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Ahuizotl Otter by ChuckWalton Ahuizotl Otter by ChuckWalton
This was concept art that I did for a table top & miniature RPG called “Warpath: Going Native” produced by Paymaster Games. I had fun working on this design called a Ahuizotl Otter from the Mesoamerica Aztec legends. It was one of the Spirit Beast illustrations featured in the successful Kickstarter for this upcoming game.


The Aztec Triple Alliance War Party Starter kit features the Ahuizotl Otter as the Spirit Beast.

Cryptozoologists believe the Ahuizotl Otter was once the largest Otter that has ever lived in North America and was native to the lakes and streams of Mesoamerica. According to the myths of the Aztecs and the other groups in Mesoamerica, The Ahuizotl Otter had a hand on its tail and often attacked and drowned people that wandered it to deep water. According to the logs of Christopher Columbus, he encountered one as it attack and killed a rather ill-tempered Spanish boar.

When I tackled this design, I referenced it and discovered various chimera aspects form monkey like hands and feet to the tongue and maw, as well as the ridges and of course the signature tail with the hand at the tip. I utilized the Giant Otter (Pteronura Brasiliensis) as my basis since they are one of my favorite mustelids and are native to South America, I felt confident that the Giant otters would be a solid base for creating this spectacular Aztec creature.

The planned size of this beast is about 20mm to 25mm at the withers and will be mounted on a new style 40mm round base.
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Reel123 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014
Looks awesome, like an evil aipom almost, great work!
KingsTears Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013
I'm running a Pathfinder game; specifically the Kingmaker Adventure Path.  There's a huge, deep lake in a swamp- Lake Hooktongue in the the Hooktongue Slough- named after a huge water orm, or freshwater sea serpent.  One of the most puzzling monsters in the region is a Ahuizotl, and I took to the internet to get a mental grasp of the fiend.  I found a site that suggested the myth may have a basis with the Central American Otter, and then found this page.  Amazing!  Now, I have the inspiration to describe a terrifying monster that doesn't look or sound simply goofy.  This creature is a nightmare.  Love it!
ChuckWalton Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you kindly and glad this illustration can assist your campaign.  Nothing like a good campaign in the dense swamps to keep players on their toes. I always enjoyed seeing players reactions when they had to travel & wade through waist deep murky water with tall weeds and plenty of "wildlife" lurking about, XD.  Oh how they carried fear across their faces, especially whenever it stormed. 

Glad You found me!  
Azuris Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Such an awesome design :D
ChuckWalton Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much
iris2501 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow!! More work is beautiful!! *U*
ChuckWalton Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank You so much. Definitely will load more soon
mattermore Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
You got my brain dizzy with the hand on the tail, and the anatomy involved do you think that would be cartilage mostly with some sort of loose bone mesh over bones in the tail's hand with some sort of sub-dermal bone plates over the metacarpals? He has to have a very flexible tail and he has to swing that thing at targets with some intense speed, so I can't vision it being solid bone all the way... given its length and that it looks like an finely articulated limb in function... dang it! See my brain is spinning heh. Its all good because I the stuff looks like it could be real so it challenges my brain to figure out how it can be, so you are definitely doing it right! Looks fantastic!
otterdisaster Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
Sounds like my kind of Otter!
ChuckWalton Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Heck Yeah. Nothing like a tough, territorial Otter to trouble a swim or make a great pet
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