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Crypt016D - New Jersey Devil by SynapticBoomstick Crypt016D - New Jersey Devil by SynapticBoomstick
Title: New Jersey Devil, aka The Leeds Devil, Pine Devil.
Range: focal point of occurances: New Jersey, USA; rare accounts as far as New York and Maryland
Type: Chimera, shapeshifter
Diet: unconfirmed reports of woodland creatures and small pets
Temperment: Mostly nonconfrontational.

"...and when Mother Leeds, already with twelve children, learned that she was with child, she cursed it, saying, "Let this one be a devil." In due time the child arrived, of normal appearance, but no sooner had it come into the world when a hideous transformation took place; the infant's body began to twist into a serpentine shape, its face elongating into an equine form as hooves and wings formed and sprouted from its body as a twisting, scaly tail then proceeding to whip about the room, badly beating both mother and nursemaids. The newly born creature then gave a shrill whistle and clamored up the chimney and into the the dark night of the forest...

So goes one of the most infamous accounts of how the immortal legend that is the New Jersey Devil came to be, although there are tales which go further back in time that speak of an unnatural creature which stalks the Pine Barrens of Southern New Jersey. The Lenni Lenape tribes called that area "Popuessing", or "place of the dragon", and told of a creature that haunted the sun-starved depths of the thick pines and bogs. People, ranging from policemen and hikers, locals and investigators, Revolutionary War captains and soldiers, and even Joseph Bonaparte, the brother of the infamous Napoleon, have reported encounters with the Jersey Devil.

The reports continue to this day...

I myself am a firm believer in the New Jersey Devil, not only out of an interest in the unusual but also because of my lifelong bond to my home state, a place where the strange is ever present; we've got Devils and Thunderbirds as team mascots, for Pete's sake :D!

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Kaijuzilla61197 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2009   Traditional Artist
Sweeeeeeeeeeeeetttttt!!!!!!!!.... I love da jersey devil! One of my fav cryptids!
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MischievousPooka Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2008
Good pose and nicely drawn. I remember hearing of the New Jersey Devil when I use to live in NJ.
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SynapticBoomstick Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank ya :D Good old JD's one of my favorite things about Jersey.
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Shadow-Lockheed Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
great job! I like his claws, nice little pose with them!

There is actually a site full of Jersey Devil sightings, I'll have to find sometime.
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SynapticBoomstick Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
:w00t:, I'm glad the claws are getting praise, something about them has been bothering my eye :p
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Shadow-Lockheed Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
really?
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SynapticBoomstick Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
:nod: I keep switching between the mindset of being fine with the arm in the background and feeling like it seems to just float there.
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Shadow-Lockheed Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
It does seem to float a little but it doesn't look like its a major problem.
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CSnyder Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2008
very cool...ive heard of the jersey devil, would be sweet if it was real
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SynapticBoomstick Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
:D it's still the best reason for a trip to the Barrens!
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