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Surface King by Keithwormwood Surface King by Keithwormwood
King & Son's Oceanic Surveying Co. folded late in the year, unable to stave off the debts incurred by constant delays. The delays were caused by a disturbing casualty rate among the deep sea divers; they simply stopped returning to the surface. The company's assets and few remaining dive suits were sold to a competing group. They scrubbed off the suits' distinctive crown logos and immediately put them to good use in successful dives arranged in the same previously unlucky waters.

During the course of these new untroubled ventures two divers working at the absolute limit of safe diving depth happened upon a building of sorts; some type of oppressive colonnade sheltering a row of seated figures. A tentative investigation discovered that within the building were seated the drowned remains of the missing divers, chained in stone thrones. In front of each corpse drifted bundles of kelp, crustacean meat and other seemingly edible offerings. The dead diver's bodies themselves were coated in a thick layer of silt, with the exception of the still shining, as though regularly polished, stylised crown markings on the dive suit's outer plating.

Upon return, with the intent of winching up the men's remains for proper burial, it was revealed that the entire submerged building had seemingly collapsed, dragging most of everything down with it into an unfathomable trench below.


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:iconthecraftysnail:
TheCraftySnail Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Fish people WHY!
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sixgunsmagee Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015
Nice. I am a real Deep Sea Diver and can appreciate this. Contact me @ FOSDIVINGgmail woiuld like to put this on tee shirts!
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SirGodspeed Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014
A, a truly horrifying Cargo Cult.
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Keithwormwood Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Professional
Yes!
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HanzARTwork Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
waw!! omg!!! seriusly awesome XD
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:icontheuniversalunion:
TheUniversalUnion Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Bloody hell, that's creepy. WONDERFUL WORK!
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octorissa Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
Really like the drawing, and the story adds a great amount of mysterious content. Nice work.
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noneofurbussiness Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
Creepy story and image, now I want to know more...
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LisaGorska Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
the combination of your dark drawings and your skillful writing of descriptions that are horror/mystery story-like... i'm so glad to experience that in this gloomy day.
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Sergon Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
O_O Love it. Such a succulent eye candy.
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:iconcursedfreak:
CursedFreak Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The idea is terrifying.
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gothmog26 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012
I always love the stories you do with each of these.
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:iconbaneeden:
BaneEden Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Student General Artist
Nice^^
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:iconpeterszmer:
PeterSzmer Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012
Gorgeous piece. So inspiring...
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gensanity Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
amazing image!
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dana-redde Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Magnificent! I always enjoy the prose that goes along with your art, as well.
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orionmtp Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
very Lovecraftian
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Sipahi-Commando Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012
It's not so much Lovecraftian as it is well-meaning fish-people-things misinterpreting the situation horribly.
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red20 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
I was going to say exactly that, heh.
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:iconproofrockpilchard:
ProofrockPilchard Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
Hmm, give me some time to untangle my guts, and I will write something more eloquent about this fantastic stuff...
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Frankiefreshness44 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
brilliant story and fantabulous art!!!!!!!
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maherartist Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow.. So good art!!
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Knight-of-Ishtar Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012
Awesome stuff yet again.
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Pencil-gladiator Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Student General Artist
Such a cool piece !
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MetalSnail Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome!!!
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NecroTechno Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
That's actually a very nice creepy story, and mixes perfectly with the picture. Nice one.
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:iconkudos-praze:
kudos-praze Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
lovely design
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SylvanSmith Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Another great image and story.
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Catsblood Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This is just absolutely exquisite.
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fabianfucci Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Impressive piece.
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PHantomDragon-56 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012   General Artist
What an eerie tale. The artwork truly illustrates the 'scene of the crime' per say. The details, colors, and effects all blend together marvelously. Great drawing!
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cogwurx Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Wow! Amazing.
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Chrispy92 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Student Writer
Spooky...
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