I have two takes on the more “domestic” type creatures;
- Imported Variant:
These are beings who came along to the Mars Basin with the Hearthlings, either being intentionally brought there, or perhaps stowing away and coming along for the trip.
Imported creatures largely resemble their Terran counterparts, save for the distinct helmets as there is neither air nor water on Mars for them.
- Martian Variant:
Like the other life found on Mars, these Martian variants of the creatures have a rather warped and somewhat creepy appearance compared to their Terran kin, including that they have a reddish overlay to their coloring. And possibly glowing eyes…
I originally made the Poyo-in-Space design because I was having trouble coming up with a good one that fit my general Martian appearance. Which naturally means I came up with one after stepping away from it for a while to work on other things.
So now I’m a bit torn between the two, and would like some general feedback;
- Imported Domestics (with helmets)- Poyos in Spaaaaaace
- Martian Domestics - We shall find & tame life on Mars!
- Why not both? Maybe some stowaways, maybe some wilds
Notes on the two designs:
“Imported Creatures” design elements:
The helmets will be glass, utilizing a custom version of the glass colour map (as per the jars or wind chimes made by Rayaa’s Children).
At release, the helmets will likely just be decorative; while I have a concept for an Air based mechanic (I’ll include it below, seeing I already shared it to ACE’s discord server’s project showcase), it’s not something I’m going to be able to do in the foreseeable future.
The colours will have a slight reddish touch to them, to reflect that they eventually have a fine layer of the Mars dust on them from the constant exposure to it - Hearthlings might dust themselves and their belongings off frequently, but it’s a bit hard to keep up with the animals romping in it without having to constantly bathe them, which would eventually get overwhelming for even the best poor shepherd.
“Martian Lifeform” design elements:
The red color overlay used on all the Martian life is both to reflect them being constantly exposed to the iron oxide dust of the biome as well as to act as camouflage that hid the life on the planet from observation
The glowing eyes on most of the creatures is both to add to their creepiness factor, as that is the overall scheme I’m going for with them, as well as to reflect them adapting to see in the relatively darker setting.
The warped appearances is predominantly to give them an “alien” feel, while still being recognizable for their species. Also perhaps because I may be trying to avoid going and reanimating everything
Why are there inherently Martian versions of pets? The idea was that the pet merchant is selling you creatures that were found and caught locally. I also had forgotten the helmet idea until I got to the poyo and started playing with the idea that some animals were brought with to Mars. Oops.