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The Cordyceps King by JoelChaimHoltzman The Cordyceps King by JoelChaimHoltzman

As Amorges closed his eyes, the steppe, warriors and horses around him changed to another space and time, a vision of ages yet to come.

16th century, Bulgaria

The Scythians have been reduced from mighty steppe warriors to small secluded tribes, living in mountains, swamps and forests.
While some tribes have vanished from history, a few have found ancient powers where they roamed.
One of these tribes was the Sapphire Horde.
They settled in the Bulgar forests, who was, unbeknownst to them home to the Fallen Angel Leraikka. She promised them, as any other Grigori, power in return for servitude.
Wanting to regain their ancient dominance in the world, the Sapphire horde accepted. centuries passed, the forest intermingled with the Scythians; cordycepts grew from their limbs, granting them strength and resilience. Only the healthy and the strong could survive such a gift at old age without getting consumed by it.

Contemplating his heritage, Amorges knelt down besides an ancient Scythian statue, once a pillar of steppe-nomad civilisation, now overgrown with trees, fungus and decay. His father, a withered old man now, held the great Crown of the Sapphire Horde and placed it on Amorges' head
He looked at his palm and saw the mark Leraikka gave him since birth. A white rose, for the goddess ' chosen warrior. Amorges was about to be crowned king of the newly formed Amyrgian Horde, and bring glory again to Scythians. He would release any oaths and bonds of ancestry he made and follow his new goddess.
Under the burden of his blessing he felt weak, but still, he could not wait to ride again, out of the forests, into the fire.

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Given 2017-01-27
The Cordyceps King by Chaimon highlights a fascinating narrative, employing remarkable imagery, detailing, and colors.  ( Suggested by AnnaBelial and Featured by lovelessdevotions )
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MjP-70 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2017
Amazing work!
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JoelChaimHoltzman Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers!!
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Ururuty Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2017
epic
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JoelChaimHoltzman Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers!
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SkyPotatoFire Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2017
Sweet!
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JoelChaimHoltzman Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
:-D
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AngelOfDarkness089 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Such an amazing artwork, WOW!
I love the horse in the background so much.
Also amazing details you have put in here.
Very well done and congrats for the very well deserved Daily Deviation :D
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JoelChaimHoltzman Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Woo thanks alot! :-D
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AngelOfDarkness089 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
You are very welcome :D
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BlackrockLegacies Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2017
auh, what the fuck? He's wearing jewelry and makeup like he doesn't even know what makes those things look good. Do you see his fingernails?
that guy's carrying a rippled torture sword,.. I'd fucking kill somebody for carrying a weapon like that.

I've seen veins and dress like that before, that's a hell lord.

this is the stuff of nightmares, so, well captured, and trippy
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JoelChaimHoltzman Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Amazing compliments! Thanks!!
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mea00 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice work! Congrats on the DD
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JoelChaimHoltzman Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers! feels good
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Blackout2012 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2017
All hail the king!!
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JoelChaimHoltzman Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
HAIL!
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UDtheAesir Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2017  Student General Artist
Very cool!
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JoelChaimHoltzman Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thx!!
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UDtheAesir Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2017  Student General Artist
No prob!
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TheWarOfTheRing Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2017
Man, that is an awesome concept :D

Congrats on the DD!
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JoelChaimHoltzman Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Wooooo cheers!!
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catelee2u Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome!!
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JoelChaimHoltzman Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!!
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LeviaDraconia Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2017  Professional General Artist
:deviantart: Congrats on the DD! :heart: :clap: :deviantart:
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JoelChaimHoltzman Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Woooo thx!!
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The-Last-Phantom Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome art!!!

You Rock! 
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JoelChaimHoltzman Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers!
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The-Last-Phantom Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Welcome!!!

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DaFuqRU Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2017
Dafuq did I just see? Those people, with 'things' growing out of them, even the trees are weird. Such horror. Such details. I love it!

Also, I looked upon your other artworks. Turns out a lot of them are depictions of myths. Is this one from mythical story too?
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JoelChaimHoltzman Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Haha cheers buddy! It is from a myth i have written myself, based on history, the ten lost tribes and occultism
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DaFuqRU Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2017
Very magnificent depiction, I have to say! Also, I forgot to say: Congrats on your DD!

2nd Also, I'm watching you.:) (Smile) :) (Smile) :) (Smile) 
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JoelChaimHoltzman Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
haha Double thanks buddy. all the best
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Wolfguard22 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2017
Very cool concept and work. Congrats on the DD.
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JoelChaimHoltzman Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers and Thanks! :-D
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AnnaBelial Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2017  Professional Photographer
Winner 
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JoelChaimHoltzman Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much!!!
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AnnaBelial Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2017  Professional Photographer
The pleasure is all mine!!
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JoelChaimHoltzman Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
No seriously, you made my day. First time i ever got a DD!!
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AnnaBelial Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2017  Professional Photographer
but definitely deserved one :ahoy:

actually, you should say thanks to a CV, it's her choice, i just suggested, cos i liked your style :D
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JoelChaimHoltzman Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Will thank her too! Thanks for reminding. GOod day to you furthermore!
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AnnaBelial Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2017  Professional Photographer
Haha, thanks! And continuo to do some great art :ahoy:
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Greatslim Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2017
This is absolutely amazing
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JoelChaimHoltzman Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers!
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ArthurRamsey Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2016  Professional General Artist
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JoelChaimHoltzman Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers buddy!
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Tannon34 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2016
Awesome concept
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JoelChaimHoltzman Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers!
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Bellmoore Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2016
Wonderfully skincrawly concept and over all beautiful work. Having a rose grow from the palm of your hand must make fighting and riding challenging.
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JoelChaimHoltzman Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
What we are aimong for! Yep, you never know with those demonic blessings lol
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jmb200960 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2016
Wonderful image, great lighting and colors.
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JoelChaimHoltzman Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers!
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