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Starstruck: Sunda Unicorn by Osmatar Starstruck: Sunda Unicorn :iconosmatar:Osmatar 88 0 Starstruck: Indian Unicorn by Osmatar Starstruck: Indian Unicorn :iconosmatar:Osmatar 137 6 Smiling alien by Osmatar Smiling alien :iconosmatar:Osmatar 46 2 Mermay: The Sea Ape by Osmatar
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Mermay: The Sea Ape :iconosmatar:Osmatar 53 11
Sapient Duck by Osmatar Sapient Duck :iconosmatar:Osmatar 63 13 Lizard Horse by Osmatar Lizard Horse :iconosmatar:Osmatar 110 8 Starstruck: Cynocephalus WIP by Osmatar Starstruck: Cynocephalus WIP :iconosmatar:Osmatar 36 1 Starstruck: Unicorn phylogenetic tree by Osmatar Starstruck: Unicorn phylogenetic tree :iconosmatar:Osmatar 40 10 Starstruck: Karkadann WIP by Osmatar Starstruck: Karkadann WIP :iconosmatar:Osmatar 57 5 Starstruck: Zitiron by Osmatar Starstruck: Zitiron :iconosmatar:Osmatar 121 8 Magestone: Bulette (sketch) by Osmatar Magestone: Bulette (sketch) :iconosmatar:Osmatar 170 10 Children of the Tree of Pain: Butterflies by Osmatar Children of the Tree of Pain: Butterflies :iconosmatar:Osmatar 86 2 Regipithecus WIP by Osmatar Regipithecus WIP :iconosmatar:Osmatar 38 11 Tanystropickle by Osmatar Tanystropickle :iconosmatar:Osmatar 270 42 Fendrak Updated (2017) by Osmatar Fendrak Updated (2017) :iconosmatar:Osmatar 270 18
Magestone: Elves pt. 3 - Foringean Elves
Wood Elves
Often mistakenly used synonymously with "wild elf", the term "wood elf" only refers to elves of the Alphorian colonies on the Foringean continent. Historically it has been used of colonists that used to build their houses primarily from wood and tended to live close to or even surrounded by forests. Though the term has never been in official use in the empire, it does seem to be wholly elven in origin, only later adopted by humans.
Wood elves are mostly descended from lowborn elves that moved to the continent to gain more freedoms, even pardons from criminal charges, afforded to those that willingly became colonial pioneers. Some also share mixed heritage with elves that had been exiled from Alpharion during the Cold Aion, before the forming of the first colonies. Those few survivors and their descendants that were willing to reintegrate to the empire passed on valuable survival information to the newcomers, though for a large part they were written out from
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Starstruck: Sunda Unicorn
The Sunda unicorn is the other (known) species in the Asian unicorn genus Monoceros. It is easy to tell apart from its Indian cousin from its dark read coat and broken white stripes or spots on its hindquarters, neck stripe that continues all the way to a fully dark mane and a large white mark above the knee. It is also clearly smaller than the Indian Unicorn and has shorter, more curved horn, smaller dewlap and wider ears. While the two species diverged about 5 million years ago, Indian and Sunda unicorns are known to produce hybrid offspring in captivity.

Unlike its closest relative the Sunda unicorn is an exclusively forest-dwelling species that is mostly solitary, although females may sometimes group together. They seem to have retained the lifestyle of the Miocene ancestors of Old World unicorns and share several features with the African forest unicorn or Agaba. DNA studies have recently indicated that the Agaba is closer to the Sunda unicorn than the other African unicorns of genusCartazoon

The Sunda unicorn is modernly limited to small isolated populations in Borneo, Java, Sumatra, Malaysia and Myanmar, but once it ranged all the way from Nepal to Southern China. It is thought to have inspired myths about the quilin or kirin. In fact the quilin reportedly captured alive by the emperor Han Wudi was likely from the Chinese subspecies of the Sunda Unicorn. Unfortunately several subspecies have gone extinct in the wild or their entirety in the last 100 years. Due to the cryptic nature of the species, accurate population estimates of the surviving subspecies are hard to make, but all are considered endangered due to habitat loss and poaching. 


Yes, this is largely a recolor of the Indian unicorn. Due to my hands being the way they are, I've had to make do with what I have. Hopefully one day I'll be able to produce unique illustrations of all the Unicorn species on Starstruck Earth.
Thank you all for the birthday wishes! My hands are still achy but slowly improving and I'm trying upload most of the stuff I managed to get done last winter and spring here, starting with some unicorns form the Starstruck universe. Actually most of the stuff coming in the near future is going to be from Starstruck.
Starstruck: Indian Unicorn
The Indian unicorn (Monoceros indicus) is one of the largest perissodactylans in Eurasia and the tallest, if not the heaviest, unicorn species on the continent. The largest stallions can weigh up to 750 kg and stand 1,80 cm at the withers. Like other unicorns it has a keratinous horn on its forehead and three hooved toes on both its fore- and hindfeet. The earliest sources in antiquity describing unicorns, based on secondhand accounts, refer to the Indian unicorn with its multi-colored horn and tawny coat, although some authors such as Ctesias were basing their descriptions on a rare nearly white color morph.

Indian unicorns are mixed feeders that prefer to browse on shrubs and leaves, but will often switch to grazing during the dry season. To supplement their nutrition unicorns will also eat tree bark which they strip using their horn. As a result they prefer scrublands and woodlands, venturing into open grasslands only sporadically. Indian unicorns live in small herds of 5-12 animals consisting of a stallion, breeding mares and their immature offspring. Bachelor males can also form a loose group of 2-5 animals. Indian unicorns take 4-6 years to reach maturity, with females reaching reproductive age before the males.

The only real natural enemy of the Indian unicorn is the Bengal tiger, which rarely targets adults. While not as aggressive as African unicorns, the Indian unicorn is a force to be reckoned with. It is estimated that about 100 people are killed by unicorns on the Indian subcontinent each year. Conversely humans are the greatest threat to the unicorns through both destruction of their natural habitat and poaching. Unicorn horns have been given special significance in many cultures for thousands of years and all unicorn species have suffered from overhunting as a result. Fortunately thanks to conservation efforts the population of Indian unicorns has bounced back recently with 8 000 - 10 000 individuals estimated to be living spread from Pakistan and Nepal to India and Bangladesh.


This is one of the few illustrations I've been able to complete this year due to my hands still being pretty messed up. I will follow this up with two other Asian unicorns to get them all out before #junicorn runs out. I also have a bunch of older stuff to share, but we'll see when I'll be able to get those out.
Smiling alien
Is it smiling because that is how its species expresses happiness, or is it trying to mimic human expression in order to appear less threatening? Whatever the case, I'm not sure it's having the intended effect.

This was just a bit of an experiment, maybe something more refined will come of it in the future, maybe not.
Mermay: The Sea Ape
What could a maximally realistic mermaid that didn't completely do away with the classic fish-tailed anatomy look like? It wouldn't be a hominid but probably a tailed primate that had lost its hindlimbs while adapting to a watery element and developed human-like features convergently. It would have a layer of blubber to protect from heat loss in water but probably no hair, likely webbed hands but with prehensile thumbs for using tools to crack open shellfish, nostrils with flaps that seal them while underwater and large eyes to see better in the deep. Something like this model I started working for #mermay 2018 but couldn't get to a presentable shape until this may.
I have been approached with offers to do creatures for Magestone by several people now. This seems to have all started because my friend form Speculative Dinosaur Project times Pristichampsus had done some spec-evo D&D critters as Magestone fan-art, and asked me what he should do with them. Now, I have always intended Magestone to remain strictly a personal project, but seeing as he had already put a lot of effort into it and the monsters he had chosen were ones I was unlikely to spend much energy on anyway, I reviewed them and noted which ones could plausibly be part of the Magestone canon, and Tim posted those in his gallery.

This was, however, a one-time thing. As much as I like collaborating with other spec evo-creators, I don't want to hand over the keys to the Magestone kingdom to anyone else, especially while I myself am indisposed. When I am healthy enough to resume working on Magestone again, I will be open to ideas and suggestions as before, but everything will have to filter through my brain and my hand to get in.


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