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BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Edited Jul 11, 2014
"Do not count days. Do not count distance. Count only the number of dragons you have killed. Kill the Dragons - this is your mother's prayer. Kill the Dragons - this is your child's plea. Kill the Dragons - this is the cry of your people. Kill the Dragons - this is the will of your gods. Do not fear them. Do not hesitate. Do not show mercy. Do not stop until the last drake is dead, the last lair is burnt, and the last egg is smashed. Do not stop until they are nothing but memory. KILL."

--- A Proclamation made by the Emperor of the Holy Aquilian Empire, rallying his subjects for total war against the dragon hordes that have ravaged the realm. In the face of the atrocities perpetrated by the dragons, culminating in the murder of the beloved crown prince by one of the beasts, the call was soon answered by the entire empire, its people now thirsting for vengeance against the hated monsters. 
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[And thus a terrible, bloody vengeance was wrought upon Dragonkind--the beasts' laughter at the "hubris" of the "powerless" humans would be replaced with wails of anguish at the seemigly endless numbers Human armies boasted, and the ever-advancing weaponry they employed as the war dragged on; and please for mercy that went unamswered as their lives were cut short by blades, arrows, and eventually musket rounds and cannonballs.]
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BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Edited Jul 11, 2014

"You started the fire, dragon. Now BURN with it."

--- High Constable Jaegar Iron-Heart, before executing the last Great Wyrm in the Empire's territories, Rakdon the Ravager, in the name of the emperor and the gods of Aquilia. 

The long struggle in the Holy Aquilian Empire ended with the Empire's total victory over the dragons; after all the other dragon elders were slain, Rakdon was the only dragon powerful enough to lead the dragon hordes; his capture and death effectively broke the remaining dragons' morale, leading to the eventual complete defeat of all dragons from the territory of the Empire. 

The ill fortunes of dragonkind did not end there, however; witnessing the 'miraculous triumph' of the Empire over the dragons, other kingdoms took up arms against the dragons terrorizing their realms. First the Human kingdoms, and then a hundred other races – from the Dwarves, the Orcs, the Mer-kind, the Gryphons, the Wyverns, to even the aloof Elvish realms were dragged into the greatest conflict of their time, one that would engulf the lands of Elyssia.

 

By the time the dust of the resulting conflicts, the 'Hundred Years of Fire', finally settled, the dragons were either exterminated or expelled from the continent as well, the survivors fleeing to the four corners of the greater world; some went eastward to the Oriental lands of Lin and Gao, others went south, to the hot desert lands of Al-Arakai. Some even flew west, across the Narrow Seas to seek refuge in the uncharted wilderness of the New World, and remained there undiscovered until the arrival of Dwarven and Human pioneers many generations later.

The Aquilian-Dragon War and the other dragon conflicts would have profound effects in the history of Elyssia:

- Although victorious, the Holy Aquilian Empire was too severely weakened by the conflict to remain coherent, and collapsed less than decades later with the death of the last emperor.

- Over 2/3 of all of Human population (as well as much of Dwarven, Orcs, Elven and other populations) were killed in the fighting, the subsequent famines and plagues, and the release of dark magic, leading to the weakening of feudalism in the kingdoms and empires on the continent.

- The wars led to a massive stimulation of development in both magic and sciences as the mortal races rediscovered old ways and invented new ways to slay the dragons, support the war efforts and cope with the bloody aftermath of the conflicts. These knowledge would spread partly through the out-flux of artisans, craftsmen, scholars and sorcerers from the collapsing Holy Aquilian Empire. 

- The event completely upset the state of affairs in Elyssia, breaking what historians called the 'Medieval Stasis' that held Elyssia in its grasp, leading to people to start questioning the status quo that had remained in place in Elyssia for thousands of years. The effects would be felt in the form of political, cultural and religious reforms or revolutions that would transform the societies of the various races and realms, and wrap Elyssia in turmoil for centuries to come.

The combination of these factors would lead to an artistic and intellectual flowering known as the Reawakening (Or the Renaissance, as some scholars would call), bringing Elysia out of the Medieval Era and into the Early Modern Era, with it the beginning of a new age of exploration and innovation. 

 

Above all else, dragonkind failed to recover from the war, which broke their power forever – never again will the dragons rise in great numbers to terrorize the mortal races. And thus, it could be said, as their lasting legacy, the Holy Aquilian Empire is credited in bringing forth the dominion of man... 

[Sorry, a re-post, to correct some errors, add new things and make some edits]

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SomeRandomMinion Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014
[Don't mind--it's still epic. :D]
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"... and here on our left, is a painting by Otto Von Düster, 'An Empire mourns their martyred son', one of the most notable artwork of the Aquilian-Dragon War one thousand years previously. While the painting have a vibrant, vivid background of a city devastated by dragon-fire, the dead soldiers and innocents, and the emperor’s entourage and bodyguards, the artist had drawn it so the most immediate attention would be focused upon the central figures, Emperor Ingrimm and Prince Edel; the former is shown here on his knees upon the scorched ground, cradling the body crown prince Edel...


... In contrast to most artwork of its time, which depicts the Emperor as a great warrior who led the empire to victory against the dragons, head held high, here he is portrayed in a tragic light as a father who had lost his beloved son, his head low and face buried in the chest of Edel as he weeps. He is placed by the artist as the stand-in of the entire Empire, at the time still reeling from the dragon hordes and sent reeling further by the murder of crowned prince. The Emperor’s regalia armor, with the insignia of the 
Holy Aquilian Empire, is stained by ash and the prince’s blood, which symbolizes the black stain of dishonour the dragons had marked all of Aquilia with their barbarity...

...Prince Edel meanwhile is dead, limp in his father’s embrace, yet his figure still shines as if with light, which emphasizes him as a hero blessed by the gods. He was the crowned prince, universally beloved by the whole empire, and who in his last breath had died a noble death defending the city of Stadtheim with his soldiers from the ravaging dragon hordes. His perfect figure is scarred by all kinds of dragon attacks, which symbolizes the carnage and destruction the dragons had wrought upon Aquilia and its people. The painting is all in all unique for its portrayal of the death of Edel and burning of Stadtheim as a personal tragedy, not just for the Emperor, but all of Aquilia, with the heroism of both the Emperor or his Son, usually found in other paintings depicting the event such as ‘Prince Edel’s Last Stand', entirely absent...

... and here on the right, is the famous Statue of Victory, Johann Eckmann’s masterpiece, commissioned by the Aquilian Republic to commemorate the 800th anniversary of the Aquilian-Dragon War, and by extension, all peoples of Elyssia’s victory over the ravaging dragons. The statue shows a knight, clad in Aquilian armor, with insignia of the Empire, standing over the head of a decapitated dragon. He is based upon High Constable Jaegar Iron-Heart, who led Aquilia to victory under the Emperor over the dragons...

... His arms are held wide and high, and in the traditional Aquilian victory pose, on his right hand, an enchanted steel sword, symbolizing the might of Aquilia, the might of man, had prevailed over the dragons, usually a symbol of nature’s wrath. And on his left hand, a sceptre, which represents the sovereignty of Aquilia as granted by the Great Gods of Aquilia, which symbolizes the survival of the realm from the ravages of the dragon, that man have stood their ground in the face of a seemingly implacable enemy and had won their right to exist, free from terror and destruction...”

--- An elven Tour Guide describing the art depicting the Aquilian-Dragon War in the National Art Museum of the Aquilian Republic, a member state of the Dominion of Man, a modern economic and military alliance/union which includes a number of Dwarven City-States, the High Elven Commonwealth, the Tribal Federation of the Orcs, and other nations.

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SomeRandomMinion Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014
[Once again, amazing. Loved the tour guide's descriptions!]

[Well...considering the "Forgotten Dragon" art, and his omake there....]
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BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014
(Yeah, let's not...)
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SomeRandomMinion Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014
[Agreed. :P]
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SomeRandomMinion Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014
[Hell yes.]
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SomeRandomMinion Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014
Welcome! I love all the little details--the Renaissance-equivalent, the names of the other realms--it's great stuff!
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SomeRandomMinion Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014
Saw it--now we have a magic Cold War!
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BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
[Indeed. They will all pay for their greed and arrogance.

Of course, Alex or Trooper924 would end up writing subversions if they ever find these paintings...]
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Trooper924 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014
[Challenge accepted.]

"There is a blight upon the land. A disgusting, vile mob of animals called 'Man'. Look at them! Crawling around in the mud with their perverse ma-sheens and gad-jits. Look at their arrogance and how they hold themselves superior to every other living creature in this world.

If left unchecked they will destroy us all.

This is what we must do: we must kill them. My brothers, if we wish for our children and our children's children to live freely, we must exterminate humankind and all those who aid them! Incinerate them! Devour them! Crush them underfoot! Show them no mercy, for you will receive none!"

---Final speech of Rakdon the Ravager prior to his capture and eventual execution.

The execution of Rakdon was a cause for celebration for many races, but in others it provoked outrage.

Amongst the collection of species known as "the Pariah"--consisting of the trolls, the gargoyles, the goblins, the roks, the vampires, the snake-men, and the fallen elves--the Great Wyrms and the dragons were considered dieties and the mass slaughter of them was heresy on an unfathomable scale. Rakdon's death was the final straw that spurred the Pariah into action.

Some took a passive approach to resisting the empire by smuggling dragon eggs to safety and nursing wounded dragons back to health. Most, however, took up arms, orchestrating ambushes and hit-and-run attacks against Imperial dragon hunters, but it was not until the Battle of Dramosu did the resistance truly take shape. The fallen elf, Thanatos and his army of a thousand strong seized control of the fortress-city and there, he united the various Pariah factions under one banner: The Rakdon Alliance.

The Alliance and the Empire would war on-and-off throughout the centuries until the latter's dissolution and the signing of the Treaty of Ar-Mmum immediately beforehand. Today, the Alliance remains a powerful and influential force in Elysia, controlling the majority of the western half of the continent. Tensions remain high between them and the Dominion of Man.
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SomeRandomMinion Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014
Very nice--looks like we have a magical Cold War...
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Trooper924 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014
Indeed, we do.
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SomeRandomMinion Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014
So, if we take this as an allegory...

Dominion of Man = USA/NATO

Rakdon Alliance = Soviet Union/Warsaw Pact


I wonder what the magical equivalent of the Cuban Missile Crisis would look like...
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Trooper924 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014
The Karna Kul Affair: Dominion spies discover that the Alliance has secret Dragon lairs and hatcheries along the border between the two nations in the Karna Kul region.
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BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014
This is great!
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Trooper924 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014
Glad you liked it.
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Praxiusalternate Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013
nicely done!
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SparkleWolf404 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
Ri just. Found my new desktop
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SparkleWolf404 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
Sorry, ipad
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Glimmercat Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
The colors in this are very compelling. Beautiful composition.
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DarkElektra Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012
woww :iconwowplz: great artwork!
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Schmengee Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Student General Artist
Wow, the effects and detail in this are amazing! Beautiful dragons in this :3
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Jafira Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012
Amazing scene, epic work, well done!
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Oblavon Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
My god, this is incredible! The level of detail is just awe inspiring. The dragons are gorgeous, the background is gorgeous, the flames are gorgeous! Seriously, this is just amazing! :wow:
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SolarLugia Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OMAHGAWD!
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krazykelli Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
Dragony. Like the flames and the greenish dragon on the side. =D
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KutkuMegsan Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012   Traditional Artist
This is awesome ^_^
Love the colors!
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13ghostEz Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist
das cool
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SlinkyTheGreat Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Student Digital Artist
those dragons <3
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QAtheAuthoress Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
Oh great someone stole their golden cups too. XD Beowulf reference if you get it. ;)
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firatsolhan Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks
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Buhaaghule Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this is really intense.
Must have taken forever!
Great work, but you already know that.
xD
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ionstorm01 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
Very Kewl! I like it!
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