Sunday, March 22, 2009

ArtOrder Concept: Pet of Orcus v. 2.0

Deep in the Elemental Chaos dreams an angelic figure unharmed save for the presence of eternal chains 'twined about her body. She floats within the memory of a devastated world lost from mortal knowledge. Far into the dark hours, the Prince of Undeath, Orcus, stares unmoving. Since there has been Orcus, she has been there with him, and all that lesser evils know is that no other may touch her. Is she a plaything for the Demon Prince's torments ? A pet slaved to his desires? Only the silence knows...

In the new 4th Ed, Orcus was originally one of the gods that was corrupted during the war with the Primordials, becoming the demon prince we know today. As such, I've always been curious as to the nature and history of Orcus prior to his fall, and though a truly corrupt being now, I like the idea that some small shard of who he once was is buried deep within Orcus, a tiny echo of light. So enters his "pet" (above), an "angel" who was his most devoted Exarch and some say divine love. Where Orcus destroyed all others, he imprisioned her in the Abyssal remains of their home plane. Most believe that Orcus keeps her alive as an eternal torment, and perhaps, this is what he believes as well. The truth, though, is that she is the last shred of a time that even the Prince of Undeath cannot recall, and the only being in all Creation that still sheds tears for Orcus even if only in her sleep.

So, this is a second pass on my original paint sketch for the ArtOrder Concept this week. Adding more pronounced backgrounds elements has really helped me get a better context for her and by extension Orcus' story. If no one objects, I'm hoping to bring this one up to a final paint.

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