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Mortasheen - Lagomust by scythemantis Mortasheen - Lagomust by scythemantis
"Dust Bunny"


This darkness-loving monster generates an excessive volume of powdery skin flakes, collected by adhesive, cobweb-like hairs along with other detritus into an amazingly dense, durable covering of "lint." Seldom preyed upon, proteins in a Lagomust's dead tissues incite a violent immune response in almost all known biotypes, causing uncontrollable sneezing fits (at best) on contact with mucous membranes. With a thunderous sneeze, the beast can even cloak itself in a great cloud of its outermost particles.

Thin and skeletal beneath its coat, a Lagomust can squeeze into tight spaces to lie in wait for prey, often striking victims as they sleep. The creature's claws inject a powerful dessicant enzyme that destroys cellular bonds, rapidly crumbling flesh into a fine, grey powder it can suck into its dry, hair-lined throat.

The dense lint of a Lagomust naturally develops its own biome of molds, bacteria, mites, silverfish and especially moths, in turn attracting carnivores such as cellar spiders and house centipedes. They are known to have spread far from Mortasheen city, stalking the young of isolated human colonies where monsters are regarded as mere legend.
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bublik12 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012
Is it called a Lagomust because it's a bunny? Like a Lagomorph? Because yah.
scythemantis Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
yes : )
Lee-Sherman Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
This is a great monster dust bunny. I like how you only gave it the most basic features of a rabbit, while the rest of the anatomy is otherworldly. It would have been easy to just draw a demon bunny and make it look dusty. Once again, you show amazing creativity in your approach to a common concept. The face is distinctive, but what I really like are the non-matching many-jointed arms. The concept of how it feeds on tiny things that normally feed on dust is a nice touch.

The shadow cast by the claws suggests a brighter light than the rest of the shading. The shadow also makes it look like the belly is smooth, while we can see it's quite textured. But the rest of the shading looks realistic.

Now the more I look at the face the more it reminds me of Mothman (just picture the ears as wings).
scythemantis Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It actually evolved from a sketched idea for a dust mite arthropoid. I wasn't sure what a dust mite could do, other than be dusty, then I thought it'd be fun for it to give a dust bunny impression with two legs held upright, but then I decided I just wanted a weirder dust monster with no direct connection to a real animal :)
Nighzmarquls Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
reminds me of a sand fairy. Interesting though.
scythemantis Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
never heard of them, I guess the hair hangs similarly :p
Nighzmarquls Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wayne Barlowe did a very reminiscent version of one to this :).

In addition I'd very much recommend picking up his guide to fantasy.

It strikes me as odd you don't know of his work :) he seems right square in your interests on so many levels.
scythemantis Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Eh? I know his work very well and have mentioned it many times on my site and blogs! :p
I grew up with the guide to Extraterrestrials and Expedition, two of my all-time favorite books.

I don't remember a painting too much like this one however...
Nighzmarquls Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The Guide to fantasy has an illustration (and sketches) of his version of Psammead.

Which just struck me as similar to this :)
LE-the-Creator Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011   Digital Artist
...Tell me... Did my dust bunny Fakemon inspire this wonderful creature? :meow: 'Cause I think it bears a striking resemblance to Dustachio. If so, I'm flattered that I could inspire the hideously-amazing Scythemantis! =D
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