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Phantom Cranes by DaveAllsop Phantom Cranes by DaveAllsop
'[Ed's note - a little taster of what to expect in the new Book of Unremitting Horror - the Ocean Game]

The Phantom Birds bear a strong resemblance to Earth’s Marabou Storks – spindly, ugly, carrion creatures with bald, scab-encrusted heads.
Phantom Birds tend to be much larger though, possessing all too human eyes, and the ability to talk. When found in Briny Heaven they are crowned with rusty metal halos.
The appearance or arrival of Phantom Birds is regarded as prophetic; it can mean that the Mystery Man is nearby, or that characters are approaching a region that has a strong Outer Black influence (like the Outskirts).
The purpose of the Phantom Birds as yet remains unclear. In Trenker’s diary he refers them as the ‘angels of Briny Heaven’, but he also refers to other nonhuman entities as angels too. It is possible that these avian monsters are mutated Ocean Game players. Perhaps they failed the Mystery Man in some way, or are have simply morphed into these forms after too much exposure to the Outer Black.
Phantom Birds are most commonly associated with ‘Monkey’ players as they are attracted to horror, extreme violence, and bloodshed; when their scalps bleed profusely it is an indication of their arousal.
Phantom Birds often gather on the verges of murder scenes to copulate.
Phantom Birds are rarely, if ever witnessed by ordinary people, even when they gather in large flocks.
Verbally, Phantom Birds are mostly unresponsive. They tend to dislike humans but will exchange information, trade spells and secrets for carrion, or the gory details of a crime scene they’re attending. Deals with Phantom Birds usually come to grief.
High-ranking Sallow occasionally members have a guest Phantom Bird living somewhere on their property.'

Dave
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Zenith76 Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Hi. Is there any way I might be allowed to use your non-affiliated pieces for a personal card editor? I promise it would only be for a hobby and non-profit and no-publish. I just want to play with them ^^
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:icontitanlizard:
They are my favourite birds :D
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badmickis Jan 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome! :D
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:iconjakeminor:
Damn, that's good!
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thevampiredio Jan 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
dayummmm!! those are sick!!
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artybel Dec 28, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Hmmm curious... Nice work Dave! :)
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:iconbiomech44:
Stunning and truly atmospheric. Brilliant piece :clap:
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Mantisse Dec 23, 2010
Woah. Wonderful drawing. Congrats!!!
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Destro2k Dec 23, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
uh, that is my taste of style :)
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LemurianWanderer Dec 23, 2010  Professional General Artist
Very nice and creepy!
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