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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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NaVallentin Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just when I thought it couldn't be better.   
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the mucuol imbraniousness is very becomming
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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.
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Keithwormwood Oct 3, 2013  Professional
Wonderful comment, thanks!
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Shadowpsycho 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.
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Keithwormwood Apr 28, 2013  Professional
Love reading all the theories, thanks!
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Shadowpsycho Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Your artwork is interesting and thought provoking. It's fun to create theories about. :D
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jankisminimus 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.
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Keithwormwood Jan 28, 2013  Professional
Hopefully a publisher will ask me to do an illustrated collection some time.
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