Witches and Warlocks must be careful even in the modern era of the late 19th century. Memories of their kind's harsh persecution a little over a century ago was still in their minds. A warlock became romantically involved with one of the most beautiful woman in Europe, but their love was not to be for she was a mortal.
A mishap while demonstrating a spell in order to impress her led to an involuntarily petrified young woman. It became the transformation of a mortal to an immortal work of art.
Saw some old 19th century fantasy and science fiction magazine illustrations and got the idea of Victorian era magic or science used to turn people into statues.
Decided to try a stone transformation for a change and combine it loosely with Steam Punk, call it Steam Magic Punk? Tried to make it look like a page from an illustrated story published in a pulp magazine from the 1880's or 1890's. Drawn fast, quick and dirty looking with the black and white crosshatching of magazine illustrations from that era produced by overworked artists.
Warlocks and witches secretly turning beautiful women artist models into marble, porcelain, glass, sterling silver or bronze and selling the statues on the European art market. Read all about it in next month's issue of...