Monsters by Labyless

These creatures were ‘donated’ by Labyless.  Check out the blog!

Swampshy

This tiny, swamp-living beast resembles an gerbil with two long tails that end in flat, wide sections. The ends are used to cover the creature’s eyes whenever they think they have been seen. It may seem like a ridiculous defense mechanism, but a Swampshy grows a rock-like covering when in this state. This stasis allows it to hold its breath for days as well, so it can hide in shallow water like this. It is only when it is relaxed that it can be harmed unless the predator can swallow it whole and digest it.  Otherwise, the rodent will crack teeth, get choked on, or tear up the intestines only to be ‘released’ unharmed.

Oshant

Found within ancient cemeteries, this undead is created when a bolt of lightning hits a gravestone and is channeled into the wooden coffin.  The rotten corpse inside attaches to the casket and uses it as a new body with only the legs and arms seeing from holes in the wood.  There is always a few holes scattered about the new form that one can see a putrid eye peering through.  An Oshant hunts by remaining on the ground as if forgotten or hiding in an open grave.  They have even been known to dig up other graves and take the place of the original coffin in order to catch gravediggers or anyone else that gets curious.  To attack, they grab their prey, stuff them into their new bodies, and seal their lids until their food is broken down.

 Plombus

Found on the windy plains of Kintu, these amphibians are always in search of fresh water and juicy insects. They catch prey by inhaling bugs into their expandable throat, which is not as interesting as how these blue creatures move.  Each ankle and wrist has a wart that can grow into a balloon with a tether.  These carry the Plombus along the winds and they retract them when they find a new home.  It is not uncommon for them to drop from great heights and they bloat their bellies to act as a cushion.  This is not a perfect system since hitting a rock or anything pointy will cause the creature to explode.  Mating is done by the females laying eggs in the water and several males aiming to land into mass with the first one releasing sperm upon impact.  Occasionally, the second will get a few eggs if they are close enough behind the first.

About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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15 Responses to Monsters by Labyless

  1. sknicholls says:

    You could write a whole book on fantasy character development 🙂

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  2. L. Marie says:

    All of these creatures cracked me up! I would love to see at least two of these in action. The Oshant not so much. I wouldn’t want to be caught unawares! But all are awesome!

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  3. labyless says:

    Absolutely Love Them!! You are incredibly creative! Fun little challenge/ game too 🙂

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  4. labyless says:

    Reblogged this on labyless and commented:
    Give the man a few made up words and he produces fantastical creatures! Love it!

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  5. I think I fell over a Plombus one night.

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  6. Swampshy has to be my favorite. Kinda like a pet rock… 🙂

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  7. Exploding… that could be a bit of a problem. 🙂

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