ROUND #058 VOTING

Topic: Highly Explosive

Deadline for the voting: Wednesday, 6th September 2006

Posting thread (closed):
http://www.conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=75423









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artist: Supervlieg
concept:
Magmaglobber
(Vulcanis Oryx Maximus)
The Magmaglobbers live in small groups near vulcanic areas. They feeds of the warmth of the surroundings to keep their high temperature body near to boiling point.
The Magmablobber start their life with just a hump and a small bump on their head. During it's adolescent period the little mountains on back of the male creatures grow, and their mood worsens. When, with age, their mood is at their worst, their top is litterally blown, introducing them to maturity. The adult males are recognizeable by the craters on their head and back. Because of their bad temper they will regulary explode when agitated and spew lava. With each eruption the lava settles on the edges of the crater and creates a bigger hump. The bigger the hump and crater, the greater the stature of the male in the groups.
Their explosive battles for leadership are a display of spewing lava and burned skin. The magmaglobbers have a very thick skin that is nearly fire resistent. During battle they are usually severly burned and often need weeks to recover. Eventually the alpha male will become too heavy or weak to carry the load of the hump and a younger, stronger male will usually kill him to become the new leader of the group.


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artist: Chuck Wadey
concept:
Goarnusk
Though it's a mild-mannered creatuer, it's best to take extreme caution when traversing the Goarnusk's habitat. The animal pockmarks its nesting/hunting ground with thousands of highly unstable eggs, the contents of which explode upon contact with air. So watch your step and don't break any shells! This combined hunting and reproductive technique is remarkably efficient because only a small percentage of the eggs are actually fertilized - at which point their chemical volatility is neutralized. In other words, fertilized eggs don't explode, but the vast majority of unfertilized eggs ensure that few are intentionally tampered with. The Goarnusk's wide foot pad for even weight distribution, heavy mucus production, and motherly touch allows it to crawl where it pleases with rare fireworks. The remains of heavy footed creatures keep the scavenger well fed.


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artist: KaWaii
concept:
Exile
It's a very beautiful bird with amazing colors. It's a real sight for bird lovers to see it in nature. However, because it's dangerous, there are very few people around who actually have the guts to find one of these. No one hunts them because they'll just explode if you shoot/eat it. It's lifespan is only 3 years. While in it's 3rd year, it'll reach it's most beautiful state. The 3rd year is the year of mating.
These birds are very aggressief and they like to defend their territory. It'll fly up and shyt on it's target. Yes, nice guess, it's shyt is higly explosive. Though not strong enough to blow you to ashes, it can still easily blow away your arm. Most creatures dies when they get a shot in their heart or head. (headshot ! XD)


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artist: Stephan_R
concept:

So the lava larva of sunpatch pigeons like to pop their shells,
but just before the young are sprung the mother gives a yell,
The shriek from the heat by the mother's beak is all the young can hear,
as they peg their heated egg and fire sears her rear.
Oftentimes a sneaky face might sniff a sunpatch chick,
but the heated shell will surely burst with fire raining thick.
So mommy sunpatch pigeons have to hunt for the highest hill,
so exploding eggs will find a way to catch a filling kill.


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artist: Panagos
concept:
Anger Buffalo
The Anger Buffalo is often restrained, even docile. But those that know of its bizarre temper give this creature a wide berth. no one knows what sets off the Buffalo's highly explosive temper. one moment it can be roaming peacefully, and the next it becomes irate - it's entire demeanor changes as it sniffs the air, and it's massive muscles clench as it glares about, looking for the source of it's annoyance. And then, before you can blink, it's charging, trampling, goring, biting and kicking anything that moves within it's line of sight. And if there are no living creatures in sight, the Anger Buffalo will actually seek out a being to vent it's frustration on. And when it finds one, look out.


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artist: Chuck,mate.
concept:
Carnaross Timida
Carnaross Timida resides on the dark rocky parts of planet Ark. This slow paced herbivore
Uses hydrocarbon deposits, naturally created in it's intestines, as a defense mechanism whenever it feels threatened or cornered. This fossil fuel than gets ignited
By a neuro-electric reaction, exploding and burning rapidly, manufacturing a death-shower of flames. Surprisingly enough this intense creature survives these outbursts due to it`s naturally thick armor-like hide, that only gets stronger and tougher after any encounter with fire.


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artist: Cloister
concept:
Vengence of the Dha-ol
He was there at last. The final delivery was done. He could feel his trap spring behind him and the distant pain was strangely comforting. For years he had served the humans, carrying their precious gas to whatever need. It had been bearable – a life in servitude but not in anguish… Then the injections had started, and the following growth. His body had become longer, heavier, and the days wearisome. Memories of kin lost in the old days had started to visit him through the cold nights, and in familiar voiced they screamed out for vengeance. He looked down upon his masters a final time as the first explosion roared in the distance. He had taken a different path this time, and was laid out straight through the five settlements. It would come to an end with this, of that he was certain. As the sky was lit up he did not look back. He had seen the lights of the dying enough when the humans began their strafing. That was a very long time ago, but he still remembered the dreadful explosions, and knew they were achingly beautiful.
Facts:
The Dha-ol lives in the soft and ancient deserts of the planet Sohora. The bottoms of the great lakes (i.e the deserts) are full of the natural gases, from which the Dha-ol gets their main energy. They stick down their long hollow tongues into the sand and inhale the gas as well as any liquids they come across. The un-modified, mature specimen is highly intelligent and highly explosive. They reach about a mile in length, and can live to be a thousand years old.


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artist: cowboy surfer
concept:
Novo Masticate Luminite
The Novo Masticate Luminite was only recently photographed by the Hubble telescope during long range nebula research. Following rigorous observation it was discovered that this enormous creature feeds on dying stars, showing a preferance for red giants when the food source is in abundance. Its prefered habitat seem to be the ancient star field nebulas where it can consume the super nova energie. The incredible energie of the exploding stars is absorbed by the Novo and can sustain it for millenia although it will consume whenever the oppertunity arrises. It can expand the plates of armour to contain even the biggest of explosions which are held together by the strenght of the inner membrane.
Scientists are now working on a way to capture and tame one of these enormous beasts.


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artist: rillani
concept:

This colony of orange anemones has a ball at the end of each anemone's stalk. These balls are presurized, and their skin is very thin, making them apt to break open and explode. This, however, serves as an advantage for the colony, as each ball contains a sticky web that can capture large, bumbling fish. After attempting to struggle away and eventually tiring, the fish is then pulled into the ball and digested. The little yellow fish hide among the anemones for protection, and they serve to lure predators into the anemones' trap.


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artist: cognition.sb
concept:
Jelly Mine
The aptly named Jelly Mine is a freshwater filter-feeder with a hidden danger. Their bodies consist of 40% sodium, which is encased within an oily liquid contained by a thin jellylike substance. They're completely harmless by nature, but highly explosive when trodden on by animals/people or crushed by vehicles. In this scenario, their jelly exterior breaks exposing generous quantities of sodium to water. This metal reacts violently with water, and the explosive consequences are likened to that of a miniature landmine.


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artist: Orifice
concept:
Sky Fire Perch
'Its the 14:th of July and the year is 2531. The morning mist is thicker than usual in the vast skyscraper landscape of Los Angeles. People are just starting their regular morning doings. Old ladies sweeping their balconies, moms shouting at their kids, fathers frying eggs for their kids... Almost no one's outside. This summer had already broken all the heat records. The heat bring many aweful things to the city. Stench from the sewer districts now spreads throughout L A and the dust is denser than ever. But worst of all is the frequent attacs from the Sky Fire Perches. They used to come once or twice a year, but they seem to benefit from the heat and now they can be expected almost once a week. The attacs are now so common that special Perch-alarms have been installed all over the city. Now people are always on the look out and sleep with one eye open. So as Armon stand in his packed kitchen making some nudles, he is constantly lookin out of the window. He sits down and eat with his whife and two children and start to relax as they small talk about every day things. But they all fall silent. In the distance they can all hear the unmistacable sound of an alarm cutting through the morning mist. A sound they have gotten used to fear above all others.'
The Sky Fire Perch is a creature developed unnaturaly fast from fish somewhere between the year 2050 and 2450. They eat huge amounts of food at a time, mostly metal and stone, and then stay fairly inactive in the warm oceans of the Atlantic. They work together to help their big comunity of Perches. As they attack, one or two in each flock starts a cemical process in their body, making them expand as baloons and also becoming incredibly hot. Signs of this can be seen, as the heat leaks out in the thinner places of their bodies. As the heat increases they get a trail of smoke behind them as they dive down towards the houses exploding into roofs and walls. Up to hundreds of other perches shoots towards the debree now laying all around the impact spot. They need the metal and stone in small parts to be able to eat and digest it. This led to this strange and somewhat macabre behavior.


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artist: Maieth
concept:
Loricatus Praemius
Loricatus Praemius (literally, 'exploding armour') Is a fairly large and highly defensive, bug like creature. It is very slow moving, crawling along on its four, blade linke limbs. The body of this creature is encrusted with many armour-like scales, each one rising to a long and extremely sharp spike. Beneath each of these plates is then a large gland which produces a highly volatile chemical. The gland is surrounded by a mass of blood vessels. When endangered, the creature forces warm blood to these areas, quickly raising the temperature around the glands by several degrees, this sudden change being enough to ignite the chemicals inside. the ensueing explosive reaction is forced up beneath the scale which is ejected at tremendous velocity, effectively turnign the creature into a living nail bomb.
The scales will eventually grow back, but this is a slow process, leaving the creature victim to further attacks, hoever, the glands heal more quickly and even without the scales, their explosive discharge is still a very effective deterrant to would be predators.
One particular band of predators, however, has found a singularly fascinating method of hunting these animals. They attack in groups and will sacrifice one member of the collective to the kill. Usually thi is an elderly or infirm member of the group. This individual will atack Loricatus Praemius directly, enciting the following explosive reaction, and the attacker is almost always killed. This, however, leaves the creature totally unprotected until the glands refil and reheal, and entirely vunerable to the rest of the pack.


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artist: dragon4lunch
concept:
Dorakka
Here is the Dorakka, a scavenger as I stated a few days ago. His excrements harden up quickly and a chemical transformation occurs in the inside, whereas the outer shell is very salty. Deer like to lick this salt and when they do so, their saliva triggers an explosion! The Dorakka hears the explosion and returns to the scene, ready for a meal! His hearing is not too good so this creature has a habit of returning to areas it has taken a crap at before!
Note that the deer the Dorraka is eating is surprisingly well intact, considering it just licked a bomb that went off! It's unrealistic, but I didn't want to paint a bloody mess. Logically Dorraka crap explosions can't be too powerful, otherwise there wouldn't be much of a meal left, right?
Also, if this creature was in a game or movie, the poop of course would explode simply by touching it, because a hero is unlikely to lick a red ball of strange excrements.
In other words, don't lick my salty crap! Hehehe...