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Raquiel by turbofanatic Raquiel by turbofanatic
"Fear not" It said.
Nope. Sorry. I will fear to my little heart's content when a giant red monster thing with chicken wings for legs and a wheel for a head appears over Somerville. The bastard looked like it could dance with the Statue of Liberty; which incidentally was just run over by a five legged lion if my news is correct.

As it turns out, after a lot of completely logical fearing and maybe a little anti-aircraft fire, Chicken-Wing-Wheel-Head was an angel. A Seraphim or something named Raquiel. Nice fellow, if a bit stupid. He actually had a sense of humor. Not like the uptight goody-two-shoes angels that appeared in other cities. I hear Tallahassee has one that refuses to shut up, it recites the Lord's prayer from one of it's four heads all day and all night. It's a nice show of devotion but people really do need to sleep.

I'm getting off track; Raquiel turned out to be pretty okay. He helped us rebuild the Zakim Bridge and dropped buckets of water on the forest fires out west. We let him put the star on the city Christmas tree and he was giddy as a schoolgirl for days.

We were even more happy to have our own oversized guardian angel when the demons came, though it was a little weird to see the nice guy who helped my neighbor's cat down from a tree tear the entrails out of a metallic feathered godzilla-thing.

If there really is a heaven and I end up there, I'm finding out whoever made us think angels were pretty dudes with wings and I am going to slap them silly.

One night there was a bad fight. Really bad. The ones where I get called into the hospital are the worst. I was a veterinarian that specialized in horses, they only call me in when they're expecting triage levels of patients.

So I drove along the empty highway (fuel rations are a bitch) to the Brigham and Women's and between the skyscrapers I saw glimpses of Raquiel fighting a demon.

They're both lit up by fires on the ground and the tracer bullets of a dozen apache helicopters, dodging and weaving to hit the demon and not Raquiel.

The fight wasn't going well. The demon was easily twice the size of Raquiel, an enormous catlike thing covered in bleary red eyes. It opened one of three mouths and screamed, an ear piercing wail that shook me to the core, even half a mile away. I felt my hands go numb and managed to stop the car before veering into the guardrail.

I can still see them. The demon has its fangs in Raquiel's torso, shaking him like a rag doll. Raquiel then picked up his own halo-wheel and started bashing it into the demon's head. That thing is like a hundred foot disc of solid iron.

They're both down on the ground at this point, the demon screaming and Raquiel slowly and painfully beating his halo into its head. The demon let go and Raquiel just sort of dragged himself away.

The remaining helicopters continue firing rounds into the dead beast. Better safe than sorry.

Raquiel falls down. And much to my horror I realized I'm driving towards him.

So thinking things through isn't a strong point of mine, okay? I've cut into screaming clydesdales and sewed up unanesthetized wild mustangs with their guts hanging out. Sometimes I just act. And that's why I was driving straight into a warzone.

I pull up next to Raquiel's head... thingy, and step out of the car. Several old warehouses have collapsed underneath him and I hope everyone left for the shelters.

His chest is torn open, the organs are nearly unrecognizable.

"Jesus Christ"
He looks at me with one giant blue eye. "Wh-Where?"
"Sorry, just an expression." Like I said, nice guy, but not too bright.
"You're pretty hurt. Do you know how I can help you?"
"S-sometimes I heal..." He looked so tired.
"Okay, that's good I guess, I'm gonna look and see what I can do, keep still for a bit."

The organs of an angel have a few similarities to a human. Or at least they look like they do. They have veins and arteries at least. And a few of them were spewing blood like a firehose.

I am a good New Englander. I have a shovel, a bag of sand, duct tape, and a multi-tool in my car at all times. And for the next three hours I stitched up the arm-thick arteries with a leatherman and a braid of tape. Worrying about infections for both him and I was a lost cause, his wounds were so large and I was covered in his weird blue blood.

It didn't really matter if I contracted some weird angel sickness. We were all dead if he died anyways.

Eventually the army came in, took me away and cleaned me up, and got to work on him with much better doctors. But I had stopped most of the bleeding.

He did heal, and I didn't get sick. We took samples from the scene and it turns out that angel blood has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral properties. Maybe someday we'll synthesize it.

Raquiel still had a few scars, and was weak around the abdomen, so he made some weird magical blue cloth to protect himself. He likes to chat with me and thinks I'm some sort of miracle worker. I told him it was the miracle of duct tape.

We're still here in Boston. Still standing somehow. Maybe someday an even bigger demon will come and we'll drown in bile or something, but until then I will continue learning how to treat people in addition to horses and Raquiel will still float around the Zakim bridge and occasionally preach the word of God and Duct Tape.
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~Kothoga12 asked for some input on designing KAIJU ANGELS, to which of course I said hell yes. C'mon, KAIJU ANGELS, that is as crazy awesome as it gets right there.

~Kothoga12 gets all the rights and permissions to this particular design. Use it however you see fit :)

If anyone ever needs help with thinking up weird things, I'll usually try to help. I can't always guarantee that inspiration will strike so I might not always be able to help.

Photoshop, five hours. I think I kept falling into some bad habits of mine for this picture but that's why I need to practice more.
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:iconlordcorvell:
LordCorvell Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2017
That was fantastic
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ZealotVedas Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2016
This. I like this. Picture and story both.
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uroboros2 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2016
Been looking for you for a while.
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Sekai-Zero Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2016
Wow I see you are extremely skilled.I and one friend have come up witha manga plot , but we cant make our own manga because our drawing skills are very poor.If you are interested in getting paid to make our manga , contact this e-mail adress.
nikosdafaque@gmail.com   
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ranasan Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2016  Hobbyist
Damn thats awesome! and here I was trying to look up images of godzilla with feathers
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TheSphinxDen Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I'm in love with this character. 
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Oddsword Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2015
Damn, this has been in my faves for YEARS, and I STILL keep coming back to it because it's the perfect short story.
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Sandmanbakery Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015
LOVE the story!!!!!! I wish that was a book! The Tale of Raquiel and the Duct Tape Doctor!
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ToxicMouse77 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015
The story and picture here are pretty... magnificent. Besides the fleshy color and claws, this looks like something that may be from heaven. I mean there are 4 headed creatures with wings covered in eyes, I assume God wouldn't have trouble creating something a bit "out there" by our standards.
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SangoMarimoLover Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay, Raquiel is my favorite angel ever and the artwork is really badass. Also, where did you get his name from?
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turbofanatic Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Totally made it up! It sounded about right :D
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SangoMarimoLover Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I made an angel character a couple years ago and I made up the same name for him, too. Apparently, according to online lists of angels, Raquiel is one of the guardians of the gates of the West Wind. I just thought it was interesting :)
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turbofanatic Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Interesting! It's entirely possible I read the name somewhere and used it unconsciously for this story.
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Myrethy Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Much as I love Supernatural and stuff... this here is the greatest of all the angels!!
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LucienVox Featured By Owner May 3, 2013   General Artist
Duct Tape is there anything physical it can't fix? :D love this work you did, dramatic, yet funny, with a sense of dread and suspense.
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umbbe Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I don't remember if I have commented before, but If I have I'll say it again.

I love this character and I love this story. The frightening appearance makes his friendliness ever the more endearing. It's so good, in fact, that I had to come back just to look at it and read it again.

So, in conclusion... I love it. And I love all of your work. :3c
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Randley Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
AMAZING! Congratulations for your admirable creativity! This creature is lovely!
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Synaesthetic1 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
ho wow this is cool
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makutakrika Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
"Jesus Christ"
"Wh-Where?"

I lol'd. Your characterization of giant muscle-ly flying rune-covered angels is amazing. You don't see that everyday xD I like how you emphasized the child-like character of such a powerful being, and the art compliments it very well.

If this guy is a baby, then I'm looking forward ( or maybe not :P ) to seeing what the adults look like...
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NODOGAN Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012
man LOVED the story and the design XD i always, ALWAYS wondered why were so vicious if they were "angels" , and heck, if something as BIZARRE as angels coming down to GUARD CITIES is used for a story, why not make angels THE DAM WAY ONE CHOSES? XD love the Evangelion themed Raquiel, and also love the fact you made it like a "good primordial being" that is smart enough to some small talk and help people, but doesn't knows ALL THE ANSWERS XD man, totally FAVED XD
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babel-bookworm Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
I love the story, I love the idea, and I love everything about Raquiel. Please tell me you're going to be making more gloriously-weird angels like him.
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Oddsword Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
This is incredible. The art is amazing and the story was epicly hilarious.
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tvforme1 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012
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Abelardo Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
...damn. I've been going through your gallery reading up all the great little stories that accompany your great art, but this one is by far my favorite. And you said your working on a novel? HOLY SHIT just take all my money!
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Samurai-Masami Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
MY GOT THE STORY.
I'm in love.
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RocCenere Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Ha. Hahaha. Amazing. The little story you have to go with it just tops this off entirely.

I shall preach the word of Duct Tape. Yes.
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DSil Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011  Student General Artist
Wild. I love the muscle sinews.
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Zumbiii Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011
so this guy is an angel? if so to what city and or town and or villiage >_>
by the way luv it :D
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Tektalox Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Have you ever watched Neon Genesis Evangelion?
Your angel is so weird!
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amberchrome Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010  Professional General Artist
Not your average angel story. Merry Christmas and all!
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TESAKOV Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010
This is what I would have prayed :)
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Lemniskate Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010
How is it decided how the angels get assigned to their cities? How big has it to be? How many villages or such can the area of competence of one encompass?
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turbofanatic Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I haven't really done any more work on this world (I'm spending my time on Babyface) so I don't have much plotted out. Suffice to say I think the angels just started appearing and then moved themselves to the largest human settlement they could find. :D
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Fuiron Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010
Yes! It's interesting that people today seem to have visions of tall, blonde, white males (Was Hitler right?) with wings and occasionally a flaming weapon or two, when the angels my ancestors and a great many early Christians mentioned were towering forces of nature. An amusing, and awesome, re-design.

Wanna know what about this picture scares me? That he is floating.
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turbofanatic Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Seriously! I hate that so much! Fluffy pretty dude angels would have no reason to say "fear not" so logically something frightening would have to be going on.

He is floating on his undeveloped wings (fun fact: Raquiel is featherless and an idiot because he's just a baaaaaaaaby, or rather an extremely undeveloped entity in my mind) :D
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Kothoga12 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010
You really outdid yourself! I love the storyline, I might try to fit it into my kaijuverse somehow. The angel design is awesome, there is so much about it that I love. I might change a few little things (sorry :/ ) but this guy is definitly being made. Thank you so much :D
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turbofanatic Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's no problem! I'm glad you liked it :D
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Kothoga12 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010
If you want you could do some more sketches if you have any other ideas. :D
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Agrafkak Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Great story, that one. And a neat piece of art! In color! All bow before the Master of Imagination!
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turbofanatic Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahahaha, not a master, but I hope to entertain people :D
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Agrafkak Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
You certainly do :)
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Sne-aks Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What an incredibly interesting story. I enjoyed it just as much as your picture here.
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turbofanatic Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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beccastareyes Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice story and awesome drawing. (And, yeah, 'logical fearing' seems to be a reasonable reaction.)
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turbofanatic Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Also the logical anti-aircraft fire :D
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Blacklemon67 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
DUCT TAPE :3
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:iconturbofanatic:
turbofanatic Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Duct tape is like the Force, it has a light side and a dark side, and it binds the universe together :D
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Blacklemon67 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
words to live by, words to die by
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deinoscaos Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
WOOOOO ME FASCINO, MUY BUENO :)
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:iconturbofanatic:
turbofanatic Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :D
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