Shop Mobile More Submit  Join Login


Submitted on
October 25, 2012
Image Size
116 KB


1,539 (1 today)
68 (who?)
Mortasheen - Lesley by scythemantis Mortasheen - Lesley by scythemantis


A specialized upgrade of the Lester, the Lesley was designed to collect genetic samples and research the reproductive patterns of wild hominids by closely imitating a receptive female. Unfortunately, the camouflage proved as transparent and disturbing to humans as that of the Lester, necessitating paralytic and aphrodesiac components to its stinking, memory-wiping toxic gas. Helpless research subjects quickly forget the Lesley's appearance, recalling only some indistinct, invisible presence.

When discovered, a Lesley may inflate its fleshy tunic with gas and unleash a noisome explosion, knocking out all witnesses and launching itself several dozen yards. Its upper eye can extend hundreds of feet on a thin, flexible cable to monitor potential subjects, and it can safely split apart at the waist, its posterior fleeing with its brain intact as its largely empty upper body distracts attackers.

Like the Lester, Lesley are often employed as combat minions, easily underestimated by monsters who have difficulty distinguishing the fast and powerful creature from a normal, vulnerable Homo sapiens.


This is a female counterpart to one of last year’s monsters, both of them essentially “bogeymen,” though the Lester spies on people and kidnaps children while the Lesley’s routine is closer to “old hag syndrome,” a form of sleep paralysis which is widely believed to be the real inspiration behind the legends of succubi and incubi.


Larger human cities are usually aware of Mortasheen and its society of deadly monsters, but tucked around the planet are completely isolated human colonies, which to us might look eerily like 20th century suburbs, completely unaware (or willfully ignorant) of anything beyond their borders. These are very interesting to Mortasheen scientists, who may take great care to “preserve” their “culture,” in other words keeping them completely cut off from the outside world for research purposes.
Add a Comment:
Lesley-The-Devil Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Student Artist

My name is lesley
The404 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
Heh, the Lester and Lesley kinda remind me of that enemy on the last X-COM game, lizardmen reconfigured in a vague approximation of human shape.
inkpwn Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
The longer you look the creepier it gets!
lainwiththedevil Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
Something I always wondered about these more humanoid-looking and other Mortasheen creatures, do they ever use intelligent-sounding human speech, or use their own personal creature language? Do they as Pokemon do just squeak/grunt/roar, and/or mention their own names, or do they all behave completely different and thus some have language/anthromorphic behavior, while others can't speak at all? I am simply gonna assume the last, because given the ridiculously mindblowing awesome diversity of Mortasheen, it is the only thing I can think makes sense.
scythemantis Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It even varies from individual to individual of the same species. Brains are like harddrives that you can just swap out anyway, so even if a monster in its natural state has more animal-like behavior you can always give it a smarter brain and some vocal cords.

A lot of communication in mortasheen is silent though, since brains are also rigged to send and receive wireless transmissions like artificial telepathy.
lainwiththedevil Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
Wow cool! I know this is probably a hard question to answer, but who or what class types do you think are the most 'sentient' or intelligent, and which is/are the most dumb?
scythemantis Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
They'd all vary but zombie spawn are probably the dumbest on average, not counting garbage types, and vampires and devil birds the most intellectual.
Rasec-Wizzlbang Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
"but tucked around the planet are completely isolated human colonies, which to us might look eerily like 20th century suburbs"

I'm picturing the town from Edward Scissorhands or the one in the Black Hole Sun music video...
spidervenom022 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012
Now, i must have one of these in my Mortasheen team.
It's awesome and reminds me of the martian-decoy-spy thing from Mars Attacks.
Urososium Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012
I really thought Mortasheen was basically like a land of mosters :3 This little bit of information is quite interesting :3 May make up for nice story making and such x3! And with so many new monsters, and more comming, things are looking even better :3
Add a Comment: