Old piece done for the Art Crusade at Conceptart.org. The overall idea was to do monthly battles on a large scale (bunch of artist againts another bunch of artists all interpreting the same topic for their side). There were also small 48 hour duels going on between two artists, also to a set topic.
The topic for this one was 'player 2 (defender) : you have a realisation - your aura changes, you realise the way of the world, you are enlightened on the battlefield and no harm can possibly befall you.' The character in the foreground is the opponents character from his previous round.