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Pestilential Advent by Keithwormwood Pestilential Advent by 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.

Art prints available here: Pestilential Advent art print
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:iconnapper5565:
Napper5565 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
An inspiration to me
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whitecloakboy Featured By Owner May 29, 2014
wow...cool
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MuttMix Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
A toast to you!
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NaVallentin Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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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AlejandroDMarco Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013
a great composition, beautiful work
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:iconjilltonic:
Jilltonic Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome
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sacred-kustoms Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Professional Artist
really interesting. one of my faves. i'm a feelin' a bit of Durer, and i dig it.


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KevinNichols Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
Beatifully done!
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skeegoedhart Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
What a glorious piece - delicate, haunting and wonderfully composed!!
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Bempa94 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
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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Keithwormwood Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Professional
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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Bempa94 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
Oh, ok thanks for telling me:)
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deadoku Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
epic!
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b13visuals Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Wicked stuff man...
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Noor-al-Haqiqa Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
Looks like war to me.
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curtis-macdonald Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Awesome work. Keep it up!
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MonsterBrand Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Professional Photographer
great work ;) You've been featured in my Halloween feature, here: [link]

:heart:
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Keithwormwood Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Professional
Thanks! Hope you have a good Halloween.
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Mikko23 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
all your artworks are fangtastic....really really GREAT!!!
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thedamin Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
IMPRESSIVE!!:wow:
I can't close my mouth! :wow:
featured here: [link]
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Keithwormwood Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Professional
Thanks!
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Dr-Destruction Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
Is this a watercolor, colored inks, or something else?
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Ahura98 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Student Artist
i don't understand the story, and i don't understand too the draw... but is very cool... strange but cool...

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sorry for my bad english!!!
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AnnaRchist Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is such a cool and creepy and cool and wisening (and did I mention cool?) story acompannied by a wonderfull illustration.
EXCELLENT work!!
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un7ucky Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
love it
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GMG5000 Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
AWESOME!!! =D
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SickJoe Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
This is extremely fantastic! Thank you for this piece!
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D3vilusion Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012   Digital Artist
Great!
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poluptukha Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012
beautiful details
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vortexture Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
absolutely stunned by this amazing work... wonderful job... :thumbsup: :D
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rocket-soda Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012   Digital Artist
I love this piece, I thought for sure it was in my faves already.
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catpclike Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
COOL!
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HeathenHeart Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Greetings, I've featured this gorgeous piece of art in my journal [link]
Keep up the great work!
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headbanger201 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011
wicked
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Dragons-wine Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wonderful.
Pestilence. I'd love to see the other three.
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productno49 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Professional General Artist
Amazing work!
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DeadBilly27 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011
Awesome tale to go with an awesome picture. Fantastic work here!
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rarino Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011
i love the story, and the picture too!
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juank15 Featured By Owner May 27, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
esta genial
gran trabajo
:D:D
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zmierzchnica Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011
I have book with your works :). Really nice!
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Mataloo Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011
really nice!
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Boa83 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011
You detail is outstanding, I love your work.
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littlemonster123 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011
i have your book and your so talented!!!! amazing!
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wargwars Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
it's just amazing!! great colors and the personnage are really originals.

(i am frenche sorry for the poor english i can tell what i thing because i can righ in english
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War-Is-Peace Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010
Your artwork is brilliant.
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manxeemaru Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010
Your work is absolutely stunning.
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Thundermane Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010
Ah I thought I recognised your drawing style, I found this picture in a book I bought!
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Oldboy923 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010
Blowing my mind, your work is amazing, Cheers!
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Ratattackart Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010
Your illustrations are amazing!
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joku738 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010
This piece is one of the best artworks I have seen here! It looks like classic painting and has really good atmosphere. It has something, that makes this piece unforgetable. I might even say, that it is as good as those reneissance paintings about death, for example Albrecht Durers "Knight, Death and the Devil". Your imagination is fascinating!
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