ROUND #044 VOTING

Topic: Fire Starter

Deadline for the voting: Saturday, 13th May 2006

Posting thread (closed):
http://www.conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=66791









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artist: supersalenco
concept:

a creature with organic chimneys(or chimneies) which expulses vapour and fire when he is angry and turns crazy.


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artist: Simonl
concept:
Spitfire Snail
volcanic vents and hot springs. It processes these deposits in special stomachs in it's shell. Waste products are vented as flammable gas through it's shell. A spur on the front of the shell forms a unique defensive mechanism. If attacked, the snail can spit burning fluid at the aggressor.


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artist: GreenTopaz
concept:

Firestarters are small, reclusive, and rather tempermental creatures, considered both a bane and blessing of the common household. They find their way into people's homes, most often during the winter, and make a permanent nest in the fireplace. A Firestarter never has to leave once they move in, because all they ever eat is hot ash, and the home owner is careful to feed wood/paper into the lair for burning now and then, lest it come out in search of fuel aroud the house. The black spots on it's translucent skin are created from the ash it consumes, and it indicates when the thing is growing hungry once again.
This is can often be a good thing for the homeowner as well, for they have a near continual fire going during the cold nights of winter. This is not so wonderful in the summer, but attempts at removing firestarters are rarely succesful and often disastrous. One attempt, in which a man threw a bucket of water over the small creature in order to make the starter's lair less desirable, resulted in the burning down of the whole neighborhood and quite a bit of the surrounding woods. No one could get back into the area for two months, either, as so many firestarters had gathered to eat what was left.


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artist: Erilaz
concept:
The Speckled Lensmoth
This tropical moth is so called due to it's large quadular wings each containing a natural crystaline lens, which is used for the moth's feeding procedure.
A Lensmoth will position itself on a plant in a sunny area, and focus light though it's wings onto the lower leaves and branches, causing the sap of the plant to burst though the skin from heat.
Although these lens tend to atrract larger predators such as birds, the Lensmoth can temporarily blind an attacker with a complex flurry of it's wings.
Unfortunately, recent illegal import of the moth into the tinder-dry outback of Australia has started many fires, some of them catastrophic.


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artist: rawwad
concept:
Vascrim Devaco
Every year in the same time starts season of fire. It is season when Devacos copulate, which is very danger for nature. Devaco male (18m long) has two sort of special salivary glands which void chemicals when he copulate or when he is very agressive. These glands are on his back between massive bony disks. Two voied chemicals are safe but when they joint together, they start to burn! Disks keep the fire only at his back where is safe for him, but not for others.


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artist: shadoman
concept:
Kraetus
Kraetus, also known to the local diamond miners of South Africa as the Fire Starter, is a large, vicious insect. They are found in the lowest regions of the earth, as close to the earth’s core as possible to withstand the extreme heat. They feed off the lava. This creature is highly protective of its lair and will kill at will when it feels a threat by man.
When threatened, they will gather a hunting cluster of male Kraetus. To ensure a surprise attack, they curl into a ball and, at very high-speeds, will roll through the tunnels to destroy the miners. Then they will spring from their ball state to all fours for their attack.
The male Kraetus have the ability to breath a small flame from their mouth, which they will use kind of like a pilot light. They also have a frontal pouch in their throat where their semen is stored. Through a small mouth-like opening in their throat, they will spit boiling semen through the flame, which in turn, is ignited into a napalm-like substance. The victims are instantly engulfed in flames and burning flesh before they even know what hit them.
This is the main reason why diamonds are so expensive.


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artist: rushtoy
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artist: Helzon
concept:
Savannah Kindler: Conflagarus Africanus (Female)
Once this rather elusive and rather secretive species was found a great mystery was at last solved.
Only during the driest, hottest months of the year does the Kindler emerge from deep below ground. The baked earth crumbles before it as weak fore legs and a hardened frontal protrusion dig to the surface. Only a single female will emerge as the remainder of their species waits. Making it's way to the nearest tree, it climbs to a branch which holds the most shade for two apparent reasons; first as camouflage, yes, but also knowing that amidst the blasting heat something will take refuge there.
When at last the unwary victim stops to find some relief the kindler opens it's maw wide. This action primes the three main organelles in it's mouth. Each organelle is complimented by it's own lung. Once in place the female gimbles the organelles then with a rushing exhale plasters her victim with saliva.
The saliva itself is like none other in the natural world. Containing trillions of times more mitochondria than a single living cell, the saliva could be considered an incindiary gel. For when the mitochondrian make contact with their victim in their 'dormant' state a small fragile membrane around it is ruptured. This rupture is critical, for then the sugary, oxygen rich saliva begins to feed these small powerhouses, which in turn create massive amounts of heat in a relatively miniscule amount of time. The victim is fully engulfed in moments and roasted alive. The female will patiently wait, then dislodge herself from the limb and begin to gorge.
Moreover, in a macro sense, in the throes of it's own death many of the prey touch off the wildfires that sweep the brittle savannah. The fires roast alive all in their path and when they are done the remainder of the Kindler species emerge to feast, for they have a penchant for one element among the rest, carbon.


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artist: chaosrocks
concept:

The Lioth lizards of planet Nardan have the strange abilty to breakdown water into Oxygen, which they release, and hydrogen which they retain in their bodies in large inflating stomach sacs. This allows the little creature to bob about like ballons and steer with their multiple fins.
They have become the pampered pets of the settlers on this planet, due to the fact that they glow intensely at night and when tickled emit firestarting belches. The Lamplighters of the city use them, as well as all the people traveling from party to party for the wonderful night life of the city.
Many varieties of these lizards have been bred for thier different glowing colors and their placid nature. they feed on vegetable and lots of water and if cared for properly can life thirty or forty very useful and decorative years. This example is the pet of the Blue Clan, and as such wears their colors on it's elaborate jeweled leash.


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artist: BaronVonWink
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artist: cognition.sb
concept:
Caped Moth
Anatomy
The 2 distinct features of these creatures are their large abdomen and lengthy 'cape' extending from their thorax. Because of the size and weight of their abdomen these moths can't sustain high altitude flight, and consequently hunt and fly quite close to the ground. In their natural habitat this is not a problem - measuring approx 10 inches from head to tail, they're situated near the top of the insect food chain.
Why the cape?
Camouflage. In areas of leafy debris, the cape covers its large abdomen, and blends in with the surroundings. This makes it look like an injured insect, and consequently attracts scavenger insects to feast upon. This also means it won't need to chase food, as it's generally fairly slow.
Fire hazard
In the current state of human expansion these creatures have been forced into residential areas. This is where the problem occurs. Pest control is essential and fire insurance has more than tripled in these neighbourhoods. As low flyers, their thin cape is highly susceptible to catching on fire if it comes in contact with lit candles, bug zappers, or even the hot globe of a lamp. Without any senses in the cape, the moths will continue flying, dropping flaming segments as it travels. Every now and then the fire falls with these portions, leaving the moth with life intact and a ravaged cape to show its victory. However, most times the fire reaches its fibrous abdomen, sending a flaming moth to its death on nearby carpet, grass or other surface. Unless witnessed and hastily doused, this usually results in a housefire.


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