"(...)She propped the gift on her lap and began carefully tearing off the wrapping paper, revealing an unmarked cardboard box. Shepard opened the top and immediately had tears well up in her eyes. There was a custom made chess board inside and each piece was handcrafted to resemble her enemies and her supporters.(...)"
"(...)On the white side: the rooks were Wrex and Grunt, the bishops were Thane Krios and Liara T'Soni, the knights were James Vega and Garrus Vakarian, the pawns were her other squadmembers and crewmates, the king was the Alliance logo, and the queen…
Shepard pulled out the queen and stared at it with tender eyes. It was her. A little miniature piece of her. She was the queen… and her duty was to protect the Alliance. Nevada marveled at the way James Vega took to heart every detail she explained in one of their previous conversations, reflecting her symbolism perfectly.(...)"
*xREBEL666x "Under Better Circumstances - 7 - Pieces"[link]
Has my hand painted it? O_o I'm sooo... surprised? Even if it doesn't look very detailed and professional, I've learned a few things about lighting and shading. Geez, with THAT pace of development, soon soon I will get skills about which I've dreamed for long time O.o Ofc, I won't rest on my laurels never! Always I'm going to demand more and more from myself.
Anyway, I love Reby's fanfic :3 If you haven't read it yet, you should immediately do it! [link]
I hope that next chaps will inspire me as well as this one :]
Ahhh and infamous aquarium in background xD