Bestiary February 2023 | E. Christopher Clark

Bestiary February 2023

During the month of February 2023, yours truly will be leading y’all on an investigation of the fauna in that there Land of Eden I’m always going on about. Using prompts supplied by the fine folks at World Anvil for their Bestiary February event, and keeping in mind my New Year’s Resolution to be kind to myself (see the bottom of this here farticle), I will be unveiling nine new species to use in my upcoming stories.

 

Not twenty-seven (which is the number of prompts WA has supplied), but nine. Nine. Because I don’t want to break myself in the second month of the year.

 

That said, each of the nine species will be inspired by three of World Anvil’s one-word prompts, because 9 x 3 is 27 and I like it when things work out nice and neat-like.

 

 

1. Stripes, Prey, Food = Piano Tuna

Piano Tuna
Species | Feb 25, 2023

Piano Tuna are a species of saltwater fish which hunt and destroy any other singing fish who cannot hold a tune.

 

2. Shell + Burrow + Monstrous = Splash Panda

Splash Panda
Species | Jun 18, 2023

The Splash Panda is a hybrid of a raccoon, a turtle, and a beaver—and they act as thieves for dragons.

 

3. Nocturnal + Pack + Stalk = Nightbear

Nightbear
Species | Feb 25, 2023

A species of sapient stuffed animal which hides in plain sight alongside the non-living playthings of Edenian children—and protects them from the things that go bump in the night!

 

4. Wings + Shriek + Vicious = Silly Geese

Silly Goose
Species | Feb 25, 2023

Silly Geese are a species of mutated Canadian Geese whose amused and amusing call is known to induce laughter in nearly all who hear it.

 

5. Bond + Stinky + Messenger = Fungifolk

Fungifolk
Species | Feb 25, 2023

Fungifolk are a species of sapient humanoid mushrooms native to the land of Eden.

 

6. Mythical + Silent + Parasite = Snowfolk

Snowfolk
Species | Feb 25, 2023

Snowfolk are a species of sapient, anthropomorphic root vegetables who survive and thrive by encasing themselves in thick layers of magical snow.

 

7. Colorful + Gentle + Tamed = Puppet People

Stringless
Species | Feb 25, 2023

The Stringless are a species of sapient puppets who have evolved to exist independent of their masters.

 

8. Horn + Howl + Danger = Horny Toad

Horny Toad
Species | Jan 18, 2024

An incredibly misunderstood creature, the horny toad is the subject of numerous folktales and superstitions—particularly in Wonderland, where colloquialisms involving the species abound.

 

9. Predator + Purr + Roar = Murder Cat

Murder Cat
Species | Jun 18, 2023

The Edenian murder cat is a magically engineered species of feline who act as instant assassins for the fae and for others who can conjure the requisite spell.


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Feb 18, 2023 20:46 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

Nine rather than twenty-seven is probably a good idea. :D I love that you're doing three prompts for each species.

Feb 19, 2023 14:51 by E. Christopher Clark

Thanks! Yeah, I was trying to satisfy the completionist part of my brain (the one that wanted to use all 27 prompts) with the more realistic part, the one that realized I didn't have enough time (or ideas) to 27 different creatures.

Now it's time for the awkward wave.
Feb 25, 2023 22:11 by Chris L

The images turned out really great! Loved seeing you develop these over the month.


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Feb 26, 2023 12:56 by E. Christopher Clark

Thanks, man! I don't think I could have done it without the support of you and the others in the Twitch chat.

Now it's time for the awkward wave.
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