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The Ambush by MatesLaurentiu The Ambush by MatesLaurentiu
The corridor was drafty and cold. "This air creeps me out, feels like something huge is breathing in and out", murmured the elf clutching his staff. The light in his power crystal flickered and became a tad stronger lengthening the shadows of his companions. "Nay, mage, 'this only the air shafts doin' the work" grinned the cleric. "I feel nothin' in this place, there's no real wind an' even the air don't feel real, it doesn't" complained the ranger shivering. "Its eery this place, is. Like its kept frozen by somethin'. And so little growin' here, so little. Old roots with no trees and blind creatures slithering behind every boulder".
"There is something up ahead" said the fighter and his voice carried weirdly loud along the corridor. Before them were stairs. Not just the granite shaped into some seaming of a stairway, but stairs, built with rocks and mortar. It trailed up, to a very old looking porticulis sculpted in the shape of two brooding mind flayers. Their faces where scraped off and the tentacles of their lower face seemed to move into the light of the torch. The cold swish of the steel as the fighter drew his sword broke the tense moment. The dwarf cleared his voice softly and moved his hammer in his hands for a better grip. The ranger drew and nocked an arrow murmuring some old prayer. "I sens nothing beyond it" tried the mage to reassure them. "No traps it seems. Tis' old work this one, nothings passed here for a long time" said the cleric looking at the polished walls with expert eyes. They followed the fighter up the stair with careful steps. Beyond the portal, a short, narrow stone bridge stretched over a chasm of darkness and fading sharp edges. Air was growling a deep hum deep below. There was water dripping from the walls somewhere and over the bridge, another porticulis reached into darkness further, slightly illuminated by a purplish light. They stepped over the old, lifeless roots grown over the ancient cobble stones, toward that purplish light.
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Hi guys and girls. Its been a while since my last post so I hope this image somehow washes some of that past silence. I did this illustration for the awesome project of the guys at Adventureaweek.com, called "Rise of the Drow". Its not the only one and, in time, I'll post the other ones too. In the meantime I urge you to go to their site or look for their kickstarter to find out more about their incredible publication. This image is under their copyright so no download, sorry.
As usual, the story is my own. I just felt like adding a bit more of myself beside the image. I hope you enjoy the bit of writing as well as the illustration.
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The Ambush by ~MatesLaurentiu ( Suggested by Eveqi and Featured by Thiefoworld )
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secretoflurkmore Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Wow...just perfect atmosphere and absolutely breathtaking work as usual. I play on a Neverwinter Nights Roleplaying Server based in the Forgotten Realms and this conjures up some of my character's trips to the Underdark. Brilliant.
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MatesLaurentiu Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I'm glad you like it and I honestly am very happy this proved to be such a successful image. I took a risk with the bold angle but it all payed up. :)
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SaliroO Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
this is a masterpiece *.*
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MatesLaurentiu Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
You're too kind and generous in your wording but I appreciate the sentiment. :) 
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SaliroO Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
i really like this kind of art! you are really talented! :)
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MatesLaurentiu Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, you're very kind. :)
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ddrrr Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014
надеюсь эти дроу получат что положено,  гребаные арахнофилы.

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:iconmateslaurentiu:
MatesLaurentiu Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Лол, ну, я думаю, история открыта для любой возможности здесь. :D
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Koviell Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh man, old school D&D group
I love it <3
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:iconmateslaurentiu:
MatesLaurentiu Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I'm all for old school. So much fun back then. :D
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Intrecciafoglie Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Goodbye party! :bye:
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:iconmateslaurentiu:
MatesLaurentiu Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Not necessarily. Things could go both ways from here. :) 
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:iconintrecciafoglie:
Intrecciafoglie Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I stay with drows! ;P Always!
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MatesLaurentiu Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I guess thats the beauty of such a suspended moment: people can choose their own story. :)
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:iconintrecciafoglie:
Intrecciafoglie Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, it's true! :love:
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myks0 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
gz man, im happy to see you finally got it :* hope this will lighten your day :)
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MatesLaurentiu Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Definitely a pleasant surprise. :)
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TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations on your well-deserved DD!!! :iconflyingheartsplz::iconlainloveplz::iconflyingheartsplz: :clap::clap::clap:
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MatesLaurentiu Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for the kind words. :)
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Ravel22 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013
AWESOME work drow are one of my favorite races,i've read every book I can find!Have alot of mixed-up research &original lit myelf,just got to find the time to put it all together.
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MatesLaurentiu Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
We should thank ol' Tolkien for coming with the concept of "gray" or "dark elf". Or if we go into mythology, whatever nors made up the elves after too much mead. :D
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trooperbeta Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
"Alright, thumbs up! Let's do this. LEEERROOY JEEENKIINS."
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MatesLaurentiu Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Lol, that was one funny comment. Thanks for making me giggle like a schoolgirl. :D
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trooperbeta Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I think you get the awesome reference. Haha.
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SullivanStag Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Aww man, this is making me miss D&D. A good fight is so satisfying. I would be one of the Drow, though :)
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MatesLaurentiu Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
These images are the only things that compensate for the lack of d&d playing. And yes, I would definitely DM for a group that would ride on the dark side of things. :D
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Outof4mmo Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I used to play the good ol' pen and paper D&D, i miss that time too, you know, that precious time where we used our imagination!
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CleverMessenger Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's just pure awesome! emote baw
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MatesLaurentiu Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You're too kind. :D
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CleverMessenger Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sweating a little... Oh.
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PaulPluaP Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
nice!
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MatesLaurentiu Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you. :)
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MasterTrevor Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
As much i am a fan for Fantasy artwork this is one of the creative back story ones i can think off! Beautiful piece of work!
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MatesLaurentiu Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I used to make background stories for most of my illustrations but lately the commissions come with their own back stories. This one 'tho gave me a bit of free place to wiggle a few lines in. :D
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Celesta18twist Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Student General Artist
this is awesomely cool! +favlove 
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MatesLaurentiu Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, I'm very glad you like it. :D
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AquaGalaxy Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013
congratulations on getting a dd! c: :iconasdfghplz:
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MatesLaurentiu Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for dropping by to say that. :D
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Nervosix Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Acquisitions Inc. would be proud. Good work man! Congrats on the DD!
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MatesLaurentiu Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hehe, I don't know about that. I'll just stay humble and enjoy the DD for now. :D
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Rina-ran Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Most awesome DD I've seen in so long.

Love the point of view and how well this scene is set up.
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MatesLaurentiu Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You're very kind, thank you. :D
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pj38greco1970 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful. I always like seeing pictures like this cause it always reminds me of D&D days.
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MatesLaurentiu Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I work on them with the same sentiment.:)
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mea00 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well done! Congrats on the DD
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MatesLaurentiu Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you. :)
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Wildhells Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Student Interface Designer
Awesome!
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MatesLaurentiu Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I'm glad you like it. :)
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Tasuu-chan Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this party needs a bard :p
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MatesLaurentiu Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Every party needs a bard. Otherwise things will go way too serious and dramatic. :D
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