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An exemplary member of a Piscine Magistrate's sub-harem; a collection of fertile females used for the sowing of seed as opposed to serving a directly pleasurable role in the prima harem. A swarm of eels harass the brood mermaid in her later stages, eager to snatch up freshly hatched young. These swarms are encouraged by most Magistrates as they consider it an excellent measure for thinning the weak offspring; immediately setting the stage for a strong and culled lineage. Brood mermaids are often given as donativum profundi, "imperial largess of the abyss", to honoured guests, as the reciprocated offering of offspring is considered an assumed display of trust in important dealings amongst piscines of high standing.

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Given 2008-09-27
Brood Mermaid by ~Keithwormwood is a great example of a piece that registers the evolution on an artists' abilities. The elegance and beauty of creatures, backgrounds and accompanying stories are deep and strong... a treat for those who know this deviant and a great introduction for new appreciators. ( Featured by stigmatattoo )
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fratermalus Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love the pic, and especially i love this story. Thanks.
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iwillburnyou Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Amazing concept!
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:iconsetsugen:
setsugen Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014
simply beautiful!!!
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:iconesmerra:
Esmerra Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014   Traditional Artist
One of my favourite works in your gallery
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Notcoyote Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013
I saw this piece in another publication recently, and I feel I'd be remiss if I didn't ask: did you give permission for your art to be re-purposed for Monte Cook's "Numenera" and its supplements?
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jakrocker17 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
AWESOME!
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toxiccrayons Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That is incredible
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:iconfflorencio:
FFlorencio Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Student
Beautiful work!
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:iconiltassista:
ilTassista Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
fascinating like a 21st century daring pic, perfect like a 19th century illustration. *thumbs up*
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Shadow-Robot Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Student General Artist
Lovely~
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:iconphotopathica:
Photopathica Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011   General Artist
nice one!
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:iconl-liminglaeva:
l-liminglaeva Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011   Digital Artist
How is considered for a mature audience it is beautiful. I almost went to bed before finding these I am glad I didn't. Some of the best work i have seen so far here.
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lors555 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012
I was just about done for the site today but then I found another piece that he/she made. And I am too glad that I didn't.
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:iconelenahelfrecht:
ElenaHelfrecht Featured By Owner May 31, 2011  Professional Photographer
AWESOME!
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CelticMoonDust Featured By Owner May 30, 2011  Student General Artist
That's a REAL mermaid.
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:iconarygius:
Arygius Featured By Owner May 27, 2011
So not what I expected when searching DA for mermaid pictures but I have to say I'm pleasantly surprised. I like it a lot. Especially the story background that goes along with it. Having just watched a whole bunch of episodes of Blue Planet kinda helped too. xD
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:iconmmmkayla:
mmmkayla Featured By Owner May 19, 2011
awesome, terrifying
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:iconlorenzart:
Lorenzart Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011  Student General Artist
you are fantastic Keith! I love your works!
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:iconreliquiaarcana:
ReliquiaArcana Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011   Artisan Crafter
Really beautiful *_*
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4481104 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011  Student General Artist
他们会侵略人类吗?
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Gothiclovesick Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011
You would be fun to RPG with.
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Gothiclovesick Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011
Amazing. Again.
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CaptainFolks Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010
Absolutely amazing but one question, what's up with the noose?
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:iconkuzunari:
Kuzunari Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010
it isn't too surprising that brood and blood look a lot alike :D
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Darkstardreama Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2010
thats a great alternative to the usual pin up mermaid, awesome picture :)
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GhuneiM Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
i prefer seeing mermaids with more feminine and beautiful upper look but this is more like reality as fish isn't that pretty!
The boobs were a nice idea to feed the offspring generation coming out. Voila! A real mermaid. Congrats for the DD.
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Nicksarcana Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2010
Now that's a mermaid!
If I were to see a mermaid, I would imagine it would look more similar to this. I hope it would...
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FairieDustaids Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010  Student Writer
Wow, this is just amazing. Gruesome and I love it.
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fishgul69 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
just saw your site, and it's chalk full of awesome-ness. keep up the good work.
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fishgul69 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love that story.
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:iconschatten-drache:
Schatten-Drache Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's the most beautiful mermaid i ever seeen! :love:
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Eyeseye Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2010  Student General Artist
this is amazing and i love the history
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KooboriSapphire Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2010  Student General Artist
Your art is so inspiring. I feel like drawing my own unique mermaids now XD
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triluuna Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2010
I like the way you think.
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:iconlionsong:
Lionsong Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:fish: Your gorgeous art has been featured: [link] :fish:
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fire-mew-mew Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009
you are a very good artist. yet mightbe a little bit disturbed.
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:iconwendylynn:
WendyLynn Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is pretty awesome!
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:iconjtorrevillas:
JTorrevillas Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
nobody else can think of a mermaid looking like this... really amazing..
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Kaida-Okibi Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2009
Yuuuk! Never Imagined a Mermaid Ever Looking Like This

but Wow... its really amazzing lool
but still ewww lmfao
:D
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:iconmyshael:
myshael Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2009
alluring and ghastly. beautiful work.
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:iconmagnum117:
Magnum117 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2009
Easily one of the most eerie and disturbing creatures I've ever seen... Incredible work as usual!
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lucaspinduca Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing creature! :]
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fbruno Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2009  Professional General Artist
Hermoso Dibujo!!
Felicitaciones.!
Greetings ! :-)
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sjsun425 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009  Student General Artist
ewww but nice drawing
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Designdivala Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2009
Wow this is beautiful and so UNIQUE
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hogret Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009
Featured ~ [link]
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:iconshadowtoxin:
ShadowToxin Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009  Student General Artist
Interesting concept, the idea of a transparent stomach is really neat.
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JerryCai Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
creepy X_X
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Deviant-Incubus Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Amazing in all rites..
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ddt-poison Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2009
/applauds

the noose adds something external to this image.
it takes disturbing to a misunderstood, to mystical and even to evil.

i wish to keep it!
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