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Offline Mae

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The Desert Praetorian
« on: March 10, 2007, 07:32:00 am »
Hey peoples, I'm new to the forum, and really interested in Spore, so i decided to show you a few pictures that I sketched, along with some background.

Unevolved, Using scythe-like claws and hooves to take down it's prey.


Fully Evolved, Losing its hooves and gaining hand-like claws.


The Desert Praetorian is a small reptilian creature that dwells in the vast expanse of desert on it's home planet, Praet. It is primarily an egg eater, but also acts as a swarm creature, attacking mid-to-large sized creatures throughout it's planet. They are skilled archers, firing off arrowheads with fragments of their own tusk, as well as any other hard substance they can get their pointy little hands on.

The Praetorians senses are especially keen, being able to hear from hypersensitive holes on the side of their head, with also act as basic nostrils. They also have very weak muscles in their back toe, allowing them to pick up vibrations in the ground. This gives them a way to coordinate hunts.

Their skin is both hypersensitive and hyper adaptive. For example, if a creature falls into water with high chlorine, the top layer of skin falls off, letting a new flesh of different mix of cells take it's place, which is completely immune to chlorine. Also, if an object is slowly pushed into the flesh, the skin will consume the object, thus allowing Praetorians to give themselves extra "horns" with rock and bone. However, this should not be overestimated, because anything moving too fast will pierce the skin like paper. This is why they commonly wear untanned hides as armor. I'll think about showing its full process of evolution if you guys like it.
Also: The only bipedal hoofed predator in existence.

Note: Sorry it's huge. I'm horrid with these kinds of things.
« Last Edit: March 10, 2007, 02:46:39 pm by Mae »



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Re: The Desert Praetorian
« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2007, 12:28:51 pm »
You might want to crop the image a bit.

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Re: The Desert Praetorian
« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2007, 12:46:31 pm »
Sounds like an interesting race. With their ability to fashion projectile weapons from their horns I'm guessing they can quickly regenerate them? The skin ability seems to support this. Does this mean they have a faster metabolism and that on their world desert life is slightly more prolific than on Earth?

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Re: The Desert Praetorian
« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2007, 01:15:54 pm »
ooh...sounds cool
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Re: The Desert Praetorian
« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2007, 02:43:36 pm »
Sounds like an interesting race. With their ability to fashion projectile weapons from their horns I'm guessing they can quickly regenerate them? The skin ability seems to support this. Does this mean they have a faster metabolism and that on their world desert life is slightly more prolific than on Earth?

Yea, in my mind the desert is (even) more hostile than found on earth, with high amounts of acidic matter in the air, so creatures need those kinds of abilities to survive. One of the few downsides is that they die quickly with a life span of about ten years. Usually they just make up for this in the ability to mate early and have lots of offspring (think babies of babies).

I would also like to note that their horns do not completely grow back, so they can only take tips at a time, because they are only capable of growing one set of tusks in a lifetime, that grow out and up.

In their culture (which is similar to Arabic and North African culture) long horns are a highly respected, because it shows that they never removed tuskbone for battle, which is frowned upon in the later years. (It sounds weird, but after they evolved from their scavenging roots, they found more civilized ways to obtain food, such as domestication and trade, in which they sell the oils found in the sulphur sands)

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Re: The Desert Praetorian
« Reply #5 on: March 10, 2007, 03:06:10 pm »
Wooaah...nice creature...that's really all I have to say, oh yeah, add more ;D

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Re: The Desert Praetorian
« Reply #6 on: March 10, 2007, 06:31:35 pm »
Time for the fun part: Tribal Combat

Although all Praetorians are skilled fighters, few have reached the level of Warrior in the Praetorian hierarchy. These fighters are almost unstoppable in battle, their skin taking on a shell-like texture. These creatures are masked and hooded, and painted in the traditional pattern of battle tattoos to mask the scent of salt and blood that follows them everywhere. They carry Bladebows (spears made of flexible bamboo-like substance that can be bent into a bow), as well as daggers made of black steel (a very rare substance on their planet, that is almost unbreakable until heated).
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Re: The Desert Praetorian
« Reply #7 on: March 13, 2007, 03:54:33 am »
I love them! I would like to read more about them. Its good to see another creature that evolved in the desert.

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Re: The Desert Praetorian
« Reply #8 on: March 13, 2007, 04:02:23 am »
I really like these guys, they remind me of a combination of the Orks and the Tyranids from WH40000 (at least, the last pic does :D ).

So all in all a very good race. Great job  ;D.
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Re: The Desert Praetorian
« Reply #9 on: March 13, 2007, 06:35:45 am »
Time to talk about weapons:  ;D (Pictures coming later)

Their main weapon is the Bladebow, a long, bladed staff that is made of a flexible piece of wood from either Braus (more info coming later) bone or a branch of one of the more stable trees that dots the landscape of the desert region. It can easily be converted from spear to bow by simply stretching the bowstring (usually attached under the blade) down to the bottom of the staff, and pulling. These bows can take heavy punishment and can even be used as deadly close combat weapons if the user is trained appropriately.

The Warstaff is more of a moral-crushing weapon than any other in the Praetorian arsenal, because of the savage and brutal moves that can be pulled off with it. It is commonly combined with an assortment of whips and blades that not only crush their foes, they also slice them to pieces. This is a standard weapon for all Warriors.

Old-Blades are the only sign of other evolutionary paths. It replaces the hand blades of earlier genuses with sharp steel blades that  are implanted into the skin (using their skin adaptation). These can be used by any creature in the race, because the fighting is ruled by instinct.

I really like these guys, they remind me of a combination of the Orks and the Tyranids from WH40000 (at least, the last pic does :D ).

So all in all a very good race. Great job  ;D.

Good thing I play Tau.
« Last Edit: March 13, 2007, 03:37:48 pm by Mae »

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Re: The Desert Praetorian
« Reply #10 on: March 13, 2007, 02:32:49 pm »
Nice job. I like them.