Wednesday, February 29, 2012

North Skathan Forest and Yaluup

Here we see Yaluup, a Northern Gapuri, perched on the branch of a large Bulb Fungus. The Bulb Fungus have glowing spore bulbs that attract insects and other small animals to them. The bulbs have a reservoir of a sweet nectar like liquid in the base, while the insides of the bulbs are line with hundreds of thousands of spores. When an animal reaches in for the nectar they are covered with hundreds of spores which they then disperse throughout the underbrush.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Gapuri language

Translating a simple sentence from the Gapuri language to English.

"I need to go to the market"
First person singular (I/me) = Jo (it would translate to "me" rather than "I." "Me go to store" "me have fish" etc)

Have ("have" wouldn't actually make sense in their language, "have" as in to have something or possess it would not make sense when referring to the need to go to a place. They use a word that specifically means "to need to go [somewhere]") 

"To need to go somewhere = Hogkah (infinitive form)

"Hogkah Jo Kruuko"
("Need to go I market" is what it sounds like directly translated to English)

Here are the personal pronouns:
Jo (I/me)
Jchahk (you)
Jeh (he/she, him/her)
Jyeher (him/herself)

Joth (we/us)
Jchahkes (you plural)
Jeth (they) Jethe (them, themselves) Jethe (their = them's "that's their ball"="that's them's ball")

Hogkah (to need to go [somewhere]) conjugation:
(I need) Hogkah Jo                (We need) Hogskath Jot
(You need) Hogkah Jchahk   (you plural need) Hogkah Jchahkes
(he/she needs) Hogskah Jeh   (they need) Hogka Jeth

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Northern Gapuri and genderless pronouns

Had a chance to get some painting in tonight, so I did a quick speed paint of a Gapuri. A Northern one to be specific, they are darker in complexion than their Eastern relatives. 

The flora is interesting up north as well, dark trunks of plants are offset by their bright orange seed pods. This guy is about 50, and adult in their prime (in Human years jeh'd be about 30). 

Also a bit of explanation on "jeh'd"...Since the Gapuri do not have two separate genders they do not have "he" and "she" when referring to individuals, and when we speak about them we do not use gender specific titles like that. They have a word that sounds to the human ear like "Jeh." Jeh is what they use the way we use "he" or "she." "She went to the store" is "Jeh went to the store." I used "jeh" in conjunction with "would" above, "jeh'd" isn't used in the Gapuri's language, as "would" is not a word. I simply combined it with an english word. 
He/she = Jeh
Him/her = Jyeher (sounds like jayer with a soft "j" sound)

Monday, February 13, 2012

Suutaow [Skathan Herbivore]

Here we have a large herbivore who lives in the swamps of the eastern hemisphere of Skatha. Like many herbivores of Skatha, the Suutaow (Sue-tau) supports its torso with four boneless, stocky "tentacles." The Suutaow also have the characteristic mandibles which is a widespread jaw plan for nearly all Skathan vertebrates.

The large sack on the snout is not the nostrils of the Suutaow, it is in fact an air bladder that can be filled with air, causing a brightly colored membrane to flare out in a bubble like fashion. This, combined with a loud guttural below, makes up the mating display.

And please ignore any blatant spelling or grammar errors, I am very tired but really wanted to get something posted.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Floating Jaws

For many of the creatures of Skatha "floating" jaws are common. The term "floating" refers to how the jaws are not attached to the skull by bones or joints, but by muscles and tendons. They swing out to the side, rather than up and down like vertebrate Terran lifeforms. The floating jaws are highly flexible and in some species cases used to delicately manipulate objects (such as nest building, preening, or pulling prey from crevices).

In most cases the floating jaws attach along a boney wedge on the underside of the skull as well as to small scapula like bones that sit on either side of the neck spine. This allows the jaws to have a wider range of motion and finesse.

The types of floating jaws seen on Skatha vary greatly in size, shape, and use. The appearance and purposes of the jaws depend greatly on the diet of the animal as well as its habitat. For many larger grazers the jaws are large and wide at the tips, allowing the animal to pull more vegetation into its mouth. The grazers' jaws are often flexible and jointed, this lets the grazer flip large jarfuls of plant matter into its pouch like mouth.

Predatory jaws are often stiffer than the herbivores' as there is much more stress put on them during a hunt. In many actively hunting predators the joints in jaws are fused and can only swing open and shut. The jaws are still flexible at the base, but if they were to have the loose jointed anatomy of the herbivores it would be much easier to snap off a jaw or render one useless. To further avoid the issue of broken or dislocated mandibles, most land predators have evolved to have much shorter, stockier jaws. This also gives them a stronger, more formidable bite.

[ I will post information on the jaws of the more specialized animals of Skatha once I have some detailed diagrams to go along with them, I find that pure information is hard to visualize at times ]