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Kali the Peryton by Mistress-of-Air Kali the Peryton by Mistress-of-Air
Suddenly a character, though her concept and lineart was made last year. As many of you may know, I don't use natural colours too often, both brown and green are rare. But they seemed right for her. It's not too easy to spot a peryton from tall coniferous trees, if it's coloured like a coniferous tree.

Her name is Kali and she is one of sapient supernatural species called peryton. Her species is rare, which is good for everyone else. Perytons are not known of their friendly nature or other more pleasant features. They are known of their creepy desire after hearts, many careless creatures have lost their life when a peryton has attacked and tore their chest open, eating their heart and blood. Perytons are not friendly towards their own kind either, they all have large area they rule sovereignly - Kali is not an exception. Just that instead of heart, she prefers liver. That won't save anyone's life, though. Perytons cast a shadow of their latest victim of which heart they ate, Kali is stuck with the shadow of a salkahi. Eating livers don't seem to have shadow changing effects.
Kali is rather typical peryton, with too slender looking bodyshape, sleek skin, skin wings and greenish feathers. A a female, she has only stubby antlers instead of bigger crown. She rules a large coniferous forest, through the year. She has managed to hunt down some sapient creatures, but locals have learnt now that they shouldn't go deep into the forest alone, without good leather armor or long spears. Kali may have advantage with her sharp talons, sudden attack and venomous bite, but she would fall quickly if someone was fast enough to thrust a spear through her. Kali, as most of perytons, has a habit to screech loudly before final strike, this may work on animals as they freeze in fear but sapient creatures have learnt to take defencive pose. Kali of course is not happy about this. A large animal like a moose has of course bigger liver, and it is easy to take down with venom and short wait, but the more intelligent prey the better properties their guts give.
Kali is intelligent, but it feels such a waste, as she is not somebody to talk with. Neither are other perytons. Basically you must be another supernatural creature and so strong that a peryton wouldn't stand a change to rip your guts out, before they would think about talking something instead of attacking.

Brush pen, colour pencils, golden marker.

For those who didn't know, peryton is a real ("real") old mythological beast, though much old peryton knowledge has been lost nowadays. I was going to make more normal peryton but it seemingly got some banshee-ish traits and some other enhancements...
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EvlonArts Jan 5, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
This is really awesome!  I'll have to admit, I haven't heard of these before, and seeing one makes me all kinds of excited to see someone doing not popular mythological creatures!
Also I like how this reminds me of a bat and microraptors all at the same time XD
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Mistress-of-Air Jan 6, 2014   Traditional Artist
There are a huge lot of old creatures, but many of them are barely known. People know dragons and gryphons basically, everything else is so-so.
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EvlonArts Jan 6, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah C:  I like delving into the more obscure things in mythology.  It's really very interesting to see what things people were dreaming up way back when!  I think there used to be some website that had a Monster of the Month thing, and it was generally obscure mythology, but I haven't heard about it in a long while since D:  

But again, super neat representation of this critter!
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Rosewolf86 Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing work!
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Silvolf Jan 5, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
She looks really cool. I also like the circle behind her. It's a minimalistic background but effective. It's also nice that you're using a little known creature and bringing it to peoples' attention.
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Mistress-of-Air Jan 6, 2014   Traditional Artist
There was so much empty space that it disturbed me, had to create something. x>
I have known perytons a while, still surprising how unknown they are actually.
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Aren't perytons supposed to be quadrapedal?
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Mistress-of-Air Jan 5, 2014   Traditional Artist
It varies. Sometimes it's basically a deer with wings. Sometimes a bird with deer's head. And when it's about me, it distantly reminds bird-deer but is not literally that at all.
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