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Proster Yolch by jflaxman Proster Yolch by jflaxman

A handful of unpopular people who claim to have known the young Proster Yolch say he spent his early years in a small commune by the sea. Its members espoused free love, acceptance of diversity and oneness with the natural world. When Proster Yolch was eight years old his beloved older brother was mutilated by a shark, but held on for several painful days before dying of his injuries. The same people also say Yolch was deeply traumatised and spent some time trying to ascertain how bad things happen to good people. He eventually gave up, left his home and travelled inland. Though many have tried to determine his movements over the next twenty years no reliable leads have been found.

It is nonetheless well known that Yolch arrived in Whitewash at the age of 33. This town was only notable for being further from the sea than any built before or since. Yolch put on no affectations; he did not claim to be clever, good, or blessed with any special insight. He only claimed that he had known someone who was all these things, and who willingly suffered a terrible death to ensure no others would.

At first the townsfolk were sceptical, but when none succumbed to shark attacks Yolch began to gain respect. He went on to say the one he had known had banished all the sharks from the town, though their absence was no more remarkable than the lack of dinosaurs. Having thus honoured the memory of the brother he had loved and lost, Yolch formulated further tales whose morals were enshrined as laws. They were very different from the ones he had been taught as a child, encouraging repression, guilt, suspicion of outsiders and rejection of earthly pleasures in favour of others granted on death, but they forged a strong community that continues to expand while the commune he came from has faded away.

Proster Yolch now spreads the word to other isolated towns. He does so from a wheeled pulpit pulled by Mthennibec, an emaciated rabbit who denies himself all worldly joys. The distinctive hat Yolch wears is modelled on the Sharkbenign, the official symbol of his faith. To reach a wider audience he amplifies his sermons with what he glibly refers to as “the miracle of technology.” The alien Xanni carries the speakers to express his gratitude at being rescued from the set of a M. Night Shyamalan film (Xanni is not fond of water, and Yolch stays well away from the sea). Xanni has also provided the means to plant holograms in bubbles. These look like things we think we want but are impossible to grasp.

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TerriblyJadedGamer Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love the Shyamalan reference. Awesome art and storytelling as usual! :D
WereWolfLover221 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The one in front caught me its awesome!
Chanethedemongirl Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Funny and interesting concept. (ノω<`*)
chillher Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2015
so cool!
ZeusThunderer Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015  Student Digital Artist
While the evil wizard tries to capture your heart, the only place you can find meaning is within yourself. That's my interpretation.
girlnumber20 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015
Nice work :)
Danubium Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014
"They were very different from the ones he had been taught as a child, encouraging repression, guilt, suspicion of outsiders..."

You won't find a worldview that doesn't.…
TheElevatedDeviant Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014
I like your sense of humor, Flaxman.
jflaxman Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014
Thanks! It's good to know some people get it.
TheElevatedDeviant Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014
That can be a relief. 

Keep doing what you're doing, man. 
alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014
This picture makes absolutely no sense. 
jflaxman Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014
With all respect, the posters before and after you got it.
VAEisenberg Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014
Very nice parody of the church.
SloBro475 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
Pretty impressive storytelling.
SnailPropulsionLabs Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014
It's been said before and I'll reiterate it, publish a book, your storytelling is incredible.
Melancholy42 Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is fantastic, I absolutely love the backstory for these characters 
mhm98 Featured By Owner May 31, 2014
Oh why, you precious, you.. you genious, wunderbar little shit, you..
This is amazing. No words, let me kiss your feet.
FollowinTheBlackBird Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You are one hell of a story teller. :)
hunterN05 Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I am so glad I don't live in this world :P
Lots of nastyness.

Good work man, and BUBBLES! :dummy:
sdavis75 Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very interesting work!  Well done!
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