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Bloodhound - The Unseeing by BloodhoundOmega Bloodhound - The Unseeing by BloodhoundOmega
The Unseeing are the most notorious of all lesser Hounds. They are very seclusive and their behaviour is often hard to comprehend. Other Hounds usually approach them with awe as well as caution.


Phyiscal mutilation is very common among the Unseeing. Something that fulfills no more purpose for them is systematically removed. Ears and postcranial “tentacles” are usually amputated for the sake of the masks that the Unseeing wear. Their highly developed extrasensory skills make up for the loss of cut-away or sewn-shut body parts. Telepathy is only one of many ways an Unseeing Hound perceives its surrounding.


The face is usually hidden underneath a mask. The mask is the most personal posession of an Unseeing. It represents his nature, his character, his spirits. The face underneath it, although valued little as such, is probably the most private thing an Unseeing could share with others.
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JadeRavenwing Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014
Curious, do the Unseeing actually have eyes? And if they do, are there individuals that choose not to sew their eyes shut?
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BloodhoundOmega Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014
They do have eyes, yes.

Hm... I guess there could be some, but the sewing shut of the eyes it more or less a formality. An Unseeing nearly wears his mask all his life time, meaning his eyes will degenerate anyway and their ocular vision is probably lousy. The reason why they can pull off the sutnt with the masks at all is because they have extraordinary extrasensory skills to make up for it. :)

No Unseeing is forced to self-mutilate, btw.! It's important for me to stress that. They eventually get rid of parts that are no longer of use for them or even mean a burden.
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Puppy-Chow Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
These designs are incredible~. I've been following the Bloodhound for some time so their evolution is really fun to watch. When did you decide to incorporate the sensory "tentacles"?
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BloodhoundOmega Featured By Owner May 1, 2013
When I first started experimenting I somehow added more and more details on the surface like and then I stepped back and noticed that this would not alter the shillouette at all. I was frustrated back then, took a break and started thinking about what I could add to them that would make sense and distinguish them. I wanted to avoid things as horns and wings at all costs, but there was something I wanted to attach to their heads and rumps. First I though about the wiggly moustache.things many Asian dragons have, but then of course that would have been what people would be thinking of. At some point I stumbled in my thoughts about antennas and tentacles and other sensory organs and thought that this would be fitting! I added them to the design and had (next to the shape of the muzzles and the spurs) another thing that made them special. Also I quickly found a meaning for those antennas and it fit in neatly with the different subspecies, too, so I just went along with it. :D
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Puppy-Chow Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aaah, that's so awesome! Everything about their new design definitely makes them familiar but stand out from EVERYTHING else. Their faces are probably one of my favorite things among the subspecies; they are canine, but also distinctly feline and almost ursine as well, which is great. I love that species ambiguity; because they aren't any off those things! Aaah, I'm so excited for more now. *chin hands*
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Slipping-Star Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
How do they eat, then?
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BloodhoundOmega Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013
They do not completely sew it shut. What they eat is usually either liquid, pulpy or chopped into really small pieces.
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Slipping-Star Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Ah
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