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Spider in my garden with a shieldbug.

Spider in my garden with a shieldbug.

Ontos infodump

Ontos are humanoid winged demons that range from 6-7.5 feet/1.8-2.3m tall. They include Murgatranthes, Silrathus and Krog. ’Ontos’ is its own plural, and is pronounced like MS-DOS, not like potatoes.

Ontos are the evolved descendants of an artificial demon species, the pedre-ontos. Though the pedre-ontos were a failure from the point of view of their creator, their adaptability enabled them to survive and prosper. Ontos are looked down upon by natural demon species for being ‘fake’. Most created species are made for a specific purpose and then die out once they are no longer needed. The ontos’ tenacity and success is seen as an aberration.

Most ontos are mixed with something else, as a result of the pedre-ontos interbreeding with other species as they spread and evolved. (Silrathus and her family are part minotaur, for example. Krog (and therefore Murgatranthes) has some harpy in their family tree.) There are few ‘pure’ ontos remaining - such a being would be a pedre-ontos.

Ontos are demons of thunder, and each one has a secondary element too. Most of them don’t get great distance with their magical attacks and prefer to fight by using their elemental attacks at close range to supplement their physical attacks. 

Ontos usually live to 1,200 (Earth years). If an ontos is very powerful, they may undergo metamorphosis at the age of around 1,000, and assume a more powerful form known as an elder. An individual who becomes an elder (probably 2% of the population) will probably live to around 1,400. In theory, an ontos who lives long enough will metamorphose again into a third form, which is what the created pedre-ontos were supposed to have been all along. This has yet to actually happen.

Ontos are quite gentle as demons go. They’ll enjoy messing with an unprepared summoner but are unlikely to do anything cruel or twisted to you. They are also surprisingly adept at learning to use human technology. However, they are not widely employed by summoners as they are seen as a demon for low-level magicians, and they can be quite temperamental. They expect to be fussed over and praised a lot and may get stroppy and break stuff if they aren’t, which can be very taxing on a summoner’s patience. There is also the fact that many other demons look down on ontos, and by extension will be less likely to work with a summoner who employs them. On the other hand, ontos can be very loyal to their summoners, as they don’t have many allies.

Ontos have five sexes (known as enig, thed, seml, bren, and obon). They don’t have genders as such, because they have 0 sexual polymorphism. There are some stereotypes about how each sex behaves, but this is viewed more along the lines of our horoscopes (everybody thinks it’s bollocks but some people have fun with it anyway). Ontos accept that they will probably get labelled as either male or female by non-ontos, and most of them just go along with it and don’t really care. 

Ontos are good at making underwear. At least 40% of underwear in the demon world is of ontos manufacture.

Bonus: ontos eggs

Previously: agriltheans

Phelmarith can’t be bothered to move out of the way of descending orange goo.
Maybe it’s not terribly unpleasant?
(It’s now canon that Phelmarith has only 6 head spines, down from 8. No-one drew the small innermost pair so I just got rid of them.)

Phelmarith can’t be bothered to move out of the way of descending orange goo.

Maybe it’s not terribly unpleasant?

(It’s now canon that Phelmarith has only 6 head spines, down from 8. No-one drew the small innermost pair so I just got rid of them.)

Some WIPs (still not finished).

My process is ‘draw a really messy scribble then clean it up’.

bob-todd:

Melmarus and Serick. They’ve been together hundreds of years and are still very devoted to each other.
Edit: I was annoyed by how off-model Serick’s face was, so I fixed it and reuploaded the picture.

I liked the picture, but it wasn’t quite there. There are still some bits wrong with it, but I don’t mind because they’re wrong because I’m not good enough at drawing to know how to fix them yet. Serick’s face bugged me because it was wrong and I could fix it. So I did.
Old version:

After fixing:

It’s a small change but it’s made a lot of difference to the image for me. When I look at the old and new versions next to each other I can’t see why I ever thought the first one was good enough!

bob-todd:

Melmarus and Serick. They’ve been together hundreds of years and are still very devoted to each other.

Edit: I was annoyed by how off-model Serick’s face was, so I fixed it and reuploaded the picture.

I liked the picture, but it wasn’t quite there. There are still some bits wrong with it, but I don’t mind because they’re wrong because I’m not good enough at drawing to know how to fix them yet. Serick’s face bugged me because it was wrong and I could fix it. So I did.

Old version:

Before fixing

After fixing:

After fixing

It’s a small change but it’s made a lot of difference to the image for me. When I look at the old and new versions next to each other I can’t see why I ever thought the first one was good enough!

A terrible egg.
Ontos eggs start small once laid, then begin to exude slime and extrude a network of tentacles and gristly webbing. These absorb organic and magical matter and use it to sustain the growing embryo. The egg’s parents will leave food items out for the egg-webbing to absorb. Ontos dispose of their dead this way too, letting the flesh of the deceased sustain the next generation. (Many demon species consume their dead in some way. They find it odd that most humans burn or bury their dead. Why waste all that perfectly good flesh and magical energy?) The egg grows in size with the developing ontos, so it’s more like an external one-use uterus than an Earth animal’s egg.
The tentacles are mobile and can catch prey that moves too close. Entanglement must be broken immediately or absorption will begin. The egg’s own parents and family have immunity to this, although even they would get absorbed too if they stood absolutely still for several days.
In a sense, the ontos are the only creature that are more dangerous before they’re born than after. An adult ontos can be reasoned with (they’re quite placid as demons go, and you probably could persuade one that harming you wouldn’t benefit them in any way and would be a waste of effort), but an egg can’t. 
If you have to get through an area occupied by an egg, the best thing to do is throw at it all the food you’re carrying (or better yet, some magical items), then leg it.
The type of food/magic the egg absorbs has little to no effect on the occupant, although there are predictably as many conflicting pieces of information in ontos culture about what you should leave for the egg as there are available to pregnant humans regarding what they should and shouldn’t eat.
Ontos gestation lasts for 2-5 Earth years. 
Tl;dr: spoopy egg 

A terrible egg.

Ontos eggs start small once laid, then begin to exude slime and extrude a network of tentacles and gristly webbing. These absorb organic and magical matter and use it to sustain the growing embryo. The egg’s parents will leave food items out for the egg-webbing to absorb. Ontos dispose of their dead this way too, letting the flesh of the deceased sustain the next generation. (Many demon species consume their dead in some way. They find it odd that most humans burn or bury their dead. Why waste all that perfectly good flesh and magical energy?) The egg grows in size with the developing ontos, so it’s more like an external one-use uterus than an Earth animal’s egg.

The tentacles are mobile and can catch prey that moves too close. Entanglement must be broken immediately or absorption will begin. The egg’s own parents and family have immunity to this, although even they would get absorbed too if they stood absolutely still for several days.

In a sense, the ontos are the only creature that are more dangerous before they’re born than after. An adult ontos can be reasoned with (they’re quite placid as demons go, and you probably could persuade one that harming you wouldn’t benefit them in any way and would be a waste of effort), but an egg can’t. 

If you have to get through an area occupied by an egg, the best thing to do is throw at it all the food you’re carrying (or better yet, some magical items), then leg it.

The type of food/magic the egg absorbs has little to no effect on the occupant, although there are predictably as many conflicting pieces of information in ontos culture about what you should leave for the egg as there are available to pregnant humans regarding what they should and shouldn’t eat.

Ontos gestation lasts for 2-5 Earth years. 

Tl;dr: spoopy egg 

Some WIPs of the last image.

Melmarus and Serick. They’ve been together hundreds of years and are still very devoted to each other.
Edit: I was annoyed by how off-model Serick’s face was, so I fixed it and reuploaded the picture.

Melmarus and Serick. They’ve been together hundreds of years and are still very devoted to each other.

Edit: I was annoyed by how off-model Serick’s face was, so I fixed it and reuploaded the picture.

qthorn:

Commission for bob-todd!

Oh dang, I somehow missed this being uploaded! Look at this dynamic-ass Murgatranthes, I just love the curl of that tail.

qthorn:

Commission for bob-todd!

Oh dang, I somehow missed this being uploaded! Look at this dynamic-ass Murgatranthes, I just love the curl of that tail.

Rude Serick stuff under the cut (no images, don’t get your hopes up). I would have just added it to the previous post but you can’t put a readmore in an image post because tumblr loves arbitrary restrictions.

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