Seismovore, Titan of the Diamond Wastes - Somniferrian Terrestrial . Welcome back, all to the ongoing Somniferrian Archive Initiative. Here is our newest discovery, a denizen of the arid central climatological zone (designated the 'Diamond Wastes' by our newest batch of translations); this equatorial band, territorially the largest, due to its length, had hidden a massive, disturbing secret... .
...the skyscraping colossus known as 'Seismovore'. This name was recovered from the translated archive dug from a ruin deep beneath the equatorial sands of the planet's main continental landmass; a city the data designated as Sivatagi V�ros - now, no more than blasted black glass, sand, and skeletal jutting girders that once crowned now-buried skyscrapers.
We must report with some embarrassment that... well...
...our scientists... can't determine how BIG it is.
It's far too dangerous to view except from stationary orbiting platforms, and the creature's anatomy seems to be exuding some form of distorting field, baffling sensor data from even amplified probes...
...it's not Stealth tech - far from it; the distortions are hardly unnoticeable, like typhoon-scale radiostrophic STORMS. They broadcast the creature's approach even into the upper atmosphere, visible without telemetry even from space.
To compound matters, the numbers keep ...changing.
...Even as data streams real-time.
*muffled, off-mic*: Are you SURE, Nigel? These numbers can't be right ...can it really be growing that fast?
Additionally, the monster (and the anomaly field) disappears and reappears altogether frequently, which should be impossible. Until we realized that, barring visual contact, thermals and magnetic holoscopy, we had ignored SEISMIC telemetry.
It burrows, you see.
We've read the records through.
They had no warning.
By the time they realized the city was under attack, it was already too late. Somniferrians had long-since retreated below the surface as the War of Ancients raged on, but even their underground bunkers hadn't escaped Seismovore's appetite.
Sivatagi V�ros never stood a chance.
And it was only the beginning...
The beast was already megalithic. And it was very, very hungry.
It is clear that, while the creature's primary nutrition is derived from Silicon (namely sand, and refined silicates, like delicious industrial glass)...
...nothing beats a hot meal.
Beginning 4thwall Commentary: Welcome back, all! Thanks for looking, as always, and feel free to Rate/Comm/Crit. Here's my newest Somniferrian: the Seismovore!
4thWC: Knowing I'd created lifeforms for the majority of the planet's other climates, I needed a dominant lifeform for the Somniferrian deserts: we needed an Alpha Predator for the scorching sands, something that could thrive where all else suffered. Seismovore was my answer. I thought about what it might mean to have a creature that lived on the only resource the desert could the truly supply - the SAND itself.
An inexhaustible Silicon FEAST.
4thWC: For body structure, I wanted something that evoked pure Brute. Very Dinosaur. Lots of shoulder and upper-bodymass. Mastiff. Bull. That sort of thing.
Digging etymology was an idea present at the beginning, so I wanted big foreclaws. Burrowing presents a problem with Energy Absorption, though, and the cosmic radiation is the staple for all Somniferrian biology. So I couldn't have Seismo just dig deep, hunker down, and sleep beneath the sands when dormant.
SO: I came up with a colorscheme for an animal that would have to use an entire OASIS as camoflage; snoozing while soaking up rays.
4thWC: I'd been wanting to try a green MOC, but this biology would need other colors: the yellows of reflected sands, greens for sheltering vegetation, the orange-trans were meant to be evocative of the unusual clays of Somniferrian shale and buttes, like the Mesas of the Grand Canyon and Yosemite.
4thWC: Even selecting this scheme, I ran out of pieces I wanted for purpose after purpose. As I've disclosed in the Comments section, there were many things about this Build that frustrated. Least of all was weight, and that was a big issue (but more about that in the Metrics section).
Mostly, it was about running out of the COLOR I wanted for certain parts.
Either I hadn't enough, or Lego doesn't mold in that color.
Endlessly. Lots of teeth grinding.
4thWC: A Color version of that mean ole' Teaser Poster. Wanted to show you enough to not be boring, but not give too much away.
4thWC: Some basic Metrics. That middle number's not a typo. Yep - he's basically the size of a Housecat. =)
Now, is that a big deal? HECK, no. Hundreds of you have built MOCs that large, or bigger. Why was it a big deal for me on Seismovore? ...He's bloody HEAVY. And at seemingly every turn, the parts (remaining in my supply) that I could have used as proper supports would invariably force YET ANOTHER COLOR into the mix. Ug. There goes the idea. I didn't want the Silver or Grey, but I wanted the rounded pieces, and needed pistons to support the rear legs. So, in they went. Much to my dismay.
4thWC: For the sake of promoting stable stances, I will be seeking some green bits. And for the first time in a long while, I think I'll be rebuilding a MOC. I just can't live with the open gaps, even though I WANTED the MOC to have a brutallistic, crude, and overall unfinished look; the results didn't please me much - particularly in the limbs.
So, storywise, I left myself an 'out'. =)
Our research, looking for a weakness, has grudgingly concluded that, like the Carcharodon carcharias, the 'Great White Shark' of Sol III, the beast is a creature of simple, yet sinister compulsion:
And it's awfully good at all three.
The more it eats, the larger, the hungrier, it becomes. Growth by proportional Mass Conversion. Like a snowball rolling down a winter hillside that never, ever ends.
The question this poses, then, voiced nervously by one researcher here, is thus: Where will this end?...
4thWC: And that will serve as justification, should I figure out a better way to re-construct the legs and forearms, hopefully with greater incorporation of the colors I wanted, rather than substitutions.4thWC:
4thWC: The length (of the forearms), I liked. Very Leonine. But I still wanted a massively 'muscled' shoulder haunch - like the Mastiff morphology. And a raised dorsal ridge, like a boar's.
And while I may be able to innovate a way around it in the future, for now my only gripe is that the friction b.n.s. joints just aren't resistant enough to support that extra bulk without having to force a lean onto the rear haunches to stand on its own. Not good enough for a permanent fix. Revisions are due.
I'll noodle upon it awhile.
4thWC: While simple, these talons are all mod'ed to points from the HF 7156 Corroder set. I liked the flexibility in this simple joint set. Made a good set of claws for a creature specializing in digging.
4thWC: Except for the carapace from Ben10, I was pleased with the, admittedly blatant =), homage to Godzilla I was paying here, with the dorsal collection panels and spine array.
For that piece, I think I might be able to arrange a satisfactory paint job to obscure that horrid pastel green and omnitrix. We'll see what I can drum up.
4thWC: Originally, there were little 'hatches' to enclose the green trans elements, but I had to remove them to reduce weight. If able to reinforce the arms, then I might return them to enclosures.
4thWC: Here's another location where plating had to be removed to reduce weight, not for the leg assembly, but to close the gaps from the navel area all the way back to the second tail segment. Alas.
4thWC: The yellow vents were actually there for a Story element (but I liked the way they looked) that went like this - and brace yourself here for some Somniferrian Pseudo-Science =P):
While clearly a beast in every sense, our researchers had to grudgingly admire the Seismovore's elegance when they discovered the specialized adaptation it made somewhere in its Evolution.
Cosmic radiation, collated in the large dorsal sphere shown, is focused at the molecular level into microwave pulses, the alternating polarization relayed into specialized crystalline wafer layers within the orb, resulting in supercondensed vibrations in giant thoracic resonating chambers, like the pipes of a Cathedral.
These pulses are conducted down hollow bones in the arms, and into the solid biosteel talon arrays on each forepaw, like gigantic tuning forks.
These dispersals are released as almost solid sonic super-pulse wavelengths, right through the ventral talon surface, erupting in concentric blasts concentrated enough to create spontaneous seismic anomalies: Super-quakes..
Cruelly-efficient, custom earthquakes. Focused like no natural event could ever be.
The monster seems to prefer its meals pulverized.
4thWC: A full Dorsal top-down view.
Slamming its giant talons down, the Seismovore literally shakes targeted solid matter into dust.
And then, the feast begins.
Silicates are digested immediately, waste ablutions eliminated, the beast's exponential hunger drives it ceaselessly.
Certain factions within our staff have made inevitable comparisons to the cranial structures of Dominael (see: Dominael, indexed archive), but any evidence is purely circumstantial, no conclusive link has surfaced, at the time of this report. The nascent savagery shared by both entities, however, is undeniable.
Perhaps there is a link to the Tenebrian half of Dominael, but if so, then this behemoth is little more than a mindless brute, utterly bereft of the cold and calculated intelligence that Ancient possesses. It's base needs are all it knows.
...not that this makes it any less lethal, evidently.
4thWCDefinitely wanted that barrel chest-look, to emphasize the smallness of the head - a nod to Saurian etymology. Was thinking, Ceratosaur, Godzilla.
That disproportion to show how SMALL the creature's brain likely is.
Not much room in there for anything beside bloodlust, rage, and hunger...
The lumbering giant does not display much in terms of agility, either.
But when one swipe reaches that far, when one step covers that much distance...
...does the monster really need it?
4thWCA simple profile shot mid-stride...
4thWC...in both background colors. I liked the serrated, Japanese-Monster-Movie-looking spikiness for the dorsal ridge.
Our team was lucky enough to witness the use of a secondary Somniferrian Radiation Conversion Ability (dubbed 'Somniogenesis' by one of our staff members with a dry sense of humor, pardon our little joke - unfortunately, the term caught on quickly. It's being used alot around the Lab, now): after sufficient charge from the main absorption battery on the dorsal peak (shown charging, here)...
...the creature deploys a pair of armatures capable of ranged attack, much like the retractable blade arms used by the Umbravores . Their presence is rather baffling, seeing the threat this leviathan poses solely with its Melee prowess.
Perhaps even this monster has a natural enemy in the Emberhawkes , should they harry the beast in sufficient numbers to pose a threat?
The pods produce concentrated beams through Somniogenesis (again, pardon our use of the slang, but the term has proven useful) capable of medium-range punishing blasts to airborne foes.
4thWC A profile shot, blasters aloft, and mace-like tail able to swing forward with crushing force. I imagined it using the seismic blast to disintegrate buildings, then a single tail-slam to bring his powdered feast raining to the ground in glittering piles.
4thWC Striding, deployed and effaced.
It seems the creature spends most of its ravenous life on the move, always in search of its next meal. Roaming the surface, soaking up radiance from Lumen Prime whenever possible, and burrowing with astonishing strength when spotting prey.
Preferring the chaos its approach invariably inspires, it prefers to arise from beneath prey already wild with fear, gleefully bringing the city down, cutting off escape.
From there, all that remains is sweeping up an easy meal.
Woe, unto Somniferria of Old.
4thWC 3/4 effaced, with titles.
One wonders whether or not it would have been better, to perish under the trod of the great Angels, as they made their War during the end-days...
...or to wait, cowering in the dark in their last strongholds, as the rumble of something huge grew nearer, and the walls began to crack...
4thWC ----------'Happy Halloween, Ladies.'------
4thWC And finally, by request, here's one specifically unedited shot, above (admittedly one of my favorites), to get an idea what it looked like before Photoshoppery. Thus was the 'Before'
...and, below is the 'After':
4thWC Well, that's it! You've reached the end! Thank you so much for your Feedback thus far.
Edits are already underway for the next Somniferrian, look out for the teaser this weekend, with time allowing; hopefully, it will be making an appearance by the next one. Summing up, I think this MOC is my strongest candidate thus far for future revisions. Who knows how this beast will change as it grows? =)
Thanks again, and Cheers!
~The Feathery Fellow