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Smith - Ispazar II, Redesigned by KingOvRats Smith - Ispazar II, Redesigned by KingOvRats
I thought these pterodactyl-dragon-alien-sorcerers deserved a worthier depiction; It's now more similar to my winged dragons rather than my pterodactyls. The wings also have been completely remade and now possess unique anatomy, being more similar to the ones that gliding lizards have, just much more advanced.

The Ispazars are main antagonists in the story,  being confronted by the anti-hero sorcerer Maal Dweb. They apparently plot to overthrow him and rue his dominion, however, they are no match for his magic. Dweb defeats them by reverting them into the form of some of their early ancestors. (2)


(1)
"(...) there came a vibrant drumming as of great dragonwings. He peered from his hiding-place and saw in the double dawn the descent of the Ispazars, from whose webbed vans a darkness fell on the valley. Nearer they drew, and he saw their cold and scarlet eyes beneath scaly brows, their long, undulant bodies, their lizard limbs, and prehensile claws; and he heard the deep, articulate hissing of their voices. Then the petals closed about him blindly, shuddering and constrictive, as the flower-women recoiled from the swooping monsters. All was confusion, terror, tumult; but he knew, from his observation of the previous rape, that two of the Ispazars had encircled the flower's stem with their python-like tails, and were pulling it from the ground as a human sorcerer might pull a mandrake plant.

"They came toward him among the crowded vessels, walking erect in the fashion of men on their short lizard legs, their ribbed and sabled wings retracted behind them, and their eyes glaring redly in the gloom. Two of them were armed with long, sinuous-bladed knives; and others were equipped with enormous adamantine pestles, to be employed, no doubt, in bruising the flesh of the floral vampire."

"When they saw the enchanter; they were both startled and angered. Their necks and torsos began to swell like the hoods of cobras, and a great hissing rose among them, like the noise of jetted steam. Their aspect would have struck terror to the heart of any common man; but Maal Dweb confronted them calmly, repeating aloud, in low, even tones, a word of sovereign protective power."

(2)
"Then, presently, the cloud of vapor began to lift, and he saw the other Ispazars, who were now little larger than fen-snakes. Their wings had withered into useless frills, and they crept and hissed on the floor, amid the alembics and crucibles and athanors of their lost science." 

Clark Ashton Smith, The Flower-Women

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dlambeaut Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
They remid me of the mahars from E.R. Burroughs' "At the Earth's Core", although these latter got psionic powers, instead of magic.
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KingOvRats Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2017   Traditional Artist
I'll have to read that one.
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JCRodriguez01 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice
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KingOvRats Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017   Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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JCRodriguez01 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
no problem
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MadisonCaravella Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017  Student General Artist
Wow! Very, very, very impressive!
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KingOvRats Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017   Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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genghisdon70 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2017
nice work!
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KingOvRats Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017   Traditional Artist
Thank you:)
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TheDerpasaur Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful!
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KingOvRats Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2017   Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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TheDerpasaur Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
;)
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JoeRB Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2017
I love how serpentine your previous one was, but this one has a nice malign intelligence in its face and gargoyle appearance. And your "prevolved" form looks a lot more like a lowly creeper! I like.

Just imagine a story in which Vizaphmal and Maal Dweb meet. That would be spectacular. :D
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KingOvRats Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2017   Traditional Artist
The previous one was good in it's own way, that's wy I didn't want to re-work it and started completely new one. I think I do more justice to the description from the story though.:)

I don't think these two were in the same universe. VIzaphmal mentions general lack of humanoid aliens out there and Maal Dweb cycle clearly features such.
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JoeRB Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2017
I know. I just think it'd be cool. XP
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KingOvRats Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2017   Traditional Artist
Maybe that's why Smith didn't do more of Viz's adventures? Most of his settings feature more or less humanoid aliens which would contradict the main idea of the story where he appears. (Which is, I think much more scientifically accurate than most of alien concepts, especially back then!) 
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JoeRB Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2017
That's a good possibility, though in a letter to Lovecraft Smith stated that he'd love to write stories featuring completely alien characters on alien worlds with no humans whatsoever, which makes it a bigger shame he didn't touch on it more.
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KingOvRats Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2017   Traditional Artist
Meh, then it's even a bigger shame he didn't write this.:P
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KwnstandupesGallery Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is amazing
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KingOvRats Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2017   Traditional Artist
Thanks.:D
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