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The Dead Goddess Saedrissa by MeliHitchcock The Dead Goddess Saedrissa by MeliHitchcock
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After the great creator expended its energy and created the universe, power that was left over bound together and melded into various male and female sub-deities. Because they were still bound to their source, each inherited different abilities that represented a portion of their parent’s personality or facets of power.

Saedrissa, one of the 12 female deities born, was graced with the art of healing and compassion. For many thousands of years she labored with care and love to create new methods of healing for the human and elvish races she and other gods helped to form. For the most part, she used magic and herbs to mold them into remedies. However while she was out on an excursion to find new plants to use, Saedrissa happened upon a dying snake who looked as if the head had been crushed. Taking the near dead creature in her hands, she breathed her magic upon the wounds and healed the reptiles injuries. Grateful at her gesture, the viper told her how harsh it’s life had been due to so many people misunderstanding it and its ways. Taking pity on the small creature, the goddess gave the tiny snake her blessings and told it that she would watch over him and his kin. She set the serpent upon the ground so that it may return to its environment, however the reptile found himself quite fond of the being who granted him this divine favor. Instead of going back to the woods, the serpent followed after his new mistress and became a companion of hers.

During the time together, the snake allowed Saedrissa to use his venom and create different forms of antidotes that she would teach her followers. The other gods and goddesses observed her mingling with such low creatures and disapproved of her new methods of healing. Some of them felt that she shouldn’t be taking such an active role teaching the mortal beings, and rather felt that the mortals should learn and grow on their own. Too much divine intervention could lead to dependence. After continuing her methods for another century, despite warnings and orders not to, the other goddesses and gods decided that she should be removed from heavens and cast down to the planet. If Saedrissa desired to still communicate with mortals consistently, she could do so in their realm.

The goddess then sought refuge in one of her temples. There, she continued her work and obsession with her serpent companions, who, it seemed, flocked from many miles around in order to be near their guardian. Her temples became almost flooded with the reptiles, giving her the title of Serpent Queen. Followers who once flourished in the temple halls became afraid to walk them since they did not desire to be bitten by the deadly snakes. Soon, her temples began to empty out until the only remaining creatures where the multitudes of scaly belly crawlers.

During the beginning stages of the Rivalry of the Divines, Dartanis, the young god of the hunt and health, became a target of scrutiny in the eyes of the more powerful gods. Dartanis had been a love interest of Saedrissa’s since the beginning of time, and, despite his constant rejections of her gifts, the goddess continued to show her affection by sending tokens in attempt to win his heart. Dartanis however was only interested in procuring his position in the divine pantheon. Using the goddesses love for him to his advantage, Dartanis came to her and offered her a chance to return back into the heavens where she belonged. Blinded by the love she felt in her heart, Saedrissa agreed and the two deities began their work. During the height of the war, the two managed to sneak back into the heavens after Dartanis managed to kill several of the guardians protecting the boarder. However, Dartanis betrayed Saedrissa when several gods discovered them. The young god told them that the serpent deity had poisoned the guardians, and for her deception, she could be destroyed. The ruse worked, and Dartanis was admitted back into the pantheon. The goddess however was not as lucky and she barely escaped with her life intact.

Retreating back to her temple, the goddess was filled with a mix of sorrow and rage. It is said in that hour, one single tear fell from her eye and mixed with the soil at her feet. It was from that tear that Nithalhill, a graceful silver serpent whose scales glimmered like the tear that formed her, emerged and was beset with worry for her mother. Saedrissa, upon seeing her new child curled at her toes, knew that the tear she shed was not just for the loss she took, but also for understanding at what she must now do. Scooping the deadly serpent in her hands, Saedrissa instructed Nithalhill to seek out Dartanis and exact revenge for his betrayal. The tiny silver serpent made her way into the frenzy of the heavenly planes, and whispered the truth to any deity who’d listen. Fueled already by the heat of the war, some immediately sought out Dartanis and confronted him on the issue. Angered that he would harm the guardians protecting their sanctuary, the deities cast Dartanis out beyond the boarders of the heavenly plane. When he saw the silver serpent coiled up nearby, he knew who caused his fall. Enraged, Dartanis lifted his weapons to destroy the loathsome creature. Before his stroke could fall, Dartanis was slain by the remaining guardians. The dead gods blood flowed and Nithalhill bathed herself in it to show her mistress proof of her success.

Saedrissa was still heartbroken over the entire affair. With her followers gone and her position of high power stripped, the forgotten, dead goddess lingered in her temple halls to languish in her sorrow and loneliness for all times.
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Sorry for the length, but I just cannot post this image without her history. This is only a basic outline too. :p I'll probably add more detail to it later though.
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Lys1521 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011  Student Writer
This was so amazingly beautiful.
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cutieloli Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Featured: [link]
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Zakahia Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2009   Photographer
I used your work on my journal
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I hope you don´t mind!
Thank you (:
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MeliHitchcock Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Not at all! Thank you! :hug:
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Zakahia Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2009   Photographer
Thank you :D
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Shaliara Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I love background on pics, thanks for sharing with us that story, was a very nice reading. The pic looks awesome too. I love the shading you gave and the grey tones that tell me "decay". Good work overall :nod:
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MeliHitchcock Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I honestly like writing those up as much as I do painting the pieces. I've got so many characters from a world I've built in my head that I've love to be able to have the time to write everything and illustrate it. Sadly time is always so short.
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Shaliara Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I usually do it that way too, I love telling some background on images and seeing images that tell me something apart from a nice view. Stories on characters behind are always welcome :)

I have a world in my head too, lol. Well, more likely two. One of my own and one of my boyfriend who gets me inspired a lot :nod:

Ah, time is my weakness too, I hope I had more >_<
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karemelancholia Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2007

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blue-but-beautiful Featured By Owner May 20, 2007  Professional General Artist
Stunningly seductive and sinister, really dark and the use of colour and technique is some of the best i've seen. I've only recently got into the whole digital thing can't ever imagine being this good *gapes with insane jealousy* really great work. *faves*
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MeliHitchcock Featured By Owner May 24, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
It just takes a lot of practice to get used to working digitally. When I first started, a lot, and I mean a lot, of my stuff looked terrible. :XD: And I'd make silly beginner mistakes like over using filters or over dodging and burning my art to get light and shadows. Just keep playing with it!
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blue-but-beautiful Featured By Owner May 25, 2007  Professional General Artist
Thanks for the tip, I try to avoid the filters, but the dodge and burn thing sounds far too familiar lol.
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sk8er-girl17 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2007
I love her looks and all of her history! it's amazingly beautiflu!
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naamah-sith Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2006   Photographer
That's great :) :+fav: .
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nothingunusual Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2006
Stunning work!
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crusher500 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2006   Photographer
nice job
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imFragrance Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2006
AWSOME
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aquasnake Featured By Owner May 20, 2006
Beautiful design and I love the backstory to
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MeliHitchcock Featured By Owner May 22, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :D
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2006  Professional General Artist
That's so impressive... Such work on all those snakes! Awesome volumes and shading, too. Her eyes are very appropriate, there's really something not quite human to them.
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mindofka Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2005
Very nice image! :clap:
Beautiful lights and detail, love her particular and really perfect expression.
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o0-Clandestine-0o Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2005
wow... shes creepy, but really beautiful...love the background!
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MeliHitchcock Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :D
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Duh-Sa Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2005   Traditional Artist
Woah. The color on this is awesome. XD
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daniamm Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2005
WOW!!! i enjoyed reading about her history. you had created a really nice image! the way the snakes are crawling all over her and she looks so sad. the background fits this as well... and don't get me started on the colors! they are FANTASTIC! purple and red are such dramatic colors and the fact that you have the snakes in those colors really draw the eye in to the whole scene. snakes are so cool because you can make a whole bunch of different designs with them. i love to collect snake rings but they are so rare to find. :crying: anyhoo... GREAT JOB!!! instant :+fav: and :+devwatch:!!! :wave:
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Akaiyukimegami Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2005
Very creative tale! I love it! ^_^
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MeliHitchcock Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed her lil bio! :D
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Akaiyukimegami Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2005
Definitely one of the more fascinating ones I've read! ^_~
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Porcelain-Angel Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2005
ow! I loved this pic n the way the snakes seems to be part of her body *_____*
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MeliHitchcock Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
They just comprise of her clothing. :) And the shift for her when she needs them to, so if she needs a battle like armor they'll shift in a way that would protect her. Handy lil guys to have clinging to you. :D
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x-static1988 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2005
The snakes in stone in the background reminds me of Robert Jordans the wheel of time.
Looks great.
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MeliHitchcock Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
Ah, see that's the one area I wish I spent more time on. It doesn't look as refined as the rest of the image but my impatience got the better of me. =(
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Crazy-Kitty13 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2005
Not sure I like the face... I do like the rest of it though! I love all the snakes and I love her pose!
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MeliHitchcock Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
What about her face don't you like? I'm just curious. :) Glad you like everything else though, especially her little serpent pals.
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Crazy-Kitty13 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2005
I don't know, I guess it is just her expression and her eyes. Yes, I love the snakes!
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miss-monkeybone Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2005   General Artist
wow, great story behind this! and the picture is great too! good job :D
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MeliHitchcock Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much! :D
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Morbius1971 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2005
Cool...i love it !!
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MeliHitchcock Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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insane-soul Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2005
Oh my gosh. This is beautiful. It doesn't matter at all that you posted the history, and it doesn't matter that its long. It really adds something to the picture. I love her dark long mysterious hair and her beautiful light eyes. I love how you did the light contrast on this picture.

I have only one word for this picture: AMAZING

:+fav:
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OchreJelly Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2005   Digital Artist
Fantastic story behind this one, which is pretty fantastic just by itself. You weren't kidding about those snakes! XD Yikes, I shudder to think how long that must have taken you.

Anyway, I'm particularly drawn to her hands, they're very well done and I like how she's holding those snakes in them. Oh, and for some odd reason, I like the muscle detail in her forearm. Hands and forearm muscles...I know I'm weird. :P

Anyway, great stuff.
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MeliHitchcock Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
Weird can be good. :) I actually kind of 'cheated' if you will when it came to her pose. Since I'm still horrible at getting perspective and angles right on a body, I used poser to help me with her body pose and getting her hands and face to look right. The original I started... god she looked almost alien in appearance. I'm kind of thankful with all the various resources we have at our disposal now-adays. :giggle:

Glad you enjoyed the story too. I was telling someone on a forum I posted this in, that I'm usually not sure if people even like me posting such ungoddly long descriptions containing character histories. Sometimes I feel like I clutter up the pages doing that.
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OchreJelly Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2005   Digital Artist
I've seen poser around, I'd imagine it'd be a useful tool for well, err...posing! Sort of like a digital pose doll that you buy at craft stores. Seems rather pricy though. :|
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MeliHitchcock Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
What software isn't now a days? I swear, they charge us up the nose for the material like we are made of money or something. :p
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AlaskanExile Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
It's a great story and the painting is wonderful. I like how the dead white of her eyes enhances the feeling of dispair. Definitely a :+fav:!
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MeliHitchcock Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! You're not the only one to notice that about the eyes either. I should have posted up the other detail with a close up of her face, that way people could see that she has that 'milky' eye better.
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AlaskanExile Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
I thought the eyes were quite prominent. Not to mention important in the overall effect of the piece. :)
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Yume-Megami Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2005
Ohhhhh~ the story behind her is really good :):) Wish it could go in more detail ;)
How long did you spend doing this picture???!
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MeliHitchcock Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
Probably between 25-35 hours total. I usually never look to see how long it takes me since most images vary so much.
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GoldeenHerself Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2005   Traditional Artist
Oh my goodness, those snakes are mind blowing! I can see how much trouble to went to over them... and the hair.

Interesting story, reminds me of one of those Greek myths... only not any one in particular.
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