Friday, March 05, 2010

Creatures on Gaia

I'm not a fan of the virtual avatar-based Gaia Online, but the avatar items can get pretty interesting at times. Here's a few gems:

Yes, this is a Penanggalan, the disturbing Malaysian vampire I've talked about both on Bogleech and Cracked. An absolutely adorable, beautifully illustrated Penanggalan, actually created for Gaia by o-8, an artist whose skills I'm incredibly envious of.

The same artist is responsible for this gorgeous "bogeyman," closet monster, and even a Popobawa. If you don't know what a Popobawa is, I suggest you google or wiki it.

Most of the items here will run you tens or even hundreds of thousands in virtual Gaia money, but this superb giant fly costume, eyeball mask and tentacle limbs run pretty cheap!

I'm very impressed by these beautiful marine animals, actually created by our friend Tengu - artist, writer and webmaster of! The Blobfish and the firefly squid are actually "hat" items! The last one is none other than a flamboyant cuttlefish.

I'm a pretty big fan of medieval plague doctors, and you can also collect some absolutely adorable rats and fleas to go with it.

You have to love these slimy mutants and tentacle critters, also by Tengu and all part of an item called "The Experiment!" The second one covers your avatar's face. I can't even pick a favorite of these.

Here we have various growth stages of the "Dionaesil" item, which are some of the coolest carnivorous plant sprites I've ever seen. The largest stage gives you the option of completely replacing your human avatar and *being* the plant! The dionaesil item was designed and started by o-8, but finished by Tengu.

Dionaesil also includes a variety of other fly-trap decorations. This is combining six of them at once.

The last dionaesil item I feel like pointing out, this fly-trap door is a direct reference to the online horror story, Dionea House. The item is even titled "The Door is Open," one of the tale's memorable lines.

Finally, Tengu created these cutely creepy Youkai monsters!

Whether you play Gaia or not, you can play around with the avatar simulator on to make all kinds of stuff. For example:


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I haven't been on Gaia in a couple years but this kinda makes me want to start playing again from the sheer awesomeness X3 I flippin' love your site, it's amazing. You find the coolest things, quirky stuff like this interests me. Just saying, you're great. You definately have a fan girl :)

5:39 AM  
Blogger Lee said...

Cool sprites! I especially like the Octaman. But...okay...maybe I'm just naughty-minded, but it seems to me that the combined flytrap has a, um...vertebrate-style female reproductive aperture.

3:06 PM  
Blogger Pearl said...

The Yokai, sea creatures (from Yemeana's Pearl), and carnivorous plant are all by the same artist (Chasmosaur on DA, as you say the creator of Obakemono.)

Her Gaia profile is here mentioning her other items and full of Ge Ge Ge No Ge references

I admit I'm pretty addicted to Gaia and if she's made an item it's usually worth getting one for the great art.

11:57 PM  

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