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Re: Heraldry
Post by DrLight   » Tue Oct 23, 2018 2:38 pm

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jchilds wrote:A version of the doomwhale is also used in the Starfire series, a creature on the planet Beaufort (useful for pharmacology?). One exists on the planetary flag and IIRC the Terran Republic adds wings to it for its flag and calls it a dragon? Most of that is in Insurrection, IIRC.


I don't suppose you know of an illustration of the flag do you?

Is the description a good one? If so I can go back and read Insurrection again.
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Re: Heraldry
Post by Dauntless   » Wed Oct 24, 2018 8:20 am

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I don't recall it being a great description. it is mainly mentioned as the design committee was a safe place to put some of the more annoying/less honest politicians while leaving them with enough "face" that they wouldn't try to cause more trouble.
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Re: Heraldry
Post by runsforcelery   » Wed Oct 24, 2018 10:07 pm

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Weird Harold wrote:
DrLight wrote:I'm thinking of doing a Nimue Alban costume. My one problem (actually one of my many problems) is that I can't draw and have no real idea of what a doomwhale and kraken look like.

Would any kind artist person have any ideas?


Not an artist, but a quick google image search on "doomwhale" turns up some fanart of a highly improbable (imho) interpretation.

As for me, I tend to think of Doomwhales as outsized mosasaurs. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mosasaur or possibly a sperm-whale sized Orca.



Think of the doomwhale as an outsized mammalian megalodon: in other words, a great white shark about 20% longer than a blue whale (about 25 meters [or 80 feet or so, for a Safeholdian]), with an extra set of pectoral fins.

There's a reason these things have occasionally sunk galleys or small galleons.


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Re: Heraldry
Post by phillies   » Mon Oct 29, 2018 7:58 am

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runsforcelery wrote:Think of the doomwhale as an outsized mammalian megalodon: in other words, a great white shark about 20% longer than a blue whale (about 25 meters [or 80 feet or so, for a Safeholdian]), with an extra set of pectoral fins.

There's a reason these things have occasionally sunk galleys or small galleons.


A reason? Crunchy on the outside, tasty on the inside?
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Re: Heraldry
Post by Weird Harold   » Mon Oct 29, 2018 2:25 pm

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runsforcelery wrote:There's a reason these things have occasionally sunk galleys or small galleons.


phillies wrote:A reason? Crunchy on the outside, tasty on the inside?


Even doomwhales just need a light snack now and then. :D
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Re: Heraldry
Post by Isilith   » Mon Oct 29, 2018 2:56 pm

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runsforcelery wrote:

Think of the doomwhale as an outsized mammalian megalodon: in other words, a great white shark about 20% longer than a blue whale (about 25 meters [or 80 feet or so, for a Safeholdian]), with an extra set of pectoral fins.

There's a reason these things have occasionally sunk galleys or small galleons.



Umm, not to be nitpicky, but to be nitpicky... if it was 20% longer than a Blue Whale, it would be around 35-36 meters, or 120 feet, long. You shrank the BW by 20%, instead of making it larger. ;)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_whale
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Re: Heraldry
Post by Isilith   » Mon Oct 29, 2018 3:06 pm

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Look at the bright side, that makes your Doomwhale even doomier! :lol:
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