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Species - Imps by glitchedpuppet Species - Imps by glitchedpuppet
Text below by Marlcabinet and a couple designs by extyrannomon
Trick or Treat, hold the treat - Imps

Important Notes from Kadath University! Read and understand before proceeding!

* Please be aware that the term “Imp” is unofficial at best, and inaccurate at worst. “Imp” is used to describe individuals who would otherwise be known as “Demon”, which is yet another unofficial term.

The defining difference between an “Imp” and a “Demon“ is that all Imps possess the ability to procreate with non-demon individuals, whereas Demons cannot.

Offspring with at least one Imp for a biological parent have always been Imps themselves, usually with physical features one could expect from a pairing of non-Imp, non-Demon parents.

The reason for sterility and/or the inability on behalf of Demons to produce Demon offspring is unknown, and comparing Imps to Demons in this area currently reveals no useful information.

To clarify: Imps are classified as Demons able to produce like-offspring with any physically viable individual. *

Common elements:

Imps of every primary and secondary element have been documented, with no apparent disposition or aptitude for any specific one. Favored elemental affinities do exist among certain Imp communities, but those are due to environmental influences.

One example can be seen in Polaris, as many Imps residing there possess affinities matching the elements most commonly found within the island.

Hereditary magic:

Imps readily inherit affinities from each parent, with no element being favored over another, except in cases of environmental influence.

One common example is in the case of a Water-Imp parent and a Sand-Imp parent. If they produce offspring while residing in a desert, the offspring usually inherits the Sand affinity. If the parents reside in or near a body of water, the offspring usually inherits the Water affinity.

The given example should not be considered a hard rule. There is no reason the offspring would be unable to inherit both affinities instead of one.

Elemental weakness:

Spirit: Imps in general are susceptible to the effects of Spirit, even more so if the element is mixed with the Imp’s own affinity. Reactions vary and are entirely dependent on the individual Imp.

PSI: If the Imps themselves do not possess PSI as an affinity, then they are susceptible to PSI. The most common detrimental effects are feelings of general annoyance, paranoia, and the inability to concentrate.

Elemental resistance:

Varies: If not mixed with Spirit in a detrimental fashion, Imps are normally resistant to anything matching their own affinity. The level of resistance varies, but is usually high.

Common examples include Lava-Imps being unharmed by lava, Water-Imps being able to breathe underwater, and Earth-Imps being able to withstand extreme pressures.

Common locations:

One should keep in mind that Imps are a relatively rare species and have no innate sense of community, and what is considered a large Imp population is not considered so for a more common race, such as the Commons Foxes.

Imps can be found all over Owel, but usually congregate near places of abundant elemental magic. Larger populations can be found in any location where Demons or entrances to Hellside are present.

Climate preference:

Preferences are based on an Imp’s individual tastes and affinity. Imps consider any area devoid of magic, such as Mew York, as unfavorable.


- It is no coincidence that Imps are named such. Many of them delight in playing jokes and tricks on all around them, and many do not readily consider the well-being of their intended targets. Despite that, malice is rarely if ever a motivator for Imps.

- Many citizens on Owel hold the belief that Imps are always lacking in the height department, but they are mistaken. Although many of the known Imps are relatively short, it is not a requirement that they be so. Some of the largest citizens of Topside and Hellside are Imps.

- It is not polite to ask an Imp for favors based solely on their affinity. Asking a Lava-Imp to swim through lava usually results in a lava-themed prank being played upon the one who requested the favor.

- Despite what they may tell you, Imps are not sterile and can produce offspring with any physically compatible individual. Do not fall for their deceptions.

- Imps, like Demons, are usually very self-interested and will often choose friendships that benefit them in some way. If an Imp finds someone useful, they are far more likely to attempt building up a relationship with them. Imps are not innately manipulative, however, and this selection process is mostly subconscious.

- Imps despise being judged based on their looks, and dislike being considered anything but a normal individual. Considering them special, unusual, strange, weird, etc., even as a compliment is seen as rude and is the quickest way to break off their friendship.
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Blits-Rainer Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015
Blits: and by the sounds of that I would want to meet one now.
(and I mean by my character meeting one)
TastesLikeAnya Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Ah and again. Colour choices and design elemets work so seamlessly together.
iamchiiyousee Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Inspired from Pokemon? I see Goodra, Pumpkaboo, Braxien, Sylveon, Cherrim, and Malamar.
ARTgazer12 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
These designs are so amazing!
Dawnpath Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very interesting!
Nightfurystars Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014  Student General Artist
adrrrrrg closed or open???
Wisheallas Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014
Cool! I love the way they look! Also do you have any tutorials of how to draw like that because I want some tips of how to draw better at cartoons like that.  
Dominos-Cat Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Student Digital Artist
So basically, Imps have really lose restrictions as to what they can and can't look like? Just max creativity everywhere.
Gossamer385 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
do you have a list of languages somewhere
Roxalew Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconrainbowheartplz: Very captivating :D 
eifle79 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The Coralshell Turtle Imp would make a great Unversed.
AceruM3 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Cinder17 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Will you be doing any demon races? I bet that would be quite interesting.
Spigos Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, how interesting :D
Wanderer619 Featured By Owner May 6, 2014
Very Cool & Pretty Colors :D
KHSoraCentral1997 Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How do you draw like this...
FancyPancakes Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Your art and design is very beautiful and imaginative, but something small irks me. At first glance (and without reading every text), I can't really divide most of the species so well because they all have such different forms (and colours) within.

Of course each species has one or more unique anatomical features which keep them apart from one another, but even then there is a certain lack of consistency IMO. Maybe this is intentional from your part so that the viewer is more interested into reading the descriptions to find out what makes them different; in which case that's totally fine.

They're still great designs and a lot of work has obviously gone into them, so I won't bug you for longer. Just my few cents (:
Marlcabinet Featured By Owner May 11, 2014
(perhaps reading the text would be a good idea)
FancyPancakes Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Of course, you shouldn't judge a book only by its cover. But sometimes it is important that the cover is interesting enough to attract people to read it (: although I can understand that in this specific case, it is intentional that they're so varied.
Marlcabinet Featured By Owner May 12, 2014
glad to see reading the text clears up your confusion and irk, then!
glitchedpuppet Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
That's intentional for imps. Imps are not really a unified species, but rather, a way you could classify how almost any species can mix. Therefore, there end up so many varieties that it's near infinite, and thus these designs came about.
FancyPancakes Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Ah, that makes way more sense! It's basically their defining trait. Alright then :)
copperhead25064 Featured By Owner May 5, 2014
So cool :D
Sharkysaur Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, your species are seriously amazing. I love how diverse they are.
SnavokisNemisis Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the heartbreaker+eagle imp design.
Rainbowkit101 Featured By Owner May 5, 2014
I like the alligator and cat Imp <img src="//">  SO CUTE
VentusVolatilis Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Professional General Artist
Cool concepts! I especially like the Alligator and Kangaroo Imps.
ThoughtWeaver Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Curious creatures! I love the imagination and thought put into them. Nicely done. :D
KonekoArts Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh this is super cute gEEZ

but would the term 'hermaphorditic/monosexual' not be more appropriate to describe their sexual distribution? As 'intersex' implies that the sexual phenotype lies somewhere inbetween the standard sexual binary which implies that this species has a standard sexual binary to begin with (However I do understand why people tend to stray from the former suggested example, as people misunderstanding what the term actually means and applying it to intersex humans/trans ladies has given it some unfortunate connotations over time ahaha)

but thats mostly me being a nitpicky bio major bc the lore for this is still all rEALLY GOOD wow
glitchedpuppet Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I think going with "hermaphroditic" would be really not great considering the heavy associations around that word! I specifically chose "intersex" because when an imp is created (without imp parents) it does indeed acquire a phenotype between the binary- this is a little hard to explain without going into spoilers territory, but the word choice was very deliberate on my part. For instance, a flowercat imp is between the binary you'd recognize in non-imp flowercats; maybe for imps themselves considering them outside of the non-imp species, monosexual would make sense, but they're made to be able to couple with critters of standard male/female binary-- I hope this makes sense!! I really appreciate comments like yours, and I'm not trying to go "NO YOU'RE WRONG" just trying to express that I tried putting a lot of thought behind picking the right word, and I think the one I picked expresses the idea best... I think!
KonekoArts Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
naw its cool dont worry about it, I probably should have waited until I saw the species established solidly in canon until I made assumptions about your wording anyways ahaha.

glitchedpuppet Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
they certainly are!! hahah
ArtWolf922 Featured By Owner May 4, 2014
What program do you use for this? And what tool do you use to make the lines? Pencil? Ink? Paint Brush?
powder-sugar Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Woah, this is so cool!
The designs remind me of Madoka a lot~
Empty-Frames Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the satrybun one is awesome. your designs never cease to inspire me in some way shape or form! since i don't have my tablet on me i guess i'll have to write instead ahahha
yugimew Featured By Owner May 4, 2014   Digital Artist
They remind me of those statues in the hidden ruins in Althar.  And those ruins even have a Hellside entrance, don't they?  Hmm...
Ud-the-Imp Featured By Owner May 4, 2014
Now comes the "weird ass mofo" race.  The two in the center particularly strange looking, and the one at the top left doesn't even look biologically POSSIBLE.  O_o

At least they're only manipulative and not outright malicious, unlike those damn Beholders.
Nightforest Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the satyrbun+mixed cat-imp the most >< so adorable.... and purrhaps dangerous?
Them being demons doesnt necessarily mean that they're mean/evil, rite? But as far I did read they can be egoistic, if I understand right o3o.
xiao668 Featured By Owner May 4, 2014
Your designs remind me of a mix between Pokemon and Dr.Seus 
Fluoree Featured By Owner May 4, 2014
Wow they are so beautiful ;n;
FeloniousFeline Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Student General Artist
So... what would an original Imp look like?
AlphaXXI Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Student General Artist
So, are there actual "pure" imps ? Or are they all "demonic" creatures from one of the "normal" species ?
Tigermint Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Student Filmographer
Awesome! Are these done with Sai or PS? Love the variation in line colors.
gamefanatic1 Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
DUDE they are sooooo pokemon
Russia-Love Featured By Owner May 3, 2014
Agreed Rainbrony okie 
Shuma-Jindivi Featured By Owner May 3, 2014
“Despite what they may tell you, Imps are not sterile and can produce offspring with any physically compatible individual. Do not fall for their deceptions.” Ha ha ha.
dorumon210 Featured By Owner May 3, 2014
If their body shapes can be so drastically different then how do you know if someone is an imp without asking them? Is it impossible to know if someone is an imp based on looks alone?
glitchedpuppet Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
It can be hard to tell at a glance! But they won't quite look like the species "normally" looks - things will be slightly off about them.
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