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Cryptid Universe 08-09 by DeevElliott Cryptid Universe 08-09 by DeevElliott
THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF CRYPTOZOOLOGY

Headquartered in an ancient Scottish castle in the middle of a Loch there exists a secret society of Cryptozoologists who’s mission is “To discover and contain all potential creatures that threaten the Empire”. They are to protect the citizens of the British Empire from creatures that the world is not ready to meet as well as protect the creatures from themselves.

This secret order has existed through the centuries and was founded in part by Beowulf who fought Grendal, Thor who battled the Midgard sea serpent Jormungand, and Saint George who defeated the Dragon. From them sprang other groups such as the Knights Templar, but the core organization has existed until today.

The Society came under the protection of Great Britain in the Fourteenth Century after the Knights Templar were hounded and destroyed throughout Europe at the behest of Pope Clement V. The Society and the Templars were too closely associated to not escape persecution. The Society absorbed many of those Templars that had escaped from Europe.

In 1527, King Henry VIII created a separation with the Roman church in two ways. First he divorced Katherine and then he gave the Society the full protection of the realm by issuing a Royal appointment. They have since been called the Royal Society for Cryptozoology. It is widely believed that he did this to take some of the effect that his divorce would have in Europe as the Templars had been widely liked outside of France. The Vatican denounced him only on the divorce. It was around this same time that the Society would start to disappear from the public eye and cover its actions in a shroud of secrecy.

In time Kipling learns that these men were his ancestors who not only conquered these creatures but also walked the path of transcendentalism by defeating the beast within themselves of pride, power, lust, etc… Kipling must be initiated into this order by walking the same path as his ancestors.

Painted art pages by ALEX HORLEY

The designs for the monsters and the castle on these two pages were by WETA Workshop of New Zealand.

These pages are from the currently abandoned issue 1 of CRYPTID, but we hope to return to it soon.

Created by Michael Todd
Developed by Michael Todd with Dave Elliott

CRYPTID Michael Todd
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brandon-bowling Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014
Great stuff. Nothing like a prehistoric creature frozen in ice. It's pretty much guaranteed to unthaw, come to life and create havoc!
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Dinofuzz Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
So freaking awesome!
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DeevElliott Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
The art is by Alex Horley who is now on deviantART here: alexhorley.deviantart.com/
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Dinofuzz Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome!
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Cousture Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
Please tell me this comic is going to get published...
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DeevElliott Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
One day...
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Faolan98 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Student General Artist
I love you. You included a Quexecoatl :iconletmehugyouplz:


Im not critiquing or anything, but I am confused. In the legend, it says he fought a "dragon", but on the artist interpretations of the beast, a wyvern was shown. So did he fight a dragon, or fight a wyvern?
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DeevElliott Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
In the illustration above, the creature in ice is a dragon. A Wyvern is usually depicted with having only fore-limbs and no back legs. That part of the body is more serpent like.

As for Quexecoatls, they just don't get enough love.

;-)
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Faolan98 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Student General Artist
I know the difference between a dragon and a wyvern and a drake and everything :XD:....I just wondered which one he really fought . . .


Quexecoatls - Hooray for under-loved cryptids!!!
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DeevElliott Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
Gotcha!

Thanks!

- Dave
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