AZURE RAZORBEAK

DECEMBER 2021 ART PROMPT

Deep within the faerie territory, just west of the treacherous and magical Hallowed Woods, field agent Wynna has identified a new beast. We call it the Azure Razorbeak. Included below is her account of the wondrous encounter:
 
"I remember when the beast suddenly glided onto the thick tree branch above me. For a moment I couldn't even breathe, I was stuck between terror and awe. Luckily it was far more interested in chasing it's dinner than me, which provided me plenty of time to follow it and take notes. It had a face similar to a crow's and the body and claws of a large muscular cat, and I mean large - it was easily three times the size of the lynx it was chasing. Sprouting from the sides of his front arms were stunted wings covered in beautiful blue and purple feathers that matched his enchanting tail plumage. But these feathers were clearly as dangerous as they were beautiful. I remember seeing the Razorbeak spread them out like a fan when the lynx dared to try to take a stand and watched in horror as they easily cut through the branches that got in the way. I wouldn't be surprised if they used this impressive display to attract mates as well. Later I tried scanning the area to see if any of these feathers had been shed recently to no avail. I would have liked to see what other materials they would be capable of cutting through.
 
During the lynx chase I noticed that the Razorbeak had no real means of flying - his wings were instead built to allow him to glide gracefully from branch to branch with incredible speed and precision. Though in the dense forest of it's home, being able to glide is a lot more adaptive than flying with a body as huge as his. This proved especially true when I watched the Razorbeak go in for the kill. It happened faster than the blink of an eye - it leapt forward and sliced through the air like a knife, grabbing that poor lynx in his large, crow-like beak, snapping his little neck. Well, little in comparison to the Razorbeak, which I'm sure wasn't even fully grown.
 
I hope I can catch a glimpse of him again and maybe discover a nest or den somewhere. The next question is - do they hatch from eggs or do they have live births?"

Key Features:

 

  • Body of a large muscular cat.

  • Face similar to a crow's.

  • Small wings attached to front legs.

  • Blue and purple plumage.

  • Feathered tail that can fan out.

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HOW TO PARTICIPATE

 

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Entries can take the form of sketches, paintings, sculptures, poems, short stories, photos, or even music! Choose whatever medium suits your art practice best.

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Most importantly - we want you to have fun! We encourage you to use these art prompts as a way to stretch your creative muscles and practice your art skills.

Note: You can still participate in this prompt! Although it was released in December 2021, we accept submissions for all past prompts at any time in our Discord. Submissions for past prompts will also be included in the counting for the special Discord roles listed below.

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PARTICIPATION PRIZE

 

All participants will be granted a special Ecologist Discord role depending on how many contests they have took part in:
 
Novice Ecologist - 1 contest
Junior Ecologist - 3 contests
Senior Ecologist - 5 contests
Chief Ecologist - 7 contests