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The Sun's Been Stabbed by AshleyCope The Sun's Been Stabbed by AshleyCope
Haven't painted Murkoph in a while. This one's based on something he spouted out a while back. It is not for the sensitive.

The sun's been stabbed and clatters down,
Spattering its gold shit all around.
Now the dying thing's gone to ground
And I hear screams and other sounds.
I think tonight I'll cut the throat
Of the Widow Shreve's billy goat.
She can milk me prick and go to gloat
That she saw the prize hidden 'neath my coat.
Then I'll eat a fat priest's eyes
And if me prick's still on the rise
I'll see if I can't improvise
and fuck his eye-holes ere he dies.
O glorious night; O glorious plot.
Glorious possibilities heavy and hot
Stuck behind my navel in a Gordian knot.
I'll hammer this city's greasy twat.
--Murkoph, poet laureate of Sharteshane

There's a cemetary outside of town where they bury heretics (as opposed to those prescribing to the local religion which dictates the dead be burned) and most treat the cemetary like a trash dump and unload their crap there. Murk finds it an ironic, pleasant spot to camp during the day and would like to show you his knife, weary traveler.
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RevenantWriter Featured By Owner Edited Jun 4, 2016  Student General Artist
Just curious... Will dear despicable Murkoph be returning at a later date in the comic? I hate to say it about someone so creepy, but I want more: he just made for some wonderful 'creep factor'. Probably more so than any of the other villains, I dare say. 

Oh, and I love the comic, by the way. Thank you for creating such a fantastic story.

P.S. What a great, jag reflex activating poem. Thanks Murkoph!
AshleyCope Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Definitely! Murkoph will keep popping up in Unsounded, usually when you least suspect it :)
Skarabog Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Ah Good ol' poetic Murkoph :D
anniek72 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2016
I noticed that the lines carved on Murkoph's face are really similar to the lines on Duane here…
Is this just coincidence, or is there a reason? If there is a reason, will we find out? Love this comic!
AshleyCope Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Yep, we'll find out way later :)
anniek72 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2016
Awesome! Thanks so much for answering this and my other question!
ChokoCandy Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2016
Is that knife the one that was used to stab Duane's eyes out? They both have the same profile.
THEsizzlieTOASTER Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013
He sort-of reminds me of Stingy Jack.
Sleepingseeker Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
you amaze me. Incredible!! :heart:
Enedlammeniel Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
So, I have to tell you. I randomly came across this picture years ago. I thought it was cool, and saved it to my wallpapers folder, which I have set to cycle randomly. Then, unrelatedly, I started reading your webcomic just last year. Read the last few pages, had totally forgotten about this picture, until just today when it popped up, and I was like, "...that looks like Murkoph..... holy shit I think that's Murkoph.... *sees signature* It IS MURKOPH." O.O It kinda freaked me out. I checked, I've had this picture on my computer for four years, and now having gotten a glimpse of his character in the comic it made it that much more creepy.
(Still an awesome picture, just creepier than ever.)
mamaOOD Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Okay, so what's his deal?? His story I mean?
cuz I've been following Unsounded and suddenly pooph! he appears?
mamaOOD Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"and would like to show you his knife" :XD:
That's one killer joke
RedAventador Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my goodness...that poem is awesome, this picture is awesome, this character is awesome....<3 I'm overwhelmed by awesome!!!! Those eyes, so creepy, yet totally draw me in! He just has this deliciously murderous look in his eyes, like he just can't wait to cause pain and mayhem! LOVE IT!!!!
sabrinathebrave Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow... isn't THAT an amazing poem!
kimsol Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
Featured! Hope you have a fabulous 2013! [link] :iconhappysunplz:
patricktricks Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012
do you like scary or mystery books.
LightofMary Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
Murkoph just seems so cool. He just exudes utter coolness, I envy him
AvianPain Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's really an awesome work!
Macumoto Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
weaveroffantasy Featured By Owner May 11, 2012
So scary, I want to meet him so much, even though I have a feeling that I'll end up in a grave somewhere afterwards... ;)
LolStupidMonkey Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
I didn't like poetry that much...until today.
Thank you.


"The difference between intelligence and stupidity?
Well,it's obvious:
unlike stupidity,intelligence's got limits"
faer-windstormfan Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
THis.... is amazing and insane.
KissThyLips Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
aodemir Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012
<3 ! a joy to my eyes
WhistleAndSnap Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Student General Artist
*le sigh* There are no therapists in Sharteshane, it seems... only hookers and billy goats. And obnoxious, tail-sprouting pickpockets. XP
Feliane Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Very amazing piece and the colors are... breathtaking !
IreneRoga Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011
Oh god, this is one of the best pictures I've ever seen, I love it.
thedyingbread Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011
dracula... nice picture,,,, what tools did you use for this amazing creature(i mean picture) kwkwkw LOL
Humming-Fly Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
dang, he could give Sette lessons on poetry even she'd respect(and he's from Sharteshane, couldn't be more perfect!) ;)
I love the details in this and how well some of them are hidden, I could've sworn he had a pipe but turns out it's smoke eels. 0.0
By the way, is there a reason he's surrounded by black smoke eels, or do they just symbolize death?
AshleyCope Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Smoke eels are just cool, man. They are like ketchup and one should put them on everything ;)
Humming-Fly Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
true dat.
mooncalfe Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Professional
amazing stuff.
Bladina Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I love your artwork... This pic has a really beautiful colour scheme, and I have to admit that this Murkoph-guy is certainly hot. >:--D
PersnicketyPirate Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011
The poem is quite possibly the best part. Its hard to decide though. The art is so amazing and once you read the poem you just can't help but appreciate the unbelievable creativity behind it all. Excellent well. I love it.
Nevina Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Sooo awesome... great job! :D I'm fascinated by the whole scenery and all the details you put in there. Amazing.
MonsterBrand Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Professional Photographer
you've been featured in my journal, here: [link]

Hope you have a happy birthday! :)
AshleyCope Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
You have a happy birthday too!
ChisaiCho Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
oh wow. wowowowowow.
hmn. i have nothing more to say.
Rykotvor Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011
This masterpiece ... the mood, the play of light ... I am inspired by this work, very cool!
rubykins Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
hmm this guy seems so familiar... where have I seen or heard of him before...*thinks* but it's a hot picture xD
Bartolomiu44 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011
What can I say, I wish to do like that...
skystrider Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011
I want so very badly for that to be a song.
Oh! By the way, I LOVE Murkoph. He just seems really really awesome. :D
Plus, the art is amazing too. I love all the little details.
Hell-is-a-56 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011
Also, how'd he get that heart in that jar? Amazing!
Hell-is-a-56 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011
Pfft, if he's going to go around stabbing suns, you can send him on my way. It's soooooo fucking hottttttttt....
chaoticwaltz Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Professional General Artist
Wow.... I absolutely adore his expression. Those eyes... Man.
I'm really impressed by the background as well; the way the character and surroundings seamlessly interact. That's something I still need to learn, heh.

The textures, buildings... The colours. It's all just fantastic. You've really created something amazing here.
The smoky demon/dragon things are a really nice, subtle touch too. I think I'll have to go browsing to find out more about this character. And enjoy your other works too.
Zerrnichter Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I love the combination of text and painted art in this piece! Creepy! You must be really crazy to do such amazingly ugly but somehow beautiful work^^ Keep it up.
Zornhut Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011
You're too talented, that should be illegal! :)
orugosa Featured By Owner May 29, 2011
wow!! LOOKS AWESOME ! tHE LIGHT! the expretion!! The prespective the RAT <33
EvilFranky Featured By Owner May 11, 2011
i wonder how he got that heart in the bottle.
awesome artwork~
FromaBuick8 Featured By Owner May 2, 2011
Brilliant work! Love the colours and the attention to detail.
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