Subnautica Species Concept - Treader

UmbreeunixUmbreeunix USAMembers Join Date: 2016-04-15 Member: 215791Posts: 3 Fully active user
I'd originally posted this concept on the artwork section of Subnautica's steam page, and after it received a lot of praise, and someone suggesting I bring it up in the forums, I decided to post it here and see if the concept might be taken into consideration. So without further ado here's my species concept.

These are Treaders, a sort of aquatic looking, giraffe-like lifeform that I'd designed to live on the floating islands. (I know the name isn't the most creative but it just seems to really fit with the overall design and has a really nice ring to it) If I'm being honest I'm actually very proud of this concept, especially color wise, because I'd never actually dealt with a palette that has more natural tones like this one.<p style="font-size:16px;"><strong>Now I want you to know I did in fact spend a good few days scoping out the Floating Island in game just to make sure my concept would actually fit without any threat of being too large and overcrowding the place, and in fact the island is large enough to hold at least 3 herds of 4-6 individuals, and it would only make sense that at least 1/3 of those individuals would be juveniles and only a fraction of the size of the adults depicted in my artwork.</strong></p>In fact I even made a picture of what these guys would look like inside their natural environment just for proper scale. (because only seeing it next to a human offers a skewed perspective of their scope)
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That is how they'd look in their habitat, and trust me there's enough space that they could live comfortably, if not in very small numbers.
<p></p>Now I'd like to share a rough draft of a data bank entry I wrote for them, and at the bottom I'll provide a few links to the original post on Steam, as well as a blank template, which is one originally used for Shuttlebugs but the only source I could find was the image on the Subnautica Wikia.
Possible Data Bank Entry:
A massive herbivorous land animal whose stature can range from 8 to 10 meters in height. Completely unperturbed by other lifeforms, it treads slowly across the island jungle and grazes from the tops of the glowing trees. It could possibly be what gives it its’ bio luminescence.
  1. Legs work like stilts, with very little muscle but incredibly strong bone. Is completely incapable of swimming and when fallen it finds incredibly difficulty getting up.
  2. Two pairs of nostrils, the larger used to expel salt, sand, and other impurities from the ocean water they drink.
  3. Fins and escas seem completely vestigial, only use being illumination at night.
  4. The juveniles look ride-able, but aren’t privy to taking commands.
Predators: None
Assessment: Possibly edible, docile.

So what do you all think? Do you like it, hate it? Let me know in the comments below.

Original Steam Post
WIP Drawing
Official Blog Post
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  • BobythebeeBobythebee FranceMembers Join Date: 2016-03-09 Member: 214045Posts: 192 Advanced user
    edited April 2016
    Really nice ! I love the design.
    That could be awesome to discover atypical lifeforms above water.

    Just a few questions, Treaders seems to have atrophied fins on legs and back. Underwater heritage ?

    The only problem I see is the bioluminescence, for me this isn't logical , as a peaceful animal it would be too vulnerable to predators, but I agree this looks amazing !
    If someone know if physical characteristics may occur following a specific diet that interests me ^^

    Maybe the biolum' can be limited to eyes or fins, who are very thin.

  • UmbreeunixUmbreeunix USAMembers Join Date: 2016-04-15 Member: 215791Posts: 3 Fully active user
    @Bobythebee I'd imagine if the majority of the planet is aquatic, that Treaders would originate from aquatic lifeforms, possibly from a creature similar to Sea Treaders? (just be aware I came up with Treaders before I knew Sea Treaders were something that was going to be implemented in game)

    The thing is, with their habitat and location, they currently don't have any natural predators. Other than the Cave Crawlers, which they could simply kick off if need be, there is no threat of being eaten on the island as of yet. Now if that changes and Subnautica staff decide to implement some sort of land dwelling carnivore, then I'll take into consideration their bioluminescence, but even with their size the predator would have to be either incredibly large or incredibly powerful to take them down.

    During the Treaders' development their bioluminescence was actually made to be a factor of their diet of the glowing blue trees, which is why their glow is similar, if not the same, in color.
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  • BobythebeeBobythebee FranceMembers Join Date: 2016-03-09 Member: 214045Posts: 192 Advanced user
    UP I'm sure some haven't noticed them ;)
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  • tickeratickera AustraliaMembers Join Date: 2016-05-06 Member: 216399Posts: 71 Fully active user
    The name needs a change sadly due to SeaTreaders having a similar name. whilst this may fit in with the theme, the two are completely different. Great idea though, we may need more islands however for large terrestrial creatures to be viable.
  • Kyman201Kyman201 Washington StateMembers Join Date: 2016-01-23 Member: 211880Posts: 380 Advanced user
    edited May 2016
    What if the name were a play on stilts? Since they have stilt-like legs?

    Hell, why not just call them like, Stiltwalkers?

    Because holy shit I love that design!
  • tickeratickera AustraliaMembers Join Date: 2016-05-06 Member: 216399Posts: 71 Fully active user
    I like the name Stranderbeast


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  • Enderguy059Enderguy059 AustraliaMembers Join Date: 2015-10-15 Member: 208486Posts: 626 Advanced user
    A land treader, hmm?

    And here's me assuming it was just another sea treader
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  • TijnnultienTijnnultien netherlandsMembers Join Date: 2015-08-24 Member: 207447Posts: 19 Advanced user
    edited June 2016
    the devs need to see this its awesome. I hope that they put it in the game favourite animal allready
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  • DagonDagon EarthMembers Join Date: 2016-03-21 Member: 214648Posts: 115 Advanced user
    I love the idea and design, but the name does need to be changed. Stiltstriders maybe?
  • sunbeamsunbeam USAMembers Join Date: 2016-12-26 Member: 225497Posts: 6 Fully active user
    I think this design is fantastic, if this makes it into the game I would love to have it be tameable. Or better yet, have a baby one running around in my base.
  • sunbeamsunbeam USAMembers Join Date: 2016-12-26 Member: 225497Posts: 6 Fully active user
    On second thought, now seeng the size of the creature, I may just have to settle for taming them OUTSIDE the base. Maybe I will have to create some land animal ideas as well.
  • 04Leonhardt04Leonhardt I came here to laugh at youMembers Join Date: 2015-08-01 Member: 206618Posts: 1,213 Advanced user
    How do people even find these threads to necro them

    Its a neat design, sure, but makes no sense in how they got there, since the Floater Island only recently surfaced from the Sparse Reef area, and they would not have had time to evolve into such large creatures

    Honestly I think they'd be better living in the Mushroom Forests.
    Or paint them Green, and put them in the far end of the Lost River where all the winding trees are. Their legs could be specially adapted to wade through the acidic brine.
  • Julian1337331nailuJJulian1337331nailuJ The Grand Reef Gubtorial Election Or Something.Members Join Date: 2016-11-12 Member: 223824Posts: 217 Advanced user
    So. What Would The Scanned Picture And Text Be?
  • Aviator1945Aviator1945 Appleton, WIMembers Join Date: 2017-01-02 Member: 225904Posts: 48 Advanced user
    Awesome design, and pretty well thought out. They do have a Lost River kind of look to them but these on land would be amazing. Maybe a Dev will check this out sometime.
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  • wowwinkwowwink Merica Members Join Date: 2016-12-05 Member: 224596Posts: 223 Advanced user
    I love that and I hope the devs do to so they add it
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  • lucashc90lucashc90 BrazilMembers Join Date: 2017-01-05 Member: 226176Posts: 46 Advanced user
    I love the concept. Even if the devs don't implement this very model (what would sucks in my opinion), we are in need of land animals. I know the name of the game is subnautica, but we already have the pesky crab do attack us while we explore the islands, why not a gentle creature to amuse us?
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