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The Creatures of Rahtouri

Discussion in 'Fan Art' started by Kabutopzilla, May 21, 2009.

  1. Kabutopzilla

    Kabutopzilla En Prócsem

    It seems the old one went to hell. *sigh* Oh well. Here's a new one.

    Yay! I managed to scan a few drawings onto my friend's computer! Now I'm going to update the thread.

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    Hello. This is a thread about my drawings primarily, but spiced up to be like a taxonomic key or a field guide of sorts. It contains creatures from the mystical parallel dimension locally known as Rahtouri, which is Raptoran for 'home'. The U.S. military names it Dinmension X. (this isn't an actual military file, though)

    Volume 1

    This volume will initially contain three entries, but will be updated.

    The first creature to be chronicled will be the nasty four-winged bipedal monstrosity.


    Nickname: Crulic Gargoyle ("Crulic" meaning 'The First' in Raptoran)
    Binomial Nomenclature: Originus gargolus
    Domain: Eukarya
    Kingdom: Animalia
    Phylum: Chordata
    Class: Scalum - The common ancestor of birds, fish, mammals, and reptiles.
    Order: Avia - Meaning that this creature is mostly built for aerial travel.
    Family: Bipeda - Meaning that this monster happens to be bipedal.
    Genus: Originus - Meaning "The First" in Galrantior.
    Species: Gargolus - Meaning "Gargoyle" in Galrantior.
    Genetic Relatives: None. Technically, though, it is related to all vertebrates.
    Status: Unknown.
    Species Age: Inconclusive. Recent studies show this specimen to be older than mankind, Earth, and the entire universe that which Earth resides combined.
    Description: This creature has but one specimen alive so far...and that specimen is tested to be more than forty-billion years of age. Yet it still walks like a healthy creature, as if it stopped aging at a certain year of its lifetime. It is believed that the creature is the common ancestor for all vertebrates; fish, mammals, birds, reptiles, etc. The living specimen got to see its kind split apart over the years into different groups. It is also known to turn even those who enjoy life to the fullest into suicidal maniacs within a short conversation that lasts but five minutes. This implies that the specimen has some form of intelligence, particularly in the psychological field. Its expertise by far surpasses even the most amazing psychiatrists and psychologists who have proven to be true professionals by around thirty-fold.

    This next monster is a creature that will end the world if not stopped quickly. Note that this one has not been scanned.

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    Nickname: Gamalite (top left), Gamaran (top right), Gamarex (bottom center), and Gamazaro (far right)
    Known as: The Locusts of Death, or the Harbinger of Famine
    Binomial Nomenclature: Gama zaroliteranis
    Domain: Eukarya
    Kingdom: Animalia
    Phylum: Arthropoda - The phylum that includes insects, arachnids, crustaceans, and the like.
    Class: Pseudochordata - Meaning that this creature seems to share common characteristics with chordates (vertebrates), as though they had backbones.
    Order: Pseudoreptilia - This means that this creature resembles a reptile in terms of breeding properties, general dietary habits, and that they likely have scale-like structures.
    Family: Pseudosauria - This means that the creature resembles a dinosaur or lizard-like appearance.
    Genus: Gama - Meaning "Dreaded" in Raptoran.
    Species: Zaroliteranis - Meaning "Conquerer" in Raptoran.
    Genetic Relatives: Surprisingly, common locusts have extremely similar genetic DNA sequences when compared to that of Gama zaroliteranis.
    Status: Despite the species's ancient age, these monsters are presently abundant, living far underneath the Earth's surface as well as in Rahtouri.
    Species Age: Around three billion years.
    Description: This ancient beast hides in places inaccessible to other organisms until any balance of population needs to be restored. Whenever a specific creature is overpopulated and has reached the pinnacle of their success, to the point which reproducing is just clogging the specified area more, these "Locusts of Death" rise from underneath the surface to restore the balance. And they do it quite brutally. They strip a victim down to nothing but a marrow-deprived skeleton within seconds. The only way to stop this sort of calamity is to end it early; whether bomb the first few hives before they spread, or kill the king of them all, Gamazaro.
    Metamorphic Stages Description: Gama zaroliteranis has multiple metamorphic stages in its life cycle. Each is as follows:
    1. Gamalite: The larval stage of Gama zaroliteranis. This little twit is the most common form of the species, as most never live to be Gamarans. Their name means "Dreaded Raider".
    2. Gamaran: The nymph stage of Gama zaroliteranis. This creature's name means "Dreaded Parasite" because it feeds directly off the blood of animals with its suction-like mouth. Gamarans are fairly uncommon, but they hit hard whenever they pop up.
    3. Gamarex: The young and adult stage of the locust relative. This creature's name means "Dreaded Predator" because a reptile-like mouth-like structure forms when a Gamaran sheds into this beast. These are very rare, but are not welcomed even by studious scientists when found alive.
    4. Gamazaro: The king of all Gama zaroliteranis. Only one of these exists, and can only be killed by bizarre circumstances. Whenever Gamazaro dies, his spirit takes control of another male Gama zaroliteranis and the process repeats. This takes hundreds of billions of years to take hold, however. His name means "Dreaded Conquerer" much like his species title.
    Interesting Facts:
    1. If a swarm of ten Gamalites gets a hold of you, you will be no more than a marrow-deprived skeleton within ten seconds.
    2. The later stages of Gama zaroliteranis have their exoskeleton "hooked up" with their entire nervous system, particularly, their eyes. Thus, blinding a Gamaran, a Gamarex, or Gamazaro will make their exoskeleton weaker than a common house fly's. Aside from Gamazaro, in which something else happens. This does not apply to Gamalites, as they will die from any way you would kill any other insect besides pesticides, which would only make things worse.
    3. Gamazaro is so strong, it can crush your skull with a gentle squeeze. It can also send you flying twenty feet while severing your spine with a forceful blow.

    The final entry for now is a monster so frightening and dangerous that it had to be forced into extinction by the ancient Pehrasiils. Unfortunately for the ancient race, this creature still has one of its kind left, and its name is Minaeus.

    Nickname: Skulzard (Derived from "Skull" and "Lizard")
    Known as: The Harbinger of Plague
    Binomial Nomenclature: Armoradoradus gargantuas
    Domain: Eukarya
    Kingdom: Animalia
    Phylum: Chordata
    Class: Reptilia - The class that contains generally every reptile.
    Order: Squamata - The order that which contains scaled reptiles, the only order of reptiles that still exists today.
    Suborder: Sauria - The more specific division of the order Squamata, that which contains lizards.
    Infraorder: Platynota - The even more specific division, this time specifying a certain group of lizards.
    Family: Varanidae - The family that contains monitor lizards.
    Genus: Armoradoradus - Meaning "heavily armored" in Galrantior.
    Species: Gargantuas - Meaning "enormous" in Galrantior.
    Genetic Relatives: As said before, it is related to monitor lizards, which commonly can also be called "Komodo Dragons".
    Status: Minaeus is the last creature of his kind.
    Species Age: Dates back to the mid-Cretaceous period, when Tyrannosaurus rex first appeared.
    Description: "The Harbinger of Plague" is not a misnomer. This beast maintains a symbiotic relationship with the bacteria that which causes a prehistoric disease humans now call the "Skeleric Plague". Armoradoradus gargantuas eats its prey, and when the meat of the victim comes into contact with the Skulzard's stomach acids, the bacteria is born from the building blocks of it coming together. The bacteria exits the Skulzard's body out of pores in the skin. It then heads off on its own to attack helpless victims. Skulzards themselves are unaffected by the bacteria, and are even helped by it. The bacteria infects marrow within a bone, and then works together to hold the bone together with the Skulzard. Many bone pieces come together by this process, and a tough and very protective armor now covers the lizard. The bacteria feed on other victims' flesh. When the flesh is devoured off of the victim, the bacteria takes control of the remaining skeleton's bone marrow, and then bring the skeleton itself to life, making it their "puppet". The puppeted skeleton then hunts for prey for the bacteria infecting it to feast on, and another host is created. These creatures are known as by the Galrants "Skelerons". This bacteria can only be stopped with high concentrations of sodium. The bacteria absorbs the sodium partical, and bursts immediately. Thus, making salt an effective cure for this menacing plague. The Skulzards are intelligent; perhaps more intelligent than an average man, being able to decipher and understand entire languages and what not. The issue is that they cannot speak; they lack vocal folds for such an action. Therefore, the Skulzards are stuck with using indistinctive roars and grunts.

    Notes on Minaeus: Minaeus is the sole survivor of the near-successful forced extinction of the Skulzards performed by the Pehrasiils. He survived because a being named Drakath took him into custody and taught him language. Drakath is, to this day, the only creature that Minaeus will respond to and respect.

    Also...

    Unnamed

    Not much is known about this six-finned serpent, other than it rests within the aquatic kingdom.

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    Volume 1 end.
     
  2. Yami Ryu

    Yami Ryu Well-Known Member

    Ok you're doing what Sandra caught me doing, even just for reference sketches for sprites. On the limbs, you're making them THE EXACT SAME LENGTH and moving them UP or DOWN a bit to appear- which is an extreme nono. Yes everyone makes that mistake but it's not good.

    The limbs should NOT be the exact same length, the background limbs need to be a tad smaller, and placed a tad differently, for them to appear real and give your creature a more realistic feel and not pancaked. Changing the overal pose of the creatures, turning towards us, away, looking up. Laying down, running, crouched, etc, will help this.
     
  3. LegendaryRotom

    LegendaryRotom Failed to nab me. ;)

    They all seem very similar. Six of them have that same dinosaur skeletal base. Try some different animals.
    Prehistoric times was not limited to just dinosaurs, you know! ^__^
    Sketch poses and perspectives before drawing the entire peice. I'll help your work lose that flat/2-D look.
    If it gets tough, use photos or models.
    That's what I do if I run into a problem. There's nothing better than working from real-life to create something of fantasy.

    I love creativity of the feild guide-like entries,though.
    There's a bit of impossible information, but that's what imagination is for, eh?
     

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