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Two guards posted along the rim of a floating island. A religious cult has built a temple and surrounding dwellings on this island, and they float across the continent indoctrinating and spiriting away new followers. Of course, the more established religions on land encourage all to resist the new cult and attacks on the island are common. These guards especially have to look out for fires being set in the path of the island. It floats and steers very slowly with the use of huge lode stones. Peasants on the ground are taught by the churches to set forest fires in the islands path to suffocate the inhabitants.
These guards use very rare and expensive cartridge rifles (plundered, the industry of cartridge ammunition is long forgotten) to pick off scouts or shepards who appear to be hurrying to warn towns of the island's advance. The cultists undergo a series of skin bleachings so that they begin to resemble dolls or puppets. The female is the example of successful treatments, and the figure on the tree is covered up due to severely disfiguring mistakes made in the process.

Animator's blue colerase pencil and Photoshop. Prints available here [link]
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captain-pie's avatar
These are very interesting looking, "guards."
Love it.
prodigal-gamer's avatar
This is one of the coolest pieces of art I have ever seen! I love it.
BuuckPhotography's avatar
This is simply fantastic!
Natunya's avatar
I love this so much
Angel-courtesan's avatar
Amazing. I'd like to write something more constructive, but it's just so beautiful. Love the lines.
neogynotaler's avatar
Your work makes me think of EXALTED. This inspires a great Yozi-cult in my head...
anjaleck's avatar
Hi! :wave:

I would like to let you know that I've featured your incredible art :winner: in my journal. :pointr: [link] :pointl:
Hugs,
Anj
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Valvado's avatar
Its F..ing awesome Love it
What do you suppose would happen if they ran into a town or something that had figured out cartridge rifles? And had beenanufacturing sniper rifles? Or hell, even those breachloading flintlocks from the island in the sea of time seiries? Hmmmm....
gruaige-doiteain's avatar
agree w/ ink42, sooo creepy sooo cool. love ur storytelling, that's what really makes me appreciate ur art.
ink42's avatar
that is hugely cool and hugely creepy. i love it.
SimsDoc's avatar
This has to be one of my favorite Pieces. Since it has a good backing story and the feel it creates when you look at it.
jCarhat's avatar
one of my favorite pieces. the attention to detail is amazing, the folds in the clothes and the roots digging in and hanging off the cliff.

great story behind it too.
Valentina-Remenar's avatar
You have been featured here.
I hope that this is OK :aww:
ThePlanetRodinia's avatar
Beautiful image. amazing story too.
Fyrrea's avatar
Looks steampunkish :) Good job!
ArchineerRob's avatar
are you Kieth Thompson? love your style and approach to art, very good
Pakoune's avatar
I love your style so much ^^
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iancjw's avatar
A most charming pair. Could use a bit more food - eh? I don't think I will be asking that girl out for a date anytime soon, but she looks as if she knows how to use that rifle. Not my type of religion - probably don't allow drink.
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