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Mortasheen - Avazoth by scythemantis Mortasheen - Avazoth by scythemantis
"Sanity Eater"

CLASS: UNKNOWN

A nonliving, non-sentient structure that grew from a meteorite, this inanimate "monster" forever obeys the whims of the first sentient being it comes into contact with. Comprised of three to six hovering nodules that orbit one another in erratic patterns, it can cause considerable damage with its crystalline spines but rarely has to, for its psychic attacks are often devastating enough. Despite a total lack of consciousness, it thrives off mental energy, sapping thought from nearby brains and leaving madness in its wake.

Proximity to an Avazoth causes mildly blurred vision and a tingling in the bones.

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In 1957, Universal released a film entitled "The Monolith Monsters," wherein Earth is threatened by a terrifying alien mineral. It petrifies living things and grows rapidly on contact with water, causing mass destruction as it sprouts into towering spires that eventually topple and shatter in hundreds of pieces that each repeat the process. It's not a lifeform, not even a "being" in any traditional sense, but it's billed as a monster, and who's to say it isn't one? I always really liked that idea. The name "Avazoth," of course, is a distortion of "Azathoth," one of H.P. Lovecraft's creations and another completely inanimate "monster."
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Fried-Ricer-Man Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Student
Your monster concepts are so AWESOME! I been admiring your work for some time now and Mortasheen is something I support greatly, creative minds like yours are greatly appreciated by me :D
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scythemantis Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :)
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Skye-Rhyder Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
Asbestos!
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dodoman1 Featured By Owner May 5, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Is one Avazoth made up of three of these?
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scythemantis Featured By Owner May 5, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
It says so in the description :p
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dodoman1 Featured By Owner May 5, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really? Wow, I'm unobservant.
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Ankaa-Phoenicis Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
freaky, tingling sensation in the bones, leaving madness in its wake, can I have one as a pet?
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Lee-Sherman Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2009
I've been trying to find a copy of The Monolith Monsters! Nobody has it!
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psychosomatic-itch Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2008
These things are wicked cool! I think I might put them on my team.
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OuthouseInferno Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2008   General Artist
Very intricate.

Now I hope what I read in the old dead forums about a party of 15 monsters but only 10 sent out is still true, because I'd shove all three of these "virus-like" guys in at once.
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dodoman1 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It reminds me of the Core-X from Metroid Fusion.
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Azes13 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
All the Avazoth came from the same meteorite (and at different times so they meet different people) or are there multiple meteorite containing Avazoth?
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scythemantis Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Not sure yet :p

Maybe pieces break away and form into new ones over time...
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Azes13 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Works for me!

Though, I suspect that would lead them to follow whoever was in charge of the original Avazoth, since I doubt they would get very far.
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whalewithlegs Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2008  Student General Artist
Oh man, I am thrilled with these last couple of monsters. The designs & descriptions are lovely.
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