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+--The Decay of Nero--+ by Jerseydevil123 +--The Decay of Nero--+ by Jerseydevil123
What is the story behind the title; "The Decay of Nero?"
Nero was the Fifth Emperor of the City of Rome, and was rumored to be one of many major factors leading into the ultimate Fall of Rome. He was said to have started a great fire which demolished a large portion the city, and basically had caused the beginning of the end of its' Empire.
Alesana, one of my favorite bands, wrote a song about these events titled "Nero's Decay," describing how the situation unfolded in the perspective of Nero himself: Watching something great unfold and crumble before his very eyes, helpless and oblivous to fate itself. Of course, Venus did not make the same great mistakes as Nero once had, but he suffers from the same trials: Watching his journey fail countless times, but unable to accept that he can't control his fate. "The Decay of Venus."

Where is Venus? Why is it so dark and dreary? Is that a river of blood?
Yes, that is a river of blood, for this is a symbol of his being trapped inside of the seemingly unescapable Bloodlust. Venus watches as Bloodlust, his surroundings, friendship, and life itself falls apart before his very eyes: But as you know from many other drawings taking place before this one: He will never quit. ^.^


Our empire has fallen,
The columns came crashing down!
Faster that children could outrun the shadows!
Drunk with hysteria the survivors are running for their lives,
As precious dreams erupt before their very eyes!

Tonight, it's over,
At long last we will fall.
Ruins will fight in our stead.

My flesh is burning from the embers,
But still the brilliant tale of our utopia survives!
Tonight her beautiful exterior may crash and burn to ash!
But the fight for her honor will rage on,
I hope I never see the end.
I hope I never see the end!
I hope I never have to live without her comfort,
But for now she dies.
Oh Rome! So full of majesty,
You're gone!

Wind chokes on the ashes as acrid smoke strangles the sun,
Their jealous arrows ran, hollow drums pound at the gates!
Breaking the din of screams!
Our feeble offerings to forgotten gods are left to rot in temples of their lust,
As they lay forth their plans to destroy our pride, our home!

Tonight, it's over,
At long last we will fall.
Ruins will fight in our stead.

My flesh is burning from the embers,
But still the brilliant tale of our utopia survives!
Tonight her beautiful exterior may crash and burn to ash!
But the fight for her honor will rage on,
I hope I never see the end.
I hope I never see the end!
I hope I never have to live without her comfort,
But for now she dies.
Oh Rome! So full of majesty,
You're gone!

Beg the flames for our mercy,
These aged walls have seen too much!
Beg the flames for our mercy,
To forget the past in the face of this final trial!
Watch her crumble so true as mayhem cuts her down!
Let them have our treasure, her voice lives on!
Let them take our city for her splendor lives on!

At long last we will fall,
At long last we will fall,
At long last we will fall.
At long last we will fall!

Art(C)Me
Venus(C)Me
"Nero's Decay"(C)Alesana
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EVIE128 Jun 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
We are translating a text about Nero in Latin class! :XD:
Epic drawing! :la:
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Jerseydevil123 Jun 2, 2013   General Artist
Haha, that sounds cool! :la: Have fun with that! :)
Thank you! :hug:
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WorldwideImage Jun 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very powerful connection s between the song, history and Venus. Great job!
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Jerseydevil123 Jun 2, 2013   General Artist
There's yet another reason explaining my love for Alesana: Through their music, I feel that I can connect and understand each of the myths much better than through a simple book; Emotionless. ^.^
Thanks. ^.^
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WorldwideImage Jun 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very true! You're welcome :)
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Jerseydevil123 Jun 2, 2013   General Artist
^.^
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lucykate651 Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
;A; I remember reading and learning about Nero... The World History class I took was fun! He was a really interesting king.
I like how you did Venus and Bloodlust! The song definitely fits this! :D
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