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Familiar Stranger by Art-Zealot Familiar Stranger by Art-Zealot

EDIT: Be sure to check out (and Like :meow:) the Process Video on YouTube!


Isn't my good side worth rescuing?  "Stranger" by VersaEmerge

Perhaps even the Lord of Terror can feel fear...
The Diablo III fanart continues!

[DIABLO III SPOILER WARNING]

The ending of Diablo III is really what cinched my appreciation of its story. I have an obvious love for the "innocent-yet-battling-evil-internal-forces" character type (as seen in my own Zalost, Lia Nara, and Sin), and I got so much more attached to Leah when she turned into Diablo.

Unfortunately, the people at Blizzard just killed her off after that. :/ I was majorly disappointed, since I wanted to see some kind of internal struggle against him on Leah's part. So, of course, I have this new headcanon that at some point during the final battle she intervened and distracted Diablo at a key moment, allowing the Nephilim to strike him down. She still ends up dead, but at least it mattered. :'7

I've also recently finished the book Diablo III: The Order, which is set thirteen years before the events of the game, so I decided to portray little 8-year-old Leah (who is adorbs, albeit kind of scary) instead of her normal look. And the scale is kind of off, since I think Diablo is a bit bigger than that...

Whew...I think I can move on now. Brain, you so silly, getting invested in fictional characters. Though I suppose that's what makes games fun to me. C:

Photoshop CS4, ~4 hours
Diablo III Blizzard Entertainment
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Flipsie Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Outstanding!
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Art-Zealot Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you!
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NikObi Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014
So,... Awsome!
Thanks for your Video!!!!
Great work!
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Art-Zealot Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you!
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NikObi Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014
He he ^^
Your image is my new desktop background!
Im really fascinated La la la la 
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Razmere Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014
Maybe we'll bet a chance to save Leah in the REAPER OF SOULS expansion. That's what I hope and even pray for. It would be my biggest draw to the game.

BLIZZARD: "NEW CHARACTER CLASS!"
ME: "Yeah, that's cool, I guess."
BLIZ: "NEW GEAR AND MONSTERS!" 
ME: "Uh huh, that's nice"
BLIZ: "MORE ABILITIES AND LEVELS!!"
ME: "Whatever..."
BLIZ: "Oh and the story mode gives you the option to save Leah."
ME: "SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!!!!" 
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Art-Zealot Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Haha, that would be awesome, I agree. Unfortunately I think they've confirmed they won't expound on that yet, because in order for the loss to really be a poignant story event, they can't just go, "Oh just kidding, she's back in the next expansion!" I think they will (and should) let it "sink in" for at least this expansion, and then bring her back into the spotlight in a later expansion/game.
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Razmere Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014
BUT SHE HAS TO BUILD HER INN! IT'S HER DREAM!!!!!! :cries: 
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Art-Zealot Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Student Digital Artist
X'D Awww, I'm sure the heroes shall go on to make an inn for her in loving memory...

Though you knew as soon as she started talking about settling down and plans for the future that she doomed herself to an early death. The laws of plot demand it. T_T
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Razmere Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014
Well we shall see what happens in the expansion. I'll probably wait a month before I buy it (There are bound to be bugs that need fixing) 
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