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The Sequester by Keithwormwood The Sequester by Keithwormwood
A group of desperate bandits wring what little worth they can from the surivivors that spot the dust-blasted wastes along the Urals. They descend from higher ground, beating scavenged drums and taking cover in the shadow of their bullet-spewing saintly idol: the Sequester. Completely silent but cooperative in the raids, the Sequester only takes regular infusions of water and canned food in exchange for its presence; something that has effectively turned the bandit group into a incontrovertable force of nature that strips everything to the bone and leaves only human misery in its path. It is devoutly worshipped by most of the bandits as some sort of nomadic holy site; a walking bulletproof Tabernacle. Some, under the influence of drink have discussed amongst themselves their theories on its nature as a military robot in service before the missiles fell, now aimlessly fighting according to some gameplan devised by its long gone original directors. Recently there had been a man who had joined the bandits briefly and was struck aghast when he first witnessed the Sequester. He spouted long and detailed stories about what the robot actually was, that the Sequester was a NATO QAPS unit, or Quadruple Amputee Power Suit, not a robot, and he desperately ran his hands over it looking for some access panel. He stammered that it appeared to be running autonomously, keeping its pilot cut off from the outside world, but still taking in food and water to keep him alive. His heretical calls for help in "cracking open the damned thing to save the poor bastard inside" were completely rejected, and the more pious bandits hastily had him broken on a wheel and left for dead.

Art prints available here: The Sequester prints
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ThunderYeti Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013
between the tiny lines and tonal shift, really keen, extraordinary aesthetic treatment
TheUniversalUnion Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Creepy. I get a strong US Army helmet vibe from the body.
bladedvaults Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013
I love this and the backstory. Chilling and amazing.
MadScientistCompany Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
simply. i just love he detail on the gun. But, nice work
8-bitty-yo Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This is amazing!
PulpoOscuro Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Such a good combination of awesome and creepy. I love the detail on the stains and bullet holes... I guess at least someone tried fighting back for all the good it did. Incidentally, the way the stained exhaust vents and joint (?) on the suit's main dome go together give the impression of a weeping human face. Was this intentional, or am I just tired and creeped out?
Keithwormwood Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Professional
We always tend to read faces into things instinctively. They're like ghosts.
PulpoOscuro Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I suppose so... pareidolia is powerful, I guess. Either way, it's absolutely ridiculous how good this is. I always preferred writing to visual art, but this piece tells a story like nothing else I've seen before.
SuperfastHillbilly Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Student General Artist
SO cool! I like the weathered look and improvised additions. It has mysterious vibe to it, like what could be inside... Frightening but cool.
BaneEden Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Student General Artist
Seems very interesting, love it^^
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