I’m participating in a new creature design event! The brief reads as following:
“In case you don’t know a matriarch is the dominant alpha female within a society or group. A parade of elephants for example is lead by a matriarchal female. Keep in mind some species of animals will change their appearance slightly if they hold authority over their society, such as the Silverback Gorilla. So in your design you will use gems, minerals, stones, crystals, pretty looking objects, etc; to suggest this matriarch’s authority over it’s group. Whether it collects jewels or if they grow naturally on the creature itself is up to you. Design the Jewelled Matriarch!”
I took some time to think trough the brief and what kind of animal that could possibly be interested in gems or minerals. Then I came to think of hermit crabs and how their shells sometimes are covered with all kinds of cool things like water creatures, stones etc. Some hermit crabs even find a home in man made objects or plastic toys. My idea is:
This species of hermit crab lives along the coasts of different oceans. Each hermit crab territory has one alpha female that is the only one who mates. The other young females live in the same area but can’t reproduce. If the alpha dies another female inside the territory steps up and becomes the alpha. The alpha covers her shell with special minerals by attaching them to her home shell with fluids. These minerals symbolize her status as the leader and attracts males. However, humans hunt these crabs since they want to harvest the minerals and gems, so this species of crab is threatened by extension.
Deadline is April the 26th and I got plenty of work left to do, so let’s GO!