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The Sacred Tree of the Rakyat by vee-kay The Sacred Tree of the Rakyat by vee-kay
I blinked, and rubbed my eyes. But the harsh sunlight glinting through the green leaves, straight into my eyes, and the weather-beaten murals on the ancient bark of this huge banyan tree, told me this was no hallucination, no trick of the senses.

It was The Sacred Tree I was staring at, The Tree of Legends. If the Rakyat legends were to be believed, this tree was planted by the first ever Rakyat warrior. Over the ages, the Rakyat tribe built a fortified temple around The Tree.

Suddenly, my mind made the connection. When I had liberated some pirate outposts and handed it over to the Rakyat control, they had jubilantly raised their flag on these outposts. A blue flag, with a white banyan tree in its center. I was now looking at The Sacred Tree, that was origin for the Rakyat symbol!

And it was their pride, as well. The Rakyat still maintain a strong guard of elite warriors to protect The Sacred Tree, it seems.

The question is... what am I doing here, within the Sanctum Sanctorum of The Rakyat Temple, surrounded by these bloodthirsty, tribal warriors, with a bloody Tatau on my arm?

I think I am going insane...



Source: screenshot from the PC game Far Cry 3, © Ubisoft Entertainment.
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fhelalr Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome
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vee-kay Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Such a simple scene, yet so beautiful, right? :-)

When I noticed the sunrays across the sacred tree, I knew it was an awesome sight that had to be captured and shared with other gaming fans. Glad you liked it!

It is clear how much video games are becoming better in terms of vividly mimicking the artistic and spellbinding beauty of Mother Nature. And we gamers get to enjoy and bask in such beautiful virtual sights. :D
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amnis406 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looks almost real! 
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vee-kay Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely true. Very realistic. Far Cry 3 excels at flora and fauna, and the details are always incredible.

This was a random screenshot. I liked the sunlight godrays filtering through the trees' canopy leaves, and I thought to take a few screenshots. I didn't much think about the tree, since I've seen it a lot of times (it is an awesome Banyan tree at first glance though).

Later when digging through my screenshots, I found this one to be the best. The tree is actually rendered very well in this scene, and I've another screenshot where the lighting is better, but the tree was too much in the shadows.

The reason I uploaded this image here, is to showcase how this tree (and all it stands for) runs a subcurrent theme within the game world. The painted murals on The Sacred Tree (as I like to call it) are the sacred Tatau (tattoos) that the Rakyat tribe give to their warriors. The central protagonist within the game, get special powers each time he gets a new Tatau, so it is as if he is receiving the blessings of the Rakyat Gods, and this tree is a physical manifestation of their beauty, grace and timelessness.
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Ithildin-Starmoon Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely, positively breathtaking. :faint: <== Fainting proves it.
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vee-kay Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
*revives Ithildin with a whiff of ambrosia*

There, there, dear. We want you hale and hearty, so you can cheer us and encourage us with you witty and beautiful comments, don't we? ;-) *selfish grin*

Thanks though, I guffawed at your cute response! Glad you found this breathtaking! i did too!
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Nightshade715 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013
Ooh, how pretty. :love: Far Cry 3 looks like a very beautiful game.
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vee-kay Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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Beautiful indeed. Just like you! Nod
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