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    Cow C.O.W. - #054: Sand Hunter - Voting!

    ROUND #054 VOTING

    Topic: Sand Hunter

    Deadline for the voting: Friday, 04th August 2006

    Posting thread (closed):
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    artist: Mr.Blonde
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    The sand hunter camoflauges himself as a camel... his real head emerges from his fake ass and he mauls you and chomps on your bones! the bulk of his neck and head is hidden inside his hump. His tail is used to mimic the silouhette of a camel's head.
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    artist: hwango
    concept:
    Sandstorm Walker
    Sandstorm Walkers are among the deadlier hazzards facing travellers who attempt to cross the desert that lies between the cities of Great Wheel and Mosaic. These highly intelligent pack hunters use the sands of the desert as both weapon and camoflage. Much of a Walker's internal structure is a complicated system of hollow tubes which allow a Walker to syphon sand up through its feet, while openings located higher on its body draw in air. The walker uses this stored air both to expel sand and reshape the flow of the wind around it. Packs of Sandstorm Walkers work in concert to craft small, localized sandstorms that mask their numbers and exact positions. Walkers also use these blasts of sand to disorient and disable prey.
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    artist: Bryno
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    Journal (1844, Zaire, Africa)
    You know, this creature ain't that bad at all. just staring at me with them glased eyes... You whouldent tell it could kill me in a split second... Man its hot out here. Hmmmm, i was lucky- it's just had its meal. Poor African. It's a shame these are becoming extinkt, after all, the villagers hunt them down just for there beautiful red fur... Hmmm might be the last one i will ever see. Funny fackt about this creature is- the locals here in zaire call it "sandhunter", becouse it hunts the sands of the desert for humans. It's digestion system can't digest bones. They spectacurly grow to his own wich creates fantastic forms. Wow, wish you where here to see this Elize.
    (Jonathan Holmes never returned from Zaire)
    One year later the last Escapolus Nescutus aka "sandhunter" was found near Boende, Zaire dying from severe stabs to the stomach by African spears.
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    artist: smoscar
    concept:
    The desert devil
    This large creature, from one to three meters long, lives primarly in South Africa deserts, people from the African villages calls it "the desert devil" and says that they can kill from foxes and rabbits to camels and humans. This creatures predation method is fascinating and almost perfect; they dig a hole in the sand or some times wait for a sand storm to get 'em covered and then they get their back and elbow thorns out and wait for their victims to get near, once the prey steps anywhere near the thorn their tail moves at 45 meters per second and sting their victim filling its body with a neurotoxic venom that interfere with neurotransmissions and paralyzes it within seconds, then they just come out to have their great banquet or to save it at the hole in where they'd been...
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    artist: fughi from yuggoth
    concept:
    DANDUNE CHACK
    (Farsi for "tooth of the sand")
    These huge creatures live in the large equitorial deserts of New Persia, a planet circling around Zuben-el-Akrab (scorpio's scissor).
    They hunt their prey by waiting in the sand for some victims appearance.
    Their body is very adapted to the desert's live so some body appendages change into special formed shapes
    1. The upper limbs change into fins with leather like skin
    the lower limbs seem to disappear from the outward appearence,
    actually scientis believe that the DANDUNE CHACK 's ancients had
    2 legs shaped like the arms in the past,which grew together and form
    it's fluke like tail
    2. The fur is reduced to a tight mane on the DANDUNE CHACK 's back.
    The hairs can racognize smallest shocks in the sand when the DANDUNE
    CHACK lays deeper in the sand waiting for some victim stepping around.
    3. The two antennaes in the neck are snorkels for the time the DANDUNE
    CHACK is waiting for it's victim coming around.
    4. The eyelids are very thick and protect the eye against sand and sunshine.
    Some of the younger ones are even not able to open their eyes because
    they don't really need them.
    5. The nasal cavity is placed on the head to get a mantle of air around the
    body for swimming through the sand at low friction.
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    artist: KuJo
    concept:
    Bone Jackal
    Through burying itself in the sand, the bone jackal's protrusions and armor plating create the illusion that it is nothing more than a creature's skeleton.
    This deception allows for prey to pass within striking distance, such as the delicious dune bunny. The Bonejackal can remain concealed for up to several days, using a pair of secondary nostrils located in the false "eye sockets" of its head protrusion.
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    artist: Michael Jaecks
    concept:
    Pygmy Desert Demon
    C-3PO may not have been able to abide those Jawas (disgusting creatures!) but even Jawas can't tolerate these imps of the Tatooine landscape. Pygmy Desert Demons stand about two feet tall, can run at speeds up to 50kph even in the most extreme heat and will eat just about anything living or dead, even bantha poo-doo. No one really knows if they are indigenous to Tatooine or not, as random additions to the biosphere often arrive as stow-aways on a smuggler's less than tidy ship. Most creatures who arrive this way don't survive the desert, but the Pygmy Desert Demon thrives. Often running in packs of twenty or more, a kabal of Pygmy Desert Demons working together can drop an unattended baby dewback in minutes. Generally, Pygmy Desert Demons are content catching smaller prey, and attacks on Jawas are not unheard of. Pygmy Desert Demons cannot be domesticated, do not make good pets, don't taste good any way you try to cook them, and have a nasty sting on their tail that detaches and burrows into the skin like a small worm. Though not fatal to most creatures larger than themselves, the sting of the Pygmy Desert Demon is very painful and hard to remove. Most human inhabitants of Tatooine try to avoid them.
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    artist: depleteD
    concept:
    Miragia
    So the Miragia is the an escaped spieces that alien visitors to earth lost control of while doing genetic experiments with in the Saharah Desert. The Miragia has been dubbed the sand hunter for its ability to voluntarily shed its skin revealing a layer of skin that makes in invisible to all forms of detection. It only has this ability when in extremly dry and hot environments. The Miragia main diet is military personel assigned to captureing the beasts before they mate and their numbers become to great.
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    artist: Helzon
    concept:
    Taklamakan Torment
    Those that traveled the silk road through the Taklamakan desert knew of it's names but dared never to speak them aloud.
    Scribed on scraps of roughspun in a shaking hand and staked to long poles in intervals; flags fluttered from the baking heat that read 'son of Moros' or βασανιστής, (torment).
    Moros, his name in greek legend was 'doom' itself. βασανιστής, (torment) was his son, born of a desert nymph, and was said to have fled to the east after being accursed by Apollo on his wedding day as his mother raised her voice in singing praises.
    Sadly, over aeons of living alone among the brutal sands, he was slowly hammered into madness and corruption. Brutal death would befall any that would pass the time of their long journey in song or prayer; for they were a bitter reminder of the day his life was forever bound to it's hellish fate.
    Those Tocharian elders of the silk road that knew when the west wind flowed, would never travel no matter how desperate their need, for the dunes came alive in song and 'torment' rose.
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    artist: AztcFireFlower
    concept:

    Unusual sand sifting feeding behavior. It's lower jaw is built to cut through the sand. As it runs and plows through the desert, it opens it's mouth to sift sand for organisms. Sand is shunted out behind it's jaws through gills on the side of it's head, while creatures larger than sand grains are retained in it's mouth to be swallowed. It posseses telescoping eyes that can view above the sand when on a feeding run. Hinds legs are use to power jump the beginning of it's feeding session.
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    artist: Supervlieg
    concept:
    The Sandhunter (Incultus Onis)
    This creature lives on the desert planes of the african continent and is known to kill all things living that cross its path.
    Its origin is largely unknown but some crossbreeding between pigs and a large predatory birds is expected.
    Very little is know of the sandhunter. All biologist trying to study it in the past have either gone missing or were found dead.
    It is suspected that the sandhunter has a very bad temper.
    Its habitat is in scattered parts of central africa, mostly in the area of the Zambia-Botswana border.
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    artist: KaWaii
    concept:

    The "Sand Hunter" of the desert. Looking a bit like a small goat, it carries two big plant-look-a-like balls with it's long tails. It has a blue fur which gives a very nice "cold" impression. Especially in the middle of a desert. People/ animals almost dying of thirst starts to hallucinate when they see this creature and will most probably follow it.
    The Sandhunter will run ahead to set up a trap. It leaves 1 of the two balls behind, which folds open. It's like a flower with WATER in it ! When a creature touches the yellow poison (the flower can even fold up if it's still attached to the sand hunter) it'll faint. The sand hunter will wrap it's prey inside the ball (if it's too big, it wraps half of it, then dragging it along)
    Everything inside the ball will be melted and formed into liquid after a while. It's used to fill up the other ball (the storageroom), which turns the liquid into water. Water is used as food and bait for this beautiful creature. When it's hungry, it suks the water out of the ball with the yellow stick. (It looks like a coconut drink )
    When attacked, it uses it's horns and bone parts to defend. (it's ass is important, the tails are attached to it)
    And OH BTW: might you ever have a chance to drink some of it's water, don't think what's in it. It's said to be quite healthy though...
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    artist: Dr Midnight
    concept:
    Dunemaker Churl
    The Dunemaker Churl is a fierce sextepedal insect creature that hunts with four harpoonlike tongues that shoot forth using quick, concentric muscular action. Prey is speared with a tongue and drawn back to the waiting mouth, which is lined with inward-facing "teeth" that do nothing but anchor the prey within the jaw while the prey is digested. As its name suggests, the Dunemaker can create "dunes" by drawing loose sand up through a vent in its belly and dispersing it over itself through six muscular tubes on its back. In this way, a Dunemaker can become completely covered in sand, providing both camouflage and protection from the deadly desert heat of the sun. Stalklike eyes sit atop the dunes from the creature's rear and watch for passing potential prey.
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    artist: Tyde
    concept:

    This odd creature is commonly referred to as "Nature's bear trap" or the "Sand pancake". It hides in the sand and waits for its prey to walk onto it. Once the prey is on top, the Sand pancake encloses; like petals retracting on a flower. This forms a bulb or "stomach" with the prey inside. At this point, the prey is digested.
    The Sand pancake has two main features about it's digestive system. Firstly, the skin of the creature is lined with orange spores. These spores emit emzymes as well as acids for digestion. If you look at the underside of the Sand pancake, you will see that there is a redish mouth. This mouth swallows sand, and during digestion, spits it over the prey. The sand acts as an abrasive, helping break down the food. Eventually, the digested food passes into the blood stream.
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    artist: Simonl
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    artist: SprayNation
    concept:
    Mammoth Neuroptera
    Mammoth Neuroptera’s are the giants of the desert. A special species of Mermexleon’s (Antlion’s), Mammoth Neuroptera’s, known as the whales of the sand, dwell deep under the sand dunes; however, these giants are also capable of boring through rock. Rather than waiting for food to come to them Neuroptera’s will hunt to satisfy their cravings. The tentacles that branch off of the beast’s abdomen are capable of extending up to 150 meters and can sense vibrations from up to 3 miles away. For small meals it is unnecessary for the Mammoth Neuroptera to make its presence aware to the surface; its tentacles can simply pull prey underground. For large meals, such as camels and horses, the Mammoth Neuroptera must spring from the surface. Desert Nomads describe the experience before a Mammoth Neuroptera as a localized mini-quake.
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