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February 9, 2013
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Dead Eyes by Altalamatox Dead Eyes by Altalamatox
Another quickie 'reminder-why-I'm-doing-this' art-for-the-self indulgence. It's Vlad, but you can't tell. Unless the gaping abscesses gave it away. Two hours.

Vlad lives at the far end of my attention span, because he's clever like that, however it means we don't see him much. He's part of the Network storyverse. In terms of sheer magical might he may be the most powerful character in the cast, a masterful warlock with a specialty in what he calls practical necromancy. He's always been very down-to-earth about his work and a pretty chill person, shrugging off whatever idolism or fame people try to load on him. For his research in the magic of life and death he's won some serious prizes and positions that have set him up nicely, though he believes it's crucial to fight the fear around his field with knowledge and treasures his work as a professor.

Treasured, rather. Vlad botched The Number One Rule of Necromancy (Don't End Up Dead Yourself), some months ago, and only continues to exist because he happens to know a little something about reanimation. He finds himself a lich, with his lifeforce bound within his remains, effectively a spirit possessing his own corpse. Which he spends a frustrating amount of time trying to keep from rotting off his bones.

Vlad is in a race against his own stamina to find a way out of his predicament before he's too weak to fight off decomposition and winds up spending a lonely eternity trapped within his own mind. At the same time, death has reminded him of his family for the first time in too long and he desperately wants to repair things with them. (His adopted parents and his brother's family; Vlad's biological parents are jerks.)

Every day he has is precious. If the end is nigh, he wants to pass as many days with his family as possible, but every day with them is one less spent working towards possibly averting the end entirely, and it's kind of a sad situation.
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tigzz98 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  New member
This is flipping perfect! May I use this for something?!
el-e Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013
great work^^
RLFedun Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Holy crapppppp the details on this!! Beautiful work!
Illusioninme Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013
O.O this is a quickie?!....words don't describe!
Susiron Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This was a "quickie" piece... oh lawd talentrhetr
I seriously love the bit of text attached to this. I love every one of your characters, and the story behind Vlad is both extremely interesting and sweet
krazykavumaster Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
This is fantastic. And I always love your writing that goes with it.
Allana-san Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
T-two hours?... :clap:
Jane-Martin906 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
Oh... Oh my god this is so unbelievably sad. T_T
Naivax-Maundrell Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
My thought exactly. ...sad. ;_;
mssteacup Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
2 HOURS???
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