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Teraton Cymod by jflaxman Teraton Cymod by jflaxman
The Cymod is an autonomous small arms platform made from vatgrown organic components fused with a bionic frame. They are less resilient than robots, but move with a finesse and agility as yet unmatched by machines. The mere sight of these grotesque constructs has panicked inexperienced soldiers, while veterans who have faced them and lived attest to their effectiveness.

Design Features

- The Cymod’s tall and slender build aids mobility and presents a harder target. Its lack of arms limits its range of tactical options but reduces weight and complexity. The bulky and vulnerable respiratory and circulatory systems found in normal organisms have also been dispensed with in favour of more compact fuel cells that inject synthetic blood.

- Cymods are usually armed with a 2.25mm flechette rifle. This is effective against personnel and other lightly armoured targets within 1000m. This weapon’s low recoil helps to negate the unit’s high centre of gravity, though Cymods will usually kneel or lie prone during sustained firefights.

- The Cymod’s light composite armour can withstand small arms fire, though most of its protection comes from its speed and sensory awareness. The CPU is housed in the pelvis where it is less likely to be damaged – especially by combatants trained to target the upper body and head.

- Cymods are blindly obedient, being immune to pain and fear. They can self-repair to some extent, as damage to organic components will naturally heal over time. If a Cymod is destroyed, its mechanical parts can often be salvaged and used to refit other units, or more rarely, act as the framework for a new vatgrown symbiote.
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MercenaryBuster Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
what would be your reaction if you saw this thing at night?
OnlyClock Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014
Reminds me nicely of some of Keith Thompson's work, although you clearly have your own style.
Creaturedude Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
TheGurch Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012
AMazing !
MarkusVogt Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hi there!:)

just wanted to let you know that your artwork has been featured in my latest journal. Feel free to take a look at:


jflaxman Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012
Thanks! I'm on my way.
Mystic-Forces Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012
Huh... it looks like an organic version of a Gekko from Metal Gear Solid 4.

Freaky... but cool design none of the less.
MakarovJAC Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012
...I look at it, then I think "If I make trip, wouldn't it give me enough time to waste a full magazine on it?" or "Can a ninja kick to the legs make it fall to the ground, then give me enough time to waste a full mag on it?"
Seukonnen Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You've got a real point here. Arms are crucial to getting back up again after being knocked down, for us humanoids.

Maybe they do some sort of finely-controlled bellyflop thing to hurl themselves back onto their feet, or use the gun barrel as a tripod?
dragonstrike1001 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012
How does it see? I don't see any eyes. It's pretty cool, though. I've always liked the concept of a organic machine, and you merged the two parts together perfectly.
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