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    Topic: Winged Healer

    Deadline for the voting: Thursday, 29th March 2007

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    artist: Woodlandwalker
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    The year is 2057 and the scientists at Clonecorp are celebrating their 5th anniversary of their greatest creation. Little had they known years ago when they were trying to perfect the perfect household companion that they would have stumbled upon one of natures greatest secrets…extended life.
    As the worlds population grows and there is less and less free range for both man and beast the greatest scientific minds got together to form the think-tank that is now Clonecorp. Your average household pet had become passé, and with allergens on the rise, along with shrinking living spaces the idea came about to use the latest cloning and DNA splicing techniques to come up with what would be the perfect household pet.
    After thousands of sad (undocumented dangerous) combinations, some of which still plague the outside world today, a variety of new animal was developed. A lucky combination of soft and cuddly, cute and sweet, protective and defensive, along with hypoallergenic, and relatively maintenance free.
    Dubbed the "wonder pet", it went on the market for just less than a year when it was found that mammary secretions from this new animal were the only common factor in what seemed to be rejuvenated owners.
    Immune systems became strengthened, colds were eliminated, virus’s killed, and in general people became healthier and were living longer. It would seem that the milk from these wonder pets actually had a healing effect, and they became affectionately known as “Winged Healers”.
    Now a hot commodity winged healers are being sold for incredible amounts, and it would seem that only the early owners and now the wealthy elite will be able to own such pets…most donations from Clonecorp now go to Retirement and Assisted Living homes, keeping our aged loved ones around with us for as long as possible. Clonecorp vows to continue to helping this population along and produce even more of these lifesaving companions... for a price of course.
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    artist: Tommoy
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    The winged healer produces little drops of a substance called Hemmelstoet, it can heal instandly. When the injury is severe, you better take 2 drops. The only downside is that the Hemmel doesn't give it for free, he want's something in return. With his suctionpipe he sucks blood out of his patient. Unfortunatly most of his patients die, but chances are you survive feeling better then ever.
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    artist: Kasen Kato
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    The Dorsiales Medicalias is very large breed of bat....although it resembles a whale it shares no genes....It uses its wings to navigate it through the air but does not use them to take off or stay in the air....It has a helium filled organ that lifts it into the air....It obtains the helium by filtering it out of the atmosphere with its brush like teeth........even though this creature is huge it has bairly any fat....the bladder takes up 70% of the creatures insides.......of course the organ must take a long time to fill......consiquintly the bat cannot fly untill the age of 10 so it is held in its mothers mouth untill then.....the mother keeps her mouth open most of these ten years making sure the baby gets its fill of helium.....but the baby is constatly getting hit by birds, bugs and getting scraped by the mothers teeth.....to protect the baby from infection the mother has a healing agent in her saliva that speeds up the healing process....this saliva also kills bacteria and other harmfull germs.....It can smell the babies damaged tissue and ecscreats the agent when needed.....when this creature was discovered the military used it to pick up injured soldiers in its mouth.....The saliva heals the patiant and delivers them to a hospital for further operation....the miltary dies the fur on the bats that belong to them with the medical colors of white and red......these creatures are even somtimes used in cities to search out injured or dead with there powerful sense of smell.....
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    artist: hurricane
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    Now and then the winged healer apears. All the wildlife goes crazy and follows this mamoth of good will while healing their wounds or aches.
    There is very little known about it as humans are afraid of disturbing this wonderful creature!
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    artist: Tecnoholic
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    Massive, silent, enigmatic. The ixian is referenced in primitive mythologies dating back as far as the earliest histories of mankind. Living in the upper atmosphere, these creatures descend to low altitudes only to hover near battlefields, execution sites, hospitals, and other places of great pain and suffering. Their great tentacles project healing light that some say can even bring the dead back to life.
    Those touched by the ixian, however, are forever changed. Survivors gradually become distant, often described by loved ones as shadows of their former selves. This is the paradox of their healing gift, leaving some to wonder if they are truly altruistic beings after all.
    Autopsies of ixian flesh recovered in an ambush reveal that the creatures have no discernible central nervous system. This has caused many researchers to theorize that they are in fact composed of billions of symbiotic microorganisms living in a floating colony.
    Little or nothing is known about their diet, reproduction, or life cycle.
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    artist: Pluizje
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    This little critter is the size of a regular butterfly and is sometimes mistaken for one in daylight. They fly around in swarms around little pounds and swamps, collecting nectar with their long tongues. At night the tiny ball on it's tail lits up so it can collect nectar then too. It then produces a dust-like substance which is saved in the hair of their furry bodies. This dust is said to have a healing effect on organisms in it's surrounding. It doesn't heal serious injuries but does help healing scratches, infections and it gets people's spirits up.
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    artist: Cloister
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    The Hain´loch Thammalin
    In the truly ancient days, when Gods still made battle upon the earth, creatures could be seen roaming the skies that modern man can only dream. One of those divine creatures was the Hain´loch-Thammalin – The Winged Healer. In service of the higher deities the Thammalin went about quickly from place to place in assistance of the fighters and warlocks. Its shimmering tail carried healing powers that is said to have awoken the dead, and its presence alone strengthened the morale of every soul who laid eyes upon it. A species of bard song and of myth, the winged healers are said to strengthen still the hearts of those who pray for their attendance, in a time of dire need or suffering.
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    artist: masque
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    The discovery Delrajian Surgeon Bug has revolutionized field medicine for our glorious soldiers of the Aenzomarche!
    "This insectoid feeds on putrefying flesh, and uses the cleansed wounds as nests in which to deposit its eggs. The wound is then sealed around the eggs with a substance not unlike silk from certain Terran insects, which shrinks and helps close the wound, sealing it from further contamination. The eggs' outer layers exude an antibiotic that is effective against both gram neg and pos bacteria, an additional protection for the healing soldier.
    "Eggs hatch in 2 days into nearly microscopic larvae which migrate to the surface of the healing wound, and there feed only on shed epithelial cells from the host. They typically enter a metamorphic stage in two to three days, forming dense clusters of pupae on the patient, which emerge as adults within 20 hours(T), fully capable of "surgical" functionality.
    "Patients are suspended in hive chambers for treatment, while also undergoing accelerated stem-stim regeneration if necessary. It has been found that limb regeneration is 30% faster in hive chambers than in conventional medical units; coupled with the almost completely self-sustaining nature of Surgeon Bug populations, the Aenzomarche Medical Corps is proud to say it can now put soldiers back on the front in 25% less time than a year ago."
    -- Excerpt from the report by the Surgeon General of the Glorious Army of the Aenzomarche, dated Nuemtre 10, 3213, to the Aenzomarche Grand Council.
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    artist: Grendel Grack
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    The Ahman Tikal, an ancient species originating in the remote mountainous regions of the northern wastes, is a creature of mystery and legend. It is said that the Ahman Tikal or "winged healer" has existed since the beginning of creation, observing the flow of time from the isolated mountain peaks they call home. It is widely believed that long ago they lost ability to see, having witnessed the secret of immortality. These creatures are often sought out for their ability to heal and prolong life, although no one has been able to discover the exact science of their longevity and powers. By placing their massive paws upon a sick or dying person, they can accomplish feats of healing unrivaled by even the finest physicians. Scientists have attempted to study this elusive creature, discovering that their abilities somehow stem from their massive wings which are capable of absorbing the energy of the sun. It is hypothesized that the Ahman Tikal inhabit high mountain peaks to better access the sun's rays and thus convert the energy into a form useful for prolonging life and healing. How this is then passed to those who seek relief remains a mystery.
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    artist: jfwalls
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    Butterbird
    The flightless Butterbirds are an extremely rare magical creature concocted by the wizard Brimlorg. Occasionally they can be found in the market at Quilgmoore, but most likely one would have to travel to Brimlorg's castle to get one. Capable of incredible healing abilities (some say one dose is stronger than 10 healing potions), they inject the wounded with a powerful serum created in the glands at the base of their beaks. Ironically, people carrying the birds are often killed by thieves for the value they fetch at market.
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    artist: blobs
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    This creature has only recently been named 'Winged Healer', before having just been known as 'Glowballs'. It was first discovered in the caves of the Southern lands, this creature was prized for it's glowing genitalia, which were a great aid in exploring the caves and caverns. The one downside to using these creatures was the mess that they made. Often, explorers would slip on the dripping goo that continuously leaks from the Winged Healers dangly bits.
    Quite by accident, an explorer named Hannibal Bigsizepacket discovered that the goo had amazing healing properties... apparently, according to his story he 'slipped' while climbing out of one of the many pools in the caves and landed on the Winged Healer's Dangly bits... his story, not mine.
    Bigsizepacket, removed himself and realised that his lifelong suffering of piles had miraculously been cured! Bigsizepacket then farmed and bred the Winged Healer (and re-named it), he now travels the lands selling this 'exotic' creature to the wealthy, sick, and nightwatchmen!
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    artist: Moai
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    The Pterosimian
    Pequeño Verde (Spanish for "Little Green") is a small, moist world roughly five sixths of Earth's size, with correspondingly lower gravity. It's atmosphere is thicker and heavier than Earth's, with higher levels of oxygen and carbon dioxide. These conditions allow organisms to exist that would never be able to survive on Earth. The lifeforms of Pequeño Verde's equitorial forests exemplify this dramatically. Here, árbolisimo trees grow half again as tall as earthly Sequoias, and twice as thick in the trunk. They tower hundreds of feet above the smaller trees of the jungle, and support unique ecosystems unlike any others in all the cataloged worlds. Many tree-dwellers spend their entire lives in a single tree, which can be separated from the nearest arbolisimo by several miles. Distinct subspecies of certain arthropods are often endemic to single trees. The trees' thick barks also support a fascinating ecosystem of bark-borers and burrowers, and their predators.
    Of course, in addition to species that never leave their trees, several species have evolved that travel between trees, often never coming in contact with the ground during the course of their travels. The best known of these, most likely, are the half-dozen or so species of pterosimians (literally, "winged monkeys"). Primate-like mammals, pterosimians have adapted to both a climbing and flying lifestyle. The first three fingers of their forelimbs have evolved into grasping structures, complete with opposable thumbs, while the two outermost fingers of each hand have fused and grown as long as the creature's head and torso. These support a membrane that runs from the tips of the outer fingers to the hips, not unlike the reptilian pterodactyls of Earth's distant past. Pterosimians have long, finned tails that serve to stabilize and steer during flight. Many species, such as the large White-Kneed Pterosimian pictured here (Pterosimius robustus), have brightly-colored coats that serve to differentiate between members of different species. At ten pounds, the White-Kneed Pterosimian is the second heaviest species, preferring to fly only when absolutely necessary. Smaller species, such as the Golden Dove-Tail (Pterosimius gracilis) and the Green Mariposa (Dermodactylus mariposa), are much more agile flyers.
    The ape-like Aborigens of the forest floor, which are believed to be distantly related to the Pterosimians, call the Pterosimians "Winged Healers" or "Healers of the Air." At first human linguists dismissed the literal truth behind these names; the gentle and supposedly simple Aborigens had similarly nice, positive names for most forest creatures, even the deadly fan-tigers ("Evening Singers" to the Aborigens, alluding to the predators' sunset mating roars). However, scientific research of the giant trees and the Pterosimians changed these thoughts. The trees' leaves, which are far out of reach for ground dwellers such as Aborigens, contain a variety of unusual compounds and minerals that, when processed by a Pterosimian digestive system, form a product remarkably similar to penicillin. For perhaps thousands of years the Aborigens have been using Pterosimian droppings to cure illnesses and infections. This, along with the discovery of advanced ruins and artifacts in the deep forests, have caused researches to reassess the intelligence of the Aborigen race.
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    artist: Delmar
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    Nobody actually can tell, where "Somiel- the winged healer" comes from. Only touched by human eyes when he is appearing, out of nowhere, on fields where the dust clouds of finished battles and wars are slightly clearing, and burned land is emerging. While Somiel is stoically wandering about the wasteland, the whole sorrounding gets sucked into an unnatural silence. The giant creature makes no sounds at all, though you can feel his pain without even being close to him....But with every quiet step Somiel makes, new natural life is growing out of the swale of his footprints, gradually healing the field of devastation.
    People claim, that those poor souls who looked directly into the eyes of the winged healer, grasped his suffering all at once, and has lived a life in solitude and sorrow ever since.
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    artist: Thayne
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    The winged healer, as it has come to be called by the very few and lucky that have witnessed its magical touch, is a true wonder of nature. It has been captured on film searching the breeding grounds of fish and other wildlife looking for injured young and damaged eggs. It's mere touch causes the injured to be miraculously healed and seemingly can return even the dead back to life. Unfortunately, many have sought to capture these creatures in an attempt to learn it's secret healing powers and to cheat death itself in a vain attempt to obtain immortality. As far as the world knows the creatures healing touch has no affect on humans...yet this hasn't prevented their near extinction and endless hunting.
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    artist: gnahz
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    Megalogoldina
    A larva of a Megalogold beetle. Tribal people believed it to have great healing powers which they say cure any form of illness and discomfort. They usually catch and eat the maggot whole. People who have eaten them have said to live for at least 100 years old!
    However the larva only surface on the full moon. Due to its magical healing powers, they have become rare and closing to extinction.
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    artist: Avalanche
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    Recently discovered in the rainforests of Bolivia, the Cuelodar is a winged mammal that stands about two and a half feet tall at shoulder height. Scientists have found that the Cuelodar's harmonic mating call eases mental anguish and agitation in the human psyche like no other sound on Earth. Their large lungs, coupled with the expansive resonating chamber that is the Cuelodar sinus, allows for the production of simultaneous multitonal sounds with the ability to treat mental stress and confusion.
    A sample number of Cuelodar have since been brought into captivity to generate a controlled population of these animals, which can be used as a prescriptive treatment to disorders ranging from depression to migrane. The American media outlets have taken to calling this curious species "Winged Healers." Trite.
    Additional Information:
    The Cuelodar lives in the giant trees of the rainforest, and while it cannot actually fly, it uses it's wings much like a flying squirrel, to glide from one tree to the next. In many ways, the Cuelodar's wings are more of a handicap than a benefit, as it's lack of standard mammalian arms prohibit the ability to run with any real speed. On ground, it tends to hop, alternating it's weight from front knuckles to back legs, but will occasionally move short distances bipedally, in a waddling fashion. Ascent into the trees is accomplished by grappling into the bark with the Cuelodar's two dew claws, and supporting the next grapple by the strength of the back feet. The Cuelodar's dew claws are also used to find food. By scraping the insides of knotholes and rotten logs, the animal can nourish itself with a wide supply of insect fauna.
    The evolution of it's sinus cavity into a harmonious acoustic chamber has left the Cuelodar without the sense of scent. This is why the animal's mating call is such a broadly-developed courting experience, and is also the reason these mammals sing throughout the day. Rather than emit pheromones when ovulating, female Cuelodar only sing. Next follows an arduous game of 'marco-polo' as the male and female counterparts broadcast their closing locations acoustically. First male to make it to the female wins.
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    artist: GreenTopaz
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    artist: Spitch
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    Hoggn'Glaatu the flying leeche
    Commonly used by thirteenth level alchemists. The flying leeche feeds on the soiled blood of infected creatures, or people. This small beast (approx. one inch high) helps healing by purifying their blood. The creature, originally white, progressively grows black as it absorbs the impurities.
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    artist: xgabo
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    From the Series "Strange Things Humanity Once Worshipped"
    Among the many variants of early Slavic tribes to populate Eastern Europe, one in particular brings attention to their particular (not to say bizarre) belief system: the Zchavu People. According to early manuscripts found in Southern Ukraine, this now extinct tribe believed in a complex mythologc system where every animal was the expression of a different god, from the lowliest creatures to the largest of all of them, the Giant Vampire Bat or Pteropus Terribilis. The Zchavu feared and respected this creature as the Lord of All Things, the Winged Healer, a master god that renounced the skies (the Giant Vampire Bat had vestigial wings but could not fly) to become flesh and suffer here on Earth with his creations. The Zchavu would stay clear of the Bat's territory, and eventual killings by the creature would be viewed as a privilege; the gods were calling them home. Moribund people would be left to be eaten by the creatures and have a peaceful passage into the Ghost World.
    But that belief system, perfectly suited to the Zchavu people for thousands of years, complicated things for them when Christianity was introduced in the mix. The wandering priests who converted the Zchavu used indigenous metaphors to explain the Christian Religion without deeply knowing (or caring about) the Zchavu beliefs; They even used the story of the God made Flesh of the Zchavu to explain Jesus and how he suffered for humanity. After the priests left, the two religions mixed with dire consequences: the Zchavu now believed they had to offer themselves willingly to the Giant Bat (who they now believed was Christ, ready to take them to Kingdom Come). Before, the sporadic killings by the Giant Bat would keep the Zchavu population steady, but now there were daily occurrences of people offering themselves for sacrifice. In less than two generations, the best of the Zchavu marched happily towards death, and the few survivors (usually the non-believers) got absorbed by other, more sensible Slavic tribes.
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    artist: VegasMike
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    We are drawn to her glow....It is the Great Insect Wars...The Elder Insects of our tribe have taught us to worship her as a Goddess...The Mystical Winged Healer. In times of war she comes, we are told to bring back our wounded soldiers, she will mend our wounds reattach our wings, make us able to fight again! All we must do is provide her divine abilities with energy, sustenance, food, the dead soldiers of our enemy, or even our own...Only then will she grant her divine abilities...Her proboscis fills our wounded with a zombie like presence to fight, to kill, to bring back more food for the Goddess, the Winged Healer. We must protect her to the death...
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    artist: Einen
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    The Oho
    Northern tribes have always feared the Oho. Not really because it's a threat, but because legend says the creature is supposed to bring horrible luck to anyone who look it in its eyes. Naturally, this is a myth, probably caused by the Oho's frightful appearance. In fact, even though people who've encountered the Oho probably don't realize it themselves, its stare is able to soothe ones spirit and mind, and rid the soul from evil. The victims may still believe they've been cursed after the meeting, but they're more likely to live a longer and better life because of it.
    Only the Ge'bara-tribe is aware of the powers of the Oho, but are unable to harness it due to the creature's low population. They tried to recreate its stare by carving Oho idols out of cheese, but needless to say, failed blatantly. However, feathers of the Oho were eventually used for pillows, thus inventing the common phrase; "A good night's sleep is even better than an Oho."
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    artist: JakkaS
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    Moaihi
    The Legends from the Archipelago Istos says that theses creatures could be found on the beach after the great storms and hurricanes. They are looking for exhausted or killed creatures. They use their healing breath to heal or resurrect them.....Then, they just disappear....Probably they were made by Gods from the sand and the ocean water.
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    artist: TomCardin
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    The bioluminescent Halo Birds of Reticulus are remarkably beautiful avian creatures. During mating season the female Halo Birds lose thier luminescence and become lethargic and earthbound, in some cases they appear lifeless. In this state the glowing males descend upon them and mate. Almost immediately afterwards the females begin to light up brightly once more and take to the dark skies in an excited state to begin building a nest. This seasonal ritual has dubbed the male Halo Birds with term Winged Healer.
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    artist: SirJohanna
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    Seeking adventure? Well if that's so you better bring a winged healer with you, after all you never know what's waiting for you out there. Summon it and it'll heal your wounds at an instant, now also with anti-inflamatory magic powers.
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    artist: poinko
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    This winged healer helps sick and dying creature through a concentrated mucilaginous venom held in its' fangs. With its' sensitive ears, it can sense those woe befallen by sickness nearby. With a bite, the curative venom flows into the victim's veins. By doing this, the winged healer takes part in a symbiotic relationship, drinking its' fill of the victim's blood in exchange.
    The gland that produces the venom is deep inside the healer's body, sending traces of it through the healer's entire system. Because of this, the healer has no natural parasites and won't succumb to disease. When there are no readily available diseased food supplies nearby, the healers sustain themselves on bugs or tiny animals.
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    artist: njoo
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    Some calls this the Snake of Eden, it gathers the restless souls on earth and send them to where they should belong. It is believed to balance the cycle of life, as life is being taken away, life is also given back...
    "The brave men died to defend the land, while the war, that lasted many years, was lost and the body of the brave men now lay beneath the wasteland. The soldiers' restless souls continue to live on, hoping to bring life back to the land that they once called home..."
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    artist: Ham-e
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    Bioengineered cattle inoculation Winged Healer
    This winged healer as it is known was developed as an efficient means of inoculating cattle herds with vaccines. Saving the expense of roundups the rancher simply orders the appropriate winged healers and releases them near the herd.
    These creatures have been bioengineered specifically for this purpose they have no eye’s only an internal heat senor which leads them to the cattle of cows once they locate a cow they latch on and deliver the required vaccine shortly after latching on there wings drop of and within a short period time they die, this design feature ensures they do not somehow become wild or feral.
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    artist: monkyd
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    the curaballo sleeps deep within the mountains for 10 years. while sleeping a curative plant grows all around him. when the curaballo finaly wakes up and sets off he drops pieces of this plant. villagers pick up this plant and make very important medicine.
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    artist: BohemainChaos
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    The Indigo Bane Raven is attracted by the scent of infection. Once populating much of Europe, especially during times of war, these birds would swarm over battlefields in search of living but infected tissue; they would consume any infectious bacteria, inflating their gut. Those left wounded from battle would stand a slightly better chance of survival, thus earning the nickname of "winged healer."
    C.O.W. - #080:Winged Healer - Voting!

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    artist: WhtTigress
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    The recently discovered Butterfly Mosquito is best known for its amazing healing abilities. As the mosquito draws blood it injects a serum that boosts the immune system and heals a great number of diseases and ailments. It also does not leave an itching red bump as most mosquitoes do. Breeding programs have started all over the globe to increase the numbers of these amazing insects.
    C.O.W. - #080:Winged Healer - Voting!

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    artist: Michael Jaecks
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    Faeries of Mercy
    Feathered insects? Exoskeletal birds? It's hard to classify these strange creatures. However, the Faeries of Mercy have the delicate fingers of a surgeon, the song of a Nightingale (as in Florence) and hearts of gold. No ailment in nature is too small or petty to mend. They can set the bones in a robin's broken wing or gently extricate a splinter from a lion's paw. They have a scarlet bioluminescent spot on their crest that dims during sleep, illuminates during their waking hours and strobes when they fly from emergency to emergency.
    C.O.W. - #080:Winged Healer - Voting!

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    artist: yoitisi
    concept:

    C.O.W. - #080:Winged Healer - Voting!

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    artist: BlkCelebration
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    These huge birds fly to the highest mountain when they are very young. Once there, they will remain sitting in one spot till the day they die. These very illusive birds have been recently discovered by humans. The most extraordinary thing was observed during the Cucuta's discovery. One single feather atop its head shines brighter than the sun's light. It appears to be aflame, yet the bird is not harmed.
    Other birds are often seen flying to the Cucuta and circling around its head. The creature is estimated to be hundreds of years old and conclusions were made that the feather on its head was providing the bird with energy.
    On one occasion a team of hunters were sent to capture a Cucuta. A fierce battle commenced and the creature had to be killed. Most of the hunters were injured and nearly dead. When one of them touched the fiery feather he did not get hurt and his injuries were somehow healed. Now the Cucutas are being captured and used against their will, in order to prolong humankind.
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    artist: cannibalcandy
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    The Winged Healer is what the natives of the Pri-uan Plateau call this rare and extremely gentle floating giant. It is so difficult to find (despite it's mass) that many believe the stories to be just legends and myths. It is a gas filled cloud grazer. Moving high into the atmosphere it slowly drifts through the sky using massive modified scales as intricate sails. The beast is neutrally buoyant in the atmosphere and requires very little effort to stay afloat, and it can stay aloft in the clouds for weeks at a time on a single full breath. The Native people call it a healer because the animal emits a low barely audible thrum. It purrs in such a frequency that though we can't hear it we can definitely feel it. The sensation is often described as glowing. The vibrations flowing through the human body have an effect of improving overall health, vigor, and vim.
    There are some stories of people becoming addicted to the feeling that the animal gives them, and these addicts called "Vapors" follow the beast forgetting to eat, forgetting to drink, and eventually dying in pure bliss. If they lose the giant the Vapors will spend their entire lives mourning in misery, and on the hunt for another glimpse of the graceful animal.
    C.O.W. - #080:Winged Healer - Voting!

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    BohemainChaos will send me her image-url. In the posting thread her image was attached and i can't transfer attached images to the poll.

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    Whats happened to mine? Was it rejected?

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    Spitch, great concept and love the artwork. only crit is that the bird could be more centered to the right on the pic.

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    there was no description Tom, and actually you can do better

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    Amazingly hard to vote this week, but I ended up voting Moai because of the great setting and incredibly cute critters (even though it's basically Cloister's composition ).
    As much as I like cannibalcandy's bird, I didn't love it as much as his flying squid. That one would have gotten my vote.

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    You'll have to forgive me if I seem to taper off a little in my comments...there's a few of you and my attention span is quite severely limited! I missed a few of my favourites here so I might come back and post another batch of comments later.

    Woodlandwalker: I like the story! And it's a creature I can see fitting into almost any sci-fi setting...heck, who wouldn't want one of these? I love the milky colours, and how everything looks soft in contrast with the sharp eye. Very cuddly looking...even the horns are rounded and nonthreatening. And, uh...cute butt. Love how you made it look like packaging! It's all well balanced and I can't think of any crit, sorry!

    cannibalcandy: HAD to vote for you. Both your ideas were gorgeous and well executed, I loved the prelim sketches and your experimentation with colours/textures and such really kept me interested. I can't decide between your entries, and I would've voted for the other if that was chosen. The colours compliment each other really well, The lighting is pleasant and the fact that most detail is centered on the head makes me focus on that gorgeous eye but makes it easy to take in the rest of the design at the same time. I can see the whole bird but I can't keep my attention from his face, and it works really well. It's also well balanced and your trademark pattern really finishes it off. No crit, sorry!

    Tommoy: I love the different elements of design here! The mix of fleshy (are they?) wings and tentacle like pincer...things and spindly legs is quite interesting, and I like your colouring and use of atmospheric perspective. A little more detail or a more defined focus point would keep my eye from wandering too much, I think...I do like how it's head is in the center of the image though, and the balanced composition.

    Kasen Kato: Heh, neat dye design on your whale-like bat creature, there! I like the composition, and the detailed fluff...I also like how size is implied by the tail being out of focus, though it looks a little bit smudged and unnatural...I think you were trying to keep it looking fluffy? but it doesn't sit quite right for me. Nitpicking aside, I say well done!

    hurricane: Awesome creature design! I love the detail and textures on it, and blue glow is always a winner. The lighting gives it a lovely mood, too. I like the plane as another point of interest/size comparison, and the background colours and setting works nicely. I think I'm getting a bit distracted from the creature by the rest of the image though...I'm finding it hard to say what's bothering me...maybe it's just because it's a little unfinished, I don't know. I really like it, though!

    Teknoholic: Neat idea and creature design! I like the colouring, and for some reason really like the healing light and the little figures. Something about the image as a whole comes across as a little...plastic to me, though, not sure why...like some parts don't fit with each other? I like how the most attention was paid to foreground elements.

    Pluizje: I like the tail light and the mix of textures, especially the feathery and fluffy ones. Quite a cute creature!

    Cloister: A truly interesting take on the topic! I love the back lighting which worked especially well on the feathers. The face is pretty darned interesting, too! I like the fur and the colours, and the design on the tail. Something about the forelegs are a bit odd, like one bends like a knee and one bends like an arm? Or it could just be the angle. Digging the atmospheric perspective of the hills, there!

    masque: Very cool concept! Looks a bit of an undignified treatment, heh. I enjoy the sharp colouring and detailed setting you put you creature in, and how it's in action.

    yoitisi: I really love this one! Something about the shape and colour of your creature really pleases me, and it's not like I'm a huge fan of pink! Actually, it reminds me of the pink candy squares with white centres I used to covet as a kid. Man, I need to get me some of those! Errr... I like how finished the creature looks, the angle, and the soft but detailed colouring. The transparency of the outer fins is a real nice touch! I like the text layout and sci-fi feel of the BG, though a detailed starry space nebula type thing would have rocked. I'm aware of time factor, though!

    njoo: Fantastic. I mean, gosh, did that take a lot of time? Or are you so much in practice that it comes quickly? It seems there's so much effort and thought in your art, it's gorgeous! I'm really glad you added the black creature into your design, and you made it work well with your original idea. Lovely integration! It's face is freaking adorable, and the souls healing the land with their touch, there, is just...and the night sky...and the painterly feel...it all just...man I wish I could vote for you too!

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    4 me it had to be vegas or jakkas this time.
    went for Jakkas since it was the most immaginative.

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    thanks fozzybar i will push myself

    my vote goes for Einen great job!

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    Ahhh...this is a hard one.

    My favourites are definitely

    Cannibalcandy: too poor...i really loved the squid. But the bird is also strong. I like especially how fast you explore your ideas and also manage to bring it on "paper" in short time and high quality. The bird, compared to some others, is just a little too loose, in my oppinion. However, great job

    Einen: Really like the execution as a whole, the creature combined with the story and the funny adequate name.... Well i guess, at the end, it were the pupils, that turned my decision aginst the oho...

    I did graphic scheme, for better understanding:

    the ..should be......would look more .... .......heheh

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    My vote goes for you.....i love the coloring, especially the snake. I like the view of the whole painting... it makes you feel, like you´re watching some kind of secret place. Andi i really like the story.......

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    Usually, I look for the creatures which reallly "personifies" the theme, when I'm to vote. This round I would have liked to see the healer supreme - A creatures which shines and speaks healer at every inch and which embodies the very essence of healing... and a healer to me is benign... particularly when it's winged. I haven't really found any such creature of quality among the entries, and have to look for something else instead.

    It is far too easy to create the creature you like to draw and then post-invent some description to make it fit the theme, I think.
    Anyway, I'll skip the constructive part for once, and simply state why I didn't vote for the entry in question. I'm going to be a little mean, but a tone of warm irony is intended.

    Ham-e: Too computer high-tec-creature.

    monkyd: Too falling to pieces, crashing in the water-creature

    BohemianChaos: Too phosphorescent crow-creature.

    WhtTigress: Too mosquito butterfly-creature.

    Micheal Jaecks: Too futuristic ambulance-creature.

    yoitisi: Too space-ship-creature.

    BlkCelebration: Too fat singer of the band 'Soundtracks of our Lives'-creature.

    Delmar: Too textured, is that a hand or a head?-creature.

    Thayne: Too bird's wing on a fairy fish-creature. (a '+' for the healing mood)

    gnahz: Too disgusting bug-creature.

    Avalanche: Too new-age trinket-coloured-creature:

    Green Topaz: Too tired dog in armour-creature:

    Spitch: Too gargoyle body and wings with funny head-creature, but you'll get my vote anyway because you managed to put the whites and blacks together very nicely and made a great mood with quite a normal creature-shape, which is surprising and stimulating. And in its own way looks kind of kind-hearted.

    xgabo: Too monsterous to be a healer in my eyes, even if it is not actually a healer-creature.

    Vegas Mike: Too rainbow-hued sterile insect-creature.

    Einen: Too scary, features painted upon the surface-faced-creature.

    Jakkas: Too patch-work of different animals without logic-creature

    Tom Cardin: Too 11 year old girl's poster-pegasus-creature

    Sir Johanna: Too hockey-goalkeeper-creature.

    poinko: Too cartoon-creature.

    njoo: Too now it's a real mess of two ideas in one canvas-creature.

    Woodland Walker: Too artificial gremlin feels like a toy more than a creature-creature. (but nice)

    cannibalcandy: Too normal bird-creature.

    Tommoy: Too strange looking diseased six-legged mosquito-creature.

    Kasen Kato: Too flying dyed cloth-creature.

    hurricane: Too futuristic tec-bug with Dumbo-wings-creature.

    Teknoholic: Too war-of-the-worlds-squid-creature.

    Pluizje: Too blue little piece of jewelry-creature.

    Cloister: Too dorky griffon-you can't vote for yourself-dog-creature.

    masque: Too very well done evil-looking-insect and background-creature.

    Grendel Grack: Too great mood hairy troll-creature. (a '+' for the style)

    jfwalls: Too I think butterflies are beautiful in real life but not in images-creature.

    blobs: Too pink and horny-creature.

    Moai: Too normal monkey in old spiderman-costume with wings-creature.

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    Would have voted for Spitch, but I felt the creature design was a little weak. Perhaps it is that the wings are very small and plain. (I'm guessing this creature is about the size of a bat?) I really love the rendering and environment tho.

    Would have voted for BlkCelebration due to a cool design and excecution, but I never would have had any idea that this creature had healing powers from the illustration. (same goes for xgabo and hurricane) I really like the 'fat old' bird character tho.

    Almost voted for njoo, because it's a very impressive composition and an idea nobody else came close to. But the snake looks like it was an afterthought - kind of bland and barely integrated. Maybe if it were white?

    EDIT: So my vote goes to VegasMike.

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    Sorry Tek. I updated my post, and corrected my spelling. I've always had a problem with those foreign names...

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    My vote goes for Spitch. Looks Great. Just was a bit small. I was wonderring about mine I Guess I was rejected. Would like actual constructive tips... I would
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cloister
    Jakkas: Too patch-work of different animals without logic-creature
    I don't agree with u. It has long simple legs because it has to walk through the sand and the shallow water. It has long wings near the mouth because they help to direct the healing breath. It flap the wings and the healing breath spreads near on the ground. I have mentioned that the creature was made from sand and water - so I took something what lives in the water (a tail of the cancer) and something what lives on the ground/air (a bird's beak and wings). Same is with the colors - blue because of the cancer and water and red because of the birds...I was thinking about some exotic bird... like parrot.
    U judge to fast...and to easily.



    btw, I still don't know who will get the vote
    Too much cool entries.

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    Cloister, the pic on your homepage looks "too dour existentialist" for such a warmly ironic person.

    BTW I passed the test and got to see the dragon archives. Now I will diminish, go into the west and remain Galadriel.

    I'm having a hard time voting, and I think that's reflected in the even spread of votes so far.

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    I asked cannibalcandy which entry to take to the poll as i set up the thread...he answered now and he is taking the second one.

    If anyone who voted wants to change his vote (whether from or for cannibalcandy) - drop me a note i will fix it.

    This is an exception. Sometimes shit happens

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    Okay, Jakkas, I do not wish to go into a lengthy argument with you about the logic of fictitious beasts. It would be rather silly, I think... and besides, I like your art a lot, and you seem a very likable person, judging from you comments.
    What I based my statement upon was the patchy look, as I saw it, between bird, "giraffe" (the legs), and some insectoid backpart (my interpretation). I didn't question your concept (or thinking) in the matter, but rather just wrote my own view of ít. And as I stated, I was a bit ironic. Your creature do have a rare and weird outlook, I think... and yes I know that many real animals do too, but this one is imo the weirdest of the ones I've seen you do, but very charming, entertaining and skillfully rendered...again imo.

    (Btw, most long-legged creatures that walk the beaches of the world, have their toes spread out as to not sink into the sand... I think... I'm not a zoologist. And all judgements are too fast. Life is too short to be fair... But sometimes I try.)


    MJ: You are not the first to think so (that it doesn't really reflect my personality, whatever it might be.) Perhaps I should add a funny hat to it? Or a strong rainbow aura with little cozy barely visible ghosts of dead relatives in it?

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    Voted Njoo. I really like the concept (even more the original, despite the fact it wasn't a creature). Really like this pic (my own mother like it more than mine...). But I'm still wondering if the canvas/paper pattern adds to your pic or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cloister
    Okay, Jakkas, I do not wish to go into a lengthy argument with you about the logic of fictitious beasts. It would be rather silly, I think... and besides, I like your art a lot, and you seem a very likable person, judging from you comments.
    What I based my statement upon was the patchy look, as I saw it, between bird, "giraffe" (the legs), and some insectoid backpart (my interpretation). I didn't question your concept (or thinking) in the matter, but rather just wrote my own view of ít. And as I stated, I was a bit ironic. Your creature do have a rare and weird outlook, I think... and yes I know that many real animals do too, but this one is imo the weirdest of the ones I've seen you do, but very charming, entertaining and skillfully rendered...again imo.

    (Btw, most long-legged creatures that walk the beaches of the world, have their toes spread out as to not sink into the sand... I think... I'm not a zoologist. And all judgements are too fast. Life is too short to be fair... But sometimes I try.)
    Hey, no problem m8. I just wanted to explain design of my creature. That's all. I was too laze to write it below my entry ...and u forced me to this, hehe. Really, I respect ur point of view ....but i have to defend mine

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    Quote Originally Posted by JakkaS
    I don't agree with u. It has long simple legs because it has to walk through the sand and the shallow water. It has long wings near the mouth because they help to direct the healing breath. It flap the wings and the healing breath spreads near on the ground. I have mentioned that the creature was made from sand and water - so I took something what lives in the water (a tail of the cancer) and something what lives on the ground/air (a bird's beak and wings). Same is with the colors - blue because of the cancer and water and red because of the birds...I was thinking about some exotic bird... like parrot.
    That's what I'm talking about man! Awesome!

    Everyone else- Sorry about that!! I got busy with other things and forgot to tell Fozzy about my choice. It's been cleared up, I hope it didn't cause too much trouble!

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    Voted spitch. I simply love the idea of the white animal gradually becoming blacker as it sucks up the bad. The design of the creature could perhaps be taken a bit farther but the idea and the rendering pallette really stood out to me.

    The quality of the work was outstanding for a lot of entries (you guys know who you are) It's great to see so much outstanding work being produced every week. It's like entering a nuthouse full of people creating outlandish crazy creatures each week, and it's great to be a part of it.

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    I'm bummed that Topaz didn't have a description, and kinda confused that Tom got nixed on the basis of a similar lack. That's odd.

    Anyway, I really dig Einen's approach. It was a toss up between that piece and Spitch's entry. I liked them both because they had a story book quality to them, instead of the more steadfast hyper real scientific approach. I think Einen won out this time, because the creature feels like it fits the sort of old fable feel that I think this challenge may have called for. And it totally reminds me of "Where the Wild Things Are" in all the right ways. Great job! You get my vote! And overall, I think this was a really successful attempt on everyone's part. ^_^

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