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2016 Artwork Acolyte! Illustration Man with goat

Another ominous silence fills the darkened room. After what seems like five minutes, you hear a door swing open and the room is quickly filled with loud bleating sounds.

A voice from the darkness says: ‘Acolyte! The hour of sacrifice is almost upon you. Please stand behind the blood altar and prepare yourself!

As if by magic, the other candles on the altar flicker into life. If you didn’t know any better, you could swear that the ancient blood altar is nothing more than a trestle table with a cheap plastic tablecloth draped over it. But, banishing such heretical notions from your mind, you solemnly take your place behind the altar.

Once you are standing behind the ancient blood altar, you spot a box of chocolates propped up against one of the table legs. Obviously this must be the ceremonial gift that the Order has prepared for you after you’ve completed your initiation. Thankfully, the box also seems to be wrapped in cellophane, so that it won’t get ruined by the goat’s blood.

The bleating sound gets louder as a hooded man emerges from the darkness, with a live goat under one arm and a fearsome dagger tucked into the belt of his robes. With practiced precision, he places the goat onto the altar. Naturally, it tries to make a bid for freedom, but he quickly lures it back to the altar with a handful of assorted weeds and flowers.

The goat lies on the altar and knocks over a candle with it’s tail as it begins to eat the flowers greedily. You hear splashing water and a quiet hissing sound. The hooded man pulls the dagger from his belt and says: ‘Acolyte! The hour draws closer, take this dagger and make your sacrifice in the glorious name of the Elder Goddess Zuccax.’

Solemnly, he passes you the dagger and disappears back into the shadows. Well, it’s up to you now! What are you going to do?

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