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Animorphs Races: Mortrons by Monster-Man-08 Animorphs Races: Mortrons by Monster-Man-08
A bizarre alien species (from a series that had some pretty odd aliens already) with biological wheels and detachable flying heads. The two portions are presumably the same species (i.e. not a symbiosis between two types of creatures) and they can regenerate both sections when injured.

Esplin 9466 kept two, named Jarex and Larex, as pets, after finding them unable to be hosts for Yeerks.

BOOK: The Andalite Chronicles
Animorphs and all related characters belong to K.A. Applegate

Biological wheels!! No idea if that's possible. Wheels connected to the body would have to "unwind" (like a yo-yo or those toy cars you have to pull back), and I'm not sure how a creature would be able to grow wheels separate from the body.
Granted Mortrons are launching their faces, realism isn't exactly their thing.
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Scarecrow113 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Those things are terrifying
Cashagon Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
They are from the planet Kinet. The Yeerks decided the local wildlife would be easier to deal with than the people, Kinecelerans.
Xhodocto385 Featured By Owner Edited May 20, 2016
it reminds of the G'kek from David Brin's Uplift, both the Mortrons and the G'kek are awesome bio-wheeled aliens, Eric you could draw a G'kek since there almost none on deviantart, also i like the detachable flying head with those wings with holes, it's even weirder as they are not a symbiosis.
SheTheTDE Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
there is an animal on earth with biological gears so I think wheels are possible.
apcomics Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2015
I could see how the wheel thing could work.  BUT would mean the wheels would have to be full grown at inception, and then immediatly detached.... but some how threadled like a hula hoop on some kinda axis.

So the wheels are free spinning, like roller skates.
So wheels not powered OR some kinda driving snail like foot riding on top of the loose wheels. that makes em roll
DyslexicGamer Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2015
Wow! These are some of the most ridiculous creatures I've ever seen! They are biological absurdities, clearly the woman who wrote this isn't too big into biology
deviantkiwi Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Was just perusing Animorphs art (ah nostalgia!) and I realized ... the faces on these look remarkably similar to sintaril (stintaril?) from "The Wildlife of Star Wars: A Field Guide." Have you ever seen that book? GREAT resource for field-style creature sketches.
Monster-Man-08 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2015
I have that book. It's amazing, though I'm disappointed it came out before "Attack of the Clones" introduced all sorts of wonderful beasts.
Didn't directly base these Mortrons on the sintaril or anything else from that book, though.

(the sintaril itself always reminded me of either a nasty Muppet or a comical animatronic, the kind of thing you'd see in The Dark Crystal or something)
MultiverseCafe Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
fantastic concept, really enjoyed it.
SCP-811Hatena Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Pantheon88 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
I love this! I could never wrap my head around them in the book, but this is perfect!
joseppe619 Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Their only weakness is a baseball bat.
mullent169 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011
xD LOVE IT!!! lol when i thought of the mortrons i though like giant wheel chair wheels xD not like baby stroller wheels. ^_^
SaoirseRanekaera Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is awesome, and almost exactly what I imagined a mortron looked like, except in my head, the heads were more pterodactyl-ish..... your whole gallery is amazing XD You don't see enough "serious" animorph art out there XD

so kudos !
Ingiald Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011
Didn't he give them really silly rhyming names to, like Larix and Jarix or something?

Also, were these things really supposed to exist in the regular story universe? I thought they only appeared in that weird patchwork world they made with the Time Matrix. They certainly seemed to fit in there.
Monster-Man-08 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011
The Mortrons are a real species within the Animorph universe, and Esplin 9466 did have a pair as pets (Jarex and Larex), though the ones we saw might not be the "real" ones technically. Just mental projections or whatever that strange dimension was made of.
PonchoFirewalker01 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011
It might skate
ava-tobiax Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011
That's not at all how I pictured those boggers, but great job, they look like they wouldn't be propper hosts, that spikey face is down right freaky
V-SHO Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011
When I was little I had a book of alien sci-fi creatures rendered by a well known sci-fi artist. One of the species had wheels. The wheels were round like casters and the monopod foot was an upside-down cup shape (almost like a computer mouse) with millions of little feeler things inside that attached and detached from the organic ball rapidly to turn it in any direction. This made it fast and agile because it could change direction quickly. There was a second smaller organic ball in a tiny monopod where the head should be, this ball was used for communication and mating.

In Phillip Pullman's third book of His Dark Materials there was a race of creature that seemed like a cross between bison and motorcycles. Their world used to have a lot of volcanoes and the ancient lava flows made natural smooth roads. Their horns were like handlebars and they had four legs on a diamond shaped frame (one on each side, one front, one back). Their front and back feet had these hooked claws they used to spear and confine giant, super hard, nuts from bigger than red wood trees and the side legs would propel them along until they were moving fast then fold to the side like a bird's. The nuts would be natural spheroid wheels on the fore and aft legs. The oil from the nuts was a natural lubricant for their "axle claws" and they road on the nuts until they cracked and needed replacing. The cracked nuts would be left where they'd make new saplings.
Balthizar Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011
Would that first book happen to be Barlowe's Guide to Extraterrestrials? I own a signed copy of that book. I love it! :D
Scinlao Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME!!! Up until now, I had thought of them as the stupidest idea K.A. Applegate had, but this is a VERY original idea!!! Heelies!
TornadoWraith88 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010
Eeeek - these have always scared me... :(
Solaris-Ember Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Ok. I remember these guys. First time I read their description I was like, "Cool....Wait...What? Wheels?" You've managed to draw them exactly as I imagined them. :)
astrofire Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010
MAN those things are cool but REALLY CREEPY!
Wyldefire Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010
its the wheels that confuse u? not the flying detachable head?
scythemantis Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Simply gorgeous, how well were they described in the book, or did you have to improvise a lot?

I figure biological wheels would grow, then die and detach from the tissues, like the segments of a rattlesnake's rattle.
Monster-Man-08 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2010
The descriptions were pretty detailed, I only had to improv on how the wheels connected to the body. Looking back on the book's description, they may have actually been more car-like than having roller-blade-legs.
BarsoomianBOB Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2010
This is AWESOME! Your animorphs art is seriously improving!

If I remember right, the mortrons even had square wheels. Not sure how that's supposed to work.
Master-of-the-Boot Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
I remember these fuckers. This drawing is perfectly freaky for them.

Visser Three certainly had some bad cards up his sleeves.
metamorphstorm Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Weird... (the aliens, not the drawing!)

I like it, especially the pose of the full Mortron. :)
cimarronboy Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Actually there could be a bone or something that acts as an axel that goes through the center of the "wheel" and instead of the wheel actually being a wind up appendage it's more like a roller blade wheel and just freely spins around the axel like appendage, but who knows, visser 3/1 knows more about them than we do.
CosbyDaf Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome depiction. I remember reading about these one time, I envisioned the wheels as gelatinous shell-shapes.
Darksorm Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2010
Lol, biological bohrok...
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