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"Alis aut vincula ferro aut tempore caelum, anima mea." - "On wings or shackles, by steel or time, heaven or hell, your soul is mine." ~ MORTIS, Death Metal God

And nearly after two whole days, I proudly present you guys, Mortis. The God of Death Metal and the First Metal God in my Pantheon series I intend on doing. One God for each genre/sub-genre I deem worthy.

This piece was a HUGE development in my digital skill set IMHO, although it started out as a quick pencil sketch. I tried lots of new things I wasn't really comfortable or wholly aware of doing in PS. Using stock textures, extensive use of gradients and tons of layering work back and forth.


MORTIS is one of the oldest God's in the Pantheon. He's been around since the Metal Gods fiddled with Life, and consequentially, its termination. Though not exactly a malignant God, Mortis is a morbidly fathomable entity, to say the least. He sees such things as biological immortality and necromancy as acts of defiance against the natural order of Life and Death, and so, condemns those who practice such things. He cares not for the deeds accomplished by the living, as long as they live and eventually die. No matter if you were rich or poor, good or bad, peasant or king. All living comply to Mortis's demands when their time comes.

As such, Mortis holds the power of countless, infinite souls and his manifestation to "our" world is very constant and present, as common as death itself, naturally. Although not possessing control over the 4th dimension, Time, he monitors it, in all existences, through his Hourglass chained to his guitar's headstock.

The Ax' itself (inspired by the hellish Bastard V), is the instrument used to reap the souls of the fallen. Much like the scythe's blade, the vibrations of his strings echo through the universe and reach its every corner, with brutal, dissonant, crushing, distortion-dosed riffs that break any barrier imposed, either be slowly battering them, or swooshing maniacally with unstoppable death n' roll rhythm.

It is rather difficult to interpret visually a cosmic entity such as a Metal God, but generically, Mortis is depicted as the Grim Reaper, with large, pale, claw-like hands that provide the Touch of Death and extra reach on his Ax's fretboard. In terms of visage, they say that peeking under Mortis's hood is staring at Death itself. No surprise, eh.

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