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Rutilus' Triumph by Netarliargus Rutilus' Triumph by Netarliargus
After defeating the forces of evil alongside his allies of the Roman Empire, the Senate has granted the red dragon Pyrothraxus (Or Rutilus as the Romans call him.) a triumphal march through the city of Rome.

The Roman triumph was a civil ceremony and religious rite of ancient Rome, held to publicly celebrate and sanctify the military achievement of an army commander who had won great military successes, or originally and traditionally, one who had successfully completed a foreign war. In Republican tradition, only the Senate could grant a triumph. (Kinda like the X-box achievements of their time.)

On the day of his triumph, the general wore regalia that identified him as near-divine or near-kingly. He rode in a chariot through the streets of Rome in procession with his army and the spoils of his war. At Jupiter's temple he offered sacrifice and the tokens of his victory to the god. Thereafter he had the right to be described as vir triumphalis ("man of triumph", later known as triumphator) for the rest of his life.

Tradition would have it that the imperator had his face painted red and wore a golden wreath. He may have been accompanied in his chariot by a slave holding the wreath above his head and constantly reminding the commander of his mortality by whispering into his ear. The words that the slave is said to have used are not known, but suggestions include "Respice te, hominem te memento" ("Look behind you, remember you are only a man") Though for fairly obvious reasons, that's not the case here. His face is already pretty red and no slave would ever reach his head, let alone have the guts to say something like that to a Red Dragon.




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:iconmyuutsuu85:
Myuutsuu85 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014
I like, what i see.
Good work
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TastyRainbow-Boy Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014
That is very heroic and epic indeed :)
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TheAsorlinsStrike Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Yeah this is badass.
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Netarliargus Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014
Thanks! :)
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TheAsorlinsStrike Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
You're welcome.
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Bluehasia Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
His face. it just says, I do what i want, im a Dragon

XD
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:iconnetarliargus:
Netarliargus Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
Just showing off, what else would you do when the whole of Rome cheers for you.
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Nightfang13 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:+fav:
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:iconnetarliargus:
Netarliargus Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
Thanks! :D
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AMELIANVS Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
So this is how they gained their empire:-)
Actually there's a little but interesting mention by one of roman historians(Livius I think) of legion who encouter and fought with something he called a dragon...it probabbly wasnt just some crocodile because romans knew them and likely would not confuse it and later there were some reptile like creature fighting in the arena during reign of nero which was captured by roman arena hunters in inner africa...a dinosaur?We would probably never knew...
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:iconnetarliargus:
Netarliargus Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012
Who knows, history writers weren't really that accurate in that era. Anyways, I've got the perfect Roman marching tune to go with this image: [link] just skip to 2:25 for the epic part and immagine a dragon walking along in a Roman Triumph.
Gracchus something more cheerful!
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AMELIANVS Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Of course they were not the real historians by modern standarts.The music fits with it well:-).ROME,up to date,is one of the best roman tv series you might see.
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super0knight Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
Sheer brilliance! Although due to the size of the dragon I don't seem to see the slave anywhere. Unless it's the statue the dragon's kind of looking at? Epic picture though and really amusing. If dragons existed which I believe they did, it would definitely be the Romans who'd use them in their army while the rest would probably think them to be either devils or gods, lol. Awesome picture!
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:iconnetarliargus:
Netarliargus Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012
Thanks. I said in the description that there's no slave present here due to his size. I'd like to think that if dragons were real, other people besides the Romans would have used them as well. I can see a few Green dragons side with the Gauls for example
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super0knight Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012
Good point. I didn't read the part where the slave wasn't in the picture though. My bad! :) That would be awesome though if dragons fought for different countries and cultures in the various wars throughout history. Perhaps I'll write a book about that except in Roman times maybe. If you don't mind of course.
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Netarliargus Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012
The idea to mix dragons and history isn't new, perhaps you have read some books of the Temeraire series? They're set around 1804 though.
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super0knight Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012
I haven't read them but I've heard of a few series like that. I might give it a shot though but it was just a spur of the moment idea sort of thing, lol. Doubt I'll write it now but it would always be interesting. I'll check out the novel series you mentioned though since I haven't read it yet.
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:iconnetarliargus:
Netarliargus Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
Hmh, if you want a series that's more about dragons, I'd say check out the Age of Fire series instead. It tells a classic fantasy story from the dragon's point of view. [link]
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super0knight Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
I've heard of it since I am a hardcore fantasy adventure fan but usually prefer stories from people's point of view. Still, I might read it since it sounds interesting but I never get around to it. But since you recommended it, I'll check it out.

Thanks for the suggestion! :)
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Netarliargus Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
Well, if it's people and history you want, the Temeraire series are probably better then. I read them both and they're equaly entertaining.
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LOLMANIC45 Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Student Writer
Damn those Romans using dragon hacks to takeover a fifth of the world and were still beaten by the Arabs in size.

Though I would use dragon hacks to takeover a fifth of the world, so that's makes me a hypocrite, damn me. Though my dragon is more on the diplomat-warrior-legend-god than Power>everything.
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Netarliargus Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
Well, Romans were pretty brutal to those they conquererd. When they fought, they fought to *win*
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LOLMANIC45 Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Student Writer
I guess they didn't knew diplomacy.

I hope they had alcohol .
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Netarliargus Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
Sure they knew diplomacy, it was easier to just surrender to Rome and become it's ally. Resisting meant that you'd be put to the sword and your woman and children sold as slaves.

They had alcohol, wine and beer.
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LOLMANIC45 Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Student Writer
Unless, that is, if you one of the Germanic tribes. Took on Rome like it was an obstacle and saw of their declining state.


Good, I bet they needed to drink a LOT of it.
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Netarliargus Featured By Owner May 28, 2012
Meh, even at the height of it's power, Rome couldn't conquer the Germans, after the battle at Teutoburger forest the Romans gave up on that idea. In the aftermath of the battle, Emperor Augustus was so devastated by the annihilation of three Roman legions that he spent the next several weeks in a stupor, repeating the phrase "Give me back my legions!"
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LOLMANIC45 Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Student Writer
Thus led to Gurrelia warfare was born.
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big0bear Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
Remember thou art mortal *crunch*
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:iconnetarliargus:
Netarliargus Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
And tasty with ketchup.
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RedWingsDragon Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012
Awesome work here
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Netarliargus Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012
Thanks! :)
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Woaddragon Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012
freaking Awesome!
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Netarliargus Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012
Thanks! :)
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Cleopatrawolf Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012   Traditional Artist
Amazing! :iconlawooplz:
You did a fantastic job, I love it! :heart:
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Netarliargus Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012
Thanks! :)
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Cleopatrawolf Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012   Traditional Artist
You're welcome! :meow:
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Keyotea Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Noble kings and princes would bow whenever he came,
Pirate ships would lower their flags, when Puff roared out his name.
[link]
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Netarliargus Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012
Not exactly Puff the Magic Dragon, but yes, they'd still do that.
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Jcbq Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
*mouth hangs open*... Ok now I will MAKE my phone do what I want it to... *runs off* I will fave this

This is an epic by itself...
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Netarliargus Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
Thanks! :)
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E-Pendragon Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So it seems you like the red dragons from D&D...
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Netarliargus Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
Whatever gave you that idea? :innocent:
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IdrewAcow Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Magnificent~!
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Netarliargus Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
Thanks! :)
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IdrewAcow Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome~!
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PossumFlavored Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012
really nice job.
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Netarliargus Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
Thanks! :)
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Krazzulimaii Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh man, this looks incredible. O.O The detail and lighting is incredible
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:iconnetarliargus:
Netarliargus Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
Thanks! :)
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LOLMANIC45 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Student Writer
Great Job on this as usually! :D But I feel for Carthage and Greece. :(

But still not even a near-divine dragon can take

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