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Cherub by ALRadeck Cherub by ALRadeck
1 hr stress doodle - I’ve been wanting to flesh out these guys some more, the images i’ve done in the past have been somewhat incomplete, not like this is entirely better.

In Caelum Sky, This our the heaviest line of defense that heaven/ the angels have, called the Cherub. In classic lore, cherubs (not fattened babbies, I promise) were guardians of heaven’s gate - they’re represented by having four wings and three heads- a lion, a bird, and a human. In this story though, they’re almost entirely birdy. Hooray for interpretation!

Within the story, Cherubs are expressions of partially destroyed souls. When a spirit dies off after living in heaven for however many years, they’re separated by past, present and future souls. It’s entirely by random chance who becomes a cherub, and who becomes fodder for rebirth and new lives- you could have 2/3rds of yourself reborn hunky-dory, and the last bit is chosen for super awesome cherub duty. 98% of the time, they’re one soul- Past souls show up as striped markings on a cherub, future souls show up as dots/ circles. Present souls never get chosen. (the story goes into that a bit more but for the sake of quick explanation, this is good enough) Single-souled cherubs act mostly like obedient zombies: they attack, they follow orders, and they eat a shitload of demons. That’s their main purpose- being the black hole of troop disposal. Unlike all other heavenly counterparts, a dead cherub does not come back. They stay dead. 

On some random chances, you can get both the past and future souled cherubs- these ones are a bit more aware of their surroundings and are allowed to make small battle-field decisions. Especially smart/ talkative cherubs are counted as elite, and are mid-battle commanders for their brethren. They’re heavily instinctual animals (mostly to kill and destroy demons) , and they’re not regarded with much thought beyond “Oh thank god the cherubs are here, now I can go home” 

Cherubs have a double-jawbone- they’ve got teeth lining all the way down to thier feathery shoulders. At thier regular spot where any other bird’s mouth would end, there’s a junction- a rounded tooth held in place by a few loops of muscle wrapped around the side keeps it locked- when the cherub wants to disengage and open it’s mouth all the way up, it loosens those muscles, opening that mouth at least another 15 ft down. They attack demons pretty unceremoniously, just sorta flop down and go to work. Cherubs have an acute sense of smell, and a great memory for past, specific smells. Cherubs themselves smell like rosy sundrops on a blossomed flower—- with their mouths closed. When opened, they smell like a rotting trash heap. 

If you’d like to read more about these buggers, you can find the whole saga here: - though the cherubs don’t make an appearance in the first book till Chapter 23rd. In the second novel they’re around a hell of a lot more. 

I wanna do more of these! I really gotta get a picture up for the hayyoth. This is a celebratory image in getting my Paizo and Fantasy Flight Games work done in time
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Jassy2012 Featured By Owner May 23, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Congratulation by KmyGraphic for the The Best by KmyGraphic Fantasy Art of this week for the group :iconmyfantasy4all: Blue Pendant by KmyGraphic
llorrdnnight Featured By Owner May 18, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
really good background and nice work
Marisahz Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so Amazing. I love it :D (Big Grin) .
Smilinjak1 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
This is so gnarly!
SilverandZuko Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Student General Artist
Dr-Aim Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Student General Artist
wooooh this is awesome and the concept is really cool. it's really an interesting revamp of the cherubs and now I wanna read that sage !
Vaalandil Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I think this is the weirdest one you've ever created.
Draconic-Metalsmith Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013
Fantastic image for the cherub
adamexe20a Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
love the concept!!
i can imagine the sound he makes...
sunwukung22 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013
Raziel had red feathers if I remember is this him?
ALRadeck Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Nah, this isn't him -- He had stripes. 
sunwukung22 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013
that's right!!!
PlatineDragon Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013
Great work :D
antoniorochafoto Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013
Nice work.

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herofan135 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Epic work, I do like the composition and use of colours here. ^^
plantt Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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