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Dark Souls 2: Nashandra by MenasLG Dark Souls 2: Nashandra by MenasLG
Queen of Drangleic, a living part of the Father of the Abyss. Just what is this mysterious creature?
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Revenge-of-Death Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Student General Artist
worst boss ever :< it was such a let down 
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MenasLG Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, I've seen better in Souls games. Shame.
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Revenge-of-Death Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Student General Artist
Anicent dragon D: still havent beat it 
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ChojinRyu750 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
sweet
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Kyynneya Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014
Very good work !
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wilji1090 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Y'know, there's a theory that Darklurker is another, more powerful fragment of Manus and thus is stronger than Nashandra. Though, I wonder if the Throne Watcher and Throne Defender are also shards opposed to Nashandra, since the Darklurker seems content to sit in the Abyss if it is another piece of Manus.
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MenasLG Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're probably not far off with that Darklurker theory. Didn't another fragment of Manus pop up in the newest DLC? Just means that Manus is all over the place.
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wilji1090 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, Elana the Squalid Queen. They're under the impression that for Crown of the Old Iron King it's going to be Nadalia, the Bride of Ash. Mostly, the interpretation is that Nadalia was the Iron King's unnamed wife that competed for his affection over Mytha.
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CountAwesomeness Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The Darklurker may be a shard of Manus...Or maybe it's something else that lived in the abyss. One thing is for certain though, Elana, the Squalid Queen(from the DLC) is another shard of Manus. Well, it's not 100% certain, but she is referred to as "the Child of Dark", so it's highly likely. And I personally think the Defender and Watcher were supposed keep Nashandra(or anyone for that matter) from getting to the throne. I mean, it's pretty obvious Vendrick figured you what she truly was at some point, and that's why fled to the Crypt and commanded the two to guard the throne.

It's mostly speculation, though.  I guess we may never know the ultimate truth about...Well, most things in the Dark Souls universe.
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wilji1090 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
From what I understand, Elana was actually cut content made into a boss. If the DLC (as in all three episodes) is focusing on the Shards of Manus, then we have at least two more that we will have to deal with in the form of Alsanna, the Silent Oracle and Nadalia the Bride of Ash. Elana creeped me out as it was, so I can't imagine what the other two look like or fight like, though I am hoping they're not reskins of Nashandra.

In any event, I am hoping the Old Iron King DLC focuses on the Keep before it sunk into lava. Hopefully dealing with the relationship between the King, Mytha, and the unnamed... Oh God... :fear: If the Iron Crown deals with Nadalia (the name fits) then I am honestly fearful because it's going to be rather crazy fighting someone who can potentially summon another boss to help her like Elana did with Velstadt.

That's my favorite thing about the lore, it makes it so that we can make the story how we want to.
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CountAwesomeness Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That would be really interesting. And if we have to deal with more Manus shards...Well, God help us. Although I'm not too afraid of them summoning bosses because Elana never had the chance of summoning Velstadt.

Speaking of which...Why Velstadt? Well...I may have some sort of theory. In one of his item descriptions it says "he followed the King like his own shadow". His soul is black like Nashandras. Maybe it's because he was exposed to the Dark of the Undead Crypt for so long, but maybe he was under Nashandras control. Thus linking him to the Dark and also Elana. Then it would make sense for the Child of Dark to summon a Pawn of Dark.

But again, we may TRULY never know. Maybe we don't even have to.
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wilji1090 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Unless Nadalia somehow summons Artorias or hell even Ornstein then I think we're in the clear.

I like that theory. Which again will make it creepy as hell if Nadalia can summon Artorias, Ornstein, Gough, or Ciaran. Though, I get the strangest feeling that Manus wasn't really "evil" so to speak but just the product of torture since Chester at one point stated that Oolacile incited the wrath of primeval man. So who knows?

True, true. But it IS immensely fun to speculate.
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CountAwesomeness Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Manus wasn't actually evil. Wasn't it Gough who said "Seduced by a dark Serpent or not, they awoke that thing themselves...and drove it mad." And in Dark Souls 2 many hexes state that the Dark is "a thing beautiful, a thing serene". Although, I'd say Nashandra is definitely evil, but that might just be because Manus probably died with a lot of hatred for humans in his soul.
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wilji1090 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Gough did say that actually which leads me to believe the people of Oolacile were dicks. I think Nashandra herself is oddly a victim of the curse of want. Her soul states she desired power to overcome her fragility. Though, what is creepy is that her human form looks a LOT like Dusk of Oolacile.
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CountAwesomeness Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
And that makes sense, because being the weakest of the shards, she had to disguise herself as a human. And Dusk was one of the few humans Manus ever saw.''

There's probably only one thing that still confuses me. Why are Vendrick and Nashandra so big? I mean, Gwyn was big too, but he had a Lord Soul. Is it because Vendrick "made the power of the Giants his own"? Or is that referring to the "Prize" he stole from them? Speaking of which, I think the Ashen Mist Heart could be it, since it can look into memories. And if Vendrick made "magnificent findings on souls" that would mean he studied Soul Memory using the Ashen Mist Heart.
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darkMyke Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Finished DkS 2 today. What a disappointment that fight was...now it's time to get into the lore. Like the connections between the characters from dks1 and 2...looking forward to it :D

So, as usual quite a nice piece! She also reminds me a bit of giger's works, especially her upper torso and head.
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MenasLG Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks.
She definitely looks like a mix of Giger and Nito.
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SchattenLotus Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014
I think more she would be connected to Nito, instead of to the Abyss and Manus ... ... oO
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MenasLG Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Agreed. They should have given her a different look if they wanted her to be a piece of Manus.
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SchattenLotus Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014
Agreed ;)
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aderbaul1 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Student Digital Artist
great art! too bad he is not as tough as she looks like
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MenasLG Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, on my first playthrough she was just pointing her finger at me going "pew pew" with her laser while I shot her with my crossbow. Not very exciting.
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SaneKyle Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Student Digital Artist
My theory is that if you finished Dark Souls with the bad ending, this is your daughter. Or one of the many offspring. :D 

I like the brush strokes on the piece. It makes it look 3D but still obviously a painting!
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MenasLG Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Interesting. That the Chosen Undead is indirectly responsible for a part of Manus surviving. I like that.
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SaneKyle Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Right? Again, nice piece!
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josephmatthew10 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014
Actually, she formed from the smallest fragment of Manus, Father of the Abyss, after his defeat at the hands of the Chosen Undead.
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SaneKyle Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Is that what's believed, or is it in the game?
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WarriorOfAges Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014
It says that in an item description.
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SaneKyle Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I see.
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WhiteMikhail Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
in the sonf of nashandra you cane hear, that their see her name the first 30/40 sec ens.  
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DeepHurting Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014
Excellent work.
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MenasLG Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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Reyai-Bloodrose Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014
We can pretty much blame Manus for everything wrong in Dark Souls 2. XD
Other than that, this is a great rendition of the Queen. ^^ So awesome.
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MenasLG Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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Reyai-Bloodrose Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014
You're welcome. ^^
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SnowFox97 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014
agreed xD
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IchiroZuri Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Can't wait to see what new DS2 art you have coming XD
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MenasLG Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I got a couple of things. Velstadt first, most likely.
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IchiroZuri Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
lol, I hate that ass, ng+7 he 1shots me. XD
Cant wait to see it 
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PwnageguyXD Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014
....Nice.

Also, a living part of the Father of the Abyss? Damn you, Manus...
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Elite944 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Cool!
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CHEF96 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wonder what the other pieces of Manus would look like if or when they take form I mean can you imagine fighting the shard that was The fathers strength of power now that would be a battle to see.
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MenasLG Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Interesting. Perhaps Manus had more offsprings and they're saving them for DLC. I would like to see more variations of the Father, in any case.
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CHEF96 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very true maybe during the kings crowns DLC we might run into something like that.
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KalameetOfChaoz Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
And thus...
The Mad warrior finally made his way to the throne, to see his queen waiting for him...
And he stabbed her because he was mad.
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thorin111 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Now this was an interesting fight,

I will simply say,

She has a hunger that could rival even the player's own.

How?
Ask the melee builds, watch them breathe the numbers with the curse gnawing at their very souls.
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MenasLG Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There was a theory that says Nashandra tries her best to curse you because if she manages to curse you, she wins even if you kill her.

The point was to bring a Cursed undead on the Throne of Want so that Dark could spread. So taking that into consideration, if Nashandra wins, she spreads the Dark, if she curses the Undead, the Undead spreads the Dark.
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Ikoter Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Student Writer
Oh? Ye have me read I see.

Yes, I have a hunger for power that can only be rivaled by Nashara.

I have reached level 243. I'm going on with Tseldora set on just about every boss nowadays.

But just you know, I am not only melee.

The soul vessel's have transitioned me from brute to samurai to sorcerer to brute up until now.

My soul memory reached 11 million.

Now tell me. Does Nashandra still rival me?

I say she fell far behind.
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thorin111 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Sovereign of Man and soul;
Grand be your endeavors and your triumphs,

To the highest of heavens thou hast ascended, but the furthest abyss you dwelt and delved.

Death had ye by the throat yet still you persisted,
You were meant to die and lose your souls again and again,
You were meant for the fate of the cursed,
To hallow out.
Yet here you stand, Transient Being.

You boast a king's glory,
yet you dress so humbly.

Dancer of the blade,
Herald to soul and Mind,
Champion of ruin.

Could it be that you had now a soul so glorious that rivaled even the king's own?

And the Queen?
Could it be?
what you say rings an almost unfathomable truth.
But now, You tell me,

Cursed Soul, Master Ikoter.
Wielder of blade
Invoker of soul
Paragon of Dominance

To what end will your fate stray?
Will you too, Just like Nashandra
Be consumed by your own hunger?
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Ikoter Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Student Writer
:iconthorin111: Mohammad Ali Imran

To your effort, I give praise.
Your words reached upon my deathly ears.
They carved my flesh and open my mind.

So I ask you.
Who are you? What is your worth?
For you, are so wrong.

My name had not reached the Heavens.
I failed them. The Gods.
Every, last, one of them.

I could not affiliate with neither.
My ears were too dampened for divination.
My eyes only looked at the essence of those I had crushed.

Like the mad, dashing out for the extreme on a chilling wind.
I cut my way through everything, as many times as necessary.
And before long, I saw the king.

What became of him?
Now... only a future reflection of myself.
For this is the fate of the curse.

There is no escaping it.
Try as hard as you can.
Deepen yourself in hopeless illusions.

There is no way out.
Darkness swallows us all.
No room for the Light.

Now I see a great stone seat before me.
So what shall I do with it?
Trow myself in to the fire, to be spared of this curse?
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