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Tyrannitoma by scythemantis
Most Mortasheen monsters are odd, slimy little vermin who inflict status ailments or wield freaky brain powers. This is my attempt at a more ferocious, physically threatening one, borrowing a lot from the look and feel of Resident Evil monsters.


This whole monster is just the giant tumor of another, very tiny monster. The two depend upon one another to survive, but they have separate personalities and they don't always get along.

On the outside, it's trying to bite your head off. On the inside, it's bickering with its shrimp-sized brother.
Variscite by scythemantis
Yeah, I made up a Steven Universe gem. It now joins pokemon as one of only a couple things I"ve ever liked enough for "fan art"

Variscite is a rare mineral resembling clumps of green warts. It can be cut and polished into something like greener turquoise, but in its natural state it looks more like the surface of a toad.

It also rhymes with "parasite," so there you go.
Mortasheen - Abathrael by scythemantis
Mortasheen - Abathrael…

An "angelic" Mortasheen monster, taking a cue from the beautiful yet disturbing angel designs in Evangelion (the only thing I really love about the series) This is also sort of why it has a "pilot" inside, but that little humanoid body is dead! Nobody knows how an Abathrael works, or where it comes from, or why it does what it does.

The design is also modeled heavily after a real animal, the giant water flea!
Doctor Everton Morteus Balmer by scythemantis
Doctor Everton Morteus Balmer
A walking, talking embalming machine from Awful Hospital. Is he a friend or a villain?? We'll find out soon enough!

I barely altered anything from a real embalming machine to design this guy. I've always loved animate objects; the Brave Little Toaster is probably my favorite example.
After months of civilian outcry across the country, the United States Department of Justice finally launched a full federal investigation into the activities of the Ferguson police over the past few years, and they've confirmed the worst of what was already obvious to millions of Americans: that minorities were routinely singled out, that charges were designed to be unfair, and that most police activity was solely to generate money.

Anyone living in any city could probably have already told you that.

The full report is here, but here's a rundown of some things you'll learn from it:

-The lead cause for arrest and detainment in Ferguson for black people was "resisting arrest," with no other criminal charges. In other words, innocent people were arrested for knowing they were innocent and questioning why they were stopped. The investigation found that from 2012 to 2014, 100% of these groundless "resisting arrest" cases were black citizens.

-The department regularly issued arrest warrants for minor infractions without informing the "guilty" party at all. This was most often done to black citizens.

-The city of Ferguson has depended heavily upon money from petty fines. Emails confirm they have a goal of "beating" each year by fining more people for as much as they can.

-The Ferguson PD regularly exchanged mass email jokes about black people being uneducated, ignorant, dirty, lazy deadbeats who belong in jail, including jokes that black women who get abortions are helping prevent future crime.

-Ferguson officials regularly cleared and dismissed evidence of tickets and citations for themselves, friends, relatives and politicians.

-Ferguson courts added as much money as they legally could to all charges, adding fees to court summons and more. Some fines cited by the investigation include $531 for high grass, $302 for a Manner of Walking violation and more.

-When someone missed a payment on a fine, even a partial payment or was a few days late, an arrest warrant would be sent out for them with no notification or warning and no chance to explain what happened.

-In America, jail time for a fine is supposed to reduce said fine. In Ferguson, the amount of jail time often went unrecorded and people were released owing as much as ever.

-Arrest warrants were issued "almost exclusively" as threats to push for payments.

-Many speeding tickets were given out without actually citing the vehicle's speed. This allowed officers to act as if it were a mistake, then add whatever speed they wanted to the charges sometimes weeks later.

-Mentally ill and physically injured people were often handled with excessive force.

-In 2014 officers beat and arrested a black teenager for "trespassing" on his girlfriend's property, where he had been invited over.

-Over the past couple years Ferguson officers have used attack dogs exclusively on black people.

-One black man was resting in his car at a park after he had played basketball. An officer accused him of being a pedophile simply for being a single man at a park where children also play. The officer charged him with "making a false declaration" for giving his name as Mike instead of Michael, for not wearing a seatbelt despite sitting still in a parked car, and for being resistant of arrest.

-After a theft at a dollar store, an officer questioned a church minister who was pumping gas nearby. When the minister gave his identification and offered to return to the store to prove he wasn't the thief, the officer immediately handcuffed and detained him. The store clerk was later brought in and confirmed the man did not even resemble the thief. The department unlawfully dismissed charges of false detainment.

-Frequently, officers would approach random people (black in every known case) and demand their I.D. in order to run a check for outstanding warrants. If the people asked why (a constitutional right) the officers would become verbally abusive. No outstanding warrants were found this way.

-Black men were regularly arrested without probable cause, sometimes for claims that the officer smelled drugs. No drugs would be found.

-Police tackled a man leaving their own police station when they decided he looked a little like another unrelated man. Again, he was charged with "resisting arrest" because he wanted to know why he was being attacked.

-Many people who had committed no crime were arrested for "talking back" or "protesting".

-Police regularly harassed black residents, calling them bastards, motherfuckers, bitches and idiots when they were simply going about their everyday business. Some people were harassed for standing in line but not moving fast enough.

-There were many instances where officers arrested people for coming to the aid of injured loved ons or friends. In 2014 a man was holding his girlfriend who had been in a car accident. When officers arrived they demanded he move away. He hesitated because he was pressing her wounds, and the police arrested him for failing to comply with them fast enough, during which she bled profusely.

-Another woman in 2013 tried to reach her fiance who had also been in a crash. She was arrested and jailed for not remaining on the sidewalk.

This is only a small, small summary of the overall report (link at top), and citizen complaints against Ferguson police are not even all that exceptional; many other cities have far more controversial police departments who simply have not been subjected to investigations this thorough.

This is an example of America working the way it's actually supposed to work: when citizens say there's corruption, there is supposed to be an investigation like this to confirm whether or not they have a basis for their complaints. Unfortunately, it happens all too seldom, and now we're left wondering what exactly will be done about it from here.


Jonathan Wojcik
Artist | Hobbyist | Varied
I'm a cartoonist, biology enthusiast and horror fan born on Halloween. I have a life long passion for bizarre creatures of every sort, whether real-world invertebrates from the deepest ocean trenches or buggy eyed space mutants from low budget cinema. I run the modestly popular and have also written for Cracked.


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Cosmic--Chaos Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
No doubt you know about the discriminatory "religious freedom" act that has passed in Indiana (and several other states, if I'm not mistaken).

As far as I'm concerned, if you use your religion as a basis to deny somebody else basic civil liberties, (like getting married or walking into a store and buying something), you're a terrible person.

It's like they WANT to drag the USA back into the 1950s.

To my utter disgust, several pricks on DA (I counted at least 5) are supporting this without shame:…

kaijusaurus387 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015   General Artist
I wrote something I thought you might enjoy...…
Scotoadox Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015
Hello Scythemantis! I'm just stopping by with some questions about Mortasheen, since I've been trying my hand at writing some stories and making characters in Spore. If you're too busy to answer them, I understand.

Do the Mortasheen residents have any sort of naming system, or are they too disunified for that?

Would the Wreathe's Trilobite killbots be effected by mind altering attacks? (Like the Fangatang's fear mask or the Sniler's whispering stalker vision)

Do the Mortasheen residents have any sort of child care for orphans, or do they kinda just let them roam around?

Laverne's existence proves that Mortasheen residents have some kind of business, but what do they use as payment? Barter?

Sorry if any of these have been answered, but I just didn't notice :p
scythemantis Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
They just take whatever name or title they think is cool, they're all dorks.

Wreathe wasn't too prepared for psionic monsters and that is one of its few weaknesses!

Being a city of biological scientists, unplanned children never really happen. If a disaster puts one out of a home they'll usually already have some monsters of their own for protection. As with Pokemon, kids are expected to go on their own adventure anyway.

It is a bartering system, yeah. Body fluids, especially blood, have the most universal value as so many monsters feed on them and they can be used as testing materials in experiments, so common things like vending machines and fuel stations just have a blood-collection system!
Scotoadox Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015
Okay, thank you!
EB-the-GAMER Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
A series that has Youkai in it, I thought you'd like to see:…
Griffster26 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
 Have you ever read the webcomic Prague Race? It's got some pretty dope monster designs I'd think you'd find cool.
sebastianmiqhaelis Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can't reply to your comment because the asshole blocked me, but here:…
Sol-LUNAR Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015
I hate to bother you, but are you going to keep making the Mortasheen monsters in color? I really like the old style.
scythemantis Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
The old style is pretty, sure, but it's actually much much more time consuming and difficult for me, and I reached a point where it was no longer improving...even getting worse again, as I got tired of it.

I also have to take art seriously as a "career," since it's my only skill, and sticking to black and white would probably leave me in obscurity forever. I only just started getting more notice and support in recent years with my color art.
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