I still remember this moment, because when I was little (like 6 or 7) I didn't understand English and couldn't understand his instructions to find the flute, let alone play it for him.
When I was older and had learned the language I could finally grant the Flute Boy's final request, and I also got to see him turn into a lifeless, numb little tree stump.
It was sad and horrifying in a way, and it left me with a sense of powerlessness and finality, but also a sense of purpose. Even if I couldn't save him I would see to it that no-one else had to die.
Which made the ending all the sweeter.
Thank you for making this.
This.... This honestly is the kind of comment that makes doing art feel worthwhile. Thank you for writing this.
That's a really amazing story. I can imagine that because of the language barrier this sidequest was a much bigger puzzle and mystery, making it all the more memorable when you were finally able to discover the Flute Boy’s fate. Numb, sad, and powerless are exactly the words that fit that scene—you had done everything he asked and fulfilled his last request, but there was the sense of emptiness and helplessness that you couldn’t do anything more, couldn’t truly save him. It’s great that the scene gave you motivation to fight even harder for the sake of everyone still hanging on in the midst of the chaos, and of course it was beautiful to see the results in the ending. What I love about scenes like this is how they make you believe in the world you’re trying to save, like your efforts really do make a difference to those around you.
Thank you for making a difference to me by leaving this comment; it’s seriously so valuable to me that you found this so meaningful. I’m glad I was able to remind you of such a significant moment; thank you for sharing your story!
Marvelous job, keep it up!
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...although this fanart is actually of A Link to the Past--that's the Flute Boy on the stump. I was surprised myself how much his tree sprite looked like the Deku Butler's son when I started drawing it. Both of those two had tragically memorable story arcs, though the one in MM was sadder.
Link to the Past, eh? I was wondering if this really was MM art, but according to one of your comment responses you said it was, so I figured as much. Indeed, the little form on the stump does resemble the Butler's son, but he wasn't deformed on a stump, nor in the middle of a forest, rather a chasm of random platforms in front of a tree tunnel. Still, a great picture!
BTW, Skullkid and Mask make an Assist Trophy appearance in the new smash game serebii.net/smashbros3dswiiu/a… He looks so AMAZING! I wish they made a remake of that game for the 3DS like they did Ocarina...It would be beautiful~