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Question 74: Triffid by Herbie-and-Company Question 74: Triffid by Herbie-and-Company
((If Ooo's dragons look more like eels than fire breathing winged lizards and mermaids look more like giant skeletons, why not make an all different "triffid" for Ooo?))

From Herbie's notes:
height: ranges from 10 feet to 2 meters
weight: ranges from 77 lbs to 200 lbs

Mostly vines and leaves, a Triffid is a plantoid creature built for mobile flight. The creature's main body is composed of tangled vines housing an organ that acts as both the creature's heart and brain. A triffid sports a skull-like thick leaf that contains sensory organs which help the animal feel its way through anything and a long vine that's lined with papillae, two enlarged leaves from the sides of the main body containing millions of air pockets that help their functions as wings, as well as three thick vines which function as their legs when on land.

To take flight, Triffids can either flap these wings, or, if the creature is young, hang themselves upside down from a tree branch using their vine legs, wings spread, dropping off and letting the wind push them in flight. (Though, the success of the latter practice tends to take time and more often lead to the creature being hurt. The moment a young triffid mastered its flying skills, it'll no longer need to do this.)

Dietary is not needed; the creature relies on sunlight and water for most of its nutrition. To absorb sunlight, a triffid spreads its wings and bask under the sun for hours; as for water, the triffid dunks its papillae-lined vine into any fresh water source to take in nutrients.

In reproduction, a triffid produces spores in every two seasons, notably Spring and Autumn; the spores is very sensitive and fragile to any particles, thus the rarity for them to develop fully. A successful cultivation would have any undamaged spore landing on fresh soil, taking up to two years for a spore to grow and hatch. Growth appears to be similar to that of a near-extinct specie known as humans.

Taming a triffid is likely an ordeal: not only is the creature's sensory organs strong enough to pick up the slightest movement to warn the creature, but it's long tongue-like vine can act as a lashing whip. The strength of the lashes relies on the creature's slender neck, but it's also through this, and only this, vine that a creature can be tamed.

By grabbing this vine, the creature will recognize the tamer's "taste" and, if treated conditionally, will remain docile and tamed around the handler.

If a tamed triffid tastes another individual, it'll react alarmed and defensive as it will also attack it if provoked. It is rare for a triffid to have two handlers as it'll only happen if the creature can recognize two taste at the same time.

note: I've kept a special field outside my kingdom where I breed these magnificent creatures. Please be in mind, to whoever will read this, that I'll never disclosed the actual location of this field.

If interested in studying one, please inform me as a single triffid seems to had followed me here in my kingdom.

(c) :iconhewhowalksdeath:
triffid (c) original concept by John Wyndham
Adventure time (c) Pen Ward
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C-bear1999 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Ur too amazing at this~ Yer so good at drawing
Jordanliu123 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
Are they any subspecies of this creature?
MotherNatureAsk Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012
Hi Herbie can I help you with some gardening?
KaijuInfinity Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Zejron- Oh man that is soo cool!!!!!
AskDestroyer Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012
((sweet monster!))
hmmm I must catalog this creature *sits down pulls out a book and begins drawing griffid in the book* hmmmmm...
Herbie-and-Company Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012
Herbie:Just don't agitate it. Keep your distance and it won't sense you as a threat...
AskDestroyer Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012
okay fine... *continues drawing it*
TheGreatWarrior Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Student General Artist
((Very interesting design~))

Woah, never seen that before? *plays with beard, interested in the creature*
Herbie-and-Company Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012
Herbie: holding the creature by its tongue* it's a triffid! Very rare plantoid!
TheGreatWarrior Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Student General Artist
It looks like a dragon made of plants *still stroking beard* Am I right in saying that it is?
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