for. Thanks! :thumbsup:
I'm pleased that you took the time to look at my drawing here and comment.
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dlambeaut Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
My pleasure!
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DrewK27 Featured By Owner May 18, 2014
LOL! Love the expression on the barbarian girl's face! The amount of detail in this pic is mindboggling!
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staino Featured By Owner May 18, 2014   Traditional Artist
Wow Thanks! :thumbsup: :blushes:
As for the detail, sometimes things get out of hand when I'm drawing and I start to obsessing about the folds in the cloth or the shading on the skin. I jut hope it turns out o.k. I'm really just trying to draw a cartoon.
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:iconstaino:
staino Featured By Owner May 18, 2014   Traditional Artist
Wow Thanks! :thumbsup: :blushes:
As for the detail, sometimes things get out of hand when I'm drawing and I start to obsessing about the folds in the cloth or the shading on the skin. I jut hope it turns out o.k. I'm really just trying to draw a cartoon.
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DrewK27 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015
You're welcome! :)
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towknee Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Really enjoying your style and art quality. Excellent poses, expressions, and line work.
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staino Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013   Traditional Artist
:w00t: Wow, thanks! I appreciate your compliments. :thumbsup:
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caesar120 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013
Hunh? What? Y'know...from this angle you really can't judge whether or not she has a big a.....ohhhhhhh! AXE! Hmmm...nevermind.
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staino Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013   Traditional Artist
Yeah, That look on her face make one think the wrong thing. :lmao:
It's a silly drawing, really it is. :blushes:
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caesar120 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013
Sentient foul-bladed weapon? What an axe-hole!
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:iconstaino:
staino Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013   Traditional Artist
I just laughed so hard I got Diet Mountain Dew up my nose. Oh, it burns.
:laughing: you said "axe-hole"...
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caesar120 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013
That's right. I did say it. And y'know what? I meant every word of it. BOTH of them. PLUS a hyphen! So there.
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:iconstaino:
staino Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013   Traditional Artist
Ha! :D I burned my nose again! I really shouldn't drink and read your comments at the same time!
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:iconcaesar120:
caesar120 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
Naw. Drink away, my friend. Might I suggest a particularly cold and chunky fruit smoothy?
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Arlesienne Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
Wow, the image is pretty, but it's the description that makes your jaw drop low :w00t:.
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:iconstaino:
staino Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013   Traditional Artist
Well, Thank you kindly!:thanks:
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RedWingsDragon Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
Awesome work here
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:iconstaino:
staino Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013   Traditional Artist
Well, Thank you kindly!:thanks:
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inkeverlasting Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013
Ha! Her face! Very nice! And the story is stellar and to the point, as usual. I am loving her facial expression in particular--also her abs, but mostly because I want them. :D
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staino Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013   Traditional Artist
This is a sexy sexist drawing. Sorry you had to see it. :blushes:
The face was the most pleasant and enjoyable part to draw. I made the drawing and the back story up as I want along. Not everybody liked the back story but some fantasy fans take this stuff too seriously. The junk I post here, it's for fun! :D
Yeah, I want her abs too.
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jdnunes Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
We have a size problem heeere...  .'
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:iconstaino:
staino Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013   Traditional Artist
:laughing: Yeah, that axe is too big!
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:iconjdnunes:
jdnunes Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It's a problem... After the fist strike... And do not fit well in regular pant's back pocket...  '  rsrs
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staino Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013   Traditional Artist
:laughing: :nod:
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Arteaus Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's a magic axe. 'nuff said.
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Negimafan123 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Student
I just love your anatomy. It's so good!
Any tips you can give me to work on anatomy?
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staino Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013   Traditional Artist
I have bee trying to figure out human anatomy for years. For me it has been a life-long process. I have a several art books on anatomy, and any time a see a figure I like from a comic book I will try drawing it (if I have time). When I draw a figure, if anything doesn't look right I erase it and re-draw it. It sucks to do that sometimes but I have to keep at it.
Also I look at photographs. The muscular abs on this drawing came from the cover women's fitness magazine! It used to be about 90% of my inspiration came form drawings and 10% from real life. These days it's more like 50% -50%. Though it feels like I use photo reference too much and I need to get back to drawing cartoons.
In this drawing the figure on the left I made up out of my head and the figure of the woman on the right I used photo reference. Three different photos to be exact. One for her head, one for her torso, and one for her legs. I pieced them all together in the drawing process and then added the costume and gear. You can see a bit of a difference between the two characters, though they are both done in my style. I may have looked at some images out of a clothing catalog to get inspiration for the folds of her jacket, I do that some times but I cant quite remember on this one. 
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Negimafan123 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Student
Ah, I see.
That drawing shows how much you know then, the anatomy on the left is just as good as the one on the right!

Thanks for replying, I'll try looking at more references :)
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kane279 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013
nice story & perfect pic! I love her face ;)
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:iconstaino:
staino Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013   Traditional Artist
Aww :aww: Thanks!
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RolandBoyce Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I always like the stories behind your works, she definitely doesn't look as though she is enjoying what the axe is saying, Nice one!
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staino Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013   Traditional Artist
Ah, thanks! :thumbsup:
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SecretCowLevel Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013
A kick ass, death dealing barbarian hottie with a big enchanted, foul mouthed, smack talking axe o death? Sound like the makings of a great D&D character to me! Another fabo pic. I can't wait to see what you create next! :) :thumbsup: :boogie: :party: :wow: :faint: :)
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staino Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013   Traditional Artist
Ha ha :laughing: great description of the picture.
I hope you never grow up! w00t!
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Treyos Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I've had worse personalities in weapons, but that would be up there on the list.  ;)
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staino Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013   Traditional Artist
Hard to sneak up on somebody when your axe shouts "Hay fartknockerr she gonna stick me in yer @#$*&!!"
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Treyos Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
At least he's enthusiastic about it.
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ksmith3620 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013
LOL, I love it! The story and the art are fantastic! Love it and again, great job. :-)
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staino Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013   Traditional Artist
Yeah, the concept is silly but the Axe was fun to draw. And you can never go wrong with a barbarian lady. I'm glad you like it.
Thanks for giving my drawing a look. :thanks:
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ZawArt Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013   Traditional Artist
Nice shading!:ahoy:
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staino Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thanks! I appreciate your compliment. :D
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DrewID123 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013
"Does this outfit make my axe look big?"
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staino Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013   Traditional Artist
:lmao:
Funny, too funny!
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Dinalfos5 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool warrior Woman, and awesome axe too. But if Taren had such foul thoughts all the time, but always held his tongue, what is stopping the axe from holding its (figurative) tongue? In life, he had restraint, but why not now that his thoughts are in the axe? Why does he no longer have any restraint? Is it that the Axe is Telepathic, and Drina can hear all those foul thoughts, which the axe can not so easily restrain? if not , why did his foul thoughts transfer into the axe, but not his self restraint? Sorry to poke holes in all this, but I just question these elaborate, but otherwise very interesting back stories, but am just curious when I can't fully comprehend it all. 
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staino Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013   Traditional Artist
Good questions.
The Axe is not Taren. It does not have a soul a spirit. It just his intellect. His mind without context, without of the meaning of his experiences. It is a thing not a person. It cant understand the actual meaning if the human experiences of it's donor. The effect is a jumbles up and inaccurate representation of the mans personality.
The axe is not telepathic. It has a voice that emanates magically from it. It sounds like a wise old moan most of the time. Drina can ask it questions about stuff that an ancient Claric would knows. That comes in handy form time to time.
It all gets a bit confusing. Sorry for that. I came up for this as something funny yet I still wanted the magical object feasible enough to fit in my regular more "serous" fantasy universe.
If none of my answers satisfy you I apologize. (I bow my head humbly) I should stick to mere realistic and logical stores I know. :D
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Dinalfos5 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, so if I understand it, the creation process is just imperfect? That things like tact and self-restraint are not things that transfer into the Axe? Something like 'no soul', and 'no human perspective' are not satisfying reasons for such a key, and it would indeed seem overriding, facet of a man's personality, being left behind.  It seems to me that you are saying you are getting the bad with the good, but not ALL of the good with the bad, that act and self-restraint are not things that can be transferred into an item. It wasn't even botched, this is normal when you imbue sentience, but it's just that, no one knew the Cleric had such a foul mind because of his restraint, and thus no one knew he that the axe foul turn out so foul? 
That's kind of a bad process though, if Restraint, such a vital concept of morality, cannot be copied over into a sentient object. We ALL have tempting thoughts, and not acting on them, not just because we fear consequences, but because we know they are wrong, is a key facet of morality.
If something as vital as restraint is absent in the sentience creation process, then perhaps this process should be abandoned as it is so horrendously flawed. You know, for good objects. For evil ones, then that seems unimportant. 

Do not get me wrong however I think that a good bit of humour in an indeed serious story can be greatly enjoyable. A Foul Mouthed axe in a serious setting ca add levity to a darker toned adventures, and I commend you for the idea. 
It's just that your explanation was not satisfying for me to believe it as you have presented it in its entirety
I can think of 2 possible solutions for this that would make it perfectly satisfying for me, while retaining both the seriousness and humour of the  story.
1) Taren was just a foul mouthed man in real life, but his actions spoke louder than his words. He saved lives, healed the sick and defeated great evil, all well swearing like a sailor. This was inevitably overlooked, because they were after all, just words.  His knowledge was invaluable and his deeds worthy of a saint, thus, he was chosen as a guiding force for the axe, regardless of his foul tongue. 
2) The process was just botched. Normally, the whole of one's personality goes into a sentient object. Something went wrong this time, and instead, a key aspect, restraint of words, was left out of the axe's personality. A Flaw or 'curse' is a common concept when crafting a magic object if the creator is inexperienced or unlucky, and this is a good example of such a mishap. This flaw is relatively harmless, but still noticeable. I think it's a better example than it being the result of everything going normally and this is just the end result of picking an otherwise incompatible donor.
Either one of those is a satisfying answer if you are willing to amend the back story slightly, and it would make for a very amusing part to an otherwise interesting tale.
Either way, I could just pretend 1 or 2 is real and be satisfied with the answer. 
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Midnight-Vanburen Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013
A weapon of mass destruction held by a woman of mass distraction.  Nice.
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staino Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013   Traditional Artist
I draw a lot of sexy fantasy babes. I really need to draw something else for a change. I think my next drawing will be of a Space-Cowboy.
You know it is not my intention but somehow the barbarian characters I draw kind of end up with a kinky S&M look. Fur and leather. I have know idea how Conan pulls of off. I recon he would just cut anybody in half if they commented on it.
The women from Groo are no different. I get a lot of insparatin from that comic.
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