This was my entry for the AVATAR contest. With it I could reach the third place!
THE STORY BEHIND THE PICTURE
Hard times in Hacawry, northern land of the continent. The necromancers of the region have stopped their interest in reanimating death people, because they have found a new source of dark power.
Coming from the south, a priest gets lost in the "Grace Forest", where the necromancers have their cove. They catch him, and steal his book. In its pages, they find this inscription:
"for thou who have the power
there is no difference between
being, living and comprehending;
there is a secret wispered by the trees
about a relic hidden in the forest.
Thou, who are reading this pages,
search in the forest!
There you will find its Heart,
capable of conferring true life to plants and animals."
The relic is "the Dark Heart of the Forest", which is said to be the heart of a goddess fallen into madness due to the poisoning caused by a plant.
The necromancers start to search it, and finally they find it. They graft a fragment of it in a secular tree, hoping to use its force to conquer the region.
But the powerful force of nature that was instilled in the tree doesn't allow any control. The tree rebels and destroys everything on his path.
But the necromancers don't stop experimenting: fragments of the Heart are inserted in birds and eagles, turning them into terrible harpies, and in lizards, transormed into dragons.
Civilization begin to fall in Hacawri. The cities are destroyed by the fireballs of the dragons, the forests come to life and kill every living being, and the ancient pagan temples become the cove of nameless and obscure creatures. Chaos dominates.
Here the phases of the creation of the image[link]