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Tlanusi, the Great Leech by Ashere Tlanusi, the Great Leech by Ashere
In Murphy, North Carolina, there is a spot where the waters from three muddy rivers come together in a broad expanse of slow moving water. Beneath the surface lay a ridge of granite, offering a natural bridge. But the Cherokee went carefully in that place; to ford the river risked the attention of something ancient and loathesome, something that had crept up from the spirit world to lie beneath the surface. Sometimes a wave would sweep a traveler off of the ridge, and when their bodies surfaced, the fluids had been drained from their bodies, and their noses and eyes had been eaten away....

The Cherokee named the place Tlanusi'y, the Leech Crossing. Soon, they avoided using it at all. 
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Dinofuzz Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is the best interpretation of this mythical beast, I've ever seen! :clap:
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Ashere Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, not too many other people have taken a crack at it, so I don't have much in the way of competition. But thank you. :D
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Dinofuzz Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
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KitWhitham Featured By Owner May 7, 2014
Now this one made me straight up shudder! Well done!
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Ashere Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad somebody shares by utter hatred of leeches. Originally the design looked more authentic, but I couldn't stand to look at it, so I made it more fantastical. 
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KitWhitham Featured By Owner May 7, 2014
I am not scared of typical creepy crawlies, but bloodsuckers and parasites give me the heeby-jeebies!!
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Orionide5 Featured By Owner May 7, 2014
Wow, amazing! 
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