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Magestone: Achaierai by Osmatar Magestone: Achaierai by Osmatar
"Achaierai, that impossible bird from hell, made mostly up of a giant beaked head with four long scaly limbs that carry it to its prey. It is so deadly, even it's foul breath could kill a lesser man." For a thousand years this passing mention in a travelogue was all Alphorians knew about the Achaierai. The description was so ludicrous, it was dismissed as fabrication or an obscure joke. The first Alphorian explorers to survive an encounter with the real beast, however, did not find it the least bit amusing.

Despite appearing bird-like at first glance, Achaierai is actually not an avian but a flightless relative of the mightiest flying animals on Gea, the rocs. The fact that it is even larger and heavier than its aerial cousins explains why it gave up flight when it became the apex predators of the Eibarian savanna. Because the Achaierai's forelimbs used to be wings that its ancestors also used to launch themselves into the air, they are still more powerful than the hindlimbs, and enable the creature to make great leaps to pounce on their victims or, if need be, to retreat with great speed.

The only remnant of the Achaierai's wing is an atrophied wing finger that still supports a blue and green membrane. This appendage is usually folded tightly against the carpals and seems to do very little, but actually has several uses. It can be spread fully on a hot day or after strenuous activity to dissipate heat more rapidly, and more importantly, it can be used to rely messages over long distances to other Achaierai. Despite living in pairs or small family units, Achaierai actually form much larger, though very loose, communities of related individuals. They are also among the most intelligent animals native to Eibaria, and their language is believed to have hidden complexity that has not yet been fully unraveled.


Edit: updated the image to add a human silhouette for scale and replaced the main illustration with a new shaded version. The original is still available here: fav.me/db1xdut
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:iconragedsub:
ragedsub Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2017   Digital Artist
I always fonded over the idea of flightless azhdarchids, nice work.
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:iconosmatar:
Osmatar Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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Crazygeckos Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2017  New Deviant
I hate when! this happens u see something forget about it then draw something similar UGH (I SKETCHED SOMETHING VERY SIMILAR BODY WISE)
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Osmatar Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2017  Professional General Artist
That's inevitable. Can't even count how many times it has happened to me.
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Crazygeckos Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2017  New Deviant
Yah it sucks
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GotobedJoel Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
sorry.jpgSweating a little... 
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:iconcartoonben:
CartoonBen Featured By Owner May 27, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Wicked.
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:iconosmatar:
Osmatar Featured By Owner May 29, 2017  Professional General Artist
thanks
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:iconcartoonben:
CartoonBen Featured By Owner May 30, 2017  Student Digital Artist
You're welcome.
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Kaijukid23 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2017
that insert picture is like "Ey,sup *slash*"
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:iconbensen-daniel:
bensen-daniel Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2017
Continuing the evolutionary trend started with Hatzegopteryx? VERY large head, VERY short neck? :)
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:iconosmatar:
Osmatar Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2017  Professional General Artist
Yep. ;) I made the neck seem even more nonexistent by adding a very large mane and having it bend backwards a bit. I should do a skeletal drawing of the Achaierai at some point.
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:iconthederpasaur:
TheDerpasaur Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
He looks very uncomfortable
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:iconosmatar:
Osmatar Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017  Professional General Artist
Do you mean the pose? 
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:iconthederpasaur:
TheDerpasaur Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yea I guess lol.

No offense
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:iconosmatar:
Osmatar Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017  Professional General Artist
None taken. I'm not really happy with it myself. I wish I'd pick these things up in the pencil sketch stage and no when I've already started coloring it in photoshop. :/
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:iconthederpasaur:
TheDerpasaur Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No no Its great! I like its design.
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:iconosmatar:
Osmatar Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thanks. It's not the design that bothers me, though, but the posing of the limbs. They somehow just ended up all over the place.
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:iconthederpasaur:
TheDerpasaur Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah,I see
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S7alker117 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017  Professional Writer
If you ever make a fan-made DnD monster manual about your take on DnD creatures, I bet it would be one of the best TT fanbooks ever made. :)
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:iconosmatar:
Osmatar Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2017  Professional General Artist
I hope one day that'll be possible. I'll probably need someone more experienced with D&D who can help me tweak the stats though.
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S7alker117 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2017  Professional Writer
Hey, if you need the help I may provide a hand, just tell me what you need. :)
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:iconosmatar:
Osmatar Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2017  Professional General Artist
I'll let you know if I get far enough with this. Right now I'm not really even clear on the scale of the whole Magestone project yet!
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S7alker117 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2017  Professional Writer
It is understandable. I am running a game on a custom setting and it took me a lot of effort to put it together, but it can be very fun. My proposal remains, if you ever need help, just shoot me a message. ;)
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Osmatar Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2017  Professional General Artist
My problem is that I have enough ideas to make a whole book about, but I have difficulty getting them down on paper. I've got pages and pages of notes just on elven culture and history, which I don't know if anyone is even interested in, and weird stuff like an idea of a terrifying lovecraftian future for the world. I can't seem to contain these things to something easily manageable. :/
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S7alker117 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2017  Professional Writer
Nah, that all sounds interesting, do not shoot yourself down. 

The manageability is always a matter of presentation. I'd say see how they do it on official publications and then contemplate what you would rather see on yours. For example, it is usually better to begin with what will impact the game more directly, like races, history and locations, and then move on to environmental elements like creatures, weather and so on. Spells and equipment are usually placed at the end like annexes and such. 
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GotobedJoel Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hello mr osmatar, I have one thing to say, future dinosaurs concept
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:iconosmatar:
Osmatar Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2017  Professional General Artist
I also have to say one thing: Ms, not Mr. :p
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:icongotobedjoel:
GotobedJoel Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm sorry
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TheDubstepAddict Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Looks like something Hieronymus Bosch would come up with
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Osmatar Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2017  Professional General Artist
The original D&D Achaierai is pretty literally that. I wouldn't be surprised if it was based on a bird creature from a Bosch painting.
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TheDubstepAddict Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool.
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AntonellisofbBender Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2017  Student Filmographer
is this an alien life?
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:iconosmatar:
Osmatar Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2017  Professional General Artist
Nope. Just a highly derived pterosaur.
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:iconantonellisofbbender:
AntonellisofbBender Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2017  Student Filmographer
how is this a pterosaur? it dosn't look like a pterosaur
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Taliesaurus Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
look closely at the front legs, there is the left-overs of the "wing" finger
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:iconantonellisofbbender:
AntonellisofbBender Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2017  Student Filmographer
you mean those legs are just the ideas of how the legs and wings of the pterosaur should be placed?
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:iconosmatar:
Osmatar Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2017  Professional General Artist
Imagine Hatzegopteryx going flightless. Now imagine that it loses the wing membrane, because it no longer flies. Then imagine it becomes increasingly cursorial now that it no longer flies. That's how you get something like the Achaierai.
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AntonellisofbBender Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2017  Student Filmographer
what?
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AaronDoyle Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
It's speculative biology. It's not supposed to be a real animal, but a sort of "what if" scenario. In this case, what if pterosaurs never went extinct, and some became flightless and adapted to life on the ground.
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Jakeukalane Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing as always :D
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:iconosmatar:
Osmatar Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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Jakeukalane Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
welcome
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NocturnalSea Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
I remember these guys from the Fiend Folio! I must say, as much as I liked the original goofy "giant tennis ball with a bird face and four legs" (I have a thing for weird D&D monsters), I'm also fond of your more realistic interpretation here.
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Osmatar Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thanks. I love the challenge when I see a weird monster that almost could work as a real animal, and start to think of an evolutionary past that could result in something as close to the original as possible.
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Evenape Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
Hatzegopteryx descendant! <3
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:iconosmatar:
Osmatar Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2017  Professional General Artist
Pretty much! I came up with the crude concept long before the Naish & Witton paper came out, but reading it inspired me to create this finished version.
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:iconevenape:
Evenape Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
Which is quite impressive. really. Proof that earth's prehistoric creatures can pass off as mythical if developed properly
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TheDubstepAddict Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yep
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ZaubererbruderASP Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's an extremely interesting concept
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