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Starbound - Slaugeist by Dragonith Starbound - Slaugeist by Dragonith
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Slaugeist
Profundis spiritus ("Abysmal Spirit")

Who needs seahorses? This large sub-gastropod is a commonly used riding animal by the Gillian race.

Slaugeists are part of the solariformes ("Solar-Users") group. Unlike most of their star brethren, their solar energy is barely used, mainly providing a source of light for their limited vision. As such, they can last for days without sunlight in depths most creatures would dare not attempt to enter. Preferably, Slaugeists skid across the seafloor instead of swimming, as it requires less energy to remain afloat. The Gillian's trek onto land proved successful for these lumbering giants, as their amphibious nature plops them down on their belly on land as it did on the seafloor.

Having such a slow, dimwitted lifestyle resulted in the Slaugeists having low metabolisms. A single meal can last a Slaugeist weeks on end without food. Their primary diet consists of sea algae/grass and Pebejellies, of which their Gillian caretakers provide them with. Other food sources include other soft-bodied invertebrates that the creature catches with its large limbs. This diet and slow star cycle for a solariforme has guaranteed a long life for the Slaugeist species, longest recorded alive being 1000 years.

While no way aggressive, Slaugeists will not hesitate to batter enemies with its large frontal limbs. The power of which is said to be equivalent to being hit by a grizzly bear's paws. Some Gillian owners have trained their mounts to perform a short range ramming attack, although it drains their strength much more quickly. It isn't favored to kill a Slaugeist, as like all other solariformes, their stars explode on death. But if such a case were to find a dead Slaugeist, one would find a plentiful supply of congealed fat reserves and aged meat.


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Slaugeist © Dragonith
Starbound © Chucklefish LTD
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Liquidmetallik Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm in love with your colouring and lines
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Dragonith Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:dummy:
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ZaraNeonia Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Student General Artist
It's cuddly yet creepy at the same time. I think it's a Paradox. :happybounce:
An adorable Paradox. :D
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Dragonith Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yay! :dummy:
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RedPanda7 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
I want one now :D great design as usual
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bbwolf12 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Student Writer
Can you ride them or tame them?
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Dragonith Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yep! Underwater mounts, they be. :)
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bbwolf12 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Student Writer
AWESOME! Now all I need to know is if starbound will be on macs...
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CODhunter12 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012
wow cool pokemon ...........right?
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RayquazaMaster Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Awesome! This is probably my favorite design yet!
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