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Red Tailed Mardik

A new species for the Morae River. The writing is still a bit rough. I'll be posting him, as well as other members of the group by the end of the week on the blog.


The Red Tailed Mardik
(cerisum celeripes)
Red Tailed Mardiks are one of the largest tree climbers in the High Wood. Males can weigh up to 11 kilograms and females about 9. They have rough, loose hides and large dewclaws that are incredibly flexible, which they use for climbing though the canopy. They are swift animals, jumping and dashing through the branches in search of food and potential mates, using their long tails for balance. Mardiks rarely leave the trees but have been noted to stalk prey close to low branches. There are 4 species of Mardik that inhabit the High Wood and they are all distant descendants to the Bala, a large carnivore that resides in the flatlands further south. All Mardiks are carnivores except the Pygmy Mardik, whose diet consists plant matter as well as flesh.


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Reader Comments (4)

awesome as always :)
and if i haven't mentioned i love the idea of the morae river, very cool to see you flush it out so much.

August 3, 2009 | Registered CommenterDavi Blight

love it nice, beautiful painting.

August 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNicolas Collings

Wow, great illustration. Your sense of mass and weight is perfect. I see some good Terryl Whitlatch influence. Can't wait to see more!

August 3, 2009 | Registered CommenterVinod Rams

Cool design! Funny, but my favorite parts of it are very small and somewhat unnoticeable: the extra-long thumb claws, and the white tail tip.

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