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"The Forest of Illusions is a dark harbor of legends and mystery, a black stain on all maps. She is an ancient forest poisoned by grief and hatred, a wild beauty full of menace and tricks. But it was not always so. Once she was as other forests, tranquil and content, a haven for weary mortals to whom she would whisper ancient secrets and sing drowsy songs. A nameless boy would often come to visit, to play in her branches and sleep in her shade and sing with her voice. This boy was murdered during one of the bloodiest battles in recorded history, and the Forest withered in loneliness and confusion at the savagery of mortals. She barred herself from men, hid her beauty and sought vengeance on any who bore the taint of violence in their hearts. The Forest of Illusions came to be feared by all, and endured the centuries in miserable isolation.

Until Faeren, a young knight who bore a striking resemblance to her lost child, stumbled upon the Forest and awakened her shriveled heart from its long, murderous sorrow. She begged him to stay, to play in her branches and sleep in her shade and sing her songs, but he could not. He had a duty to king and country, and a life elsewhere. Years later, he fell in battle against the rebel warlord Morgan and awoke to find himself in the Forest of Illusions, scarred but alive. She had taken him from death, given to him of her life and made him one of her own. She guards him continually like a jealous lover, sheltering him from the world that destroyed him--a world in which he can no longer dwell. He is one with the Forest in life, in slumber, in the turn of the seasons. There he will always remain, loved and protected and nourished, but alone. There are no weapons within the Forest, no kings and servants, only peace and solitude. His companions are the trees and illusions made and unmade by his consent. They can neither free nor comfort him in a place no other living creature dares to visit. The Forest is his salvation, his home, and his eternal prison. He has become but another secret in its shadows."

You can learn more about Faeren and "The Wars of Avenan" storyline here:…


Detail shots can be found here:… I spent a lot of time on this piece, especially the tree, which I dubbed "Orville". ^_^;; I'm surprised my poor tablet survived the relentless abuse.

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Forsaken by `Saimain ( Suggested by elicoronel16 and Featured by JunkbyJen )
rababco Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What a sad little story. It kind of reminds me of the book "The Giving Tree" where a tree and a young boy form a bond but he grows up and doesn't spend time with her anymore so she gives everything she has to him.
Azhdaya Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Heart wrenching painting, and achingly beautiful. The detail is incredible. Stunning work, absolutely stunning.
joshuatree1967 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2015
PadfootPanda Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014
Just gorgeous!
raniaelsayed Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013
harinedzumi Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so beautiful *___*
Thnerdinthcorner Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013   Writer
I have no words to describe how amazing this is.
nikoskap Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
Beast-of-the-Sea Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
Absolutely AMAZING.

I wish there was a Favorite-Favorites option. O_O
Artocks Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Student Writer
cara sua ideia de floresta lembra minha misteriosa Romperaizes que coincidência Eu Sou Artock fua obra é fantástica
Friendlymonster Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist
Redbuick95 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
love it
uAe-Designer Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
i want to buy this print from DA ? how ? cuz they offer free shipping now
Saimain Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
I don't offer my artwork for sale through DeviantArt (their print quality is not great at all). But I do sell high-quality prints through my own website, true color and hand-signed by me if you wish. If you are interested in a print of "Forsaken," I have it available in four different sizes, and you can find it in my store here: [link] :)
CaptainPeroxide1619 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012
This art has been stolen =/

aerlevsedi Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012
For me, this is the best artwork in
Thevala Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012
Wonderful picture and story (or vice versa): so romantic and sad - it gives me a chill while reading and looking.
Great work - thank you for sharing it with me!
AQart2 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
it's soooo amazing I love this piece sooooo much!!! it's like an dream!^-^ the feeling is sooo beautiful yet dramatic!!!:) what an awesome imagination!!! I could go on and on about this pice it's inspired me so much for the last 4 years or so she's like my favorite artist!!!:la:
GinebraCamelot Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
This is beautiful!!! :heart: I read a book of fantasy and this drawing reminds me very much to one of its characters :love:
BethandBeast Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
The beauty you create in your work is beyond description. I love it!
Fantasized-Teravan Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
Your artwork is absolutely STUNNING! You have been a major inspiration to me since I started my art!
criissa Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ohmygoodness this is amazing! :o :love:
ForestDwellerHouses Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Great looking piece of art!
IceQueenofMitera Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I've always been curious if Faeren's spirit was taken into the forest and his body remained on the battlefield or if she somehow managed to gather his body as well?

But this is one of my faves of Faeren
Saimain Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
He was physically taken--she used the energy of the Forest to heal him, and as a result, he can only survive when he is among trees and plants. Over the years it is slowly transforming him into a part of the forest, and he can live nowhere else.
IceQueenofMitera Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I see. Thanks for clearing that up. That actually makes a lot of sense. I can imagine his friends when they were clearing the battlefield going "Where's Faeren? I swore I saw him fall right here!"
Saimain Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yes, his disappearance was a mystery for many years. ^__^;;
AngelaLeonetti Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:iconartworldtoday: has featured this amazing piece of art here [link]
Saimain Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much! :)
Cloudochan Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Professional Photographer
this......kind of reminds me of the song written by within temptations "perfect Harmony"
EllariaSand Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Ooooohhh I love your work! Saw it on Elfwood. :) good to find you here!
Failed-Jester-Yukki Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012
Awww~! He has the face of my Demi. x3 I so wish I had money right now.
StarSpinner678 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Beautiful, Just Beautiful.. :heart:
MagdaPrzegalinska Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
It seems that I'm repeating myself but it looks that I can only find words full of admiration to describe what I feel looking at your works- again it's beautiful
1YELLOWPIKMIN Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012
reminds me of "The Faron Woods" in twilight princess. (zelda)
Junablossom Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing work
FabriceW Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
it's really lovely and pretty!
aerlevsedi Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011
After all deviations i´ve seen here on deviantart, this is truly the best ive ever seen.
It give me such an impression i could not describe in a million words. It tells so many stories and raises so many questions. Its impossible and simultanously so natural. Its incomplete and perfect at the same time. Its silent and spirited. Its perfection.

This Picture is like a storybook without any words. But in spite of this, you could read a thousand stories in it.

I could look at it for hours and it wouldn´t be wasted hours.
TerrorThirzje Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
So beautyfull!!
IAMTHESTRANGE Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011
god this is breathtakingly beautiful
amazing work
HallloweenKatt Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011
This is beautiful beyond words . . . (Seriously, that's all I can think of to say. I keep scrolling up to try to think of something better, and each time my brain keeps sputtering.)
blackratart Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011  Student General Artist
Pearlpencil Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I love it
kimirichan Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Hobbyist
Nearly every time when I watch a picture here on DA I think it couldn't get better but it could as it seems! really really great artwork!
nightwolf23 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011
I know you hear this all the time, but the most beautiful art I've ever seen on here.
NightLight3 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Student Filmographer
I love it, because it looks like me. And I like the sword,.
FunSizedMeanie Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011
Wow... This is beautiful

I adore the story of this picture. I also admire the picture itself.

I'm going to be your fan person for awhile! xD
JohnBerryPhotos Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Professional Photographer
Excellent work! Reminds me of Hoh Rain Forest, near Seattle, Washington.

Yea baby!

ladyforget-me-not Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011
i hope.. no DREAM to someday be as good as you with art
eisengrind Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Wow, you have so many great artworks here - I think this one is one of my favourites...
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