age of the leviathan

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Mouth of Hell.

Hellmouth is the entrance to Hell envisaged as the gaping mouth of a huge monster. It first appeared in Anglo-Saxon times and remained popular right through the Middle Ages and into the Renaissance. It was fairly common for theatrical performances to feature a stage prop in the shape of a Mouth of Hell, to scare audiences. Performers dressed in leather devil costumes, and fire would burst from the Hell Mouth to drag sinners down into the pit. Satan himself is often shown sitting in Hell eating the damned, but according to G.D. Schmidt this is a separate image, and the Mouth of Hell should not be considered to be the mouth of Satan. Equally, the Hellmouth never bites the damned, remaining wide open, ready for more.

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Here is the full set of the homeworlds series, now including Rannoch, Dekuuna and poor tiny little Suen. Kind of amusing/sad that the rachni homeworld could easily be a moon to Dekuuna!

(The criterion for inclusion on these sets was “species that are not technically extinct in 2183-6”. I’ve left aside the Leviathans as, given the age of their civilisation, it’s quite possible that their original homeworld no longer exists.)

EDIT: there is an updated, fully-combined version of this graphic here:

http://lhs3020b.tumblr.com/post/113803288930/so-the-homeworlds-posts-have-been-getting-some

Pokemon AU

Inspired mostly by @jays-fictional-fun and @sleeplesssquidkid, but @semidemi-minigod was the first to ask about it. What the hell, Mana originally started as a Moana OC and AUs are fun.

Mana “What’s it to you, jackass?”

Age: 24

Team: Gyarados (Leviathan, male,) Jellicent (Mortimer, male,) Oricorio (Kani, female, Pa’u form,) Pelipper (Pepper, female,) Swanna (Svana, female,) Togekiss (Benedict, male)

Occupation: unemployed/drifter

As a shiftless wanderer (”That’s just a polite way of callin’ me homeless,”) Mana mostly relies on winnings from matches to support herself, hence her interest in gym challenges and her habit of region-hopping. After all, higher stakes mean higher rewards. As her team demonstrates, she’s passed through a number of regions but never found a place that felt quite right to settle down in- though she was born and raised in the Alolan archipelago.

Trivia

Pepper, as a Wingull, was her first catch and has been with her since her youth. She often stows things in its beak.

Her Ocorico’s name, Kani, translates to ‘sound,’ a fitting name for a songbird. Her Togekiss, on the other hand, was just stuck with an egg pun. She honestly briefly considered calling him ‘Breakfast’ when he first hatched. In fact, she struggles to come up with nicknames that aren’t puns.

Despite her habit of nicknaming, Mana occasionally struggles to bond with her team mates, and this does leave her at something of a disadvantage. The exceptions to this rule are Pepper and Ben- you literally can’t raise a Togekiss without love, after all.

Levi is named after another character in Mana’s original canon.

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Nestled deep in the Sea of Cortez is a tiny island you won’t find on any map. Six fishermen scour the Baja peninsula to find this magical place, but when they finally reach their destination, they encounter some sea life that they did not expect. The discovery puts the troop at odds and it quickly becomes every man for himself. Which will prevail, Mother Nature or Human Nature?

Shallow Water is a “gritty, moody, and terrifying” horror film about the dangers of abusing our environment. Harking back to the creature feature of yore, it aims to create the defining monster of a whole new generation — one that plays just as much to the audience “ick!” factor as it does to timely existential anxieties. Steering the ship is legendary FX master Sandy Collora, who has been handcrafting creatures since the age of 17, when he first stepped onto the set of Leviathan. With Shallow Water, though, he hopes to recapture some of the lost monster-ly magic of classic cinema: 

“I grew up on the original Alien and Predator films. I love them. But where are the NEW iconic creatures and characters? How long has it been since we’ve seen something truly unique and powerful in a genre film? Too long. If Hollywood won’t do it, I will.”

But he’s not doing it alone! Collora is currently raising funds to support production efforts. (That includes design and costuming for his soon-to-be-iconic slithery sea creature.)