FEAST OF BLOOD

from FEAST OF BLOOD by BAT MAGIC

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PART ONE: BLOOD RITE OF ORDO VAMPYR
A SLOW GAIT FOLLOWING THE CRACKS THAT LAY BEFORE ME. PERPETUALLY FRUSTRATED STEPS ON BROKEN LEGS, A FALSE START TIMED TO THE PALPATATIONS
OF AN ARRHYTHMIA. I'M NOT TRYING TO BE A LEGEND, A HOUSEHOLD NAME, ANYONE OF NOTE. I JUST WANT TO BE A FUCKING MAN. HALF THE TIME I'M GRINNING BACK THE BILE, THE OTHER HALF IT SPILLS A DELUGE OF FURY AND FIRE. CAN ANYTHING CARRY THE DAY? THE CONSTANTLY DISAPPOINTED CYNIC WHO LOVED WELL, BUT RARELY WISELY. WHO WISHED THEM ALL A SAFE VOYAGE, AND WALKED FOR MILES ON MY OWN.

NOW I CHAIN MYSELF TO NEW SHACKLES; THE HEDONIST ON A WEARY ROPE. SWINGING BETWEEN A BLUR AND A DEAFENING STOP. CRASHING AGAINST THE WALLS, CRUMBLING TO THE GROUND. IN PIECES, THE RUBBLE ENTOMBS. I'M JUST A BLIND MAN IN A MINE FIELD. BUT I CAN SEE ENOUGH TO DANCE ON YOUR TOMB AEONS FROM NOW, UNDER CRUMBLED FOUNDATION.

THAT'S WHERE THE ROOTS WILL ROT.


PART TWO: SOLIS MORS
IT BEGAN WITH A SHOWING OF FAITH, AND NOW IT INFECTS EVERYTHING. SAME STORY, TOLD TIME AND TIME AGAIN. WHAT CAN BE EXPECTED FROM MEN BLIND TO THEIR BONDAGE? BRAZENLY TAKING THE WORDS OF AN OUT OF TOUCH CABAL OF LIARS, UNIFIED IN THEIR COWARDICE! WHAT MUST BE DONE IS A COMPLETE DESTRUCTION OF EVERY ICON THAT ALLOWS FOR THIS. FOOLISHNESS AND EXCUSES FOR DISGUSTING BEHAVIOR AND JUDGMENTS HYPOCRITICAL AS THEY BE. NOW WE’RE DUE FOR A CLEANSING, BUT NOT THE ONE YOU WANTED, THE ONE WHERE THE BARREL IS POINTED AT HIM. NOW THE CAPTIVE STARTS TO TURN INTO HIS OWN CAPTOR, FREE TO LEAVE BUT LACKING DESIRE TO. CHOKED BY EVERY OPPORTUNITY TO CLAW HIS WAY OUT OFTHIS, HE AWOKE TO A WARM BED. IT FELT LIKE A TOMB! ALL THESE TOWERS HE'D BUILT, ERODED. HE SLID INTO THE DEPTHS, WISHING HE COULD JOIN THEM. TO FLING HIMSELF OFF EVERY CLIFF, TO FIND A MOUTH OF HELL TO SWALLOW HIM WHOLE.



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"HIS BONES ACHE WITH SADNESS
HE WISHES AWAY HIS DAYS
HIS KINGDOM IS MADE ON FAILURE AND HEARTACHE
AND HE DOES NOTHING TO CHANGE
PROUDLY SET IN HIS WAYS
AND STILL LIKE A FOOL
HE SITS AND HE PRAYS"
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PART THREE: SOLIS CORPIS
I WANDERED DOWN A TRAIL LINED BY THORNS, FULL OF TRAVAILS. I CLIMBED THROUGH BRIARS, CRAWLED THROUGH MILES OF SMOLDERING ASH! I MADE EVERY PREPARATION, MEASURED EVERY STEP. EACH ACT SHALL BE SUCCOR; FOR THE ABERRATION OF MY BIRTHING, MY PURPOSE! TO AVENGE EVERY PERCEIVED SLIGHTMEET PALTRY INSULT WITH RIGHTEOUS FUROR, CROSS OUT ONE NAME, REPLACE IT WITH ANOTHER.

I MARKED MY ENTRANCE WITH THE BLOOD OF A LAMB. A PORTAL OPENED AND I STEPPED THROUGH IT; STALKED AND STALKED AND STALKED AND STALKED. TRACING SIGILS ON EACH SURFACE MY HANDS CRAWL OVER A PACT I’VE MADE AND SOUL I’VE BARTERED TO RIGHT THE SHIP AND STEER IT BENEATH THE WAVES.

AND FINALLY, IT KILLS NOT ONE, BUT BOTH INSTANTLY! NO JOY FROM THIS - THE BURDEN HEAVIES, CRUSHING ME. SO FOLLOW ME AND DO EXACTLY AS I'VE DONE. JUST REMEMBER; YOU'LL DIG TWO GRAVES INSTEAD OF ONE.

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