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Moonseer Hound by ChuckWalton Moonseer Hound by ChuckWalton
Lemurian Moonseer Hound

This illustration is featured in the recent RIFTS: Vampires” Table-top Role-Playing Game publication by Palladiumbooks.


Description: While the normal Moonseer is a bird-like animal that can alight upon one’s hand or shoulder, the Moonseer Hound has been mutated into a larger and more dangerous creature. It still possesses the shark-like teeth, but wings and talons have been shed in favor of four stout legs and dog-like claws. The Hound possesses the same detection capabilities as its flying cousin, but can also be unleashed and used like an attack dog. They are excellent for countering Chupacabras, tracking down vampires and distracting them while Vampire Hunters close in for the kill. Almost always outfitted with silver claw and tooth caps, Moonseer Hounds are intelligent, loyal and extremely hostile towards any undead, vampire or otherwise. They also have a partial covering of light mega damage defensive scales that makes them much more resilient against supernatural predators.

Size: About 4 feet (1.2 m) long. 2.5 feet (0.7 m) tall at the shoulder.
Weight: About 90 lbs (41 kg).

Natural Abilities: Nightvision 500 feet (152 m).
See Vampires: A Moonseer Hound’s eyes can spot a vampire from up to a mile (1.6 km) away, 2 miles (3.2 km) when the moon is out and 3 miles (4.8 km) when the moon is full. When they do sight a bloodsucker, they indicate by hissing and pointing with their “nose”. They can also be ordered to attack, and are very good at following the magical scent of vampires, up to 1-4 hours after they have passed by a location.
Sense Undead: While specifically trained and bred to locate vampires, Hounds are very sensitive to other forms of the non-living. Any undead, whether it is a zombie, ghoul or vampire, will make the animal agitated and uncomfortable if it is within half a mile (0.8 km), 1 mile (1.6 km) when the moon is out and 2 miles (3.2 km) on a full moon. While the Hound may not know the direction or number of the undead, they will make a separate call to their handler and appear distressed until the undead move away or are dealt with.

Commentary: This illustration was a chuckle to do as I read the description and instantly thought of fusing a sour mug (English Bulldog) with a great white shark to get that proper squat robust yet powerful aesthetic. This illustration was done on an 11 X 17 with a Zebra M-301 0.5 lead. Time not clocked.
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grievousvsdarkahsoka Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2016  Student Digital Artist
incredible concept!
Kim-Kazeyama Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
bigwhitehound Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013
Nice! Make a good pet for my Hunter
ChuckWalton Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Just imagine a tug of war XD
scorpio81 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very cool design
LostHellAngel Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
nice job!!! :D
Theus-Smythe Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Heya, I wanted to let you know that I used your artwork almost exclusively as reference for a concept of mine found here:
Theus-Smythe Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Student Digital Artist

I'm generally horrible at animal anatomy and I needed to draw a dog-like animal so I hope you don't mind. If you do, I will take it down immediately - no problem. :)
amadeus450 Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
this is awesome
6alcor-eldioan9 Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
looks one of Ben 10's alien transformation. ^__^
RedWingsDragon Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
Awesome work here
KnightofSpades Featured By Owner May 12, 2013
I am glad that Palladium have started to use good artist again. Great work.
Treyos Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Landshark? O_O
ffranceschi Featured By Owner May 12, 2013
Awesome #4! It has a Splicers look, don't you think?.
ChuckWalton Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank You! Lol, yeah... the Lemuran bio-mancy & Gene splicing just has that flare.
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May 12, 2013
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