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 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
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
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 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 are a species of sapient humanoid mushrooms native to the land of Eden.
6. Mythical + Silent + Parasite = Snowfolk
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
The Stringless are a species of sapient puppets who have evolved to exist independent of their masters.
8. Horn + Howl + Danger = Horny Toad
An incredibly misunderstood creature, the horny toad is the subject of numerous folktales and superstitions—particularly in Wonderland, where colloquialisms involving the species abound.
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.
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.
The images turned out really great! Loved seeing you develop these over the month.
Summer Camp is here and I'm so excited! It's my favorite World Anvil event of the year! Keep up to date with my progress on my personal Summer Camp page!
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.