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January 26, 2012
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Scheherazade by MonAshk Scheherazade by MonAshk
Scheherazade ( /ʃəˌhɛrəˈzɑːdᵊ/), sometimes Scheherazadea, Persian transliteration ahrzd or Shahrzād (Persian: شهرزاد, ahr + zd; Arabic Shahrazād) is a legendary Persian queen and the storyteller of One Thousand and One Nights.

The frame tale goes that every day Shahryar (Persian: شهریار, "king") would marry a new virgin, and every day he would send yesterday's wife to be beheaded. This was done in anger, having found out that his first wife was betraying him. He had killed one thousand such women by the time he was introduced to Scheherazade, the vizier's daughter.

"[Shahrazad] had perused the books, annals and legends of preceding Kings, and the stories, examples and instances of bygone men and things; indeed it was said that she had collected a thousand books of histories relating to antique races and departed rulers. She had perused the works of the poets and knew them by heart; she had studied philosophy and the sciences, arts and accomplishments; and she was pleasant and polite, wise and witty, well read and well bred."
Against her father's wishes, Scheherazade volunteered to spend one night with the King. Once in the King's chambers, Scheherazade asked if she might bid one last farewell to her beloved sister, Dinazade, who had secretly been prepared to ask Scheherazade to tell a story during the long night. The King lay awake and listened with awe as Scheherazade told her first story. The night passed by, and Scheherazade stopped in the middle of the story. The King asked her to finish, but Scheherazade said there was not time, as dawn was breaking. So, the King spared her life for one day to finish the story the next night. So the next night, Scheherazade finished the story, and then began a second, even more exciting tale which she again stopped halfway through, at dawn. So the King again spared her life for one day to finish the second story.

And so the King kept Scheherazade alive day by day, as he eagerly anticipated the finishing of last night's story. At the end of one thousand and one nights, and one thousand stories, Scheherazade told the King that she had no more tales to tell him. During these one thousand and one nights, the King had fallen in love with Scheherazade, and had had three sons with her. So, having been made a wiser and kinder man by Scheherazade and her tales, he spared her life, and made her his Queen.

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Passin Featured By Owner May 22, 2014
Beautiful and sexy. Nice work
CiLiNDr0 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! Amazing work! Love it!

I was wandering if you could let me us this image for an Android game called "Kingdoms of Myth", it's turn based strategy game based on a fantasy World. You can find a little bit more info in this rough website made by my colleges [link] (Sorry for the bad English). Of course you will have full credits of your work and link to your webpage if you want :)

Lot of thanks for your time ;)
MonAshk Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello :)

Thank you so much , i'm glad you like it..

as you know Scheherazade was a Persian Queen..why you don't have Ancient Persia with those civilizations ? ;) can use this image for your android game and of course i need to have have full credits of my work and it would be nice to put my webpage link along with it.

Best of luck with your games
your are more than welcome dear , have a nice day/night
CiLiNDr0 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello! :)

I found your work on a club related with Persian civilization! I'm looking for drawings of ancient Persia to include them as civilization! :)

Regarding the credits you want your dA name and dA website? Or do you want another information?

Lot of thanks for answering and have a nice day!

MonAshk Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello again

it seems like it would be a nice game, let me know when it's released so i download it on my phone and force my friends to download it as well ;)

about the credits you could include my dA name and website as well as my instagram , all the information you need are on my page. Let me know if you need anything else..

best regards :)
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MonAshk Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Erozja Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
Hi! :wave:

Your :iconawesome-plz: work has been FEATURED IN MY JOURNAL here: [link] :iconmyheartplz:

sasajulien Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love this, being a persian myself... very good job :)
Scribblingthoughts Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I was named after her, and I grew up hearing stories of her. I was never satisfied with artists' renditions of her, but you bring her to light exactly as I imagined.
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