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Sea Fiend by nachtwulf Sea Fiend by nachtwulf
An original fiend design... not a boss, just a critter, one of those things that die in droves under the unwavering blades of your party. Naetheless... working in the job I do, I often get a chance to study the real biology I can use to make a believable monster.

This one is based on a real animal, believe it or not. Whoever first guesses what it is gets...oh, hell, I dunno, a virtual cookie. But give it a go!
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ShadowMewtwo Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Just the way the body is designed makes me think angler fish. That's my guess, final answer. ^^
StrawberrySeraph Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010
I saw this, thought, "cool," enlarged it, then thought, "it looks like a mutated mix between a flea and a shrimp."

I still think it looks neat, but thinking about it the way I described above makes it more than a tad creepy. :shrug:

It's very detailed and the apparent effort and planning put into it is nice to see. The mono chromatic color scheme does not detract from the whole at all. In fact, I think that having the picture in “realistic” color would detract from the final effect that the fiend has. I think that I would look at home in a old, old book with crabby writing detailing the fiend’s abilities, strengths and weaknesses so that some wanderer or scholar would read about it.
Raja-Ulat Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2007
Strangely enough i actually find it "cute". ;p
Daimera Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2006
Ohmglove. :heart:! Marine things are my faaavorites. This one's got a nice amalgamation of a ton of 'em!

Looks more like a massive hybrid of a lot of different cool things, but if I had to choose a single creature to assume this was based on, I'd guess the anomalocaris. XD
nachtwulf Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2006
It's actually based mostly on a combination of a crab larva and those little arctic arthropods that I can't for the life of me remember what they're called right now. ^_^
Daimera Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2006
Arctic arthropods... Nothing's coming to mind, though I know a few. I almost wanna say isopod. XD But cool!
SesakaTH Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2006  Student General Artist
Awesome design for this creature! :clap:
SkitsoSquirrel Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2005
aww he's really cute too. i love the expression in his eye. He just looks pissed off yet kind of sad lol. :+fav:
FreddyC Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
Love it :)
MentalFloss Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2004
The detail on this is simply stunning beyond words. At first, I thought it kind of looked like an anglerfish, but then I noticed all the different aspects of it seperately. In any case, it's a breathtaking piece of artwork. :)
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