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Sarchans

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The undisputed top land predators of Epimethius, Sarchans are split into two groups: Charcharids and Mantiforms. Charcharids are characterized by their large head and powerful jaws full of strong serrated teeth, which they use to kill their prey. They also have very advanced heat-sensory pits that allow them to easily zero in on their large mesothermic and endothermic prey. Mantiforms are typically smaller than Charcharids, and use their specialized fore-hooves to kill their prey (varieties include: slicing blades, piercing lances, and clubs). In addition, Mantiforms are more social, some hunting in coordinated packs.
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GreekRandomness's avatar
These are brilliant designs, and when I read through the comments and saw how you explained the walking mechanics and such it made loads of sense/answered many questions I had about these beasties. But I have one more:

How large are they in meters?
Biofauna25's avatar
Mantiforms are always smaller, species ranging in size from 1m long and 0.5m tall (at the shoulder/hump) to 2.5 m tall and 6 m long. Charcharids are much larger, the smallest species growing to 3 m tall and 4 m long, and the largest able reach almost 4.5 m tall and 5.5 m long.
Thank you :)
GreekRandomness's avatar
Cool! Say, do you have a website or size-chart of your creatures?
Biofauna25's avatar
Neither at the moment. But I will be posting a size chart of Nerrivik's organisms the first Saturday of November.
GreekRandomness's avatar
Hey! Just noticed it's the first Saturday of November here; how's the size chart going? No pressure, just wondering.
GreekRandomness's avatar
Oh neat! Do you have a specific reason for that date, or is it just based on time of completion for the chart?

Also, will it be colored or black-and-white?

Sorry if I bother you with questions, I just really like your work and am excited about all this. Keep up the amazing work! :)
Biofauna25's avatar
No specific reason, that's just where it falls in line with my posting schedule for the upcoming weeks. And it will be in black-and-white, in fact they'll probably just be silhouettes.
GreekRandomness's avatar
I kind of expected that they'd be silhouettes. But that's cool! I'll be waiting for it!
loverking99's avatar
you should do more of these.
ImmaCatastrophe's avatar
Ok i've been internet staling you for a while now, and now i FINALLY made a Deviantart and i can say how awesome you are!!! the beings of Epimethius are INCREDIBLE, and your alien interpretation of "The Host" are so realistic! they're ALL realistic, and i admire you, you are an INSPIRATION!!!
Biofauna25's avatar
Wow, thank you!:squee: revamp It's nice to meet you, I hope you have a good time here on DA!
I'm just surprised that you were able to internet find me, let alone internet stalk me. Wink/Razz I'm not really anywhere other than this site.
Can't wait to see what you post!
ImmaCatastrophe's avatar
Ha well i was just searching for stuff on "The Host", found your drawings, and that got me here :)
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Orionide5's avatar
I'm curious about the hunting of the Mantiform you drew. Is it a biped? If not, how does it keep its scythes from dulling against the ground when walking?
Biofauna25's avatar
It is a quadruped, but doesn't walk on the blades themselves, it walks on the hoof-bulb at the tip. When attacking, they leap forward on their hind legs and swing their forelegs forward and upward to have as much of their blades hit their prey as possible (like a cleaver, not a steak knife). Pluss, Sarchan hoof structure isn't like Earth ungulates', they're more like teeth, and Mantiforms' hooves keep growing and need to be worn down through usage (they stay sharp because the inner regions of the blade are harder than the outer ones).
Orionide5's avatar
Thanks, that really makes a lot of sense biomechanically and is a well-thought-out way for a quadruped to have slicer arms.
Biofauna25's avatar
Thank you! I really do try to make my organisms as believable as possible.
Orionide5's avatar
Agreed! I'm curious about the hunting of the Mantiform you drew though. Is it a biped? If not, how does it keep its scythes from dulling against the ground when walking?
PeteriDish's avatar
i am afraid that if you replied the question to me, he can't see it in his feedback messages ;) but to me it looks like a quadruped that only rears back on the hindlegs during the attack. it doesn't look like it could ballance itself on just two of those "balerina feet" all the time ;P
Orionide5's avatar
Oh, that's how replies work? I didn't know that.
PeteriDish's avatar
ÿeah. I guess he's not gonna see your comment if he doesn't look through his own deviations regularly.

It happenned to me multipple times, that I didn't catch a comment because it was a reply, and it's a bit annoying actually, I would guess it would make more sense if the author of the deviation was informed about all comments/replies that are happenning, but apparently not. :lol:
Orionide5's avatar
Great, now I'm paranoid that whole conversations I'll never see will happen on MY deviations. :|
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