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Chapter 10: Face-off.

Thor was oddly calm once they had headed away. Somehow the thrill of battle and the promise of a fight made his worries seem like minor issues. He knew that he could help Loki by doing something, by standing by his side. Now, he only cared about speed, hurry, faster and faster. He needed to be there. Every second wasted to catch a breath could be a second too much. Tony could not follow him at the same speed, it asked too much of his suit, but Thor would see him there, he would be able to hold off any enemies long enough. He touched down on the grounds of the industrial park, just remembering Tony’s warning about catching attention so that he could land between some steel plates. He couldn’t see Loki. He was inside somewhere already. Norns forbid he would be too late, not again.

Loki was quiet when he snuck into the building that held the Chitauri. He was not like Thor, barging in with his powers blazing, it wouldn’t do. He needed to know things first. How many were there? How did they get here? And what was the device he had seen before? He moved slowly, his back close to the wall. The warehouse was relatively empty, there were a few old tables and workspaces, the odd larger compartment of things that the humans had built here once. The place was grim. Loki did not like it here at all, it was just so dark and cold. He heard them, the Chitauri. He could hear the noises they made to communicate. It made the hairs on the back of his neck stand on end with memories. He grit his teeth against it. No, he would not be afraid. This was his chance to take back his own strength. To show them that he was not just the cowering little prince. Thor, Thor’s friends, the Chitauri: They would all know it. He rounded a corner, hiding himself behind the old working-bench nearby. There were about 8 of them, Chitauri foot folk. They were  working on the device, a machine that had the size of a small car. He did not trust the look of it. It looked like a canon, but there was no ammo nearby, no crates or energy tubes. If it was something that had to fire, they were not planning on doing so soon. Was that a good thing? He was not so sure yet.
He rounded the corner and snuck to a closer bench. They were making it ready for something anyway, the mechanics were functioning. Loki had to know what they were doing. He sighed and looked to a nearby door before he projected the image of a man there, a Midgardian man, simple and plain, just enough for the Chitauri to spot. He waited for one of them to look up before he made his projection run off as if he had been spotted. The Chitauri took the bait, gathering their weapons and chasing after the image that had fled down the hallway. Loki waited for a while before he walked towards the device. It was indeed huge. But he could not find anything it would have to fire. He looked behind him for a moment more before he pried off one of the plates to look inside. For a while he was just looking at wires until he could see the tubes. They were significant, made of glass. He parted the wires and looked at the runes that were carved in their holders. These were mage-runes. The device was not to fire, it was to drain. They had made it to collect the power from the Tesseract to turn it into a weapon. He set his jaw tightly. Oh that was not good at all. He made to get up and turned. He met the faces of 6 Chitauri, they had already surrounded him. He instinctively reached for the knives he usually carried with him, but he did not have anything. He was pretty sure they recognized him even through his disguise. They were not stupid. One lunged forward and he shot a bolt of his magic at it, making it screech in pain. He made ready to do the same to the rest, but any plans went lost when one of them hit him hard enough on the head to make him stumble, another hit and he fell over forward, vision dimming instantly. One of them had snuck up behind him. He really was out of his depth. Normally he would have sensed them, and a simple hit to the head wouldn’t have fazed him so much. But he was not yet in shape, not as he should be, not like he usually was.

When Loki woke up again he was relieved not to be in tremendous pain. His arm pulsed, quite horribly too.  
“Loki?” He heard. “Can you hear us?”
That was Banner’s voice. There was some shuffling.
“Brother, please wake again. Are you well?” Thor asked.
Loki grunted then and opened his eyes. He was warm though, fever? He was looking into a bright set of lights, white almost.
“Jarvis, dim the light above his head.” Tony immediately ordered.
“His eyes are really creepy like that.” Pepper’s voice muttered.
Loki shook his head, back in Stark Tower. He was safe. Thor must have found him. He waited for his vision to focus and saw that they were all there, Bruce, Thor, Pepper, Stark… And they all sported the same concerned gaze. Loki hummed and slowly brought up his hand to rub in his eyes. But as he did he saw a flare of blue rather than soft pink. He gasped and shot up. His entire skin, he was Jotun.
“Loki, easy.” Thor immediately said, putting a hand on Loki’s shoulder. He was wearing gloves, the rest was also dressed warmly, sweaters and scarves, Loki got a hunch that the temperature here was kept low by Stark to favour him.
“What happened to me?” Loki hissed.
“We hoped you could tell us. When we found you the Chitauri had fired this weapon at you, Thor thought you were dead.” Bruce explained, carefully taking Loki’s arm.
“They used their device on me…” Loki cursed. “They took my magic.”
Thor squeezed his shoulder harder.
“They… They can’t do that. Magic is part of you, they can’t just take that right? It’s-”
“You think I look like THIS for bloody good fun?”
This form that he despised so much. Thor frowned and knelt in front of him.
“What do we do? Can I help you? Do anything?”
Loki looked at Thor’s face and then at Banner who finished the new wrap on his broken arm, assuring it was still fine.
“I will have to wait. The device cannot destroy the paths of Seiðr in me. But the reservoirs they made for me are completely empty and drained now. It will take weeks, at least two, before they are back on track. It will be at least two or three more DAYS before I can even turn my skin back to normal.”
He looked at the ring he used for his disguises, the gems were all cracked like cheap glass, the magic gone. He put his hands over his face and took a few deep breaths, feeling an anger rise up just as strong as a fear. He needed his magic. He was NOTHING without it, hopeless, small and weak.
“May we speak alone?” Thor asked then to his friends.
They were staring and he just knew that Loki only felt more pressured if they were there. One by one they left, glad to return to the warmer comfort of the rest of the tower. Loki knew that Thor was cold too, his breath came out in puffs of steam and he rubbed his arms. But this was nothing compared to their first encounter in Jotunheim. Thor pulled a chair close. Loki had been on a table, but a cushioned one, that would keep him comfortable.
“Stark informed me that he made these rooms for when he was still sick with that device that kept the shrapnel away from his heart. It’s old technology he was talking about. Primitive. But the bottom line was that you could be looked at here without involving Midgard’s hospitals.”
Loki nodded, but it was only half-heartedly.
“We need to get that device and destroy it. They made it to drain and harness the power of the Tesseract, I’m almost sure of it. If they manage to do so, they could control the strength of it into a weapon, a beam. The focused devastation can take planets apart with a good shot.”
“And we will go do that… But Loki, brother… You need me first. Is there anything I can do? Anything I can retrieve for you to help your recovery?”
Loki huffed and shook his head, his hands curling around the table. He looked at his bare feet, protruding from under the sweat-pants that Stark had most likely provided for him.
“There is nothing. It’s something my body has to make of its own.”
He slammed his hand down.
“Another setback! It’s like I cannot do a single damn thing right anymore!”
Thor winced a little and reached out for Loki.
“You are in a bad position. But you are not alone Loki. You have us. Stark has apologized for his behaviour too. You have a team, you have people to help you. Please, don’t give up your hopes.”
Loki sighed and smiled thinly.
“You always insist on making things look light again.”
Thor leaned his elbows on his knees and looked into Loki’s eyes, blood-red and shimmering with tears.
“And you cry and feel lost so quickly.” He chuckled and brushed a hand through his brother’s hair.
“Experience I suppose.” Loki sniffed a little, smiling through his upcoming tears.
“Nonsense, come… Will you be able to join us for a meal? You will probably recover much better if you eat and sleep well.”
Loki wiped at his eyes and laughed a little.
“Yeah. I will be right with you, let me find a shirt so I don’t frostbite people.”
Loki brushed off his brother’s hands then and came to his feet.
“You can go ahead, I’m sure I’ll be able to find my way there.”
Thor was about to protest and say that it was no trouble for him to wait up and walk with Loki, but he quickly came to realise that Loki himself rather see him there later.
“Do not take too long then, I’d have to come retrieve you.”
Loki snorted a little and traced one of the Jotun lines that took up his shoulder.
“Wouldn’t dream of it.”
Thor nodded and left Loki to his own devices then. He could understand that Loki would feel a need for some privacy, after all, he had only just woken up after being cornered. He had been lucky that Thor and the rest were on time. Thor grit his teeth a bit. If he had lingered any longer, who knows what state Loki could have been in. Or worse, he could have been gone, taken somewhere. On the other hand, if he had just been quicker, Loki wouldn’t have lost his magic. He took the elevator back to the lounge room where the others had gathered, the same room where they had eaten before and enjoyed conversation. The rest was already there, sort of huddled by the coffee-table and looking at Thor quite anxiously.
“Is it permanent?” Banner asked. “The blue state… Because, he seems to hold quite a hatred to it.”
“No. It’s not permanent. 2 days, Loki said. It’s his true state… But he decided to deny this. It’s a difficult thing for outsiders to grasp.”
Loki joined them shortly after. He had put on a simple shirt, long-sleeved and soft. Together with the baggy pants that Pepper had gotten for him earlier, Loki looked a lot less intimidating. He looked skinny and even a bit small.
“You want anything?” Thor immediately asked.
“Ice. It’s so warm out here.”
Tony stood and came back with a jacket instead that could regulate temperatures.
“I use it under the suit sometimes, to keep me warm, but it can also keep you cold so…”
He handed it over and sighed a bit.
“For what it’s worth I apologize that I put you in that position. I was wrong. But you really, really messed with my head  with the shit you pulled in New York- I could not trust you, I could not bring myself to it until I saw it.”
Loki hummed and pulled the fabric over his shoulders, cooling down at least a bit now.
“It’s all well.”  He just muttered.
“Hungry?” Pepper asked instead, bringing out the food she had cooked. “You will recover better when you eat well.”
Loki put his head in his hands and sighed deeply, not looking at any of them.
“To be honest… I just really want to be alone at this moment.”
They looked between each other.
“Are you angry with us brother?” Thor asked.
“No… But I have been talked to, pushed and pulled at from every side these past days. Good intentions, bad intentions. Encouragements, warnings, conversations, advices everywhere… I just want to be alone for a moment… Before I completely lose my head again.”
He stood up from the table and took the plate that Pepper had handed him.
“I’ll lower the temperatures in your room for your own comfort then.” Tony said.
Loki only nodded and walked away, leaving the rest alone at the table to eat in silence.
“Should we be worried now?” Pepper asked Bruce then, slightly worried.
“No. You shouldn’t. In fact, this is a very healthy reaction. It means he is processing things and that he is willing to take the time to let it settle. I say you best leave him to it, he might be gloomy and he would not want to be disturbed. But I am confident he would come out of it much more secure.”
He looked at Thor then and smiled thinly.
“All you can do for now my friend is sit back and wait… You will have to accept that you simply cannot always do something for him. And he would want you to trust him to handle himself too.”
Thor looked up the stairs and smiled.
“Loki has always been keen on his time alone. I only think it’s for the better that he took it for himself. It means he is starting to gain a certain confidence again.”
Tony frowned but said nothing of it.
“Well… At least this is quite an eventful slumber party, one could say.”
The enemy of my enemy ch.10
It has almost been a year... A year! I feel so, sooooo guilty that I took this damn long. But I finally found my place. I study something I love now... And freshman year is so busy, so much to do... I totally lost the time. Now it's summer break and finally I got to sit down and return to this. So, here it is... A bit short maybe- I know. But I had to get back into the vibe... Let's hope for all our sanities that next update does not take another year.
Ours by Epselion
I made Crimson Peak art. It's for the artbook initiative that happened on tumblr a while ago. This was what I made. Of course, as a Hiddles fanatic I had to make Thomas Sharpe. And I tried to go high contrast to make it look darker and gloomier. And I am happy with the result. I'm kind of wanted the concept of him melting together with the house because it's alive and all that. 

Please comment or critique, would make me happy :)
Sting-color project. by Epselion
Sting-color project.
So uh, I have been working on the Photoshop some more lately, trying to find my preferences, and this 3rd project is something I really like. It looks very satisfying to me. Sting is my own original character and this portrait is also in my gallery with black and white. It's the exact same one, because I painted over the pencil drawing, I love how the pencil lines give texture to the skin layers. 

The time spent on this is about 60 hours, Photoshop CS6. 
The high priest of Ahmut by Epselion
The high priest of Ahmut
I am back in school baby. And I never thought I would actually be happy about it. But I am. And I am also proud of where it is getting me. In concept art class we were taught how to handle photoshop, something I have wanted to learn since forever anyway. And this little gem is what I produced for my final grade. 

We had to make a composition of our own choice that related to the card game we were developing. And our game was named Ancient Aliens. It was a game about 4 species of ancient humans that had alienated from their people in underground colonies. One of those colonies was Ahmut, an Egyptian settlement. 

For my card I designed the High priest, a powerful leader whose power lives in legend and awe.

Also.... Tom Hiddleston for reference because mmmmmm :3

She devil by Epselion
She devil
Wow... The inactivity award goes to me I suppose. But I had good reason to for a change. I finally started college again and I love it there. This is one of the sketches I got out in Concept Art, to make it up to you a bit. I hope I can level school and free time a bit better next project so I can give my fics some love as well. So, hopefully this means my return to DA because I have no intention of disappearing.

Ref used from Luis Royo for the pose btw. The rest of the design is my own. I also have a male counterpart to go with it. Which I might put up if people want to see it.

Tag challenge

Journal Entry: Thu Jun 12, 2014, 5:40 AM
So, I never get these things at all, so yay a happy change.

Tagged by :iconveyrius:

1. You must post the rules.
2. Each person must post 5 things about themselves in their journal.
3. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post and create five new questions for the people you tag to answer
4. You have to choose 10 people to tag and post their icons on your journal.
5. Go to their page and tell them you have tagged them.
6. No tag backs
7. No stuff in the tagging section about "you're tagged if you're reading this" You legitimately have to tag 10 people.

5 Things about me:

1. I love hamsters. Yeah, you could have figured if you see the journal skin. But I LOVE hamsters. I am obsessed with chubby, fatty, fluffy hamsters.
2. I am a hopelessly over-inspired person. Where most people crash with writer's block I actually have so many ideas that I have to choose my projects and hope I don't get taken by another idea. I have thousands of projects lying and waiting for a 'quiet' period so I can finish them
3. I am Dutch, But I really have a certain disgust for my language. My English is pretty well-developped because I hated writing in Dutch. I feel like stories and such get ruined in it. It's not a literary language, it does not have the weight and suspense I get from my English stuff. So... Chivalry? Not in my book.
4. I suck at sport. Like... Every single sport. Except if you count in archery. We went shooting on camp a few years back and I nailed it. The guy said I was talented. But yep, all other sports I do like a flopping whale.
5. I feel terribly insecure about my college choices. It has gone awry twice now and I feel like a terrible failure sometimes when I see my friends and siblings catch up and pass me like race-cars. I Always felt so certain about what I wanted and when that proved to be nothing for me I just dipped into some void and now I am not certain about anything anymore.

The tagger's questions:

1. If you could go anywhere in the world, anywhere at all, where would you go?
Egypt. Most definitely Egypt. I have been obsessed with it since I was 8 years old. I have felt it was where I should be at least once in my life. We almost went with my geography class of high school. But then the Arabic Spring began and we took off to Morrocco instead,

2. What would you do if you got the chance to make someone you love fall in love with you?
Ah well, you should probably be real cool and not do it... But I would. Honestly. I have never in my life ever gotten something like a boy-friend. Never. I get this terrible, invisible feeling and here at home I am feeling miserable when I see everyone I know get their relationships and stuff and I have yet to wonder what it will be like to get someone's attention. So yes. If I got the chance, I would take it and get myself a nice guy to finally be happy with.

3. Which is better, the book or the movie?
I love movies a lot, but if you want me to enjoy something? A book. I have a very visual mind and that allows me to completely envision a scene for myself. I can build pictures and little movies in my head when a story is written with care. I feel that it gives me more inspiration and teaches me more when it comes to storytelling. Movies for me are mostly a past-time. Something I put on to not get bored or to watch while working.

4. Do you prefer daytime or nighttime?
Well, however peaceful night-time is...  I love daytime more. My eyes are quite sharp, but I see very little when it's dark and due to that I have a bit of Achluophobia because it makes me feel really blind and watched. So yes, I rather stay where it's light

5. What do you look for in a man or a woman?
Well, I can honestly say that I am not as picky as some would think. I just want them to be honest. I want them to be real. If they have even the slightest hint of that arrogant macho behaviour they can leave. If a guy is able to just take me for who I am and respect that, even better, like it, then I am quite inclined to draw to him. And it would help if he knows how to calm me. I get upset easily so I would like to have somebody that I can come to for comfort.

For those I tag:

:iconreplicatorfifth:  :iconcuileth: :iconpunkmoxie: :icongpcat: :iconmagpies-wings: :iconankoxorofan: :icontigersoul6: :iconiloveasgardians: :iconhadenxcharm: :iconnarryaque:

And your questions are:

1. Is there one medium you cannot do that you wished you mastered enough to create whatever you thought of?
2. Is there anything you feel really bummed about because your country does not have it/accept it?
3. If one of the dreams you ever had could come true which one would it be?
4. Do you love hamsters too? :p
5. What will Always be your most memorable experience?


I Wuv Hamsters stamp by ProfesorRodI love Hamsters by WishmasterAlchemistI love Dwarf Hamsters by WishmasterAlchemistI love Winter White Russian Dwarf Hamsters by WishmasterAlchemistI'm a hamster lover by pjukI love hamsters by RoxLunarisDwarf Hamsters Stamp by wolfheydwarf hamster love by Queer4Barbie

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  • Mood: Tired
  • Listening to: Kamelot, piano guys, random tracks
  • Reading: fictions on internets, assassin's creed novels
  • Watching: Marvel movies, once upon a time,
  • Playing: uncharted... all of em again
  • Eating: glorious pasta, and some other stuff...
  • Drinking: diet coke... mostly, and apple juice


Artist | Hobbyist | Traditional Art
Current Residence: The Netherlands
deviantWEAR sizing preference: L
Favourite genre of music: Hard rock, metal
Favourite style of art: fantasy
MP3 player of choice: I-pod
Favourite cartoon character: pikachu


Help me out!

Hey guys,

As an artist you could say I'm still pretty young, and therefore there is a lot of room for improvement. So let's make a deal, if you leave me a critique on any of my deviations, preferably one from 2012 and up, you will get one back on a work you would like to hear about, just send me a link with your drawing after critiquing. I promise that I will always keep my end of the bargain!

XXXXx and llamas!

My next upload should be... 

13 deviants said Marvelverse fanart (most likely to be Loki)
2 deviants said original character
1 deviant said fic update for enemy of my enemy
No deviants said fic update for the past always haunts
No deviants said game of thrones fanart


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lokivsthor Featured By Owner May 2, 2014
Hello there, just wanted to say I really like your art!!kaomoji set 1 9/19 
Epselion Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awwwws that is so sweet of you. I really like you :D
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Epselion Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:3 i suck at emojis hahahaha but eh squishy hug XD
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We would like to invite you to AmateurArtistArmy.
If you would be interested, check the group. Greetings.
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Happy new year darling <3
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You too darling bby lov!!!!
CleverMessenger Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I saw y'all on Tumblr! 
Epselion Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great and welcome to my DA account too :3
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