ER R6: KA-139 P XVIII Picture

" Touch my mouth and hold my tongue
I'll never be your chosen one
I'll be home safely tucked away
Well you can't tempt me if I don't see the day

The pull on my flesh was just too strong
Stifled the choice, and the air in my lungs
Better not to breathe than to breathe a lie
'Cause when I opened my body I breathed in a lie

I will not speak of your sins
There was a way out for him
The mirror shows not
Your values are all shot

But oh my heart was flawed, I knew my weakness
So hold my hand, consign me not to darkness

So crawl on my belly 'til the sun goes down
I'll never wear your broken crown
I took the road and I fucked it all away
Now in this twilight, how dare you speak of grace

So crawl on my belly 'til the sun goes down
I'll never wear your broken crown
I took the road and I fucked it all away
Now in this twilight, how dare you speak of grace

So crawl on my belly 'til the sun goes down
I'll never wear your broken crown
I can take the road and I can fuck it all away
But in this twilight, our choices seal our fate "

Mumford & Sons, Broken Crown


sergei ruchkin: [link]

the horned god (the trapped god)
the martyr (st. pancratius)



-the crowned stag is a heraldic motif that has been used, in some form or another, since the middle ages. it is most famous now for being the sigil of house baratheon in the best-selling novels by George R. R. Martin. this crowned stag, however, is more based on the legend of saint eustace and the stag, where the saint, an avid hunter, came across a sacred stag on a ride with the crucifix hanging between its antlers. this became the moment where he decided to give up his formerly sinful life and turn to the path of a priest. the small cross on the crown between cobalion's antlers is a nod to this story.

-the crown is based on the crown of czar nicholas ii, the last czar of russia. he and his entire family were killed in 1917. his crown was displayed in moscow as a symbol of the shattered monarchy and the successful revolution.

-beelzebub, or bubba, is based on the babirusa, also known as the 'pig-deer', an animal in southeastern asia that famously sprouts tusks out of its forehead.

-beelzebub is a demon in the judeo-christian tradition. his name is sometimes taken as synonymous with satan, but is largely recognised as its own demonic entity. beelzebub's full title is 'lord of the flies', hence the bugs. this comic pays homage to the original myth and to the story by William Golding, entitled Lord of the Flies.

-the ankou is a demon in the british tradition whose job it is to collect the souls of the dead in a plague-cart and bring them to the underworld. according to tradition, the ankou is the soul of the last man who died the previous year. he must serve as the ankou until his time is up on the new year, where another soul must take up the task.

-in Goethe's Faust, the demon mephistopheles appears to doctor faustus as a poodle.

-in welsh mythology, hellish hounds, called the cwn annwn (pronounced "coon anoon") live in Annwn and hunt the souls of the dead. they are portrayed as white hounds with red eyes. in this comic, they appear as the ninetales in the scene with the faerie court.

-propaganda officers were used commonly in Nazi and Soviet troops during WWII. their role was to provide stories to the public in order to keep up morale and continue high rates of production to the fighting front. they were notorious for being corrupt, opportunistic, and often took advantage of their position. Nazi political commissars frequently worked in very close connection with the SS, and all political commissars were not above shooting their own soldiers for 'treason'. 'treason' could be defined as being taken prisoner of war, of retreating (under any cost), or from refusing to cooperate with the political commissars.

-blue is a colour associated with death and mourning in many eastern cultures. take a look at all of sergei's pokemon.

-sergei falling through the ice was a reference to the famous 'battle of the ice' (russian Ледовое побоище, german Schlacht auf dem Eise), where, in 1242, the russians, under the command of the famous king Alexander Nevsky, defeated a force of invading teutonic knights and routed them on the top of the frozen Lake Peipus.

-crom cruach was, according to irish legend, defeated by Saint Patrick. when he heard that there had been human sacrifices to a pagan god, Saint Patrick went up to the site of the creature's standing stones. Saint Patrick smashed the idol of crom cruach with a sledgehammer, and when he did, all of the blood of its victims spilled out onto the ground (hence the bloody water).

-the reason uriel did not attack cobalion is because uriel, as a psychopomp, has to ultimately answer to the judge of the dead. to uriel, cobalion is a god.


thank you all for reading! this has been my longest round yet, i hope you have enjoyed it~ <3


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