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Henrik Sabelkatten Giese

"Gritaur" by Henrik Sabelkatten Giese

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My favorite "home-made" race. I created it years ago for a fantasy RPG campaign that never got of the ground, played it in another campaign later where they got a real background, and finally recreated the race in a magical modern setting. The "fantasy variant" was created as military scout/radiers but won their freedom after "the great war" was over. The "modern variant" is simply me+magic, it also differs from the original in having cat ears instead of elf-type ears. As a final note gritaurs are hermaphrodites - to simplify breeding and experimentation. With a fatality rate of over 10% during childbirth being a mother isn't very popular. In a modern setting there are fortunately good hospitals!

The pic was made for a competition during a gaming con. I won, but I suspect that was largely because I was the only person that figured that a easter-themed pic might be nice during easter...

23 May 2009:-) Katherine Marie Maynard
I really like the originallity of this piece and I really like how you drew the feathers on her wings.1

:-) Henrik Sabelkatten Giese replies: "Thanks! Original is what I was going for - there was a couple of "standard" fantasy pics in the competition I mentioned and I wanted to be different.

I’m still working on feathers, btw. How can something so simple be so hard?"
11 Jan 2012:-) Emily Aegolius Funereus
Awesome! I love that you came up with something as brilliant as this! 2

:-) Henrik Sabelkatten Giese replies: "Don’t know about "brilliant", but I’m glad you liked it!"
21 Sep 2012:-) Shelz Keast
I don’t think a fatality rate of 10% is too high if modern medicine is discounted. Infant mortality rates used to be really high so that parents didn’t become attached to their offspring until they were much older unlike today.

:-) Henrik Sabelkatten Giese replies: "Very true (thought in a fantasy world with healing magic I figure the mortality would be lower). But in this case it’s not infant mortality rate, it’s _maternal _mortality rate. That is, 1 out of 10 _mothers_ die at childbirth - and that’s an _average_, first-timers face 20-40%! 8"
22 Sep 2012:-) Shelz Keast
Still a maternal mortality rate of 10% without medicine isn’t that high and of course first time mother would have a much higher death rate. If we didn’t have Caesarean’s maternal mortality would be a *lot* greater. Caesarean’s are normally for when the mother’s life is seriously threatened by giving birth.

:-) Henrik Sabelkatten Giese replies: "Looking at my notes I later changed it to ~20% average (10% _with_ medicine). As a comparison the worst parts of the real world face slightly above 1% according to WHO..."
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 • Created by: :-) Henrik Sabelkatten Giese
 • Copyright: Creative Commons LicenseThe work 'Gritaur' by Henrik Sabelkatten Giese is licensed under a Creative Commons Sampling 1.0 License.
 • Keywords: Centaur, Gryphon
 • Categories: Anthropomorphic (Furries), Mythical Creatures & Assorted Monsters
 • Techniques: Pencil/Graphite Pen, Coloured Pencils
 • Submitted: 2007-10-06 16:41:50
 • Views: 1743
 • Resolution: 724x898

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