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The Long Game :iconwhachamacallit1:Whachamacallit1 26 17 The Great Steppe Lycans :iconwhachamacallit1:Whachamacallit1 27 16 Aldrich, Devourer of Gods :iconwhachamacallit1:Whachamacallit1 17 3 A Compilation of Humanity :iconwhachamacallit1:Whachamacallit1 17 27 Out of Place Intro Page 1 :iconwhachamacallit1:Whachamacallit1 24 11 Forever Alone :iconwhachamacallit1:Whachamacallit1 23 4 A Tale of Two Saurians :iconwhachamacallit1:Whachamacallit1 19 3 Practice Mcmactus :iconwhachamacallit1:Whachamacallit1 7 0 Survival of the Something :iconwhachamacallit1:Whachamacallit1 26 20 Not Only A Human Sin :iconwhachamacallit1:Whachamacallit1 29 10 A Blessing in Disguise :iconwhachamacallit1:Whachamacallit1 32 13 Shrimpanther :iconwhachamacallit1:Whachamacallit1 25 10 An Early Look at the Deep Sea :iconwhachamacallit1:Whachamacallit1 20 1 Asterian Protozoa :iconwhachamacallit1:Whachamacallit1 7 0 A Very Different Asteria :iconwhachamacallit1:Whachamacallit1 10 7 Lots of Land Darksiders :iconwhachamacallit1:Whachamacallit1 25 1

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The World Of Nyrme: A Pre-Intro
Apocalypses are such old and tired things, they've happened over and again to the point of cliche. The Freezing Desert 150,000 years ago, The Toba Eruption 70,000 years ago, The death of the Sahara 16,000 years ago, The end of the Great Monsoon 9,000 years ago, The Bronze Age Collapse 7,000 years ago, The Anthrocide* 4,000 years ago, and the Great Nuclear War 3,000 years ago. All have come and gone and just as quickly fallen into obscurity in the minds of the descendants of those who survived. Perhaps a man born before the Anthrocide, during the zenith of human technology, might look on in amazement to find that they have been just as quickly banished from the minds of future man as the Hittites and Majiayao have been banished from ours, but this is of no consequence, because this is not their story nor the story of an apocalypse, of a mankind cowering under the shadows of the corpses of our empires.
That story ended thousands of years ago, mankind has moved on and once more thrives, t
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The Long Game

META TALK FIRST:

Ughhh, I've been absolutely atrocious at showing my art for the past year, and I really got to apologize for the silence. The last year has been pretty hectic for me and I've been finding I've just not had that much time to work on things. To add to that though, I've also had a problem with coming up with concepts to draw. It's not so much that I'm not world building as much-I am-but most/all the concepts are related more to geopolitics, statistics, climatological and geological processes-in other words, shit that's not fun/possible to draw. I'm not really sure when I'll get out of this rut, but I'll try to get more drawable concepts out on the table.

Anywho, onto the piece.

 

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The Earth has undergone many extinction events in its past, and will probably have many in its future, but there’s one particular mass extinction that would be considered close to humanity’s heart; the somewhat boringly named Anthropocene mass extinction, occurring between 12,000 years ago and ~350,000 years hence. While the extinction rates fluctuated significantly throughout this time—reaching an apex in the 20th and 21st century—it resulted in 65% of life dying out. In particular, the oceans witnessed a die off of 75 percent. Once the mass extinction was finished, few species would be left to replace the open niches, and some terrestrial oddities would eventually fill those vacant areas.

One example of terrestrial organisms that would come to occupy one of those niches were the descendants of humans. The merpeople can trace their origins from the boat people, a human species that was highly adept at dealing with marine environments. They possessed kidneys with elongated Henle loops, so as to reclaim more water from their bodies, and their digestive tract were specialized for water metabolizing. The merpeople only progressed farther down those adaptations, featuring large lungs, and the ability to focus their blood flow to the most vital organs.

While the boat people, having evolved 3 myh, enjoyed an extended period of expansion through the Pacific and Indian Ocean (during which they rendered the babyfaces extinct), their success was not permanent. The Indian Ocean population would die as the Indonesian orogeny killed the monsoon and chilled the Indian Ocean 5 million years hence. By 6.5 million years hence, a virulent STD would wipe out huge portions of the boat people’s remaining population, and the stage was set for something new to originate. 7 million years hence, an isolated population of boat people in the South Pacific Ocean evolved to become even more adept in the waters, and the merpeople were born. This new species would expand throughout the Pacific and would directly compete with the remaining boat people for the same food sources. In the end, 7.3 million years hence, the boat people would be rendered fully extinct, and the merpeople would be last of the hominid line.

While the merpeople’s adaptations—namely the allocated bloodstream flow and webbed hands—limited their dexterity, they were still prolific tool users. They utilized knives and spokes made out of coral and rocks on shore, and would occasionally make nets to capture prey. Most of the nutrition they acquired was derived from sea life, but their connection to land wasn’t fully severed: their children had to be born on shore, and water-sex was still not perfected. But once they are on land, it becomes clear that the merpeople are not well equipped for walking. While they still walk upright, their perineum is so enlarged and muscular that the merpeople must awkwardly shuffle and must put their weight heavily on their heels so not to have the balls of their feet drag. This makes the merpeople look noticeably different,  and they are followed with several mental differences; chief among them, they lack the extreme level of communication and cooperation found in our species—separate merpeople troops rarely contact one-another, never do they enact in trade. This crucial point would lead to their eventual downfall.

The harbinger of death would ironically come from a clade that was almost entirely wiped out by the merpeople’s ancestors. Cetaceans were hit extremely hard by the Anthropocene mass extinction: all baleen whales were rendered extinct, and almost all toothed whales died out, having suffered from both heating anoxic oceans and desperate humans seeking sustenance. One of the survivors of this clade was the common dolphin. This species would diversify in many different ways, but chief among them was the sophont dolphin species named the Qucha. The Qucha first evolved off the Ecuadorian coasts just as the Panama Isthmus was torn apart, 12 million years hence. They sported a penis/enlarged clitoris as a manipulator, depending on the sex. From the temperate-to-warm sea grass ecosystems from which they originated, the Qucha’s diets were extremely malleable and, significantly, they were highly communicative. So when they spread and learned new things, ideas and inventions could flow rapidly and successfully to different groups. This would be the key to their success.

As the Quchas moved to different environments, they adopted different strategies of foraging. When the Quchas reached the reefs, they adopted an extreme form of gardening in which entire cultures were formed around tending to species that could be utilized for food and tools. This system of foraging was so successful that Qucha populations of these ecosystems could reach in the hundreds of thousands, although most numbered in the thousands. Unfortunately however, these gardened reefs proved to be a magnet for many predators, and merpeople are no exception.

Thus we come to the point of this picture. Taking place 12.4 million years hence, the merpeople’s diversity has already become extremely diminished; the opening of the Panama Strait had brought on significant changes to the ocean currents to the detriment of the merpeople. However, some still survive in the Central Pacific, and it is here that this pair of merpeople have made a mistake that will cost their lives. Finding an easy and large source of crabs filling a crevice, the merpeople split roles and get to work. The mermaid butchers the crustaceans with her dagger and the merman kills some strangely aggressive squid that tried to attack him. But just as soon as they begin the slaughter, the mermaid hears something to her left. Lacking real echolocation, she strains her eyes to spot the unknown threat in the distance. The sounds become clicks and whistles, coming from dozens of different sources. Then, out of the waters, the mermaid can make up the shapes of many dolphins, swimming towards the pair at full speed and armed to the teeth. There is little chance that the pair will survive this encounter between the two species. Indeed, this type of encounter is becoming depressingly common for the remaining merpeople, and it seems like the cetaceans have turned the tables by playing the Long Game.

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The Great Steppe Lycans
The world has changed much in the 32 million years since the human area: The Himalayas are a shadow of themselves, ground down by glacial weathering over the eons; instead, large mountain ranges rise from what was once the Mediterranean Sea and the Indonesia Archipelago; East Africa has rifted fully from the rest of the continent to form the long subcontinent known as Lemuria; Antarctica has pulled itself out from the South Pole and the great ice sheets have permanently receded. The world is warmer and somewhat wetter than today, but prone to rapid seasonal change due to the presence of so many large mountain ranges. Thereby, despite the general humidity, many regions are dominated by monsoonal climates, and experience periods of feast and famine.

In the great subtropical grasslands of central Eurasia, predator-prey relationships continue to exist. But these relations have fundamentally changed their appearance: instead of big cats hunting bovine or deer, we see very different carnivores hunt very different prey. In this example, the predators shown are the Great Steppe Lycans, which--weighing on average 1 ton and being 6.5 feet tall at the shoulder--are the largest mammalian land predator ever to exist. These large predators are distant descendants of wolves (well, actually a hybrid between feral dogs, coyotes, and wolves) but still hunt in a somewhat similar manner. The Lycan clade tend to be pursuit hunters, chasing their prey for long distances before surrounding a tired prey item and killing it via many chunk-tearing bites on the flanks of a large animal. The Great Steppe Lycans are no different, they just focus on larger prey: their enlarged incisors and canines are perfect for biting into the thick hide of animals such as the Bapholov and their powerful necks and shoulders can then tear out the sinewy chucks of flesh. This hunting strategy has allowed the Great Steppe Lycans to be a very successful species, as long as the environment stays fairly consistent.

The Bapholov is a good example of how megafaunal ecosystems have changed since modern times. Instead of elephants and rhinoceros relatives taking up the largest land herbivorous niches, caprines have taken up the massive animal niche and the Bapholov acts as their representative. A distant descendant of feral goats, the Bapholov is part of a clade of indricothere-sized herbivores that live throughout Eurasia and parts of Africa. The Bapholov are so large that adults are completely immune from any predation, including from Great Steppe Lycans. However, if a Bapholov is sufficiently young or too old, they are very much in danger of being hunted and killed by these predators. Thereby, female and young Bapholovs still live in herds number potentially up to 50, although males tend to live alone.

In truth, despite how impressive these two species seem, they are living on borrowed time. The canids and carpines have become increasingly specialized for megafaunal niches in part due to the diversification of mustelids and hyraxes from below. This specialization has made both clades especially vulnerable to environmental change, and environmental change will come; the mantle plume that formed Iceland is still around, and it is about to have a series of large-scale eruptions that'll result in an extinction event. While this extinction event will be minor in comparison to the Big Six (guess why it's six now), it's still enough to spell the end of both these magnificent clades.
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Aldrich, Devourer of Gods
And finally, the hiatus ends! So to start with my reentry into doodledum, I decided to show some fan art of the game Dark Souls 3. One of the bosses whom I liked it's design was Aldrich, a cannibalistic lord of cinder who you must bring back to his smouldering throne, either via his own volition  or via ashes.

I somewhat OC'ed this boss, by making it a bit more obvious that the Gwyndolin part (the humanoid) is just a meat puppet for the real Aldrich, so Gwyndolin is oozing black pus and having teeth popping out from underneath Gwyndolin's corpse. Standing in front of Aldrich is my character in the game, Fat Toaster, who is armed with a claymore and pyromancy. If one really pays attention, they may see Aldrich's real eye peering at Fat Toaster with malicious intent.
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  • Watching: 50 Interesting Insights
  • Playing: Bloodborne
Hey guys!

So I got some bad news. My old computer has died for the last time, and I'm going to be in a transit period as I get to moving my files to a new computer, and setting up the scanner and more. But there is some good news! I have a file that had a bunch of write-ups for ideas on my project As Time Passes, which involves the future of life on Earth. If you guys are willing, I could post some of those write-ups on Deviantart. 

To those of the SpecEvo forums, yes they may be one day posted up there, but I'm not certain when I'll do it. 

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Sean
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I'm a Homo sapien of the male persuasion that currently attends a college in Maine. I'm majoring in geology and am planning to probably work mainly as a paleoecologist. Despite the fact that I'm constantly slammed by papers and tests, I somehow find a lot of time to screw around...Is that a good or bad thing?...who knows...
Current Residence:Chicago
Favorite music: Anything but hick country and Taylor Swift country
Favorite style of art: Realistic
Favorite cartoon character: Terra from Teen Titans was the shit
Personal Quote: "Aw, I thought I invented the saying Awesome Possum :("
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SplicedBeast Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy Birthday, Sean!!!! :party: birthday cake 
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Whachamacallit1 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2017
Thanks!
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SplicedBeast Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome!
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Sanrou Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2017   Digital Artist
Happy Birthday! :D
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Whachamacallit1 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2017
Thanks a lot, it was a fun day!
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Sanrou Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2017   Digital Artist
i hope so!   :)
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WorldBuildersInc Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
Happy birthday, Sean! :dummy: Been a while since I saw your distinctive ink drawings. Hope all is well with you. :)
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Whachamacallit1 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2017
Thanks! Yeah, my life's a bit more hectic right now, so there's not much time for drawing. But I do have one coming down the pipes, so look for that!
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Happy birthday!
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Thanks!
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