The next portrait depicted an image familiar to Ketil. The morose Lord Morbid had ended his life in a strikingly innovative and horrific fashion. The portrait was a stylized version of a medical examiner’s photo which had been stolen and passed around following the sensational suicide.
The moment was re-enacted in the minds of the painting’s viewers. The tall, gaunt will-o-the-wisp carved an elder sign into his chest and slashed the blood vessels in his arms. He painted an inverted pentagram with strange sigils at each of the points on the stone floor of the chamber using his own blood. A terrible mania had overtaken the disturbed young man, allowing him to complete his gruesome task despite losing enough blood that he should have fainted long since.
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