Monday, 30 December 2013

Monsters! Background research

A-who-he-zotl?



With a name like Ahuizotl it's no surprise that this blighter is of Aztec origin:
Flesh eating Monkey-Dog! Apparently the eyes, teeth and nails are most tasty. Pointy ears. Slippery-smooth fur, which clumps up into spikes. Hand on the end of it's tail. Lives in watery pools/caves. Drowns victims. If there is no prey around it cries like a baby to attract them.

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Might be interesting to have a play with mixing different breeds of dog with different species of monkey.
How would the physiology be adapted to living in the water?- sounds more like a creature that waits and strikes near it's home, rather than actively hunting on land.
Would it just wear a snorkel?
Described as black, slippery and rubbery- guy in a wet suit?
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Representation in pop-culture:
From the name I was expecting to just find a few aztec carvings and artist representations on deviantART, what with it being so obscure, however the beasty has been adopted as an antagonist in my little pony of all places.

Amazing. I shall' forever refer to this guy as 'Brony-eater.'


Quite a faithful Aztec-feel to this one, which stood out to me on pinterest.




Tarasque.



This medieval french dragon-beast lends it's name to a town, where it was supposedly tamed by a female saint through hymns and prayers and later killed by the terrified townsfolk. Though referred to as a type of dragon, it's body is composed of lizard, ox, horse, lion, turtle, bear and scorpion elements. Eyebrows and mustache. Face like an old man. Lived in the french countryside.

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Though certain body parts are determined to be like certain animals it'd be good to have a play about, e.g. old man legs instead of bear legs...
Could play with scale, as it seems to change- in a lot of images it is the size of a crocodile, but in a few it is much larger, though not as large as a traditional dragon.
Bit of a music lover, could give him Pavarotti's face?
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Representation in pop-culture:

A statue outside a palace in Tarascon.


The Tarasque still features in the traditions of Tarascon in France, where a remembrance festival is held every June.
It also features in the Corpus Christi procession in some Spanish cities due to it's involvement with St. Martha.


The 'Tarrasque' makes an appearance in dungeons and dragons, where it gorges an entire populace, sleeps for years and then goes out to binge-eat again. Oh, and it poos flaming turds of unholy death as a defence mechanism...

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