ConceptartCohesion #001: 8th Day - VOTING

ConceptartCohesion #001: 8th Day

Storyline:


The year 2446 CE

Mankind and its technology have advanced at an exponential rate, however trivial political, religious and social demands have caused the splintering of former superpowers into smaller nation states, pitting themselves against each in a number of minor conflicts.

Since 2395 a minimum of 27 conflicts, hostile incursions and border disputes have been raging in various confined areas across the planets surface, sparking a new global economy.
Covenants of major corporations have banded together in various factions and are now the true international players, feeding the ever increasing demand of new weapons technology.
The change in style of warfare has rendered weapons of mass destruction virtually useless increasing an appetite for more unconventional weapon systems, specifically the VidaNova Corporations newest developments in the field of creating new species of animals bred for specific purposes.

The idea behind this new move is too harness the animals natural intelligence, sensory abilities, and ability to traverse difficult terrain. They are currently working on models for civilian implementation, ranging from beasts of burden for remote areas to leisure models as pets. However there have been worrying reports of certain products escaping from captivity, and having unexpected effects on the flora and fauna they interact with, conspiracy theorists place blame on a huge range of subjects, ranging from the Cytarabinoside used in manipulating metabolic pathways in the animals, to mother earth resting control back from humanity to satan himself.
Some minor political and religious groups are already rallying, trying to bring this series of unnerving events to the public eye, wild rumors and conspiracy theories are already calling this the 8th day of creation.


Topic for COW:
Mounted Predator For Hunters

A creature made by scientists by mixing genes of existing and extinct animals...there are also some mechanical/technical parts implemented in the predators organism. The predator must be able to be mounted and is carnivore, making him a living and very aggressive killer machine. We need to see something like a saddle, where the hunters can sit on, but you don't need to draw the hunter himself. The creatures full body must be seen.

Deadline for the voting: Tuesday, 14th March 2006

Posting thread (closed):
http://www.conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=62478









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artist: Hookswords
concept:
Gavreau
Named after Dr. Vladimir Gavreau. One of the pioneers of Infrasonic weaponry
It is the splicing of an eagle, a tiger and an elephant. It was desired that the predatory base of the eagle and tiger be maintained externally while the elephant useage was completely redesigned. Elephant genes/ body mechanics were reworked internally to work in conjunction with the cybernetics. The basis behind the trunk structure of the elephant was used inside the body and extending through the tail. It provides additional oxygen for the body as well as serving as a weapon. Elephants communicate infrasonically, below the human hearing range. This ability, when amplified by the cybernetics can be used as a destructive force. This force can be moderated to a low level brown noise to make its opponents feel ill and become iincapacitated, ranging to a very high level to actually break through/down matter. The amplifiers extend through the arms to the front paws for this extreme use, while the amps around the head serve for all other use (in a 180 degree arc) under that extreme range. Due to the nature of this weapon the rider must wear a special helmet to protect himself from the effects. The spikes on top of the head hold the hardware that allows interface via the riders helmet for control.


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artist: W!L
concept:
bit mingled with aquatic live form. crap scorpian and dogs and big cats.. aggresive and poisonous it attacks with its tail. any victims immediatly sedated. its back bone has mechanical implants as well as tail to help it's flexibility when attacking with tail.


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artist: JakkaS
concept:
CODE-NAME:MOUNTED SALASH
PROJECT NUMER: 2446-90/2
LEADING SCIENTIST: DOCTOR JEREMIASH SOO
ASSISTANT: DOCTOR CASANDRA WISHTON
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PROJECT STATUS: IN PROGRESS
BUDGET: 340.800 CALI'BOS
FINISH PREDICTION: NINE STANDARD MONTHS
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PROJECT GOALS: BIOENGINEERICAL UPGRADED CREATURE FOR CATCHING AND CARRING SMALL ANIMALS
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SHORT SUMMARY:
After two years of research, we have gained success. Our creature is in final stage of creation. We have almost solved all problems we had in this project. The only thing, that is not acceptable by our supervising officer, General Sul Weave'r, is the speed of our creature. But we are working on this. We have also made a few upgrades to make Sarash more predictable and easy to control...
SEARCHING:
As a result of genetic engineering and computer technologies usage, we have made Sarash able to sense small creatures even from 5-10 kilometers and to see them from distance 50-100 meters, no matter it is a day or night.
SMELL DETECTOR:
After genetic manipulation and adding small prototype of microcomputer [SNV-M-CHIP-ZTH2008/BETA], we have made our creature able to record all of smell they taste in their environment. Therefore, when they sniff out an animal, they never lose the track. We have connected smell sensor to the driver, so he can see surroundings in "smell spectrum".
EYES UPGRADE:
Natural ability of snake-like creatures are the skill of infra-red vision. We have upgraded this ability and connected to the driver, so he is able to see as well as his creature.
CATCHING:
TONGUE [genetic material and samples taken form Kanaka's Lizard - small lizard with over 2 meters long tongue] - after genetic manipulation we have added a few meters tongue to our creation. Salash can catch creatures from 5-7 meters. We have also added some paralyzing toxins into Salash's saliva.
PHEROMONES DISTRIBUTOR: - - - - STILL TESTING - - - -
We have added possibility to create and spread the pheromones of all cataloged and examined animals from this planet - We can easily update the database of smells. [--- 77% of examined animals have followed the pheromones smell ---]
HOLDING:
We have added a few ventricles for carrying catched creatures. These chambers are made of organical plastic called ORGAPLAST. [Because of this modification, we have moved stomach and other organs to the front of the creature. There were problems with digestion.] When Salash is carrying an animal, produces paralyzing gas to make the animal senseless.
SADDLE:
Genetic modification of Salash's skull gave as a place where we have plugged the saddle.
SPINE, BODY AND HEAD UPGRADES:
WE have added some upgrades to make the bones ad skin more resistant. We have built up this parts with ORGAPLAST.
ORGAPLAST:
This material is phenomenal! You can program it and plug it to the salash's embryo. The material grows up and evolves with the subject.


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artist: CheshireLyon
concept:
Bahrgeist MK7
The Bahrgeist MK7, is the newest in Vidanova's line of successful jungle based mounts for hunters and security based forces. The bahrgeist is a highly effective ambush predator capable of pack hunting and social behavior. While still being proficient alone, with a group its potential is increased exponentially. Key features of the bahrgeist include sound and voice mimicry, obtained mainly from the grey parrot, and the lyrebird, which the animal applies in order to lure prey into traps using various environmental features for cover (trees, brush or buildings). The cost of these features is mainly a reduction in bone mass, which, while decreasing the fortitude of the beast increases its agility. When attacking, the bahrgeist unleashes a high decibel shriek, intended to disorient its prey, while not stunning its prey outright, it effectively disables its sense of sound. The animal itself cannot hear the frequency of its shriek, riders must be equipped with harmonic dampeners in order to not be effective. Despite appearing soft and supple, the fur of the creature is actually based upon a rigid feather like system. While the bahrgeist are specifically designed to be most effective navigating the tangle of heavy jungle while maintaining high speeds, it is still useful in the grassland and urban areas. It is not recommended for use in open terrain, desert or cold areas. These abilities are gained from a variety of keystone feline predators, including lions, panthers, tigers, and cheetah. It also contained genes from the precursors to modern felines to increase its size and resilience. Technological additions include a cooling system allowing form more effective use of speed, as well as an intravenous hydration system to keep the animals from dehydrating on sorties. The saddle is equipped with a direct connection into the nervous system of the creature in which the rider can act as a blinder to the animal for specific targeting, in addition the connection also locks the rider into the saddle. While wireless connections are readily available, the direct connection was chosen to avoid possible hacking and a loss of control of the creature. Recent improvements over previous bahrgeist iterations include elongated ears to improve the natural cooling of the creature during lengthy excursions, and most notably, a newly developed retro-virus, sprayed on the skin, which increases the overall density and makes the animal resistant, to most small arms fire. The animal now can be trained to drop a sniper high in the canopy before attacking, allowing for more strategic options.


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artist: neoknocker
concept:



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artist: Thefultron
concept:



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artist: Alliekatt
concept:
Arthropod X2300
The Arthropod X2300 series, or 'Pods, as the hunters call them, are a strange mix of lizard, insect and snake. Deceptively fast, their unique 6-legged method of locomotion provides their riders with a nice, smooth ride. Their lightweight chitinous armor provides excellent defense against tricky quarry, while the powerful neurotoxin deployed by their mandibles quickly paralyzes their prey. Top-of-the-line sensory arrays have been installed in the Pod's cranium to aid in tracking and provide advanced warning, and each model comes equipped with a chemical sensor specially tuned to VidaNova's product "tags".


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artist: Jonoy
concept:
Xervities
After unsuccessful attempts to intropolate Indian Tiger geneiology with Banded Mantis Shrimp (idealistic ravager genome created but highly unstable due to superior aggression/ physical speed) the xervities has been successfully created, trialed in the field, and installed as the mounted unit of choice for multi-terrain combatant units.
A cross genome breed of austrogammarus australis (Now extinct freshwater crayfish) and Connochaetes taurinus (Wilderbeast Kenyan grasslands), the xervities has both the crustacial exoskeletal protection of the crayfish and the docile yet willfull nature of the Wilderbeast in conjunction with newly available and stable Nanotechnology as well as incorporating the Polymer-Plastic Petrochemical technologies previously available to the modern 24th century military.
Due to the weight of previous exoskeletal genome crosses proving unstable due to the unsustainable weight of an exoskeleton weighing 20kg+ above sea level; the introduction of Polymer-plastics have 'lightened the load' as well as giving a greater flexibility to the armourous advantage of an exoskeleton infused with nanotech repair-and-sustainability technology.
Tests have shown a dominance in the Crayfish geniology causing the new species to express a carnivorous appetite and predator traits in it's mental algorithmics.
Moving on land at burst speeds in exess of 54kmh and under 70kmh/ average speed of 45kmh, the xervities is also capable of higher speeds in submersed conditions (18-45knots) as well as retaining the ability to traverse inclines up to 50degrees; all while the mounted trooper remains safely enclosed in the climate-controlled gyroscopic-cockpit intergrated into the second armoured segment of the thorax.
A new and superior genomic crossbreed is in process though this information is highly classified.
weaponry/upgrades include; mounted caseless assault cannon (44mm), photon whip antennae and Electro Magnetic aura (20ft) as well as the conventional claws/mandibles and the mounted trooper's arsenal.


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artist: chaosrocks
concept:
seats two, controlled by holding the antenae, robotic eyes which include Ultraviolet and infra red as well as transmission to rider via antenae (which is why there are two riders) , takes great skill to ride, especially staying on during a tail strike


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artist: sithwitch13
concept:
Canidofelus tridactyl horribilus, family Artificiocidae. Commonly known as a "Riding Triclaw".
This riding mount is neither a canid or feline, but a genetic hodgepodge. A larger form of the common hunting triclaw (Canidofelus tridactyl domesticus), this subspecies is invaluable for its strength, endurance, and intelligence. In addition to modifying the chest cavity to be deep like that of a cheetah, further tweaking allowed for an increase in the efficiency of its circulatory and respiratory systems. This, along with genes coding for more efficient use of energy in skeletal muscles, allows for the speed of a cheetah but with much more endurance. The tail has been modified into both a stabilizer and a whip. Additionally, the paws and claws that give the mount its common name were modified from the more common five digits normally found in animals to give it a more solid grip on its terrain and ease of running. The riding triclaw's fur has been coded to be short and dense, making it ideal for conditions ranging from desert heat to arctic cold.
Riding triclaws are given additional biomedical enhancements once full size is reached. Their already quick brains are tweaked to make synapses fire faster and the adrenal cortex is enhanced so that the maximum allowable amount of epinephrine can be produced at critical moments. The natural eyes are also replaced by the finest artificial oculars, allowing triclaws to see at a variety of ranges and lighting conditions. The triclaw's hearing is enhanced by implants, allowing it to hear three hundred times better than its natural ability. This audio enhancement automatically shuts down within a nanosecond in the event of a loud, potentially damaging noise.
A riding triclaw is controlled by reins that are attatched to nostril rings. Since it does not have the same mouth as an herbivore, a traditional bit and bridle would be impractical. Additionally, the mouth must remain free in order to grasp and kill prey.
With its enhanced strength, endurance, intelligence, and vision, the riding triclaw is a formidable hunter whose abilities can be effectively doubled with an experienced hunter guiding it.


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