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Happy Halloween, guys! Here's a spooky painting for the occasion. Meet Kerr, the wraith who haunts the marshlands northeast of Rúndawald!
This malicious spirit can be seen roaming and cackling ominously in the misty swamps and near the abandoned castle. The lantern he carries is his crime weapon: indeed, it seems Kerr's favorite occupation consists in luring lost travelers deeper into the forest, until they die of cold or starvation (all while tormenting them, for good measure). As they're usually disoriented, these newly departed souls don't know where to go, so they tend to flock together with Kerr himself - who seized the opportunity to keep these unfortunate beings into his ghastly grip. His ever-growing collection of disembodied prisoners is one of the things he most prides himself on, the others being his fedora and his pocket watch.
Oddly enough, the first sightings of him seem to coincide with the disappearance of William Kerr, a lawyer from the nearby village who once travelled across the forest to decide a case in a remote town, never to return. Kerr neither confirmed whether he was the ghost of Mr Kerr or not, preferring his origin story to focus on how he had to inhabit a scarecrow that he found in a garden in order to assume a physical form.
Trivia: the name "Kerr" comes from the Scots word for "marshland" (itself derived from Scots Gaelic cearr meaning "wrong, awkward", and Middle Irish cerr meaning "crooked"). It also refers to the Ker, a blood-thirsty spirit from the Greek mythology that personified violent death and that was said to roam battlefields to feast on the dead.
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Thanks a lot for your feedback! Indeed, it seems most people found him cute rather than creepy, that's cool to know!
Btw, may I ask how you came across this particular deviation? Was it through the DD tab, search, groups, or perhaps an external source? Cause I'm getting a steady flow of views on this one now despite the DD being 20 days old (it's been Christmas all December long for me, ngl). It's just it never happened before as the algorithm normally hates me, so I'm very curious to know where these views may come from
I came across it from DD. Was trying to learn the eclipse layout (been gone from da for awhile on a diff account) and pressed random buttons and found it and thought it was really good
He looks so cool! For a creepy ghost, he sure does look fashionable. XD I love his outfit!
I really love how you shaded this, the colors, the lighting.. it all makes it look very creepy. And those spirits floating around his lantern look so awesome!
Glad to hear that! I love to mix creepy things with a bit of silliness, so my aim was to make his outfit look so ridiculously fancy that he'd loose nearly all credibility as a ghost Thanks a lot for your kind feedback on my work, really appreciate it!