“The Ethiopian wolf (Canis simensis) is a canid native to the Ethiopian Highlands. It is similar to the coyotein size and build, and is distinguished by its long and narrow skull, and its red and white fur. Unlike most large canids, which are widespread, generalist feeders, the Ethiopian wolf is a highly specialised feeder ofAfroalpinerodents with very specific habitat requirements. It is the world’s rarest canid, and Africa’s most endangered carnivore.
The species’ current range is limited to seven isolated mountain ranges at altitudes of 3,000–4,500m, with the overall adult population having been estimated at 360-440 specimens, more than half of which occur in the Bale Mountains.”
I’ve been googling wolves all day. This is by far one of my favorite finds.
Thanks to a lot of hard research, I have determined what the Gaster blaster weapons are based on. They look like a canid skull, and after a lot of research I found the orbital size, rostrum length, Sagittal crest, fangs, sharp elongated jaw muscle anchors, nasal canal, and teeth, and skull width and length and broad jaw bones, all closely match a large domestic dog, grey wolf, or African hunting Dog, shown in the last two pictures. This disproves that it was based on a fox skull, or a skull of a Pomeranian like Toby’s dog form. The thin parts of the jaw, shortness of snout, blunt rounded jaw muscle anchors, and width to length ratio mean it is likely not a grey wolf, the African hunting dog has a skull that fits the most criteria.
Considering the Gaster Blasters are shown as being longer than Sans body, and with their width, I would say size is not to scale or its a matter of perspective, as even the largest canid known, the long extinct Epicyon haydeni had a skull around 34 cm long and had a skull the size of a male lion, still not big enough if you consider Sans over 5 feet tall.
Also, no canid has a skull that splits in half and jaws that separate in the middle and rotate outwards. That uh… That makes this a bit more pointless.
Still, I wish I knew what reference Toby used for the graphic, most likely it was a dog skull of wolf skull and he just depicted it in a style that happened to look like an actual skull of another species.
Another thing worth pointing out, a lot of people draw the Gaster Blasters like a weapon, or a mask for sans, but it’s important to note the larger Gaster blaster image without eyes or nasal canal is called “spr_g-b_npc.png, an unused filed. For those that don’t know how the game works, lots of characters have black face templates and the graphics of the eyes and other features are added on top separately and animated separately, like Muffet’s eyes. This means at one point, the Gaster blaster was an NPC, a thing with more facial expressions and likely planned dialogue. It’s not a weapon, it’s an actual monster. It might not be a blaster weapon named after Gaster who invented it, it could be some form or piece or entity owned by Gaster that Sans obtained. The Gaster follower with a piece of Gaster claims he isn’t afraid because he has a piece of Gaster with him, as if the pieces of Gaster give powers.
Also worth noting: the left eye is the only one that appears when it is using its power. Just. Like. Sans.
Anubis attended the weighing scale during the “Weighing of the Heart,” in which it was determined whether a soul would be allowed to enter the realm of the dead.
Hellhound are often assigned to guard the entrances to the world of the dead, such as graveyards and burial grounds, or undertake other duties related to the afterlife or the supernatural, such as hunting lost souls or guarding a supernatural treasure.
I’ve been getting a few messages about the differences between the canines featured on this blog. Though I plan to make detailed pages of each species in the future, here’s a little info on each species.
Side-striped jackals (Canis adustus) are characterized by a white or silver marking running along their sides, as well as a long, white-tipped tail. They’re the larger of the two ‘true jackal’ species, and the most widely distributed of the two. They’re extremely shy creatures and primarily dwells in woodland and scrub areas opposed to their cousins on the open plains. Side-striped jackals eat less meat then their cousins, fruit accounting for nearly 30% of their diet in rural areas.
Black-backed jackals (Canis mesomelas), also known as silver-backed jackals, are the world’s oldest living canine species, dating back to the Pleistocene. Like side-striped jackals, black-backed jackals are monogamous and tend to live in small family groups. Though commonly depicted as scavengers, black backed jackals have been know to hunt larger prey such as impala and springbok. They also display sexual dimorphism, with male black-backed jackals having darker, more graphic saddles than females.
Though commonly referred to as the Golden jackal, Canis aureus is closer related to wolves. They are able to produce fertile hybrids with dogs, gray wolves, and African golden wolves, while the side-striped and black-backs can only breed with their respective species. This small but adaptable canine is found in Africa, Europe, and Asia with many various subspecies. They are commonly depicted in Indian and English folklore, including a golden jackal named Tabaqui from Rudyard Kipling’s, The Jungle Book.
The African golden wolf (Canis anthus)is the newest canine species to have been discovered. Golden wolves exist in a variety of shapes and sizes depending upon their environment, from the stalky Egyptian wolf subspecies, to the lean Serengeti wolf which greatly resembles coyotes and jackals. They were considered an African variation of the golden jackal until 2015, where a series of analyses on the species' DNA demonstrated that it was in fact distinct from the golden jackal.