Anthropoterras: Lycanthropes (Deinanthropia) Picture

Ok, here we go. The next update for Anthropoterras. This one is on another group of humans that have developed over the years, but unlike the syndactyls have gone down the opposite path, becoming predatory forms instead. In an ecosystem filled with giant insects, arachnids and velvet worms, they have hardened their survival skills and become effective and ruthless. They prowl every habitat in search of their prey, and are able to adapt to almost any condition. These are the lycanthropes, vicious predators of various ecological niches. Their history is wide and fascinating, and they occupy many positions in the ecosystem. Lower gravity and competition with insects has allowed for forms to develop in remarkable directions.

Order: Deinanthropia



An explanation to their history is necessary in order to flesh out the group. The first of the lycanthropes developed not too soon after the introduction of the other creatures in the ecosystem. As the ruling of the giant bipeds was in peak, some of the newer quadrapedal forms developed along new lines, becoming insectivores and small predators. Some forms began to become larger however and began outcompeting most of the giants, either driving them to extinction, or to specialised positions such as the fingerex or the trolls. Their development is somewhat convergent to that of the syndactyls, and they are in fact distantly related. However, instead of knuckle walking which developed into pads, their main hand developed into a clawed weapon not too different to that of a carnivoran, particularly a bear or dog. This gave them a massive edge over the bipeds and allow them to reach great speeds and endurance compared to their ancestors. Other lines independently developed such a layout, such as that of velocitherium, but these are by far the most successful of the groups of megafaunal predators, found on most of the mainland continents. They form a variety of niches, and come in many different sizes and forms. The smallest species is the Western springer, an insectivorous creature in the Westeros rainforest that grows no more than 20cm long, and has even redeveloped a tail, similar to the velocitherium, in order to allow it to retain balance at greater speeds. It has large teeth for feeding on insects, though also has large claws to defend itself from the giant insects such as predatory beetles or scorpions. The largest of the group lives on the plains of Parthia is the terrifying Greater Nephilim, the largest of all the nephilim of Parthia and the largest terrestrial predator on Anthropoterras. This animal measures about 4.5m long, even without a tail, can stand over 3.6m tall on its hind legs, and weighs more than 2000kg, with a 25cm thumb claw. The beast is big enough to take down some pretty big syndactyls, even attacking juvenile titanthropes when it needs to. Even the trolls and smaller nephilim fear it when it comes around. One of the most interesting species is the common lycanthrope of Westeros, a creature similar in size and appearance to the classic werewolf of European mythology. Such a beast is not to be trifled with. It stands about 2.2m on its hind legs, measuring 3.2m in overall length including the tail, and weighs similar to the European Cave Lion, being big and powerful enough to take down a variety of syndactyl prey. Various other species exist, as shown here:

Western Springer (pseuderinaceus minimus): a small insectivore living in the Westeros rainforest.

Sandy Springer (pseuderinaceus terraphilus): A desert dweller in the paradoxian desert, feeding on whatever locust, bee or beetle comes in its path.

Lycanthrope (lycanthropus caniforms): In Everflow, this beast is apex predator, without question.

Hookhand( cheiropythecus raptoria): In Parthia, this vicious creature related to the goblins uses an enlargened sickle claw to hunt novocrabs and grasselves.

Greater Nephilim (Ursophilus Maximus): On the grasslands of Parthia, this kleptoparasite is feared universally.

Dwarf underbite (oligosmilus nisis): A dwarf relative of the swordtooths of the mainland, forming a top predator on the island of Durigan.

As for predators, usually these are the apex predators in many places. However, smaller species will fall prey to creatures like King Crabs, the fingerex, a hungry mothman or even a troll. Those that dwell into the waters may be attacked by large fish, sharks or anthropocetes depending on where they go.

And that’s them, I hope that fleshes things out for you.

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