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DOD: Chelydra by Gilarah93 DOD: Chelydra by Gilarah93
Name: Chelydra
Aliases: The Sixth Sense, Shell-Hydra
Pronounced: (Shell-eye-drah)
Faction: Rogue — The Swamp Monsters
Alignment: Neutral

Classification: Chelydra serpentina
Length: 1,065 feet
Height: 360 feet (main head)
Weight: 125,000 tons

Weaponry / Abilities:

Bolt-Cutter Beak:
By far Chelydra’s most formidable weapon is his massive, recurved beak. Powered by enormous musculature and each jaw tipped by two punishingly hooked points, the turtle’s bite one of the most powerful of all kaiju. Add to this his long, muscular neck and shoulders, and Chelydra can tear, crush, and utterly destroy practically anything he can get his massive beaked maw around. The beak’s edges alone are ferocious weapons: sharpened against one another as his jaws articulate, these biological guillotines are perfectly suited for chopping through the thickest kaiju flesh and hide, even breaking bones with a bit of effort.

Can-Opener Tusks:
Sprouting halfway along the edges of Chelydra’s lower jaw is a pair of thick, slightly blunted tusks. Used mostly to punch through thick-shelled prey, the monstrous turtle has remembered their effectiveness and applied them to many of his kaiju adversaries, crushing bones, shredding muscle fibers, and crippling his opponents. Even when his jaws are shut, Chelydra can still use his tusks to gouge, impale, and gore his adversaries.

Digger / Ripper Claws:
While not particularly unique in terms of appearance, Chelydra’s thick, blunt talons are superbly built for excavation purposes, allowing the kaiju turtle to shovel through enough soil to fill a football stadium in mere minutes. Clearly, Chelydra also uses his claws to grip unstable terrain, tear apart prey, or pin and rip into his adversaries’ flesh.

Sledgehammer Tail:
Rare amongst turtles, Chelydra’s tail is rather long and surprisingly massive in structure. Used mainly for counterbalancing his bulky head and neck, Chelydra also utilizes his heavy tail as a powerful bludgeoning weapon well able to crush, upend, and bash most threats into submission. If necessary, the kaiju turtle will use his tail to aid in underwater propulsion, albeit a bit clumsily.

Serrated Half-Shells:
Unlike any other turtle, Chelydra’s massive shell doesn’t completely cover his body. Far too large to need such extensive defenses, the kaiju’s spiked shell has shrunk to the point of only covering his shoulders and thighs, for both of which biological support structures are a necessity. His shoulders protected by a thorny carapace reminiscent of his close relatives, the alligator snapping turtles, Chelydra’s shoulder armor also protects his secondary heads as well as serving as attachment points for his neck’s heavy muscles. Requiring more bodily support than defense, his bulky thighs are covered by a plate-like carapace rimmed with flat triangular spikes, the former of which provides attachment points for several enormous muscles in the kaiju’s lower back and tail. While unguarded by a shell proper, the thick skin of Chelydra’s middle back is underlain by the remnants of his pre-kaiju bodily shell, which suffices for much of his defensive needs. Most of Chelydra’s plastron has disappeared, though this grants the monster much more flexibility at the expense of having slightly less body armor. Despite its one-off adaptations, Chelydra’s segmented shell still renders him nigh-indestructible.

Ironsides:
As with any large turtle, Chelydra’s pleated hide is rather heavy. Underlain by a mesh-like array of bony plates, the kaiju’s already thick skin is rendered practically impenetrable by slashing weapons, and has enough flexibility to take the brunt of most blunt-force assaults without issue. These osteoderms are especially prevalent around Chelydra’s upper flanks, neck, and tail. Four particularly large osteoderms sprout from near the end of the kaiju’s tail, and serve a similar function to the tail clubs of many advanced ankylosaurs: a brutal bludgeoning weapon.

Amphibious:
Being a snapping turtle, Chelydra is equally comfortable – and formidable – either on land or in the water. Able to hold his breath for nearly two hours, the turtle can switch between the two elements relatively quickly and fluidly for a monster of his size: however, Chelydra is a poor swimmer in deep water, and he prefers sinking to the bottom and walking instead of swimming. Like most amphibious kaiju, Chelydra is tolerant of freshwater, brackish water, and saltwater.

Sheer Size:
Thanks to his immense size and reinforced barrel-like torso, Chelydra merely shifting his weight can throw opponents off their feet, allowing his intended blows to literally send his foes flying.

Titan’s Wake:
Due to his titanic size and bulk, Chelydra boasts an almost unbelievable amount of raw muscle power throughout his body. Easily strong enough to thrash 70,000-ton kaiju around like ragdolls, and with enough physical stamina to tow under an aircraft carrier against its will, he is among the most physically powerful kaiju ever seen. When in the sea, the monster has been known to use his sheer size and weight to produce monstrous surface wakes, plowing his opponents aside or, when diving down to attack from below, forcibly drawing them into range.

Hydra:
Chelydra’s most notable feature is his additional heads and neck – six of them, to be exact. Smaller, leaner, and less armored than his primary head, these secondary heads are joined to his spine and notochord via a pair of tri-forked bone/nerve splits, and are fully equipped in terms of brain capacity. To prevent conflicts and potential injuries to himself, Chelydra’s secondary heads are subservient to his primary head and function essentially like arms.

Used in unison, these six heads are formidable and nearly unavoidable grapples, each tipped with a miniature version of the main head’s vicious shearing beak; joined by flexible cartilage joints, these heads can extend to nearly 140% their average length, or retract almost completely beneath the safe confines of Chelydra’s massive shoulder carapace. Surprisingly strong, and yet quite delicate when necessary, Chelydra’s secondary heads can lift large objects when united as well as manipulate and examine small objects independently.

Sixth Sense:
Due to having seven fully functional heads instead of one, Chelydra’s sensory range is increased exponentially. Fully able to see, hear, smell, feel, and taste with his six secondary heads, the kaiju can detect distant stimuli and respond accordingly, or examine objects and places too small or too inaccessible otherwise. Given his almost supernatural detection abilities, Chelydra is sometimes referred to as “The Sixth Sense” amongst the superstitious.

Weaknesses:

Heavyweight:
Due to his enormous size and weight, Chelydra is a noticeably slow mover. Lumbering across the battlefield, the gigantic daikaiju can easily be outmaneuvered by both military and monster.

Personality:
Everything Chelydra does is done slowly: move, eat, communicate, and even fight. He’s been around for thousands if not millions of years already, it’s not like he has anywhere to be. Preferring to wallow and sleep rather than stay active, Chelydra proves to be somewhat difficult to motivate into activity, even by his fellow Swamp Monsters. Not much bothers Chelydra, not even the constant conflict being waged between mankind and his fellow monsters. He’s in no rush.

Combat Strategy:
Once roused from his typically placid, lethargic state, Chelydra is a surprisingly vindictive opponent to face on land. Ground shaking as he advances, the colossal turtle will initially lunge out from a distance with his six secondary heads, attempting to grapple around enemy limbs and reel them in ever closer to his flesh-cleaving beak. Strugglers are grasped ever tighter as Chelydra tows them near, slowly squeezing their very life away as he drags them towards an almost certain death. If this assault is interrupted, Chelydra usually goes on the defensive, forcing attackers to keep their distance as the mutant snapping turtle readies to launch another volley of coils and cutting beaks. In the water, however, Chelydra is a slightly more timid combatant, and he tends to stay on the defensive rather than actively charge after his opponents. Chelydra relies on his massive shell segments and his armored skin for protection. When even he can’t defeat a rival on his own, Chelydra will emit a loud roar, calling out for aid from his Swamp Monster comrades.

History:

Late September, 1998.

Residents all along the American Gulf Coast were battening down their valuables as a vast Category-4 storm, dubbed Hurricane Georges, lazily approached from the Gulf of Mexico. Having passed through at least six island countries already, the massive hurricane showed little sign of slowing down as it neared the east Louisiana coast.

The threat of the storm had forced boaters from the water by the hundreds of thousands, leaving the gulf itself barren of human life. With no one around to report a sighting, four enormous underwater objects trailing directly beneath the hurricane’s cloak of rainclouds went…unnoticed.

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Even as Hurricane Georges was running on fumes an entire state away in western Mississippi, formerly vibrant towns and cities in Louisiana continued to become burning wastelands. The coastal city of New Orleans, despite having survived the hurricane relatively intact, was the first of many to fall. Whatever this unknown force of destruction was, its path seemed to be following that of Hurricane Georges, leveling whatever manmade structures the storm had left standing in its wake. As the last vestiges of Hurricane Georges crept their way through Alabama and Georgia on September 29th, the four unseen sources of devastation followed from the ground beneath the storm, well aware that their cover was fading and fading fast.

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Artist's Commentary:
This is DOD’s polycephalic sauropod-turtle, Chelydra. Back in DOD’s infancy, I had unintentionally created four kaiju whose base species can all be found in the Florida Everglades; once I noticed this coincidence, I took the opportunity to group them together as “The Swamp Monsters”. The first of the group I created was Chelydra here, whom I based off of my favorite shelled reptiles: snapping turtles. His name comes from the scientific name of the common snapping turtle, but at the time, it also sounded like “Shell-Hydra”, which inspired the kaiju’s design. Design-wise, Chelydra was originally built like a conventional snapping turtle, but I eventually realized that a retro sauropod-like form would suit his long-reaching capabilities better. Character-wise, I envisioned Chelydra being sluggish, apathetic, and mostly indifferent to the world.

Artistic Notes:
— Chelydra has 5 toes on each front foot, and 4 toes on each back foot. All of his digits are tipped by thick, blunt claws, though the claws on the hindfeet are somewhat larger and bulkier.
— Chelydra’s central head is based on that of the alligator snapping turtle: animal.discovery.com/fansites/… . His secondary heads are based on that of the common snapping turtle: www.chelydra.org/ca_common.jpg .
— Chelydra’s shoulder-mounted shell is based on that of the alligator snapping turtle: upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia… , but his spines are angled more vertically.
— Chelydra’s thigh-mounted shell is vaguely shield-like, with two large spines running down its center; these spines are similar to those along his shoulder-mounted shell. The flat spines around the shell’s edge in the image actually run all the way around the edge, their points facing back.
— The top pair of Chelydra’s secondary heads is positioned directly above the back of his neck, while the two lower pairs are positioned above his shoulders.
— General References:
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:iconponchofirewalker01:
PonchoFirewalker01 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013
Ah, nice :D
A toraton re-created by Godzilla fans :D
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:icongilarah93:
Gilarah93 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That was sort of the idea, thanks. :D
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:iconponchofirewalker01:
PonchoFirewalker01 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014
You're welcome :D
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:iconravensaurs-rex:
Ravensaurs-Rex Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Always a crowd pleaser. He remains one of your most insane and most creative monsters and he is just so much freaking awesome in one package.
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:icongilarah93:
Gilarah93 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Many thanks, Chelydra is one of my personal favorite kaiju as well.
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:iconravensaurs-rex:
Ravensaurs-Rex Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I can only further agree.
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:icongilarah93:
Gilarah93 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yesh, yesh indeed.
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:iconcrystaldemon93:
Crystaldemon93 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011
Kickass new bio for Chel, dude!
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:icongilarah93:
Gilarah93 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, dude! I do my best :D
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:iconcrystaldemon93:
Crystaldemon93 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011
Which is quite much, let's face it XD
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:icongilarah93:
Gilarah93 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
XD thanks a lot!
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:iconcrystaldemon93:
Crystaldemon93 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011
LOL welcome a lot!
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:iconcrystaldemon93:
Crystaldemon93 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010
Well, this is a scary turtle. Good work and awesome idea.
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:icongilarah93:
Gilarah93 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, he's turned into a fan favorite from the looks of it.
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:iconva0027:
va0027 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010  Student General Artist
:WTF: XD

verry cool though XD
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:icongilarah93:
Gilarah93 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
XD indeed.
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:iconva0027:
va0027 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010  Student General Artist
hey! the WTF emoticon don't work :-(
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:icongilarah93:
Gilarah93 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, i noticed that.
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:iconva0027:
va0027 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010  Student General Artist
i'l try again :wtf:
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:icongilarah93:
Gilarah93 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
There it is XD
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:iconva0027:
va0027 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010  Student General Artist
nice. the thing is not to write it with caps-lock
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:icongilarah93:
Gilarah93 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
XD lesson learned.
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:iconravensaurs-rex:
Ravensaurs-Rex Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Okay, he is freaking epic beyond everything!

He has become my new forite turtle kaijU!
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:icongilarah93:
Gilarah93 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WOO!!!

Indeed he is! Though his "pavement" shell looks a bit wierd to me.
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:iconravensaurs-rex:
Ravensaurs-Rex Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Ehhh, a little.
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:icongilarah93:
Gilarah93 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's the layering of it as compared to the spines jutting off of it. But otherwise, he turned out just about perfectly.
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:iconravensaurs-rex:
Ravensaurs-Rex Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
I still like him...though he sort of reminds me of another monster.

Don't worry, it was a cool looking turtle of doom. lol
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:icongilarah93:
Gilarah93 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This one, perhaps? [link]
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:iconravensaurs-rex:
Ravensaurs-Rex Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Nah, now I remember!

[link]
That guy.
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:icongilarah93:
Gilarah93 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's it? Pfff....Chelydra would consider him a light snack.
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