Demon of lust (Asmodeus, perhaps) from Chartres Cathedral.
Berlinde De Bruyckere.:Suffering and ProtectionFlemish sculptor creates sculptures and drawings of suffering human bodies that resemble nothing so much as reality. It mixes in his sculptures on religious grounds and media images and writes the Christian motif of the human suffering in the contemporary era. The confrontation with the body that engages the artist led to questions about the ethics of our society and are the place to fundamental questions about the nature of the human being.
These disturbing and uncannily lifelike sculptures by Belgian artist Berlinde De Bruyckere are incredibly visceral and eerie. The repulsion instinctively triggered in the viewer comes from their verisimilitude, and the sense of reality of this nameless, grotesque, distorted, half-human, seemingly fluid flesh; combined with their beauty, the delicate, subtle mottling of colors, the pure realistic visceral fleshiness of the works, and their technical grace.
O is for Owlbear.
The Secret Origin!
Rathian tattoo commissioned by a client!
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I love the wildlife in the Stonefang Tunnel. Obviously, not fighting it; nobody likes fighting bearbugs. But the running theme of the wildlife appears to be extremophiles. An extremophile is defined as "an organism that thrives in physically or geochemically extreme conditions that are detrimental to most life on Earth." That definitely describes the residents of Stonefang; organism that live around if not directly in molten lava and soil laced with magical energy. The Stonefang fauna cover just a few extremophiles. For example:
- Bearbugs - The ever-present and cumbersome bearbugs are some of Stonefang’s most famous (and dreaded) residents. These elemental creatures crawl through lava with ease, and while not impossible to kill, they are definitely difficult to remove. Bearbugs are based of off the microscopic Water Bears, or tardigrades, who look almost exactly like them. These tiny eight legged creatures are possibly the world’s most famous extremophiles, renowned for their ability to survive the most absolutely extreme conditions. From volcanic heat to antarctic cold, the pressure of the ocean floor to the vaccum of space, tardigrades are capable of surviving almost anything. Perhaps bearbugs are tardigrades that fed on the dragon-bones and magic of Stonefang? I’m personally fascinated by the varieties of bearbugs. Right now I’m working under two theories: 1.) Sexual Dimorphism; the small winged bearbugs are male ‘drones’, while the larger flightless variety are female ‘cows’. 2.) Life Cycle: The winged bearbugs are the larval stage of the species, explaining their relatively weak armor. With time, they lose their armor and grow into the larger, hardier variety.
- Rock Worms - While it might be easy to write these off as simply reiterations of the ‘giant worm’ trope, I have another opinion. Guardian Owl on GameFaqs pointed out that ‘rock worm’ is also the name fishermen give to the larvae of the caddisfly, often choosing their variety of imitation lure based on the local species. These larvae, like bagfly larvae, secrete a sticky ooze that forms a cocoon of debris around their body; in this case, stone and rocks. Judging from the masses of shed worm shells around Stonefang, it would appear that Rock Worm (and bearbug) exoskeletons are partly mineral in composition. This would also explain why Rock Worms drop greystone; it is a form of mineral made from the combined soil of Stonefang and their own shells. While probably not a likely explanation (and caddisfly larvae are hardly extremophiles) I still like the theory.
- Tube Worms - More of scenery than creatures, the lava trenches of Stonefang are an apparent breeding ground for giant tubeworms. In real life, these worms live at the bottom of the ocean around hydrothermal vents. Aside from their gigantic size, they are fantastic for their ability to survive mostly independently of the sun and the process of photosynthesis, almost completely separate from the standard conception of the food chain and energy cycle. Their nutrients are derived from a symbiotic relationship with bacteria that live inside of them. These bacteria convert the deadly soup of toxic chemicals from the hydrothermal vents into energy for the worms. It is possible the worms in Stonefang survive from a similar process, with their bacteria thriving off of the magical soil or even the lava itself. Perhaps the tube worms are not even their own separate species, but only a larval form of the Rock Worms; that would explain how the rock worms are able to breathe lava, and why their exoskeletons are partially made of stone.
Stonefang has fascinating wildlife based off of equally fascinating creatures in the real world. It’s a credit to the soul series to see such incredible monsters abounding.