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Crowanha by mighty5cent Crowanha by mighty5cent
They swarm. Birds flock and fish school, but they swarm. Both and neither, these creatures aren't just soft feathers and shining scales. They started off as a rumor scoffed at by anyone of importance. A small town in the middle of nowhere Nebraska reported cattle mutilations by the hundreds; only bones left behind. Then they ran out of cows. They swarm.

Reputable news franchises refused to run the story. Birds that looked like fish attacking small towns decimating the population were rampant in The Enquirer and other even less reputable news sources, one even interviewed the supposed scientist responsible, Dr. Eli Evans. He was quoted saying,

"It was my intention to splice two life forms that were incompatible. It would have revolutionized genetic engineering. A fish and a bird. A piranha and a crow. So different and so very similar. Part of the ecosystem, but unique in that they did not have a specific diet, they served no purpose other than to eat what everything else shunned. And that similarity was shared at a genetic level, I discovered that they shared a 32 percent DNA match, which is remarkable between mammals, and unheard of in a fish and an avian!"

Dr. Evans went on to say,

"I had no idea, it seemed so perfect. It was like they wanted to be spliced together. All of the tests were positive. Test subject Alpha was the picture of health. Amphibious."

After minutes of sobbing the doctor finished the interview with "I didn't know, I couldn't have. When they killed my Kaitlin I realized what I had done, they swarmed all over her... she was helpless..."

Singly they are not a threat. They lay several hundred to several thousand eggs every week. They swarm. Their teeth rending flesh, their feathers laced with razor sharp spines fluttering, scoring flesh, slicing. Blood wells from the wounds, and the scent draws more of them.

Photoshop. The amazing description was written by my friend Dane Richmond after he saw the artwork.

Splice Contest
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:iconconsty-t:
Consty-T Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
yeah,that,s  realy  good!CURSE YOU! 
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:iconfoxwolf52:
foxwolf52 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013
ho shit O_O
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:iconimortal-night:
Imortal-Night Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*on the phone* yeah we need to breed flying blood hunters. "flying sir?!" Yes, and I want them done now!It's a national emergency!*hangs up* lets see how they deal with these.
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SunshineDustInc Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
step aside hitchcock. its not just The Birds
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Quinn-Red Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
THEY SWARM. If this became part of a really popular Sci-fi novel I bet people would be saying "They Swarm" a lot.
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:iconfmoscuro:
fmoscuro Featured By Owner May 24, 2012
Muy bueno!!
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shadowdollcat Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Its absolutely what I crave massive carnage nicely done!
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:iconcxzecoatl:
CXZecoatl Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011
That shit's not going to fly!
*Goes and gets shotgun*
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Catbandit Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011
I don't know if anyone has made this joke yet BUT
birds flock, yeah, but crows murder.

(murder of crows...hehehe)

very awesome and appropriate background.
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halonut117 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
eurgh
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:iconacoldwar:
Acoldwar Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Magnificent!
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:iconmighty5cent:
mighty5cent Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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Darthrancor Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010
That is scary. The comment even scarier. The corpse is a nice touch though. :thumbsup: The first time after I saw this and heard a crow I dove for cover. :sprint:
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:iconmighty5cent:
mighty5cent Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :D The ribcage is the goriest thing I've ever painted, I think. It was interesting.
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Darthrancor Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010
By comment I ment description.
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cuervoscuro Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010  Professional Writer
:worship: Best (or worst) of both worlds... my MtG freakness says this might be a GREAT (B)(U) creature :O
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:iconmighty5cent:
mighty5cent Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! What does (B)(U) mean? I'm not too familiar with MtG.
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:iconcuervoscuro:
cuervoscuro Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010  Professional Writer
1 black land and 1 blue land ;)
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:iconawesome-deviant-name:
:ohnoes:OH NOES!
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:icondragonstrike1001:
dragonstrike1001 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2010
Have you ever seen Hitchcock's movie, The Birds? This is basically what happens. However, it is not nearly as apocalyptic as this is!
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:iconmighty5cent:
mighty5cent Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Of course! I watched a few clips while working on this :D
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loveistheanswer123 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010
this is just... wow.
i think my favorite part is actually the feathers. xD

over all, beautiful.
<3

(sorry, I suck at commenting, which is why I never do it, but this was too good for me not to.)
[:
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:iconmighty5cent:
mighty5cent Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :) And hey, I think it's a good comment :D
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:iconvampyre-lover:
Vampyre-Lover Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010
So Is So Totally AWESOME!!! So Wicked!!! Love It!!!
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:iconmighty5cent:
mighty5cent Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :D
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ShadowKittyWolf Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010
That. Is terrifying.
Don't know why, but I feel compelled to stare at its magnificence (pretty feathers!) and then run away in terror xD
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:iconmighty5cent:
mighty5cent Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, don't look too long. That's how they get you :D
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:iconjillness:
Jillness Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010
Fantastic entry! I really love how the whole picture was executed! :heart:
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:iconmighty5cent:
mighty5cent Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! Appreciate it!
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:iconlachbee:
Lachbee Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010
pretty damn good!
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:iconmighty5cent:
mighty5cent Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconlachbee:
Lachbee Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010
Welcome ^___^
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margotdent Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010
Congratulations on being a Splice "Create A Creature" contest semi-finalist! The director of Splice, Vincenzo Natali, had this to say about your entry:
"Piranha just got a sequel. Alexander Aja, I hope you are seeing this!"
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:iconmighty5cent:
mighty5cent Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
:D Thanks for passing that along. The winners were great!!
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MediaHeadJcup Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010
haha, yours should have won.
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:iconmighty5cent:
mighty5cent Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :) Those winners are all awesome though!
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:icontherealorganizedmess:
good luck mighty fish
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:iconthe-winter-raeven:
the-winter-raeven Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010
Haha, this is great!! I love both the artwork and the description.
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:iconmighty5cent:
mighty5cent Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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CrusaderMaria Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010
This is pretty darn awesome (although piranha's do not look like that.) Sounds like an apocolypse to me! Kudos on being a Splice Finalist! you deserve it.
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:iconmighty5cent:
mighty5cent Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! (crows don't look like that either ;))
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CrusaderMaria Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010
Touche! *salutes* Still an epic illustration.
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:iconmighty5cent:
mighty5cent Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
:D Thanks!
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LaurieLefebvre Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Awesome piece, good luck
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:iconmighty5cent:
mighty5cent Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :D
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NutAndJez Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2010
This is amazing! I love creatures, but I wish I could draw this well.
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:iconmighty5cent:
mighty5cent Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconkarasu-no-yami:
Karasu-no-Yami Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
HOLY..! That's just epic :heart:
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:iconmighty5cent:
mighty5cent Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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EthnisArt Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Bloody terrifying, great pic with a matching great story.
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