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Veil's Sacrifice by 1-Renaissance Veil's Sacrifice by 1-Renaissance
Outcast of Redwall

I read Outcast of Redwall the first time a few years ago and to be honest, it took me a while to come to terms with Veil's death. To make matters worse, Bryony came to her own conclusion that Veil was evil. After I read that part I was sick to my stomach. Even as I remember I have that feeling in my gut. Either that or I'm hungry.

I wanted to sketch this scene a couple of months ago but failed miserably. Yesterday I wanted to try again and it took me a freaking long time. This scene gave me the inspiration to actually make the night background. I don't think I've ever tried that but here it is. :D

Veil rocks!!!!

I know the book left that argument if he was good or bad, but I say he's good. Do the math. When Swartt found Bryony, Veil came to her rescue and got in a violent brawl with him and is thrown down roughly to the ground. When Bryony attempts to release Sunflash from his bonds, Swartt gets a spear to throw at her and Veil rises to defend Bryony, resulting in his death as the spear accidentally hits him instead when he leaps in front of her.

Now to Bryony's question: Would Veil have taken the spear if he knew the his father would throw it? That doesn't matter. He did try to save her from him.

So...go Veil!!

But although I really hate how that ended, I actually kind of like the argument Brian Jacques brought out in the end.

By the way, Veil's a ferret if there are those who don't know. And I did change his appearance a little from the first time I drew him. Thought a tuft of headfur would do.

Artwork is mine, Outcast of Redwall and all these characters here belong to the one and only Brian Jacques! :D:D:D
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tallstar124 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Veil has 6 claw on his left paw...u gave him 5...constructive critisism
rowdy30410 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
HE ONLY HAS FIVE CLAWS! But other than that, I love it :)
seth223 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Student General Artist
This is the most intellectual and mature RW book. I found it extremely sad. Poor Veil.
LazyRayFinkle Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
Yeah, go Veil. I always had hope for him. I blame the environment he grew up in more than genetics. Hardly anyone believed in him or cared for him.

Nice work!
Sandstorm-The-Kind Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Student General Artist
Although it wasn't one of my favorite in the series, I did like that is was different from the rest. In the rest of the series there is a distinction between who is good and who is evil, while in this one there was an area in between. It's kind of like in Star Wars, sure Vader was evil during his life, but he turned out to be good in the end. But I do agree, I like the argument. It's all matter of opinion. It's one of those that it's fun to argue with people about!
Toonpatrol1212 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
poor veil :icondragonweepplz::icondragoncryingplz::iconcryforeverplz:
1-Renaissance Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011
Hahaha! I liked that last icon. Wow, if you put it THAT way.
Toonpatrol1212 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's so sad.
Toonpatrol1212 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
poor veil :icondragonweep1:
chibigingi Featured By Owner May 7, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Well, it could be argued that Bryony only said he was evil so that she could help herself come to terms with his death in the first place. It's a long stretch, but it's something to consider, I guess?

But seriously, I can't stand that books ending, and BJ's (may he rest in peace) heavy black and white view of good and evil in his works. I love his works, don't get me wrong, but he's essentially breaking it down into genetics, that you're born good or evil and ultimately have no say so in the end.

Sure, you can have your neutral races or RARE occasions (Gingivere and the other Wildcats in "Mossflower", Romsca in "Pearls of Lutra", or Log-a-Log Tugga Bruster and his death at the hands of a rat, and we the readers actually CHEERING for it). It's one of those things that irk the hell out of me, but I can't put the books down. They're so damn addictive. I just wish his works weren't so black and white, and then downright hypocritical (reading 'The Sable Quean' at the moment and I find it disgusting that we're suppose to be applauding the Goodbeasts as they're literally bullying and harassing a Ferret for information. YEAH, I know their Dibbuns are kidnapped, but that's no need to act like barbarians yourself.)
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