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Stars in Shadow: You've Got Star Harpies! by AriochIV Stars in Shadow: You've Got Star Harpies! by AriochIV

Star Harpies are the first "space monster" being implemented in Stars in Shadow.

Star Harpies live in debris belts, using their corrosive plasma jets both to propel themselves through space and to feed on the ice and organic minerals of comets and asteroids. They are most often found in uninhabited systems, as the activity of starships seems to make them cranky. If disturbed by nearby starships, or if they find themselves in proximity to more nutritious food sources (like colony food stores or the colonists themselves) they can become extremely aggressive and attack. Roughly the size of a light cruiser and able to spray their plasma at close range, they are potentially quite dangerous, especially when they attack in packs. Though Harpies are found in numerous systems throughout the local region and periodically appear in new locations, they don’t seem to have any obvious mechanism by which they could move from one star to another. Some scientists theorize that the Harpies may have a method of slipping into hyperspace, and ride the warp lanes from one system to another… though this has never been observed. It's also not known how they reproduce, and so others suggest that they might lay eggs which are unwittingly carried by starships from one system to another, though again there is no direct evidence to support this idea. There are legends of a gigantic Harpy Queen that moves between systems creating nests and laying eggs, but this notion is generally dismissed as nonsense.

Star Harpies in game (with internal systems):
SIS: Star Harpy in game by AriochIV 

Stars in Shadow is a space 4X strategy game currently under development. 
Steam Early Access is available now!

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Foxxtronix Featured By Owner May 26, 2018
This gives me flashbacks to an arcade game called "phoenix" that I used to play as a kid. 
AriochIV Featured By Owner May 26, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Played a lot of that. The corner convenience store had Pac-Man and Phoenix.
Deviant-From-Italy Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2016
"but this notion is generally dismissed as nonsense"
Suuuure ;)
AriochIV Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Cylexus Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2016
This is an awesome alien ship design. I like how little is known about it, nothing is more terrifying than the unknown after all. :thumbsup:
blacklion68 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2016
Another thing that the Pokemon Go zombies will hunt down and assimilate...=P (Razz) :) (Smile) 
psiandco Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2016  Student Writer
I just wanna see the next page of outsider, please.
spacewolflord Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2016
This is neat to see space monsters.  And the game is great, specially all your work for it.
Thank you for sharing.
MrAverage Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2016  Professional Artist
Star Harpies. You should probably get checked.
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