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[Commission] Triphon Riders by Abiogenisis [Commission] Triphon Riders by Abiogenisis
Redesigned!

A Commission for murky-depths13.deviantart.com/.

The authors' description:

"Triphons are one of the dominant sentient races on the densely inhabited ring planet Sor’. Unlike earth’s sentient race humans, Triphons have not traded in as much of their own physical capability for intelligence, due to their immensely dangerous home world. That is to say unlike humans who since achieving sentience are now physically frail creatures, Triphons are fast and agile sprinters, are armed with razor sharp claws and posses a raptor like head containing four rows of dagger sharp teeth – although they do not have an immensely large cranium in their skull as a result of this, their brains are still large due to the fact they extend all the way down their necks, wrapping around the base of their spinal chords.

These ruthless creatures live a nomadic lifestyle on the edge of the bizarre, predator infested forest covering most of Sor’. Large heavily fortified war camps are set up whilst the Triphons “harvest” the forest – that is to say suck it bare of life and resources. When they have drained all resources from a large area of forest, they reduced it to ash, pick up their war camps on wheeled platforms and move them miles in towards the newly created forest edge and the cycle repeats. Over a slow process they are wiping the planet bare leaving only a barren wasteland in their wake, although rumour has it large settlements lie on the other side of the wasteland from which the Triphons originate.

Triphons are a war like brutal race, driven by the need to survive and gain good harvests to make profits to fund a large war taking place elsewhere on the planet (most likely on another continent entirely), with an unknown similarly advanced sentient race. Achievements and kills are displayed through piercings and tattoos, and rank is shown via plume colour. The “Boikar troops” depicted here have clipped their plumes to make them immensely shorter than the length possessed by infantry as part of their uniform. Even the lowest ranking soldiers capable of riding the incredibly difficult “Boikar” vehicles are seasoned veterans, with the unmasked purple plumed Triphon being a very high ranking officer known as a Boss, hence his right to wear slightly longer (but still considerably short) plumes and the heavy tattooing and piercings adorning his armoured body. Their culture is not entirely restricted to fighting and status though – they also have a love of substance abuse (of which the forest has much to offer), gambling, drinking, blood sports, tattoos, sex and are fascinated by creative technology – that is to say making useful weapons and gear with limited resources and by melding together scraps.

The vehicles shown here are designed to be steered one handed, the other hand free to either operate the harpoon launching and net casting turrets or fire the tranquiliser pistols that all these specially trained Triphons carry. Spare dart clips sticking out the side of the bike means an emptied pistol needs only be slammed into the side of the bike over a fresh magazine to reload. As an elite corpse this branch of Triphon society has two primary roles - scouting ahead through new areas of the forest, on the look out for various threats such as one of the Triphons primary enemies the ever more scarce growing “dragons” (which are far from anything like typical fantasy dragons) another sentient tree dwelling race to which they are distantly related, and for directly hunting down large “game” as they call their prey, when all other tactics such as trapping, ambushing and surrounding their enemies have failed.

These three soldiers are perusing an unseen foe through the less heavily fortified and slum like outer living perimeter of their own war camp, where soldiers not on duty reside. Whether that foe is an intruder or an escaped victim who had not yet been “harvested” (a slow and horrific…though not intentionally so, process) remains to be seen but evading the Boikar soldiers all the way to the forest edge and through the dense forest itself for which these lightening fast vehicles are designed to travel through will require skill, guts… and a lot of luck…"

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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:icondracophobos:
DracoPhobos Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
MAD MAX ALIENS
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:iconoblivionjunkey94:
OblivionJunkey94 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Love this
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:iconz-010:
z-010 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014
when are we going to see theses "dragons" of yours. i can't wait
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:iconmurky-depths13:
Murky-Depths13 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014
Alex and I have worked together (with him doing all the artwork of course!) to create several awesome pictures of the dragons from some really exciting scenes in the book. When the story is finished I will make them view-able some place! 
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014
Dragons? Where!
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:icontaren14:
Taren14 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014
They look like the Jackals from Halo XD
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014
Yeah, too much. We redesigned them :)
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:icon008999:
008999 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014
its like Mad max meets Jurassic park!!!
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:iconmyrethy:
Myrethy Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
...I believe you just named the single greatest crossover idea in history.
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:iconarcspartan009:
ArcSpartan009 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Fascinating tell me was this species perhaps influenced by the Kig-yar? The resemblance is almost uncanny.
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:iconmurky-depths13:
Murky-Depths13 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
Hi! Yes they were indeed inspired by the appearance of the Kig Yar, although their culture and some biological aspects are different (in ways)
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
I think that may be the case, though I cant take credit for the design.
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:iconiatemypencils:
iatemypencils Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
crazyyy piece, lov it
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:iconaliasundercover:
AliasUndercover Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
I feel like humans would get along well with these dudes...
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:iconkillermoa:
KillerMoa Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I feel they wouldn't.
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:iconravingshark:
RavingShark Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No i'm pretty sure they would.
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:iconkillermoa:
KillerMoa Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think the Birrin would be more compatible with humans.
These guys just come off as violent, savage, warriors, where as
Humans and birrin are much more civilized.
Sure we can be violent, too, but nothing like these guys.
They might even want to "hunt" humans for sport when they're bored.
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:iconravingshark:
RavingShark Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, we're not really all that 'civilized'. The difference between us and the triphon riders Is that we're only killing our planet more slowly
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:iconkillermoa:
KillerMoa Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're one of those stupid "humans are evil and they're killing the planet" aren't you?
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:iconravingshark:
RavingShark Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Only because, in general, it is most definitely true.
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:iconkillermoa:
KillerMoa Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*types
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zsewq55912 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014
like in starcarft two were too supid to die off.

if anything we are more violent with our minds than anything elsa, i mean why kill you on the outside when i could just kill you from the inside out with weapons that use sound as a weapon to pop heads off
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:iconelsqiubbonator:
ElSqiubbonator Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012
Badass. . . alien . . .bikers. YOU ARE EPIC!
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:iconecfor:
Ecfor Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I fail to figure out how those frontwheels possibly could rotate like wheels should rotate...
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
They use rim drive, like this: [link]
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:iconblackdragon216:
Blackdragon216 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This thing like Jackal in Halo game=]]
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:iconblackdragon216:
Blackdragon216 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This thing like Jackal in Halo game=]]
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:iconzippo4k:
Zippo4k Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
These look like they're from some 90's Saturday morning children's action cartoon...
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NublarRaptor1 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Student General Artist
The cartoon could be called "Alien Racers" were 1 - 3 of every alien species in the galaxy races for fame and fortune, but there could also be a gang of 5 different alien species each with their own personality racing through galaxies and different dimensions stopping the forces of evil.
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:icondirector1265:
Director1265 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
That's badass!!!!
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
Thanks :D
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:iconkilo139:
kilo139 Featured By Owner May 20, 2012
may i ask where your inspiriation for these comes from... they look like Jackals (kig'yar) from Halo
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:iconmurky-depths13:
Murky-Depths13 Featured By Owner May 21, 2012
When created they were inspired both by raptors and admittedly the Kig'yar though not taking into account their significantly different culture, internal anatomy, lifestyle etc, I have tried to make them different in appearance to the Kig Yar' which I feel has gone underlooked - their leg structure is not like a Kig Yars – whose legs bend at all funny angles, they are around 8 foot tall, covered in piercings and tattoos, and although subtle their facial structure is less knobbly bird like and more reptilian with a much stronger, more powerful bite. It’s interesting to see peoples reactions, as well as hear the various comments about them look like Kig Yar’ which I guess is unavoidable, though it seems a shame they are being labelled as looking exactly like them. In the film Avatar nearly all the creatures bear striking resemblance to “space rhinos” or “space horses” etc, and the Kig Yar themselves are clearly modelled of raptors/dinosaurs which were the biggest inspiration for these creatures – I would not class myself as the most talented creature designer, though in the book I would admit these are the least original looking species (which I wouldn’t change as I personally still love their appearance even if it is a fairly predictable one) but the form of “lizard people” is one that’s been around in sci fi for a very long period and has always been a very successful image – whilst it’s great that people come up with new quirky designs for creatures, it would be a shame for some of the most successful ones to totally be lost not because they are seen as bad but simply because “they’ve been done before”. Though I do find it interesting people are focusing solely on the Kig Yar – and not paying any attention to the one handed steering system of the bikes which is a concept I came up with totally of my own and not one I’ve seen on any other vehicle, or the planetary ring, another feature I’ve not heard of before, nor the description of the Triphons brains wrapped around their spinal chords to allow a more predator head structure to remain whilst still having lots of space for a large brain - – all of which original concepts people say they want to see, but when present aren’t paying attention to – it’s always interesting and valuable to hear what people think to take into account as I rewrite the book. Thankyou for the feedback 
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ZhaKrisstol Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's awesome to see another artist's representation of the Triphons other than mine, and in a different media too. Love the hardcore post-apocalyptic look here, suitably grungy.
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OblivionJunkey94 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
i see every one saying these like like jackal and I'm saying no theyre better that jackals! this is a excellent paining
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grisador Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
Awesome again !!!
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QAuZ Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012
Congratulations, this has been featured in journal [link] :heart: :hug:
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
Thanks, I am honoured :)
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:iconsuperfrodo95:
SuperFrodo95 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
They look exactly like jackals from Halo.
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:icongyromorgian:
Gyromorgian Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If went to a planet called Awesomeness Prime, (which is made mostly of a mineral called Awesimium), mined some Awesimium ore, refined it into pure Awesimium, and made a statue of Awesomus The Obviously Awesome, that statue would be about half as awesome as this picture.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
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:iconexocolumn:
exocolumn Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
Great work!
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
Danke :)
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:iconjordanstoddard:
JordanStoddard Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
Teach me this wireless-ly my brains extension is "thoughtbubbleholdingapear" you are very gifted.

:)
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
<brainlink-active/>
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:iconalituiset:
alituiset Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Makes me laugh... these fellas obviously have the Attitude. Great work.
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:iconantoniotyler:
antoniotyler Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
Man, I'm really liking how you keep adding layers and layers onto their culture.
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:iconamnioticoef:
AmnioticOef Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
Oh wow, an eighties cartoon.
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:iconjoelwhite:
JoelWhite Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Pretty sweet man
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:icontarturus:
Tarturus Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not quite as imaginative a design as the Birrin, but intriguing enough nonetheless.
The guy who created them seems to have put a lot of thought into their lifestyle. :thumbsup:
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