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I have walked in this world,
And they have told me of kings.
Of brave rulers who make the tough choices,
Men of example and outstanding character.

But it was then that they said,
What is a king to a God?
What is a mere mortal to a higher power,
One who holds our fate in his hands?

They said he was benevolent and kind,
Wrathful and jealous, magnanimous and selfish alike.
He was the perfect ideal, embodying all things
And we were made in his image...

It was then that I was laughed at,
By he who asked this question:
What is a God, to a non-believer?
One who lives by the truth he sees...

He is the man who acts as per his morals.
He lives through his eyes and is judged by his fellows.
He submits to no higher being, not a one does he fear;
Comfortable with his own conscience...

But all three, I beg; I ask ye this:

For what is a king to a God,
A God to a non-believer,
And all three of them in comparison,
To the madman who watches the world burn...

"I think it makes a pretty fire, don't you?"

-Chen Yuan Wen, 19th July 2013
I have a bit of business to attend to tonight, so my co-captain shall post this on my behalf. As you can see I don't even have time to use my piratey accent, the shock of it all I swear.

In any case, I am always finding discussion on the interwebs about why you should not believe, or why you should believe and though I hold my tongue (since the discussion would go nowhere), I figured I should offer a third opinion.

In truth, nothing would matter to the man that accepts his madness. He understands he might burn in the flames for a thousand years or more. He understands that belief is foolish in some circumstances. Most of all however, he simply doesn't give a damn.

The energy spent thinking and promoting such things, could be directed to more immediate pursuits. There are people dying in the streets and you see fit to bother with trivialities?

I believe that this man would much rather carve the ancient runes in his flesh and bring forth an infernal plague of demons. True, he would herald the destruction of the world; yet, after centuries of bickering, you would all have at least one reason to stand together.

It would be us against them and after your bones have been crunched and your home shattered. The bodies of thousands littering the debris that surrounds you. Would you see another human as being defined by his colour, ideal or flag; or might you actually see him as a welcome comrade in arms. A fellow human to die at your side.

Heroes, at the end of the day, are meaningless, for it take a villain to give them a true place in history.

*Clears throat* Okay sooooo like...who wants to help me wake an ancient God that MAY or may not be sleeping under the earth. We create some broodmothers, make some darkspawn, get into blood's all good right? :3

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:

P.S. Sorry, I can never be serious for too long, without some comedy I think we'd all just walk around lookin' like we had a stick in our ass xD.
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nnnn11112 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014
crow-ash Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I particularly like the very last grouping in this. 
stilt61 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013

The ancient gods lie beneath, watching, waiting for the chance to break free, to take back that was once theirs. To destroy the usurpers. To reign, once again, supreme.


Something to look forward too.


By the way I like this. Makes ya think. And ain't that a grand thing indeed!

Lawlessness45 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Waking an ancient God sounds glorious. :D  I enjoyed this greatly,  as it seems to express an often unvoiced frustration I feel but can't put into words. You have captured what I often feel I want to say but am unable to express. :thumbsup: 
Michel-le-fou Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Professional Writer
By the gods, this be a great work. I am as ver hrilled that you be writing.
Imaginary-Shadow Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
Very well put, and put together. Both the piece, and your comments. Thank you for sharing~ :)
samuraishoujo95 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Regardless of what you believe in or don't believe in, there's always your conscience, formed by your upbringing, which tells you the difference between right and wrong and that, I believe, is what's most important.
Rattlesire Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Very heavily inspired by 'No Church In The Wild' by Jay-Z & Kanye West off the Great Gatsby soundtrack. 

Nice version.
WAR-THERAPY Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconpyromaniacplz: :iconsaysplz: LET IT BUUURN!!!
i just HAD to do this :P

pretty deep questions you've got there!
smokedragon Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
I definitely felt questioning and introspection in this piece, as well as an eventual acceptance, or equilibrium of some kind. It's an old concept, deciding whether to seek darkness in the world to fight, or deciding to accept your own darkness. To look in the mirror, look oneself right in the eyes and face the villainous part of us that no one ever wants to see, and grow from it, each in our own ways. Most often, for many people, it seems one doesn't have to look in the deep places in the earth or the stars to find real villainy. It would be easier for most people to face, and then to fight, if it did come from there, though, I think. Nice work :)
thefirepixie79 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
someone likes kanye
Enemv33 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Wow. That's deep
chocolegos Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Silent-Intrigant Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Such an amazing piece!
ChungKeePanda Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013
Very nicely said. I agree that we all need to fight the common villain in this world 
angelgirlartist Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing in so many ways
Maemi-Sedai Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You have the most amazing mind ever. 
Also, I shall say: Burn them all with fire.
Because that's always the best solution to everything. 
of-the-skies Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I think some people have this version in their signatures:

What's a mob to a king? What's a king to a god? What's a god to a non-believer, Who doesn't believe in anything. 
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