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by besonik
The Sand God sits silently,
resolute with it's task.
Protector of the tree,
parent to new souls,
guardian of life.
Existence flowing through sand.

Have been planning this image for at least 4 years now but have finally finished it! The Sand God sits on an island between the two largest contients of Monumendo, protecting the tree of life, Luma and birthing new souls into the mortal world. This physical form is created from the entities will, with it's primary form existing in Otherworld, serving the same duty of protecting Luma.

The island is protected by a tempest at sea also controlled by the sand god, with no mortal creature having set foot on it for thousands of years.

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clean 6,886, tree 3,095, ambiguous gender 1,537, god 1,397, sand 1,178, throne 491, besonik 260, ambiguous species 249, tempest 31, luma 27, monumendo 20
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Type: Picture/Pinup
Published: 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Rating: General

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GreenReaper
4 months, 2 weeks ago
So tell me… are you a boy? Or are you a girl?

̿ ̿ ̿'̿'\̵͇̿̿\з=(•_•)=ε/̵͇̿̿/'̿'̿ ̿

…a giiirl?
Gehenna
4 months, 2 weeks ago
The Sand God is beyond gender as a concept.
besonik
4 months, 2 weeks ago
What Anselm said sums it up... although my first version was definitely female.
GreenReaper
4 months, 2 weeks ago
I see - that one's stylish, too! I like to imagine the Nether Dragon changes its colour depending on what body part it needs to provide a contrast to, like the shifting sands. :-)
besonik
4 months, 2 weeks ago
That would be pretty cool, like a little furry chameleon!
Aziz153
4 months, 2 weeks ago
Simply beautiful. * bows*
besonik
4 months, 2 weeks ago
Thank you :)
Aziz153
4 months, 2 weeks ago
Anytime. I love your art.
Furjen
4 months, 2 weeks ago
This is intimidating yet...divine. Very cool and I love the lore. Little nether spotted. ^^
besonik
4 months, 2 weeks ago
Thank you ^.^
8manx2
4 months, 2 weeks ago
"Resolute with it's task. Existence flowing through sand, parent to new souls. The Sand God sits silently." And with a little rearranging I have made the flavor text dirty. I done the lord's work today. ^-^
besonik
4 months, 2 weeks ago
Dirty things and sand don't mix well... the sand gets everywhere... but well done =P
elmind
4 months, 2 weeks ago
I see a nether...
PrysmTKitsune
4 months, 2 weeks ago
even gods need a little company now and then.
besonik
4 months, 2 weeks ago
Peeking nether...
PrysmTKitsune
4 months, 2 weeks ago
so one would asume to gain an audience with this being one would have to be either very desperate or extreamly determined and even then if the being itself didnt see there cause as important they would probly be batted aside like so many curious kittens.

also in a bit of irony, maybe intentional maybe not, this god of life, closely resembles a certain god of death in a certain bearing of charicter and form...its not its physical apearence just to make this clear its something about the 'air' about it...its hard to describe.
besonik
4 months, 2 weeks ago
It would be a dangerous audience to seek, unless you wanted to return to Otherworld.

Are you referring to Misericordia? Because there are similarities between them but not really for obvious reasons. Mia was once mortal and his body was twisted in appearance when he became a servent of Luma. The Sand God chose it's physical form to remind an ancient species (Mia's original species) of it's existence. In a way the Sand God is a god of life and death as souls flow though it back to Otherworld too.

I had to reshuffle some lore things with A Story Never Told cancelled, but I feel the changes make more sense for Monumendo. Would like to do a piece at some point explaining it... I don't think a story could cover it properly.
PrysmTKitsune
4 months, 2 weeks ago
wait you scraped a story never told...why? i was looking forward to that

and actually its anubis, as i said i cant explain what it is just something about the 'feeling' i get from this character and the more serious drawings of the jackal god tend to have....confidence, serenity, mystery to name a few of the feelings i get.
besonik
4 months, 2 weeks ago
Unfortunately I think it got too large, which lead to KiDra and I being on separate pages on where it was going and what it's focus was. It is a shame, as we both put a lot of emotion into it.

Having said that though some plot threads get re-used in Nether Matters and resolved, I won't spoil what or how but I think if you loved A Story Never Told so far you'll be happy with it.

You know I hadn't even thought of that comparison with Anubis but it is a fair one.
DaftVenture
4 months, 2 weeks ago
So... Is he like an uber meyher dragon? :B
besonik
4 months, 2 weeks ago
It's true form resides in Otherworld, formless and powerful. The Sand God is more than a dragon :)
bcra
4 months, 2 weeks ago
Love it^^
besonik
4 months, 2 weeks ago
Thanks dude ^.^
Nibi
4 months, 2 weeks ago
*bows to*

This is a very lovely piece. It may not be, but reminds me of an Egyptian God with those gold markings and I've always been fond of them
besonik
4 months, 2 weeks ago
Thank you. Does have an Egyptian feel to it I think in particular on the arms.
MystBunny
4 months, 2 weeks ago
This looks amazing but the image is so tiny
besonik
4 months, 2 weeks ago
Humm, tiny image? how do you mean?
GreenReaper
4 months, 2 weeks ago
It gives the impression of an image that you've done at a higher resolution and shrunk down for display - possibly to meet FA's maximums? As it is not 920px+ wide, it has white borders here - and you have to peer a bit to see some of the detail, which would be hard to draw that small.

Inkbunny supports up to 8K resolution (technically, 36,000,000 pixels) and 36MB per file, and can do both 920px-wide resize and vertical window-fitting on-click for viewers - so while widening would make it a longer image, it's something which could be accounted for by those with short screens.

Of course you may have done this to preserve the high-resolution version for future distribution, which is entirely within your rights - it would be a good advertisement for a hi-res image pack.
MystBunny
4 months, 2 weeks ago
yeah this thing. You can see that the detail is there, but can't really see it
besonik
4 months, 2 weeks ago
Yup, it is a smaller version but I've updated it with a 920px one instead which should get rid of the white borders.
besonik
4 months, 2 weeks ago
Ah right, then yes it has been shrunk down. The original is 3508px wide.

I do it for other sites and it's an ingrained thing from work, optimised images are for web, high resolution images are for print. Though I could offer other high res images packs if people were interested.

920px sounds like a good with though, I'll just go with that in the future.
GreenReaper
4 months, 2 weeks ago
Cool! Thanks for the update. I think the little extra width makes a big difference here, because there is a lot of fine detail is in the central half.

It is certainly important to consider visitor experience. By default people see resized versions if it ventures over 920px - e.g. Playing with the Dolphins - both to serve those with smaller screens and to save their bandwidth. (In that case again the detail and layout justifies a wide image, but people can get a good idea from the 920px preview.)

Visitor bandwidth is increasing - as is display size, but slowly - most are still at full HD or lower - and we're trying to cater to those who want to use it up… as well as those still stuck on low-rate DSL or worse, a satellite/mobile connection.

Sometimes people upload 10MB 4K images which really don't have the detail to justify it, but the ones which do make up for it. Disk and bandwidth are relatively cheap for us.
Failuremaster
4 months, 2 weeks ago
That is so awsome here give me a min to look in my thasuarus book to find words to express
besonik
4 months, 1 week ago
Thank you ^.^
aynblackfox
1 month ago
This is awesome and so much so that I have a feeling it raises a lot of questions. I must say that it's something I'd love to see built up on somehow!
besonik
1 month ago
Thank you! The sand god is bound to come up again in Monumendo :)
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