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DOD: Notarog by Gilarah93 DOD: Notarog by Gilarah93
Name: Notarog
Aliases: The Beachmaster, Blubber Beast
Pronounced: (No-tuh-rhag)
Faction: Defender
Alignment: Chaotic Good

Classification: Mirounga leonina
Length: 450 feet
Height: 130 feet (220 feet reared back)
Weight: 83,000 tons

Weaponry / Abilities:

Crushing Teeth / Ripping Canines:
Unlike most seals, the teeth of elephant seals are surprisingly large and robust, allowing them to prey on much larger animals than their relatives can. Notarog’s dentition is hardly different, and he’ll gladly put his crushing teeth to devastating use on prey and opponents alike. The kaiju’s enormous, almost tusk-like upper canines make for formidable stabbing weapons and can tear open grievous wounds in even the thickest of kaiju flesh, hide, and bone. Driven like sledgehammers by an immensely powerful neck and jaws, and reinforced by a near-solid skull, the seal’s dagger-like upper fangs are his primary close-quarters weapons for a good reason.

Gripper Claws:
As with typical elephant seals, Notarog’s digits are partially exposed from the flesh comprising his flippers, allowing him to use his external claws for grooming and gaining traction. However, the kaiju’s claws are notably larger and can be employed as defensive weapons in a pinch, slashing out awkwardly at an oncoming adversary. Thanks to their length, these bear-like talons are well equipped to assist Notarog in traveling overland and to scratch the occasional itch.

Bludgeoning Hindquarters:
Like all true seals, Notarog’s body is elongated into a roughly bullet-like shape to aid in hydrodynamics; additionally, the kaiju’s massive, elongated, and vaguely python-like form more than makes up for his lack of a tail. His entire lower body essentially one massive bludgeoning weapon, the monster seal can easily repel, crush, and bash his enemies into total submission.

Battering-Ram / Resonator Proboscis:
The most iconic feature of all bull elephant seals – Notarog included – is their massive proboscis. Used normally for warming inhaled air and for resonating the bull’s booming calls, the front of Notarog’s trunk is also sheathed in twelve cartilaginous plates, which rattle in unison from the bass in the seal’s vocalizations. The monstrous elephant seal has recently learned to employ his proboscis as a crude, brass knuckle-like weapon, butting and ramming his opponents relentlessly.

Clamshell Hindlimbs:
Perhaps his most bizarre anatomical aspect, Notarog’s hindlimbs are entirely vestigial, leaving only his webbed flippers visible. Also tipped by long claws, these five-toed flippers are surprisingly muscular and, even more surprisingly, quite dexterous; together, the seal’s hindlimbs function essentially as one massive “hand”, allowing Notarog to grasp and manipulate objects with the aid of his long, powerful torso. Notarog’s bizarre “clamshell” is also his primary long-range combat weapon, lashing out and snapping his clawed hindfins together like some freakish mammalian flytrap, or grappling and throwing about his enemies with impressive force.

Sheer Bulk / Brute Strength:
Thanks to his enormous bulk and incredible brute strength, Notarog can utterly dominate in a battle based on force. Throwing about massive objects – and opponents – like ragdolls, the elephant seal is a true juggernaut. With his raw muscle might, Notarog can propel himself surprisingly quickly overland, either to avoid attack or to break into a bonecrushing charge.

Amphibious:
Like any typical seal, Notarog is equally capable of moving on land or in water. Specific to elephant seals, however, is their heavily reinforced skeletal structure, which allows them to remain on dry land not for days like other seal species, but for months at a time, namely during their arduous breeding season. Notarog has inherited this unique anatomical feature, and therefore can travel overland for considerable distances without suffering any major ill effects.

Champion Diver:
Naturally moving between the extremes in water depths to feed, an elephant seal's various internal structures are built to handle the intense pressure changes. Vessels constrict and expand, skin condenses and stretches, and various fluid-based internal systems will shift their weight to adapt to changes in outside pressure. Able to remain submerged for nearly two hours on a single massive breath, and capable of diving deeper and further than even most whale species, southern elephant seals – including Notarog – are easily one of the most highly adapted diving species ever to exist. Exclusive to Notarog, however, are small fleshy nodes along his vessels that can dispose of excess nitrogen bubbles at a miraculous rate, allowing the kaiju to ascend and descend in the water column with relatively little issue.

Thunderous Roar:
Owing to his massive resonating proboscis and truly gigantic lungs, Notarog can, like any bull elephant seal, emit an intense low-frequency bellow used primarily for discouraging rivals, wooing females, and claiming territory. At his massive SGO scale, Notarog’s roar is far, far louder and deeper than any typical bull’s, and is forceful enough to shatter small infrastructure and occasionally rupture fragile tissues within a half-mile radius. On top of its physical effects, the kaiju seal’s roar is a formidable psychological weapon, and is often more than enough to drive off many challengers.

Leatherback Carapaces:
Oddly for a seal or any mammal for that matter, Notarog’s shoulders and upper back are shielded by a massive bony shell, encased almost entirely in a slick leathery skin. Believed to be formed from the fusion of sturdy projections from the kaiju’s vertebra, this bulky carapace vaguely resembles that of a leatherback sea turtle, exposed bone nodules and all; besides providing obvious protection from threats, the sheer weight of Notarog’s carapace makes his upper body the perfect fulcrum for maneuvering his tail-like hindquarters and “clamshell” hindlimbs about in combat. The kaiju seal’s hindlimbs are also sheathed by bony carapaces, which essentially function together as one massive, bone-cracking tail club; these smaller, narrower carapaces also aid in supporting Notarog’s webbed toes when they’re put under great mechanical stress, such as when he grapples or lashes out with his “clamshell”.

Durability:
Attesting to his longevity, Notarog has an exceptionally battle-hardened body. Much of his leathery hide – his chest and throat in particular – bears faint crisscrossed scars from years past which have healed together into a sort of organic chain-mail, protecting the SGO elephant seal from more current attacker's blows. What hide hasn't become this natural mail already sports quite a thick defensive layer which is insulated by a dense layer of blubber just beneath. This blubbery layer may be why so few of the kaiju's superficial flesh wounds actually bleed.

Sheer Ferocity / Tenacity:
Simply put, Notarog is relentless. No matter their size, ferocity, or firepower, any creature that dares attempt to bring him harm will be challenged almost immediately, if not outright attacked. His ferociously territorial habits ingrained in his very DNA, Notarog rarely leaves a direct threat unanswered, and he has never been seen fleeing from a new, unfamiliar challenger.

Beachmaster’s Rage:
Theorized to be onset by a release of hormones from his pituitary gland, Notarog’s muscular structure can be temporarily “supercharged”, in both its capabilities and its appearance. An as-of-yet unknown hormone is believed to cause the levels of follistatin (a muscle-growth protein) in Notarog’s body to skyrocket, causing his muscles to swell up and strengthen considerably. Induced into this monstrous state for an average of 25-30 minutes, Notarog becomes nearly indestructible. Once his follistatin levels begin to wear down, myostatin regains control and Notarog’s muscle fibers forcibly begin retracting, his overall muscle mass slowly decreasing to its normal size over the next few hours.

Weaknesses:

Awkward Build:
Lacking walking limbs altogether, thus forced to drag his enormous bulk with little to no ground clearance, Notarog is a particularly awkward mover over rougher terrain. While not a weakness in and of itself, the kaiju elephant seal’s cumbersome land movements do leave him somewhat more vulnerable to attack, and at a noticeable disadvantage when actually under attack.

Aerobic Aftereffects:
For all of its combative benefits, “Beachmaster’s Rage” leaves Notarog with some nasty aftereffects. Left sore for hours as nearly every muscle in his body shrinks back to normal size, the monster seal is incredibly difficult to motivate into moving during this time; in and only in potentially life-threatening situations will Notarog rack up the strength to get himself to safety.

Cooldown:
“Beachmaster’s Rage” takes full control not only of Notarog’s body, but of his mind. Fueled at this time almost entirely by innate, violent instincts, Notarog can hardly control his rage, lashing out aggressively at anything near him, including inanimate objects like buildings and rock formations. Even his allies aren’t immune to the seal’s nigh-unstoppable anger, and they are forced to steer clear of Notarog’s fangs and carapaces when he loses all control. His focus nil, Notarog’s frenzies give his craftier opponents a significant tactical edge in battle.

Personality:
For some time, Notarog has represented the epitome of a solitary lifestyle. His alpha male instincts have retained their influence, and Notarog is as territorial as ever before, savagely defending his territory and himself from anything foreseen as a threat.

Once, Notarog was a proud beachmaster, lording over a vast harem of doting females. His days are now spent in solitude and silence, his very existence long since forgotten by his former companions. Notarog has quietly become lonely, haunted by the absence of companionship. Hiding away his innermost feelings of grief and betrayal behind a colder, more aggressive face, Notarog became embittered over the years, as his very body began to age prematurely from the stress of social deprivation. Notarog trusts few of his fellow kaiju and, after they drove him out from one of his most prized island sanctuaries a few years ago, he developed an active resentment of Sunset Blade’s facilities and all of their resident SGOs.

Combat Strategy:
Despite his stress-wracked body and mind, Notarog is still a frighteningly competent combatant. If a show of aggressive roaring and posturing fails to ward off a threat, the giant seal will quickly attempt to close the distance between him and his foe, charging into them headlong and tusks-first, bellowing wrathfully as he approaches. Rearing back and lashing out with his tusks and armored proboscis, Notarog preferably strikes vertically, using his flexible seal backbone to maneuver his natural weaponry as effectively as he can. The weight of his carapace acting as an anchor point, the kaiju will pivot about on his upper torso like a living turret, lashing out ferociously with his hindquarters.

Solid bone armor and thick leathery hide protecting his vitals, Notarog will continue to advance until he can topple his opponent, using his size and bulk to then pin, crush, and/or suffocate them until they submit or expire. If he can, Notarog will take the fight to the water, where his streamlined shape lends him a significant advantage over more terrestrial enemies; in deeper waters, Notarog’s tactics shift to more of a hit-and-run approach, ramming and thrashing his foes about until he can flee or dispose of them properly, typically via drowning or dragging them down into the crushing ocean depths.

History:
How Notarog came to be is unknown although, given that elephant seals are an ancient breed, he may’ve become a SuperGiant Organism long before the emergence of modern man.

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February 20th, 2009.

The world-famous Volvo Ocean Race was already well under way. The current leg of the yacht race, from Singapore to Rio de Janeiro, looped around southern Argentina’s Cape Horn, exposing the competitors to some of the most hostile waters on the planet. As fleets of gaudy spectator and corporate sponsor boats pulled up and jockeyed for the best view, the racers themselves finally appeared through the midday clouds. Battling the legendary Patagonian winds and waves solo, each yacht racer single-mindedly kept their course, oblivious to a small wake rising behind them. Boats at the back of the pack began rising, slowly, above those in front, carried into the air by an enormous yet gentle bow wave. Something immense and dark came into view beneath the wave.

His calloused hide split open by innumerable fresh wounds, the monster lay where he was beached, black eyes rolling left and right as watercraft cautiously approached. They posed him no threat, not that the wounded giant was in any shape to fend them off. Dark blood began to pool and saturate the sand surrounding his massive blubbery body, sticking together in fist-sized grainy clumps. The craft and their tiny, pale occupants kept their distance, fearing the monster may move to attack them. It didn’t. For now, it stayed put, dark eyes watching the tiny, fearful beings that crowded around it. In time Notarog would drift off to sleep as exhaustion took its hold, his aching heart finally finding peace.

The following day, he was gone. All that remained of Notarog’s presence was a large, dark patch of sand.

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Artist's Commentary:
This is DOD’s resident pinniped kaiju, Notarog. When I was conceptualizing new kaiju for DOD Series Two, I happened across a YouTube clip of two bull elephant seals fighting for dominance: that clip made me remember just how awesome elephant seals are…and how few half-decent seal kaiju there are in existence. As such, I first imagined my monster: a massive, temperamental elephant seal kaiju with tusk-like fangs and a bulky turtle-like shell. Besides, DOD needed more mammalian kaiju at the time, so I naturally went with one of my favorites.

Design-wise, Notarog has always been a shelled, armor-nosed elephant seal, though the original concept for his shell was a bizarre two-piece arrangement that would “lock” together whenever he reared back, thus providing support: the “clamshell” hindlimb idea was actually formed the very day I was drawing this piece. Character-wise, Notarog has always been envisioned as a rather solitary brute, though deep down, he longs for social interaction and hides this fact only as a means of self-preservation. If Notarog were human…well, there’s actually a more accurate non-human analogue out there: King Kong, from Peter Jackson’s 2005 remake. As the majority of you reading this are kaiju fans, you should be able to figure this one out.

Artistic Notes:
— Notarog’s body is mostly like that of a typical elephant seal, but his body is more elongated.
— Notarog has a total of 12 cartilaginous plates along the front of his proboscis.
— Notarog does have whiskers, but they’re practically transparent so I didn’t draw them in.
— Notarog does have ears, but they are mere holes in his head, as with any true seal. In the illustration, they are hidden from view by a fold of Notarog’s leathery skin.
— The back of Notarog’s neck is not entirely connected to his shell: in short, there’s a bit of a gap there whenever he lies flat out on the ground. This photo of a Galapagos giant tortoise should illustrate my point: i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/a… .
— Notarog’s main carapace has 5 rows of osteoderms on it; one in the middle, and two on each side of it. He has 1 osteoderm row on each of his hindlimb’s carapaces, right down the middle. He has one carapace on EACH of his “toes”, which totals up to 10: they are attached so they face outwards, a bit like an ankylosaur’s tail club when you look at it as a single appendage.
— Notarog’s flippers ALL have 5 claws each, one for each digit. His hindlimbs have webbing between their toes; see here: www.marinebio.net/marinescienc… for accurate photos of elephant seal flippers to use as a reference. Notarog’s claws are actually more bear-like than seal-like, i.e. large and slightly curved inwards.

*First southern elephant seal kaiju on DA!*
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:iconakitymh:
AkityMH Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Allssooo, not the first Elephant Seal on DA.. akitymh.deviantart.com/art/Dom…
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Gilarah93 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You don't remember our talk about that, do you?
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AkityMH Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I suppose I dont.
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Gilarah93 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, a long while back we had a conversation pertaining to your elephant seal kaiju when he was still just a concept sketch. I asked if you could make him a northern elephant seal, and I believe you agreed to it.
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AkityMH Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Did I? well I feel bad, cause Bulragus appeared in Southern Waters. Course, he isn't necessarily either Elephant Seal species.
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Gilarah93 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Kaiju tend to wander, so it's not really a problem.
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AkityMH Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
my bad all the same.
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AkityMH Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Huh, coulda sworn I saw most your Kaiju. I dont remember a Elephant Seal. All the same, I looove it, I love it!
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Gilarah93 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well now you do. And thanks!
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PonchoFirewalker01 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013
NICE :D
When I saw this, it looked like a elephant seal with a toraton's shell :)
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Gilarah93 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! That actually was sort of my inspiration.
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PonchoFirewalker01 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013
Good deal :D
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Gilarah93 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
One of my kaiju actually is based on a toraton, if you're interested: gilarah93.deviantart.com/art/D… .
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PonchoFirewalker01 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013
Nice, thanks :D
And those tentacles looks like a Graboid's tentacles.
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Gilarah93 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
They're actually secondary heads, not tongues. 
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PonchoFirewalker01 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014
I did say tentacles, not tongues.  And I kinda see them more like trunks, like those of an elephant.
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Crystaldemon93 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013
What the...that is the THIRD lobster-seal I see around in a couple months! What's up with ya all?!

Anyways, great concept, really. If sea Elephants were not exactly the easiest to take down, I can only imagine this guy XD
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Gilarah93 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Woah, woah, woah...third?

Thank you, Notarog's a personal favorite of mine just for his sheer strangeness value. 
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Crystaldemon93 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013
Yep, the other two were at my art school, realized by my classmates. I myself tried it, only I went for a Tarantula-Walrus, to which my teacher added a carapace


Somehow, I have little difficulty to believe that
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Gilarah93 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really? Interesting.

Coming to SyFy this Saturday, it's...Walrantula!

You better believe it, for I'm a big fan of elephant seals.
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Crystaldemon93 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013
Imagine a more savage-looking walrus, with the pincers of the tarantula in place of the teeth and numerous eyes.

I would not be surprised in the slighest if that were to happen XD

I noticed.
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Gilarah93 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aw...I'd imagined it being a wrinkle-skinned and hairless tarantula with two huge toothpicks for fangs. XD

Hence why I recently gave up watching SyFy...and television in general, really.
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Crystaldemon93 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013
That would be possible as well XD

I see. I resolved to just DVDs
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Gilarah93 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
XD

I mostly watch stuff on YouTube...videogame walkthroughs, documentaries, and the like.
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T-R-E-V Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013
An elephant seal kaiju is an inspired idea, IMO. Makes me wish Maguma had a bigger role in things...
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Gilarah93 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks. Maguma was just an oversized walrus, so I guess that's not a whole lot to work with.
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T-R-E-V Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
True, and some fans have given him ice breath too, which is neat. A monster seal just has an appeal to me I suppose. :)
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Gilarah93 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Seems fitting, though I'd personally have gone for a sort of "weaponized clam chowder", considering what walruses eat and all that.

Glad I'm not the only one. :)
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T-R-E-V Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013
Wow, that would be nasty. :laughing:

Me too. :nod:
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Gilarah93 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Walruses aren't exactly the cleanliest of creatures, so I think it fits.
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T-R-E-V Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013
It's an interesting idea, no doubt. It would certainly make the kaiju revolting. 
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Gilarah93 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Indeed.
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Y-eskii-lass Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013
He's a southern, but as a northern e-seal docent, I find this really cool!
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Gilarah93 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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