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A Question of Morality by Ryst-Airasee A Question of Morality by Ryst-Airasee
"What's wrong, Mister Bubbles? Get up... please get up..."

Bioshock fanart, thrown up here so I would something to show before I leave for a few days.

The Big Daddies may be mute, they may even be biomechanical, but there is no denying their sentience. And harming them seems wrong, no matter how you slice the cake... they gave their life to serve another, is there really anything so wrong about that?

Still, one must wondering if they have enough of themselves left to understand a quality so human as the one of compassion.

Heh. Sorry. Personal musings. Pensketch here, it was at one point going to be a lot simpler but I got caught up with it. A Bouncer got himself tangled up with a mob of ADAM-hungry Splicers, sent 'em packing (the ones he didn't kill), and is now looking slightly worse for the wear. No doubt he'll be back on his feet in a matter of minutes, but it doesn't change the fact that his Little Sister is obviously quite concerned.

Big Daddies, Little Sisters, the whole Bioshock universe (c) 2K games... art is mine.
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mrbubblesdrillbit Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I always felt so bad for killing the big daddies and hearing the little sister's crying always made it worse :'( This captures that feeling perfectly.
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TheCobaltOcean Featured By Owner May 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Great stuff :D *Faves*
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xsacredxkitten23 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011
mister bubbles u need 2 get up we need u, plezzz get up
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patrecher Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
sad... any good father would fight for their child... but a big daddy goes all out to the death. sorry, kinda cheesy comment. but any way, great picture, i love the work, and you can feel the saddness of the little sister as the big daddy still tries to protect her with his dieing breaths.
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Sakraida82 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010
That's half the reason I saved the sisters rather than killed them. The other one is because Adam is just gross.

Good pic.
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Shego2Drakken Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010
It is tragic when you think about it... and when they're not trying to rip you to shreds. BioShock 2 really put it in perspective, and made me wonder if Lamb wasn't onto something with her "give a mirror to a man with no face" comment...
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kaibabyxo Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010   Photographer
Great drawing.. Message is very true.

Kudos.
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sayuri4muu Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010
very deep
don't worry little sister he'll get up
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AxelVIIIThePyroPunK Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm always sad when comes to kill a Big Daddy =( I wish there was another way to save little sisters ...
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SpiralArtist Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
First thing's first (obviously), beautiful. Absolutely gorgeous, this drawing. I like the blood effect, and the body's pose - gives the impression that Mister Bubbles took whoever was attacking him down with.

Second, on the musing about Big Daddies' sentience: here's the thing, the game pushes you to consider them as obstacles standing between you and precious, precious ADAM. Considering that the general theme of Bioshock is corruption, and that you can't survive without plasmids, it's conceivable that you get corrupted in the pursuit of them. I mean, you're basically shooting down these Big Daddies to get to corrupted little girls who are monstrosities with sea-slugs attached to their bodies. So the choice isn't whether you kill Big Daddies, it's whether killing them to 'save' Little Sisters is moral or not. Because, in the end, it comes down to ADAM, and you need ADAM to be able to make a choice about the Little Sisters in the first place...

So it's only a question of how you view your own corruption, as opposed to morality directly.
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frgrgrsfgsgsfgggsfsf Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I saw that on the game revyew it cinda upset me but still its ether him or you in the end i gess.
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Nyar1athotep Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I really hate killing them... I usually follow them around for a little while gearing up mentally for it.

I harvested once, but I felt so horrible about it that I never did and most probably never will again. I'm such a sucker for those two...

Anywho, lovely art!
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Greed-kun Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
I can't wait to play as one of these guys in Bioshock 2! :3
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ZeroDevil Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2010
This adds a twist to things...

Suddenly I feel a little less scared of the Big Daddy's...

Very nice work.
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DragonsbloodXx Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm gonna cry ;_;
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pyro-vamp-freak Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2009
Its awesome :)
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Heichi-chan849 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2009
Da'www I love it ^^
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El-Jorro Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2009
I agree with you. It always seems a shame to kill the big daddies. They arent your enemy. They're just protectors. sigh...
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irishman91 Featured By Owner May 22, 2009
wow deep so sad (crying in a corner)
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0ArmoredSoul0 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have to agree on that point.
The Big Daddies were CREATED to protect, to lay down their life for another if the need arose.
It just seems wrong that one can't save them as one save the Little Sisters.
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Team-Friction Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2010
Killing them is doing them a favor. If they were, you know, still alive after you... kill them, they'd probably thank you if they still could. Face it, being a massive genetically augmented mistake of man's meddling in the world of evolution is not a position people are dieing to be in.

Still, you make a good point. Their purpose is generally quite noble in the scheme of things. Makes me wish that the Befriend thing became a all-purpose Tonic. It'd be great for dramatic entering of a room! Just waltzing in with Splicers covering your flank with stylish poses and outfits and a Big Daddy or two making up the main of the muscle. Your 'hired goons', and the personal touch they administer to hits.
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0ArmoredSoul0 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hahaha, I totally just imagined that scenario for my cousin's wedding.
*facepalm*

But yeah, I get what you're saying.
The Big Daddies were created for one purpose and one purpose only, they haven't enough of themselves left to adapt to anything else. It's sad, but true.

Now that I think about it, there's one fic being written that has a semi-sentient Big Daddy named Drill who makes friends with the security AI and can speak via an artificial voice box. It's a really good fic, written almost exclusively from Drill's POV.
Now, if only I could remember where it was...
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Team-Friction Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2010
If you remember anytime soon, or EVER, for that matter, PLEASE tell me. I MUST READ IT... AT SOME POINT OF MY CURRENT LIFE AS A MEMBER OF THE HUMAN RACE ON EARTH. Did I overdo that?
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0ArmoredSoul0 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nope.
I've had people threaten to commit suicide if I don't update a story on time, so, no, you're cool.
^^
And, guess what?
I FOUND THE DAMN THING.
I just checked my email and it got an update.
:highfive: for exquisite timing.
[link]
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Team-Friction Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2010
YAY. I AM SO HAPPY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
And now I can read it until I fall asleep at the desk, fall off the chair and wake up, saying 'Huh, what?'.

Thank you for bringing more reading into my life.
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0ArmoredSoul0 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:bow:
You're welcome.
I always love to spread the word of good reading.
^^
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Yurichild Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009
I think we shouldn't kill them just because of the little sisters, only if we could've did something....
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LaDarkA117 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009  Student Filmographer
:iconiloveitplz: its so cute and sad :(
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Oreoss Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2009
Dx Mr Bubblessss. I felt so horrible killing them but I need the adam! D:
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Kululufreak Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009
This is so sad.... D: I love it!
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TheRyno Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009
:wow: this is awesome. i always feel bad after killing the big daddies.
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pichu610 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow...now I feel bad for kiling them...
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Heartlesswyvern Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2008  Hobbyist Artist
[link]

I'm confused now D: Did you have something to do with that submission? o_o
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Ryst-Airasee Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2008  Student
HOLY SHIT THAT'S AWESOME

Dude, where did that come from? I didn't know it was created but it's cool to see that my art inspired something like that..!
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Heartlesswyvern Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2008  Hobbyist Artist
From The Cult of Rapture! :0 Dude you inspired the games official artists!!
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Ryst-Airasee Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2008  Student
Ahhh that's all sorts of neat. Thank you so much for showing me!
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GinChimera Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
I felt bad when she started crying. It's why I save all of them instead of harvesting.
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CostumesbyCourtney Featured By Owner May 21, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
I love the Big Daddies and Little Sisters, I couldn't bring myself to hurt them in the game. That's just cruel.
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666TwistedSmile666 Featured By Owner May 19, 2008   Filmographer
I'm sure this will interest you [link]
your art has been stolen
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Ryst-Airasee Featured By Owner May 19, 2008  Student
WTF

Thank you for alerting me. Commenting now.
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666TwistedSmile666 Featured By Owner May 20, 2008   Filmographer
love your art dont want it to be stolen ^^
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lostdaemonkin Featured By Owner May 16, 2008
when i play i make it a rule to not kill them unless i have to.
free the little little sisters and leave as many bubbles alone as possible.

but it is sad to have to kill them :(
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Rakshiv-Fire-Runner Featured By Owner May 11, 2008
At least I know I'm not the only one who both despises having to kill the Big Daddies but also muses about them. While I love your musings, I also love the musings of captainmelgar befor me. If the Big Daddies knew the little ones could be saved, what would they do?
But anyway, musings aside, I think the Big Daddies are very well sentient. While I just started playing and haven't seen a Big Daddy pat his Little Sister on the head or help her into a hidey hole yet I've read enough about them to feel sad whenever I kill them. I like the pose of your Big Daddy and the little one crying, it tugs at my heartstrings, it does. I give you a thumbs up. :thumbsup:
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TornsnoutJr Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow that's how I feel. In a way I sympathize with the Big Daddies, their only motive is to protect and I understand that.
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LtMcLean Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ace!!
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Timmy22222001 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2008
I have to literally give you a standing ovation for this amazing piece of artwork here Ryst-Airasee, honestly I've never seen such great emotion put into a piece from Bioshock before, my hat goes off to you.

Its amazing though that in a world so dark that a little girl like that can still find something to protect, that was a great deal to me when I played that game.

And I have agree with you the emotion when I saw that Big Daddy fall for the first time, when I saw her run over and cry, I froze for a few moments and wondered what I had done.

Insanely good game and insanely great art here Ryst-Airasee, keep up the amazing work your do here.

Later,
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Ryst-Airasee Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2008  Student
Gah, this comment is late. Sorry. Anyways, thanks for all the positive feedback! Made me grin. :)
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Timmy22222001 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2008
No need to apologize Ryst-Airasee, hell I just got back from a month away from DA so this reply is new in my eyes, lol.

Glad to Ryst-Airasee, saw some really fine Bioshock art and just had to send some applause to it.

Later,
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Heartlesswyvern Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2008  Hobbyist Artist
Its not to often when you get a Fan art picture that really pulls back the lid of a certain character, Be it a main character or minor, And the description adds to the drama that has obviously unfolded in this image. Wile playing Bioshock I often follow them and watch the way the interact with the little sisters. I watch as they often help them reach high places, such as their hidey-holes, Or even giving them a simple pat on the head. It makes me think that there is some human affection left in them after all.

many many kudos on this pin work. Its top notch. :thumbsup:
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Ryst-Airasee Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2008  Student
Ahh, thank you very much!
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