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Shaltao of the Depths by TheCrobot Shaltao of the Depths by TheCrobot
Back to mermaids. I also made a new watermark.
Page two of the Return is next on my to do list.

Merkin that live in the Scavenger's Trench, one of the deepest locations on Ovun, are generally considered ruthless and frightening. Shaltao is a member of the Fel-Merkin, also known as trench-dwellers on the surface, who live in the darkest deapths of the ocean. While much of the Fel-Merkin's society remains a mystery, Shaltao is one of the few trench-dwellers to have actually spoken with those on the surface. Her status as a friend or foe is hotly debated by civil merkin society, but she often appears as the herald of an attack on the surface world, issuing an advanced warning, and then disappearing briefly after. Anyone foolish enough to attempt to stall her or take her by force have been ripped apart by the entourage of monsterous eels that seem to see Shaltao as a mother figure. On the occasions she's been inland without the protection of her eels, she has defended herself with powerful magics that numb the minds of the strong and bend the weak to her will. Unwitting soldiers have maimed or killed their own friends in defense of Shaltao.

Those brave few who attempt to follow her home either succumb to the water pressure and give up, return as hollow shells of their former selves speaking of ancient and dark cities filled with impossible architecture and alien sea creatures, or they never return at all.

Shaltao herself seems to take great satisfaction in the mystery that surrounds her.

Illustrator CS5
Pen, Blend, Gradient
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animefan688 Featured By Owner May 26, 2014
wonder what her teeth and feet look like
TheCrobot Featured By Owner May 26, 2014   Digital Artist
Sharp, shark-like teeth and webbed feet, to ease your curiosity.
NSLC Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013
How many eyes she has, or is it a form of sensory organs.

BTW I do not want to ask her it's too dangerously.
TheCrobot Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013   Digital Artist
Essentially they are just bioluminescent bits meant to confuse prey in the dark. She only has the two eyes.
Wvasco-Eciese Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist


Me gusta.

And I enjoyed yer lore too.

pengipuff Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is very beautiful! First of all, I love the colors, you did a fabulous job there! But the faces are amazing, on all 3 of the creatures at that. Love the expression on the humanoid. I also really like your usage of lighting. Very cool.
Dreamer-T Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Oooh! :omg: Awesome! :la:
alzircon Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my god, this is so gorgeous. :noes:

So many shades, so sleek and shiny. God, how I love your vector works. Fucking brilliant.:la:
TheCrobot Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013   Digital Artist
I am appreciative of your praise. :dummy:

'Tis unfortunate actual vector art is buried under pony traces.
alzircon Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Don't you dare give in to that crappy fandom.:shakefist:
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