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Chalicotherium by jflaxman Chalicotherium by jflaxman
In an age of increasing civil unrest, the transhuman elite placate the masses with ever more lavish and bloody diversions. Besides providing entertainment, these events reveal the cost of dissent. Selected prisoners are fitted with monstrous bodily extensions and released in the Condemned Sectors. Their resulting fights are publicly broadcast; bets made on these spectacles comprise a major industry while cults form around the champions.

While standard military cyborgs are rugged and adaptable, their gladiatorial counterparts are designed to look intimidating but have specific weaknesses a skilled opponent will exploit. Ranged weapons are omitted in favour of built in spikes and blades which may resemble teeth and claws. Different models show discrepancies in size, strength and mobility, but all carry processors that convert organic matter to fuel, allowing indefinite operation. Human flesh is the best energy source and these contests provide a steady supply.

Chalicotheres are named for their vague resemblance to an extinct mammalian species. They are notoriously slow and ungainly, but can disable most opponents with one swipe of their titanium claws. Their size makes them poorly suited to hunting, so most of their sustenance comes from driving smaller cyborgs from their kills. When faced with such an adversary most opponents will retreat, though the standard model’s design flaws include exposed fuel lines close to the ground. In theory an ordinary human armed with a knife could put one out of action – though in practise only the bravest will try!
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Dystoper Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011  Professional General Artist
AMAZING work. I like how the creature is quite spiky and evil looking - most human-carrying robots tend to look so docile. Stylish and unique. Two thumbs way up!
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darkallegiance666 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011
Gorgeous piece of art!!!
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zlayter Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Brutal!
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Dandabug Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011
This is a truly fantastic piece, and is perfectly well-suited to my favorite style of steampunk: dark, cruel, and horrifically comical. I attempt to create pieces such as this, but my skills still lag far behind yours. [link] Still, you provide inspiration for me to continue to pursue such a maniacal genre, as I can see in your artwork and storytelling that it truly can be done.

Brilliant work, my friend. Brilliant work.
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DreadHaven Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011
Very cool.
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Pyrotactick Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011
Ooh, the future doesn't look bright. I'm not gona live that old now. Loljk.
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Corporal34 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Student Writer
wow so amazing!
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JTHMFrAeK Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Another masterpiece. And I apologise, I want to read your description, but at the current moment I am really high.
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I lol'd
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JTHMFrAeK Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you. Ha ha!
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