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The Relic(novel): The Mbwun (updated ) by Hellraptor The Relic(novel): The Mbwun (updated ) by Hellraptor

The Relic by Preston & Child is one of my favourite novels. It takes place on the museum of Natural History in New York, 1995. Several murders have occurred and rumours about the se called “ Museum Beast” began to float around once again. The creature is called Mbwun or “he who walks on all fours” and is created when a person consumes plant called Mbwun lily. Mutating beyond recognition, the creature hunts and kills its prey in order to feed on the hypothalamus, the part of the brain that handles blood pressure, body temperature, metabolism and sleep.

 

This is because that the creature need the seeds from the lily in order to survive. When the crates on museum that contained the spores were locked away from the basement, it began to kill humans again. The hormones that the creature rely on from the plant also exist in the hypothalamus. The book was later turned into a movie in 1997 that was awesome, but the book was better in my opinion.

 

So after the short description, some personal thoughts on my design. I wanted it too look like a panther crossed with a reptile and human, sort of. Its not entirely novel accurate. Its not described from what i remember if the creature has a tail at all. Also it has much more fur on the arms, I did a concept based more on its look in the novel but it didn't look to good. So i went with an own design instead. I gave it double teeth and a lot them because, its an unnatural creature so i just played around a bit.

The Relic (C) Preston & Child 1995

Art and concept by me



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:icontimetogohero:
TimeToGoHero Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Interesting so this was the Kothoga's early origin. I wonder why the Mbwun was replaced by the Kothoga in the film version?
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Gloverboy23 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hunts by smell, sees by smell, lives by smell, thinks by smell, and has the strength of of grizzly bear. A wet nose with keen sense. Poor eye-sight in bright daylight.

Irritation from hundreds of people in a large crowed, with concentrated hormonal scent, make it hunt-crazy for brain hormones.
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DarthWill3 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Is that a brain?
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:iconhellraptor:
Hellraptor Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yes it is
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:icondarthwill3:
DarthWill3 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I thought as much.
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:icongloverboy23:
Gloverboy23 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
“Not only eating Lieutenant, but slobbering over the food as well. Clearly, he, she, or it has no manners.”
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:iconhellraptor:
Hellraptor Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:)
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:iconmephilas:
mephilas Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2017
Wonderful
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:iconantonellisofbbender:
AntonellisofbBender Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2017  Student Filmographer
how come the movie the relic don't have this type of monster?
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:iconmermanwatch:
Mermanwatch Featured By Owner Edited Mar 24, 2017
Wish It was still up.
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:iconantonellisofbbender:
AntonellisofbBender Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2017  Student Filmographer
still up for what?
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:iconmermanwatch:
Mermanwatch Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2017
The original version.
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:iconantonellisofbbender:
AntonellisofbBender Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2017  Student Filmographer
i see
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:iconmermanwatch:
Mermanwatch Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2017
The original one was good.  
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:iconantonellisofbbender:
AntonellisofbBender Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2017  Student Filmographer
i wish there will be a film called Kathoga vs the Judas Breed
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:iconmermanwatch:
Mermanwatch Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2017
Ok.
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:iconantonellisofbbender:
AntonellisofbBender Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2017  Student Filmographer
you like that idea?
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:iconmermanwatch:
Mermanwatch Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2017
Maybe.
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:iconantonellisofbbender:
AntonellisofbBender Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2017  Student Filmographer
why just maybe?
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:iconhellraptor:
Hellraptor Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
probably because they re-deigned it and and made different version.
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:iconantonellisofbbender:
AntonellisofbBender Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2017  Student Filmographer
a different version?
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:iconmermanwatch:
Mermanwatch Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2017
I don't known the other monster.
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:iconantonellisofbbender:
AntonellisofbBender Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2017  Student Filmographer
there are 2 monsters in The Relic
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:iconmermanwatch:
Mermanwatch Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2017
The bug monster.
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:iconwolfbane-kiryu:
Wolfbane-Kiryu Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017
I wish they made the sequal
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:iconhublerdon:
HUBLERDON Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Great! Loved this book!
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:icontyrantking169:
Tyrantking169 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017
Love it, also thanks to you I have read both Relic and its squeal. Thank You.
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Kerian-halcyon Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
I remember Relic.  I need to see that movie, I thought the monster looked pretty cool.

Think you could try your hand at doing the human-sized roaches from the film Mimic at some point?
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:iconhellraptor:
Hellraptor Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
perhaps.
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:iconkerian-halcyon:
Kerian-halcyon Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Awesome, I look forward to seeing it. ^^
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:iconnyarloth:
Nyarloth Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017
Great Design Hellraptor !!! ;)
This Thing is really Monstruous !!! 
I really like it !!! :)
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Johnclaw-Dragonhelm Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017
I remember this book! Preston and Child always pushed the edge of pseudo-science, and came up with a bunch of cool stuff. This was the book that introduced me to them.
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ashlaforce Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
This is so freakin WICKED!!!
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:iconmermanwatch:
Mermanwatch Featured By Owner May 19, 2016
I have since a close up of the picture of what is looks like in the books.  It has the upper half a gorilla, however is is well done.  A dark, evil and hideous creature!  However it is also sad forced to become a monster.
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elmediomaniaco Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2016
i have not read the book but i saw the movie 
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:iconmetalsaur:
Metalsaur Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Love the attention to detail with the muscle and skeletal frame just like the novel describes and it harkens back to the cover art of the novel too so  two thumbs way up.
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:iconhellraptor:
Hellraptor Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you :)

i have thought of updating this one with a new look.
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:iconbadork11:
Badork11 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2015
I think I just came up with a very interesting idea for a Death Battle!

Mwbun vs. Guenther the shark hybrid from White Shark (novel) and Creature (TV Movie series)
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:iconhellraptor:
Hellraptor Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
sound cool
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:icontyrantking169:
Tyrantking169 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2015
Never read the novel, didnt know the was one so thanks. :)

Also awesome work.
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:iconhellraptor:
Hellraptor Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you :)

 you should read it, its really good.
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teenrex7 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for introducing me to The Relic. I am currently reading it and can't put it down. BTW, have you heard of Tyrannosaur Canyon that is also by Douglas Preston?
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:iconhellraptor:
Hellraptor Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Its good is int it ?

no i havent.
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Bender18 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
looks pretty nice, it differs from the movie version, but I like it
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:iconkaijukid23:
Kaijukid23 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2015
Ancient tribe of dreaded genetic engineers. Or should I say, alchemist
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:iconhellraptor:
Hellraptor Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Indeed, one good description.
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Kaijukid23 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2015
But srsly, how can hormones  effect the victim's morphology? It would be more logical if it only effect the victim's behavior and minutes amount of physical changes, not turning them into a completely new creature.
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:iconhellraptor:
Hellraptor Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well sometimes, logic is not as entertaining as pure fantasy.
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KaijuInfinity Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WAIT!....There was a novel version of the relic?
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:iconhellraptor:
Hellraptor Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yes there is, i highly recomend it.
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