Path of the Wild (Forum Game)

(Stealth) #900

Round 110 - P.1

Chat: https://discord.gg/weGdxFB

~27.5 million years since the Atroxian Explosion~
Atroxian Period, Novaglacian Stage
Season: Early Spring (North), Early Autumn (South)
Time of Day: Morning (West), Midnight (East)
Event: None

Species: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ramXIxwYwggWj1bVH3zmZT-tlZSbQvW4PUZAEiVWYB8
Biomes: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1079__KZqoqQ5PQkA5gr4rMSIGIHx1UN1RwMa__ZNPV8

Detailed Species Stats

Ezta’s Natural History: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1JOwzI4ZHorn8nrqEr62v2_uXXlbs7qSCudHc476qLMY

State of the World: The global temperature is at about 18c, and there is a high level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Very small moss-like plants exist on land, specifically only in rainy wetlands but most of is still bare and rocky. Due to the minimal plant life, the atmosphere is oxygen-moderate. There are two supercontinents, Olympia in the north and Tartarus in the south, with the sea transgressing over a lot of land. The continents are surrounded by the superocean Uteenessa, and in-between lies a comparatively small ocean called the Gaia Ocean. The sea levels are high, about 150m above standard, which makes the continental slope begin about 350m below the surface. The ocean is acidic, and the lysocline sits at 2000m. The planet is not currently very tectonically active.


@RoboTrannic
Glistroskulus octobranchium (EX)
SOUTHERN UTEENESSA OCEAN (Temperate Deep Ocean, About 5000m deep)
Early Spring, Morning
You continue trying to flee away from the large Regemsitula, which you can sense nearby in the cold, pitch black water via chemicals. It’s just finished devouring another Glistroskulus hatchling but it still seeks more - you can sense it heading towards and you try harder to get away, but you can only go slowly through the viscous water. The larger animal doesn’t have this problem and gradually catches up with you. It’s tentacles wrap around you again but this time they hold fast. You are too tired from fleeing to struggle. The barbs cut epic to you and soon you die from blood loss as your body is sliced up and eaten. (1 = The bad news is your species has gone extinct. The good news is that the suffering is over. Please choose a new species.)
Stats
Maturity: 5% (Hatchling)
Current Size: 0.1cm
Health: Dead
Nutrition: N/A
Stamina: N/A
Hydration: N/A
Effects: N/A

Glistroskulus octobranchium

Status: EX
Temporal Range: R.108 - R.110 (Novaglacian)
Habitat: Tropical, Temperate & Polar Deep Ocean
Distribution: Cosmopolitan
Niche: Benthic Filter-Feeder
Size: 2.3cm (length)
Nutritional Worth:
Predecessor: Glistroskulus sensei
Classification: Squickinae (sf), Squickidae (f), Tunicaphora (o), Cylindrea ©, Bilateria §
Perception: Blurry front vision with no depth perception, can sense chemicals at a distance of tens of metres.
Latest Mutations: Immune System = 2, Carnivorous Digestion = 1, More Gills = 5
Info: At the bottom of the ocean, Glistroskulus were forced to evolve as chitinous Schedocavoura take over their territory. However, this particular evolutionary gamble has not paid off; they have eight gill slits instead of three, helping them breathe in less oxygenated water, but they also have digestive enzymes that do not break down food but gradually erode away at the animals insides until death and an immune system that simply shuts off the part of the body that has been affected. They do not live long because of this. Their numbers are very small and have a fragile population.
Description: The yellow, tubular body has a fleshy membrane running along the top and underside. It has a single pinhole eye with a lens, facing forwards. Chemoreceptors sit by the mouth with eight gill slits at the back of the head and it has tiny teeth in its round mouth. Its mouth has a primitive gut leading straight to the anus, containing enzymes that erode at the gut lining. At the front of its nervous system, is a tiny brain. An open circulatory system bathes organs and muscles in hemacoel; this contains anti-freeze proteins to stop bodily fluids from freezing. It’s back is supported by a notochord and muscles run the length of the body. It can shut off parts of its body when infected.

@agenttine
Xiros dvale (VU) - Male
AN OLYMPIA POND (Chaparral)
Early Spring, Morning
Water stops streaming into the tiny puddle from higher levels, and the sun is working to evaporate it, so as a result the water level is dropping fast. In addition to this, bacteria are prospering in the warm, stagnant conditions and you accidentally ingest one pathogenic variety. The illness is short and, already being unfit, you are killed by the disease not long after. (1 = Sadly, the end of your life has resulted in your death. Luckily, your species still goes on. It is a time for rebirth.)
Status
Maturity: 47.5% (Juvenile)
Current Size: 6.2cm (length)
Health: Dead
Nutrition: N/A
Stamina: N/A
Hydration: N/A
Effects: N/A

Xiros dvale

Status: VU
Temporal Range: R.105 - Present (Novaglacian)
Habitat: Tropical Monsoon Forest, Savannah, Hot Steppe and Chapparal (Freshwater)
Distribution: Northern Olympia, Northern Tartarus
Niche: Herbivore, Filter-Feeder
Size: 13cm (length)
Nutritional Worth: 67/10 x 13 = 87.1
Predecessor: Archaiapasaria circulus
Classification: Archaiapasarinae (sf), Thanostomidae (f), Flagracauda (so), Caudomorphii ©, Bilateria §
Perception: Blurry vision with no depth perception on either side, can use electroreception up to ten metres away.
Latest Mutations: Thick Skin = 6, Denser Fins = 1, Lungs = 2, Aestivation = 6
Info: On the extremes of aquatic life is where this animal thrives; places where freshwater dries up with the dry season, such as in monsoon forest, savannah, hot steppe and chapparal climates. Their most obvious adaptation is the layer of reptilian scales, which give extra protection from the sun’s heat and UV radiation, as well as reduce water loss. This would be enough to survive on land, except it still breathes through water. Unlike their relatives the Archaiapasaria, this species can enter a state of aestivation when the water level reaches a critical point. When this happens, it wraps itself in a mucus-created cocoon, called an epiphragm, also enveloping remaining water because it still needs water to breathe, which it cannot completely stop even when aestivating. Aestivation does mean that they lose very little nutrition or water during these periods of hardship, allowing them to live where no other animal can. Aestivation can last for up to 3 months, until it starts running out of oxygen in its cocoon. They are very easily disturbed or awoken from this state. The range of this animal ends before deeper freshwater areas that are not at risk of seasonal droughts, because Archaiapasaria are far better suited for these environments. This species has no swim bladder, and it’s increased weight, especially in the tail fins which have become hardened by bone. This makes it much slower, and when it does swim it is weighed down by its tail. Therefore, they prefer to wallow in shallow water.
Description: The main body is a general fish shape (like a roach) and the orange and red skin is covered in a layer of brownish scales - small plates of keratin formed in the epidermis of the skin. There are three fills in each side of the body and an almost undetectable break in the scales is a line of electroreceptors. A long, whip-like tail with a pair of barbed and poisonous spikes at the sides protrudes from the body, with two fins of dense bone making a circle at the base. On each side of the head is a lens-covered pinhole eye, with muscle that allows them to swivel. A cartilage jaw frames the mouth and it contains mostly square teeth but with two venomous canines embedded in the upper jaw. A primitive gut leads from the gizzard that can grind up food to a stomach, contains digestive herbivorous bacteria. A ladder of nerves runs along the length of the body, which is supported by a spine of bone vertebrae. The muscles, contesting special vacuoles, and other organs are nourished by the closed circulatory system. There is almost no difference between males and females, except for the possession of requisite gonads. The body is adapted to freshwater only.

@immortaldragon
Quatioculeus olympeii (VU)
AN OLYMPIAN ESTUARY (Maritime Temperate Rainforest)
Early Spring, Morning
There is activity above you in the cool, murky estuary, so you head up there and can just make out the extra murkiness that is caused by phytoplankton. Their numbers are increasing. You try to feed but older Quatioculeus keep blocking you off from accessing the surface. The tide continues to carry you seawards, but you are kept do the deeper layer of the estuary. (3)
Status
Maturity: 5% (Hatchling)
Current Size: 0.4cm
Health: Healthy
Nutrition: 1.4/1.8 (75%)
Stamina: 60%
Hydration: 100%
Effects: None

Quatioculeus olympeii

Status: VU
Temporal Range: R.102 - Present (Novaglacian)
Habitat: Maritime Temperate Rainforest (Estuary)
Distribution: One Estuary in Olympia
Niche: Pelagic Filter-Feeder
Size: 7.5cm (length)
Nutritional Worth: 45/10 x 7.5 = 33.8
Predecessor: Icthyotelus sinspica
Classification: Charitomenchelusidae (f), Brevicauda (so), Caudomorphii ©, Bilateria §
Perception: Blurry vision with no depth perception on either side, blurry vision front with depth perception, can use electroreception up to ten metres away.
Latest Mutations: Eel-like fins = 3, Better Eyes = 6, Filter-Feeding Tendrils = 4

Details

Info: This species has developed further in its filter-feeding habits by evolving a pair of small tentacles at the side of the mouth to help shove in passing particles of food - this is a case of convergent evolution, with the tentacles being very similar to those found in the unrelated extinct Almoskulus and extant Ostracaderma. It is also better aware of its surroundings and has actual, but still dim and blurry, sight. It can see to the front, as well as to the left and right. They live only in the brackish water of a single estuary, being unable to spread out because there is no way to get to other estuaries. As such, the population is very small but thrives in a competionless home.
Description: It has a tapering body, lined with electroreceptors and three gills on each side. It has two pectoral ray-fins and a pair of forward-facing pinhole eyes, as well as one on each side of the head. Around the circular mouth is a pair of small tentacles. An oily liver helps to maintain buoyancy. An open circulatory system bathes the organs in hemacoel, and the body is controlled by ganglia. Down the back are cartilage vertebrae and the muscles have vacuoles to store extra energy.

@soundwave
Soundwavia vorei (LC)
A NORTH OLYMPIAN SHELF SEA (Temperate Shallows)
Early Spring, Morning
The polar night continues and you are still left searching blindly through the shelf sea and find it too difficult to detect the small prey you need with your electroreception. As expected, you sadly starve to death. (1 + 1 = Sadly, the end of your life has resulted in your death. Luckily, your species still goes on. It is a time for rebirth.)
Status:
Maturity: 5% (Hatchling)
Current Size: 1cm
Health: Dead
Nutrition: N/A
Stamina: N/A
Hydration: N/A
Effects: N/A

Soundwavia vorei

Status: LC
Temporal Range: R.76 - Present (Fressian - Novaglacian)
Habitat: Temperate Shallows, Temperate Open Ocean
Distribution: Northern Hemisphere
Niche: Apex Predator
Size: 19cm (length)
Nutritional Worth:
Predecessor: Thanostoma aquaprinceps
Classification: Thanostominae (sf), Thanostomidae (f), Flagracauda (so), Caudomorphii ©, Bilateria §
Latest Mutations: Swim Bladder = 4, Increase Size = 3, Flippers = 5
Perception: Blurry vision with no depth perception on either side, can use electroreception up to ten metres away.
Info: Although it tends to live around shallow seas where prey is larger, this relatively efficient swimmer can also hunt at the surface of the open ocean. It is quicker, more agile and can control its buoyancy, being able to hunt down the most fleeting of prey. It has become the dominant predator in the entire northern hemisphere, driving Thanostoma aquaprinceps into extinction. It requires air at the surface to inflate its swim bladder.
Description: It has a blue, tapering body, lined with electroreceptors and three gills on each side, ending in a long whip-tail complete with venomous spikes. Two large pinhole eyes, that the animal is able to swivel slightly for increased range of sight, sit on the side of the head and it’s mouth is full of small teeth, with a pair of venomous fangs embedded in its cartilage jaw. Supported by rays of cartilage, it has a pair of pectoral flippers, as well as a dorsal fin on the back. An open circulatory system bathes the organs in hemacoel, and the body is dcontrolled by ganglia. Down the back are cartilage vertebrae. In the gut, was a primitive stomach with the ability to digest multicellular matter. It has a swim bladder connected to the gut.

Previous Mutations

Extra-Efficient Muscles, Electroreceptors, Open Circulatory System, Axochord, Whip Tail, Three Gill Slits, Notochord, Cartilage Vertebrae, Digestive Carnivorous Bacteria, Two Poisonous Spikes on Tail, Dentine Teeth, Venomous Canines, Cup Eyes, Blue, Pinhole Eyes, Jaw

@blackink
Lampsichelus paladarus (NT) - Male
TROPICAL SOUTHWEST UTEENESSA (Tropical Open Ocean)
Early Spring, Morning
You hatch out in hot, bright water very close to the surface. The current here is negligible. You can smell some small amounts of marine snow drifting in the ocean. You can also smell and detect your siblings, but other than that this portion of the ocean is empty as far as you can tell. (3)
Status
Maturity: 5% (Hatchling)
Current Size: 0.6cm
Health: Healthy
Nutrition: 3.6/3.6 (100%)
Stamina: (75%)
Hydration: 100%
Effects: Metabolism x 1.5

Lampsichelus paladurus

Status: LC
Temporal Range: R.91 - Present (Cinisian - Novaglacian)
Habitat: Tropical Open Ocean, Tropical Deep Ocean, Temperate Shallows, Temperate Deep Ocean
Distribution: Cosmopolitan
Niche: Carnivorous Filter-Feeder
Size: 11.5cm (length)
Nutritional Worth: 60.5/10 x 11.5 = 69.6
Predecessor: Asteridermus mutatiogenus
Classification: Skelechelusidae (f), Brevicauda (so), Caudomorphii ©, Bilateria §
Perception: Can detect the presence of light above, can use electroreception up to ten metres away, can smell odours up to ten metres away.
Latest Mutations: Intestine = 1, Serrated Teeth = 2, Hanging Lure = 5, Oily Liver = 4
Info: In the darkness of the abyss, Lampsichelus is the most well-lit of all animals, able to put on quite a light show; as well as the numerous bioluminescent spots on its body that act as one, there is a bulb on the end of a barbel protruding from the jaw that also produces light - this is controlled independently of the others, and can be flicked up and down to be more enticing. However, rather than use it to catch prey, the lights for this species are more useful in terms of finding another individual for mating. This is because there is stiff competition for prey, such as Thanostoma altium, and so it is largely restricted to filtering flesh from marine snow. The most significant obstacle to being a little predator is that it has lost the teeth in the upper jaw, probably as a result of continual filter-feeding. (The species name means Gummy Joe.) Unlike its predecessors, it can control its own buoyancy now with an oil-filled liver, although it has a shrunken digestive system, making digestion less efficient.
Description: All over the black body tapering to a short, spiked tail are light blue bioluminescent spots, as well as a line of electroreceptors and three gills on each side. The two spikes are venomous. At the front, above the cartilage jawed mouth are olfactory receptors and facing forwards are a pair of cup eyes. The jaw contains very simple, shapeless teeth but only on the lower jaw. A cartilage barbel protrudes out and down from the lower jaw, and has a light blue bioluminescent bulb and a hinging muscle at its base. A pair of oval fins, supported by rays of cartilage are attached vertically just behind the gills and there is a fatty hump on the back. Inside, the organs oare bathed in hemacoel by an open circulatory system. All the muscles contin a vacuoles. It’s digestive system is proportionately very small and narrow, which consists of the stomach and gut. There is also a liver, which is filled with oils. The body has cartilage vertebrae running down the back and is controlled by two nerve cords and a rung of nerves. The tiny brain in the head controls this.

Previous Mutations

Extra-Efficient Muscles, Electroreceptors, Open Circulatory System, Tail, Three Gill Slits, Cartilage Vertebrae, Digestive Carnivorous Bacteria, Two Poisonous Spikes on Tail, Dentine Teeth, Cup Eyes, Jaw, Fins (two vertical near head), Hump, Bioluminescent Lights, Olfaction, Temperate and Tropical Tolerance, Bioluminescence Control, Genders, Oily Liver

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(Stealth) #901

R.110 - P.2

@Biologicah
Xirnikrozz Ikrkinkarnikirkn (CR)
SAYAMYANARIK GULF (Temperate Shallows)
Early Autumn, Midnight
It has now become very dark and even you cannot see properly anymore. It’s still warm. You find a spot to rest hidden underneath a rock and settle down. Your rest is undisturbed and when you awaken, you can sense the phytoplankton filter-feeders have returned with a group of Phyoskulus of varying ages, Masticephalus and Dictomedusus. Ostracoderma and Schedocavoura scour the seafloor. The water is also getting cooler, but light is starting to return. (6)
Status
Maturity: 30% (Juvenile)
Current Size: 9.3cm
Health: Healthy
Nutrition: 34.8/63.2 (55%)
Stamina: 100%
Hydration: 100%
Effects: Metabolism X 1.25

Xirnikrozz invalidus

Status: CR
Temporal Range: R.107 - Present (Novaglacian)
Habitat: Temperate Shallows, Temperate Open Ocean
Distribution: Southern Uteenessa
Niche: Apex Predator
Size: 31cm (length)
Nutritional Worth:
Predecessor: Xirnikrozz uysaisiroai
Classification: Thanostominae (sf), Thanostomidae (f), Flagracauda (so), Caudomorphii ©, Bilateria §
Perception: Blurry vision with no depth perception on either side, can see well in low light, can use electroreception up to ten metres away.
Latest Mutations: Olfactory Receptors = 2, Sharper Teeth = 5, Muscles = 1
Info: Emerging in the shadow of its stronger ancestor, Xirnikrozz invalidus is not a very succesful species, and retains only a small population. Although it has sharp serrated teeth, none of its prey species require particularly sharp teeth to handle and so this advantage is limited. The worst things are that it has olfactory receptors on the face which are not connected to the nervous system and simply waste energy, whilst they have incredibly weak, sparse muscles.
Description: This species has a long, blue body that tapers into a whip-like tail, armed with two toxic spikes. It’s jaw is made of cartilage and it has serrated teeth here. On each side of the head is a pinhole eye, that is able to swivel slightly. Behind the retina is a layer of cells containing reflective crystals called a choroidal tapetum cellulosum. Olfactory receptors on the face are uselessly disconnected from the nervous system. Along the side of the body, are three gill slits near the front, and line of electroreceptors. There are four paddle-like limbs of flesh, cartilage and muscle. Inside, they have a gut with a stomach containing carnivorous digestive enzymes, and connected to the gut is a swim bladder. It’s brain is not quite as small as most other contemporary species. The muscles are stretched thin throughout the body and are weak. Finally, supporting the entire body is a spine of cartilage vertebrae.

Behaviour Traits
  1. Be vigilant.
  2. Do not eat own species.
  3. Remain near to capsules after they are laid.

@jellyfishmon
Pensaspidus jellyfishmonii (NT)
SAYAMYANARIK GULF (Temperate Shallows)
Early Autumn, Midnight
It is warm and very dark. You settle down near to the remains of the Dolophonaskulus, when you feel another animal clambering past you in the dark. You are too tired to fight so you move off over a small ridge and into a different shallow depression, instead of resting. There is nothing here but sand. You are now exhausted. The water is becoming cooler and light is returning. (2 + 1)
Status
Maturity: 100% (⅛ - Young Adult)
Current Size: 7.5cm
Health: Exhausted
Nutrition: 34.6/44.6 (77.5%)
Stamina: 10%
Hydration: 100%
Effects: Metabolism x 1.25

Pensaspidus jellyfishmonii

Status: NT
Temporal Range: R.106 - Present (Novaglacian)
Habitat: Temperate Shallows, Polar Shallows, Temperate Open Ocean, Polar Open Ocean
Distribution: Southern Hemisphere
Niche: Predator
Size: 7.5cm (length)
Nutritional Worth: 59.5/10 x 7.5 = 44.6
Predecessor: Arthroskulus pelagus
Classification: Roharasrinae (sf), Codowecoiidae (f), Probocephala (o), Cylindrea ©, Bilateria §
Perception: Blurry vision with no depth perception on either side, blurry front vision with depth perception.
Latest Mutations: Mandibles = 4, Legs = 3, True Muscles = 4
Info: Swapping a razor-sharp beak for a pair of chitinous mandibles, these species can eat more efficiently than its ancestors as the mandibles allow them to grip prey and also bite in comparison with the inefficient stabbing motion of its forefathers. The mandibles are not particularly sharp or cutting, but it does not need to be for their soft-skinned prey. One advantage that the beaked species have is the actual method of killing, which is generally much easier than the grip and cut method that this species must employ. In a case of unexpected convergent evolution, the circular, hydrostatic muscles that made the lineage so worm-like have developed into traditionally, both in structure and in placement. When their body moves, it goes from side to side, like other animals with similar muscles, although internally they have fundamental differences. It lives alongside Arthroskulus, and both compete for the same food.
Description: The top of the blue, cylindrical body is protected by a tough exoskeleton made out of chitin, which has extended to form a pair of mandibles around the mouth at the end of a proboscis. Some of the armour has also formed a fan-shaped tail protruding from the rear, which can be moved up and down by muscle and a muscular siphon at the rear propels out water. The armour behind the head contains a spiracle on each side, allowing oxygen through it. There are four pinhole eyes below the armour, but none of them look up; two are at the front, and two are on the sides. Inside their body, they have a simple gut leading to an anus, a stomach containing digestive carnivorous bacteria, a nerve network and small bunch of ganglia, and an open circulatory system filled with blue-green hemacoel. There is also a swim bladder, unconnected to the gut. Anti-freeze proteins flow through the hemacoel. The body is adapted to only low to quite high salinities.

@PositiveTower
Ostracoderma densissima (NT) - Male
TEMPERATE SOUTHWEST UTEENESSA (Temperate Deep Ocean, 4500m below sea level)
Early Autumn, Morning
In the cold, dark abyss, you continue to filter from the top of the rock and grow quickly with all this food. Soon, you are an adult, ready to reproduce. As you grow, you also knock some of your competitors further down the rock, so that you get the top to yourself. There are lots of Ostracoderma and Schedocavoura around the rock. (5)
Status
Maturity: 100% (⅛ - Young Adult)
Current Size: 3cm
Health: Healthy
Nutrition: 15.2/15.2 (100%) (+50% left over for growth)
Stamina: 60%
Hydration: 100%
Effects: Metabolism x 0.5

"Ostracoderma densissima

Status: NT
Temporal Range: R.97 - Present (Cinisian - Novaglacian)
Habitat: All Deep Oceans
Distribution: Cosmopolitan
Niche: Benthic Filter-Feeder
Size: 3cm (length)
Nutritional Worth: 50.5/10 x 3 = 15.2
Predecessor: Almoskulus caecorum
Classification: Ostracoderminae (sf), Almoskulusidae (f), Tunicaphora (o), Cylindrea ©, Bilateria §
Perception: Decent vision with no depth perception either side, can sense chemicals up to ten metres away.
Latest Mutations: Shell = 5, Improve Nervous System = 1, Longer Tentacles = 3, Phragmocone = 2
Info: Proliferating through the deep seas, the thick, calcium carbonate cap-shaped shell of this species is impenetrable by any contemporary predators, making it difficult to be preyed upon. This is a good thing, because it has a very slow, inefficient nervous system composed of only one nerve cord, and the heavy, thick shell slows it down ever further. To move, it must drag itself across soft sediments using its fins, which is very ungainly and slow. The gliding membranes of its predecessors have completely disappeared. Once it finds a good spot, it filters in microbial matter with its short tentacles. It can only live below the thermocline because of the acidic surface waters and above 4,000 metres because calcium carbonate is not useable at this depth.
Description: The tubular body is hidden beneath a cap-shaped shell made of calcium carbonate, specifically calcite, with just enough of the body showing to allow the two eyestalks to stick out. The shell is quite thick and relatively heavy for its size. Beneath the shell is a mouth surrounded by chemoreceptors - two small tentacles also protrude from underneath the shell. There are three gill slits along the body. Under the body is a pair of sturdy, short fins. There is a small brain, attached to a single nerve cord, attached to webs of nerves. The gut is simple and leads straight to the anus. Hemolymph is distributed through the body to hemacoels, as the open circulatory system. It contains anti-freeze proteins.

Previous Mutations

Muscles, Fleshy Membrane (along back and underside), Chemoreceptors, Basic Instincts, Three Gill Slits, Yellow Pigmentation (L), Dentine Teeth, Open Circulatory System, Pinhole Eye With Lens (one on top of head), Notochord, Anti-freeze Proteins, Slow Reactions, Red-Transparent Colour Shifting, Small Tentacles, Eyes, Fins, Weak Skin (L), Fix Skin

@Spring_blooms
Hemithateus spicati (LC)
A NORTH OLYMPIAN SHELF SEA (Temperate Shallows)
Early Spring, Morning
There is no light in the cool water, as you move along a sandbar protruding from the seabed close to the surface. You can feel seaweed as you brush along it, and eat in the seaweed, all the time making sure to keep yourself between the two adult Hemithateus also feeding here, using electroreception. You can also detect a couple of Ostracoderma and Pneumachasminia at the edge of the sandbar. You are now a juvenile. The water is becoming warmer and light is slowly returning. (5)
Status
Maturity: 55% (Juvenile)
Current Size: 10.5cm
Health: Healthy
Nutrition: 56.2/56.2 (100%) (+50% left over for growth)
Stamina: 60%
Hydration: 100%
Effects: None

Hemithateus spicati

Status: LC
Temporal Range: R.89 - Present (Cinisian - Novaglacian)
Habitat: Temperate Shallows
Distribution: Northern Hemisphere
Niche: Herbivore
Size: 19cm (length)
Nutritional Worth: 53.5/10 x 19 = 101.7
Predecessor: Hemithateus mediossium
Classification: Thanostominae (sf), Thanostomidae (f), Flagracauda (so), Caudomorphii ©, Bilateria §
Perception: Blurry vision with no depth perception on either side, can use electroreception up to ten metres away.
Latest Mutations: More spikes
Info: With the advancement of predators, this herbivorous species evolved more protective spikes on its flexible, whip-like tail to protect itself as it cannot outrun the fitter species now existing. They are quite common in the northern hemisphere.
Description: The long, blue, tapering body is supported by a vertebrae of bone, although the whip-tail at the end is composed of flexible cartilage. Along the body are three gill slits and a line of electroreceptors. There are no limbs. The head has a cartilage jaw, with a pair of venomous canines surrounded by square shaped teeth. On each side of the head is a pinhole eye, with the ability to swivel around. At the end of the tail, six venomous spikes stick out. A gut leads to a stomach containing weak digestive herbivorous bacteria which can only break down small bits of plant matter. The muscles contain special vacuoles for storing extra energy, and are bathed in hemacoel by the open circulatory system.

Previous Mutations

Extra-Efficient Muscles, Electroreceptors, Open Circulatory System, Whip Tail, Three Gill Slits, Cartilage Vertebrae, Two Poisonous Spikes on Tail, Dentine Teeth, Venomous Canines, Cartilage Jaw, Two Swiveling Pinhole Eyes (1 on each side of head), Herbivorous Digestive Enzymes, Square Teeth, Bone Vertebrae

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(The Third Duke of Silly) #902

Action: Eat. Ah, yes, our first catch of the day!

(Immortal Dragon) #903

Thanks for the new round Stealth. :grin:

Action: Try and get some food for myself.

#904

Action:find me a mate

(ፕቿክፕልርረቿ ረዐዪዕ) #905

Thanks for the round
action: rest in a hole then mate

(Ostara) #906

Action: Eat some more, then find somewhere to rest.

#907

Action: go after the marine snow, its time for breakfast

(Stealth) #908

Round 111 - P.1

Chat: https://discord.gg/weGdxFB

~27.75 million years since the Atroxian Explosion~
Atroxian Period, Novaglacian Stage
Season: Late Spring (North), Late Autumn (South)
Time of Day: Midday (West), Dawn (East)
Event: None

Species: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ramXIxwYwggWj1bVH3zmZT-tlZSbQvW4PUZAEiVWYB8
Biomes: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1079__KZqoqQ5PQkA5gr4rMSIGIHx1UN1RwMa__ZNPV8

Detailed Species Stats

Ezta’s Natural History: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1JOwzI4ZHorn8nrqEr62v2_uXXlbs7qSCudHc476qLMY

State of the World: The global temperature is at about 18c, and there is a high level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Very small moss-like plants exist on land, specifically only in rainy wetlands but most of is still bare and rocky. Due to the minimal plant life, the atmosphere is oxygen-moderate. There are two supercontinents, Olympia in the north and Tartarus in the south, with the sea transgressing over a lot of land. The continents are surrounded by the superocean Uteenessa, and in-between lies a comparatively small ocean called the Gaia Ocean. The sea levels are high, about 150m above standard, which makes the continental slope begin about 350m below the surface. The ocean is acidic, and the lysocline sits at 2000m. The planet is not currently very tectonically active.


@RoboTrannic
Xirnikrozz Ikrkinkarnikirkn (CR)
SAYAMYANARIK GULF (Temperate Shallows)
Late Autumn, Dawn
You hatch out in cool water, partially hidden in darkness. You are surrounded by rock because you have hatched in a pile of scree at the foot of a coastal cliff. In here, you are protected. You peek out between the rubble and can see a few animals in the faint, fairly murky water; an adult Xirnikrozz is hanging out not far above you, and apart from that only a couple of Schedocavoura comb the seafloor in the open. There are not many features that you can see away from the cliff, as a ridge is in the way. The light outside begins increasing. The adult begins moving off over the ridge. (5)
Stats
Maturity: 5% (Hatchling)
Current Size: 1.6cm
Health: Healthy
Nutrition: 8.2/10.9 (75%)
Stamina: 100%
Hydration: 100%
Effects: Metabolism x 1.25

Xirnikrozz Ikrkinkarnikirkn

Status: CR
Temporal Range: R.107 - Present (Novaglacian)
Habitat: Temperate Shallows, Temperate Open Ocean
Distribution: Southern Uteenessa
Niche: Apex Predator
Size: 31cm (length)
Nutritional Worth: 68/10 x 31 = 210.8NP
Predecessor: Xirnikrozz uysaisiroai
Classification: Thanostominae (sf), Thanostomidae (f), Flagracauda (so), Caudomorphii ©, Bilateria §
Perception: Blurry vision with no depth perception on either side, can see well in low light, can use electroreception up to ten metres away.
Latest Mutations: Olfactory Receptors = 2, Sharper Teeth = 5, Muscles = 1
Info: Emerging in the shadow of its stronger ancestor, Xirnikrozz invalidus is not a very succesful species, and retains only a small population. Although it has sharp serrated teeth, none of its prey species require particularly sharp teeth to handle and so this advantage is limited. The worst things are that it has olfactory receptors on the face which are not connected to the nervous system and simply waste energy, whilst they have incredibly weak, sparse muscles.
Description: This species has a long, blue body that tapers into a whip-like tail, armed with two toxic spikes. It’s jaw is made of cartilage and it has serrated teeth here. On each side of the head is a pinhole eye, that is able to swivel slightly. Behind the retina is a layer of cells containing reflective crystals called a choroidal tapetum cellulosum. Olfactory receptors on the face are uselessly disconnected from the nervous system. Along the side of the body, are three gill slits near the front, and line of electroreceptors. There are four paddle-like limbs of flesh, cartilage and muscle. Inside, they have a gut with a stomach containing carnivorous digestive enzymes, and connected to the gut is a swim bladder. It’s brain is not quite as small as most other contemporary species. The muscles are stretched thin throughout the body and are weak. Finally, supporting the entire body is a spine of cartilage vertebrae.

Behaviour Traits
  1. Be vigilant.
  2. Do not eat own species.
  3. Remain near to capsules after they are laid.

@agenttine
Xiros dvale (VU) - Male
AN OLYMPIA FLOODPLAIN (Savannah)
Late Spring, Midday
You hatch out in hot, shallow water. Grey clouds dot the sky and deliver a steady stream of rain, and the water is spreading across the floodplains as the river overflows. You are in this shallow water over the floodplains; the current is slow, it’s oxygen-poor and there is not much detritus, but it is quite nutrient-rich and phytoplankton cloud the already murky water. You can see a few Xiros dvale on the floor, and a couple Archaiapasaria explore the newly flooded area. (3)
Status
Maturity: 5% (Hatchling)
Current Size: 0.7cm (length)
Health: Healthy
Nutrition: 3.5/4.7 (75%)
Stamina: 100%
Hydration: 100%
Effects: Metabolism x 1.5

Xiros dvale

Status: VU
Temporal Range: R.105 - Present (Novaglacian)
Habitat: Tropical Monsoon Forest, Savannah, Hot Steppe and Chapparal (Freshwater)
Distribution: Northern Olympia, Northern Tartarus
Niche: Herbivore, Filter-Feeder
Size: 13cm (length)
Nutritional Worth: 67/10 x 13 = 87.1NP
Predecessor: Archaiapasaria circulus
Classification: Archaiapasarinae (sf), Thanostomidae (f), Flagracauda (so), Caudomorphii ©, Bilateria §
Perception: Blurry vision with no depth perception on either side, can use electroreception up to ten metres away.
Latest Mutations: Thick Skin = 6, Denser Fins = 1, Lungs = 2, Aestivation = 6
Info: On the extremes of aquatic life is where this animal thrives; places where freshwater dries up with the dry season, such as in monsoon forest, savannah, hot steppe and chapparal climates. Their most obvious adaptation is the layer of reptilian scales, which give extra protection from the sun’s heat and UV radiation, as well as reduce water loss. This would be enough to survive on land, except it still breathes through water. Unlike their relatives the Archaiapasaria, this species can enter a state of aestivation when the water level reaches a critical point. When this happens, it wraps itself in a mucus-created cocoon, called an epiphragm, also enveloping remaining water because it still needs water to breathe, which it cannot completely stop even when aestivating. Aestivation does mean that they lose very little nutrition or water during these periods of hardship, allowing them to live where no other animal can. Aestivation can last for up to 3 months, until it starts running out of oxygen in its cocoon. They are very easily disturbed or awoken from this state. The range of this animal ends before deeper freshwater areas that are not at risk of seasonal droughts, because Archaiapasaria are far better suited for these environments. This species has no swim bladder, and it’s increased weight, especially in the tail fins which have become hardened by bone. This makes it much slower, and when it does swim it is weighed down by its tail. Therefore, they prefer to wallow in shallow water.
Description: The main body is a general fish shape (like a roach) and the orange and red skin is covered in a layer of brownish scales - small plates of keratin formed in the epidermis of the skin. There are three fills in each side of the body and an almost undetectable break in the scales is a line of electroreceptors. A long, whip-like tail with a pair of barbed and poisonous spikes at the sides protrudes from the body, with two fins of dense bone making a circle at the base. On each side of the head is a lens-covered pinhole eye, with muscle that allows them to swivel. A cartilage jaw frames the mouth and it contains mostly square teeth but with two venomous canines embedded in the upper jaw. A primitive gut leads from the gizzard that can grind up food to a stomach, contains digestive herbivorous bacteria. A ladder of nerves runs along the length of the body, which is supported by a spine of bone vertebrae. The muscles, contesting special vacuoles, and other organs are nourished by the closed circulatory system. There is almost no difference between males and females, except for the possession of requisite gonads. The body is adapted to freshwater only.

@immortaldragon
Quatioculeus olympeii (VU)
AN OLYMPIAN ESTUARY (Temperate Forest)
Late Spring, Midday
The tide has now become slack and leaves you closer to the sea than where the adults are feeding. You get to swim freely around the warm, murky surface for a while and filter in a decent amount of the great amounts of phytoplankton, although other hatchlings are in the same position, so you do not get it all to yourself. Then the tide starts to begin again, and you feel it pulling in the opposite direction. The amount of phytoplankton is also on the increase. (4)
Status
Maturity: 20% (Hatchling)
Current Size: 1.5cm
Health: Healthy
Nutrition: 6.8/6.8 (100%) (+15% left over for growth)
Stamina: 40%
Hydration: 100%
Effects: Metabolism x 1.25

Quatioculeus olympeii

Status: VU
Temporal Range: R.102 - Present (Novaglacian)
Habitat: Temperate Forest (Estuary)
Distribution: One Estuary in Olympia
Niche: Pelagic Filter-Feeder
Size: 7.5cm (length)
Nutritional Worth: 45/10 x 7.5 = 33.8NP
Predecessor: Icthyotelus sinspica
Classification: Charitomenchelusidae (f), Brevicauda (so), Caudomorphii ©, Bilateria §
Perception: Blurry vision with no depth perception on either side, blurry vision front with depth perception, can use electroreception up to ten metres away.
Latest Mutations: Eel-like fins = 3, Better Eyes = 6, Filter-Feeding Tendrils = 4

Details

Info: This species has developed further in its filter-feeding habits by evolving a pair of small tentacles at the side of the mouth to help shove in passing particles of food - this is a case of convergent evolution, with the tentacles being very similar to those found in the unrelated extinct Almoskulus and extant Ostracaderma. It is also better aware of its surroundings and has actual, but still dim and blurry, sight. It can see to the front, as well as to the left and right. They live only in the brackish water of a single estuary, being unable to spread out because there is no way to get to other estuaries. As such, the population is very small but thrives in a competionless home.
Description: It has a tapering body, lined with electroreceptors and three gills on each side. It has two pectoral ray-fins and a pair of forward-facing pinhole eyes, as well as one on each side of the head. Around the circular mouth is a pair of small tentacles. An oily liver helps to maintain buoyancy. An open circulatory system bathes the organs in hemacoel, and the body is controlled by ganglia. Down the back are cartilage vertebrae and the muscles have vacuoles to store extra energy.

@soundwave
Soundwavia vorei (LC)
A WEST OLYMPIAN SHELF SEA (Temperate Shallows)
Late Spring, Midday
You hatch out in fairly murky, warm water with bright sunlight filtering down. Around you, you can see a shallow lagoon, separated from the sea by a sandbank that cross the mouth of the bay almost to the surface. In the lagoon is a forest of kelp, reaching a metre and a half high and an abundance of prey; you have seen a few Hemithateus, including a hatchling, a throng of Masticephalus being attacked by Asteridermus microa and Mollisitula at the surface. You also happen to be a particularly strong individual. (5 + 1)
Status:
Maturity: 5% (Hatchling)
Current Size: 1cm
Health: Healthy
Nutrition:4.5/6.1 (100%)
Stamina: 100%
Hydration: 100%
Effects: Metabolism x 1.25

Soundwavia vorei

Status: LC
Temporal Range: R.76 - Present (Fressian - Novaglacian)
Habitat: Temperate Shallows, Temperate Open Ocean
Distribution: Northern Hemisphere
Niche: Apex Predator
Size: 19cm (length)
Nutritional Worth: 60.5/10 x 19 = 115NP
Predecessor: Thanostoma aquaprinceps
Classification: Thanostominae (sf), Thanostomidae (f), Flagracauda (so), Caudomorphii ©, Bilateria §
Latest Mutations: Swim Bladder = 4, Increase Size = 3, Flippers = 5
Perception: Blurry vision with no depth perception on either side, can use electroreception up to ten metres away.
Info: Although it tends to live around shallow seas where prey is larger, this relatively efficient swimmer can also hunt at the surface of the open ocean. It is quicker, more agile and can control its buoyancy, being able to hunt down the most fleeting of prey. It has become the dominant predator in the entire northern hemisphere, driving Thanostoma aquaprinceps into extinction. It requires air at the surface to inflate its swim bladder.
Description: It has a blue, tapering body, lined with electroreceptors and three gills on each side, ending in a long whip-tail complete with venomous spikes. Two large pinhole eyes, that the animal is able to swivel slightly for increased range of sight, sit on the side of the head and it’s mouth is full of small teeth, with a pair of venomous fangs embedded in its cartilage jaw. Supported by rays of cartilage, it has a pair of pectoral flippers, as well as a dorsal fin on the back. An open circulatory system bathes the organs in hemacoel, and the body is dcontrolled by ganglia. Down the back are cartilage vertebrae. In the gut, was a primitive stomach with the ability to digest multicellular matter. It has a swim bladder connected to the gut.

Previous Mutations

Extra-Efficient Muscles, Electroreceptors, Open Circulatory System, Axochord, Whip Tail, Three Gill Slits, Notochord, Cartilage Vertebrae, Digestive Carnivorous Bacteria, Two Poisonous Spikes on Tail, Dentine Teeth, Venomous Canines, Cup Eyes, Blue, Pinhole Eyes, Jaw

@blackink
Lampsichelus paladarus (NT) - Male
TROPICAL SOUTHWEST UTEENESSA (Tropical Open Ocean)
Late Spring, Midday
You feed on the specks of marine snow drifting through the hot, bright ocean. It is very clear and empty here, and you can now detect no other animals, not even your siblings. This leaves the marine snow all to you, and you greedily filter as much of it as you can. You grow up quickly in this lonely environment and are now a juvenile. (5)
Status
Maturity: 55% (Hatchling)
Current Size: 6.3cm
Health: Healthy
Nutrition: 38.1/38.1 (100%) (+50% left over for nutrition)
Stamina: (55%)
Hydration: 100%
Effects: Metabolism x 1.5

Lampsichelus paladurus

Status: LC
Temporal Range: R.91 - Present (Cinisian - Novaglacian)
Habitat: Tropical Open Ocean, Tropical Deep Ocean, Temperate Shallows, Temperate Deep Ocean
Distribution: Cosmopolitan
Niche: Carnivorous Filter-Feeder
Size: 11.5cm (length)
Nutritional Worth: 60.5/10 x 11.5 = 69.6NP
Predecessor: Asteridermus mutatiogenus
Classification: Skelechelusidae (f), Brevicauda (so), Caudomorphii ©, Bilateria §
Perception: Can detect the presence of light above, can use electroreception up to ten metres away, can smell odours up to ten metres away.
Latest Mutations: Intestine = 1, Serrated Teeth = 2, Hanging Lure = 5, Oily Liver = 4
Info: In the darkness of the abyss, Lampsichelus is the most well-lit of all animals, able to put on quite a light show; as well as the numerous bioluminescent spots on its body that act as one, there is a bulb on the end of a barbel protruding from the jaw that also produces light - this is controlled independently of the others, and can be flicked up and down to be more enticing. However, rather than use it to catch prey, the lights for this species are more useful in terms of finding another individual for mating. This is because there is stiff competition for prey, such as Thanostoma altium, and so it is largely restricted to filtering flesh from marine snow. The most significant obstacle to being a little predator is that it has lost the teeth in the upper jaw, probably as a result of continual filter-feeding. (The species name means Gummy Joe.) Unlike its predecessors, it can control its own buoyancy now with an oil-filled liver, although it has a shrunken digestive system, making digestion less efficient.
Description: All over the black body tapering to a short, spiked tail are light blue bioluminescent spots, as well as a line of electroreceptors and three gills on each side. The two spikes are venomous. At the front, above the cartilage jawed mouth are olfactory receptors and facing forwards are a pair of cup eyes. The jaw contains very simple, shapeless teeth but only on the lower jaw. A cartilage barbel protrudes out and down from the lower jaw, and has a light blue bioluminescent bulb and a hinging muscle at its base. A pair of oval fins, supported by rays of cartilage are attached vertically just behind the gills and there is a fatty hump on the back. Inside, the organs oare bathed in hemacoel by an open circulatory system. All the muscles contin a vacuoles. It’s digestive system is proportionately very small and narrow, which consists of the stomach and gut. There is also a liver, which is filled with oils. The body has cartilage vertebrae running down the back and is controlled by two nerve cords and a rung of nerves. The tiny brain in the head controls this.

Previous Mutations

Extra-Efficient Muscles, Electroreceptors, Open Circulatory System, Tail, Three Gill Slits, Cartilage Vertebrae, Digestive Carnivorous Bacteria, Two Poisonous Spikes on Tail, Dentine Teeth, Cup Eyes, Jaw, Fins (two vertical near head), Hump, Bioluminescent Lights, Olfaction, Temperate and Tropical Tolerance, Bioluminescence Control, Genders, Oily Liver

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(Stealth) #909

R.111 - P.2

@Biologicah
Xirnikrozz Ikrkinkarnikirkn (CR)
SAYAMYANARIK GULF (Temperate Shallows)
Late Autumn, Dawn
The cool, fairly murky sea is has just enough light that you can see well enough to hunt, but that other species struggle to see. You watch the group of Phyoskulus obliviously munching on seaweed in the bay. A youngster looks the perfect choice for you, being a few centimetres smaller. You creep out of your hole under the rocks, and move towards the Phyoskulus hatchling; it cannot see you coming in the gloom, and by the time you are close enough to be detected it is too late. You bite down on its fragile head with your fangs and kill it instantly. You feed on the corpse. The advantage of low light is now starting to fade as the day arrives. (6)
Status
Maturity: 45% (Juvenile)
Current Size: 14cm
Health: Healthy
Nutrition: 95.2/95.2 (100%) (+15% for growth)
Stamina: 70%
Hydration: 100%
Effects: Metabolism X 1.25

Xirnikrozz Ikrkinkarnikirkn

Status: CR
Temporal Range: R.107 - Present (Novaglacian)
Habitat: Temperate Shallows, Temperate Open Ocean
Distribution: Southern Uteenessa
Niche: Apex Predator
Size: 31cm (length)
Nutritional Worth: 68/10 x 31 = 210.8NP
Predecessor: Xirnikrozz uysaisiroai
Classification: Thanostominae (sf), Thanostomidae (f), Flagracauda (so), Caudomorphii ©, Bilateria §
Perception: Blurry vision with no depth perception on either side, can see well in low light, can use electroreception up to ten metres away.
Latest Mutations: Olfactory Receptors = 2, Sharper Teeth = 5, Muscles = 1
Info: Emerging in the shadow of its stronger ancestor, Xirnikrozz invalidus is not a very succesful species, and retains only a small population. Although it has sharp serrated teeth, none of its prey species require particularly sharp teeth to handle and so this advantage is limited. The worst things are that it has olfactory receptors on the face which are not connected to the nervous system and simply waste energy, whilst they have incredibly weak, sparse muscles.
Description: This species has a long, blue body that tapers into a whip-like tail, armed with two toxic spikes. It’s jaw is made of cartilage and it has serrated teeth here. On each side of the head is a pinhole eye, that is able to swivel slightly. Behind the retina is a layer of cells containing reflective crystals called a choroidal tapetum cellulosum. Olfactory receptors on the face are uselessly disconnected from the nervous system. Along the side of the body, are three gill slits near the front, and line of electroreceptors. There are four paddle-like limbs of flesh, cartilage and muscle. Inside, they have a gut with a stomach containing carnivorous digestive enzymes, and connected to the gut is a swim bladder. It’s brain is not quite as small as most other contemporary species. The muscles are stretched thin throughout the body and are weak. Finally, supporting the entire body is a spine of cartilage vertebrae.

Behaviour Traits
  1. Be vigilant.
  2. Do not eat own species.
  3. Remain near to capsules after they are laid.

@jellyfishmon
Pensaspidus jellyfishmonii (NT)
SAYAMYANARIK GULF (Temperate Shallows)
Late Autumn, Dawn
With faint light filtering into the cool, quite murky sea, you rest in the lonely depression of sand on the seabed. With nothing nearby, your rest is undisturbed. The light continues to increase. (4 + 1)
Status
Maturity: 100% (2/8 - Young Adult)
Current Size: 7.5cm
Health: Healthy
Nutrition: 30.1/44.6 (67.5%)
Stamina: 60%
Hydration: 100%
Effects: None

Pensaspidus jellyfishmonii

Status: NT
Temporal Range: R.106 - Present (Novaglacian)
Habitat: Temperate Shallows, Polar Shallows, Temperate Open Ocean, Polar Open Ocean
Distribution: Southern Hemisphere
Niche: Predator
Size: 7.5cm (length)
Nutritional Worth: 59.5/10 x 7.5 = 44.6NP
Predecessor: Arthroskulus pelagus
Classification: Roharasrinae (sf), Codowecoiidae (f), Probocephala (o), Cylindrea ©, Bilateria §
Perception: Blurry vision with no depth perception on either side, blurry front vision with depth perception.
Latest Mutations: Mandibles = 4, Legs = 3, True Muscles = 4
Info: Swapping a razor-sharp beak for a pair of chitinous mandibles, these species can eat more efficiently than its ancestors as the mandibles allow them to grip prey and also bite in comparison with the inefficient stabbing motion of its forefathers. The mandibles are not particularly sharp or cutting, but it does not need to be for their soft-skinned prey. One advantage that the beaked species have is the actual method of killing, which is generally much easier than the grip and cut method that this species must employ. In a case of unexpected convergent evolution, the circular, hydrostatic muscles that made the lineage so worm-like have developed into traditionally, both in structure and in placement. When their body moves, it goes from side to side, like other animals with similar muscles, although internally they have fundamental differences. It lives alongside Arthroskulus, and both compete for the same food.
Description: The top of the blue, cylindrical body is protected by a tough exoskeleton made out of chitin, which has extended to form a pair of mandibles around the mouth at the end of a proboscis. Some of the armour has also formed a fan-shaped tail protruding from the rear, which can be moved up and down by muscle and a muscular siphon at the rear propels out water. The armour behind the head contains a spiracle on each side, allowing oxygen through it. There are four pinhole eyes below the armour, but none of them look up; two are at the front, and two are on the sides. Inside their body, they have a simple gut leading to an anus, a stomach containing digestive carnivorous bacteria, a nerve network and small bunch of ganglia, and an open circulatory system filled with blue-green hemacoel. There is also a swim bladder, unconnected to the gut. Anti-freeze proteins flow through the hemacoel. The body is adapted to only low to quite high salinities.

@PositiveTower
Ostracoderma densissima (NT) - Male
TEMPERATE SOUTHWEST UTEENESSA (Temperate Deep Ocean, 4500m below sea level)
Late Autumn, Midday
You approach another adult Ostracoderma but all of a sudden a gust of a current blows over the rock and you and the others are scattered across the nearby abyssal plain. You end up at the bottom of a ridge with no immediately nearby fellows. However, you can sense the chemicals from a group Ostracoderma just over the ridge, and behind you is the signal of a single Ostracoderma but it is easier to get to. (1 + 1)
Status
Maturity: 100% (2/8 - Young Adult)
Current Size: 3cm
Health: Healthy
Nutrition: 14.4/15.2 (95%)
Stamina: 50%
Hydration: 100%
Effects: Metabolism x 0.5

"Ostracoderma densissima

Status: NT
Temporal Range: R.97 - Present (Cinisian - Novaglacian)
Habitat: All Deep Oceans
Distribution: Cosmopolitan
Niche: Benthic Filter-Feeder
Size: 3cm (length)
Nutritional Worth: 50.5/10 x 3 = 15.2NP
Predecessor: Almoskulus caecorum
Classification: Ostracoderminae (sf), Almoskulusidae (f), Tunicaphora (o), Cylindrea ©, Bilateria §
Perception: Decent vision with no depth perception either side, can sense chemicals up to ten metres away.
Latest Mutations: Shell = 5, Improve Nervous System = 1, Longer Tentacles = 3, Phragmocone = 2
Info: Proliferating through the deep seas, the thick, calcium carbonate cap-shaped shell of this species is impenetrable by any contemporary predators, making it difficult to be preyed upon. This is a good thing, because it has a very slow, inefficient nervous system composed of only one nerve cord, and the heavy, thick shell slows it down ever further. To move, it must drag itself across soft sediments using its fins, which is very ungainly and slow. The gliding membranes of its predecessors have completely disappeared. Once it finds a good spot, it filters in microbial matter with its short tentacles. It can only live below the thermocline because of the acidic surface waters and above 4,000 metres because calcium carbonate is not useable at this depth.
Description: The tubular body is hidden beneath a cap-shaped shell made of calcium carbonate, specifically calcite, with just enough of the body showing to allow the two eyestalks to stick out. The shell is quite thick and relatively heavy for its size. Beneath the shell is a mouth surrounded by chemoreceptors - two small tentacles also protrude from underneath the shell. There are three gill slits along the body. Under the body is a pair of sturdy, short fins. There is a small brain, attached to a single nerve cord, attached to webs of nerves. The gut is simple and leads straight to the anus. Hemolymph is distributed through the body to hemacoels, as the open circulatory system. It contains anti-freeze proteins.

Previous Mutations

Muscles, Fleshy Membrane (along back and underside), Chemoreceptors, Basic Instincts, Three Gill Slits, Yellow Pigmentation (L), Dentine Teeth, Open Circulatory System, Pinhole Eye With Lens (one on top of head), Notochord, Anti-freeze Proteins, Slow Reactions, Red-Transparent Colour Shifting, Small Tentacles, Eyes, Fins, Weak Skin (L), Fix Skin

@Spring_blooms
Hemithateus spicati (LC)
A NORTH OLYMPIAN SHELF SEA (Temperate Shallows)
Late Spring, Midday
Now that there is light in the warm, fairly murky water, you can see that most of the algae on the sandbar has now been eaten and that what is left is being consumed by the two adults. They do not seem to be moving off any time soon. You can also detect a couple of Ostracoderma and Pneumachasminia at the edge of the sandbar. (5)
Status
Maturity: 55% (Juvenile)
Current Size: 10.5cm
Health: Healthy
Nutrition: 43.6/56.2 (77.5%)
Stamina: 50%
Hydration: 100%
Effects: Metabolism x 1.25

Hemithateus spicati

Status: LC
Temporal Range: R.89 - Present (Cinisian - Novaglacian)
Habitat: Temperate Shallows
Distribution: Northern Hemisphere
Niche: Herbivore
Size: 19cm (length)
Nutritional Worth: 53.5/10 x 19 = 101.7NP
Predecessor: Hemithateus mediossium
Classification: Thanostominae (sf), Thanostomidae (f), Flagracauda (so), Caudomorphii ©, Bilateria §
Perception: Blurry vision with no depth perception on either side, can use electroreception up to ten metres away.
Latest Mutations: More spikes
Info: With the advancement of predators, this herbivorous species evolved more protective spikes on its flexible, whip-like tail to protect itself as it cannot outrun the fitter species now existing. They are quite common in the northern hemisphere.
Description: The long, blue, tapering body is supported by a vertebrae of bone, although the whip-tail at the end is composed of flexible cartilage. Along the body are three gill slits and a line of electroreceptors. There are no limbs. The head has a cartilage jaw, with a pair of venomous canines surrounded by square shaped teeth. On each side of the head is a pinhole eye, with the ability to swivel around. At the end of the tail, six venomous spikes stick out. A gut leads to a stomach containing weak digestive herbivorous bacteria which can only break down small bits of plant matter. The muscles contain special vacuoles for storing extra energy, and are bathed in hemacoel by the open circulatory system.

Previous Mutations

Extra-Efficient Muscles, Electroreceptors, Open Circulatory System, Whip Tail, Three Gill Slits, Cartilage Vertebrae, Two Poisonous Spikes on Tail, Dentine Teeth, Venomous Canines, Cartilage Jaw, Two Swiveling Pinhole Eyes (1 on each side of head), Herbivorous Digestive Enzymes, Square Teeth, Bone Vertebrae

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(The Third Duke of Silly) #910

Action: E A T M O R E
kill zem all

(ፕቿክፕልርረቿ ረዐዪዕ) #911

thanks for the round stealth
Action: go to a more populated area and look for a mate

(Ostara) #912

Action: Find a sheltered area to rest up.

#913

Action:Common find a mate

(Uncertain Agent) #914

Vote: consume all life

(Immortal Dragon) #915

Woo, new round, thanks Stealth. :grin:

Action: Go with the flow of the tide, only using energy to gather up food.

#916

Yey, go marine snow. Now time to rest
Action: swim downwards in search of a natural crevice to rest, capturing what marine snow is in the way

(Sound) #917

Action: hide in the kelp

I hope this time I get luckier

(Stealth) #918

Round 112 - P.1

Chat: https://discord.gg/weGdxFB

~28 million years since the Atroxian Explosion~
Atroxian Period, Novaglacian Stage
Season: Early Summer (North), Early Winter (South)
Time of Day: Afternoon (West), Morning (East)
Event: None

Species: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ramXIxwYwggWj1bVH3zmZT-tlZSbQvW4PUZAEiVWYB8
Biomes: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1079__KZqoqQ5PQkA5gr4rMSIGIHx1UN1RwMa__ZNPV8

Detailed Species Stats

Ezta’s Natural History: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1JOwzI4ZHorn8nrqEr62v2_uXXlbs7qSCudHc476qLMY

”Reward Shop

Rewards are subject to change.

  • Bonus Point: Get a + or -1 to use on the action roll of any player, yourself included. = 1pt
  • Guaranteed Action: Use this on an action to definitely roll a 4 or higher. = 3pts
  • Guaranteed Evolution: Use this on an action to definitely roll a 4 or higher. You can save them up and use multiple at once. = 4pts
  • Helping Hand: At the next opportunity, take the reigns of the evolution of an uncontrolled species. = 5pts
  • Call of the Wild: Summon an event that focuses on any specific area of the world you choose. However, the event is random and may be larger than you anticipate. = 8pts
  • Evolution Explosion: Every species immediately gets a chance to evolve, including yourself. = 10pts

State of the World: The global temperature is at about 18c, and there is a high level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Very small moss-like plants exist on land, specifically only in rainy wetlands but most of is still bare and rocky. Due to the minimal plant life, the atmosphere is oxygen-moderate. There are two supercontinents, Olympia in the north and Tartarus in the south, with the sea transgressing over a lot of land. The continents are surrounded by the superocean Uteenessa, and in-between lies a comparatively small ocean called the Gaia Ocean. The sea levels are high, about 150m above standard, which makes the continental slope begin about 350m below the surface. The ocean is acidic, and the lysocline sits at 2000m. The planet is not currently very tectonically active.


@RoboTrannic
Xirnikrozz Ikrkinkarnikirkn (CR)
SAYAMYANARIK GULF (Temperate Shallows)
Early Winter, Morning
You head out of the safety of the rocks in search of food. Your hunt takes you through the cool, brightly lit but fairly murky water and you swim over a nearby ridge of sand. On the other side, you see an Asteridermus luminaria hatchling feeding on a scrap on the floor. You go after the other animal and it notices you coming. With weak muscles you struggle to keep up, but fortunately it eventually hits a dead end and hesitates. This gives you the chance to lunge in and you bite the Asteridermus. The toxins then do the work, and it soon dies. You eat the corpse and are now a juvenile. (5)
Stats
Maturity: 30% (Juvenile)
Current Size: 9.3cm
Health: Healthy
Nutrition: 63.2/63.2 (100%) (+25% left over for growth)
Stamina: 70%
Hydration: 100%
Effects: Metabolism x 1.25

Xirnikrozz Ikrkinkarnikirkn

Status: CR
Temporal Range: R.107 - Present (Novaglacian)
Habitat: Temperate Shallows, Temperate Open Ocean
Distribution: Southern Uteenessa
Niche: Apex Predator
Size: 31cm (length)
Nutritional Worth: 68/10 x 31 = 210.8NP
Predecessor: Xirnikrozz uysaisiroai
Classification: Thanostominae (sf), Thanostomidae (f), Flagracauda (so), Caudomorphii ©, Bilateria §
Perception: Blurry vision with no depth perception on either side, can see well in low light, can use electroreception up to ten metres away.
Latest Mutations: Olfactory Receptors = 2, Sharper Teeth = 5, Muscles = 1
Info: Emerging in the shadow of its stronger ancestor, Xirnikrozz invalidus is not a very succesful species, and retains only a small population. Although it has sharp serrated teeth, none of its prey species require particularly sharp teeth to handle and so this advantage is limited. The worst things are that it has olfactory receptors on the face which are not connected to the nervous system and simply waste energy, whilst they have incredibly weak, sparse muscles.
Description: This species has a long, blue body that tapers into a whip-like tail, armed with two toxic spikes. It’s jaw is made of cartilage and it has serrated teeth here. On each side of the head is a pinhole eye, that is able to swivel slightly. Behind the retina is a layer of cells containing reflective crystals called a choroidal tapetum cellulosum. Olfactory receptors on the face are uselessly disconnected from the nervous system. Along the side of the body, are three gill slits near the front, and line of electroreceptors. There are four paddle-like limbs of flesh, cartilage and muscle. Inside, they have a gut with a stomach containing carnivorous digestive enzymes, and connected to the gut is a swim bladder. It’s brain is not quite as small as most other contemporary species. The muscles are stretched thin throughout the body and are weak. Finally, supporting the entire body is a spine of cartilage vertebrae.

Behaviour Traits
  1. Be vigilant.
  2. Do not eat own species.
  3. Remain near to capsules after they are laid.

@agenttine
Xiros dvale (VU) - Male
AN OLYMPIA FLOODPLAIN (Savannah)
Early Summer, Afternoon
You are just above to start feeding, when you notice the other nearby animals scattering. Too late you detect the presence of something moving fast towards you through the muddy water. A young Thanostoma acridente bursts out of the gloom and sinks its sharp teeth into you, slicing through the scales in your side. However, as you tried to dodge, the fangs of the predator didn’t sink into you, so luckily you have avoided the toxin. But you now having a gaping wound down your side leaking blood and the Thanostoma is right on top of you, looking to finish you off. The light is now decreasing in the hot water. (1)
Status
Maturity: 5% (Hatchling)
Current Size: 0.7cm (length)
Health: Large, bleeding wound in side
Nutrition: 1.9/4.7 (40%)
Stamina: 80%
Hydration: 100%
Effects: Metabolism x 1.5

Xiros dvale

Status: VU
Temporal Range: R.105 - Present (Novaglacian)
Habitat: Tropical Monsoon Forest, Savannah, Hot Steppe and Chapparal (Freshwater)
Distribution: Northern Olympia, Northern Tartarus
Niche: Herbivore, Filter-Feeder
Size: 13cm (length)
Nutritional Worth: 67/10 x 13 = 87.1NP
Predecessor: Archaiapasaria circulus
Classification: Archaiapasarinae (sf), Thanostomidae (f), Flagracauda (so), Caudomorphii ©, Bilateria §
Perception: Blurry vision with no depth perception on either side, can use electroreception up to ten metres away.
Latest Mutations: Thick Skin = 6, Denser Fins = 1, Lungs = 2, Aestivation = 6
Info: On the extremes of aquatic life is where this animal thrives; places where freshwater dries up with the dry season, such as in monsoon forest, savannah, hot steppe and chapparal climates. Their most obvious adaptation is the layer of reptilian scales, which give extra protection from the sun’s heat and UV radiation, as well as reduce water loss. This would be enough to survive on land, except it still breathes through water. Unlike their relatives the Archaiapasaria, this species can enter a state of aestivation when the water level reaches a critical point. When this happens, it wraps itself in a mucus-created cocoon, called an epiphragm, also enveloping remaining water because it still needs water to breathe, which it cannot completely stop even when aestivating. Aestivation does mean that they lose very little nutrition or water during these periods of hardship, allowing them to live where no other animal can. Aestivation can last for up to 3 months, until it starts running out of oxygen in its cocoon. They are very easily disturbed or awoken from this state. The range of this animal ends before deeper freshwater areas that are not at risk of seasonal droughts, because Archaiapasaria are far better suited for these environments. This species has no swim bladder, and it’s increased weight, especially in the tail fins which have become hardened by bone. This makes it much slower, and when it does swim it is weighed down by its tail. Therefore, they prefer to wallow in shallow water.
Description: The main body is a general fish shape (like a roach) and the orange and red skin is covered in a layer of brownish scales - small plates of keratin formed in the epidermis of the skin. There are three fills in each side of the body and an almost undetectable break in the scales is a line of electroreceptors. A long, whip-like tail with a pair of barbed and poisonous spikes at the sides protrudes from the body, with two fins of dense bone making a circle at the base. On each side of the head is a lens-covered pinhole eye, with muscle that allows them to swivel. A cartilage jaw frames the mouth and it contains mostly square teeth but with two venomous canines embedded in the upper jaw. A primitive gut leads from the gizzard that can grind up food to a stomach, contains digestive herbivorous bacteria. A ladder of nerves runs along the length of the body, which is supported by a spine of bone vertebrae. The muscles, contesting special vacuoles, and other organs are nourished by the closed circulatory system. There is almost no difference between males and females, except for the possession of requisite gonads. The body is adapted to freshwater only.

@immortaldragon
Quatioculeus olympeii (VU)
AN OLYMPIAN ESTUARY (Temperate Forest)
Early Summer, Afternoon
Unfortunately, whilst filtering through the warm, murky estuary surface, you accidentally ingested a pathogenic bacteria, which has made its home in your gut. The disease runs rampant inside you, draining you of almost all your energy and preventing you from using that energy to feed. The tide pulls you further into the estuary. There are lots of Quatioculeus around here feeding. The light is starting to fade. (1)
Status
Maturity: 20% (Hatchling)
Current Size: 1.5cm
Health: Bacterial Illness
Nutrition: 3.9/6.8 (57.5%)
Stamina: 10%
Hydration: 100%
Effects: Metabolism x 1.25

Quatioculeus olympeii

Status: VU
Temporal Range: R.102 - Present (Novaglacian)
Habitat: Temperate Forest (Estuary)
Distribution: One Estuary in Olympia
Niche: Pelagic Filter-Feeder
Size: 7.5cm (length)
Nutritional Worth: 45/10 x 7.5 = 33.8NP
Predecessor: Icthyotelus sinspica
Classification: Charitomenchelusidae (f), Brevicauda (so), Caudomorphii ©, Bilateria §
Perception: Blurry vision with no depth perception on either side, blurry vision front with depth perception, can use electroreception up to ten metres away.
Latest Mutations: Eel-like fins = 3, Better Eyes = 6, Filter-Feeding Tendrils = 4

Details

Info: This species has developed further in its filter-feeding habits by evolving a pair of small tentacles at the side of the mouth to help shove in passing particles of food - this is a case of convergent evolution, with the tentacles being very similar to those found in the unrelated extinct Almoskulus and extant Ostracaderma. It is also better aware of its surroundings and has actual, but still dim and blurry, sight. It can see to the front, as well as to the left and right. They live only in the brackish water of a single estuary, being unable to spread out because there is no way to get to other estuaries. As such, the population is very small but thrives in a competionless home.
Description: It has a tapering body, lined with electroreceptors and three gills on each side. It has two pectoral ray-fins and a pair of forward-facing pinhole eyes, as well as one on each side of the head. Around the circular mouth is a pair of small tentacles. An oily liver helps to maintain buoyancy. An open circulatory system bathes the organs in hemacoel, and the body is controlled by ganglia. Down the back are cartilage vertebrae and the muscles have vacuoles to store extra energy.

@soundwave - Points Stored = 1
Soundwavia vorei (LC)
A WEST OLYMPIAN SHELF SEA (Temperate Shallows)
Early Summer, Afternoon
You head into the forest of kelp, keeping close to the bottom as the larger animals swim above you. The sea is warm and fairly murky. Fortunately, as you enter the seaweed you find the corpse of an Elinopterus, freshly dead, and hidden from sight. You tuck into the soft flesh and manage a large amount of food. Here, you grow into a juvenile. Amongst the feet of the seaweed, you see mostly small animals like Ostracoderma and Pneumachasminia. Above the kelp, you can detect a few Hemithateus, as well as several Masticephalus and Dictomedusus. The light is now starting to fade. (6 + 1 = Ding, ding, ding! Congrats, you have won a bonus point!)
Status:
Maturity: 65% (Juvenile)
Current Size: 12.4cm
Health: Healthy
Nutrition: 75/75 (100%) (+60% left over for growth)
Stamina: 90%
Hydration: 100%
Effects: Metabolism x 1.25, Strong

Soundwavia vorei

Status: LC
Temporal Range: R.76 - Present (Fressian - Novaglacian)
Habitat: Temperate Shallows, Temperate Open Ocean
Distribution: Northern Hemisphere
Niche: Apex Predator
Size: 19cm (length)
Nutritional Worth: 60.5/10 x 19 = 115NP
Predecessor: Thanostoma aquaprinceps
Classification: Thanostominae (sf), Thanostomidae (f), Flagracauda (so), Caudomorphii ©, Bilateria §
Latest Mutations: Swim Bladder = 4, Increase Size = 3, Flippers = 5
Perception: Blurry vision with no depth perception on either side, can use electroreception up to ten metres away.
Info: Although it tends to live around shallow seas where prey is larger, this relatively efficient swimmer can also hunt at the surface of the open ocean. It is quicker, more agile and can control its buoyancy, being able to hunt down the most fleeting of prey. It has become the dominant predator in the entire northern hemisphere, driving Thanostoma aquaprinceps into extinction. It requires air at the surface to inflate its swim bladder.
Description: It has a blue, tapering body, lined with electroreceptors and three gills on each side, ending in a long whip-tail complete with venomous spikes. Two large pinhole eyes, that the animal is able to swivel slightly for increased range of sight, sit on the side of the head and it’s mouth is full of small teeth, with a pair of venomous fangs embedded in its cartilage jaw. Supported by rays of cartilage, it has a pair of pectoral flippers, as well as a dorsal fin on the back. An open circulatory system bathes the organs in hemacoel, and the body is dcontrolled by ganglia. Down the back are cartilage vertebrae. In the gut, was a primitive stomach with the ability to digest multicellular matter. It has a swim bladder connected to the gut.

Previous Mutations

Extra-Efficient Muscles, Electroreceptors, Open Circulatory System, Axochord, Whip Tail, Three Gill Slits, Notochord, Cartilage Vertebrae, Digestive Carnivorous Bacteria, Two Poisonous Spikes on Tail, Dentine Teeth, Venomous Canines, Cup Eyes, Blue, Pinhole Eyes, Jaw

@blackink
Lampsichelus paladarus (NT) - Male
TROPICAL SOUTHWEST UTEENESSA (Tropical Deep Ocean, 500m below sea level)
Early Summer, Afternoon
Moving towards gloomier light, you head downwards, away from the illuminated surface where you feel out in the open. The water is still hot here. Fortunately, you happen to come across a downwelling and the current helps you retreat further into the depths.Slowly, you pass into a higher pressure zone and the light begins to fade. There are no natural crevices around here, but once it is dark enough you feel safe to rest, and be relatively secure from Thanostoma tropicae. You rest well. When you awaken, your eyes detect a slither of decreasing light from far above, but your electroreception and smell detects no nearby animals. However, you can smell lots of morsels of marine snow floating down through the water column. (5)
Status
Maturity: 55% (Hatchling)
Current Size: 6.3cm
Health: Healthy
Nutrition: 32.4/38.1 (85%)
Stamina: 100%
Hydration: 100%
Effects: Metabolism x 1.5

Lampsichelus paladurus

Status: LC
Temporal Range: R.91 - Present (Cinisian - Novaglacian)
Habitat: Tropical Open Ocean, Tropical Deep Ocean, Temperate Shallows, Temperate Deep Ocean
Distribution: Cosmopolitan
Niche: Carnivorous Filter-Feeder
Size: 11.5cm (length)
Nutritional Worth: 60.5/10 x 11.5 = 69.6NP
Predecessor: Asteridermus mutatiogenus
Classification: Skelechelusidae (f), Brevicauda (so), Caudomorphii ©, Bilateria §
Perception: Can detect the presence of light above, can use electroreception up to ten metres away, can smell odours up to ten metres away.
Latest Mutations: Intestine = 1, Serrated Teeth = 2, Hanging Lure = 5, Oily Liver = 4
Info: In the darkness of the abyss, Lampsichelus is the most well-lit of all animals, able to put on quite a light show; as well as the numerous bioluminescent spots on its body that act as one, there is a bulb on the end of a barbel protruding from the jaw that also produces light - this is controlled independently of the others, and can be flicked up and down to be more enticing. However, rather than use it to catch prey, the lights for this species are more useful in terms of finding another individual for mating. This is because there is stiff competition for prey, such as Thanostoma altium, and so it is largely restricted to filtering flesh from marine snow. The most significant obstacle to being a little predator is that it has lost the teeth in the upper jaw, probably as a result of continual filter-feeding. (The species name means Gummy Joe.) Unlike its predecessors, it can control its own buoyancy now with an oil-filled liver, although it has a shrunken digestive system, making digestion less efficient.
Description: All over the black body tapering to a short, spiked tail are light blue bioluminescent spots, as well as a line of electroreceptors and three gills on each side. The two spikes are venomous. At the front, above the cartilage jawed mouth are olfactory receptors and facing forwards are a pair of cup eyes. The jaw contains very simple, shapeless teeth but only on the lower jaw. A cartilage barbel protrudes out and down from the lower jaw, and has a light blue bioluminescent bulb and a hinging muscle at its base. A pair of oval fins, supported by rays of cartilage are attached vertically just behind the gills and there is a fatty hump on the back. Inside, the organs oare bathed in hemacoel by an open circulatory system. All the muscles contin a vacuoles. It’s digestive system is proportionately very small and narrow, which consists of the stomach and gut. There is also a liver, which is filled with oils. The body has cartilage vertebrae running down the back and is controlled by two nerve cords and a rung of nerves. The tiny brain in the head controls this.

Previous Mutations

Extra-Efficient Muscles, Electroreceptors, Open Circulatory System, Tail, Three Gill Slits, Cartilage Vertebrae, Digestive Carnivorous Bacteria, Two Poisonous Spikes on Tail, Dentine Teeth, Cup Eyes, Jaw, Fins (two vertical near head), Hump, Bioluminescent Lights, Olfaction, Temperate and Tropical Tolerance, Bioluminescence Control, Genders, Oily Liver

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(Stealth) #919

R.112 - P.2

@Biologicah
Xirnikrozz Ikrkinkarnikirkn (CR)
SAYAMYANARIK GULF (Temperate Shallows)
Early Winter, Morning
Even though there is now full sunshine in the cool, fairly murky sea, you do not need your element of surprise to catch food. A current has delivered the corpse of a freshly dead juvenile Stellingus into the bay. You are fortunately the only Xirnikrozz around it seems as you are the only one that heads to the corpse and feeds. You are able to eat very well and soon become an adult, ready to reproduce. Most of the larger animals have scattered since you came out into the open, and the only animals you can see or detect in this shallow, sandy bay are very small filter-feeders. (6)
Status
Maturity: 100% (⅛ - Young Adult)
Current Size: 31cm
Health: Healthy
Nutrition: 210.8/210.8 (100%) (+60% for growth)
Stamina: 60%
Hydration: 100%
Effects: Metabolism X 1.25

Xirnikrozz Ikrkinkarnikirkn

Status: CR
Temporal Range: R.107 - Present (Novaglacian)
Habitat: Temperate Shallows, Temperate Open Ocean
Distribution: Southern Uteenessa
Niche: Apex Predator
Size: 31cm (length)
Nutritional Worth: 68/10 x 31 = 210.8NP
Predecessor: Xirnikrozz uysaisiroai
Classification: Thanostominae (sf), Thanostomidae (f), Flagracauda (so), Caudomorphii ©, Bilateria §
Perception: Blurry vision with no depth perception on either side, can see well in low light, can use electroreception up to ten metres away.
Latest Mutations: Olfactory Receptors = 2, Sharper Teeth = 5, Muscles = 1
Info: Emerging in the shadow of its stronger ancestor, Xirnikrozz invalidus is not a very succesful species, and retains only a small population. Although it has sharp serrated teeth, none of its prey species require particularly sharp teeth to handle and so this advantage is limited. The worst things are that it has olfactory receptors on the face which are not connected to the nervous system and simply waste energy, whilst they have incredibly weak, sparse muscles.
Description: This species has a long, blue body that tapers into a whip-like tail, armed with two toxic spikes. It’s jaw is made of cartilage and it has serrated teeth here. On each side of the head is a pinhole eye, that is able to swivel slightly. Behind the retina is a layer of cells containing reflective crystals called a choroidal tapetum cellulosum. Olfactory receptors on the face are uselessly disconnected from the nervous system. Along the side of the body, are three gill slits near the front, and line of electroreceptors. There are four paddle-like limbs of flesh, cartilage and muscle. Inside, they have a gut with a stomach containing carnivorous digestive enzymes, and connected to the gut is a swim bladder. It’s brain is not quite as small as most other contemporary species. The muscles are stretched thin throughout the body and are weak. Finally, supporting the entire body is a spine of cartilage vertebrae.

Behaviour Traits
  1. Be vigilant.
  2. Do not eat own species.
  3. Remain near to capsules after they are laid.

@jellyfishmon - Points Stored = 1
Pensaspidus jellyfishmonii (NT)
SAYAMYANARIK GULF (Temperate Shallows)
Early Winter, Morning
After you finish your rest on the seabed of this slight dip, you are approached by another adult Pensaspidus. Without even having to move, you have found a mate. You successfully reproduce in the cool water, scattering eggs across the dip. (6 + 1 = Well done! You have successfully passed on your genes; let’s hope they fit. Choose 3 mutations to try and evolve. Ding, ding, ding! Congrats, you have won a bonus point!)
Status
Maturity: 100% (3/8 - Young Adult)
Current Size: 7.5cm
Health: Healthy
Nutrition: 21.2/44.6 (47.5%)
Stamina: 50%
Hydration: 100%
Effects: None

Pensaspidus jellyfishmonii

Status: NT
Temporal Range: R.106 - Present (Novaglacian)
Habitat: Temperate Shallows, Polar Shallows, Temperate Open Ocean, Polar Open Ocean
Distribution: Southern Hemisphere
Niche: Predator
Size: 7.5cm (length)
Nutritional Worth: 59.5/10 x 7.5 = 44.6NP
Predecessor: Arthroskulus pelagus
Classification: Roharasrinae (sf), Codowecoiidae (f), Probocephala (o), Cylindrea ©, Bilateria §
Perception: Blurry vision with no depth perception on either side, blurry front vision with depth perception.
Latest Mutations: Mandibles = 4, Legs = 3, True Muscles = 4
Info: Swapping a razor-sharp beak for a pair of chitinous mandibles, these species can eat more efficiently than its ancestors as the mandibles allow them to grip prey and also bite in comparison with the inefficient stabbing motion of its forefathers. The mandibles are not particularly sharp or cutting, but it does not need to be for their soft-skinned prey. One advantage that the beaked species have is the actual method of killing, which is generally much easier than the grip and cut method that this species must employ. In a case of unexpected convergent evolution, the circular, hydrostatic muscles that made the lineage so worm-like have developed into traditionally, both in structure and in placement. When their body moves, it goes from side to side, like other animals with similar muscles, although internally they have fundamental differences. It lives alongside Arthroskulus, and both compete for the same food.
Description: The top of the blue, cylindrical body is protected by a tough exoskeleton made out of chitin, which has extended to form a pair of mandibles around the mouth at the end of a proboscis. Some of the armour has also formed a fan-shaped tail protruding from the rear, which can be moved up and down by muscle and a muscular siphon at the rear propels out water. The armour behind the head contains a spiracle on each side, allowing oxygen through it. There are four pinhole eyes below the armour, but none of them look up; two are at the front, and two are on the sides. Inside their body, they have a simple gut leading to an anus, a stomach containing digestive carnivorous bacteria, a nerve network and small bunch of ganglia, and an open circulatory system filled with blue-green hemacoel. There is also a swim bladder, unconnected to the gut. Anti-freeze proteins flow through the hemacoel. The body is adapted to only low to quite high salinities.

@PositiveTower
Ostracoderma densissima (NT) - Male
TEMPERATE SOUTHWEST UTEENESSA (Temperate Deep Ocean, 4500m below sea level)
Early Winter, Afternoon
You climb up the slope to get over the ridge, following the chemical trail to a group of Ostracoderma. It takes a fair amount of energy to heave yourself up the slope but you make it. You then approach any adults in the group, testing for females. Soon after, you find one and successfully reproduce, and your eggs are scattered across the abyssal plain. (4 = Well done! You have successfully passed on your genes; let’s hope they fit. Choose 4 mutations to try and evolve.)
Status
Maturity: 100% (3/8 - Young Adult)
Current Size: 3cm
Health: Healthy
Nutrition: 9.1/15.2 (60%)
Stamina: 20%
Hydration: 100%
Effects: Metabolism x 0.5

"Ostracoderma densissima

Status: NT
Temporal Range: R.97 - Present (Cinisian - Novaglacian)
Habitat: All Deep Oceans
Distribution: Cosmopolitan
Niche: Benthic Filter-Feeder
Size: 3cm (length)
Nutritional Worth: 50.5/10 x 3 = 15.2NP
Predecessor: Almoskulus caecorum
Classification: Ostracoderminae (sf), Almoskulusidae (f), Tunicaphora (o), Cylindrea ©, Bilateria §
Perception: Decent vision with no depth perception either side, can sense chemicals up to ten metres away.
Latest Mutations: Shell = 5, Improve Nervous System = 1, Longer Tentacles = 3, Phragmocone = 2
Info: Proliferating through the deep seas, the thick, calcium carbonate cap-shaped shell of this species is impenetrable by any contemporary predators, making it difficult to be preyed upon. This is a good thing, because it has a very slow, inefficient nervous system composed of only one nerve cord, and the heavy, thick shell slows it down ever further. To move, it must drag itself across soft sediments using its fins, which is very ungainly and slow. The gliding membranes of its predecessors have completely disappeared. Once it finds a good spot, it filters in microbial matter with its short tentacles. It can only live below the thermocline because of the acidic surface waters and above 4,000 metres because calcium carbonate is not useable at this depth.
Description: The tubular body is hidden beneath a cap-shaped shell made of calcium carbonate, specifically calcite, with just enough of the body showing to allow the two eyestalks to stick out. The shell is quite thick and relatively heavy for its size. Beneath the shell is a mouth surrounded by chemoreceptors - two small tentacles also protrude from underneath the shell. There are three gill slits along the body. Under the body is a pair of sturdy, short fins. There is a small brain, attached to a single nerve cord, attached to webs of nerves. The gut is simple and leads straight to the anus. Hemolymph is distributed through the body to hemacoels, as the open circulatory system. It contains anti-freeze proteins.

Previous Mutations

Muscles, Fleshy Membrane (along back and underside), Chemoreceptors, Basic Instincts, Three Gill Slits, Yellow Pigmentation (L), Dentine Teeth, Open Circulatory System, Pinhole Eye With Lens (one on top of head), Notochord, Anti-freeze Proteins, Slow Reactions, Red-Transparent Colour Shifting, Small Tentacles, Eyes, Fins, Weak Skin (L), Fix Skin

@Spring_blooms
Hemithateus spicati (LC)
A NORTH OLYMPIAN SHELF SEA (Temperate Shallows)
Early Summer, Afternoon
You leave the sandbar stripped of algae and head off for somewhere less in the open. You swim through the shallow sea until you come across a cliff, demarcating the edge of the sea. When you flow the cliff along, you find a quiet, sheltered cove containing no predators that you can see or detect. You rest on the empty, sandy bottom of the cove and recover quite a lot of energy. The light remains strong with constant sunlight. (4 + 1)
Status
Maturity: 55% (Juvenile)
Current Size: 10.5cm
Health: Healthy
Nutrition: 36.5/56.2 (65%)
Stamina: 100%
Hydration: 100%
Effects: Metabolism x 1.25

Hemithateus spicati

Status: LC
Temporal Range: R.89 - Present (Cinisian - Novaglacian)
Habitat: Temperate Shallows
Distribution: Northern Hemisphere
Niche: Herbivore
Size: 19cm (length)
Nutritional Worth: 53.5/10 x 19 = 101.7NP
Predecessor: Hemithateus mediossium
Classification: Thanostominae (sf), Thanostomidae (f), Flagracauda (so), Caudomorphii ©, Bilateria §
Perception: Blurry vision with no depth perception on either side, can use electroreception up to ten metres away.
Latest Mutations: More spikes
Info: With the advancement of predators, this herbivorous species evolved more protective spikes on its flexible, whip-like tail to protect itself as it cannot outrun the fitter species now existing. They are quite common in the northern hemisphere.
Description: The long, blue, tapering body is supported by a vertebrae of bone, although the whip-tail at the end is composed of flexible cartilage. Along the body are three gill slits and a line of electroreceptors. There are no limbs. The head has a cartilage jaw, with a pair of venomous canines surrounded by square shaped teeth. On each side of the head is a pinhole eye, with the ability to swivel around. At the end of the tail, six venomous spikes stick out. A gut leads to a stomach containing weak digestive herbivorous bacteria which can only break down small bits of plant matter. The muscles contain special vacuoles for storing extra energy, and are bathed in hemacoel by the open circulatory system.

Previous Mutations

Extra-Efficient Muscles, Electroreceptors, Open Circulatory System, Whip Tail, Three Gill Slits, Cartilage Vertebrae, Two Poisonous Spikes on Tail, Dentine Teeth, Venomous Canines, Cartilage Jaw, Two Swiveling Pinhole Eyes (1 on each side of head), Herbivorous Digestive Enzymes, Square Teeth, Bone Vertebrae

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