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 Azure Horde.
They settled in the Bulgar forests, who was, unbeknownst to them home to the Fallen Angel Artemis. She promised them, as any other Grigori, power in return for servitude.
Wanting to regain their ancient dominance in the world, the Azure 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, Gideon knelt down besides an ancient Scythian statue, once a pillar of steppe-nomad civilisation, now overgrown with trees, fungus and decay.
He looked at his palm and saw the mark Artemis gave him since birth. A white rose, for the goddess ' chosen warrior. Gideon was about to be crowned king of the Azure Horde, and bring glory again to Scythians.
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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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
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
Congrats on the DD!
Also, I looked upon your other artworks. Turns out a lot of them are depictions of myths. Is this one from mythical story too?