ROUND #030 VOTING

Topic: Triped

Deadline for the voting: Wednesday, 14th December 2005

Posting thread (closed):
http://www.conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=56648









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Chuck,mate.:
concept: Triped Crustacean
the long legged (3 in count) crab-like creature resides in the depths of large
sweet-water ponds and revers.
his diet includes small fish, small frogs and basically anything smaller than itself.
its 3rd leg (located and centerd under his "chin") is used for balance, steering(along with the tail), and catching + killing a prey.
the T.C. is an endangered species, since the habit
of killing its females while mating.
by accident.

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Silentkitty:
concept: Land Hawk
This giant bird of prey is actually a land-bound creature, carrying itself about on three leg-like appendages surrounding its mouth, which is located on the bottom of its torso. Its wings are unable to support it in flight, and act as a leverage system, allowing the bird to launch itself into the air for short distances, trapping its prey in a cage of legs and teeth. The beak's main use seems to be for preening the bird's hairlike feathers, and is generally not used for eating unless a small bird or animal happens to come within range of it.

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br0ken_spirit:
concept: Odontopod
When the first explorers arrived at the small island, far on the hills they saw the silhouette of what they thought was a three legged animal. As they got closer, they discovered that it was not a third leg, but the creature's teeth that it used to aid in its movement. Because the creatures used three body parts to move, they were nicknamed "tripeds", but the natives simply reffer to them as "big teeth".
Odontopods's teeth, besides being a third walking extremity, are used in digging holes in the dirt, where they prepare a nest for their young. They are also used for cracking open coconuts and shelled crustaceans. For eating, the creature uses its long, sticky toungue, located behing its frontal teeth.

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yAdam:
concept: The animal known as the simian-limus (literally translated as monkey with slime) was recently found on the tropical planet, AN – 04, 17 light years from Earth. None have been captured at this time, although the form and movement studied indicate that it’s similar to three unrelated animals found on this planet. These are the common slug, monkey and spider. Scientists have been unable to approach closer than 10 metres as the creature’s continuous stream of toxic mucus can be flung in any direction as it throws itself through the trees and plants.
Because of its agility within the forests it rarely needs to travel on the ground, but in this position the ‘hairs’ on the back are low enough to brush it. The research suggests that this could be its source of nourishment, by way of suction through the hairs or tubes.

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Fozzybar:
concept: Early Riser
The so called "Early Riser" is the missing link between the crustaceans and the molluscs...while it's body reminds of mollusks like squids or snails, this creature has legs like crabs...weird enough it also has webs between its legs, this makes this creature a phenomenom of mother nature...
The name "Early Riser" is due to this creatures behaviour of leaving it's actual habitat - the ocean - only when the sun is arising early in the morning and the rising tide is flowing in....Early Risers lay their eggs on land, their offspring grow up on the beach, but live in the ocean when entering adult stage...
Early Risers feed on plankton and they are excellent swimmers due to their webs and fast moving legs, which are also unique in animal kingdom, since Early Risers have 3 (!) legs, which makes them the only being on our planet to be called: TRIPED.

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morbidhumor:
concept: A full grown Dragonwasp is about the size of a small dog. Through the millenia it evolved from it's much smaller, two legged ancestors. It's ancestors were well balanced and lite. As they grew in bulk and thier rear section increased in size to accomidate more toxin they lost thier well-balanced design. They compensated by developing a third limb to balance thier bodies when standing.

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Haldor:
concept: 26th november 1597
My lord, Today I started with my trip through the sand-planes of Arath-arack. I've seen some marvelous things already on my first day, but the most strange thing I've seen is a creature the locals call a trifant. This beast walks on 3 legs and can get hundreds of meter high. Most of the nomads spend there entire life on these creature, building huge villages on them. These creatures are very easy to command around, and I thought that if we could create an alliance with the nomads they would be most usefull to fight on our side during the current war against the troops of Argnoth. I ask you allowance for this alliance so that I can go on with the negotations.
Your humble servant,
Haldor

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solorpower:
concept: Blue-Dart Trisauraped
Native to a planet in the Cassiopeia constellation with alternating dual moons, this creature, like most on its planet, evolved with a triped system of locomotion due to the fluctuating gravity from its 2 moons. The irregularity of the moons orbits around the their planet has altered the evolution of the Blue-Darts from a biped animal to a triped. Indeed, this world is filled with unique and bizarre creatures not found anywhere else in our galaxy. The blue and yellow markings all over its body signify that this animal, like most in the galaxy, has a lethal defense mechanism that consists of needle-like darts on its head, back, and tail. It preys on unsuspecting creatures, small and large, very easily. It begins with its non-menacing, almost docile looks and behavior, and if not for its poison darts, would almost certainly be approachable by most animals, including humans. When its prey, (often other predators), are deceived by its non-threatening presence, they get closer to the Blue-Dart until it’s too late. Blue-Dart then turns to its side and its entire cache of darts bend toward its prey, and swooooosh - they fire! The prey falls dead to the ground instantly with about one thousand small darts inserted like needles in a pincushion. The Blue-Dart then waits for all the internal organs to dissolve into a gooey nutritious soup that it sucks up with its elastic tongue. Not much is known about this lethal "cute-looking" monster except how it hunts its prey, as was witnessed by a human survivor on her first mission to this planet. 9 of her team members were killed by this creature alone.
Note: The name of the planet is classified and the Cassiopeia constellation is a restricted quadrant.

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Zeitwolf:
concept: Tripedilum litoris
The racoon-sized Tripedilum litoris, also known as Beach Tripod, lives on desolate sand shores of planetes of the stedtfeld group.
The basic shape is oblate round consisting of three equal body sections that have one insect-like walking leg and one head each. The heads, equipped just with two nostrils and a teethy long-tongued mouth, can protrude out of the body with a medium-long neck for catching pray.
On the back there are tentacles ending in compound eye bulbs (often mistaken for delicous and bit off by birds, but growing again...).
The whole body (with exception of the pigment containing eyes and harder parts like feet or teeth) is charged with noctilucent enzymes that attract a lot of insects - the principal food of the Tripedilum. Furthermore it munches everything it can reach fast enough with it's sticky tounge and dull teeth (e.g. fish washed ashore or carrion).

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Althael:
concept: Triactarian Wolf
After the crash of the Carrier Empress on Phaenwyb, some decades ago, followed by the explosion of its twin nuclear generator, the planets got recovered of radiation, making it impossible to live on until some weeks ago, after the M.E.T. gave the authorization after a myriad of tests on the planet.
Our first thought was that no creatures, maybe beside the underground ones, would be still alive. Surprisingly, we were wrong. A large parts of the known creatures, although merely recognizable, were still hunting to survive.
Indeed, one of the first appearance was a large white tripedal dog-like mammal. By its attitude, it was clearly evident that this kind ruled the forest of our starting point of re-insertment on the planet. Further research on this new species revealed a strong and very agile predator. Being able to jump around five meters high, its most commonly used attack is to stealth around a target and when it is near enough, it use its 'middle leg' to catch its prey while jumping on it, applying near 300kg.
Being 'mutated' by the radiation, the most visible signs are its eyes and mouth. Teeths have random places and length, sometimes growing outside its mouth. It's eyes possess an horizontal iris which seems to be distortioned. We believe that the creature adapted a different mode of view over the generation in its mutation.
Be careful when on the planet. These tripeds are very hostile and attack on sight, they use strategy and stealth over all and always travels in small groups. We know that the current implanted village are triped-free, but unarmed solitary excursion outside the defense radius is most likely to be fatal. The mere presence of a triped is haunting, do not look directly at one and try to run away as fast as you can. Resent research have showed that it will let you go if you don't stay on its territory, although, the length of his patience is not known.

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shadoman:
concept: Tridevallus
The Tridevallus are a species of fast, tripeds found on the warring planet of Gazellan VII. They are found in the charred, desert wastelands of the distant planet. They are speedy and agile and because of their third leg—that is located directly below the belly of the beast—they can jump in large strides and gallop at speeds of up to 73MPH. They can store large amounts of water and fat in the large hump on their back which gives them the ability to run for days without having to stop for food, water, or rest.
The faction known as Juvanga learned how to catch and tame the Tridevallus. Before going into battle, they brand the abdomen of the creature to show they are Juvangan.

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cgfuller64:
concept: This 3-nike buying menace from Mymind 6 specializes in afflicting artists with cantcreateathreeleggedcreaturitus, more commonly catagorized a precursor to antiseparation anxiety disorder.

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hurricane:
concept: Velox Fons Rector or Quick freshwater leader
This creature lives in freshwater areas, swims and hunts with great precision.
Velox Fons Rector is known to out-maneuver a dolphin with ease...
A fierce foe under the water

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VegasMike:
concept: This bat like creature lurks high in the trees where it waits for a victim below. It uses its 3 legs to position itself over the prey and drops onto the victim. The creature uses the large claws on it's 3 legs to grip and subdue the prey while puncturing a hole into a main artery...after sucking the prey dry it will often eat the meat as well. It can't fly but is capable of gliding long distances between trees.

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masque:
concept: The Crested Leaper of Lesser Jilandin is the planet's only known example of a fully successful triped predator. Standing an average of one meter in height, the Leaper subsists almost exclusively on the Blue Craboids that share its harsh habitat, the copper-tainted wastes known as the Azure Basin.
The Leaper's hunting technique consists of a rapid loping pursuit of the fast-scuttling Craboids, closing steadily until near enough to launch a prodigious final jump. While airborn the Leaper rears back its head on powerful neck muscles, and upon descending, bashes the prey's shell open with a hammer-like blow of its pointed and edged beak. It then rapidly consumes the moist innards of the Craboid, before the furnace-like desert heat can dessicate the meal.
Leapers have evolved a unique method of coping with the extreme heat and the cupric poisons that permeate its environs. They excrete no liquids, and the moisture content of their scat is minimal, thus optimally conserving bodily fluids. A veinous network paralleling its circulatory system extracts the toxic copper compounds from its blood and carries them to a special gland in the Leaper's head. This system accounts for the majority of the Leaper's coloration. The gland filters out the toxic components of the circulating fluid and deposits them in nodules that ring the back of the leaper's head, the so-called "Leaper Headpearls." Once the nodules reach a certain size they detach, and a new nodule begins to grow in its place.
Ironically, this extremely efficient survival strategy nearly caused the extinction of the Leapers: For a time, Leaper Headpearls were extremely fashionable, leading to wholesale slaughter of the species when the supply of "detached" Headpearls was exhausted. Primarily due to lobbying efforts of the Trans-Galaxy Wildlife Federation, the Leaper is now protected by interstellar treaty, and possession of Headpearls is punishable by fine and imprisonment. In the past decade, the species has made a dramatic comeback. However, black-market pressures still encourage poaching, and the T-GWF maintains a constant satellite vigil on the Leaper's habitat.

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infinitemonkey:
concept: Western Mediterranean Intrusion Species 144
Classification: Precursor
UNIZCIO rating: Low Threat/Low Priority (Revised - see Food Chain Impact)
Range: Western Mediterranean Intrusion Radius (Southern France/Eastern Spain)
As with many Intrusion precursor species, 144s are based almost entirely on native Earth fauna, in this case the humble chicken egg. It's unclear how this species reproduces (if at all), as the chickens display no sign of DNA manipulation associated with Intrusion species. No specimen of 144 has been observed eating, so it is believed they subsist on the host yolk.
Initially thought to pose a threat to the poultry industry and perhaps all avian reproduction, by year 3 it was discovered that 144s cannot maintain cohesion beyond the Radius. 144s seem to communicate with shell-to-shell vibration, and a Morse code- or binary-like system of bobbing when not in contact. They are capable of surprising speed (making use of tripedal locomotion's penchant for a bounding gait) and have been observered surviving falls of up to 3 metres.
Notable comments: "Ceci n'est pas un ouef!"

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