Kain Darkwind's Savage Tide
Taken from Bloody Jack’s Manor after the Sanguine Soiree, “Failure” is a 6-ft.-square oil painting on canvas featuring a desert landscape. In the foreground are the remains of half a dozen humans and elves lying face down in the sand. They wear rusty metal armor and rusty weapons and each holds a waterskin in an outstretched hand. In the background, mere feet from the bodies, is a verdant oasis with sparkling pools of water surrounded by trees bearing luscious fruit.
The painting is the work of the gnome bard Fomkin, and was one of his most popular. It is one of the most-plagiarized works ever created, so many people have seen a copy of the painting. Only an expert can officially identify the original work, but Alyssa Brightmoor believed this to be the genuine article. Given the existence of the many duplicates the work is extremely difficult to sell for anything approaching it’s true value. Were it authenticated it would sell for 725gp.