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The Vishnakov Anomaly (Vegascat rolls the bones again)


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This is what happens when I get an idea stuck in my head that I have to get out before I can do anything else. It's obviously (I hope its obvious) a WIP as I need to get some earth to pack around the skull before I can move on to paint it. I also came up with a bit of background for it. Yes, all over the top for just the base for a moday for no apparent reason other than it was bouncing around in my head.


The Vishnakov Anomaly


The man before Kommander Zerkova resembled a Greylord no more than she resembled a fairytale princess, but be that as it may, he was…no, he once was a member of the Greylord Covenant, though a minor one at that. He was completely unremarkable in appearance, of average height, with brown hair and eyes, and she had read his file, nothing remarkable there either. He only resembled a homeless madman now, with his wild eyes, ragged and bloodied clothes. The only thing visible that he possessed was what appeared to be a student’s grammar book, from what little she could see of the cover, which he held in a deathgrip, clutched to his chest. Using her special eye, she saw a familiar glow about the book, which radiated down into his hand and into his body. Her scouts had stumbled across him lying in a ditch alongside the road they were traveling. The scout that had first touched him was now dead of a wasting disease that caused all the blood in his body to run out through his eyes and run along the ground and flow up the once Greylord’s body and into his eyes. The second scout was about the run back to camp when Antonin Vishnakov called out that he was here to see Kommander Zerkova and he could lead the way or tell him after he was dead.


In truth, she felt no real fear of him as she was shielded against many kinds of magic, but her two bodyguards seemed to give the man pause and he stopped just inside the door’s entryway. He spoke in very precise words, as though he did not want to be misunderstood. “I have come very far to tell you that the anomaly should be left alone or we will all be forced to feed on each other’s blood.†At which he raised the grammar book as in a small salute and tossed it carefully about a third of the way into the room. Then he began to quiver as someone who’s trying to quietly laugh at a friend’s joke in a crowded room. He then violently slapped a hand over one eye and then the other as his body shook in a violent spasm. His mouth opened, but only the sound of gurgling issued forth, as though the last bit of water down a drain, and then he collapsed face first into the room, his hands never moving from in front of his eyes.


The autopsy later revealed that his eyes had grown to twice their size, bloated with blood. Very little blood remained in his body otherwise. The book had taken time to disarm and unlock. By the time the book was free, Antonin Vishnakov’s file had appeared on her desk. Even with them both and some well spent coin, it still took the better part of two months to find the site of the former greylord’s camp, or what was left of it. It took month’s more careful work before they discovered what had now been deemed The Vishnakov Anomaly. The Anomaly could only be safely reached through the eyes and body of a warjack. Regular steamjacks tended to seize up or have untimely breakdowns anywhere near the Anomaly. The only activity from the Anomaly was random glowing that shown with no rhyme or reason that she’d been able to decipher so far. She’d had to requisition a specialty warjack to uncover as much of the Anomaly as she had. Lately, unconfirmed reports of Cryxian troops had grown more frequent. She knew she was running out of time to discover its secrets before she had to attempt to destroy the Anomaly or have it fall to Cryx.


I apologize in advance for the quality of the videos (which I apparently can't upload, so I've linked to them instead).   Here are the pictures though.


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Video without overhead lights - https://youtu.be/nRiHPQHc7KI


Video with overhead lights - https://youtu.be/584Kcig89N0


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