ROUND #014 VOTING

Topic: Shadow Producer

Deadline for the voting: Friday, 27 May 2005

Posting thread (closed):
http://www.conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=44303






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Craig Houghton:
concept: The Shadow-Puppet Bug
It's all about the bug booty. On the colonized planet Erg-6 there's a little native inhabitant that comes out when the sun goes down. It's the Shadow Puppet Bug, and it has a unique way of competing for the attention of the females. A bioluminescent spotlight on it's rear bulb flames up. Then, it uses little prehensile wormlike tendrils atop it's head to pose a little shadow puppet. This particular bloke has a rather decent shadow-puppet projecting of a female in the 'accepting' pose plastered against the wall. Judging by that reddish antennea-tip glow, the adoring female is damned impressed by the cast.

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PHATandy:
concept: INFERIUS-UMBRA
Meaning ' Under-Shadow ', The IU lives and feeds underground. The Open front mouth sifts soil through the large tube like stomach/intenstine digesting nutrients and the odd animal as food. Although a slow process it is continuous as the IU moves through the soil. Large fangs/teeth at the front end work as diggers to plough through the soil while the side arms/legs move the IU through the soil.
At varying intervals (only at night), the folded in tube on its back, erects to puncter through the soil and lay flat on the surface, held still by the fatty flaps that are pumped out to the side. Smaller tubes pump out the special chemical made inside the main part of the IU, that is shadow. The fine gas chemical coats all objects within a large radius and begins the process. When light from the sun passes onto the chemicals it is made colourless and thus normal colour shows through. With the absense of light, the chemicals dry out to form the blackness that is shadow. This effect is of varying amounts depending on light intensity. After deploying, the shadow, the IU moves on.

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End Hits:
concept: This thing's job is to turn the universe's lights off.

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youngpaddy1:
concept: Filled with the fastest substance in the universe the Shadow caster floats above the vast deserts of Capritz Minor on an actinic blue bed of energy generated at it's core. The giga conductive power of the creature manifests outside of its body as the shadowy overspill which darkens the land, if the creatures bodily waste had continued to spread at its original pace the planet would've been enirely black. However after a couple of months previously unseen species of plants are taking advantage of the lowlevel cloud cover and its cooling effect to start growing. As they grow they seem to feed on the black mist and it thins out until barely visible by which time the pllants have seeded and died back to wait for the Shadow Caster's return.

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embee:
concept: Storm-Bird of the Weka Sands
In the deserts of the sand-planet Weka, there exist a lot of strange creatures, the Storm-Bird is just one of them.
These enormous birds' weight caused their lack of flying abilities, so the only way they can move is crawling very slowly. But this doesnt represent a problem for them, because actually they dont have to move a lot... They dont have to hunt - they just wait for their prey: whenever a swarm of bird (birds are the most commen species on Weka) flies along, the Storm-Bird begins to flutter and to stir up dust and sand. This way it darken the sky to take the birds their possibilities to navigate in the air, so the swarm is forced to come down to the ground, where it is an easy meal for the huge storm-bird... The enormous number and dimensions of the swarms on Weka makes it very easy for the storm-bird to survive...
Some of the human tribes living on Weka learned to use the huge birds for their own protection against invaders. Whenever enemies try to enter a village, the villagers escape into their caves (the villages are often built near the strange rock-complexes in the Weka desserts. Only the "chosen" stay with the village-bird and as soon as the invaders are near enough, this group which mainly consists of children begins to attack the bird with lances. This way, they force the bird to unleash a deadly sandstorm, which kills both, the attackers, and of course the suizide-defender-commando too. The tribes' memebers see this kind of death as a guarantee to get into the nirvana...

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nightfend:
concept: Shadow Producers reside in old abandoned mines and subteranean caves. They prefer the darkness, where their own bio-luminescence is the only light source. It is through this self illuminating glow that it can summon shadowy beast forms and other illusions. And, it is with these shadowy forms and illusions that it can confuse and confound prey that it is hunting.

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Red Rook:
concept: At about 12 feet long this shelled creature, the shadow producer, releases a chemical compound that manages to absorb all the parts of the light spectrumwhen its dense, making for an absolute black, to creatures even who see diffrent wave lengths. The compound has a very short half life, and rapidly decays, but the shadow producer can release it under stress conditions, creating the perfect smoke screen to foil potential predators.

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teyekanik:
concept: An ancient Olmec Demi-God, the name translates as the "Shadow Sheperd" This god rises and guides the sun below the horizon to make room for the moon. I wanted to go with less of a nightmare creature and more of a fantasy goliath. And also to have a black light look to it.

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Uziel:

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Helzon:
concept: Lactati Umbri
In fond regards Master Fervidious Lackmoore,
Herein you will find a crude illustration of the subject you were inquiring to purchase through a mutual aquaintance. I fear that this vulgar scribbling by my idiot savant son, Regibeld who I am afraid is more idiot than savant does not do the creature justice. Nonetheless, you will be immediately struck I'm sure of the fine quality and august nature of the beast. We here at Killmagrove Estate ensure that each of our Lactati Umbri meet only the highest standards.
As a high connoiseur of these magnificent animals Master Lackmoore, I am sure your eye was undoubtedly drawn to the beautiful fore pustules of the head that are a hallmark of our attentive methods. You will also note that this yearling is in only her second gestation. The near pristine sack that dangles beneath is opened with the utmost care, whereupon the removal of any offspring is conducted then she is stitched up by only the finest hand and the process of fertilization begins again. In the interim she is milked of shadow a mere once a day. You will know and need no reminding that the longer the shadow steeps and matures within the animal the more sumptuous and reliable the product. It will be of note that her fore teats and vestigal stingers are in high demand these days, these of course will be included for no additional charge. I throw open my services and councils to any of your impositions. If ever you are in need of more specimens I have local warehouses in the Belgwine, and Ickmaven districts. If you have need of more than twenty, please contact our mutual friend so that we may negotiate the terms. If you are agreeable to these terms please make our friend aware so that my factor may call upon your factor.
With only the best regards and wishes of success in your dark arts.
Your ever humble servant,
Philinius Killmagrove esq.

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possessed:
concept: This large worm-like creature exists on a planet called Cibrey IV. This planet is almost completely devoid of water due to the close proximity of two neighbouring suns. Another thing that makes life so hard on this planet is the absence of hiding places, either for resting or to escape from the sun. the only shadow on this world is found near small rocks and .. near the creatures that create it. The creatures that live here have had to adapt under these circumsizes and few have done so with reasonable success. One of Cibreys greatest creatures is called the Umbra snatcher. It's name is derived from the way it catches it prey. The snatcher travels underground staying very close to the surface until it has reached an area where there are lots of rocks (it senses those since much of the rocks are partially underground) When it has found a suitable place it will surface it's head and about 4/10th of it's body length into the sky. It has the same hue and sometimes (especially elder umbra's) the same texture as the rocks around it. All it has to do now is wait. By creating the largest area of shadow around it, the snatcher attracts prey of reasonable sizes (mostly giant lizards who are just too big to crawl under rocks) and waits till their prey curls up in the shadow underneath them. It waits until the prey is completely at ease and then it snatches them with it's toothy maw(which can stretch to considerable size).
The umbra worm is truely one of natures greatest wonders since it doesn't seem bothered by the burning sun itself. The snatcher has special scales that cover most of it's head and most of it's back. these scales bounce off the harmfull rays of the twin suns.

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Rosco:
concept: Bestia de la Sombra
As the guardian of the all shadows, La Bestia de la Sombra (Shadow Beast) is one of the most powerful creatures on Earth. Living on the highest mountain top, he watches -- he waits. And when night falls, so begins his nightly duty of gathering his souls -- his shadows. Every night he walks the dark streets and collects the fallen shadows. The ones that no one care to notice anymore. The ones that have no life to follow anymore. Back on his mountain top, he rests and regenerates. For at dawn's break, he releases his shadows back into the world. And with each shadow, a piece of La Bestia de la Sombra dies. Each morning he is weakened as he selflessly gives back to the world -- a world in which no one knows about La Bestia de la Sombra. And when he has spent his last morning releasing his shadows, he will pass on something greater than any shadow that he has ever produced. He will give to the world his son. A son that will carry on gathering souls of his own -- so that the world will always live in shadow.

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bwkeough:
concept: Shadow Thief
this medium-sized bird, 20lbs on average, dines not on ordinary organic matter, it tears off pieces of shadow cast by other living things and ingests the soul shred attached to the shadow on the metaphysical plane. While generally more cumbersome than two wings, having four can be useful: on moonless nights, this creature is able to slip sideways into the spirit world to dine on lost souls. The second set of wings provides lift for the heavy solid body in the thinner-than air ether of that plane.
Shown here, the mother bird produces a piece of this zoologist's shadow in reguritated form for her young hatchlings.

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Eshara:
concept: Derived from the dragonfly, this creature is about 12 inches tall. It flies from one being to the next creating shadows for each and every one of them. It spews forth a shadowy fog from its tail. The fuel for its shadow producing tail is its head. Its head is a huge lightsrouce which can be seen from a mile away.

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