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The vast forests of the ringed planet Sor’ are by no means safe during the day but with the right knowledge and through sticking to ones own territory a sentient can usually avoid the dangerous predators that stalk it. By night however…all chaos breaks loose as the skies become a total blood bath, the ferociously violent hunts of aerial predators being so frenzied that one would assume such hunting activity would create a totally unbalanced and unsustainable food chain what with how many creatures (both grazers and hunters themselves) are consumed, but days and nights on Sor’ are shorter than on earth meaning there is less time for the carnage to ensue.

Underneath the forest canopy where cover and hiding places are more plentiful the terrifying assortment of life forms that roam the eerie night have evolved to be more stealthy and devious in their nature. Many have developed hyper advanced senses and are so stealthy one might never see the predators sneak up on them before their flesh is literally being torn into – even if the creature in question is vast, such as the huge Hairy Truppon in this picture. For some scale of its size the spiral shaped vegetation seen both at the edges of the picture and close by it are around the size of a tall human.

This particular individual has encountered a group of the much smaller Drakar’ or Dragons whom were taking shelter in a cluster of the mysterious centuries or more old cylinder shaped ruins that litter certain parts of the forest along with other relics and mysteries. The function of these huge structures as well as the identity of whichever race that built them remains a mystery.

The Hairy Truppon despite its insect like appearance is actually of the same reptile like animal class (though this family possesses mammal-like characteristics such as being warm blooded and suckling their young in a manner) as Triphons and Dragons. However it has traded in its toes and fingers as well as wings for six limbs that each end in - and are mostly made up of a huge razor sharp barb that it walks on. These vicious replacements for feet not only elevate it off the ground to appear even bigger than it already is so as to intimidate would be predators but because of how small the tip of each barb is – when it moves the hunter is literally as silent as an insect scurrying along the ground and cannot be heard – even when sprinting up right behind you… on the rare occasion that it needs to sprint at all…

If one looks closely at its head they’ll realise it is simply the devolved upper jaw of what was once a reptilian face that now lacks a mouth completely (skin has grown over what would have been the roof of its mouth). Skin has also grown over where its eyes, ears and nose would be. To breathe gill shaped openings are at the back of its head. Replacing its eyes, nose and ears is a cluster of excruciatingly sensitive sensory organs for smell and hearing, concealed within tubes that are withdrawn into pores in its head when not in use as the price for their sensitivity comes at being incredibly delicate. These hyper advanced sensory organs can sniff out the exact location of prey hiding in the trees up to a mile away and its said amongst locals that Hairy Truppons don’t look for their meals – they merely walk about for a while already knowing where everything is hiding but simply trying to decide who to eat tonight.

Hairy Truppons (the largest species of the Truppon family) get their name from the excruciatingly long thin white hairs covering their bodies that both silence their approach further by gently brushing vegetation aside and are also covered in sensitive nerve bundles so the creature is aware of its surroundings despite lacking vision. To further the animals knowledge of its surroundings it also travels along sensory trails that its advanced smell sensors can detect and through these it is able to know exactly which part of the forest its in – its phenomenal smell also comes in handy when avoiding its own predators and rather than possessing many defences Truppons simply sprint away whenever they catch the faintest the faintest whiff of a distant predator.

Because it lacks sophisticated hunting techniques and is a solitary animal its intelligence is not incredibly high but it is still roughly as smart as an intelligent canine though possessing a different mentality due to not living in a pack. It can communicate with other members of its kind to a rudimentary level through releasing hormones but this communication is almost entirely limited to attracting mates, warding off would be rivals and releasing a warning when predators are close by.

A Hairy Truppon is relatively weak for its size, and though they will sometimes take prey out in the open they are mainly adapted to in fact cornering maternal prey that has taken shelter from the night in their dens. An individual sniffs (and occasionally hears) out its prey and after honing in on its location it then creeps up towards the creatures den with an eerie knowledge of the preys line of sight so that it can stay out of it until the last moment when it must position itself in front of the hidden dens entrance. It then rears up on its hind legs and digs its front four barbs through the side of the shelter to lock its body against the den before pressing its entire chest against the entrance to seal off escape.

Grotesquely its chest then bursts open to reveal its stomach which has evolved rubbery lips that can part like a mouth, and through millennia of mutation excess intestines now uncoiled and slightly hardened, ending in claw like teeth whip out with lightening speed to grab prey and drag it towards the ominous mouth stomach. Although prey might loose much of their skin to the serrated teeth its usually still alive and screaming as its thrust into the mouth shaped stomach to be digested alive.

The Hairy Truppon is a truly terrifying predator feared by all for its uncanny ability to sneak right up to the entrance of ones shelter without notice despite its vast size, and the unnerving belief that even when you don’t know where it is out in the forest- it always knows where you are regardless of whether it chooses to eat you that night or not.




The Shades of Red saga is in the second stage of editing, after three years of being written, and a website with more information will be up soon. All elements of the Shades of Red world, including the Triphons are copyright by Alex Hatton. For additional information as well as to see the rest of the sketches for the saga contact multi_coloured_alex@hotmail.com
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ThaVrisco Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015
you should do higher resolution stuff.
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Nevermore979 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome
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zerglingbbq Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015
I love your work.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015
Thanks :)
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Myrethy Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
'Avoiding it's own predators'... I do NOT want to imagine a critter that hunts these badasses.
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014
Good point! Must be Godzilla sized or something...
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:iconmyrethy:
Myrethy Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Oh sweet baby Optimus Prime :sprint:
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benfang14 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
can you draw the planet
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014
Only if the client pays ;)
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madmadman01 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014   General Artist
"its said amongst locals that Hairy Truppons don’t look for their meals – they merely walk about for a while already knowing where everything is hiding but simply trying to decide who to eat tonight. "

AWESOME. this reminds me of those manuals to the world of the pc game zork. you have an amazing imagination.
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Aditya2 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Does it roar at you when you provoke it? Is it very aggressive? Can it withstand a nuclear bomb?
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AidaBenk101 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
im gonna have nightmares now
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Aditya2 Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is this organism extremely aggressive and does it attack anything that gets in its way?
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Aditya2 Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is this creature extremely aggressive? And does it attack anything that gets in its way, living of non-living? Why did it mutate so badly?
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Aditya2 Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That creature is extremely strange! Can I keep this gentle giant as a pet?
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:iconmyrethy:
Myrethy Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Um... yikes. :jawdrop:
I'm just gonna sit here, gape in awe, and be SO thankful that we don't have these kinds of creatures around us. 'Cause we'd be dead.
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Willpagan Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
These are fantastic pictures. I would love to see humans interacting with these creatures.
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DOCNFOID Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dammit, sorry about double posting. My browser wasn't showing me the initial comment so I thought it glitched out and I posted again. And now I can't delete one of them. Derp.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
Lol no worries :) Although I cant speak for the commissioner of this creature, my idea to prevent thinking would be thick flexible hair like structures arrayed around the foot to expand its surface area.
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DOCNFOID Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sure, that'll work, probably also be relatively quiet. Thanks for responding :D I've admired your work elsewhere but never found the source until now.
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DOCNFOID Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is very well thought out, and the illustration is of course lovely...but how does it move around without sinking into the ground if its feet are so sharp?
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DOCNFOID Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is very well thought out, and you have my praise for that, but how does it move without sinking into the ground if its feet are so small?
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kilo139 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
Freaky beast. I so if I ever find myself on sor I should bring advanced radar, body armor, and a high power rifle or shotgun. Maybe a personal shield to.
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kilo139 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
And a cloaking thingy
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Eliphasthedark Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
wow, about everything, just wow
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HumanLG Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
dope
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DoctorYucatan Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Amazing, just like all of your creations.
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:iconwbyrd:
wbyrd Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
My friend you are a master of the truly Alien :D
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TedShatner10 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
You should get yourself hired by TV/movie studios or video game developers.
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
I did work for THQ for a few years, but they closed down :P
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Yakomakodaji Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Can it withstand a nuclear bomb?
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014
Not a chance :P
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Yakomakodaji Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
just asking, but do they have mammary glands?
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014
Negative. Utterly alien.
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Yakomakodaji Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
oh, okay then, i was just curious, can their stomachs distend to accumulate larger prey, like an elephant? or a whale?
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
So the name.... a play on "Harry Truman"??
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9nin Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that is a scary animal.
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TFSakon Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012
Wonderfully alien
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(Captain Obvious)
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MetalSnail Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome!
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
Neat and enigmatic alien design! The surroundings are as alien as the physiology.
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blind-rage08 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012
doooope
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gp03 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012
kinda reminds me of the magic the gathering card quick sliver (or one of the other ones)
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FoolSightBlind Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012
Great image!,great lighting...very creepy :)
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alexlyoko13 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012
From this perspective it allmost looks like a graceful creature
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TheTigerz Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist
Awesome!




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Tarturus Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Reading the description of its method of eating and of its sneakiness, its easy to see why this would be such a feared creature. Certainly not the kind of thing one would wish to run into on a walk in the woods.
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Sagittarius-A-star Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Fascinating creature!! It reminds me of the Venusian beasts in the Greg Broadmore's Dr. Grordbort's universe. [link] The Hairy Truppon's method of feeding reminds me a bit of the starfish's ability to envelope prey with its stomach. What animals do they eat? I imagine that they don't choose particularly dangerous prey, like those with large claws, spines, etc- otherwise its stomach might be torn up in the struggle. I love the spiral plant. As you like speculative alien creatures, you might like these videos- [link] [link] [link] See the lighter-than-air Venusian "flying jellyfish" drifting in the sky? Aren't they wonderful? :)

I must arrange for an off-world safari to Sor'- bagging a Hairy Truppon is a fascinating prospect, as long as I don't get "bagged" myself. A few seconds with a Saboteur 66 Ultra-Wave Equalizer on flesh-dissolving setting should do the job- at which point I can take the head as a trophy to mount over my mantlepiece. Those delicate legs would make an excellent coat rack, don't you think? :D
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Murky-Depths13 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012
Oh and the Spiral plants...aren't what they first appear ;)
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Murky-Depths13 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012
Those were great videos - the flying jellyfish reminded my of the hypothesised "gas balls" Sagan predicted might live on Jupiter. I rather hoped the explorers in all of them would meet a far more sticky end though. Did you make the videos yourself?


The Hairy Truppon can eat practically anything it chooses as its limb like tooth bearing intestines could tear of any harmful parts of prey, plus its stomach acid is so strong creatures are digested quickly. Therefore it preys on numerous predators - such as Drakar' (or dragons) which are in themselves dangerous hunters of Sor' but not nearly as big as the Hairy Truppon and not adapted to hunt at night.

Unfortunatly anyone trying to hunt a Hairy Truppon would be smelt a mile off and since it knows it hunting grounds so well and is so silent, they would very quickly finding themselves becoming the hunted...fancy weapons would of little use when you didn't know which direction to aim them in ...
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