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C.O.W. #161 --Merlin's Familiar-- VOTING!!
ROUND #161 VOTING
Topic: Merlin's Familiar !
Deadline for the voting: Tuesday 1 December 2009
Posting thread (closed): http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...d.php?t=172115.
Last edited by Michael Jaecks; January 2nd, 2010 at 04:26 PM.
Magical Large Sized Homunculus
A high level homunculus created by Merlin in his autumn years. He required something powerful, and well versed in the archaic knowledge. They are profoundly intelligent, witty, mischievous, and dangerous. Merlin calls this one Percival Pennypants.
Wickedness is a myth invented by good people to account for the curious attraction of others.
Look at the monkey wh0re himself out:
Concept: The Lailoken.
Lailoken is a servant to the great Merlin.
During a late night while Merlin was mixing
potions and prepare ingredients for the king,
he thought that an assistant was necessary.
Lailoken is the result of ten minutes work and
a few spare things that Merlin had lying around.
Bone, animal parts, loose beard,
old rune parchment and a little fire.
Concept: Merlin's Familiar : Xail
This eccentric little creature entered Merlin's life at a very early stage and has been mostly "helpful" in his studies of the arcane arts (minus one or two misplaced fire-bolts).
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Concept: Merlin's Familiar, Narg
Narg is a crotchety old familiar that uses ill-manners and a quick tongue to mask a deep dependence towards it's master.
Last edited by Matt_B; November 22nd, 2009 at 03:13 AM. Reason: image was a bit too large
Artist: Orm Irian
This little creature is especially useful for studies late at night. It can glow much brighter than a normal candle, if it’s needed (which is a big reduction of the danger of burning valuable books and notices, because of an accident with a candle).
Beside this prized little ability, it is also very intelligent and can help its master to work out plans. The wings are far too small to fly around, but they can also turn into bright glowing parts- it can fly nonetheless, but it would need the help of magic.
Concept: Diakonos Demon
Named for the Greek word "diakonos", which means "servant", the Diakonos Demon is an order of imp spawned from the souls of tyrants and despots. These twisted creatures are usually fated to serve the royalty of Hell as penance for their abhorrent behavior in life. Due to Merlin's unique parentage he manages to summon a Diakonos Demon to serve as his familiar and names the beast "Solomon".
Summoning his familial, Merlin introduces Arthur to Chronosa (the weeping homonculi of time misspent);
thus proving to the new liege his abilities as a scorcerous conjurer of the missing arts...
The word ‘anarchy’ comes from the ancient Greek αναρχία in which αν meant ‘without’ and αρχία meant first a military ‘leader’ and then ‘ruler’. Anarchist society is one ‘without rulers’: a classless, non-hierarchical society.
“You need people like me.
You need people like me so you can point your grubby fingers and say, "That's the bad guy.""
Short description: A small bound demon which uses the silhouette of a barn owl to disguise its demonic nature to the casual observer. It serves merlin as a gopher and a helping hand, though not without reservation.
Long Description: This creature is in fact a summoned and lesser demon, bound under the name Bartholomew, lest its true name allow it to break its bonds. While retaining much of its true form from the Pit, it has shifted slightly such that its silhouette allows it to hide amongst the human world. It is approximately two feet in height.
It feeds upon small creatures such as rodents and insects, or any other raw and bloody meat its master might give it. With its large, hinged, vertical jaw, it can swallow a creature up to that of a large housecat. Grasping with its many lower legs and shoving the food into its mouth, it is able to subdue even strong prey.
As Merlin's familiar, it uses its dextrous hands to help with the many tasks a wizard might engage in. Writing, creating physical components, studying ancient tomes, and even the working of magic. It is of roughly human intelligence, and capable of somewhat garbled speech.
Concept: merlin's housewarmer
heres my first try on cow, its a lovely little housewarmer, it feeds on firewood but it lasts three times longer than just burning the wood
all in all a useful little bugger
Last edited by nebezial; November 23rd, 2009 at 11:00 AM.
Artist: Steve Somers
Concept: The Mandrake of Tintagel
Within Merlin's cave at Tintagel lives a creature born of earth and sky brought forth from the darkness and bathed in light. A Familiar to Merlin and conduit into other realms where one may behold the hidden architecture of the universe and the hidden motives of mankind..
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Concept: Impurr Gooh
In the early years of Merlin’s mastery in magic, he summoned a creature from not this world, a little helper, an imp from the shadow universe and it was called Impurr Gooh because of the similarity to a forest imp, Impoh Guhn.
The Gooh was the first creature Merlin created with its purpose to help Merlin on his trips around the world. It can feel energies from unnatural events and creatures that are happening or have happen.
Mythical creature because of its bad attitude is nowhere mentioned in the saga's about King Arthur, Camelot and Merlin himself of course. So there is nothing to tell really, sorry.
Last edited by Tommoy; November 23rd, 2009 at 12:42 PM.
Artist: LORD M
Concept: Merlins little helper
Merlins little helper - or more like un-helper. Merlin created this creature as a mean to get an servant that help him fetch things Merlin need to be able to create some of his magical breweries, you know things like every ordinary wizard have to use to make that special potion to give one super strenght or something like that. Although the little helper is rather clumsy and brings the wrong herbs resulting in an explosion of smoke or similair, and it likes to eat all those delicious lizard eyes when Merlin runs short on them. Merlin have had the thought of turning his little "helper" into a kettle so that he can get some use for it.
Last edited by LORD M; November 24th, 2009 at 08:02 AM.
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A magical creature which origin is not known. Oreos was a master of illusions and confusion. The only human he had ever contacted was Merlin.
The aether grows out of his body as a mysterious shining material and strengthens his ability to fly without wings.
The blue (a very uncommon colour in those days) fur of Rhomm oftenly made the enemies of Merlin spot his familiar from afar. On happy days Merlin could use this as a means of distracting his foes from his own actions. The eager Rhomm was always first on location, and not rarely the wizard directed spells through his familiar, and could magically survey a scene long before he was actually there. Occasionally though, the sudden blood-hunger of Rhomm made things a little messier than necessary.
When Merlin's pet owl Buba died, Merlin asked if it wanted to be revived.
Besides the hellish halo and face, it is quite docile.
I shot the sheriff.
Now I'm the sheriff.
Son of the full moon, born in the night, baptized in blood, Everonn.
Summoned by the wizards to protect them, and their treasure.
This creature has the ability to be in physical or magical (energy) form on command or at it's own will (if given that choice) enabling it to pass freely through solid objects with or without effecting them. It often carries the blessing and sometimes the burden of the physical mood of it's master, Merlin at which point it's colors change reflecting any unique mood that Merlin is in.
Last edited by xzacto; November 24th, 2009 at 12:12 AM.
The Brefhuin was created 100 years before the time of Merlin, when the world was darker and the light of hope had not yet begun to shine. In preparation for the coming of the soon to be great wizard, this sometimes mischevious beast, neither good nor evil in its magical veins, placed the sword Excalibur into the stone waiting for the right man and Wizard to set it free.
In his youth, Merlin and his mentor/familiar communicated telepathically learning the ways of magic and spells, Merlin finding that when Brefhuin was afar, his powers were somewhat diminished forcing him to keep the creature as near as possible. Over the course of many decades(some would even say centuries), the two came to rely on each other more than the other had ever expected.
Merlin being the result of a mad Incubus and human woman was constantly on the verge of going insane, prophetic visions and terrible dreams filling his head, and Brefhuin was his balance, the yin to his yang giving him strenth and hope when there was none to be found. Vice versa, Merlin gave the failed demon the light it needed to stay out of the burning pits below.
Concept: Fire Caipora
Fire Caipora is living in volcano area, very smart creature, inside their body it is lava, a bit like alien which using acid to defend themselves, this creature uses lava. Its skin is strong insulator so it is cold to touch unless it opens up the holes on skin to release the heat as a defense.
Last edited by openanewworld; November 23rd, 2009 at 11:13 PM.
They might be a bit smelly and dimwitted but with the proper guidance these little creatures can be quite useful for daily chores and errands while their master is busy tending to more important matters. Just be sure to keep them restrained when they're not doing chores, they can be quite a handful.
Artist: Devon Whitehead
Title: Merlin's Familliar
This little guy is Merlin's scavenger, seeking out ingredients for potions and other things for Merlin, being able to crawl and swim in places mortals would not be able to travel.
Concept: Big Friend
There is lots of different stories about Merlin and Arthur and his Knights, and here is another one (probably the shortest of all)
When Arthur and Merlin come to this world the same day, stars on the sky were prophesying a great future to both of them. With years passing, young Arthur become a skilful knight. Merlin, on the other hand, was a young apprentice, very promising apprentice in the service of forces of nature. They lived in the same place, but their path were completely different and never crossed. But some day Merlin was assigned to help Arthur in his task. The point was to travel in the mountain and find long forgotten ruins of the ancient folk. Their journey was long, dangerous and exhausting. Before they reached the ruins, they have been saving their life each other for many times. Every step they took, their friendship was getting stronger.
The temple, or maybe i should say - remains of it, were delicately vibrating with magic force. Because this was the end of their journey they decided to celebrate their arrival to this place and their newborn friendship. Both promised they would stay friends forever and wanted to seal that with blood. So they sat on the altar, Arthur cut his hand with his dagger and gave it to Merlin. Then Marlin did the same thing and when they had a handshake, few drops of blood fell down to the cold stone. Round altar started to shake and transform. In seconds the place they were standing on turned into the living creature. Magic in Merlin's blood and strong emotion incarnated their friendship.
After years when Arthur become a King and Merlin was his friend and advisor, they started to reform the Kingdom. First of all they built a new castle, the heart of their country. To show to citizens they are all equal, by the side of builders Arthur and his knights took part in construction. The day they finished the castle was also the last one when they saw the "Big Friend". He vanished forever, but in the king's empty chamber magically arised a stone, round table with magical carvings.
It is said, that when Arthur appointed someone as his new knight the number of chairs in the chamber always increased and the stone table get bigger.
Concept: W a l d o
"It's a jitterbug! One of the few I've managed to catch. Totally harmless unless provoked and they tend to love the bubbly but I don't mind, hehe. I rather fancy them myself! Back to my familiar,I do wonder at times why they call them that, hmmm...anyway, I named mine Waldo. Why you ask? Not much to it, I just happen to like it over "Merlin the Magician" Such poppycock! "Waldo the Wizard" now wouldn't that be better? Ah yes, my familiar...well he's got six arms, has a gentle disposition and I am far far too old to have someone who works for me, griping day and night about how life is unfair and asking for a cure for their predicaments. Waldo is my handyman and companion. Great memory too, very useful when I forget a spell or misconjure something. I love him!"
New round is on.
Also. Apologies to those I inadvertently lead astray in the WIPs and Finals thread. "Familiar' is spelled with one 'l', not two. OOoops!
I tried to get all my Dune Universe terms spelled correctly for the next round.
Voted for Scorge this round. Really liked the feel of the creature and how it hangs out in Merlin's chambers...
DevonDraws: I'm sorry, but you are not allowed to vote for yourself in COW. You have to vote for another entry per the rules. Please respond in this thread who you'd like to vote for. Thanks.
oh oka sry about that! i did not know! haha, ill vote for cannibalcandy for sure!
DevonDraws vote has been changed to cannibalcandy. Thanks man.
Everybody else, remember... no self-voting.