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Enchanted Dagger: Vel'Shekmoah Tishar by Scrivener-of-Light Enchanted Dagger: Vel'Shekmoah Tishar by Scrivener-of-Light
Known only by its inscribed enchantment, the Vel’Shekmoah Tishar dagger was created in the first century of the Second Age by the Circle of Shekem for their chief archon, Ardion.

The enchantment was established in Ardion’s blood, and tied the dagger to him in such a way that it could never depart his grip without him willing it to do so. Furthermore, should he desire the dagger in his hand, it simply appeared there—and nothing could prevent this.

In addition to this powerful enchantment, the blade was imbued with magic channeled directly from the Essence of Evil with the express intent of destroying all that is good. This arcane energy is channeled into the small but powerful Blood Stone set into the blade.

The enchantment also enabled Ardion to step through time in such a way that his speed in combat was beyond comparison and his defense was all but impenetrable.

Ardion could wield the Vel’Shekmoah Tishar to invoke powerful dark magic, which he did in a campaign of terror that lasted three decades.

His evil remained unchecked until the Lady Sevani completed her First Quest and met him in individual combat. After destroying Ardion, she placed the Vel’Shekmoah Tishar within her vault encased in powerful wards.

—From a placard at the “Ardion and the Circle of Shekem” Display in the Museum of Arcane Arts; original inscription by Magister Truon

Designed in Illustrator and painted in Photoshop. My desire for this piece was to develop new brushes and techniques to create the metal and wood surfaces, and I'm pleased with the result.

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AngelToso Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
This is definitely some of the better sword designs I've seen. Usually they're impractical and too hard to look at but this sword in the opposite of all those bad things. I would thin the blade up a little bit, at least near the tip. You don't want it looking like a paddle, haha. The purple also looks a bit weird to me, so maybe you can try using a more interesting color or shade of purple, grey, or red.
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Scrivener-of-Light Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the comment. As for the color, I guess I never really thought of it in terms of being purple--I started with a gray color and added just a little red to it, which I guess results in a pinkish or purplish color. I wanted the palette to be a bit desaturated--at least on the main metal surfaces--and I'm pretty pleased with how the colors came out. I didn't want to go too bold and/or bright, but I didn't want to go just gray.

In any case, I appreciate your comments and insights, and I'll keep in mind what you said when designing bladed weapons in the future.
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Wayanoru Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is actually a very nice design, well composed and modest. Well done!  =)
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Scrivener-of-Light Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much!
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