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FLESHROT EXTREME Bastion waited for Phobos in the basement that night, arms folded over his chest, shadow dancing in the light cast from those wretched candles in the ritual circle. Tonight, things would finally change -- or, so he hoped. He'd spent the better part of the last week planning out how he might finally convince the king to let him go.

But Phobos sensed that something was off from the start. He paused near the door and watched Bastion carefully.

"What are you up to?"

Bastion steadied himself with a deep breath. "I wanted to talk to you about something."

"Well." A suspicious frown. "Go ahead."

"...All of this. Everything you've been doin
arm choppin"This is for the best," Phobos told him. He said it over and over again, until Bastion was sure he'd hear it in his nightmares.

He hadn't felt his arm since Phobos touched it with a thick spark of apotropia over an hour ago. In fact, he was almost positive he could smell the faint stench of his infected skin rotting away -- or, of course, it was just his imagination acting up again. He felt as though he was trapped in a haze, unsure of what was real and what wasn't.

Phobos pressed on his shoulders, pressed him down against the floor. A surgeon was beside them with a terrifying long knife. It was pristine now -- sharp -- but Bastion was su
out for a stroll Phobos came to see me around mid-afternoon, much later in the day than I was used to. My thoughts raced immediately to the basement--to the painful, candlelit rituals that he had grown so fond of lately.

I started to stand as he advanced, bracing myself for the worst when I saw the king's placid, almost carefree grin.

"Good afternoon," Phobos greeted me. "Are you ready?"

I stepped back and nearly tripped over a stool. "For what? Where are we going?"
"Calm down. We're just going out."

"...Out," I parroted, almost stupidly.

"Yes. Out. Outside." Phobos gestured to the heavily-curtained window across the room. "You want to see your h


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haius Jun 7, 2013  Hobbyist
Hey hey. I saw on that other thing that he has spots. They're on, like, his toes and eyelids and knees and nose, right? Is that a common thing? Is it a genetic issue or what? I CURIOSS
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squidlifecrisis Jun 7, 2013   Digital Artist
it's a kind of piebaldism that Lusadi sometimes inherit. It's not terribly uncommon and actually seen as attractive. (in ye olde times, spotted skins were highly valued by Aedian nobles. enter castiel.) ((then a few hundred years later they felt bad and gave them scholarships. enter collin.))
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haius Jun 7, 2013  Hobbyist
I bet the leather-dealer-hipster guy gets better money for spotted leather than normal.
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