The Lou Carcolh is a massive mollusk that is often referred to as a Snail Dragon. These beasts are known for their long, sticky oral tendrils that they use to capture prey. Covered in fine hairs and glue-like mucus, these tendrils are set out as traps to snare unsuspecting prey. Once food stumbles upon these tendrils, they shall immediately wrap around the victim and drag them towards the hiding creature. Fangs filled with paralytic venom will stun the prey, allowing the beast to rasp away at them with its razor teeth. While this Dragon Beast is easy to avoid by those with attentive eyes and quick feet, it can be a challenge to those who wish to slay them. Most of its organs are protected by its thick shell, which can even repel clubs and hammers. The rest of its exposed body is made up of muscle, which can shrug off injuries and wounds with ease. The only real weak point is its brain, but many are unaware that this organ is split into two parts: the fore brain and hind brain. The fore brain is the smaller of the two, and its main purpose is to control the sensitive oral tendrils and decipher scents they pick up. The hind brain focuses on the rest of the body, reacting to whatever the fore brain interprets. Though the two have split roles, they are capable of taking over if the other organ is damaged or destroyed. Warriors who seek to kill the Lou Carcolh will often take out one of the brains, and forget about the other one. As the beast is coping with the grievous injuries and sudden loss of brain function, many will celebrate their victory, sure that they have bested the monster. Sadly they are unaware that it takes a few moments for the remaining brain to seize total control, and the Snail Dragon will suddenly spring back to life.
Who knows how many warriors have perished mid-celebration, only realizing their mistake when the tendrils snare them in an inescapable grip. What is known is that such tales are so infamous, that the image of a dead knight and dead Carcolh frozen in their final throes can be seen in many paintings and sculptures. It is an image that speaks of the fate of monster slayers and knights, forever locked in combat and forever fighting an undying foe. Some shall say that these noble knights who perish in such a way are honored by a glorious death in battle, while others are pretty sure these warriors would have really preferred not to die in the first place.
As well as posting the Ghilani, I felt that a good start to the new year would be to also post something that was recently drawn. Show some more recent work! So here is one of the inner anatomy pieces I was trying out, complete with labels! Hopefully it isn't too messy, and you can make out what lies beneath. These are pretty interesting to do, and really take some figuring out! The physical copy of them is also pretty neat!