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To Become the Fearsome Bird of Black Armour

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A 13-part story told through various lyrics from Vanessa's catalogue.

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"I have this dream
Where I'm all beak and talons
And then I wake up
Hands red with your blood"
-- No Cause For Kindness

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"Way to go and tuck yourself into the craw
Of the fearsome bird of black armour
A dusty mausoleum, a shrine to the part of yourself
That died a hundred times over"
-- All That You’ve Ever Wanted

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"Maybe the answer is in the Sparrow’s song
Maybe I’m just too easily crestfallen"
-- No Cause For Kindness

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"But now you are so hell-bent
On your own annihilation
And it’s become quite evident
That we’ll soon be jumping, not flying"
-- The Longest Way Down

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"Will they know by these hollow bones
That a little owl once sat
Proud in the heavens here?"
-- Noctua

As noted in the sidebar, all bones and other specimens in Vanessa's collection are ethically sourced, cruelty-free and non-CITES species, and were obtained through reputable and trusted sources. She does not own/collect specimens protected under international conventions or North American laws, nor should any enthusiast. If her work has inspired you to collect skulls or animal parts, it is your duty as a responsible collector to educate yourself on the legal requirements applicable to your country of residence.