This is special to me. A concept design that has been a long time coming, for a really awesome (and patient) friend. They gave me some loose ideas, critters, colors, and general inspiration then let me do my thing.
The creature is very loosely inspired by the dragon on the Ishtar gate. The snake is the actual body while the rest is manifested out of its own essence. I feel it would have a vaguely leonine body when quadruped, but stay simple, only forming things as needed.
Black scales, gold filigree, burning soul.