I appreciate the way that you handled the separated body parts. It put a sentence in my head that reads: "It's not -too- graphic, but just graphic enough to know you're serious." Rather than veins, guts, bones, and dripping blood, the soft red areas can still strongly imply gore and that this character was not always this way (once whole) -without- causing as much instinctive discomfort in casual viewers. The continuation of the separation theme in the fragmented swords feels very important to the overall picture & character, and the overall feeling is one of purposefully grim elegance. As though this character was some sort of deity. Perhaps one of sacrifice or devotion in the face of pain or violence. I'd be interested in the background you speak of, should you ever get one posted.