Species: ostentators

And finally for the moment, my chart that was supposed to have all the Agent Archetype MBs… before I decided to redo attitudes (the columns) in a much better simpler quadrant grid rendering this chart outdated.

I’ll be making my next chart digitally, because redrawing things when you can’t just move them (like I did once or twice here) is a pain.

A progression of attempts to design the vvagra, an Esteemed creature related to thylacines (first two pics and top of next); another Ostentator revamp; and stuff from a Steven Universe/Stablehand crossover AU.

When I was trying to design Ostentator!Pearl (you can tell which one that is by the head gem :p I was also trying to figure out a pose for Insulator!Garnet above that) I realised that damn, the default Ostentator should look more like that. It would portray the Esteem attribute a lot better that way. So I started revamping it to have more of this strangely-holy-looking look with features inscribed on it in “aureate-shine-flame”. As I did once before I drew all the other “main” MBs again to ensure it would be different from them.

Pearl was supposed to have a coat too of course but I never got around to designing it in this pic.

Stablehand: Mystery being palette doodles

Recently I just realised that I’d literally NEVER done coloured pictures of any mystery beings except the Insulator and the Eventuator. So I decided to fix that.

From top to bottom: Instigator, Nebuliser, Synergiser, Observers, Ostentator, Conductor, Postulator, and an attempt to make a default colour scheme for hexarts.

That… is NOT the way the colours looked on my tablet. :/

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Phew. That’s a little closer.

There’s still not something quite right about it, but… it looks a LOT better.

Anyway, the Ostentator! It’s always kind of been a llamapiraffe, so I gave it spots, okapi stripes, and a llamaish yellow colour.

The purple is a standard Esteem colour but it was hard to pick the other colours because I just couldn’t get anything to look good. Finally I ended up with this though. The greens came from the brick-glass hexart I posted yesterday, since I was planning to make hexart colours Esteem colours, but I think I’ll just pick some of the brown shades from this as actual Esteem colours.

Mystery beings: Ostentator revamp

Well, after looking at the Ostentator and thinking, well this is sure a cool thing but it sure looks a lot like these other things for a while, I finally revamped it. Mostly I just ended up revamping the feet, but it also made me notice a couple of things on the other mystery beings as I was doing it.

So, here it is. Now the Ostentator has some very weird digits that are halfway between a bird (more toward a raptor) and a camel. How that makes any sense, I’m not really sure,

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Some stuff I hadn’t scanned in, plus the Vociferator (top).

Among this you’ll find an attempt to revamp the Ostentator (you’ll also notice I revamped the Instigator’s feet slightly), as well as the first rather confused-looking table where I tried to sort out all the mystery beings. (Note that I was trying to give the Postulator 7 fingers before I drew it XD)

Also there are a couple of practice thingies and a spiral squid thing I’m not sure if I’ll use (at least as a “main” mystery being anyway).

I forgot to draw in the Ostentator’s spurs and I’m not sure if I like it better that way or not. I’m kinda not sure what to do with spurs in general because I counted them on the Conductor but not on the Ostentator. I may move them to the back legs, I dunno.

The Blazondeer, plus a chart I was working on that was supposed to show all the mystery beings. About 2/3 of the way through I decided I needed to expand the neutral column in the middle into two columns (and re-evaluate everything in it) and add another one at the right though, so I had to abandon it.

I forget if I uploaded these things already, I think I didn’t though.

An attempt to give the Synergiser internal anatomy, and doodles I made back when I only had nine mystery beings designed.

Stablehand: The mystery beings and their sensors

I had to make a diagram of the mystery beings’ various sensors, because not even I could get them all straight. :P

As you’ll notice, many of them can see in either infrared or ultraviolet, and the extra-special Instigator can see both. All of them also have a strange extra sense, which practically nobody in-universe knows the exact purpose or mechanics of (or at least, practically nobody outside the mysterious Borderlands; it’s unknown how many people live inside them, if any). This sense is a little weaker in the Instigator than most, nearly absent in the Ostentator, a little better than most in the Conductor, and very strong in the Postulator, which seems to be able to use it in place of sight.

(I said Postulators don’t usually echolocate before, but now that I think about it, I can actually see them using sound/radio waves in conjunction with this sense a lot, so that is probably no longer canon.)