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Prince With The Turquoise Head by Keithwormwood Prince With The Turquoise Head by Keithwormwood
The man, dressed as royalty, arrived by sea on a trading ship. He soon became popular among the elite and wealthy circles in the city for the outlandish tales of his homeland, and his cryptic but surely sage advice. Beguiled delight was always found at the turquoise mask he was never seen without.

An illness took hold in the city upon the prince's arrival; one that loosened skin to grotesque proportion. The people implored the visiting noble for his wisdom.

"Remember, I come from Mu." he said as though that answered it all. Taking it much to heart, the city's people began fervent and depraved worship of this unknown land in hopes it would cure the sickness that afflicted them and their families. Trade with other cities soured, and the country's clergy denounced the new worshipping. The lord of the land, needing some way to keep his newly hired mercenaries busy until he had more important uses for them, took it upon himself to siege the town, raze it to the ground and appease the complaints coming from his other subjects. The sick people of the city saw the soldiers at the walls and cried to the stranger for more aid.

"Remember, I come from Mu." was all he said. Dumbfounded by such wisdom, all among them slopped to their knees, worshipping the wise prince as their city burned.

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kaze26 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2018
WalterBl Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing piece
4eyes0soul Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
A theory I had was that the prince never arrived.

When the plague started, it also gave rise to a madness.

In their madness, the people took the first victim and created a puppet from his remains, crafting fine garments from the flags flown over plague-infested homes.

Needing someone to turn to, they implored their new spiritual leader to save them. When he did nothing, they realized he needed to move, so they attacked pulley systems to bring him to life.

Perhaps he did.

In their diseased minds, he told them the truth, that he came from "Mu" ("nothing") as before they made him he did not exist.

After the city was ashes and the mercenaries left, the Turquoise Prince was still there, and commanded his followers to rise.

They did, in a fashion. Loose skin hanging off tallow flesh on bones still strong. They awaited his divine decree.

The Prince decided to find new devotees to share his wisdom with, and his worshipers were happy to carry him.

And so a procession set off, a throng of misshapen Undead, the god they created who had made them in turn born on their shoulders on his throne, ready to spread the truth.

AidenIce Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2018
very good theory!
Onkelsascha Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2016
Maybe he wears this Mask to hide the illness ,like lepers had done it. And the information that he is from Mu may say that he thinks it is known that leper is there a common diseas. But the Townsfolk was to blinded by the look of the prince that they dont mind that  the outbreak of the illnes could have to do somthing with the prince .And so they died diseased,praying to sombody who doesent deserves it.

And come on in times of great danger uneducated townsfolk would pray to anything ,that could may eas their burden
DroneUnit-33 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2015
Ok, Ok, I have ANOTHER theory, now you are probably sick of these, but hear me out. In the writings of a French man named Augustus Le Plongeon, he mentions an Atlantis like island in the Pacific named Mu. This island is said, by Augustus, to be the origin of both Humans, and civilisation; he also theorises that cultures such as Egypt and Mesoamerica were founded by the refugees after the island was struck with some un-named calamity. Now here comes the application of this information to the picture and description. He arrives on a ship from the sea, where the island was; he is also dressed in the garb of royalty (With a style similar to Egyptian, hinting at what his country founded) with wisdom far beyond what anyone should have, showing he knows may things about culture and politics. Alongside the stories he tells of his homeland, this hints massively to Mu being a place, as opposed to a word in another language (That theory though, also has a lot of credibility).Now onto the disease; the calamity which destroyed his homeland is never specified, this suggests that it could very well be the disease that strikes the city. As for the island and where it went, probably sunk eventually with the shifting of tectonic plates and other geological events. So basically, he was saying he came from the origin of Humanity, expecting people to know what it is, and what befell it, almost hoping that a cure or suchlike had been discovered. Anyway, that's my theory, bit longwinded and complex. But there you go.
AgentJericho Featured By Owner May 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Or the King in Yellow. ^^
sevenofeleven Featured By Owner May 13, 2015
I bet the strange creature thought that the goings on were aMusing.
Well done.
Zadocfish Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I think I have an idea here...  Honestly, though, in all interpretations, "Those dudes are morons" will feature front-and-center.

The prince is not a prince.  He looks like a prince, sure, but goodness knows any dude wearing exotic clothes would!  More importantly, he is a carrier of the plague.  

So a man from a faraway place comes to shore and gets popular even as his disease infects the local populace.  In the midst of the chaos, the people cling to him as a deity... even as his own intelligence and sanity suffers from his affliction.  In their mutual degradation of mental capacity, they keep him propped up as a symbol of salvation and wisdom, as he degrades farther and farther until he can no longer say anything but a single familiar phrase or hold himself in position, instead requiring a lever to hold up his hand to the masses.

The misshapen things to either side and the symbols show this as a religious work, likely from some mental perspective of the dying hangers-on, visualizing their affliction externally.

Probably a crappy interpretation, but it's pretty much what I thought before reading the comments...
Meylek Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
That's actually a great interpretation.

Bravo to you, sir.
Zadocfish Featured By Owner May 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, thank you very much!  High praise indeed!
flumenlimia Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014
You created something so interesting (and creepy) here. Great theories in the comments.
NaVallentin Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014
Just when I thought it couldn't be better.   
ThunderYeti Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013
the mucuol imbraniousness is very becomming
Jordan90334264 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
The enigma of the prince is simple, and simply terrifying.

'Mu' is a Chinese and Japanese word, drawn differently but possessing the same meaning: nothing, or oblivion, when written alone.

Thus, the wondrous Prince came from Nothing; his words were full of sweet Nothings; when the plague came, the city prayed to, begged and bargained with, and put their faith in Nothing; and Nothing shall remain of it when its bricks are burnt to ash and its people reduced to slime.

And what did this all mean? NOTHING.
Keithwormwood Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Professional
Wonderful comment, thanks!
Shadowpsycho Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I think the prince's message, "I come from Mu," is a reference to the fact that the illness the townspeople have contracted may be a rather common illness or pathogen in his country. So much so, that the Prince might have actually believed that his country might be known for it and so wasn't surprised to see it spread here. Given the state of the prince himself, this seems like a logical conclusion.

If the prince was a carrier of this disease, he may have already been in or through the recovering stages of it and his skin tightened back up, discolored and disfigured because of illness. The two figures next to him might either be Gods who were infected by the plague Themselves, babies born to the infected townsfolk who were born deformed by illness, or even the originators of the plague.

The symbol in the prince's lap seems significant, given how defined it is compared to the rest of the picture, but I don't know what it might be. It could be the royal insignia of Mu, because of the similar image behind the prince. It could be a charm given to protect against further infection or revisit. It could be a symbol of Mu's religion. It could even be a sign indicating that the carrier was once or is currently infected (just like how the Star of David was used to recognize Jews in pre-WWII Germany) and should not be approached.
Keithwormwood Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Professional
Love reading all the theories, thanks!
Shadowpsycho Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Your artwork is interesting and thought provoking. It's fun to create theories about. :D
Bloodstaine420 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
Pure bad assery
jankisminimus Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovecraft would be proud. I would like to see your interpretation of Ib or Sarnath and the doom that befell it. A towered city of unknown mineral falling by the vengeance of the blob like civilization. All shall fall for disgracing Bokrug.
Keithwormwood Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Professional
Hopefully a publisher will ask me to do an illustrated collection some time.
jankisminimus Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I await eagerly.
Sipahi-Commando Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
There are two ways I can take the Princes's homeland as being Mu:

The first one is a mythical continent invented by 19th century Occultists in the Pacific Ocean that ws the mother of all civilisation. From this. it's possible that the Prince, who spreads death and disease wherever he goes, could be a reference to to the Great Old One Cthulhu from HP Lovecraft's pulp horror stories, as his sunken adobe in R'yleh is also described as being an unbelievably ancient city located in the Pacific Ocean.

Alternatively, "Mu" means "nothing in Japanese and Korean.

Remember, I come from nothing.
LisaGorska Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
i love your ideas. i read it in a much more simple way: "Remember, I come from Mu." would be "Remember, I come from(M)You." in my head; from you, from within... and in this line of thought there could be a number of interpretations to the true nature of the prince.
Ysvyri Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I thought this too.
Keithwormwood Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Professional
Awesome speculations!
Highlandparkartistry Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Student General Artist
this is freaky as hell, great job
gueros84 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012
oh MY ******* ***!!! ^^
sokolart23 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is so dark but i like it )
Vagabondviper Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012
I love this illustration!!! I used the character as inspiration for an antagonist in a Mage the Awakening story. Really great stuff as usual.
giuliarosati Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
is brilliant!
p-rabz Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
What media do you tend to use? Do you even use a mixture of paint and digital, it would be awesome if you could get back to me on this one. Your art has inspired me with my studies :)
Keithwormwood Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Professional
Yes, a big mix of traditional and digital.
UmbraeMortis Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
AvalonsWinter Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This sort of blind faith in a stranger concept is so scary..... I think I'm going to dream of Mu tonight O_o
GWhitehall Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This is fantastic! I love the symbols in the back.
V-e-r-b-o-s-e Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012
This little story is so amazing. haha. Exactly the kind of things I absolutely love.
gensanity Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
HYSM90s Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Love it!
metzdreher Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012
i come from mu = i come from you
Keithwormwood Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Professional
I like that.
Crypt707 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012
I like how these two little perpetrators are presented left and right, like pieces to a puzzle. You're forced to question who and what they are; are they a product of the skin illness, it's carriers, or some new cool kids in town... or something else entirely? It's a !@#$ing mystery, it's gross and it creeps me out. Nice job, your art and writing are great and never cease to hold my attention as I laugh in disgust at the 'if something can go very wrong it will' nature of all your stuff.
Keithwormwood Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Professional
Cool, thanks for the observations on the two entities.
SLKestrel Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Student
Keithwormwood Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Professional
I bet it was a fun place.
Snippy-Snap Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Yay another piece meh lord
wytherwing Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012
:) very cool story and artwork :nod:
ProofrockPilchard Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
This just shows what happens when you worship the exotic and new without knowing what it really means. Is that the grotesquely loosened skin on the ground?
Keithwormwood Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Professional
Yes, those are all the people.
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