Raythe says …
Today I want to share with you the second Member-created creature for the gay high fantasy romance, The Elven King’s Blade. As you might remember, I asked you guys to help me create a monster then our resident artist, Mathia Arkoniel, chose two to illustrate. We previously saw the terrifying Silver Darling. Today is the Rivenstein!
From Kris’s description:
Frankenstein’s Monster. Only worse.
A Riven elf that’s had human body parts grafted onto it to the point that it’s more dead human flesh animated by necromantic magic than living elven flesh. Created by the big bad of the story and quite literally inspired from reading Mary Shelley’s novel. If there’s any conscious thought left in an entity like that then it’s gone completely insane from pain and horror of its own existence.
An antithesis to Ciaran’s ability and quite possibly the worst thing Aeth has ever heard or seen of Riven magic.
This just makes the banishment of the Riven elves to Earth all that more of a damning decision because it’s clear that at least one of them has gone completely batty and is torturing and killing humans on top of torturing another Riven elf (if it wasn’t already dead) and turning into a necromantic abomination. The thing doesn’t sleep or eat. It doesn’t stop. It has to be completely burned to asked and the bones ground to dust to actually finally kill it because it’s got so much necromancy in it the BONES WILL JUST GET UP.
Bonus points if it’s Ciaran’s ancestor.
Just the psychological horror of having something coming after you without reprieve. The idea that you have to kill it over and over again after realizing you can’t save it. That it was once, or may still even be a thinking, feeling Riven trapped within would be extra brutal for Aeth and Ciaran because those two are really empathetic individuals.
Mathia explained where the parts came from:
One shoulder is from a more muscular human. The other from a skinny elf. The hands are from a male human and the fingers from different people. The chest and neck are the Riven Elf’s whilst his sides are from another human. One thigh and calf (the thicker ones) are from another muscular human. Feet are from different people as is half of the face.
Mathia also suggested how the creature is created:
To keep the creature alive, a crystal is infused with necromantic magic. To make the monster really strong and have exceptional stamina, it’s creator could have grafted a second heart on it’s aortic valve. The crystal that animates the hearts and keeps the creature alive, would then be placed between these two hearts.
So I can almost SMELL this thing (dead, wet leaves, the sweet whiff of rot and something bitter and metallic from the metal) just by looking at it. I’m afraid for when Ciaran and Aethaden meet this! Tell me what you think!