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Ambulocetus (real life taxa Ambulocetus. natans) was a primitive whale from the early Eocene period, a medium-sized semi-aquatic carnivorous mammal. 

(I'm submitting it again before someone tries to hoard the taxa like last time, i.. Put a lot of work into this.)

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I believe this animal could be a good semi-aquatic light tank, with high damage and respectable health for its size. I imagine the species featured in the game would be around the same length as the Kaprosuchus, just large enough to be rideable, but more manoeuvrable than the larger aquatic tames. The player could be laying down on the saddle rather than sitting, not unlike some other aquatic mounts.

As for it’s vibes, i’m thinking of maybe something somewhat cryptid-like, as underwater mammalian monsters seem to be a common pattern in urban legends, and pictures of whale carcasses are sometimes mistaken for the remains of fantastical creatures (one such picture being well known online as the inspiration for SCP-682). 

Temperament could be Agressive unless the player is riding something larger than a Baryonyx, but still Territorial if approached with those larger mounts. Alternatively, it could have a behavior similar to the “Troodon”, where it gets more actively Aggressive at night, but remains Territorial if approached too closely during the day.

 

I gave my design a prominent whisker “mustache”, as I thought it would make it stand out from other Ambulocetus depictions while still looking plausible, but also because a useful gimmick could probably be attached to the idea of a mammal with very sensitive whiskers.

Perhaps Ambulocetus could be capable of sensing nearby creatures when pressing a button, in a similar way to the Federation helmet scanner, but only when Hydrated

In addition, it could maybe act in a way similar to glowpets, automatically indicating the presence of certain kinds of creatures (Max level ? Rare ? Highly dangerous ?..) near the player mounting it [this would be an idle ability that does not require it to be Hydrated.]. If a player is not mounting it, no status indicator would show, but the presence of something could still be hinted at by a noise and/or animation (whiskers wiggle ?).

 

Higher quality picture and color zones can be found here: https://twitter.com/hiremewildcard/status/1457181040653574146

 

Edited by AdamOlympius
Made text easier to read through and added link to HD pics
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