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"What If We Fail?" Mandala by toadking07 "What If We Fail?" Mandala by toadking07
"What If We Fail?"
There are two meanings here:


As a Christian I am taught to love thy neighbor, to never murder, never wish harm on another being. Jesus said to always turn the other cheek. Pray for your enemies, be the better person.

But what if it is not an ideal world? What if those who strike you aim to kill and want to wipe you and all that you stand for off the face of the earth? What if you standing against them is the only thing saving everything that you love and hold important?

Does this work if the world is so full of hate and death? What if there is no other option but to fight back and hope for the ideal world to tomorrow? If you're enemies will stop at nothing to blight you out, will you attack them back?
What if you fail to fight back, and everything you know is destroyed?

The Chief is nailed to a cross like Jesus. Jesus teaches kindness and forgiveness, but what if your enemies will stop at nothing to kill you? What if there is no compromise, no peace talks, no treaty possible? What If you must kill them to save your world?

This picture represents my struggles as a christian to find the middle ground between the ideal world of peace and love, and the real world of corruption and violence.


= Other = Possible = Meaning =


What if the Master Chief, the last Spartan, the last chance for humanity, died. The Covenant would waste no time in stringing him up to displace any hope that was left. They would burn our cities, crushing all under foot until no human stone was left standing atop another. Finally they would glass earth, turning it in to a wasteland. The Chief is mankind's best and last chance for the future. He is either their savior or their final defeat.


*Master Chief is from the Halo series. Copyright Bungie and all that jazz.
**note he is not Jesus, did not die for sins. he's on the cross because it has a powerful meaning behind it. I'm a Christian, you don't like it, that's art. The meaning behind it is more important than what what you actually see.
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isaweesaw Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011
I like it but despite the description I'm not keen on showing Master Chief on the cross because Jesus died so we wouldn't have to, and Master Chief just doesn't compare.
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toadking07 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Professional General Artist
Everyone is free to their own opinion on it. :) I see the Master Chief as the last thing standing between the Covenant war of destruction, so that is why I choose to use the symbolism. Also, on another note, many criminals and other such people were killed on the cross throughout history too.
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LoboDiabloLoneWolf Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Equally powerful piece and explaination. Very nice. Also fits with Halo since there is a heck of a lot of Christian symbolism in there to begin with.
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toadking07 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you. I was happy with it. :)
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Randomman187 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice work, and very moving statement. If the world were perfect, we'd be in Heaven already and the life here would be meaningless. In turn, humanity is meant to struggle for a perfection that isn't meant to exist. (just a theory)
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toadking07 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you. Life is not perfect, nothing in this world lasts either. Things are just as corrupted from within as from outside I guess.
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xXxSp4rtyxXx Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010  Student General Artist
Don't involve religion in this...
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toadking07 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Professional General Artist
Sorry, but that is what the piece means to me. It's a game, but it also brings up many deeper thoughts on life, ones I like to explore a bit.
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xXxSp4rtyxXx Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Student General Artist
Well....fine.
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MajorasMask12 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2008
If Master Chief died, I'd practically steal the Nuke from Turok 2 and blast all the covenant (Except the Grunts, they're fun to scare.) to freaking peices.
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toadking07 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2008  Professional General Artist
yeah, id be pissed! i think its so awesome and sad, and very epic, being the last one standing in the way of mankinds complete and utter destruction. youd hope he never fails
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MajorasMask12 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2008
Actually, from what I've heard. It's completely possible if you have all the skulls activated and are on Legendary. 100% chance of not even getting halfway through the first level.

Why? When Blackeye's activated, you have to kill someone with melee to get it back. BUT.. Theres another skull activated that won't let you recharge. If you do successfully beat the game, theres another suprise ending. (I think my friend told me it was Halo 3, but not sure.)
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toadking07 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2008  Professional General Artist
no i know that he doesnt die, ive seen the secret ending and stuff. though i hope there isnt a halo 4, because as much as id love to play another halo game, i get the feeling it might jinx it!
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MajorasMask12 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2008
And did you know that in the Books, when a Spartan DOES die. (In First Strike, there were more Spartans) The Mark them as MIA (Missing in Action) instead of KIA? (Killed in Action) Its always to give the impression that a spartan never dies.
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toadking07 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2008  Professional General Artist
yeah, its a sad life, being a soldier like that. spartans never die, right? thats what the military always said. got to give people something to believe in, something to hope for, that the spartan project can end a war raging half way across the galaxy. not a pitiful bloody struggle just to keep them off our front door!

and of course in the books the Master chief isnt the last spartan aswell....
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MajorasMask12 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2008
Though a few Spartans did die in First strike. So, they do die, but that was with the crappy Halo 1 armor.
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toadking07 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2008  Professional General Artist
im not sure id call it "crappy" i mean, they still fared better than the marines, and i killed a good many covenant in that armor, but yeah, their stuff has only gotten better!
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Obeah Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
the picture is pretty cool. When you said mandala I thought you might have lost your mind and started painting sand :) guess not. I'd rather not be drawn into the argument about religious symbolism, but the picture is rather cool :)
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toadking07 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2008  Professional General Artist
thanks. And yeah I figured some ppl won+ ge+ it/like it. So +hanks.:)
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popplenator Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2008
this well done i must say. and i believe in all you said too,cos im also christian^^
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toadking07 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2008  Professional General Artist
thanks, im glad people seem to get it, i was a bit worried people might just miss the point and get angry about it
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Keablr Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2008
This deserves way more views. If you don't mind I want to make this in 3D. I will credit you, and all that jazz.
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toadking07 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2008  Professional General Artist
sure cool, id like to see it. what i really need to do is get a much better pic of it up, but sadly my scanner aint enough....
you have my permission
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Keablr Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2008
Alright that sounds great. I will be working on it. And I will be happy to make it and support it. And as I said before this pic needs a lot more views. This one should be a really popular, because of the meanings itself.
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toadking07 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2008  Professional General Artist
thanks man, means alot to hear that. im gonna try scanning it and try to put a better pic of it up. id really like to see what you could do with it, would be kickin.
id like to see it get more views too, but thats life i guess
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Keablr Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2008
I just need to get some tutorials on making some fire, because I followed one and I didn't get anything for a result. I already have the chief upon the cross. Need to put details to the cross. Add the fire and the destroyed buildings for the background.
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toadking07 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2008  Professional General Artist
wow, cant wait to see this. if you dont mind, do you think you could send some of what youve got to me via email or whatever so can check it out and give my own thoughts on it?
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Keablr Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2008
Yeah I can do that.
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toadking07 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2008  Professional General Artist
awsum! cant wait!
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hibiscusgrl Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2008
Strong conflict! I can understand you point of view and believe you are not alone in your search for understanding. Nice peice.
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toadking07 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2008  Professional General Artist
th4nks. im glad people get it, it was a really strong feeling i had and the image just came to me. i do hope there is a middle ground to be found.
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HYBRiDsunshIne Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2007
Dude, that's sweet. I like your explanation for everything too.

It's nice. REEEEALLY nice.
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toadking07 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2007  Professional General Artist
hey, nice of you to get on :P thanks, i used those markers you told me about. they were great. let me blend colors and cover my mistakes. im really happy with how this came out. i just been to get a better pic of it up! any idea where i can find a 15x15 scanner?
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HYBRiDsunshIne Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2008
Hahaha, I'd like to know the same thing. It'd be nicer to do comics on larger paper because I could get more details in that way. I'm thinking that a printing place might have really large scanners, but I you'd probably have to pay a fee. That and I don't know where said printing place might be.

And I'm glad the markers are workin' will...=)
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toadking07 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2008  Professional General Artist
yepp, i cant wait to do more with them! i just need some ideas, and a little time, maybe some practice....
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GarbageCat Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2007
That's a nice drawing, and you filled it with your own thoughts, that's nice, I like it, what lets it down a bit for me is that Master Chief looks kind of skeletic, but the composition is really a very positive point on it. keep it up.
Master Chief is really awesome, I never played the game unfortunatly.
What I think is, never show fear, it's not about letting them hit you, it's about avoiding the blow, think about it.
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toadking07 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2007  Professional General Artist
as always, thank you. i did have a little trouble sizing him up right, in my frist sketch is head was HUGE, so luckily i was able to size it down better. i really believed in the thought behind it, and really wanted to do good on this one. i think im putting it in my portfolio. (errrr, ok, so it'lle the Start of mine)
the master chief is one of my heroes. he's cool, level headed, strong and not cocky, and he's fighting for his people, his friends and what he believes in. ive been a hardcore halo fan since the first halo game. its old(er) now, but i still think its the best.
oh, and i liked the way you put that last bit
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GarbageCat Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2007
Yeah, Master Chief is really something.
You're welcome friend. :)
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Jeis Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2007
this is really cool, dude.
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toadking07 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2007  Professional General Artist
th4nks, but i want to get a better scan of this up soon,
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