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Craybeast. by Miakhano Craybeast. by Miakhano
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Bigger, stronger, tougher, smarter and more evil then freshwater craymen.



Living in sea, craybeasts confront sea predators endlessly, so they developed an impressive fighting qualities. They are more organized and able to coordinate military offensive, as they have to constantly move and conquer territory in their natural habitat. Their "language" is rich enough to act consistently and consciously. Before Trickster’s attack only foreign magicians all over the city knew of the existence of craybeasts (*), but then nobody said "beasts", only "sea craymen", because they do not have greater amount of “bestial” traits then common craymen. That name they received after the attack. They, fierce sea creatures, rather than relatively modest freshwater cousins was called by Trickster as reinforcements for his army. With the magical power of The Eye he took control of their primitive souls, strengthened their abilities and made them his soldiers. Mysterious symbols appeared on the shells of recruits - it was an elite army of monsters.

Great lucky that Garrett succeed to block Trickster’s portal, from where craybeasts arrived, because even for well-armed hammerite to fight such a monster is hard task. Strong azure armor of fallen craybeasts have been studied for a long time by alchemists, who tried to uncover the secret of that armor’s solidity.

(*) Some areas of Thief world are available only for people who know elemental magic. Therefore, Hand Brotherhood have something to tell even to experienced merchant or seaman.

BTW: To be honest, I took idea to put trickster's sign on to character's forehead from Plutonia-V41. Here is his vision of Craybeast: [link]

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RU:
Этот же рисунок на моём сайте.

Злее, крупнее, сильнее, выносливее, сообразительнее своих пресноводных собратьев – людей-раков. Зверораки живут в открытом море в острой конкуренции с морскими хищниками, и сил им не занимать. Они более организованы и имеют представление о координированном военном наступлении, поскольку в природе им приходится постоянно переселяться и завоёвывать территории. Их “язык” более богат и позволяет им действовать согласованно и сознательно. До атаки Трикстера только заезжие учёные маги во всём Городе знали о существовании такой разновидности (*), но тогда их ещё не называли “зверями”, поскольку животных черт в них не больше, чем в людях-крабах. Имя “зверораки” они получили уже после трагических для Города событий. Именно их, яростных морских существ, а не сравнительно скромных пресноводных собратьев Трикстер призвал в качестве подкрепления для своей армии. С помощью магической силы Глаза он взял под контроль их примитивные души, усилил их способности и присоединил к другим своим монстрам. Таинственные символы проявились на панцирях новобранцев – это была элита армии монстров.

Большая удача, что Гаррету удалось перекрыть открытый Трикстером портал, поскольку сражаться с таким чудовищем непросто даже хорошо вооруженному гвардейцу хаммеритов. Крепкие лазурные панцири павших зверо-раков ещё долго изучались алхимиками, пытавшимися раскрыть секрет их прочности.

(*) Некоторые области мира Thief недоступны для людей, не владеющих элементной магией. Поэтому магам Братства Руки есть что рассказать даже бывалому купцу или моряку.
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:iconcelestialhost:
I love invertebrate monsters and I especially like giant crabs and crustaceans, so naturally I love this.

I have no knowledge about the background of this material, but that does not detract from my liking this is picture and the monster portrayed.

I like the dynamic action pose of the beast. This makes it look especially fearsome. The lining of the picture is nicely detailed.

The darkness of the picture enhances the overall look and stimulates the imagination better than a more highlighted image.

I'm also glad to see the use of a background. I always prefer it when monsters are drawn against a background.

Colour is effectively used with the contrast between the red and the dark carapace, as well as with the dark background.
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CornelioDragon Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Охо, вот это ж детализация!)
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Miakhano Featured By Owner May 4, 2012
Признаться честно, на заказные работы для Ночи Трудного Дня я далеко не так уж и много трачу усилий, в сравнении с персональными работами. Только тсс-с-с-с-с! Енто секрет. Полишинеля. :)
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CornelioDragon Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Ну, оно, мне кажется, всегда так.) Хотя если работа вот как-то хорошо прям пошла, то и стараться уже серьёзно начинаешь, чтоб же ж ещё, ещё лучше!)
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tavington Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Love Thief and I love this! This is amazing!
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kimberW Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
AMAZING!!!
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Ufekkk007 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It looks gorgeous and dangerous. No one will live after meeting with them, great job on project, it's amazing
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Lord-Radian Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Unreal ! O_O
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Skavenloft Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks like it could destroy entire civilization with one smile o.O
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Plutonia-V41 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome! You really managed to make it look like Constantine had bred them in the Maw as part of his twisted army. They are all tainted and their shells deformed by the forces of chaos.

Which by the way was the one thing that I totally missed when I made my modern redesign of the craybeast. I only put the red war paint or whatever on the skin and didn't consider that the beasts could have been formed with the Eye's magical powers. So your craybeast looks much better and more threatening.
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DiegoSan-aka-STZoro Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Oh yeah, looks dangerous! :)
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