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I am the fabled Unicorn Salmon
It doesn't take much, sometimes.
You lose a single follower on Facebook, and it feels like your entire world has crumbled into oblivion and you're left there, shouting out your distress to the void.
No one is listening.
No one cares.
No one sees you struggling to keep your head above water.
No one understands that, to you,
being heard is a matter of life or death.
Or so it feels when you try and swim against the current of the norm and be that shiny unicorn salmoning her way up the waterfalls while the sharp teeth of Society snap at your heels. You know this feat of strength is possible. Others have done it before you.
You just don't know how.
And, as the grand Nobody that you are, you feel too small and insignificant to dare bother the Greats in their daily affairs to ask for advice or a nudge in a right direction.
You don't see your own value.
And how could you, since the void is a place of absolute darkness? It doesn't merely drive back the light; it swallows it whole. This is the p
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Today is one of those days...
Today is one of those days when I have no hope for the future.
One of those days when I sit here, idle, imagining the relief it would be to stop watching life pass me by a minute at a time – 9:24. 9:25. A minute lost; another one. Then will pass another, until the end of my life is upon us and all I have to show for my existence is a whole lot of nothing.
And what is it I'm trying to achieve anyway? Fame? Fortune? Well, being able to eat every day would be a top goal, as is keeping a roof over our head. The Rational One in me accepts these as worthwhile goals, but the Dreamer? The Dreamer rejects this despicable normalcy. The Dreamer can't breathe when it's forced to think of anything else but the thoughts its own mind makes.
Today, the mind makes no thoughts. It breathes and yearns and the body denies. The body demands its own thoughts. And the Dreamer can't dream, can't escape, sits here trapped within the walls of Itself. The Dreamer cries and screams and peels itself layer by
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Mature content
Tonight's feast :iconnocturnaliss:Nocturnaliss 4 9
As one tonight
Here in the darkness, surrounded by your light
I take a deep breath and dive into the night
Oceans of pearl invite themselves
Into every pore and every cell
I am at one tonight!
Here, with you, escorted by your light...
I the Dark, indivisible and true
Shimmer and twinkle in the love that is you
A kaleidoscope of possibility, irrationality
Upon scales born of fire, my sanity
We are as one tonight
Coiled and twisted, shining bright
Beneath the moon, you are my sunlight
We roar as one tonight
Two voices, one symphony
One path for us to dream
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I used to stare out at the Moon for hours
Nothing else existed in my life
Except that pearly dome
I spent so many hours, days, weeks,
Months and years
Just staring, talking, howling and then
Hoping It would notice me
Hoping It would see me
See the truth and burn it down
I couldn't live without pursuing Its light
I sought peace and found war in Its wake
How can something so beautiful
Cause so much pain?
And I didn't see
Its truth
Not until Its light evaporated
The Moon abandoned my nightsky
And all that remained was darkness
I always needed a Moon
I always needed other lights to guide me
Because I always was the one left behind
For once, just for once
I wanted to be someone's Moon
And even when I became a Sun
I still felt the Moon's pull
I couldn't stand the light
From within this broken night
But then I stared up at the empty sky and saw how
It really was
Myriads of stars twinkled in the darkness
Some long gone, some still alive
Here lied the peace I had always sought
I would neve
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Her last
The knife rested on Cassidy's quiet chest.
One arm hung from the side of the bed, its wrist streaked with crimson.
There was a smile on her face.
A beautiful, peaceful smile.
Upon stale air floated the stench of blood, young and sweet. To Devon, a bitter fragrance that reminded him of all that had ever gone wrong in his long life.
Death. So much death. So much loss.
His one and only friend – poisoned; Cassidy's mother – extinguished. Dead in his arms.
And now this… murder?
Instinctively, he closed the gates of his heart and lowered his gaze towards the room's other occupant. Cassidy's sister was sitting on the floor, heaped onto her knees, and screaming. It wasn't the sort of screaming he'd grown accustomed to; it sounded neither hysterical nor crazy.
It only voiced pain. A deep and true suffering echoed by her sobbing. Did he not know her inner truth, he would have stepped forward and held her. He could not hate a crying woman. But he could not forgo safety, either.
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The beating heart of Death
He only saw the stars in her eyes.
She was as night incarnate; clad in black, long dark hair flowing upon absent winds, and deep black eyes twinkling like small galaxies on the nightsky. For the first time in his immemorial life, Marwi felt. He wanted to get closer to this woman and study her features, or so he thought; what he felt, however, was the desire to lose himself in the sense of familiarity conjured by her darkness.
But the nightlady was not as night. She was not peaceful, nor did she obey the laws of nature. She was angry; an artificial anger induced by Fate, whose twisting mark shone blood red on the nightlady's cleavage. Her face, contorted by emotion, seemed nonetheless to betray a certain reluctance. Defiance. He noticed how her fists shook, how her stance swayed.
When he stood close, near enough to touch her face if he'd so wished, the nightlady crossed the gap herself. He suddenly felt a sort of cold weight penetrate his abdomen.
He was surprised to disco
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Beautiful ruins
I've burned the pages of my past
You who hates, whom I forgive at last
Who I don't understand and gave
far too much credit to in my life
I renounce myself for all that I was
- greedy, jealous, an obsessive hermit crab
And open the door for all that I am
- dark but kind, free of those chains
The earth has trembled, and so did towers
built on sand get swallowed up
by the divine,
revealing magnificent ruins beneath time
Birds and Dragons take flight in the afternoon sun
But I remain here, Black Dragon's love on my shoulder
With one hand upon scales I smile
With Death's hand in my own I rise
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Your Reason
I have screamed into the void of your silence
Until my lungs bled through my eyes
Even then, I wasn't given to understand
Why you decided to leave me behind
Is it me? Is it you? Is it madness in between?
Is it just that you need light,
which is something I can't give?
Is it fate? Is it change? Something none can understand?
Is it just that life is different now,
our paths no longer the same?
I don't believe in fairy tales, but I believe in you.
My heart may bleed, my legs grow weak
But through the silence, at its peak
I see the pain for what is true
Thirteen swords I draw, each severing one lie
I stand alone, yet tall and proud
This fire dark, I breathe and hide
Bleeding, dancing, I write my fingers raw
The silence speaks in riddles to the fools
Plays its cruel game of frightening deceit
Your heart I cannot reach, but for mine I choose
That the past be the past, the good stay the good
All things happen for a reason -
I will always be here when you need me.
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Seasons of the Writer
Here I stand at winter's gate
With tears in hand, I question my fate
Are my grand dreams all in vain?
Am I nothing but fear, my certitudes drained
By the knowledge I'm nothing to no one
Perhaps not a writer, but what am I then?
Fears melt in the wake of spring
A pen in hand, together words string
Grand dreams are the measure of hope
Built upon certainty, with scars I must cope
I'll always be welcoming Sorrow at heart
As part of my self, my demon, my home
And blinded I am by the bright summer sun
With empty hands, I let its love burn
I know where I stand, dreams and reality blend
There is nothing to hold back the Dragon within
Fire and light upon ashes entwine
Soaring high, I wish not to land
But autumn consumes my dark skies
Wings turn to hands, it is time to make wise
Decisions and to brace for the winter
Huddled by the fire of the mind
Writing away, life will soon be but lies
I do always remember: the soul never dies.
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Death is coming to town by Nocturnaliss Death is coming to town :iconnocturnaliss:Nocturnaliss 3 7
Ruler of a fallen throne
My words are my own
My responsability, my honesty
I will not come and luster your crown
If I believe you're not fine
I understand the darkness, better than you know
It is a place of trespassers where nothing ever grows
To remain within its grasp is to become what you detest:
The judge and executioner of present and past
The sole entity worthy, the egotistical monarch
But you know it isn't you, deep in your heart
I cannot bow to the tyrant who spits hypocrisy
Not when I see your heart die with every word,
When this monster swallows you whole
and leaves you vulnerable in sin's cold
But I also know that time will tell - no human can,
For all there is to learn lies already within your hands
I may not bow nor will I regret
But by your side I remain, always, as your friend
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I want to watch the world flare
I'll be its purgatory - the seed of agony
The black-hearted bastard child
Who's known but hatred and misery
All because of you
Because of who you are
That greed in your heart
That need to have it all
Be it at the cost of my life
Who am I to you if not your pain
The sole useless strain
On that soul that knows love nor grace
Yet every day, I struggle to contain
My rage, the urge to light the flame
That finally your life will claim...
Isn't it stupid?
I'd rather die than call it quits
Yet die I can't, and die I won't
Not before I cleanse the affront
That you and your kind are to me
By flame and by death
I am Purgatory
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Ansai Sorasiehn by Nocturnaliss Ansai Sorasiehn :iconnocturnaliss:Nocturnaliss 3 8
Would you mind
Would you mind if I hurt you tonight
Would you mind if I tried to kill you
And bleed you and feed on your light
Would you mind if I gouged out your eyes
Would you mind if I tore out your heart
And replaced both our lives with statues of salt
Would you mind if I sliced off your scalp
Would you mind if I I peeled off your hide
And pretended I'm princess in our danse macabre
Would you mind if I sacrificed tonight
All that makes your heart beat with pride
Because my dreams are hunting down sanity
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Fille du Neant
Je suis née du néant
sans vies, sans rêves, Enfant
des ténèbres
J'en suis leur lumière
Car il n'y a rien autour de moi
Seule lune dans un ciel froid
Seule, mais sans effroi
car de mes mains coule, rivière
que sera l'univers,
ce monde inconnu qui me libère
qui m'intrigue et opère
un changement dans mes artères
Je suis fille du néant
Je Suis, car tel est mon nom
Observatrice et curieuse
Vous êtes mes étoiles nombreuses
Je vous guide, amies précieuses,
dans ce monde que je vous offre
qui s'étoffe
qui devient
qui Est
* * *
I was born from the void
livesless, dreamless, Child
of darkness
I am their light
For here nothing surrounds me
Sole moon in a cold sky
Alone, but fearsless
as from my hands flows, river
that will be the universe,
this unknown world that liberates me
that intrigues me and performs
a change in my arteries
I am daughter of the void
Observator, curious
You are my numerous stars
I guide you, precious
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Greetings y'all! And welcome to Prompt Art Feature :D

The idea: sharing a collection of five artworks viewed in the past week, based on a one-word prompt. I'll also add my thoughts in case you're curious to know what about the features touched me :D

This week's prompt was suggested by skiesofchaos... and I did take some liberties with it, mythical abode-wise ;)
(have an idea for a prompt? Saw artwork you think deserves some love? Suggest it in the comments!)



'mythical abode of the greater [Grecian] gods'

'a poetic word for heaven'

Inktober: Whale by yanadhyana
By yanadhyana
When we think of Heaven, the first thing many of us may imagine is a golden gate up in the sky. I'll admit that, despite being raised mostly outside of religion, them golden gates are the first thing that pop up in my mind. Perhaps this is a cultural thing, as in my youth this part of my country was more catholic than it is now, and a child is always sponging up things.
So I extrapolated from there, and this led me to this piece - a city up in the heavens, a mythical abode upon the back of a great whale, where we can easily imagine strange and wondrous things to take place and live.
As a fan of Link's Awakening I was immediately drawn in by the gorgeous rendition of this whale, the fluid motion of the winds along its edges, and I was transported to this nocturnal world where whole cities grow on the back of divine animals. Love that this is a black and white piece, too, because it draws the attention primarily to the whale and enhances the contrast of this dark creature upon its brighter background.

The Great Old Ones by Yoann-Lossel
By Yoann-Lossel
The mythical abode of the Old Lovecraftian Gods - or so first impression speaks. The raw power in this piece gives me chills. Here we have a forsaken world, and at its center a great city that, somehow, still stands tall and proud despite the odds. But perhaps it is not so odd, for this city is not a city of man, but a city of horrifying Things so old and powerful that even the world itself is no longer only a world, but an incarnation of absolute Darkness.
I'm sad about the low quality of the upload, because there are clearly many details to be viewed and discovered in this piece, so that it's impossible not to stare at it a while; and once you do, you find yourself simply pulled within this piece - this world - with an equal desire to run away, and to further explore its depths.

Purple mountain by Yun77
By Yun77
Olympus is a mountain where, it is believed, the gods of ancient Greece resided. This is the feeling I get when looking at this piece.
I love the contrast of colour between the two mounts. The foreground mountain looks as we'd expect it, brown and yellow and tinted with dying sunlight; the background mountain feels grand and imposing, and the choice of using pinks and purples creates, to me, a sort of surreal landscape that could be snow, but rather feels like a soft place where things are not what they seem. There's a feel of magic in the air, of greater things, which is emphasized by the overlooking tower. Clearly there is, or has been, someone keeping an eye on this colourful mountain, be it for fear of something escaping, or in hopes of catching a glimpse of fantastical things.

Back to the deep lands IV by Scheinlicht
By Scheinlicht
The gates to Heaven open wide in this colourful piece, welcoming all to the Other Side of the world.
It might be just me, but I see a shape in the glowing clouds, like a winged lady coiled upon herself - perhaps an angel waiting for release, or waiting to embrace the newcomers to her peaceful world. Blue and orange is a contrast that always works well, but I find it works here extra well because of the lighting choices made: the otherworld clouds are a bright, glowing blue, while the 'normal' skies are a dimmer rusted shade without great contrast - in itself a great contrast to the lively blue clouds.
Wherever this ship is sailing, it will be to a better place, eternal, and safe.

Dragon's Egg by Nimphradora
By Nimphradora
I suppose it's fair to say that, for me, the equivalent of Mount Olympus or Heaven would be a secluded place ruled by a Dragon - or, in this case, protecting a Dragon's egg (and please do check out the artist's page, as they wrote up an intriguing story to go with this piece).
What I loved the most in this piece is the lighting - bright, soft, welcoming, as though the landscape itself rejoices at the presence of the Dragon's egg. This place feels safe and beautiful, a world unto itself where people live freely and at peace - truly a Heaven in its own right. It feels like we're standing at the edge of this world, looking on at the beginning of eternity. But how long can eternity truly last?

Some final words...

Heaven is what you make of it. For some it is a great mountain in Greece, for others a pearly gate.
For some, it is the simple joys of the heart.


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Isabelle Apel
Artist | Literature
Writer. Gamer. Solitary by nature. Does like to talk to people.
I'm open to art trades/collabs! Just bear in mind I'm primarily a writer, so my strong suits here'll be poetry and story format roleplay storytelling (what a mouthful XD). Note me if you have an idea. :D

Also: Dragons. *nod*

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Feature will be slightly delayed because I'm running out of time today. Have all the artworks, just missing the text, will finish tomorrow. Sorry for the delay!
For those of you interested:
I have a Discord server for all things relating to my Fantasy world, Aeyuu. Everyone's welcome. :D
The egomaniac, a grin stretching her lips, raises her spear towards the heavens, certain that she will triumph;
The rofl'er points at the egomaniac and notes, hilarious, how long and hard her tool is;
The writer holds her hand at her eyes and sighs woefully, wondering what she did to the world to get stuck with those two dolts.
Feature will be postponed to next week due to my being sick. Sorry guys.
How it's possible to struggle to find five pics among 5,000 notifications (not even close to kidding) is beyond me. 

But, I managed to find some art for the upcoming feature. And, regaring that, a small announcement:

Prompt Feature will now become a two-weekly feature. My time'll be more limited starting September, and I don't want to discontinue this feature, so I'm adapting it to my timeframe. Sorry about that for those of you who enjoy the feature.

In completely unrelated news, I'm starting to see the end of my novel, which is currently sporting a nice little 140k words. Looking forward to being done with it. :D (even though I'll miss the characters <<)


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GabyCoutino Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice gallery

Have a bunny
Nocturnaliss Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2018   Writer
Thank you kindly :D
bear48 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2018  Professional
Nocturnaliss Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2018   Writer
Uhh... You must really love llamas. XD
richten Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the fav :salute:
Nocturnaliss Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2018   Writer
You're very welcome!
AKAKent Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for mentioning my work "God of Grief" :), you are a star! Star! 
Nocturnaliss Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2018   Writer
You're very welcome! Loved your piece, and it fitted well into that week's theme ^^
Spiritofdarkness Featured By Owner May 20, 2018
Wave Test thanks a lot for the +fav   :larryla: by BurgerBunny
Nocturnaliss Featured By Owner May 21, 2018   Writer
You're very welcome!
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