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Mortasheen - Escarghoul by scythemantis Mortasheen - Escarghoul by scythemantis
"Grave Snail"

CLASS: Zombie mutation.

The first of these dim-witted scavengers is believed to have been an isolated mutation in which a normal zombie, in its constant cycle of decay and regeneration, probably absorbed the body of a small gastropod and created a new substrain of the zombie virus. Since then, the creatures have multiplied, transmitting the same mutation through their bite. Infected corpses will eventually lose the majority of bones and organs, their eyes and mouth growing to abnormal proportions as the flesh takes on an amorphous mud-like consistency.

An Escarghoul adopts the first hard, heavy object it encounters as a "shell", with a particular preference for flattened slabs of stone, which it hides behind when frightened. Though sluggish and dim-witted, it can withstand far more abuse than the average human zombie and its slithering body can traverse a wider range of terrain; even conquering the dreaded staircase. Its sticky skin holds fast to organic matter, fusing inseparably to prey at the lightest touch. It prefers to attack the stomach, biting through flesh and sucking out the entrails.
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deathacid05 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2009  Student General Artist
Totally freaking AWESOME!!!

you sir are a genius.
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NoFace42 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2008   Traditional Artist
such amazing expressions!
man, you've made so many,
you really are an inspiration
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TheWhiteCrayon Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2008
The one with a skull shell is absolutely adorable.

:D
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WonderDookie Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
ha! I take it back. THIS one is my favorite. Brilliant name.
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psychosomatic-itch Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2008
All I have to say about this is...

FRICKIN' AWESOME!!

And also...

A++.
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psychosomatic-itch Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2008
Wait, I seem to have forgotten to explain why Escarghoul is the best. It's partly because it bears a strong resemblance to the best Digimon EVER:

[link]

...And partly because gastropods are just awesome. Okay, now I'm really finished talking.
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scythemantis Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
One of the best, yeah, but Sukamon is pretty great too.
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psychosomatic-itch Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008
Yep, it's pretty hard NOT to love a yellow poop with arms-- especially when he comes with his own adorable pink sidekick!
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chriskot Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2008
Just plain awesome. I love it.
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Ky7 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2008
Great name. I wonder how big can these guys get to?
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