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Magestone: Skullbird :iconosmatar:Osmatar 62 11 Calvariambulus a.k.a. the skullcrawler revisited :iconosmatar:Osmatar 72 30 Realistic Skullcrawler :iconosmatar:Osmatar 133 37 Magestone: Slinker :iconosmatar:Osmatar 112 24 Self Portrait As An Owl :iconosmatar:Osmatar 32 4 Magestone: Senmurv :iconosmatar:Osmatar 138 18
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Magestone: The Senmurv
In ancient Danarkin, the Senmurv was known as the semi-divine king of the birds, enemy of snakes, protector of justice and a paragon of faithfulness. It was larger than any bird and had the head of a dog, legs of a lion with rest of the body from a bird of prey with the tail of a rooster or a peacock. Its feathers were copper-colored but its tail and wings shimmered like the rainbow. Unlike other birds it was a mammal that suckled its young and was so ancient it had seen the end of the world preceding this one.
In Alphoria this legendary creature was known as Lykornis (wolf-bird) or Kynokephalornis (dog-headed bird). The only source available to Alphorians was an ancient manuscript that claimed the king of the Hibarites had sent a pair of Senmurvs to the king of Danarkim as a gift. With no way to leave the isles during the Cold Aion, Alphorian naturalists had to settle for speculation about the creature. A popular idea was that the wolf-bird was actually some kind of unus
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Magestone Tarrasque WIP :iconosmatar:Osmatar 62 10
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Magestone: The Tarrasque
Prior to the War of Ruin, Calomandria was a home for the only Foringean dragon species, the Tarascos. Based on old depictions it was otherwise like the Dahaka, but recognizable for its thickly armored hide and two prominent brow horns unlike any seen in other dragon species. When elves recolonized Calomandria at the end of the Cold Aeon, they were half disappointed, half relieved to find the mighty dragon of old was no more.
Not long after the Tarascos was declared extinct reports of a vaguely similar reptile started arriving from the Alphorian colonies in North Eibaria. This rarely sighted and reportedly enormous creature gained the name Tarrasque in the local parlance. It seemed to roam the arid wilderness of the great Nadangi desert far from human habitation, mainly appearing to lost travelers delirious from thrist and hunger. While the stories were widely believed at first, the discovery of petrified remains of several large armor-backed creatures sticking out of the local sandston
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Magestone: Achaierai :iconosmatar:Osmatar 135 62
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Magestone: The War of Ruin
In our day The War of Ruin has faded from memory into myth and legend. Only the Inner Circle of the High Elves of Alphoria and the lich lords of Chynda truly know what happened in those dark days, but they do not share their secrets. Some grains of truth lie buried in the dead and cursed places of the world, while others have been uncovered by adventurers and other foolish souls willing to trade their health, their lives and sometimes their sanity for a bit of forgotten knowledge.
What is known for certain is that the war was fought between the Halandirite Magocracy and the Zhun Dragon Empire. For a while these two great powers ruled their own hemispheres unchallenged, until for some reason both decided it was time to rid the world of the other. It wasn't a war fought for the spoils, but the complete eradication of the enemy at any cost. And what a cost it was!
Both the Halandirites and the Zhun summoned every manner of terrible thing they could to throw against each other. Nightmares
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Magestone: Skullbird
Also known as the skullraven, the Skullbird (Craniornis) is an unusual large corvid native to Telenotia. While otherwise appearing like an unusually large raven, the skullbird has a featherless head that is mostly covered in keratinous scale-like plates that together with the dark bare skin and black eyes give it the appearance of a fleshless skull. Due to its ghastly appearance, there is a lot of superstition surrounding the skullbird. It's believed to bring bad luck and be in league with Death personified. If one lands on a ship it is seen as a sign that a member of the crew will die soon, and more than one predicts a shipwreck.

These birds are more predatory than the crows and ravens of the Old World, but also the most important scavenging birds in Telenotia. They are sometimes seen in large numbers near the shore where they look for washed-up fish and other sea creatures. They also harass seabirds to steal their catches and will sometimes chase and land on nearby ships in the hope of an easy meal. In inland Telenotia they tend to live in pairs and only gather together when there is carrion available. Skullbirds aren't exclusively carnivorous and will feed on fruits, berries and nuts when they are available. There is plenty of evidence to suggest that they are at least as intelligent as Old World corvids, and are known to spontaneously fashion tools to gain access to desired foods. There are also reports that suggest they intentionally pester ship crews based on how upset the sailors appear to be to see them.

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This ghoulish corvid is based loosely on a D&D monster, but was really inspired by the Skullwalker Spec Evo challenge. I considered making a skull-faced bird or pterosaur but in the end chose a different approach. It seemed like a neat idea however, and having read about tons of D&D monsters while looking for ideas for Magestone I remembered the Skullbird, and decided to do a variation on the idea.
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Calvariambulus a.k.a. the skullcrawler revisited
I went to the skullcrawler Spec Evo Challenge blind, not even looking at what others had already done. Once I uploaded my version I finally took a look and immediately felt bad for not coming up with something less constricted by strict realism and a bit more creative or, you know, monster movie appropriate. Then a comment by AntonellisofbBender sparked an idea I felt I should at least give a try.

Calvariambulus is a truly strange creature that at first look may appear like a hybrid of a stumpy theropod dinosaur and some kind of prehistoric crocodilian, but appearances are deceiving. This perplexing monstrosity is actually a highly derived amphisbaenian lizard, whose lineage split from other amphisbaenians approximately 80 million years ago, after it became isolated on an island remnant of the lost Mauritian continent. As the only carnivores on the island at the time, the ancestors of Calvariambulids gave up their burrowing lifestyles, first becoming ambush predators of the forest floor, hiding in the leaf litter, and eventually growing in size developing much more powerful limbs for walking and even running short distances.

The greatest anatomical oddity of Calvariambulus is the fact that this literally two-limbed animal walks on its forelimbs while the hindlimbs have completely disappeared. This suggests its early ancestors probably resembled the two legged Mexican mole lizard (Bipes). In the last 80 million years an increasingly active carnivorous lifestyle has modified Calvariambulus' body radically to set its center of gravity above its arms, which consequently has shrunk its tail into a barely functional stub that usually hangs limply behind the shortened torso.

Because of its burrowing ancestry, Calvariambulus has a very poor eyesight and tends to use its trichotomous tongue similarly to a snake to find its prey. The reason for its curiously colored head has not yet been determined, as it is unlikely to be an interspecies visual signal. Despite externally bringing to mind an archosaurian skull, the black spots on white background do not follow the undelying anatomy of the skull and are actually more similar to the facial markings of pandas than anything else. It's also unclear if the enlargened neck scutes serve to protect Calvariambulus in interspecies combat or against some even larger predator found on the island that has not yet been identified. Some even theorize that should such a beast exist, the markings of Calvariambulus might imitate the structure of its skull...
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Yep, it seems like I only manage to write one of these per year these days, so better make it count!

As you've probably already noticed, I've had a bit of a burst of productivity lately. This has to do with two things: 1) my lazy endocrine system is waking up after winter hibernation (unfortunately my body reacts negatively to hormone replacement so I guess I just have to deal with it) and 2) I've finally gotten the hang of using my new Wacom Tablet.

Much of the credit for the latter actually belongs to Joshua Knüppe a.k.a Hyrotrioskjan, who I've incidentally wanted to do a shoutout for for years, especially since I never seem to find the time to give his work the attention it deserves. This guy does some of the best spec evo stuff on DA, and is seriously the sole reason I gave up trying to introduce winged dragons to Magestone. Go give his gallery a visit if you aren't a fan of his already.

Anyway, it's Joshua's recent series of speedsketching Youtube videos that got me to experiment with digital painting. I haven't touched my watercolours or acrylics in years, not really since the whole prolactinoma thing came to a head, but now I feel like I've rediscovered the joy of painting*. My painting time is still limited by the after-effects of diazepam withdrawal like tension neck and persistent ischial bursitis, that prevent me from sitting at a desk for too long, but even then I'm getting more done than I ever expected.
(*trademark Bob Ross & PBS 1983)

Since life has a tendency to throw one curve ball after another I don't know if I can make any particular promises, but if everything keeps going even relatively ok, you can expect a more of Magestone and hopefully some proper paleoart in the future as well. I'm also hoping to take part in the Spec Evo challenge whenever possible. Hopefully that thing really takes off.

Also, as you may have noticed, I decided to change profile pictures after 5 years. That puffindingo has bothered me for several reasons, but I didn't know what to replace it with. Now let's see how long it takes me before I get fed up with this one!
Profilepictoraptor by Osmatar
  • Listening to: ragdoll purring
Profilepictoraptor
I made this more regular deinonychosaurian version of the Senmurv illustration to act as a new profile picture.
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Realistic Skullcrawler
A truly unusual case of insular gigantism, the infamous skullcrawler (Megamphisbaena calvarinsularis) is not only the largest lepidosaurian predator on Skull Island but also the largest living amphisbaenid and the longest extant predatory lizard known to date (unless someone stumbles upon a two ton varanid or something, which has been known to happen). 

This is of course my hastily put together entry to Joshua Knüppe's Spec Evo challenge (that until yesterday I thought I'd have to opt out of). As a disclaimer I have to point out that I haven't seen the new King Kong movie, but I've seen the trailers and I know the original O'Brien lizard puppet the skullcrawlers in the movie are based upon. I know my skullcrawler isn't big enough to fight an ape the size of a skyscraper, but then if it was, it wouldn't be even this realistic, would it?

Edit: having seen how everyone else has approached the challenge, I sort of feel bad for not coming up with anything more creative, but I decided to prioritize realism and here we are.
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Yep, it seems like I only manage to write one of these per year these days, so better make it count!

As you've probably already noticed, I've had a bit of a burst of productivity lately. This has to do with two things: 1) my lazy endocrine system is waking up after winter hibernation (unfortunately my body reacts negatively to hormone replacement so I guess I just have to deal with it) and 2) I've finally gotten the hang of using my new Wacom Tablet.

Much of the credit for the latter actually belongs to Joshua Knüppe a.k.a Hyrotrioskjan, who I've incidentally wanted to do a shoutout for for years, especially since I never seem to find the time to give his work the attention it deserves. This guy does some of the best spec evo stuff on DA, and is seriously the sole reason I gave up trying to introduce winged dragons to Magestone. Go give his gallery a visit if you aren't a fan of his already.

Anyway, it's Joshua's recent series of speedsketching Youtube videos that got me to experiment with digital painting. I haven't touched my watercolours or acrylics in years, not really since the whole prolactinoma thing came to a head, but now I feel like I've rediscovered the joy of painting*. My painting time is still limited by the after-effects of diazepam withdrawal like tension neck and persistent ischial bursitis, that prevent me from sitting at a desk for too long, but even then I'm getting more done than I ever expected.
(*trademark Bob Ross & PBS 1983)

Since life has a tendency to throw one curve ball after another I don't know if I can make any particular promises, but if everything keeps going even relatively ok, you can expect a more of Magestone and hopefully some proper paleoart in the future as well. I'm also hoping to take part in the Spec Evo challenge whenever possible. Hopefully that thing really takes off.

Also, as you may have noticed, I decided to change profile pictures after 5 years. That puffindingo has bothered me for several reasons, but I didn't know what to replace it with. Now let's see how long it takes me before I get fed up with this one!
Profilepictoraptor by Osmatar
  • Listening to: ragdoll purring

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Happy birthday!Airborne Party 
Hope you get better.
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Happy burthday! 

Get well soon
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I'm not sure if you're okay or not, but your birthday is tomorrow and I just want you to know people here still care. Happy birthday, I truly hope you're well.
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