[A bit of background info: the creature are twins, two fragments of a warrior's soul. They usually travel in hawk form, but occasionally they lust for a hunt or have need for revenge and so turn into nightmarish beasts. They belong to Kartus, a character in a book I'm writing with my cousin called "Caster's Snare".]
Dark Creature: The dark hawk melted, turning liquid as it dropped from the sky until it looked like a loose sphere of oil. Then it grew, stretched like something was clawing to get out from the inside. It solidified as it his the ground, landing firmly on four legs.
It remained dark, flecked with brick red here and there. The creature was almost equine. It had a long neck, flowing mane, long tapered ears, an elongated rounded nose. Parts of it were elegant, beautiful, even ethereal, but there was such a sense of wrongness in all of it put together that it overwhelmed everything else.
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