Path of the Wild (Forum Game)


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Action: Keep drifting around, eating the snow


(Louix) #528

Damn… Well, Action : Survive and rest I guess haha !


(Stealth) #529

Round 78

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

~19.5 million years into the Atroxian~
Fressian Stage
Season: Northern Winter, Southern Summer
Time of Day: Dawn (W), Afternoon (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.

Off the south east coast of Uteeno, a large wave sped towards the shore and the force pulled the local wildlife with it, and crashed them onto the land to die. The orange light of the dawn revealed beaches littered with corpses.


@RoboTrannic
Hoplites pretiosa (CR)
UTEENESSA OCEAN, NORTH-WEST, DEEP OCEAN
Surrounded by the metallic smell and emanating warmth of the pair of hydrothermal vents, you sit and filter on your spot. Lots of microbes drift your way and you are able to feed well on them, without hardly having to move. (6)
Status
Health: Healthy
Fitness: 161/104 (155%)
Maturity: 90%
Current Size: 15cm

Hoplites pretiosa

Status: CR
Timespan: R.75 - Present
Habitat: Deep Ocean
Distribution: Mid-Ocean Ridges
Niche: Benthic Filter-Feeder
Nutritional Value: 114
Size: 16.5cm (length - although this includes spines, the body itself is 8.5cm)
Predecessor: Veroina ericius
Classification: Veroinidae, Kardiaskulidea, Tubulosa
Latest Mutations: Tropical Tolerance = 4, Armoured Head = 5, Genders = 3
Info: Despite being the ‘tank of the abyss’ this species is not all that successful. It can only survive in the warmth of the water surrounding hydrothermal vents, and drifting away into the cold abyss would spell its doom. Even though its body is tailored to surviving warm water, it cannot inhabit tropical seas because most of the body is not protected from UV radiation and there is not enough microbial food to sustain Hoplites. It has strong armour on its head which cancels out its few weak points. Therefore, it is hardly ever predated upon, but it is even slower than before and more nutrional than expensive - another reason why it must remain near very productive hydrothermal vents. It is named after armoured soldiers of Ancient Greece.
Description: It has a tubular, pigmentless cylindrical body covered in long, toxic spines. The head is armoured with tough, heavy bone and covered in scutes like an armadillo’s armour. It even has bony eyelids that can be shut over the two large pinhole eyes on the top, and the one facing forwards. On each side of the body was four gills, as well as a gill frill. A protective layer of slimy, heat-proof scales covers the body, and gives off a strong smell. A simple gut, behind the pharynx, led through the body, which was circulated by a semi-open circulatory system; capillaries covered the muscles, which also had special vacuoles, but the rest of the organs were bathed in a chamber. The circulatory system was pumped by a tubular heart. A tiny brain and two nerve cords controlled the body. The body has vertebrae made of cartilage.

Previous Mutations

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, Toxic Spines, Olfaction

@agenttine
Petrocoilius rivieri (EN) - Male
OLIVER RIVER, TEMPERATE RIVER
With food running out and your way blocked, you try one final act of desperation; you struggle out of the pond and onto dry land and marshy wetland. As you heave your body across the ground towards a nearby river that you can just see by the reflection of the dawn, drops of rain patter onto your back. This keeps you somewhat refreshed although your oxygen is quickly running out. Fortunately, the lashings of rain from the overcast sky have created shallow puddles in the mossy wetland, which you use to get a breather. Eventually, after extreme effort, you slip into the river like a breathe of fresh air. There are many Archaiapasaria swimming about, and you sink to the floor, where even there a young Archaiapasaria [PositiveTower] is feeding. The gaps between the clouds start to turn blue. (4)
Status
Health: Healthy
Fitness: 56/125 (45%)
Maturity: 100%
Current Size: 20cm

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 are about to begin feeding again, when a force tugs you away. It’s the tide, starting to ebb back towards its low tide point as the dawn shines through clouds. Rain pelts the surface, causing ripples. Although it has not yet moved too far back, it pulls you out of that area briefly and at your size, you are hardly able to help it. In the larger channel that you are now in, phytoplankton is quite scarce, the cool, unproductive water now thoroughly filtered by the many filter-feeders. The sky between the clouds begins to turn blue. (3)
Status
Health: Healthy
Fitness: 1/3 (30%)
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
Soundwavia vorei (LC)
NORTH-WESTERN SHELF, TEMPERATE SHALLOW SEA
The dawn shines through the rain clouds, and gives you some light. You keep a lookout for some prey, as the ocean current carries you along. Unfortunately, it has carried you into an area of downwelling, where the water is poor and correspondingly there is not much plankton about. You are unable to find food and eventually starve. (2 - Sorry, you have died. The good news is that your species is still extant, so please wait to respawn.)
Status:
Health: Dead
Fitness: 0%
Maturity: 5%
Current Size: 0.95cm

Soundwavia vorei

Status: LC
Timespan: R.76 - Present
Habitat: Shallow Sea, Ocean Surface
Distribution: Temperate Northern Hemisphere
Niche: Apex Predator
Nutritional Value: 132
Size: 19cm
Predecessor: Thanostoma aquaprinceps
Classification: Makouradae, Spinacheliforme, Caudara
Latest Mutations: Swim Bladder = 4, Increase Size = 3, Flippers = 5
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 controlled 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
Asteridermus luminaria (NT)
UTEENESSA OCEAN, NORTH-WEST, DEEP OCEAN
You hatch out in cold, dark water, although your siblings temporarily give off light from their bioluminescent spots. You approach the one nearest to you, and decide to eat it. Instinctively, you swing a spike at it which hits its mark. The youngster thrashes about before finally lying still. You eat its remains. (6)
Status
Health: Healthy
Fitness: 20/15 (130%)
Maturity: 35%
Current Size: 2.45cm

Asteridermus luminaria

Status: LC
Timespan: R.59 - Present
Habitat: Deep Ocean, Continental Slope (Mid Ocean)
Distribution: Under Temperate and Tropical Uteenessa Ocean
Niche: 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
Thanostoma stalloni (NT)
MANAURAI SEA, TEMPERATE SHALLOW SEA
Unfortunately, you hatched at just the wrong point in time. As soon as you did, you came to the surface to feed amongst the other plankton but the surface was in uproar; a huge wave was barrelling towards land, taking everything with it. You were taken all the way up to the coast, where you were crashed against the rocks. The impact killed you instantly. (4 - Sorry, you have died. The good news is that your species is still extant, so please wait to respawn.)
Status
Health: Dead
Fitness: 0%
Maturity: 5%
Current Size: 1.5cm

Thanostoma stalloni

Status: NT
Timespan: R.77 - Present
Habitat: Shallow Sea, Ocean Surface
Distribution: Temperate Southern Hemisphere
Niche: Apex Predator
Nutritional Value: 157
Size: 31cm
Predecessor: Thanostoma rex
Classification: Makouradae, Spinacheliforme, Caudara
Latest Mutations: Bigger, Swim Bladder
Info: Once again, this species continues this lines habit of being the biggest on the planet, now at a relatively impressive half a meter. It has also extended its swimming capabilities and range, being able to conquer the open ocean thanks to its swim bladder. However, there is not a lot of prey large enough for it.
Description: With a long, blue tapering body ending in a spiked whip-like tail, this Thanostoma has the typical shape of a Caudarid. It has a cartilage jaw and two venomous canines surrounded by rather primitive teeth. Each side of its head has a swivelling pinhole eye. It also has three gill slits, and a line of electroreceptors running down its body. Internally, a gut leads to a stomach containing carnivorous digestive bacteria and cartilage vertebrae runs down the spine. Connected to the gut by a duct is a swim bladder.

Previous Mutations

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

@svrangite
Thalakelphus svrangitensis (VU)
UTEENSESSA OCEAN, NORTHERN, MID OCEAN
Weak light begins to appear at your depth, as the rays of the dawn just about reach you, but it is still very dark. You are about to begin feeding again when, faintly, you can hear something slipping through the twilight water. Then, out of the gloom, a Thanostoma altium lunges at you. (1)
Status
Health: Healthy
Fitness: 55/55 (100%)
Maturity: 85%
Current Size: 7cm

Thalakelphus svrangitensis

Status: VU
Timespan: R.76 - Present
Habitat: Mid Ocean
Distribution: Under Temperate and Tropical Uteenessa Ocean, Below the thermocline - 800m below sea level
Niche: Pelagic Filter-Feeder
Nutritional Value: 66
Size: 8.5cm
Predecessor: Kapnosta erimitus
Classification: Kardiaskulidae, Kardiaskulidea, Tubulosa
Latest Mutations: Hyponome = 6, Shell = 5, Hearing = 4
Info: This species looks a bit like a straightened nautilus. It generally floats around the twilight zone of ocean, pulling in marine snow with its tentacles. In the faint light, it often uses hearing to detect incoming predators, and then boosts away with its hyponome. However, such food must be stretched to be sufficient to sustain such a complex animal. Furthermore, it only lives between the bottom of the thermocline, at its highest 250m below sea level - because it’s not adapted to surface life - and 8,000m below the surface - because any lower and it’s buoyant shell will implode with pressure. In this zone, though, it is quite successful.
Description: It has a smooth, straight shell made of calcium carbonate with several medium-length tentacles sticking out the front. On the face is a couple areas where minuscule cilia which act as mechanoreceptors, picking up underwater noises and inputting this information into the nerve network. On the head that just protrudes from the rest of the shell, two large pinhole eyes with lenses face upwards, while another one faces forwards above the circular, toothless mouth. The skin that is uncovered is layered with heat-proof scales. At the rear, a muscular hyponome drags in water and uses it to propel itself quickly. This tube leads into the siphuncle, which manages water content inside the shell, creating buoyancy. This also delivers water to the gills and gill frills inside the shell. A simple gut, behind the pharynx, leads through the body, which is circulated by a semi-open circulatory system; capillaries cover the muscles, which also have special vacuoles, but the rest of the organs were bathed in a chamber. The circulatory system is pumped by a tubular heart. A tiny brain and two nerve cords control the body. The body has vertebrae made of cartilage.
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, Calcium Carbonate Shell, Heat Resistance, Tentacles

@jellyfishmon
Esoteramalimnus latacorpus (NT) - Male
MANAURAI SEA, TEMPERATE SHALLOW SEA
The looming predator slices at you, as you try to twist to get a good swing of your tail at it. The sharp barbs of the tentacles pierce your soft skin, and this causes a cut. Blue-green and grey hemacoel leaks out of you in large amounts, and you quickly bleed to death because of the way your circulatory system works. (1 - Sorry, you have died. The good news is that your species is still extant, so please wait to respawn.)
Status
Health: Dead
Fitness: 0%
Maturity: 10%
Current Size: 2.2cm

Esoteramalimnus latacorpus

Status: NT
Timespan: R.76 - Present
Habitat: Shallow Sea
Distribution: Temperate Southern Hemisphere
Niche: Herbivore
Nutritional Value: 133
Size: 22cm
Predecessor: Thanostoma amniotus
Classification: Makouradae, Spinacheliforme, Caudara
Latest Mutations: Swim Bladder = 4, Intelligence = 6, Closed Circulatory System = 1, Fat Storage = 5
Info: A biological mystery, unlike all its relatives, it does not have an open circulatory system but has a pool of hemacoel containing the inside of its body. This is very inefficient, as the oxygen dissolves rather slowly to where it is needed and this results in much weaker stamina. It cannot outrun its predators and is forced to fight them off. However, it can float indefinitely, so it can escape Thanostoma rex which can’t, but there are smaller Thanostoma with the same ability. It can go for longer without food than its cousins, as it has increased fat storage, giving this species its wide shape. Esoteralimnus often gather in loose, uncoordinated groups for safety in numbers and lay their eggs close to seaweed or seamoss. The young are very skittish and flee at the slightest disturbances. It’s name means ‘inner blood lake’ referring to its unique circulatory system.
Description: The long, blue, tapering body becomes quite wide around the middle due to a layer of fat. It is supported by 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. Connected to the gut is a swim bladder. The muscles contain special vacuoles for storing extra energy. The entire inner body is nourished by a pool of hemacoel, which is not pumped around but allowed to dissolve slowly into organs. The nervous system is controlled by a fairly small brain, which is believed to have a very small memory sector, for recognition of predatory species.
Behaviours:

  1. Skittish.
  2. At 50% maturity, they switch from skittish to normal.
  3. When reproducing, lay eggs near vegetation.
  4. Gravitate towards each other.
  5. Recognise predators faster.
    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, Genders, Eggs

@PositiveTower
Archaiapasaria westenrai (LC) - Male
OLIVER RIVER, TEMPERATE RIVER
The river has now regained its former populous, and Archaiapasaria are everywhere, eating up any spot of aquatic vegetation made visible by the light of the dawn. The current continues to take you. There is some food at the bottom of the cool river, so you swim downwards, away from the surface pelted by rain. You begin prising moss of the pebbles of the seafloor, a large Petrocoilius [Agenttine] watching nearby. You have grown, and now you are large enough not to be carried away by the current. The sky between the clouds starts to turn blue. (4)
Status
Health: Healthy
Fitness: 23/21 (110%)
Maturity: 25%
Current Size: 3cm

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 (CR-)
MANAURAI SEA, TEMPERATE SHALLOW SEA
You feel a force tug you upwards and towards the coast. There is not much you can do about it, but fortunately, you are deep enough below the surface that the effect is minimal. You rest and let the pull take you. In fact, it drags you into a hall of rock, through a hole in the roof. The hall is quite sheltered, with only entrance being the hole in the roof. You can see specks of marine snow glinting in the dawn, floating in through this hole, and begin filtering it. The light levels begin to increase further. (6)
Status
Health: Healthy
Fitness: 0.5/1.3 (40%)
Maturity: 11%
Current Size: 0.25cm

Almoskulus caecorum

Status: CR-
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


#530

yay
continue growing and feeding


(The Third Duke of Silly) #531

Action: Die miserably


(Uncertain Agent) #532

The time for revenge has come… ATTACK, AND WE SHALL SET THE ENEMY BACK!
Action: Mercilessly murder the young PositiveTower.


(Immortal Dragon) #533

Thanks for the new round Stealth. That darn RNG on mutation though. xD

Action: Search for food that’s somewhere, anywhere.


#534

Thanks for the new round Stealth
Since thinking out of the box did nothing to help me against RNG i decided to make it simple like some other players have done from time to time

Action: Eat


(Radical Revolutionary) #535

Action:run away with my overwhelming speed


(Stealth) #536

You are not evolved to do this…


(Louix) #537

Yes, a good roll! Action: Eat!


(Stealth) #538

Round 79

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

~19.75 million years into the Atroxian~
Fressian Stage
Season: Northern Spring, Southern Autumn
Time of Day: Midday (W), Dusk (E)
Event - (No Event)

State of the World: The vast majority of the atmosphere, about 78% is composed of nitrogen. Oxygen and carbon dioxide are at their average amounts of 21% and 0.04% respectively. The rest of the atmosphere is a variety of gases in small percentages. The overall climate of the planet is quite temperate, seasonal and moderate. The average global temperature is at 15c. There are no ice caps. Much of the Uteeno interior is covered in desert, as it is too far from the sea to receive rain. There is one ocean, called Uteenessa, surrounding the lonely supercontinent of Uteeno. However, the continent is almost in two parts, as two shallow seas cut through to a relatively narrow land bridge that connects the north-west with the south-east. Small plants exist on land, and create soil where they grow. Long mountain ranges trail across the desolate continent. Surrounding sea levels are fairly low.


@RoboTrannic
Hoplites pretiosa (CR)
UTEENESSA OCEAN, NORTH-WEST, DEEP OCEAN
After a while, it seems that the surrounding area is no longer brimming with warmth; in fact, the temperature is quite suddenly dropping towards a cold that matches the rest of the deep ocean. And with it, the metallic smell of vital chemicals is dissipating, as well as the microbes. As a result, you are not able to feed. Nonetheless, your previous feedings are enough to see you through to adulthood and you are ready to reproduce. However, the other Hoplites have gone with the warmth and food. (1)
Status
Health: Healthy
Fitness: 148/114 (130%)
Maturity: 100%
Current Size: 16.5cm

Hoplites pretiosa

Status: CR
Timespan: R.75 - Present
Habitat: Deep Ocean
Distribution: Mid-Ocean Ridges
Niche: Benthic Filter-Feeder
Nutritional Value: 114
Size: 16.5cm (length - although this includes spines, the body itself is 8.5cm)
Predecessor: Veroina ericius
Classification: Veroinidae, Kardiaskulidea, Tubulosa
Latest Mutations: Tropical Tolerance = 4, Armoured Head = 5, Genders = 3
Info: Despite being the ‘tank of the abyss’ this species is not all that successful. It can only survive in the warmth of the water surrounding hydrothermal vents, and drifting away into the cold abyss would spell its doom. Even though its body is tailored to surviving warm water, it cannot inhabit tropical seas because most of the body is not protected from UV radiation and there is not enough microbial food to sustain Hoplites. It has strong armour on its head which cancels out its few weak points. Therefore, it is hardly ever predated upon, but it is even slower than before and more nutrional than expensive - another reason why it must remain near very productive hydrothermal vents. It is named after armoured soldiers of Ancient Greece.
Description: It has a tubular, pigmentless cylindrical body covered in long, toxic spines. The head is armoured with tough, heavy bone and covered in scutes like an armadillo’s armour. It even has bony eyelids that can be shut over the two large pinhole eyes on the top, and the one facing forwards. On each side of the body was four gills, as well as a gill frill. A protective layer of slimy, heat-proof scales covers the body, and gives off a strong smell. A simple gut, behind the pharynx, led through the body, which was circulated by a semi-open circulatory system; capillaries covered the muscles, which also had special vacuoles, but the rest of the organs were bathed in a chamber. The circulatory system was pumped by a tubular heart. A tiny brain and two nerve cords controlled the body. The body has vertebrae made of cartilage.

Previous Mutations

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, Toxic Spines, Olfaction

@agenttine
Petrocoilius rivieri (EN) - Male
OLIVER RIVER, TEMPERATE RIVER
You lunge at the young Archaiapasaria [PositiveTower] and try to kill it, so you have less competition for food. Your first attack with your fangs misses, as the other animal darts quickly out of the way. It tries to flee. It has superior speed and stamina and so it takes all your effort to keep up, but you are much larger and cover more distance quicker. It is also trying to swim against the flow of the river, upstream. Finally, you swing your tail, and it spears your target, which dies almost instantly. However, the chase took a lot out of you and you die of exhaustion shortly afterwards. (3 - Sorry, you have died. The good news is that your species is still extant, so please wait to respawn.)
Status
Health: Dead
Fitness: 0%
Maturity: 100%
Current Size: 20cm

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
The tide drops further still, leaving less of the shallows accessible. Furthermore, it’s been months since the sun has been strong enough to produce lots of phytoplankton production and the amount of food has dwindled in the estuary, and the remaining food is filtered by the fitter Icthyotelus. During your search for food, your body begins to shut down from lack of nutrition, and you starve to death. (2 - Sorry, you have died. Sadly, your species has gone extinct, so you will need to choose another.)
Status
Health: Dead
Fitness: 0%
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
Soundwavia vorei (LC)
NORTH-WESTERN SHELF, TEMPERATE SHALLOW SEA
You hatch out of your capsule in bright sunlight glaring through a clear, blue sea. You quickly float to the surface not far from the seafloor, becoming part of the plankton. The amount of other animals you can detect is quite sparse at the moment but you sense the water start to become warmer and more and more specks of plankton start to gather under the cloudless blue sky. (3 + 1)
Status:
Health: Healthy
Fitness: 5/6 (80%)
Maturity: 5%
Current Size: 0.95cm

Soundwavia vorei

Status: LC
Timespan: R.76 - Present
Habitat: Shallow Sea, Ocean Surface
Distribution: Temperate Northern Hemisphere
Niche: Apex Predator
Nutritional Value: 132
Size: 19cm
Predecessor: Thanostoma aquaprinceps
Classification: Makouradae, Spinacheliforme, Caudara
Latest Mutations: Swim Bladder = 4, Increase Size = 3, Flippers = 5
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 controlled 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
Asteridermus luminaria (NT)
UTEENESSA OCEAN, NORTH-WEST, DEEP OCEAN
Having eaten your sibling, you must then move on to find other food. A smell reaches you, and you do your best to follow it to the source. You get to where it is strongest and detect a Glistroskulus sensei on the ocean floor. It jumps up as you approach but you are agile and snatch it from the water in your teeth and begin eating it. (3 + 1)
Status
Health: Healthy
Fitness: 46/33 (140%)
Maturity: 75%
Current Size: 5.25cm

Asteridermus luminaria

Status: LC
Timespan: R.59 - Present
Habitat: Deep Ocean, Continental Slope (Mid Ocean)
Distribution: Under Temperate and Tropical Uteenessa Ocean
Niche: 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
Thanostoma stalloni (NT)
SOUTHERN UTEENESSA ISLANDS, TEMPERATE SHALLOW SEA
You hatch out close to the surface, and see bright light from the sun illuminating the world around you. You are in some rocky shallows, surrounding a tall cliff, jutting into the sky. However, not far in the opposite direction, you can make out a sudden drop-off and open sea. It appears that you live in some island shallows. Fortunately, it is teeming with life, as the base of the island deflects nutrient-rich currents upwards, feeding the phytoplankton. Right away, you eat a small Pictolexipotus that floats past. The water starts to become cooler and clouds start to dot the sky. (6)
Status
Health: Healthy
Fitness: 98/70 (140%)
Maturity: 45%
Current Size: 14cm

Thanostoma stalloni

Status: NT
Timespan: R.77 - Present
Habitat: Shallow Sea, Ocean Surface
Distribution: Temperate Southern Hemisphere
Niche: Apex Predator
Nutritional Value: 157
Size: 31cm
Predecessor: Thanostoma rex
Classification: Makouradae, Spinacheliforme, Caudara
Latest Mutations: Bigger, Swim Bladder
Info: Once again, this species continues this lines habit of being the biggest on the planet, now at a relatively impressive half a meter. It has also extended its swimming capabilities and range, being able to conquer the open ocean thanks to its swim bladder. However, there is not a lot of prey large enough for it.
Description: With a long, blue tapering body ending in a spiked whip-like tail, this Thanostoma has the typical shape of a Caudarid. It has a cartilage jaw and two venomous canines surrounded by rather primitive teeth. Each side of its head has a swivelling pinhole eye. It also has three gill slits, and a line of electroreceptors running down its body. Internally, a gut leads to a stomach containing carnivorous digestive bacteria and cartilage vertebrae runs down the spine. Connected to the gut by a duct is a swim bladder.

Previous Mutations

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

@svrangite
Thalakelphus svrangitensis (VU)
UTEENSESSA OCEAN, NORTHERN, MID OCEAN
The Thanostoma altium closes in. You put on a burst of speed jetting water out of your hyponome and swimming past the predator. It turns and pursues you, managing to keep up with you. However, as you charge through the open ocean your extra stamina comes in handy, and your pursuer starts to drop back before eventually disappearing in the gloom. You hide in a small cave on the seamount, just to be sure. From this crevice, you catch a few passing particles of marine snow with your tentacles. The water here starts to become a little too warm for you. (5 + 1)
Status
Health: Healthy
Fitness: 39/55 (70%)
Maturity: 85%
Current Size: 7cm

Thalakelphus svrangitensis

Status: VU
Timespan: R.76 - Present
Habitat: Mid Ocean
Distribution: Under Temperate and Tropical Uteenessa Ocean, Below the thermocline - 800m below sea level
Niche: Pelagic Filter-Feeder
Nutritional Value: 66
Size: 8.5cm
Predecessor: Kapnosta erimitus
Classification: Kardiaskulidae, Kardiaskulidea, Tubulosa
Latest Mutations: Hyponome = 6, Shell = 5, Hearing = 4
Info: This species looks a bit like a straightened nautilus. It generally floats around the twilight zone of ocean, pulling in marine snow with its tentacles. In the faint light, it often uses hearing to detect incoming predators, and then boosts away with its hyponome. However, such food must be stretched to be sufficient to sustain such a complex animal. Furthermore, it only lives between the bottom of the thermocline, at its highest 250m below sea level - because it’s not adapted to surface life - and 8,000m below the surface - because any lower and it’s buoyant shell will implode with pressure. In this zone, though, it is quite successful.
Description: It has a smooth, straight shell made of calcium carbonate with several medium-length tentacles sticking out the front. On the face is a couple areas where minuscule cilia which act as mechanoreceptors, picking up underwater noises and inputting this information into the nerve network. On the head that just protrudes from the rest of the shell, two large pinhole eyes with lenses face upwards, while another one faces forwards above the circular, toothless mouth. The skin that is uncovered is layered with heat-proof scales. At the rear, a muscular hyponome drags in water and uses it to propel itself quickly. This tube leads into the siphuncle, which manages water content inside the shell, creating buoyancy. This also delivers water to the gills and gill frills inside the shell. A simple gut, behind the pharynx, leads through the body, which is circulated by a semi-open circulatory system; capillaries cover the muscles, which also have special vacuoles, but the rest of the organs were bathed in a chamber. The circulatory system is pumped by a tubular heart. A tiny brain and two nerve cords control the body. The body has vertebrae made of cartilage.
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, Calcium Carbonate Shell, Heat Resistance, Tentacles

@jellyfishmon
Esoteramalimnus latacorpus (NT) - Male
MANAURAI SEA, TEMPERATE SHALLOW SEA
You hatch out in a relatively deep flat of sand, with an endless drop-off on one side, disappearing into the blue void. However, the sun shining above you means that you are not too far from the surface. There are some small plants around here but not many, and not a whole lot else around except you and your siblings - you hatched by a small outcrop of seaweed. On the other side, a small cliff stands, promising shallower water above. The water starts to become cooler. (4)
Status
Health: Healthy
Fitness: 10/13 (80%)
Maturity: 10%
Current Size: 2.2cm

Esoteramalimnus latacorpus

Status: NT
Timespan: R.76 - Present
Habitat: Shallow Sea
Distribution: Temperate Southern Hemisphere
Niche: Herbivore
Nutritional Value: 133
Size: 22cm
Predecessor: Thanostoma amniotus
Classification: Makouradae, Spinacheliforme, Caudara
Latest Mutations: Swim Bladder = 4, Intelligence = 6, Closed Circulatory System = 1, Fat Storage = 5
Info: A biological mystery, unlike all its relatives, it does not have an open circulatory system but has a pool of hemacoel containing the inside of its body. This is very inefficient, as the oxygen dissolves rather slowly to where it is needed and this results in much weaker stamina. It cannot outrun its predators and is forced to fight them off. However, it can float indefinitely, so it can escape Thanostoma rex which can’t, but there are smaller Thanostoma with the same ability. It can go for longer without food than its cousins, as it has increased fat storage, giving this species its wide shape. Esoteralimnus often gather in loose, uncoordinated groups for safety in numbers and lay their eggs close to seaweed or seamoss. The young are very skittish and flee at the slightest disturbances. It’s name means ‘inner blood lake’ referring to its unique circulatory system.
Description: The long, blue, tapering body becomes quite wide around the middle due to a layer of fat. It is supported by 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. Connected to the gut is a swim bladder. The muscles contain special vacuoles for storing extra energy. The entire inner body is nourished by a pool of hemacoel, which is not pumped around but allowed to dissolve slowly into organs. The nervous system is controlled by a fairly small brain, which is believed to have a very small memory sector, for recognition of predatory species.
Behaviours:

  1. Skittish.
  2. At 50% maturity, they switch from skittish to normal.
  3. When reproducing, lay eggs near vegetation.
  4. Gravitate towards each other.
  5. Recognise predators faster.
    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, Genders, Eggs

@PositiveTower
Archaiapasaria westenrai (LC) - Male
OLIVER RIVER, TEMPERATE RIVER
As you are feeding, the large Petrocoilius [Agenttine] suddenly lunges at you. However, you are quicker and dodge out the way. You flee but it chases you and, being a lot bigger, it just about manages to keep up. Then, it swings it tail at you, which pierces your body and kills you quickly. (1 + 1 - Sorry, you have died. The good news is that your species is still extant, so please wait to respawn.)
Status
Health: Dead
Fitness: 0%
Maturity: 25%
Current Size: 3cm

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 (CR-)
MANAURAI SEA, TEMPERATE SHALLOW SEA
Small amounts of marine snow drift down towards your location, but a number of Dictomedusus have chosen this spot to float above, and they filter up almost all the passing food, leaving none for you. The nutrition situation has become desperate. One of them strays into your hall. The water starts to become cooler. (2)
Status
Health: Healthy
Fitness: 0.25/1.3 (20%)
Maturity: 11%
Current Size: 0.25cm

Almoskulus caecorum

Status: CR-
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


#539

keep filter feeding


(Stealth) #540

Are you sure?


(Radical Revolutionary) #541

Action:Attack Agentine’s soul when he is in the underworld with me


(The Third Duke of Silly) #542

Action: Hunt some more


(Ṁ̴͙͔͒u̴͐͛̓͠ͅś̴̛̮̰̖̑͆͠i̵͚̤̥̝̬̎͋̊c̸̨̛̦̱̯̽̋͛̍ M̴a̸͙̬̐͌̈̄͌ń̸̯̉̃̌̕ ) #543

Action: Head out in search of marine snow (preferably towards colder waters)


(Uncertain Agent) #544

Action: Also attack PositiveTower’s soul.


(Sound) #545

Action: Eat anything I am able to eat right now


(Immortal Dragon) #546

As mentioned on Discord, I’ll return to Icthyotelus sinspica, my previous species.