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Spirit of Paragon by DNA-1 Spirit of Paragon by DNA-1
Saw this went live on Facebook today, so here's the complete version.

As many of you know, CITY OF HEROES will be closing its doors shortly. I put this image together fairly quickly, but I hope it will serve to honor the game, Paragon Studios, and the entire CoH community. We definitely had something special here, and I'm sorry to see it go.

The character isn't anyone in particular, but she's meant to evoke several things at once:

--Statesman, the key signature hero and 'face' of CoH, who wears a large white star on his chest
--the blue and white Hero icon
--Paragon Studios itself

Does it "mean" anything? I'll let you be the judge.

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EDIT 4.21.13: By popular demand, this is now available as a print. I've uploaded it at the maximum size too. Cheers!
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:iconknightofspades:
KnightofSpades Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014
Awesome looking character and I really agree with you.
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. :)
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DreamKeeperArts Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014
CoH was the first MMORPG I ever played, and it was a lot of fun... there hasn't been one like it since. It will be missed, big time!
I created a few characters there that I really liked, but have no idea what to do with now that it's going.
Your designs that were in game were great, it's what first got me to notice your work.
This particular image, in my mind, shows hope, new opportunities, rebirth. It invokes myths of the phoenix... in it's final moments, the phoenix dies in a fiery blaze, only to be reborn from it's own ashes. In this case, though, the phoenix isn't waiting for the blaze to finish, it is being reborn right out of the flames! City of Heroes may be going, but the spirit, the characters, the fans, all live on.
Great image, David!
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mcgates4 Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Student General Artist
Loved COH/COV it was indeed one of my favorite MMORPG's, still miss it to this day :(.  I hope someone soon will come and re-light the torch to carry on it's legacy.
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I've got some hope for the Plan Z project.  Or maybe NCsoft sells it off some day.
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:iconlazaroruiz:
LazaroRuiz Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I loved COH :( sad its gone. Good job on capturing the spirit of the game. 
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Me too. :(  Thanks for your comment!
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:iconmagicceles:
MagicCeles Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very Beautiful I love it !

Miss City of Heroes ... Waaaah! 
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Me too. :(  Thanks for the comment!
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:iconoo-monkey-oo:
oO-Monkey-Oo Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist
Awesome work!
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Sweet--thanks! :D
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:iconestonius:
Estonius Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
Beautiful.
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:iconshermanowney:
shermanowney Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
nice
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:icontracywong:
TracyWong Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This is why I don't game as much anymore ..you put many many hours into developing a character and then the game closes down and you have nothing to show for the countless hours you put into it.

That's why I color more and game less now - each line art image is like a boss fight, only now after the fighting of working to paint an image I have (hopefully) a nice piece of art to show for the time I put into it.

I do kind of miss gaming, but I've had far too many hours of work put into leveling and developing characters deleted and nothing to show for it. Art is much more fulfilling and worth while to me now.
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darkfyreaol Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
Wow, this gives me chills!

Symbolic, in my opinion, of the refusal of the community that made up Paragon City to succumb to the fires of oblivion and the "Coming Storm" which, if you will permit an analogy, turned out to be NCSoft itself.
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:iconagentcanada:
AgentCanada Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
Beautiful, the symbolism and the woman :)
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, man.
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:iconkeeperofdreams:
keeperofdreams Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
RIP City of Heroes. :(
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Gone but never forgotten.
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:iconkeeperofdreams:
keeperofdreams Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
Truth to that.
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:iconcohtherain93:
CoHtherain93 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
It's a gorgeous piece - evocative, even without the commentary.
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hey, thanks a lot! :)
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:iconjessicacarroll:
JessicaCarroll Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
I logged on and gathered with all the players that last night, so sad. I love your piece Its a great. Thanks for amking it
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You're very welcome.
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:iconspectralass:
SpectraLass Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
Thank you for this and all the work you did for us. :D
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Was very happy to do it.
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:iconemillyorr:
EmillyOrr Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Student General Artist
I echo that: Godspeed, City of Heroes, and thanks to all the devs who made Paragon Studios shine. We'll miss the game terribly. We're hoping for a rise from the ashes, but...time will tell.
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
*crossing fingers*
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:iconcounterculturesite:
counterculturesite Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
very nice. Iconic.
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconlichlord08:
lichlord08 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
fair well city of heroes, we'll always remember you.
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:iconalae:
Alae Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
This picture is quite brilliant. It reminds me of all the good things in City of Heroes, all the fun I had with my fellow Rp'ers, all the wacky concepts we used, the interactions and the lore debates. Oh goddess did we have a lot of lore debates! Granted I mostly just commented on what the rest said because I didn't know all that much compared to the others who lived and breathed it. I can only imagine what they must be feeling right now, but I imagine they are far more depressed about this abrupt end than I am. Alas all good things must someday come to an end I suppose. At least we have pretty pictures to look at alongside the memories.
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Would be interested to read a post-mortem journal from someone deep in the RP community, to hear how they dealt with an end of the world scenario.
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:iconsky-streak:
Sky-Streak Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
Unfortunately, the RP groups I'm involved with basically ignored it.

The abruptness of NCsoft's announcement and layoffs meant that there was no in-game reason for the en of he game.

I would be significantly less pissed off about it if NCsoft had given the Paragon Stuios team time to develop some end of the world content.

I would have been just as sad, but ignificantly less angry if my characters got to go out with a bang, rather than just flip the off switch.
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:iconexeter42:
Exeter42 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
Eh, it's not much but I actually wrote a piece on it. I was an RP-er on Virtue's scene.

[link]
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Enjoyed it very much. Thank you. :)
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:iconrougegunner:
RougeGunner Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
I have water coming from my eyes...
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:( :(
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starsplasher Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
Your character designs were all amazing, and I'm so sad that we won't be seeing more of your heroic work in the future. :( Rest in peace City of Heroes, we'll all miss you. Fantastic image though. Maybe NCSoft will deign to create a CoH2 in the future. I might consider forgiving them then.
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
That's really what it would take at this point. But why shut down Paragon if that's what they wanted to do?
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:iconstarsplasher:
starsplasher Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
Who knows? I doubt that's what they intended to do of course, since CoH doesn't really cater to their majority demographic. But a girl can dream no?
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:iconginovanta:
ginovanta Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
I tought she was stateswoman!
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
In a way, she is. Definitely wanted her costume to look a bit like his.
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:iconsky-streak:
Sky-Streak Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
Hopefully CoH will rise from its own ashes and you'll be a part of it, David!
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
That'd be very cool!
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:iconroxikat:
roxikat Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
This image fills me with hope for the future. Dammit, I have hope again! There is so much spirit in this image I really wish that Paragon will live on beyond the sunset.
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Me too. :)
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:iconleo256:
Leo256 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
Nice done.
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:iconebony14:
Ebony14 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
Love it.
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:) :)
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