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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.
TheCobaltOcean Featured By Owner May 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Great stuff :D *Faves*
xsacredxkitten23 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011
mister bubbles u need 2 get up we need u, plezzz get up
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.
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.
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...
kaibabyxo Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010   Photographer
Great drawing.. Message is very true.

sayuri4muu Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010
very deep
don't worry little sister he'll get up
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 ...
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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