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The Snow Elf by Mavrosh The Snow Elf by Mavrosh
[EDIT: Now with a short background story for those, who are interested....]

Yeah, a shirtless picture of Faenor had to be done, I could not help myself. He does not look too happy here, maybe it is because he is one of the last ones of his kind.... well at least in their unmutated form.

His birth was a miracle actually - he was born in blackreach, born by the creatures that are known as "Falmers" and who are the mutated abominations which once used to be known as "snow elves" or "ice folk" - but this is centuries and centuries ago. Enslaved by the dwemer, poisoned and helpless, the Falmer people even outlived the Dwemer, the ones who turned them into what they are now - living in caverns and old ruins, blind and ugly, not to be seen as elves any more, having lost everything - their culture and their own country. Faenor however.... was born as a "true" snow elf, not mutated, not blind, handsome and full of questions.

Many Falmers hated him because they did not understand what he was and why one of their own kind would give birth to a creature that looks way too much like the inhabitants if the surface world. So his life was not easy and Faenor knew he was different even without seeing himself inside a mirror.

Dunmer adventurers found him inside a dwemer ruin, he was a teenage boy back at that time. They mistook the child being a captive of the evil Falmers and took him with them, up to the surface where one of them raised him as his own son. To most people Faenor is an Altmer, a high elf with a very pale skin and unusual eyes and only those who look closer and have certain knowledge about the dark past of the country might understand, what he truly is.

See the other falmers here: [link] and [link]

DAZ Studio 4 render with photoshop painting (hair and fur), character is my own.

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:iconcopper9lives:
copper9lives Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Professional General Artist
Beautiful, and love the back story!
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:iconmavrosh:
Mavrosh Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :)
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:iconcopper9lives:
copper9lives Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Professional General Artist
My dear friend, :iconjohnmin93:, and I are co-writing a story involving his Snow Elf, Gyrion... might you consider creating more Snow Elf images...? :heart: You do magnificent work!!!
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:iconmavrosh:
Mavrosh Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Professional General Artist
Oh I have no idea to be honest. Mamybe in the future. :)
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:iconcopper9lives:
copper9lives Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Professional General Artist
Alrighty! Just let me know! :love:
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:iconotaku4242:
otaku4242 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist Artist

will you do a piece on the snow prince?


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:iconmavrosh:
Mavrosh Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Professional General Artist
I don´t think so. :)
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:iconfloraun:
Floraun Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Ich find die Figur ist dir echt gut gelungen :).
Ich hoffe du machst noch mehr Bilder von ihm, allerdings, die anderen Falmer sind echt furchteinflößend Fear .
Er steht ja auf der guten Seite, oder?
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:iconmavrosh:
Mavrosh Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Professional General Artist
Vielen Dank! Ja, er ist nicht böse, wenn man ihn provoziert, kann er aber auch anders. :)
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Danceswithcosplayers Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hi! i really like your Snow Elf design. Can I share it on my Skyrim blog on Tumblr? all credits and links back to this photo and your profile are displayed after clicking the tumblr share icon above. But I always prefer to ask first.
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:iconmavrosh:
Mavrosh Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you! With credits and a link back that is totally fine with me. :)
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:iconishtabon:
Ishtabon Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
Love the lighting along with his hair and the scares on his body.
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Sarahbeth-Lazic Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Professional Writer
I think out of all of the characters I have seen on your art page, he is my favorite. There is something so stunning about him, especially in his eyes. He's very captivating and his story back ground makes me want to hug him. But, I'm sure from the look of him I would get hurt. :lmao: Once again, your mastery of details is just mind blowing!
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ShoelaceMonster Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
I used this as a reference, if you don't mind [link]
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:iconmavrosh:
Mavrosh Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
Well, I actually prefer to be asked BEFOREHAND but you credited, so that is fine. :P
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:iconshoelacemonster:
ShoelaceMonster Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
I thought you'd like to see how I was using it, and the site won't actually be used until February, when the campaign begins. I'm sorry if it seemed rude, I got excited.
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:iconmavrosh:
Mavrosh Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
AS I said, next time just ask before and all is fine. Just keep it up there. Everything is okay.
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DameOdessa Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:icondragonhiplz:

this amazing work has been featured in my journal: [link]

:iconhappydayplz:
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:iconcjodei:
CJodei Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
By chance did you use Feanor because of Feanor from Silmarillion? :D
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:iconmavrosh:
Mavrosh Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
Actually I have no idea about this. ;) So actually, no I did not. :) Also he is spelled slightly different.... unless I have a typo somewhere in my text, hahaha... :XD:
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:iconskelichik:
Skelichik Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
Is this from the game, or your own? It's cool!
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:iconmarusia686:
Marusia686 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
he is incredibly, insanely sexy! What a pity that you do not develop characters for games, your options a million times more attractive!
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:iconmarusia686:
Marusia686 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
I am in awe! a strip of hair from his navel is driving me crazy!
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Burhenn63 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
Some new TES lore. Excellent!
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:iconlizardhound:
Lizardhound Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I read Faenor as Feanor the first time... huh. Well, he's certainly good-looking!
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baronessochca Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
You gave a very interesting description of the history Faenor. Thank you for that.
:clap:
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:iconmansonite6669:
Mansonite6669 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I absolutely love the detail in this...like an aura engrossing it. =]
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:iconk-raven:
K-raven Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
;D ;D ;D nice new one Mav!!! :)
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:iconstrangeloup:
strangeloup Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really like this piece Mav, I always look at your work but although it's never failed to be of good quality, recently there's not been so much that has really hit the right note with me personally. (That's by no means to say what you are doing is wrong or that you should do something different, of course!)

This one, however, is really great -- I love the Elder Scrolls series and though I liked the pictures of your Dunmer character (and didn't you do a couple of Khajiit renders a while back too?) this one is my favourite.

I'm not sure if you've played the Dawnguard expansion, but that has some very interesting exposition about the Snow Elves :)
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Annathelle26 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great background story! Thank you for sharing it, I enjoyed it very much:) And as always, Faenor looks fantastic. I love his design.
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:iconmavrosh:
Mavrosh Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much! :)
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:iconpauladaruk:
pauladaruk Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
Gorgeous! I love this almost blask&white colour palette. But his belly... Awww!!! :D
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:iconmavrosh:
Mavrosh Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
:aww: Thank you! :)
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3D-Fantasy-Art Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
That is absolutely stunning! The detail in the fur, that gorgeous lighting and the beautiful details on the skin.. WOW! :jawdrop:
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:iconmavrosh:
Mavrosh Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :heart:
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:iconbloodnale:
Bloodnale Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful guy :heart:
& I love his backstory
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:iconmavrosh:
Mavrosh Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :)
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DrowElfMorwen Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That is a very nice back story :) So will he go back to visit his people, I wonder?
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:iconmavrosh:
Mavrosh Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
His people did not like him for what he is.... he must fel like he belongs nowhere, poor guy. :(
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mininessie66 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
hummm...really he is so different !!!
great work as always Mav!
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:iconmavrosh:
Mavrosh Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :)
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:iconmininessie66:
mininessie66 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
:hug:
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:iconkath-13:
Kath-13 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing lighting and you did an awesome job with the fur!!
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:iconmavrosh:
Mavrosh Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :)
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:iconkath-13:
Kath-13 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome :)
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:iconneranella:
Neranella Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
As usual, a marvelous work. :hug:
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:iconmavrosh:
Mavrosh Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
As usual, thank you! :hug:
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:iconneranella:
Neranella Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
:tighthug:
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diogenes-von-wien Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
Das ist gut! :+fav:
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:iconmavrosh:
Mavrosh Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
Danke! :)
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