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Raven Mocker by Ashere Raven Mocker by Ashere
The Kalona Ayeliski is the most feared of the Anisgina, a witch-thing of bottomless malevolence and terrible power. Devourer of the dead and the dying, it steals breath and life to prolong its own terrible existence. Only those with strong magic or pure heart can kill a Kalona Ayelisk, should they see its true face. It goes masked and cloaked, in the form of a terrible raven, for fear of being seen, and even recognized it takes seven days to die.

Those who take ill in the mountains of North Carolina soon learn to fear its mocking, cawing scream.....

Third of the Appalachian Nightmares series.
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Midnightcavecat Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2015
I know this is probably a old drawing but how did you think of this image? I know it might be a strange question but did you ever see this thing before. I was scared shitless when I saw it, I saw a thing that looked exactly like this in my dreams as a child. I had drawn a picture of it from memory several years later and after hearing about Raven Mockers I looked into it only to see this picture and I was speechless, it was exactly the same.
gemportals Featured By Owner Edited Nov 12, 2015
This person on Reddit going by the name "itchangedme" saw some raven mockers while experiencing visions on a plant called Datura. (…)

Here's a copy of the post:

Many of the datura postings on this site are correct. But what this and the other trip sites (like Erowid) miss, is the fact that datura has a long history of darkness and death. There's nothing good about datura. It's unique among all earth's plants in how it's so seductive, malicious and harmful to those foolish to try it.

Yes, unlike LSD or plants with DMT, datura is a different world. I say 'world' because I mean exactly that. Something in the evolution of plant life on this planet, caused datura to be a doorway that conjures up an evil malicious spirit world. I can say this because 30 years ago, datura changed my life. It completely changed my concept of 'what is life?' And I've been trying to come to grips with it ever since.

I was one of nine unfortunate people who unknowingly came into a datura 'vortex' that put us in the wrong place at the wrong time. It happened in a remote desert canyon where datura bloomed all around, and ancient shamanistic rock art covered the walls. Most of us were in our 30s, and some had never taken a psychedelic drug before. Taking datura was the last thing on our minds.

But looking back, datura selected us and took complete control. I know now that we had no say in what happened. Like unknowing zombies we went through a solemn ritual to dig up a root, boil a tea, and sip from a teaspoon passed around. Inexplicably, there was no questioning at all.

What followed the next 24 hours, changed our group's reality profound. For most, after intense poison reactions, it was a world of wonderment. But for one of us, it was life-changing, and he's been wheel-chair ever since because datura 'entities' convinced him that he could fly off a cliff.

Unlike LSD or drugs containing DMT, there's no, "boy, this is really strong stuff... or did I ever got high this time." There's was no idea that we took datura, and when high, we all met people and non-human entities that were normal and real.

Datura is not a social drug. It's a loner drug. It separates you to only interact with datura 'people'. Through that night, none of us had contact with each other. But the next day when we all came back to this plane of reality to compare notes, we realized that we had all met the SAME people! We were in remote total wilderness, but we met the same people! We also all met similar non-human entities (and there were many) that I now know were either 'raven mockers' or 'shadow people'. They were at the periphery of our vision, seeming to morph in and out of rocks and plants. But the human-like people, were totally normal, and real.

In 30 years of research, I've become dumbfounded at how our experience matched so exact to the long historical datura record. Whether in human or non-human forms, ravens, raven mockers, cigarettes, you name it, our experience matched exact that record. Datura is not a drug. It's the doorway to harm and to death, so I caution anyone to not be stupid to try it, because they're only dealing with harm and death.

Ashere Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The image evolved from a series of concepts I had--something that was supposed to be kind of raven-ish, but also cloaked in some way. I took inspiration from plague doctors and native american masks, but eventually I saw a strobed photo of a dancer where the arms resembled flapping, wing-like sheets. From there I doodled until I got this more amorphous shape. 

So to answer your question, nope, it's all out of my head. :) But it's a vague enough shape that it's meant to look a little dreamlike!
Midnightcavecat Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2015
That's super creepy! it looks exactly like the raven mocker from my dreams!
ah-puch-zegno Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
es el mejor Kalona Ayelisky que e visto en DA, me gusta lo parecidos que con a los nahuales de latinoamerica. 
geekspace Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
Loving the sense of odd, amorphous menace this spooky sucker exudes-not to mention the seamless blend 'tween wings and 'cloak'. That starfield also makes for a most interesting backdrop.

Oddly enough, this is one Amerindian haunt I'd actually spied in the pages of New Moon, an Old West-based comic series starring a lycanthropic gunslinger. 'Course, that Mocker was rather more humanoid (and hence less memorably eerie) than your rendition.
KitWhitham Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
Scary, yet oddly beautiful. Well done!
CodyVBurkett Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
More seriously, I do like the sense of malevolance and spookyness here. Well done.
CodyVBurkett Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I was looking for nightmare fuel tonight. Thank you. :-)

(Serously. It will be better than the three night stretch that I've been dreaming of being attacked by Azdharchids and swallowed whole.)
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