ROUND #039 VOTING

Topic: Small, Medium, Large - 3 Species Helping Each Other To Survive

Deadline for the voting: Saturday, 01st April 2006

Posting thread (closed):
http://www.conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=63760









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artist: Soulweaver
concept:


Medium creature - The papal scoutbird (1)
feeds exclusively on larderbug larvae, but it's not strong enough to break into their termite-like nests.

Large creature - The giant bear snail (2)
uses its clawed pseudopods to tear apart larderbug nests, but it has two problems: it can't climb the trees where the nests hang, and it can't withstand the larderbug bites long enough to eat its fill.

Small creature - Dorwigs (3)
are tiny blood-sucking parasites, but their spines are so poisonous that few hosts can survive long enough for the dorwigs to mature and reproduce.

Smybiosis:
Put simply, the three species would starve without each others' help.
The scoutbird flies ahead to find a larderbug hive. Once it finds one, it leads the bear snail to it and uses its serrated beak to knock it out of the tree. The bear snail rips the nest apart so both it and the scoutbird can eat the juicy larderbug larvae.
Normally, the bear snail would be forced away by the larderbug soldiers' vicious bites. This is where dorwigs play their part: the bear snail is not only immune to dorwig poison, but it also stores the toxin within its own body. This toxin discourages the larderbugs from biting or kills them outright, so the bear snail and scoutbird can eat in peace.


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artist: Plate
concept:
Frosty Mimic

Small creature - Red-tailed Polwogger
a small amphibious creature. Its flippers are small and weak, but it is a powerful swimmer due to its long flat tail which is splayed and webbed at the tip. It feeds mostly on fish and insects, but will also scavenge for carrion when food is scarce.

Large creature - Sabre-toothed Tetrapus
a bizarre and highly territorial creature that typically inhabits small shallow ponds. Its diet consists mostly of algae, but they are also known to drag in and eat animals that come to their ponds to drink. The tetrapus is also amphibious, but it leaves the water only during cold winters to avoid being frozen alive. Its movement on land is awkward, but it is still adept at ensnaring creatures with its long spindly tentacles.

Medium creature - Twigglet
this oddly-shaped mammal lives in heavily wooded areas, where it is well camouflaged by the wood-like appearance of its fur. It can hold perfectly still for hours on end, waiting for small rodents and other prey to pass within reach of its long, stick-like arms.

Symbiosis
These three normally solitary species have been sighted teaming up in recect and particularly harsh winters, presumably because working together increases the chances that each will be fed. Certain strangely coincidental features have led them to covering themselves in snow and mimicing snowmen, providing them with perfect camouflage for suburban winter landscapes. In this state, their main prey is bullies and jerks, the kind of people who enjoy cruelly destroying things loved by children. When one approaches, the tetrapus will spring its tentacles from the snow and entrap its prey as all three species attack and devour it. Evolutionary scientists are baffled by this behavior, but some religious groups have put forth a theory to explain it - that these "frosties," as they are sometimes called, are actually serving as a sort of divine litmus test by weeding a number of the wicked out from the population.


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artist: Lewis
concept:
Sixeyes (Trio combinius)

Large creature - Emul (Horses Taurus)
Despite being so strong and big, the Emul (Horses Taurus) was having a hard time. They were an often targeted prey for carnivores. This was a very unpleasant situation for the Emul, until they joined forces with the Sandsnake (Thamnophis Desertus).

Medium creature - Sandsnake
The Sandsnake would offer protection for the Emul.
Through evolution their organs got attached to each other, so the Sandsnake would focus primarily on defense, while the Emul could graze safely and thus feeding the Sandsnake as well.
Still, the fragile organs and snake on top of the back were an easy target for birds, so the Sandsnake developed a stone like structure to protect itself.
One problem remained, and these were the little bugs and parasites infecting the organs inside the Snakes house.

Small Creature - Bugbird
This is where a third party joined the alliance, the Bugbird (Avis Redrum). This little bird can navigate safely on the Emuls and Sandsnakes bodies, while picking off parasites and such. On top of that the Bugbird has got an excellent eye for danger and a fortified house for life.
The three combined forces are now called Sixeyes (Trio combinius).


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