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C.O.W. #245. Great Armored Bird - VOTING!
Round 245 - Voting!
Topic: Great Armored Bird
Deadline for voting: February 1st
Multivote: >20 entries
Round Requirements (Read BEFORE voting!):
- The creature must be identifiable as a bird
- The bird must be flightless
- The bird should have some kind of natural armor (scales, shell, keratin plates etc.)
Last edited by Si_Swe; January 26th, 2012 at 01:01 AM.
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Concept: Blood Maille Falcon
The Blood Maille Falcon is a distant relative of the Peregrine Falcon which branched off into different species, most notably one with atrophied wings. Using the atrophied wings to move, they eventually began to take on the form of claws which are used swing from tree to tree while the hind legs devolved into small growths from disuse. The Blood Maille Falcon is named for it's hardened scales that are a bright red color which also act as a tool necessary for it's hunting technique. The falcon will swing from tree to tree gaining momentum until it spots a resting target, at this point it will fling itself head first and will impale the target with a modified beak that takes the form of a spike. The hardened "natural chain maille" the creature possesses absorbs the impact, especially in it's muscular neck.
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Concept: Night Guardian
The night guardian is also known as phoenix of the woods. They stroll the sacred grove at night, towering above all the other denizens of the forest floor. Despite their menacing appearance, they are in fact gentle creatures. However, they will relentlessly hunt down any intruders who dare to harm the forest.
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Concept: Spiky Kiwi
The Spiky Kiwi is an actual kiwi bird. It's quite small as it reaches 4 inches when it's adult. The Spiky Kiwi is a fruit eater. It reaches fruits with its beak and strong legs to climb in trees. It's also a runner The spiky kiwis live in huge colony nest in trees like bees. When they feel in danger they show off their venomous spikes, bend one's head forward and charge at the predator. Their spikes are extremly venomous except for themself. The males also use their spikes for the courtship to seduce a partner.
Artist: Adrian Nagorski
Concept: Three Headed Nirobo
Sometimes putting dinner on the table can be a lot of work.
In Africa the three headed Nirobo could feed an entire village,
the bird ain't to bright but the armored body and size makes taking it
down a bit of a challenge, thankfully the inability to fly and the lack of
coverage on its neck area gives hope to the hungry.
Approximately 10 hours.
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Artist: Death Nova
Concept: Segmenta Serturias
The Segmenta Serturias is a medium sized omnivore feeding usually by savaging dead bodies on the savannah but will search for fruit if necessary. He uses his oddly
shaped beak to tear flesh from carcasses.
Since the Serturias is no hunter or predator he developed a special armor as a protection from other predators. The armor is build up from layers upon layers of feathers which combine to a formidable yet flexible natural armor.
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Concept: Cerulean Murderbird
The Murderbird prefers open plains and grazing land where it can spot food over a distance. Generally these birds hunt alone but can flock together when large herds pass through their territories, with one or two acting as a threat to startle prey towards the main flock. The Murderbird has a high running speed and prefers to leap onto its prey using its massive weight to bear it down, then the talons and the powerful beak go to work rending the unfortunate victim into a bloody, crushed mess.
It will not usually hunt other predators or Murderbirds unless encountered during the mating season when it becomes extremely aggressive. Other Murderbirds are fought to the death and predators attacked on sight, even those preying on creature usually ignored by the Murderbird. Many of these huge creatures bear extensive scaring across there reinforced bone breast and skull plates.
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Concept: The Great Western Axehead
The Great Axehead of the western plains is a rather unusual creature. Despite being avian in nature, the Axehead remains firmly planted on the sandy dunes. It is perhaps due to the strong winds and abrasive nature of the frequent sandstorms that this particular bird chose to live on the ground. The Axehead has few feathers remaining, though brightly color they seem only for show. The bone like armor that covers sections of its body help shield it from the harsh environment it calls home.
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The Panzerhen lives on an alternative Earth that is almost exclusively populated by avian varieties. It is a large predator approximately 7 meters in height that hunts in packs using there featherless yet powerful wings to sever the tendons of their much larger and extremely aggressive prey. Unfortunately for the Panzerhen they have a smaller and deadlier relation hence the need for armour plating.
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Artist: Ricardo Robles
Concept: Scorpion Cockatoo
Recent zoological investigations in the Kumtag Tibetan desert have revealed the existence of a new large species of bird. It was very difficult to achieve a direct meeting with any of these creatures, because of its secretive nature. However, scientists have got some video recording and also were able to analyze excrement and DNA remains on their enormous nests. The most important features are its big size, close to an ostrich, a strange bony shell covering its head, spine and wings, and a long sting that seems to hide in the tail´s feathers, which apparently serves to inoculate paralyzing venom to their prey. These birds move with big leaps, since their wings (covered with scabs and bone) are apparently atrophied. Scientist are still surprised with the mollusk DNA remains they found, and are trying to connect that live species with any other prehistoric ancestor.
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Artist: Logistic Puppet
Concept: Xiaribass Emperor
The large bird, otherwise known as the Xiaribass is a docile creature, which is easy to forget by its large and intimidating appearance. Its large, armoured body protects it from predators, and other smaller creatures seek its shelter for protection also. Despite its large and heavy body, this creature is a very agile swimmer and feeds on small fish.
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Concept: Great Armoured Bird / Avis-Cataphractus-Grandis
The beak of this herbivore has plates which are used like teeth to grab and crush objects or enemies.
The feet have two toes with long blunt claws that make it possible to walk through shallow water without getting stuck in the mud. The two other toes have sharp claws that only serve to harm enemies underneath the creature. Although some feathers are still growing on it's body most of them have hardened and are used for protection. The scaled tail is primarily used for balance, but can be used as a weapon if needed.
Instead of feathers this creature's wing has two crab-like exoskeleton claws growing from the wrist and ellbow of the wing. Those claws are rarely used as weapon but when the wing is closed rapidly the colliding claws create a loud cracking noise that is used for communication.
Because living in a hot environment requires a good temperature regulation, the thumb of the wing can be spread wide if the body needs to cool of, as the thumb connects to the rest of the wing with thin skin that features many bloodvessels.
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Great – Mighty and powerfull, like lions which are their rivals in the food chain
Armored – They kill their prey with their Sharp claws and beak, and because they’re faster than any other animal, they only have to defend themselves against rivals of the same species.
That’s why their armor is built to protect against slashing damage and not so much against heavy blows.
They use the, light weight, feather covered, shields on their lower legs to protect themselves from quick slashes. Their chest and hip are covered with plating of the same material that there shields are made from.
Their neck is protected by thick layers of feathers, which are flexible enough to let them look around freely.
Bird – Because they are birds their bones are hollow, which makes them extremely fast but also vulnerable to heavy blows.
fortunately they (almost) never get hit by slow, hard hitting animals. See above for how and what they use their armor for.
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Concept: Great Plated Terror Bird
This large avian stands at roughly 5ft tall, although theory have been known to exceed 6ft. A distant cousin to the ostrich, this bird evolved to hunt larger, more aggressive prey. In order to prevent harm to itself while hunting, the bird developed protective plates on its back similar in material to its beak.
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Concept: Plated Acaru
The great acaru of the Salindi flatlands have long lost their ability to fly. This is believed to be a result of the region becoming increasingly barren and no longer sustaining trees. Vestigious structures are still visible, hinting at their airborne ancestors. Having lost their primary function, feathers eventually became hardened scales, protecting the Acaru against predators now that flight is no longer possible. As weight is no longer a concern, the acaru have also grown larger and more powerful over time, travelling the plains in tight scale-clad groups.
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