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The Fall of the Pieomancers by liiga The Fall of the Pieomancers by liiga
Edit 15.08.2011: Refined some areas for better overall impact. A lot of minor tweaks can sometimes make a difference.


It was too late!

The Pie had been summoned, but the binding ritual had been disrupted. The remaining pieomancers scrambled as the ferocious technofairy brought its steed around for one last strike. Casting a ward that she knew would never hold, the last pieomancer felt her eyes fill with tears of remorse. Not for her own end, but for the Pie of terror that they had unleashed upon the world.

A Brief History of the Technofairy Empire

Technofairies used to be regular fairies until they successfully opened a portal between worlds and brought back an artifact - a miner's helmet.

After many decades of attempting to reverse engineer it, they succeeded, and learned to power it by attaching widgets to their wings and fluttering them real fast. The technique was later used to power a wide array of other interesting mechanisms, often adding magic into the mix.

The helmet, however, retained a spot of special importance and not only because of its historical value. Their command of light allowed the technofairies to tame the fearsome pandamoths, turning them into steeds that were quite intelligent and quick to obliterate targets marked by lightbeams.

The combination of technological prowess and swarms of critters that put Australia to shame guaranteed quick ascent to power and foundation of the Technofairy Empire. Nobody objected much as the technofairies took upon themselves the role of guardians of the lands, protecting them against invaders and, more importantly, against anyone who might take it upon themselves to open portals and try to bring through artifacts, such as miner helmets, sharp objects or giant pies.

And that's why you don't use bamboo for staves if you're into pieomancery - it attracts pandamoths and angry technofairies.


I had fun with this. I had this cute fuzzy moth wandering around my room when the announcement about the contest hit my dA inbox and one thing sort of lead to another.

I used the slice of pie stock for the decorative elements on top of the pieomancers' staves (center and lower right), the helmet for technofairy's headdress (upper center) and the panda should be obvious.

Corel Painter 9, Wacom Intuos 3, a few early mornings.
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Kioris Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013   Traditional Artist
Your arts are like little galaxies of their own. <3 ;_;
Been watching you for years, and sometimes it really pays to go back through your gallery again.
Steroids98 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Nice!!!! But umm... over board anyone? Lol
You went sooooooooooooooooooooooooo way into it on this one! Its cool though :D
HighHeelsArt Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012
Great work! Great colors that pull you into the picture and than it keeps you interested by seeing one detail after the other, wondering how it all fits together
vagepaul Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
i love this pys (pies) of art work!!
sockstealingnome Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
Mm what kind of pie power are they harnessing? So luminous and pretty...I love the metallic sheen on those pandamoth wings. I was a little confused at first seeing the red spell and then the second barrier spell behind it but reading back on the description, my brain eventually pieced it together. However visually, I think it would be more powerful if both spells were on the same level as the red spell so that it looks like the pandamoth is crashing into it. Congratulations on making it to the semi-finals! Gotta say I disagree with the winning entries chosen but that's not my place.
Cevee Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
So epic!!!!! :iconwowzersplz:
ChudnayaMamba Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012
bimmster Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012
wowzers thats a tad special me thinks........
Nightmarecl Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
All this because of a cute fuzzy moth? Why can't I get inspiration like that, this is gorgeous work, you really made something unique with the contest criteria, if it wasn't for the panda, I would recognize as a H.P. Lovecraft summoning gone wrong. Well done, I love it.
oldkeszi Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wonderful colors
babberton Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011
rajasegar Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great piece of work.
Thanks for sharing...
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childersart Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Professional General Artist
AWESOME!!!...I almost said Skadoosh when I saw the PAnda!..:)
neressia Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really amazing... :O Fantastic colors! :iconclapplz: Gorgeous... *sorry, speachless*
JYoung82 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Professional General Artist
why, oh why, this did not make final three is beyond me. You should feel aggrieved, because it's so brilliant.
RandomFoxFan Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
cool 0-0
Fuienu-chan Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011   Digital Artist
I can't believe that a moth inspired this~! :O

If it were me...I would have probably threw my laptop at that moth. :XD:
Bugs and me...we don't really get along.

Good Luck on the rest of the contest~!!
doDecho Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
SaeedXpress Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Student
Your works Nice
I Love This (^_^)
Nisawish Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Whoa... thats just crazy... Great Work. Love the idea. :thumbsup: Good luck!
shiblets Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd have to say yours is pretty darn WAY out there on the original scale of the few entries I've seen so far.

Wow! xD I love the Pieomancers!
JennytheTurtle Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011  Student Photographer
WOW! That is amazing! :D
Elehanne Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
(my first thought: I can't see the pi... :O ohu!it's the biggest pie ever!!) wonderful piece of art!! :love:
nuttyjigs Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
"Pieromancer"? You totally win, man.
Lynja Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Epic panda of doom and adorableness! beautiful picture
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
... :wow: looks like a winner to me
MiyuDoLLy Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011
wow i really like the glowing color!!
Janoera Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Wow! This got to be my favorite of all the contest pieces!
blockbatt Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011
Oh my gosh, that is epic.
SorbetBerry Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Hobbyist
WOW!!! That's amazing. :eyepopping:
XxSaralenaxX Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011
Bro, this is absolutely amazing! If you don't win, I'll be dumbfounded.
Awesome job!
liiga Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011
Thanks! Here's hoping. :)
zephleit Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations for making it to the Semi-Finals! I knew you'd make it! Good luck!
liiga Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011
Thank you! Grats and good luck to you as well! :D
zephleit Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you too!!! I hope we make it!
ryuk8apples Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
my vote is you
liiga Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011
Aw, thanks! :D
Mann-of-LaMancha Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome piece (of pie? heh :D) !
liiga Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011
Thanks! :)
Mann-of-LaMancha Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you're quite welcome :)
Xscream2 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Student Digital Artist
This is epic and epicly funny hahahaha
The colors really bring the picture together
Sparrow44 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011
now there is a panda that wont go extinct any time soon.
DuleynBaronayth Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011
wow is amazing..i love the pandas
Lord-Sethran Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
That is very original and even somehow cute!
Acrylicdreams Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011
Wow, what a creative execution of the topic! Definitely the best Entry!
XIIIshades-of-grey Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011
Hahaha This is fantastic!! I love the idea, and it looks incredible. I wish I could've been there for this epic battle.
talliesynn Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Student Digital Artist
This is just amazing!!!
Out of all the entries so far none of them really suit the 'Plans gone wrong' theme. However yours is splendid! :XD:
I'll be shocked if you don't place in this contest.
KatrinaBonebrake Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LOL! At first I was like....where's the pie? :dummy:
graphicamature2k06 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011
This is the winner for me!
Ipalat Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011
This is awesome! :D
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