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Pestilential Advent
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By Keithwormwood   |   Watch
Published: September 11, 2009
© 2009 - 2019 Keithwormwood
Blood flooded the dusty foreign streets and beaded upon the sword of the crusading knight. As years passed the knight's armour grew crisscrossed and his face wizened, leaving him satiated to return to civilized lands. Turning home he saw a fellow countryman fallen on hard times, swaddled in rags. Hefting him up onto the back of his horse, the knight told him
"Come, we return to the warmth of our own hearths."
The thin man stared, saying nothing as a weakened flicker of joy seemed to wash across his gaunt face. The two rode across the continent, backtracking the knight's scorched and blasted path.

The days passed silently. "You say nothing, friend, but your companionship means much. Though I worry your health seems worse." The passenger stared at the knight, who himself seemed tired by their journey. On their many stops for water the knight found himself too weak to carry on, but his companion held him up in support.
"Resolve fills me as I look upon you, so ill and yet mustering strength enough to aid me. These sores pain me so, and spread 'cross my body in mockery of our righteousness spreading across heathen land. Looking upon you I'd swear you were dead, but your compassionate efforts betray you as a saint!"
The knight's eyes welled with tears, and in his vision a corona formed around the now starkly thin passenger's head.
Lolling in his saddle, but supported by the gaunt man sitting behind him, the knight pointed feebly to his hometown in the distance. The sudden baleful braying of the passenger's horn drowned out the knight's last rasping breath as it rattled in his iron helm.
The townsfolk cry out in joyful congregation at the sight of the single man upon his horse; not seeing the curled figure of pestilence crouching behind him, only bearing witness to their errant knight's pregnant homecoming.

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Damn you are good :D can  put a follwo on you? :O
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perrodemonioProfessional Digital Artist
joé de bueno!!
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loonyleoHobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing details and style. I love the originality!
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Wow i loved 
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I think I've seen you artwork being featured in Imagine FX...right?
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I love your allusion to the danse macabre style 
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NotUsedAnymoreHobbyist Traditional Artist
Ha, I love the contrast between the heartfelt story in the description and the dark imagery in the art.
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This is amazing. This image used the Ryan Friedrich (Xanopticon) onto 12 "vynil Alembic
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MSWardArtHobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm certain when Pestilence arrives, it will look just like this
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Napper5565Hobbyist Traditional Artist
An inspiration to me
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MuttMixHobbyist Writer
A toast to you!
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Finally! I found you again! Your art is amazing. This one is just down right bad ass. I love your style man, keep up the amazing work!
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a great composition, beautiful work
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sacred-kustomsProfessional Artist
really interesting. one of my faves. i'm a feelin' a bit of Durer, and i dig it.

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skeegoedhartProfessional Traditional Artist
What a glorious piece - delicate, haunting and wonderfully composed!!
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Great drawing, and relly well done deatails and a intressting story, but i got to ask, do you have any new work comming upp on your webbsite soon, i would rely love to see some more of them, keep upp the great work
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So much of my work is confidential these days I can't show it for ages unfortunately. I do have a couple things lined up for the site soon, but I also need to update the site's layout too, so it's taking a while.
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Oh, ok thanks for telling me:)
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