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The King in Death's Shadow

"The bones of our Ancestors remind us of our history, of our pasts and tragedies, of our victories and conquests. They tell us many things, some grand and some grave... The bones also tell us of our future and that is when we truly begin to listen. Uneasily, they whisper to us and we listen to their hushed words with uncertainty. They tell us of a king, veiled in shadow and blood, with great war in his veins and passion in his heart.

They tell us, 'Beware o' Children of Songen, beware... Beware of the king in death's shadow...' and we nod silently as we turn our heads to the throne, to see Shakar calmly raise from it..."

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The Queen and The Conqueror
"The Amari had a saying, the words are so old that they hung on the lips of the ancient chiefs of Songen even before the foundations of an empire were laid by its first king. They used to say that: "Behind a man who casts a great shadow, a great Amari woman lights his way." Perhaps then, that is why King Shakar's shadow seems to loom ever so greatly over his kingdom, over Songen itself; for Queen Zyina is an Amari, an Amari woman whose light seems to dwarf even that of the living sun. But perhaps it was written in bones, it was destined by the Ancestors that Shakar's shadow would stretch so greatly over all because so too was his mother, an Amari..." 
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The Masked Ones

It was shortly after Shakar had taken the throne, that they came; The Masked Ones, feverishly mocking, groping, clawing, stroking, slashing and even whispering to him in his dreams – in his nightmares. Every night, it was the same but he was sure that this, nightmare, had come to him before he'd even known how to dream, for it felt familiar, they felt familiar. Who were they, these featureless nymphs who wore grim masks and stalked his restless mind? Were they old lovers whose touch he'd forgotten, now seeking revenge on him through some dark, unearthly magic? Were they demons who troubled the dreams of men? Or perhaps, were they something... older... something ancient... some long forgotten harbingers of death?

He did not know, all he knew was that they would come to him every night, naked and cold. And in each dream he fought them off as if he was in the waking world, driving them back as they came gnashing and clawing with sickle, sword and spear, with taunts and poisoned kisses. And whenever they got the upper hand and would sink him further into the depths of the dream, he felt her hands wrap around him and pull him back to reality. His wife and his queen; Zyina, whose warm breath would trickle down his neck as her voice would whisper calmly into his ear: “Wake up, Shakar. Wake up, my king. It is only a dream. Wake up and come back to me...”, and with that, the dream would fade once again into the recesses of his mind to wait and linger, until the next night, where he would have to dream again...

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coastbeachartist Featured By Owner Edited Feb 6, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
                    bunneh icon12 by WeirdBunnehClub  PaladinsDancingMaeveSexyGirlDancing bunneh icon1 by WeirdBunnehClub    

                 Happy Birthday Trevor!

We admire your artistic pursuits. Your Light goes out into the world and we are a much better place with you here.

Trevor, we wish for you that the coming year be filled with joy, health and prosperity in all of your art and life endeavors.

Blessed be,

Grant 
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                          Too Cute Cat (2) Icon (animated) Bill cipher party hardcore
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EthanRedOtter Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2019  Student Writer
Super Fantastic Golden Platter Cake 3D Happy birthday!!!Super Fantastic Golden Platter Cake 3D
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apexabyss Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2019
Refer to previous... Ha! phenomenal art!
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joebotzer Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Great stuff Trevor
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coastbeachartist Featured By Owner Edited Feb 6, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
          Birthday Gift (2)    bunneh icon14 by WeirdBunnehClub    Enjoying the Fireworks - NaNoEmo Day 7     Tuzki, hiper Tuzki by succubolilith    

                 Happy Birthday Trevor!

Thank you for sharing your amazing characters and worlds. You give inspiration to fans and artists alike.

We admire your artistic pursuits. The world is a much better place with your muse and talent within it.

We wish for you that the coming year be filled with joy, health and prosperity in all of your art and life endeavors.

Kindly,

Grant
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Hedax Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2017
Thanks for the watch :)
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Lunatic38 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2016
You´re welcome! :)
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Digibrand Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2016  Professional Interface Designer
hey :) welcome!
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AlchemistArtworks Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2016  Student General Artist
Hey there! Thank you for the welcome!
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A-La-Moe Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Welcome to DA, my friend! Already, your art looks amazing~
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