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Dead Men Archipelaho - Ice Cover

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My 1st real rendition of a character that isn't Katyusha. Vardo is a separate character engaged in a different set of circumstances in a different time under the same oppressive regime that turns the living into the dead without killing them outright.

Vardo is a Caucasian woman that guards Camp #916 deep in the heart of Siberia in the USSR. How she wound up there is never discussed by her or anyone around her. All that is known is that she was once a devout Orthodox woman and daughter to a ruthless Soviet interrogator. Years of guarding the prisoners have turned the once graceful soul into a demon among the living. After her chance encounter with an artist inmate and becoming keeper of a group of children known as the "Al Capone Children", Vardo's inner self becomes conflicted with what she has become and what she wants to become.
After a detour to Lake Baikal during a brutal winter storm, Vardo discovers that to be dead in the Soviet Union doesn't mean you have seen the end both figuratively and literally when Vardo discovers the gateway to El, the land of the dead mentioned in Caucasian stories. The dead's numbers rival the stars in the sky and when Vardo comes under control of a great and terrible power, the stars are the limit for the damage she can do to the people in the land of the living.
How she chooses to proceed could have her remember in history as another guard in the GULAG or a powerful figure of legend for generations to follow.

Inspired by this wonderful bittersweet song. Check out this individuals channel when you get a chance. Her work is fantastic.

When Stars Appear - Troisnyx
http://www.newgrounds.com/audio/listen/696862

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Hey. I only discovered this today and I'm really touched by your character and her story. I didn't realise that you drew inspiration from me all this time. Thank you so much for sharing.

There's something very ghastly about her eyes, it's the first thing that comes to mind. That, and perhaps the chill of the Russian climate you showed here.

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