They said it would hurt.. the symbiote was a burning pain in her chest as it ate into her. Until it bonded. Then the pain was gone and she was stronger, healthier and able to withstand tremendous injury. She felt like laughing as though she were an insane evil conqueror.
A charcoal drawing worked over in Painter. The idea comes from a friend who wrote an apocaliptic role playing game based on a society that has lost everything and is back in the dark ages. The heroes were symbiotic warriors, taking on aggressive symbiotes in exchange for new powers.