First of the Insectine Beasts

Here is where I will be adding all manner of of gigantic bugs for your viewing pleasure.  But these aren’t exactly BUGS, at least not as we know them.  “INSECTINE BEASTS” is the blanket term I use in my writing because these creatures are insect-LIKE.  They possess numerous similarities with the insects of our word, but they also share certain mammalian traits as well.

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A Rather Twisted Tree

Another bit of artwork has been added to the SHATTERSCALE page.  This is what I refer to as my “hero tree”.  That is, the primary species you will read about in “Broken Guardian”.

As an added bonus, included in the full illustration is a tiny glimpse at what my primary race looks like as well as one of the Forest’s many insectine beasts.  Enjoy responsibly.

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Realistic Fake Nature

When laying the ground work for this series, I decided early on to go about things logically–or rather biologically.  My mantra when coming up with some weird new aspect of the world was to force myself to answer “BECAUSE WHY” instead of constantly relying on “JUST BECAUSE”.

In other words… if I wanted a tree or creature to look a certain way, then it had to look that way for a reason.  Waffle-birds with sails on their backs?  COOL.  But why are these birds waffle-shaped?  What do they prey upon?  And why the heck do they have  sails on their backs?  Maybe the sail helps them regulate their body temperature?  Or perhaps the creatures can flush blood into the sail for an impressive mating display?  Basically, if I could explain the feature away as a logical adaptation that evolution may have granted the “whatever”, then it could stay.  If not–if I just liked it JUST BECAUSE but it felt too fantastical… it had to go.

NOTE: There are no sail bearing waffle-birds in “Shatterscale”.

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