Path of the Wild (Forum Game)


(ፕቿክፕልርረቿ ረዐዪዕ) #466

thank you stealth for not killing me and for the new round
Action: patrol the coast for food


(Sound) #467

Action: go find food


(Radical Revolutionary) #468

Action:continue eating


(Ṁ̴͙͔͒u̴͐͛̓͠ͅś̴̛̮̰̖̑͆͠i̵͚̤̥̝̬̎͋̊c̸̨̛̦̱̯̽̋͛̍ M̴a̸͙̬̐͌̈̄͌ń̸̯̉̃̌̕ ) #469

Action: Filter feed (And pray to the dice gods)


#470

keep trying


#471

Mmhhh, veroinas are tricky business
Action: Circle the vents in search of an isolated veroina and go in to give it a tail whip, if I’m surrounded quickly turn on and off my lights to try to stun them.


(Stealth) #472

Round 73

Meta Stuff

Official Game Soundtrack (Nice to have as a soundtrack whilst reading a round): https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=T1_wnREGllg&t=269s
Chat Server (Anyone could join, players would benefit from joining): https://discord.gg/weGdxFB
Eztan Extant Ecosystems (The Current World): https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ramXIxwYwggWj1bVH3zmZT-tlZSbQvW4PUZAEiVWYB8
Book of the Dead (Prehistoric History): https://docs.google.com/document/d/1JOwzI4ZHorn8nrqEr62v2_uXXlbs7qSCudHc476qLMY

~18.25 million years into the Atroxian~
Fressian Stage
Season: Northern Summer, Southern Winter
Time of Day: Morning (W), Dusk (E)
Event - 3 (Local Event)

Global Climate: A slow rise in oxygen and decrease in carbon dioxide has caused the average global temperature to drop to a quite cool 15 degrees. The climate is quite seasonal, and less wet than previous prehistoric stages. Sea levels are now slightly low, but there are still no glacial ice caps, as there is no land right in the poles. However, many deserts stretch across the continent of Uteeno, as they are too far from the coast to recover rain.

Some tropical air has escaped northwards and settled over a temperate biome, causing a heatwave over the area. This increases the temperature to levels that temperate wildlife is not used to, and makes the weather drier. One affected area, is the Oliver River, including the estuary delta.

@Louix, if you return to the game you can have your spot back.


@RoboTrannic
Veroina ericius (EN)
UTEENESSA OCEAN, NORTH-WEST, DEEP OCEAN
As you begin to search once again for a mate, you suddenly smell a predator. The Asteridermus luminaria [Blackink] circles you for a bit but does not attack. It’s flashing lights confuse your small brain, and so you stay still. It soon gives up, but once again you have not found a mate. You are at the edge of the warm water around the hydrothermal vent. (3)
Status
Health: Healthy
Fitness: 96/96 (100%)
Maturity: 100%
Current Size: 16.5cm

Veroina ericius

Status: EN
Timespan: R.52 - Present
Habitat: Deep Ocean, Continental Slope (Mid Ocean)
Distribution: Under Temperate and Tropical Uteenessa Ocean, below thermocline
Niche: Benthic Filter-Feeder
Nutritional Value: 95.7
Size: 16.5cm (length - although this includes spines, the body itself is 6.5cm)
Predecessor: Kapnosta limus
Classification: Veroinidae, Kardiaskulidea, Tubulosa
Latest Mutations: Fix Smell = 3, Sense of Smell = 5, Spikes = 6
Description: With the abundance of predators in these dangerous waters, it only makes sense for species to evolve extra defences. Veroina ericius have developed defences that are almost impenetrable; they have spiky spines sticking out all over their tubular body, with an average length of about 5cm. These spines are also toxic. Predators are unlikely to be able to get to the flesh underneath the spines without causing great damage to themselves. Therefore, areas that were once off-limits because of predators are now open, and Veroina ericius would be able to colonise the shallow seas, in addition to their previous range, if they were adapted to deal with the warmer temperatures. They also use these spines to walk across the seafloor but can no longer swim. Furthermore, they have lost the slime on their scales that gave them a strong smell, but have gained an olfactory sense with the appearance of olfactory receptors studded around the body. With this ability, Veroina ericius can track the smell of chemicals to hydrothermal vents and brine pools, making food easier to find in the deep ocean. All of this makes Veroina ericius the most common animal in the ocean - the only downside is that the spines make mating an awkward tangle.
Previous Mutations: Extra-Efficient Muscles, Open Circulatory System, Tubular Heart, Web of Capillaries Over Muscles, Axochord, Notochord, Four Gill Slits, Two Gill Frills, Pharynx, Large Pinhole Eyes With Lenses (2 on top of head, one on front), Heat-Proof Scales, Cartilage Vertebrae

@agenttine
Petrocoilius rivieri (EN) - Male
OLIVER RIVER, TEMPERATE RIVER
Scooting across the bottom of the river, you follow the trail of moss on the rocky bottom, eating quite well. You have wandered into a small offshoot of the river surrounded by high canyon walls which cast a cooling shade over the water. There is less food here in the shade, but also less competition, and there are only a handful of other animals near you. (4 + 1)
Status
Health: Healthy
Fitness: 21/19 (110%)
Maturity: 15%
Current Size: 3cm

Petrocoilius rivieri

Status: EN
Timespan: R.65 - Present
Habitat: Rivers, Lakes
Distribution: Temperate Rivers & Temperate, Shallow Lakes
Niche: Herbivore
Nutritional Value: 125
Size: 20cm
Predecessor: Thanostoma mediossium
Classification: Makouradae, Spinacheliforme, Caudara
Latest Mutations: Grinding Plants = 4, Genders = 5, Freshwater Tolerance = 4
Description: A long, tapering eel-like animal with a pair of venomous spikes at the end of the tail, it has bony vertebra and jaw, and cartilage in the tail. The jaw has mainly square vegetation-eating teeth, but also two venomous canines. An attachment to the side of the stomach has evolved, which is more muscular and helps to breakdown the plant matter that it ingests. Larger pieces can now be eaten and digested. This attachment is known as a gizzard, and requires the animal to swallow stones or grit to grind up the food. Furthermore, this species now has two genders, with the males and females each carrying only one type of germ cell. There are only half as many potential mates now, but the genetic diversity is greater. They live in freshwater, with the gills actually helping to increase salt intake, rather than to expel salt. Here, there is no competition and they are flourishing.
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, Jaw, Two Swiveling Pinhole Eyes (1 on each side of head), Weak Digestive Enzymes, Square Teeth, Half Bony Body

@immortaldragon
Icthyotelus sinspica (LC)
OLIVER RIVER DELTA, TEMPERATE ESTUARY
There are plenty of animals swarming in the productive estuary and it is easy to find a mate that appears healthy, although the temperate is getting hotter. You successfully mate and reproduce. (6 - You may now choose three mutations)
Status
Health: Healthy
Fitness: 45/35 (130%)
Maturity: 100%
Current Size: 7cm

Icthyotelus sinspica

Status: LC
Timespan: R.65 - Present
Habitat: Estuaries
Distribution: Temperate Estauries
Niche: Pelagic Filter-Feeder
Nutritional Value: 35.35
Size: 7cm
Predecessor: Achmachelus etalas
Classification: Makryostusidae, Spinacheliforme, Caudara
Latest Mutations: Tail Fins = 2, Fix Pectoral Fins = 5, Freshwater Tolerance = 3
Description: Unlike all it’s living relatives and some of its ancestors, the long tail has no spikes. It probably lost them as there was a lack of predators in their range; they live only in temperate estuaries, where the brackish water is just the right balance to suit their rather limited salt intake abilities. Overall, this is a relatively small area to live, but it is the only animal that lives here. The pectoral fins have become smaller, and more streamlined like a ray-finned fish; they are held against the body and composed of a cartilage limb branching off the vertebrae and three supports covered in skin. Muscles in the limb make it move, so this animal is faster than its ancestors.
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

@soundwave
Thanostoma aquaprinceps (NT)
NORTH-WESTERN SHELF, TEMPERATE SHALLOW SEA
Peering out from the clump of seaweed in which you hid, you notice another animal passing, with weird large eyes, fins and a membrane. It is a young Almoskulus, only slightly bigger than you, and it has not realised your existence yet. You dart out of your hiding place, and bite down on your victim; your venomous canines pierce its body. It’s struggles are fruitless and it quickly succumbs to the venom. You eat most of the corpse. You are still on the fairly empty sandy plains. (5 + 1)
Status:
Health: Healthy
Fitness: 66/47 (140%)
Maturity: 45%
Current Size: 7.65cm

Thanostoma aquaprinceps

Status: NT
Timespan: R.41 - Present
Habitat: Deep Ocean, Continental Slope (Mid Ocean), Shallow Sea
Distribution: Under Temperate and Tropical Uteenessa Ocean, All Temperate Seas
Niche: Apex Predator
Nutritional Value: 104.5
Size: 17cm
Predecessor: Makoura jousteri
Classification: Makouradae, Spinacheliforme, Caudara
Latest Mutations: Blue Pigmentation = 3, Pinhole eyes = 6, Jaw = 5
Description: The outwards-jutting tusks of their ancestors have morphed into long, dangerous and venomous canines which are a deadly contribution to the new jaw. Two large pinhole eyes, that the animal is able to swivel slightly for increased range of sight, on the side of the head scan the ocean for prey. Few animals can withstand an attack from this mouth. All of this makes this species the top predator of its time, as well as also being able to occupy shallow water thanks to its blue pigment. It is only restricted by its lack of buoyancy.
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

@blackink
UTEENESSA OCEAN, NORTH-WEST, DEEP OCEAN
Asteridermus luminaria (LC)
Keeping to the edge of the warm water, you seek out isolated Veroina using mostly electroreception. Over time you find several [including Robo], and circle them, looking for a weak point. You cannot find one, as they are covered in spines, and your last resort is to continuously flash your lights, but this achieves very little. You have also run out of stored food in your hump. The situation is getting desperate. (2 + 1)
Status
Health: Healthy
Fitness: 8/35 (22%)
Maturity: 82%
Current Size: 5.7cm

Asteridermus luminaria

Status: LC
Timespan: R.59 - Present
Habitat: Deep Ocean, Continental Slope (Mid Ocean), Shallow Sea
Distribution: Under Temperate and Tropical Uteenessa Ocean, All Temperate and Tropical Seas
Niche: Apex Predator, Minor Predator
Nutritional Value: 44.1
Size: 7cm
Predecessor: Asteridermus gibbosi
Classification: Makryostusidae, Spinacheliforme, Caudara
Latest Mutations: Olfaction = 4, Temperature Tolerance = 6, Control Bioluminescence = 3
Description: This species very closely resembles its ancestor, owning a long tapering body with flashing bioluminescent lights, except it is now black. The other differences are much more difficult to spot; above the mouth, invisible to the naked eye are olfactory receptors, which provide a rudimentary way of tracking prey and mapping its surroundings. Electrolocation is still much more useful and precise. A development in the area of the brain allows Asteridermus luminaria to have more control over its bioluminescence. It can turn them on and off at will, but does so all at once with all of them. The spots cannot be controlled individually but as a group. Internally, this animal has adapted its body’s chemistry to cope with the temperatures of shallower water, including temperate and tropical seas. It is therefore much more widespread then it’s predecessor, and slightly more successful. It would live in tropical seas too, except there is no sustainable food source there for this species.
Previous Mutations: Extra-Efficient Muscles, Electroreceptors, Open Circulatory System, Axochord, Tail, Three Gill Slits, Notochord, Cartilage Vertebrae, Digestive Carnivorous Bacteria, Two Poisonous Spikes on Tail, Dentine Teeth, Cup Eyes, Jaw, Fins (two vertical near head), Hump, Bioluminescent Lights

@Biologicah
Roharasra wotupiowui (CR)
MANAURAI SEA, TEMPERATE SHALLOW SEA
Finally, you catch some prey. You stumbled across an Almoskulus which had been resting behind a rock and so had not seen you coming. One quick burst from your water propulsion and you speared it. You ate most of your catch, whilst hiding from the large predators that swim above the rocky seafloor. (4)
Status
Health: Faint scratch on underside
Fitness: 22/28 (80%)
Maturity: 100%
Current Size: 5cm

Roharasra wotupiowui

Status: CR
Timespan: R.67 - Present
Habitat: Shallow Sea
Distribution: Temperate Seas of the Southern Hemisphere
Niche: Minor Predator
Nutritional Value: 28
Size: 5cm
Predecessor: Codowecoi koalazk
Classification: Roharasrae, Codowecoidea, Aquamusculida
Latest Mutations: Exoskeleton = 4, Improve Muscles = 4, Limbs = 2
Info: In the shallow temperate seas, where predation is highest, the first animals with an exoskeleton, although partial, appeared. They are more protected and suffer less from predation than their cousins. However, the exoskeleton does not work well with movement; it has slowed the worm down greatly, as movement by hydrostatic skeleton is now a struggle. Mainly, this species chooses to move in spurts, using water propulsion to dash quickly over short distances to kill their prey, typically Almoskulus. Overall, they are a much smaller population than even their own ancestors.
Description: The top of the blue, cylindrical body is protected by a tough exoskeleton made out of chitin. Underneath the armour, the animal has a hydrostatic skeleton composed of strong, longitudinal muscles, which seem to be slightly more powerful than those of its predecessors. At the front, the characteristic sharp beak protrudes from a proboscis. There are four pinhole eyes, but none of them look up; two are at the front, and two are on the sides. A muscular siphon at the rear propels out water. 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. Anti-freeze proteins flow through the hemacoel.
Previous Mutations: Bitter Chemicals, Chemoreceptors, Proboscis, Hydrostatic Muscle Fins (2 vertical near centre of body) (D), Sharp Beak, Digestive Carnivorous Enzymes, Bigger, Blue Pigmentation, Open Circulatory System, Glittery Scales (D), Anti-Freeze Proteins, Water Propulsion, Cup Eyes, Hydrostatic Skeleton, Pinhole Eyes

@svrangite
Kapnosta eremitus (EN)
UTEENSESSA OCEAN, NORTH-WEST, DEEP OCEAN
You finally have some fortune as a reasonable amount of food drifts your way. You are now an adult, ready to reproduce. (4)
Status
Health: Burnt tentacle
Fitness: 72/57 (127%)
Maturity: 100%
Current Size: 8.5cm

Kapnosta eremitus

Status: EN
Timespan: R.43 - Present
Habitat: Hydrothermal Vents (Deep Ocean)
Distribution: Under Temperate and Tropical Uteenessa Ocean
Niche: Benthic Filter-Feeder
Nutritional Value: 56.5
Size: 8.5cm
Predecessor: Kapnosta limus
Classification: Kardiaskulidae, Kardiaskulidea, Tubulosa
Latest Mutations: Calcium Carbonate Shell, Heat Resistance, Tentacles
Description: Stuck to the chimneys of hydrothermal vents and the surrounding areas are hardy Kapnosta. They hide inside a limestone shell that they build around themselves which sticks to a surface permanently. They have evolved increased resistance to heat to survive such constant exposure to high temperatures. The only problem is that whilst they are safe inside their shells, they have tentacles used for catching particles of food hanging out, exposed.
Previous Mutations: Extra-Efficient Muscles, Open Circulatory System, Tubular Heart, Web of Capillaries Over Muscles, Axochord, Notochord, Four Gill Slits, Two Gill Frills, Pharynx, Large Pinhole Eyes With Lenses (2 on top of head, one on front), Heat-Proof Scales, Cartilage Vertebrae

@jellyfishmon
Thanostoma amniotus (VU) - Male
MANAURAI SEA, TEMPERATE SHALLOW SEA
You hug the foot of the coastal cliffs, looking for food. There is plenty of seaweed growing here, which you get stuck into, amongst several other herbivorous Thanostoma. After continuous eating, you grow into an adult, ready to reproduce. (5)
Status
Health: Healthy
Fitness: 152/117 (130%)
Maturity: 100%
Current Size: 19cm

Thanostoma amniotus

Status: VU
Timespan: R.69 - Present
Habitat: Shallow Sea
Distribution: All Temperate Seas
Niche: Herbivore
Nutritional Value: 117
Size: 19cm
Predecessor: Thanostoma mediossium
Classification: Makouradae, Spinacheliforme, Caudara
Latest Mutations: Genders = 5, Eggs = 5, Improve Intelligence = 3
Info: The temperate shallow seas are now home to two herbivorous species, and this one is slightly more successful; they are given a head start in life as they are developed within a nutritious yolk surrounded by a jellylike membrane. They are first fertilised within the female and then ejected into the outside world, usually producing a couple dozen young; more than any other Eztan bilaterate. There are also now two genders. However, they are virtually identical except for each carrying different sex cells.
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, two 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, Axochord, Whip Tail, Three Gill Slits, Notochord, Cartilage Vertebrae, Digestive Carnivorous Bacteria, Two Poisonous Spikes on Tail, Dentine Teeth, Venomous Canines, Jaw, Two Swiveling Pinhole Eyes (1 on each side of head), Digestive Enzymes, Plant-Eating Teeth, Bone Vertebrae

@PositiveTower
Archaiapasaria westenrai (LC) - Male
OLIVER RIVER, TEMPERATE RIVER
The river flow brushes you into an offshoot of the river and into a small pond. Other small Archaiapasaria that are already here have eaten most of the available food. Furthermore, the water starts to become hotter than usual, and you begin to overheat. The pond also seems to be gradually becoming smaller. (1 + 1)
Status
Health: Healthy
Fitness: 10/13 (80%)
Maturity: 15%
Current Size: 1.8cm

Archaiapasaria westenrai

Status: LC
Timespan: R.71 - Present
Habitat: Rivers, Lakes
Distribution: Temperate Northern Hemisphere
Niche: Herbivore
Nutritional Value: 84.6
Size: 12cm
Predecessor: Petrocoilius rivieri
Classification: Archaiapasaria, Spinacheliforme, Caudara
Latest Mutations: Lobe Fins = 3, Tail Fins = 4, Fish Shape = 5, Swim Bladder = 4
Info: This Eztan animal is the first to be recognisable as being similar to a fish; the only thing that is really preventing this distinction is that it lacks pectoral fins. It is much more suited to swimming about than its relatives, which had to return to the seafloor to rest, and it’s efficient shape and tail fins make it much faster too. It is very common in the temperate rivers and lakes of the northern hemisphere. It feeds by sieving surface algae from the water as a filter-feeder, but it can also eat local seamosses growing below the surface. In the loss of it’s long tail, this species has become shorter than its predecessors but it is has a similar overall mass owing to its broader shape. Furthermore, the stiffer, albeit more powerful, bodily movements of the tail that propel the animal through the water, reduce the effectiveness of wielding tail spikes.
Description: It has a stout, orange and red, stream-lined body, like the shape of a fish and a short tail with a tail fin above and below the tail. These are shaped like horizontal semi-circles and together make a circle; they are supported by rays of cartilage. Two poisonous spikes protrude to the side of the tail. The front of the body has a cartilage jaw, and within in it several square teeth. It retains two venomous fangs in the roof of the mouth. On each side of the head is a lens-covered pinhole eye, with muscle that allows them to swivel. Three gills mark the body, which is also lined with unseeable electroreceptors. The mouth leads to a primitive gut and stomach, with weak herbivorous bacteria. The food is ground up in a gizzard first. Centrally located is a sac of gas called a swim bladder, and supporting the body are vertebrae made of bone. Also supporting the body are muscles with special vacuoles and an open circulatory system.

Previous Mutations

Extra-Efficient Muscles, Electroreceptors, Open Circulatory System, Axochord (L), Whip Tail (L), Three Gill Slits, Notochord (L), Cartilage Vertebrae (L), Digestive Carnivorous Bacteria (L), Two Poisonous Spikes on Tail, Dentine Teeth, Venomous Canines, Jaw, Two Swiveling Pinhole Eyes (1 on each side of head), Weak Digestive Enzymes, Square Teeth, Bone Vertebrae, Gizzard, Genders, Freshwater Tolerance


(The Third Duke of Silly) #473

Action: Search for a mate


(Ṁ̴͙͔͒u̴͐͛̓͠ͅś̴̛̮̰̖̑͆͠i̵͚̤̥̝̬̎͋̊c̸̨̛̦̱̯̽̋͛̍ M̴a̸͙̬̐͌̈̄͌ń̸̯̉̃̌̕ ) #474

Action: Reproduce (And praise the dice gods)


(ፕቿክፕልርረቿ ረዐዪዕ) #475

It would seem somethings in the water ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
and thank you stealth for the round
Action: Reproduce


(Immortal Dragon) #476

Yay, new round. Thanks Stealth. :grin:

Mutation 1: Eel-like tail fins (as shown in the Discord).

Mutation 2: Improved eyesight.

Mutation 3: A form of feeding tendril in/around the mouth that can be used to improve filter feeding ability.


(Uncertain Agent) #477

Action: Eat more moss


(Radical Revolutionary) #478

Action:find food


(Sound) #479

Ty for the round :slight_smile: i hope i can actually reproduce this time. We shall see

Action: find a group of my species


#480

God damn spines, well time to improvise:
Action: Swim low in search of the eggs of the Veroinas to eat them (with so many here some must be reproducing), if there are none, stun a Veroina and ram it head on (There should be less spines around the head because of face features).


#481

keep trying to find a mate


(Louix) #482

Hi, sorry for the late reply, I just finished my summer job last week and now i’m in Cuba! I still want to play this game but since i’m a busy busy boy I thought that maybe we could establish an automatic vote system or whatever. Dm me if you are interested.

Also, I want to get food as my action


(Stealth) #483

Round 74

Meta Stuff

Official Game Soundtrack (Nice to have as a soundtrack whilst reading a round): https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=T1_wnREGllg&t=269s
Chat Server (Anyone could join, players would benefit from joining): https://discord.gg/weGdxFB
Eztan Extant Ecosystems (The Current World): https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ramXIxwYwggWj1bVH3zmZT-tlZSbQvW4PUZAEiVWYB8
Book of the Dead (Prehistoric History): https://docs.google.com/document/d/1JOwzI4ZHorn8nrqEr62v2_uXXlbs7qSCudHc476qLMY

~18.5 million years into the Atroxian~
Fressian Stage
Season: Northern Summer, Southern Winter
Time of Day: Midday (W), Midnight (E)
Event - No Event

Global Climate: A slow rise in oxygen and decrease in carbon dioxide has caused the average global temperature to drop to a quite cool 15 degrees. The climate is quite seasonal, and less wet than previous prehistoric stages. Sea levels are now slightly low, but there are still no glacial ice caps, as there is no land right in the poles. However, many deserts stretch across the continent of Uteeno, as they are too far from the coast to recover rain.

The heatwave continues to blast the north.


@RoboTrannic
Veroina ericius (EN)
UTEENESSA OCEAN, NORTH-WEST, DEEP OCEAN
Finally, you come across another Veroina ericius after wandering around a bit more. It is also looking to reproduce, although it seems to be lacking some energy due to its search, and you successfully mate. (4 - You may now choose three mutations)
Status
Health: Healthy
Fitness: 38/96 (40%)
Maturity: 100%
Current Size: 16.5cm

Veroina ericius

Status: EN
Timespan: R.52 - Present
Habitat: Deep Ocean, Continental Slope (Mid Ocean)
Distribution: Under Temperate and Tropical Uteenessa Ocean, below thermocline
Niche: Benthic Filter-Feeder
Nutritional Value: 95.7
Size: 16.5cm (length - although this includes spines, the body itself is 6.5cm)
Predecessor: Kapnosta limus
Classification: Veroinidae, Kardiaskulidea, Tubulosa
Latest Mutations: Fix Smell = 3, Sense of Smell = 5, Spikes = 6
Description: With the abundance of predators in these dangerous waters, it only makes sense for species to evolve extra defences. Veroina ericius have developed defences that are almost impenetrable; they have spiky spines sticking out all over their tubular body, with an average length of about 5cm. These spines are also toxic. Predators are unlikely to be able to get to the flesh underneath the spines without causing great damage to themselves. Therefore, areas that were once off-limits because of predators are now open, and Veroina ericius would be able to colonise the shallow seas, in addition to their previous range, if they were adapted to deal with the warmer temperatures. They also use these spines to walk across the seafloor but can no longer swim. Furthermore, they have lost the slime on their scales that gave them a strong smell, but have gained an olfactory sense with the appearance of olfactory receptors studded around the body. With this ability, Veroina ericius can track the smell of chemicals to hydrothermal vents and brine pools, making food easier to find in the deep ocean. All of this makes Veroina ericius the most common animal in the ocean - the only downside is that the spines make mating an awkward tangle.
Previous Mutations: Extra-Efficient Muscles, Open Circulatory System, Tubular Heart, Web of Capillaries Over Muscles, Axochord, Notochord, Four Gill Slits, Two Gill Frills, Pharynx, Large Pinhole Eyes With Lenses (2 on top of head, one on front), Heat-Proof Scales, Cartilage Vertebrae

@agenttine
Petrocoilius rivieri (EN) - Male
OLIVER RIVER, TEMPERATE RIVER
You eat the remaining bits of aquatic moss that are growing in this shaded area with little competition. There is virtually none left here now. The water becomes warmer, but only slightly, as the shade of the canyon walls keeps it cool. (5)
Status
Health: Healthy
Fitness: 122/81 (150%)
Maturity: 65%
Current Size: 13cm

Petrocoilius rivieri

Status: EN
Timespan: R.65 - Present
Habitat: Rivers, Lakes
Distribution: Temperate Rivers & Temperate, Shallow Lakes
Niche: Herbivore
Nutritional Value: 125
Size: 20cm
Predecessor: Thanostoma mediossium
Classification: Makouradae, Spinacheliforme, Caudara
Latest Mutations: Grinding Plants = 4, Genders = 5, Freshwater Tolerance = 4
Description: A long, tapering eel-like animal with a pair of venomous spikes at the end of the tail, it has bony vertebra and jaw, and cartilage in the tail. The jaw has mainly square vegetation-eating teeth, but also two venomous canines. An attachment to the side of the stomach has evolved, which is more muscular and helps to breakdown the plant matter that it ingests. Larger pieces can now be eaten and digested. This attachment is known as a gizzard, and requires the animal to swallow stones or grit to grind up the food. Furthermore, this species now has two genders, with the males and females each carrying only one type of germ cell. There are only half as many potential mates now, but the genetic diversity is greater. They live in freshwater, with the gills actually helping to increase salt intake, rather than to expel salt. Here, there is no competition and they are flourishing.
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, Jaw, Two Swiveling Pinhole Eyes (1 on each side of head), Weak Digestive Enzymes, Square Teeth, Half Bony Body

@immortaldragon
Microstoma celerimercatorei (CR)
OLIVER RIVER DELTA, TEMPERATE ESTUARY
You hatch out of your capsule in a shallow estuary channel, and join the throng of plankton at the surface. You can feel the Sun’s warmth beat down on you and the water is quite hot. It is causing you to overheat. Also, you can detect several older Icthyotelus filtering very close to you, almost swallowing you. (1)
Status
Health: Overheating
Fitness: 2/2 (100%)
Maturity: 5%
Current Size: 0.45cm

Microstoma celerimercatori

Status: CR
Timespan: R.74 - Present
Habitat: Estuaries
Distribution: Oliver River Estuary
Niche: Pelagic Filter-Feeder
Nutritional Value: 50
Size: 9cm
Predecessor: Icthyotelus sinspica
Classification: Icthyotelusae, Spinacheliforme, Caudara
Latest Mutations: Tail Fins = 6, Eyesight = 2, Filter-Feeding Tool = 1
Info: This is an extremely rare species, inhabiting only one estuary delta, that of the Oliver River. They can only tolerate brackish water, and so their spread from evolution is severely limited. Furthermore, the estuary is still dominated by their predecessor, Icthyotelus sinspica. The only advantage for this species is their superior movement generated by their system of fins, which they need to find more food - they have a tiny mouth and so cannot filter as much in one go. This is a significant issue, especially considering they have a higher nutritional need than their competitors.
Description: It has a rather tubular, blue body, that tapers towards a small tail at the end. A continuous ribbon of fins runs along the top,and underside of the body, supported by cartilage struts, reaching a triangular caudal fin, in addition to the pectoral fins. On the length of the body is a line of electroreceptors, as well as a bundle of photoreceptors on the back - these, however, are useless as they are not connected to the nervous system and simply waste energy without providing any advantage. Also on the side of the body are three gills on each side. The mouth is much smaller than in other species. It has an open circulatory system and a very small brain controlling its nervous system and a stomach of carnivorous digestive bacteria.

Previous Mutations

Previous Mutations: Extra-Efficient Muscles, Electroreceptors, Open Circulatory System, Axochord, Three Gill Slits, Notochord, Cartilage Vertebrae, Digestive Carnivorous Bacteria, Two Poisonous Spikes on Tail (L), Oily Liver, Pectoral Fins, Brackish Water Tolerance

@soundwave
Thanostoma aquaprinceps (NT)
NORTH-WESTERN SHELF, TEMPERATE SHALLOW SEA
You patrol along the sandy seafloor, following the detection of a group of your own species. When you arrive at the group, it appears to be a capsule of siblings that recently hatched. The tiny animals are easy prey, and you make quick work of several of them, biting their bodies where their still dangerous tails can’t hit you, and then snapping them up into your mouth. After your cannibalistic feast, you have enough food to grow into an adult. You are now ready to reproduce. (5)
Status:
Health: Healthy
Fitness: 166/104 (160%)
Maturity: 100%
Current Size: 17cm

Thanostoma aquaprinceps

Status: NT
Timespan: R.41 - Present
Habitat: Deep Ocean, Continental Slope (Mid Ocean), Shallow Sea
Distribution: Under Temperate and Tropical Uteenessa Ocean, All Temperate Seas
Niche: Apex Predator
Nutritional Value: 104.5
Size: 17cm
Predecessor: Makoura jousteri
Classification: Makouradae, Spinacheliforme, Caudara
Latest Mutations: Blue Pigmentation = 3, Pinhole eyes = 6, Jaw = 5
Description: The outwards-jutting tusks of their ancestors have morphed into long, dangerous and venomous canines which are a deadly contribution to the new jaw. Two large pinhole eyes, that the animal is able to swivel slightly for increased range of sight, on the side of the head scan the ocean for prey. Few animals can withstand an attack from this mouth. All of this makes this species the top predator of its time, as well as also being able to occupy shallow water thanks to its blue pigment. It is only restricted by its lack of buoyancy.
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

@blackink
UTEENESSA OCEAN, NORTH-WEST, DEEP OCEAN
Asteridermus luminaria (LC)
You detect some small morsels on the ocean floor. Weakly you head towards them. You can detect another similar signal nearby where an adult Veroina ericius [Robo] had been. You bite into the nearest lot, and your teeth cut straight through a flimsy capsule. You pull out one of the tiny young in there and swallow it. It’s a very painful experience; although tiny, they are still spiky. The spines get lodged in the back of your mouth, and you choke to death in excruciating pain. You were on the edge of collapse from hunger and exhaustion anyway. (2 - Please wait to respawn)
Status
Health: Dead
Fitness: 0%
Maturity: 82%
Current Size: 5.7cm

Asteridermus luminaria

Status: LC
Timespan: R.59 - Present
Habitat: Deep Ocean, Continental Slope (Mid Ocean), Shallow Sea
Distribution: Under Temperate and Tropical Uteenessa Ocean, All Temperate and Tropical Seas
Niche: Apex Predator, Minor Predator
Nutritional Value: 44.1
Size: 7cm
Predecessor: Asteridermus gibbosi
Classification: Makryostusidae, Spinacheliforme, Caudara
Latest Mutations: Olfaction = 4, Temperature Tolerance = 6, Control Bioluminescence = 3
Description: This species very closely resembles its ancestor, owning a long tapering body with flashing bioluminescent lights, except it is now black. The other differences are much more difficult to spot; above the mouth, invisible to the naked eye are olfactory receptors, which provide a rudimentary way of tracking prey and mapping its surroundings. Electrolocation is still much more useful and precise. A development in the area of the brain allows Asteridermus luminaria to have more control over its bioluminescence. It can turn them on and off at will, but does so all at once with all of them. The spots cannot be controlled individually but as a group. Internally, this animal has adapted its body’s chemistry to cope with the temperatures of shallower water, including temperate and tropical seas. It is therefore much more widespread then it’s predecessor, and slightly more successful. It would live in tropical seas too, except there is no sustainable food source there for this species.
Previous Mutations: Extra-Efficient Muscles, Electroreceptors, Open Circulatory System, Axochord, Tail, Three Gill Slits, Notochord, Cartilage Vertebrae, Digestive Carnivorous Bacteria, Two Poisonous Spikes on Tail, Dentine Teeth, Cup Eyes, Jaw, Fins (two vertical near head), Hump, Bioluminescent Lights

@Biologicah
Roharasra wotupiowui (CR)
MANAURAI SEA, TEMPERATE SHALLOW SEA
Despite exploring the seafloor for quite some time, you do not come across another adult Roharasra, despite the sea above you being fairly lively with other species. You stop when you start feeling tired and hungry again. It seems another Roharasra is quite rare to find. (3)
Status
Health: Faint scratch on underside
Fitness: 11/28 (40%)
Maturity: 100%
Current Size: 5cm

Roharasra wotupiowui

Status: CR
Timespan: R.67 - Present
Habitat: Shallow Sea
Distribution: Temperate Seas of the Southern Hemisphere
Niche: Minor Predator
Nutritional Value: 28
Size: 5cm
Predecessor: Codowecoi koalazk
Classification: Roharasrae, Codowecoidea, Aquamusculida
Latest Mutations: Exoskeleton = 4, Improve Muscles = 4, Limbs = 2
Info: In the shallow temperate seas, where predation is highest, the first animals with an exoskeleton, although partial, appeared. They are more protected and suffer less from predation than their cousins. However, the exoskeleton does not work well with movement; it has slowed the worm down greatly, as movement by hydrostatic skeleton is now a struggle. Mainly, this species chooses to move in spurts, using water propulsion to dash quickly over short distances to kill their prey, typically Almoskulus. Overall, they are a much smaller population than even their own ancestors.
Description: The top of the blue, cylindrical body is protected by a tough exoskeleton made out of chitin. Underneath the armour, the animal has a hydrostatic skeleton composed of strong, longitudinal muscles, which seem to be slightly more powerful than those of its predecessors. At the front, the characteristic sharp beak protrudes from a proboscis. There are four pinhole eyes, but none of them look up; two are at the front, and two are on the sides. A muscular siphon at the rear propels out water. 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. Anti-freeze proteins flow through the hemacoel.
Previous Mutations: Bitter Chemicals, Chemoreceptors, Proboscis, Hydrostatic Muscle Fins (2 vertical near centre of body) (D), Sharp Beak, Digestive Carnivorous Enzymes, Bigger, Blue Pigmentation, Open Circulatory System, Glittery Scales (D), Anti-Freeze Proteins, Water Propulsion, Cup Eyes, Hydrostatic Skeleton, Pinhole Eyes

@svrangite
Kapnosta eremitus (EN)
UTEENSESSA OCEAN, NORTH-WEST, DEEP OCEAN
You release your germ cells into the water. In the game of randomness that is your reproduction technique, you got unlucky; your germ cells did not reach another Kapnosta eremitus. Also, your burnt tentacle has now developed an infection. (2)
Status
Health: Infected, burnt tentacle
Fitness: 61/57 (107%)
Maturity: 100%
Current Size: 8.5cm

Kapnosta eremitus

Status: EN
Timespan: R.43 - Present
Habitat: Hydrothermal Vents (Deep Ocean)
Distribution: Under Temperate and Tropical Uteenessa Ocean
Niche: Benthic Filter-Feeder
Nutritional Value: 56.5
Size: 8.5cm
Predecessor: Kapnosta limus
Classification: Kardiaskulidae, Kardiaskulidea, Tubulosa
Latest Mutations: Calcium Carbonate Shell, Heat Resistance, Tentacles
Description: Stuck to the chimneys of hydrothermal vents and the surrounding areas are hardy Kapnosta. They hide inside a limestone shell that they build around themselves which sticks to a surface permanently. They have evolved increased resistance to heat to survive such constant exposure to high temperatures. The only problem is that whilst they are safe inside their shells, they have tentacles used for catching particles of food hanging out, exposed.
Previous Mutations: Extra-Efficient Muscles, Open Circulatory System, Tubular Heart, Web of Capillaries Over Muscles, Axochord, Notochord, Four Gill Slits, Two Gill Frills, Pharynx, Large Pinhole Eyes With Lenses (2 on top of head, one on front), Heat-Proof Scales, Cartilage Vertebrae

@jellyfishmon
Thanostoma amniotus (VU) - Male
MANAURAI SEA, TEMPERATE SHALLOW SEA
The sea is full of Thanostoma, and you see many as you search for a mate. You see a large specimen circling close to the surface, and head towards it, hopefully to mate with a large, healthy female. But as you get closer, it starts to act aggressively towards you. It turns out to be a Thanostoma rex, and it charges at you, venomous canines bared. (1)
Status
Health: Healthy
Fitness: 105/117 (90%)
Maturity: 100%
Current Size: 19cm

Thanostoma amniotus

Status: VU
Timespan: R.69 - Present
Habitat: Shallow Sea
Distribution: All Temperate Seas
Niche: Herbivore
Nutritional Value: 117
Size: 19cm
Predecessor: Thanostoma mediossium
Classification: Makouradae, Spinacheliforme, Caudara
Latest Mutations: Genders = 5, Eggs = 5, Improve Intelligence = 3
Info: The temperate shallow seas are now home to two herbivorous species, and this one is slightly more successful; they are given a head start in life as they are developed within a nutritious yolk surrounded by a jellylike membrane. They are first fertilised within the female and then ejected into the outside world, usually producing a couple dozen young; more than any other Eztan bilaterate. There are also now two genders. However, they are virtually identical except for each carrying different sex cells.
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, two 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, Axochord, Whip Tail, Three Gill Slits, Notochord, Cartilage Vertebrae, Digestive Carnivorous Bacteria, Two Poisonous Spikes on Tail, Dentine Teeth, Venomous Canines, Jaw, Two Swiveling Pinhole Eyes (1 on each side of head), Digestive Enzymes, Plant-Eating Teeth, Bone Vertebrae

@PositiveTower
Archaiapasaria westenrai (LC) - Male
OLIVER RIVER, TEMPERATE RIVER
You find a few scraps of aquatic moss on the sides of stones at the bottom of the pond and eat those. It’s not very filling. The water has now become unbearably hot, and you are overheating. (4)
Status
Health: Healthy
Fitness: 13/13 (100%)
Maturity: 15%
Current Size: 1.8cm

Archaiapasaria westenrai

Status: LC
Timespan: R.71 - Present
Habitat: Rivers, Lakes
Distribution: Temperate Northern Hemisphere
Niche: Herbivore
Nutritional Value: 84.6
Size: 12cm
Predecessor: Petrocoilius rivieri
Classification: Archaiapasaria, Spinacheliforme, Caudara
Latest Mutations: Lobe Fins = 3, Tail Fins = 4, Fish Shape = 5, Swim Bladder = 4
Info: This Eztan animal is the first to be recognisable as being similar to a fish; the only thing that is really preventing this distinction is that it lacks pectoral fins. It is much more suited to swimming about than its relatives, which had to return to the seafloor to rest, and it’s efficient shape and tail fins make it much faster too. It is very common in the temperate rivers and lakes of the northern hemisphere. It feeds by sieving surface algae from the water as a filter-feeder, but it can also eat local seamosses growing below the surface. In the loss of it’s long tail, this species has become shorter than its predecessors but it is has a similar overall mass owing to its broader shape. Furthermore, the stiffer, albeit more powerful, bodily movements of the tail that propel the animal through the water, reduce the effectiveness of wielding tail spikes.
Description: It has a stout, orange and red, stream-lined body, like the shape of a fish and a short tail with a tail fin above and below the tail. These are shaped like horizontal semi-circles and together make a circle; they are supported by rays of cartilage. Two poisonous spikes protrude to the side of the tail. The front of the body has a cartilage jaw, and within in it several square teeth. It retains two venomous fangs in the roof of the mouth. On each side of the head is a lens-covered pinhole eye, with muscle that allows them to swivel. Three gills mark the body, which is also lined with unseeable electroreceptors. The mouth leads to a primitive gut and stomach, with weak herbivorous bacteria. The food is ground up in a gizzard first. Centrally located is a sac of gas called a swim bladder, and supporting the body are vertebrae made of bone. Also supporting the body are muscles with special vacuoles and an open circulatory system.

Previous Mutations

Extra-Efficient Muscles, Electroreceptors, Open Circulatory System, Axochord (L), Whip Tail (L), Three Gill Slits, Notochord (L), Cartilage Vertebrae (L), Digestive Carnivorous Bacteria (L), Two Poisonous Spikes on Tail, Dentine Teeth, Venomous Canines, Jaw, Two Swiveling Pinhole Eyes (1 on each side of head), Weak Digestive Enzymes, Square Teeth, Bone Vertebrae, Gizzard, Genders, Freshwater Tolerance

@louix
Almoskulus caecorum (VU)
MANAURAI SEA, TEMPERATE SHALLOW SEA
You sit at the bottom of the sea, waiting for the fall of marine snow and the microbial particles that you eat. The water above seems quite productive, and many pelagic filter-feeders swim above you. There are also many of your own kind, of variable sizes, gathering around. With the combination of the pelagic and benthic filter-feeders, you do not manage to get much food. (3)
Status
Health: Healthy
Fitness: 0.9/1.3 (66%)
Maturity: 11%
Current Size: 0.25cm

Almoskulus caecorum

Status: NT
Timespan: R.57 - Present
Habitat: Continental Slope (Mid Ocean), Shallow Sea
Distribution: Uteenessa Ocean, up to 1000m below sea level, All Temperate & Polar Seas
Niche: Benthic Filter-Feeder
Nutritional Value: 11.8
Size: 2.3cm
Predecessor: Argoskulus rubrumi
Classification: Almoskulusidae, Squickidea, Tubulosa
Latest Mutations: Eyes = 6, Fins = 5, Defense = 1
Description: Blank, white eyeballs hang off the edge of short, protruding eyestalks that stick out straight to the sides of the head. These are the most complex eyes on Ezta. This gives them much increased coverage in terms of sight, and can see pretty much all around them, although it comes at a fairly hefty nutritional price. In order to have eyes on stalks, Almoskulus caecorum evolved a white sclera to contain the compartments of the eye, and a vitreous humour to hold its shape. There eyes are blank looking because they have no iris or pupil to control the amount of the light that reaches them. Another adaptation of this animal is the emergence of a pair of pectoral fins, close to the head. This do not aid in swimming much, but rather can be used to walk quicker across the seafloor, where the spend most of their time. They also position the head upwards and improve filtration a little. This fins are short but sturdy and curve underneath the tubular body, which varies between red and transparent. In a pinch, these fins can be used to spring upwards and utilise their membranes to glide. To avoid predators is even more crucial for this species, because their skin is especially weak and easy to cut. They thrive best on upper continental slopes, where light still reaches, but also are found commonly in open, relatively deep areas of shallow temperate and polar seas. Below the light level, their eyes becomes useless, and their weakness has no defence.
Previous Mutations: Muscles, Fleshy Membrane (along back and underside), Chemoreceptors, Basic Instincts, Three Gill Slits, Yellow Pigmentation, 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


(Radical Revolutionary) #484

Action:go go to a shadier place to find food


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Action: Try Reproducing again