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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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MuttMix Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
A toast to you!
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!
09alex Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013
a great composition, beautiful work
Jilltonic Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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.

KevinNichols Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
Beatifully done!
skeegoedhart Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
What a glorious piece - delicate, haunting and wonderfully composed!!
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
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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