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Death's Twin by Enamorte Death's Twin by Enamorte
Oh, just when I thought he was never going to come around! I knew next to nothing about Azazel until last night, when he finally decided to come out of his grotto and let me get to know him. And he's lovely. He's gotten a redesign, and the things I have lately learned about him change the story quite a bit, but that's okay. (It's not like I had written that much of the story anyway, right? *rimshot*) I hate to have a character that competes with Az, but here he is. I'm a little funny about telling much about him, though, so I won't go into too much detail. I'm really pleased with this painting, though, and I don't say this about any of my work very often, but I think this is my best yet. And just because it's so very hard for me to keep my own secrets, I'll risk shooting myself in the foot and include a delightfully half-assed tidbit that I wrote in about an hour that may or may not make it into the final text. Enjoy!

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At the end of the wide tunnel, I saw a flicker of movement. It was like a mere shadow, tall and slithering across the filthy floor. With its deliberate motion and ethereal nature, I at once expected it to be Azrael, confirming my worst fears that he had followed me. As it moved into a dim shaft of light that shone through from above, however, I saw that it was not Azrael at all, but something far worse.

The figure was built much like Azrael. Its body was composed of a dark, skeletally-thin torso lifted to a giant stature by disembodied roots which flicked through the solid ground like water. However, it was there that all similarity ended. The creature had only one scrawny arm which it held bent stiffly at its side. Its ruined black wings looked to have been severed near the shoulder blades, where the back swelled into a grotesque hump that caused the thing to lean forward. Its hair was short, black, filthy and matted to the head in places, and the head itself was the most dreadful part. Its face was revolting and looked as if it had been partially melted off. The remaining skin was white and shimmering, yet very dry like a mummy's, and stretched tightly across the skull with what appeared to be a complete absence of flesh. The eyes were white and bulbous, and the mouth was deformed into a frightfully unnatural, lipless grin which stretched from one side of the face to the other, revealing dozens of shiny, pointed teeth in pitted gums. Remembering all that Azrael had told me of his exiled brother, it did not take long for me to discern that the quivering monster before me must be Azazel himself.

He approached me slowly and with what seemed to be much effort, dragging somewhat to the side as he lurched toward me. His permanently bared teeth glinted in the soft, cool light, causing my stomach to leap and sending a shiver running through my body. For a moment, I felt like running, but the possibility of being pursued and angering him kept me fixed in place. He stopped directly in front of me, so close that I could smell him- he gave off a strong odor of earthworms.

His face was absolutely terrifying, a nightmarish horror, and yet there was some vague familiarity to it. Though he was wrinkled and disfigured, it was still apparent that he had, albeit a very long time ago, been an indistinguishable duplicate of Azrael. His breathing was rough and ragged with a barely audible whistle, and his body shook with a slight tremor almost constantly.

When he spoke, I started and cried out involuntarily, startling him in turn and causing him to shake more violently for a few moments. His voice was quite unlike Azrael's; it was deep and gravelly, with a sort of metallic rasp that echoed through the stone passage. I did not understand what he had said, as his facial disfigurement rather impaired his speech, and I did not respond.

"The queen," he slurred again, "you are the queen, yes?" I nodded, my heart throbbing in my chest, muscles poised for flight. Azazel began laughing in such a sickly way that I wondered if he was indeed laughing, or violently choking, and said "I knew you'd run away from him, but I never guessed I'd be so lucky that you would come here to hide with me!"

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:iconlokichan02:
Lokichan02 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Awesome, he almost looks like Ryuk :jumpingjacks: .
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PaperMtns Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Amazing, the hair, hanging skin and soulless eye is amazing o_o
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blackwinterraven Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I love it...and your style!<3 Would it be unfitting if I said...this is beautiful!:D
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Enamorte Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011   Digital Artist
no not at all...Thank you very much! :blowkiss:
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miss-monkeybone Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011   General Artist
Eerie... :eyepopping: Great work :)
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khamarupa Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Creeping me out! I love it! :D
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AndieBarry Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Featured in my journal! :)
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AndieBarry Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
In love with this piece :heart:
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donmcg Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome and creatively freaky work :)
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RegretfulsilencE Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
ooo, creepy! very nicely done :)
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emochickipoo91 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011
i haven't read your story but i have become obsessed with this! ohmahgah this is like some sort of read-crack
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Enamorte Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011   Digital Artist
haha, thanks! That means a lot to me, really! :)
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emochickipoo91 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011
your welcome!
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diantha75 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WoW this is great work :la:
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Enamorte Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011   Digital Artist
Thank you! :heart:
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diantha75 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
your very welcome :hug:
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ZexyPineCones Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Put on a happy face, and smile, smile, smile. :)
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MadameM Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011
This is absolutely the most fantastic piece I have seen in along time!
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Enamorte Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011   Digital Artist
Thanks so much! :hug:
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jaded-ink Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Professional General Artist
hey there.
hope you don't mind..but i have featured this one in my journal.
i really do love it!

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Enamorte Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010   Digital Artist
:wow: I don't mind at all! Thank you so much! :heart::heart:
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jaded-ink Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010  Professional General Artist
:la: you are most welcome. :la:
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jaded-ink Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010  Professional General Artist
Holy crap. this is amazing. and i mean that.
Very well done.
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:iconenamorte:
Enamorte Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010   Digital Artist
Thank you very much. :heart:
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jaded-ink Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Professional General Artist
most welcome. :heart:
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Hopeforachange Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010
his face reminds me so much of ryuk and rem from death note. amazing btw :)
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Placebohoe Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010
Really cool :D
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Drawing-Me-Closer Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010
This is amazing. I love dark drawings. And i'm somewhat drunk
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Enamorte Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2010   Digital Artist
Thanks! So was I a few hours ago. :XD:
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cloudPOP Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WOW!!!! *O* This is very awesome~♥ I love it~♥
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Enamorte Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2010   Digital Artist
Thanks very much :heart:
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cloudPOP Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your welcome~♥
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lilmiss-manga Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010
...is it wrong that i find this fellow rather atractive...?

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Enamorte Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010   Digital Artist
I don't think so. :D :heart:
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MelissaDalton Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010  Student Digital Artist
This is by far my favorite thing that I have seen from you. Amazing work my friend. <3
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Enamorte Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010   Digital Artist
Thanks very much :heart: I think it's become my favorite, as well. :)
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Grayda Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010  Professional Photographer
Don't leave us hanging! We need MOAR AE!

I do enjoy this piece though. You can almost smell the earthworms as you look over the details. Well done!
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Enamorte Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010   Digital Artist
NO AE FOR YOU! like srsly though, I'm working on it.

mmmmmm, eeearthwooorms. :iconicameplz:

:kiss:
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MidniteSilven Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This. Aaaaah! Definitely my favorite piece out of your latest drawings! <3
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Enamorte Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010   Digital Artist
Thanks! I'm glad you like it as much as I do. :D
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:icongracelesssanslagrace:
Omigawsh. Omigawsh, omigawsh. *shameless fangirling* He looks fantastic. I'm just losing it, over here. No word of a lie, I had a seriously hardcore joygasm over this one. (Enhanced by the sample of writing. :heart: The overall word-choice really lends itself to the atmosphere of the sample.)

You make me gush so much. ;_;
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Enamorte Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010   Digital Artist
I think that's probably the best reaction to this that I could have hoped for. You made my day. :D :heart:
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:icongracelesssanslagrace:
Huzzah! I'm glad. :heart: This piece really is excellent. You've definitely got bragging rights, where it's concerned.

Also: AzAz is strangely attractive. I don't know how you managed, but he's certainly rather pretty. You know, for being all one-armed and melty-faced.
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Enamorte Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2010   Digital Artist
I know exactly what you mean. While I was painting, I kept in mind the fact that AzAz is actually a deformed Az, and he should look that way. Maybe it's due to that? It really is kind of strange. You're not the first person to have mentioned it, either.
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:icongracelesssanslagrace:
Woo! Means I'm not entirely too creepy.

You definitely can see Az in him, that's for sure. Might be the shape of his eye, that really does it. And... I don't know. There's a certain elegance in his decay.

Well. If it ain't broke. XD
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Enamorte Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2010   Digital Artist
Finding AzAz attractive is far from creepy. You want to know what's truly creepy?

This. [link]

I'll never forget that one. I think it's the most disturbing comment I've ever gotten over the years.
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:icongracelesssanslagrace:
Wow. That's definitely a little bit spooky. And then it gets spookier. I'm sure Rig must have been flattered. lol
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