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Mortasheen - Grenzo by scythemantis Mortasheen - Grenzo by scythemantis
"Matter Eater"

CLASS: UNKNOWN

A nonliving, nonsentient structure that grew from a meteorite, this inanimate "monster" forever obeys the whims of the first sentient being it comes into contact with. Its hollow, rocky shell conceals a large mass of red jelly that behaves remarkably like a living creature, engulfing and dissolving any organic substance within reach. This protoplasmic blob can move freely up to a mile from its shell, but will crystallize and disintegrate if forced any farther.

The Grenzo's jelly is highly susceptible to freezing, and recoils from sources of extreme cold. A faint throbbing sound can be heard from its shell.

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The second of three inanimate meteoric phenomenon with honorary "monster" status, an idea I'd planned off and on for some time now. This one is rather blatantly based on The Blob, or rather, the space-rock that unleashed the Blob :)
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jacobguy Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013
so is it a monster because the only thing that partially qualifies as alive but generally isn't noted as so is the rock?
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scythemantis Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's a monster because nothing necessarily says a monster has to be a living thing, when you think about it. Some "monsters" in mythology are nothing but golems controlled by magic and such, without even consciousness. I wanted to come up with totally "inanimate" monsters :)

I was also a little inspired by the old horror film The Monolith Monsters, which was also just about strange alien minerals.
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jacobguy Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013
I knew about your inspiration because I saw the comment on bogleech, I was just asking because you said that you could clone ANY monster in mortasheen and this is a monster
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Karhs Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This seems less like a monster and more like an incredibly kickass tool.
As do the other meteorics, come to think of it. That's pretty much their thing, isn't it?
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scythemantis Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I like the idea of an inanimate object being bizarre enough to qualify as a "monster," which is at least partly inspired by the old horror movie "The Monolith Monsters," which were just giant replicating alien stones, destroying everything as they spread without even being alive. Lovecraft's Color out of Space might also qualify.
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Lee-Sherman Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
I just saw fanart of the Shuckle (Pokémon) and at first I thought it was fanart of this.
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scythemantis Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
lol, where? :)
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Lee-Sherman Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012
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Lord-Meire Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010  Student Digital Artist
"Night of the Living Shuckle"
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IcyBowser Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010
This reminds me more of the meteor from Color Out of Space.
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