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Kraykray - a Sōgoju based on The Kraken from Clash of the Titans (I tried to combine features from both the original and the remake versions).

Atom Boy.

The analogue for Astro Boy in the Apex Society Universe. The name is based on Astro Boy's original name in Japanese (The Mighty Atom).

Beyond that, I don't have a specific origin in mind yet. Just felt like doing the character design.

And I called them Stickhares after the aforementioned insult (also a pun on them being hares* who brandish sticks).

*I'm aware that hares and rabbits are entirely different species. Don't @ me.

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I thought it would be funny to take these old illustrations and extrapolate a Fantasy race from them, and I thought it would be even funnier to make it a "proud warrior race" in the vein of the Klingons from Star Trek. In my mind, they operate in a strict caste system where the majority are farmers and such but the upper class see themselves as noble warriors (like the Samurai in feudal Japan). They live in the Lands of Romance, a continent west of Terra Cognita.

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Essentially, it seems to be a case of a joke that was really funny then, but doesn't really track now. The idea apparently was finding humour in the role-reversal, of humans being hunted by docile rabbits - who were seen as a cowardly species (the term Stickhare was an insult at the time that essentially just meant coward).

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Stickhares.

There's a surprisingly common detail in a lot of Medieval illuminated manuscripts of rabbits, often human-sized and bipedal, treathening cowering humans with brandished weapons. Here's an article on the phenomenon: openculture.com/…/killer-rabbi

An online friend suggested the name Kamakirider (a portmanteau of Kamakiri, the Japanese name for the Praying Mantis, and Rider), and I thought that was cool. No ideas for the origin yet.

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Kamakirider

I've been trying to come up with an analogue for Kamen Rider for the Apex Society Universe for a while, but with no luck so far. But I came across some beautiful-looking Praying Mantis species that inspired what I think is an interesting look.

For no particular reason, I suddenly felt like designing my own take on the popular Cryptid known as the Jersey Devil.

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