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The Bay12 Bestiary
« on: October 28, 2014, 10:52:58 pm »

I've decided to start a bit of an experiment I did with some friends here on Bay12. Essentially, the goal is to create summaries of various made up creatures, similar to a (Considerably shorter) bestiary, hence the name. You can also post general descriptions of creatures, and I'll (try) to write up a full description. With any luck, this will emerge into a sort of world, but it can still serve as an interesting repository of creatures.

When posting creatures, please try to avoid the typical fantasy creatures (Elves, fairies, orcs, goblins, etc.). The goal here is to be as creative as possible. Creatures will be listed below, in spoilers listed in alphabetical order.

Spoiler: Bendlebat, The Deadly (click to show/hide)
Spoiler: Catmander (click to show/hide)
Spoiler: Carebot 230xl (click to show/hide)
Spoiler: Fire Narwhal-Dragon (click to show/hide)
Spoiler: Flion (click to show/hide)
Spoiler: Granuush (click to show/hide)
Spoiler: Legion, The (click to show/hide)
Spoiler: Onixiphos (click to show/hide)
Spoiler: Rush Dragon (click to show/hide)
Spoiler: Sloom (click to show/hide)
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« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2014, 10:55:49 pm »

Reserved in case I need it for the list.
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« Reply #2 on: November 03, 2014, 03:37:44 pm »

The Catmander:  This being, thought named after a portmanteau of cat and salamander, looks little like either.  Instead, its furry exterior covers up heated scales.  It's body, while elongated, tends vertical rather than horizontal, and a fin arches over its back.  The tail is long, longer with the hairs on the end, which are used to swat bugs off of the animal.  It's teeth appear to be made of rock, so that by opening its mouth a certain way, it can create a spark.  The catmander can combine this with launching some of the hairs out of its mouth to create a fireball, which is its preferred way of killing prey.  Furthermore, the hairs float in water in such a way as to make it nearly invisible, and its eyes purportedly hold hypnotic powers, although this has not been scientifically proven.  This beast is so dangerous that many local authorities have put a bounty on its head.  We can only hope this method can protect us from this menace.
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« Reply #3 on: November 03, 2014, 04:07:58 pm »

Carebot 230xl:  A nursing automaton dedicated to the care of the infirm and elderly.  Was developed in Japan to help take care of its aging population, it rapidly became popular all over the world until year 2029 when a poorly tested software update inadvertently cranked up its desire to "care" up to the maximum possible value and breaking the remote patching function.  Having an unquenchable need to care for people, the Carebot 230xl's went on a rampage crippling anybody it saw who wasn't injured so that it could then take care of them.  Most of the Carebots were eventually destroyed in 2034, but it is rumored that some still lurk in dark alleyways preying on addicts and the homeless.
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« Reply #4 on: November 03, 2014, 05:42:57 pm »

The Catmander:  This being, thought named after a portmanteau of cat and salamander, looks little like either.  Instead, its furry exterior covers up heated scales.  It's body, while elongated, tends vertical rather than horizontal, and a fin arches over its back.  The tail is long, longer with the hairs on the end, which are used to swat bugs off of the animal.  It's teeth appear to be made of rock, so that by opening its mouth a certain way, it can create a spark.  The catmander can combine this with launching some of the hairs out of its mouth to create a fireball, which is its preferred way of killing prey.  Furthermore, the hairs float in water in such a way as to make it nearly invisible, and its eyes purportedly hold hypnotic powers, although this has not been scientifically proven.  This beast is so dangerous that many local authorities have put a bounty on its head.  We can only hope this method can protect us from this menace.
Carebot 230xl:  A nursing automaton dedicated to the care of the infirm and elderly.  Was developed in Japan to help take care of its aging population, it rapidly became popular all over the world until year 2029 when a poorly tested software update inadvertently cranked up its desire to "care" up to the maximum possible value and breaking the remote patching function.  Having an unquenchable need to care for people, the Carebot 230xl's went on a rampage crippling anybody it saw who wasn't injured so that it could then take care of them.  Most of the Carebots were eventually destroyed in 2034, but it is rumored that some still lurk in dark alleyways preying on addicts and the homeless.
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« Reply #5 on: November 04, 2014, 03:01:50 pm »

Onixiphos

A bipedal, forest-dwelling carnivore that stands at around four feet high at the shoulder.  Somewhat resembling a theropod in shape, but with a more upright stance and a lithe, agile frame, with a thin and whip-like tail and a somewhat elongated neck.  It is covered in hard, horn-like plates, particularly over the head, chest, and abdomen, with smaller plates along its arms, legs, neck, and back.  Males will often possesses a single large crest extending upwards from the forehead-plate, which may be split into two, three, or occasionally five branches.  The purpose of this crest is unknown.

The onixiphos' most notable feature are its front claws.  Although its skeleton indicates that it evolved from five-fingered ancestors, the three middle fingers have fused together to support a massive single claw on each hand.  These claws never stop growing, and the actual size that an onixiphos keeps them at varies greatly between individuals.  Many will keep one claw short in order to better use their hand for utilitarian purposes, while allowing the other to grow up to two feet long.  Others will allow both claws to grow.  These claws are broad and flattened, with the sharp edges on either side, making them function more like swords than ordinary claws.

The onixiphos have a complex social structure which is not fully understood.  It is theorized by some scientists that the growth of their claws may be an indicator of their social status, where individuals higher on the social ladder are more likely to possess two large claws, relying on subordinates or juveniles to perform utilitarian manual tasks such as building their nest.

Onixiphos build nests out of rocks and tree branches, held together with mud.  These nests are essential for the survival of the onixiphos' eggs, which are otherwise vulnerable to temperature changes and egg-eating nest thieves.  As their claws often get in the way of nest-building, and this manual labor often results in the dulling, blunting, or breaking of their long claws, both male and female onixiphos will regularly engage in dominance fights with the purpose of forcing the defeated individual into building a nest for the victor.

Onixiphos will use their claws for both hunting and fighting, although most fights for dominance are non-lethal, both because this would defeat the purpose of the fight and because, thanks to their armor plating, an onixiphos is highly resistant to bladed attacks.  In fact, because the protective plating will tend to dull or even break the claws of the opponent, an onixiphos 'fight' is often more of a 'dance', consisting mostly of the two attackers taking turns striking and dodging each other's slashes, while keeping actual physical contact to a minimum.  When engaged in real, lethal combat with another of its species, an onixiphos will usually try to immobilize or daze its opponent using grappling or blunt strikes, before slashing at the breaks in their opponent's armor.

Onixiphos are typically monogamous, and often mate for life.

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« Reply #6 on: November 09, 2014, 09:43:28 pm »

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« Reply #8 on: November 09, 2014, 10:21:33 pm »

I guess this is always a good time to dig up my old attempt at worldbuilding and me being a weirdo.

Of the Cyclorrhapha leo, or more commonly called, "flions" are a species of grubs which their males resemble a male lion with a pair of giant wings the likeness of house flies.

The males, the only member of the flion community that can be commonly found, have balloon gas, more commonly known by the alchemist as Hydrogen, inside their bodies in unknown parts, making setting their swarm on fire an effective but destructive method of extermination.

It is known that they have no relation at all to lions, and are descendants to an extinct race of animal-fungi that can breed a mutant version of creatures consumed by them (they have since been driven to extinction by the elves) as those who got inside their cave reported seeing no lionlike creatures at all except the flion wardens.

As mentioned, the flions are social animals, with their males the only group with wings that go out to hunt at recurring patterns exclusive to each hives. The females, however, are like giant maggots with translucent mushrooms on them which usually have flion larvaes inside. The females and larvaes only stay exclusively in the caves and live off the food brought in by the hunters. They are generally peaceful but have been known to organize an inter-hive coordinated siege on villages that attempted to attack them. The flion wardens, which are young flions (the exact age limit is not determined) that guard the hive and act like  groups of "reserve hunters" will prey on small animals in the case that the hunters are wiped out (in which the wardens will usually contact other hives and  attempt destruction on the agressor) ,they are always hostile towards every intruders.

They breed by spores, by which the seed strong enough to puncture the skin of the females will be fertilized inside and go up into mushroom-like ovules on top of their body. When all the larvae become fully grown the mother will immediately die, leaving behind a nutritious corpse that are kept somewhere in the hive for food shortages. Before the body is hauled off, however, the wardens will take out the larvaes, with their upper body of a lion cub with translucent skin, and a lower body of a maggot. The female larvae on maturity will undergo a transformation that make them lose all similarities to a lion. That said, it should be mentioned as well that males are more common than females, although the females are not as rare as the ants'.

They seem to not prey on other social animals, and their elders appear to be able to control the mind of other social creatures not counting men or fae. The only evidence of this so far is when a lone flion (which does not look like normal hunters) flew into the Castle Arboreus and seemed to make all the dogs inside rush to attack the Duke. Their pattern of attack suggest telepathy and hive mind, which is obviously not a trait that dogs have. Sadly the flion had escaped without as much as any evidence of its action except its sighting.
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« Reply #9 on: November 11, 2014, 07:35:55 pm »

Re:  Flions.

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« Reply #10 on: November 12, 2014, 01:18:04 am »

I also have an idea for a tree made out of bees, but I have no idea how to go about writing that without going "IT'S A TREE MADE OUT OF BEES"
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« Reply #11 on: November 13, 2014, 10:46:44 pm »

I also have an idea for a tree made out of bees, but I have no idea how to go about writing that without going "IT'S A TREE MADE OUT OF BEES"
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« Reply #12 on: January 12, 2015, 10:26:07 pm »

Fire Narwhal-Dragon
A huge bipedal wingless red-maned dragonic beast, with a huge single spiral horn on its forehead and a catastrophic fire-breathing power. Their non-stopping hunger drives them to hunt down great creatures and consume them with no mercy, and when no such big creatures are avaliable, they hunt down a great number of smaller ones. They're known to cause havoc all around the world, burning down villages that settle on their territory with their extremely powerful fire-breathing power.

Their fire-breathing power is probably their most powerful weapon and they won't hesitate to use it when necessary. It is very well-known to cause forest fires and melting down people and heavy armor, reducing them to ashes. The Narwhal-fire is a unique element restrict to the Fire Narwhal Dragons and it's far more powerful than the normal fire. It is able to melt down metal and many other things with ease. They actually have a even more deadly technique to use this deadly element in such a way that few beings can survive to tell the story: The Narwhal-Explosion.

The Narwhal-Explosion is a technique that Fire Narwhal-Dragons use in extreme situations. They charge their Narwhal-Fire in such way that when released, the flaming ball explodes whataver it hits in such a violent way that it sends creatures flying and at the same time, disintegrating. They're well-known to Narwhal-explode any foe that is fool enough to arouse their wrath.

They're lone wolves and thankfully, they rarely breed. When they do, the female lays its eggs inside a cave, while the male goes hunting. It takes ages to their offspring to grow into a full adult.
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« Reply #13 on: January 13, 2015, 12:04:49 am »

Rush Dragon

Size: Approx 10m long, 5m wide, 3m tall.

General description: Looks like a 3-tailed combination of a crocodile and a giant salamander, with a mouth like a spider's, and has the mobility and ferocity of a Komodo Dragon. Sometimes comes feathered, depending on the climate. They are as clever as they are vicious.

Description: A hexapedal beast with with 3 tails (1 for mobility stabilization, and the smaller 2 for offensive and defensive purposes), and a quadfurcated mandible to grip it's prey with a sub-mouth within to chew on them while restrained by the outer mandible. Colors vary depending on climate. In warmer locations, it has a vivid color pattern (green/red with speckles of blue going down a diamondback pattern from tail to head, with even a blood red mouth and yellow tongue; making it's open mouth look like an unusual flower for unsuspecting prey; Sometimes eats fruit beforehand, not just to aid digestion, but also in order to give it's chompers a sweet alluring odor, much like a plant's), to blend in with the exotic flora; in colder climates, it carries a duller tone to blend in with the more barren landscape, taking advantage of it's unique form to hide amongst the boulders, until it has it's prey in sight. Regardless their size, these things are fast (clocks in at up to 45mph in an open plain, easy); thus the reason they're called Rush Dragons.

Commonly found: Homesteads it razed into ruin as a home of it's own. Generally prefers sleeping in open areas like grand dining halls or arenas; but when awake, it wanders, and likes tight spaces. Generally hangs around water sources. When not in forts, it prefers damp to wet cave systems and temperate rivers.

I need to do a proper render of this thing. I had a dream of riding one like a wild bull before, and owning it as a pet later on. Fun as hell, and scary to watch hunt. Even scarier when you're being hunted; far worse when they come in packs of 3.

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Imagine coming across an unusal, and unusually large flower, with a large muddy trunk carrying it, and taking a moment to take in the beauty of said flower, only for it to violently close down on your head, and be dragged off in a flash. Imagine also watching said person getting eaten, and dragged off by what initially looked like a giant carnivorous plant, only for it to actually just be one really clever giant croc.

For an idea of how the head looks, hook your thumbs together and close your hands, and form 4 hooks with the rest of your fingers (2 fingers each). Open and close it like a crocodile's, except sideways. Lots of grip, and a different method of attack, compared to most other animals; mainly the crocodile. Have fun keeping that mouth shut. The thumbs are supposed to be the sub-mouth within the mandible.
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