Gouache on paper painting by Velia De Iuliis, titled Pain - depicting a Black Mamba snake. One of the most dangerous snakes, the mamba's venom is believed to have potential pain relieving properties for humans.
The snake lunged for Ardhoniel with a lighting fast strike. I moved equally as fast, putting myself between it and her, and moving her out of harm's way. I then felt a white hot pain in my calf as the serpent sank its fangs into my leg.