Path of the Wild (Forum Game)


(Sound) #587

Action: GET FOOD

Lol im going to starve


#588

Second shot at evolution

Mutation 1: Size increase
Mutation 2: Create 3 genders, male, female and hermaphrodite
Mutation 3: Liver with oils


#589

oh boy here i go again
search for food


(The Third Duke of Silly) #590

agh
Action: Rest


(Uncertain Agent) #591

Action: Try to find some food.


(ፕቿክፕልርረቿ ረዐዪዕ) #592

thanks for the round Stealth.
Action: continue feeding


(Radical Revolutionary) #593

Action::find food


(Louix) #594

Thanks, stealth.

Action: eat !


(Stealth) #595

Round 83

Extras

Official Game Soundtrack (Nice to have as a soundtrack whilst reading a round): https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=k-mOnqVXNcY
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

~20.75 million years into the Atroxian~
Fressian Stage
Season: Northern Autumn, Southern Spring
Time of Day: Midnight (W), Midday (E)
Event - None

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.

Svrangite, sorry for posting this before you replied but I assumed you’d want to try and reproduce.


@RoboTrannic
Thanostoma stalloni (NT)
MANAURAI SEA, TEMPERATE SHALLOW SEA
You are taken blindly by the current, as the night covers your surroundings in darkness. After a while, you come into contact with the sandy seabed in very shallow water. It seems the current has brought you to a beach, submerged by the high tide. Always on the lookout for prey using your electroreception abilities, you detect a relative abundance in small animals in this intertidal area. A large group of hatchling Esoteralimnus are wallowing nearby - at this stage, they are slightly bigger than you - but as soon as they detect you, they are sent into a flurry of panic. Being as skittish as they are poses problems in groups, and in the chaos one stabs another with its tail spike. The injured one dies, and you feed on this easy meal. As you feed, the water starts becoming warmer and the sun just peeks over the horizon. (6 + 1 = Ding, ding, ding! Congrats, you have won a bonus point! Give either yourself or another player a + or -1. Choose carefully; you cannot exchange it later.)
Status
Health: Healthy
Fitness: 6/8 (80%)
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: Makouridae, Makouridea, Caudaria
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

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

@agenttine
Archaiapasaria westenrai (LC) - Male
LAKE BY OLIVER RIVER, TEMPERATE RIVER
Out of your crevice, you go, into the lake. You blindly search for food, as the night darkness makes it near impossible to see and you have no other way of detecting algal life. You are not able to find food and are becoming hungry. During your search, the water starts to become slightly cooler and the sun peeks over the horizon. (2 + 1)
Status
Health: Healthy
Fitness: 8/25 (30%)
Maturity: 30%
Current Size: 3.6cm

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: Archaiapasaridae, Makouridea, Caudaria
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

@immortaldragon
Icthyotelus sinspica (LC)
OLIVER RIVER DELTA, TEMPERATE ESTUARY
At the bottom of an estuary made black by night, you hatch out with a dozen of your siblings. You cannot sense much about except for a couple of larger specimens swimming slowly above. You seem to be quite far from the surface, in one of the deeper channels. The water starts becoming cooler and the sun peeks over the horizon. (2 + 1)
Status
Health: Healthy
Fitness: 1/2 (60%)
Maturity: 5%
Current Size: 0.45cm

Icthyotelus sinspica

Status: LC
Timespan: R.65 - Present
Habitat: Estuaries
Distribution: Northern Temperate Estuaries
Niche: Pelagic Filter-Feeder
Nutritional Value: 35
Size: 7cm
Predecessor: Charitomenchelus etalas
Classification: Icthyotelusidae, Tyrannidea, Caudaria
Latest Mutations: Tail Fins = 2, Fix Pectoral Fins = 5, Freshwater Tolerance = 3
Info: 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.
Description: It has a tapering body, lined with electroreceptors and three gills on each side. It has two pectoral ray-fins and a pair of forward-facing cup eyes on the head. An oily liver helps to maintain buoyancy. An open circulatory system bathes the organs in hemacoel, and the body is controlled by ganglia. Down the back are cartilage vertebrae. In the gut, is a primitive stomach with the ability to digest multicellular matter.

Previous Mutations

Extra-Efficient Muscles, Electroreceptors, Open Circulatory System, Axochord (L), Tail, Three Gill Slits, Notochord (L), Cartilage Vertebrae, Digestive Carnivorous Bacteria, Two Poisonous Spikes on Tail (L)

@soundwave
Soundwavia vorei (LC)
NORTH-WESTERN SHELF, TEMPERATE SHALLOW SEA
The darkness of night begins with it the high tide, which means you have access to much more of the beach, a quite profitable area. You invade this submerged beach, skimming over some rock. Then, you detect the presence of a young Hemithateus mediossium feeding on some seamoss on the rocks and chase after it. It flees but you are faster and quickly track it down and bite into its side with your venomous fangs. A cloud of blood clouds the water as the panicked animal tries a last desperate escape, but succumbs to the venom. You eat your catch. As you eat, you sense the water becoming cooler and the sun peeks over the horizon. (4)
Status:
Health: Healthy
Fitness: 2/6 (40%)
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: Makouridae, Makouridea, Caudaria
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 mutatiogenus (EN) - Male
UTEENESSA OCEAN, NORTH-WEST, DEEP OCEAN
You hatch out in cold water and in pitch blackness, laying in the soft sediment. You can detect nothing around but about a dozen of your siblings. Every now and then, one of them lights up its bioluminescent spots before once again vanishing. (2 + 1)
Status
Health: Healthy
Fitness: 11/44 (60%)
Maturity: 5%
Current Size: 0.5cm

Asteridermus mutatiogenus

Status: EN
Timespan: R.83 - Present
Habitat: Deep Ocean, Continental Slope (Mid Ocean)
Distribution: Under Temperate and Tropical Uteenessa Ocean
Niche: Minor Predator
Nutritional Value: 68
Size: 10.5cm
Predecessor: Asteridermus luminaria
Classification: Achmachelusidae, Tyrannidea, Caudaria
Latest Mutations: Bigger = 4, Genders = 5, Oily Liver = 3
Info: This was not the first animal to evolve separate genders; Petrocoilius, a member of the same class but different order had done this about four and a half million years ago in the rivers of the northern hemisphere. But the special thing about Asteridermus mutatiogenus is that it has not two but three gender castes. A male, a female and a hermaphrodite. For most of its life, a hermaphrodite Asteridermus will have both male and sexual parts. However, when it comes to mating, the hermaphrodite will morph its sexual organs in response to pheromones from the mate. A male mate will give off pheromones which will encourage the hermaphrodite to become female, and it works the other way if the mate is a female. Once it morphs, it cannot change again in its lifetime. This means that, although this tactic is good because it might fill a gap in the short term, it does not have a huge effect on the population as it essentially becomes a normal adult. Other than this and the fact that it is slightly larger, there is little physical difference between Asteridermus mutatiogenus and its predecessor. It is reduced to mostly feeding off of scraps of marine snow, and it is too large to live off its predecessor’s prey, and has to compete with the more effective Thanostoma altium.
Description: It has a black, tapering body, lined with electroreceptors and three gills on each side. Blue, bioluminescent spots dot the skin, which can be turned on and off as a whole. Behind the head, there is a fatty hump on the back. The squat tail has a pair of poisonous spikes. It has two pectoral ray-fins. Small olfactory receptors above the mouth and a pair of forward-facing cup eyes are on the head, as well as a cartilage jaw with small, simple teeth. 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, is a primitive stomach with the ability to digest multicellular matter.

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, Olfaction, Temperate and Tropical Tolerance, Bioluminescence Control

@Biologicah
Thanostoma stalloni (NT)
UTEENESSA OCEAN, SOUTH-WEST, OCEAN SURFACE
Hunger, coupled with age, is starting to take effect, and so you head back to the shelf to take a rest. It is very dark and so you cannot tell what direction you should be heading in. A short time later, you still have not reached the shelf, and are forced to rest where you are, floating in the water column. But as you attempt to rest, a Thanostoma superficiem comes to investigate and give you a nibble. Immediately, you lash out and the smaller animal is frightened away but it has disrupted your rest. Now, your situation is very desperate. The water starts becoming warmer and the sun peeks over the horizon. (2)
Status
Health: Malnutritioned
Fitness: 7/70 (10%)
Maturity: 100%
Current Size: 31cm

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: Makouridae, Makouridea, Caudaria
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

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
Continuing the long search for a mate, you plough through the featureless ocean, hoping for some kind of signal. You can hear the sound of something swimming through the water and heads towards it, as it could be a mate. As you get closer, you still cannot see it as it is black here, but you can sense the pheromones of another adult Thalakelphus looking to mate. You successfully reproduce. (4 + 1 = Well done! You have successfully passed on your genes. Let’s hope they fit; choose 3 mutations to try and evolve.)
Status
Health: Healthy
Fitness: 10/66 (15%)
Maturity: 100%
Current Size: 8.5cm

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: Zestoskulusidae, Kardiaskulusidea, Kardiarchia
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
Whilst you are blindly munching on the seaweed in the canyon, night falls and masks a danger. The first Esoteralimnus to detect the oncoming Thanostoma superficiem moves suddenly, which shocks the skittish young Esoteralimnus. Your siblings burst in to life and scatter chaotically. You swim as far from danger as you can and luckily your position further in the canyon protects you from the predator, which catches one of your siblings closest to it. Upwards, you swim, until you are lost in the blackness with no sense of positioning, no nearby surface and no protection of your group of siblings. But the water does start to become slightly warmer and the sun peeks over the horizon. (1 + 1)
Status
Health: Healthy
Fitness: 36/48 (75%)
Maturity: 35%
Current Size: 8cm

Esoteramalimnus latacorpus

Status: NT
Timespan: R.76 - Present
Habitat: Shallow Sea
Distribution: Temperate Southern Hemisphere
Niche: Herbivore
Nutritional Value: 133
Size: 22cm
Predecessor: Hemithateus amniotus
Classification: Esoteralimnusidae, Makouridea, Caudaria
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.

Behaviour Sets

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
In the darkness, it is incredibly difficult to track down your algal food. As you are carried slowly downstream by the current, you do not find any. Fortunately, you practically bump into an adult Archaiapasaria that is eating. You eat the scrap that does not quite make it into the proto-fish’s mouth, but it is not a lot. The water starts to become cooler and the sun peeks over the horizon. (3 + 1)
Status
Health: Healthy
Fitness: 4/4 (95%)
Maturity: 5%
Current Size: 0.6cm

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: Archaiapasaridae, Makouridea, Caudaria
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 normacutis (NT)
MANAURAI SEA, TEMPERATE SHALLOW SEA
Marine snow can be a fickle thing; it only falls where there is activity, and unfortunately for you it appears that there is a lack of activity above. No marine snow falls to you. The water starts to become warmer and the sun starts to peek over the horizon. (2 + 1)
Status
Health: Healthy
Fitness: 0.3/0.6 (45%)
Maturity: 5%
Current Size: 0.12cm

Almoskulus normacutis

Status: NT
Timespan: R.77 - Present
Habitat: Continental Slope (Mid Ocean), Shallow Sea
Distribution: Northern Hemisphere, Temperate and Polar Seas & Continental Slope down to 500m
Niche: Benthic Filter-Feeder
Nutritional Value: 11.8
Size: 2.3cm
Predecessor: Almoskulus caecorum
Classification: Almoskulusidae, Squickidea, Membrania
Latest Mutations: Fix Skin
Info: This took over from its predecessor Almoskulus caecorum. It had tougher skin that did not rip so easily, but it is still not particularly tough. It lives in all parts of the ocean where it’s eyes are useful, except for tropical. This means it lives from 500 metres under the surface to the shallowest parts of the seas. It serenely poses on the seafloor, filtering falling marine snow for food.
Description: The tubular body has a fleshy membrane running along the top and underside. Blank, white eyeballs hang off the edge of short, protruding eyestalks that stick out straight to the sides of the head. Chemoreceptors sit by the mouth, as well as a pair of small tentacles, with three gill slits at the back of the head. This fins are short but sturdy and curve underneath the tubular body, which varies between red and transparent. At the front of its nervous system, is a tiny brain. Its mouth has a primitive gut leading straight to the anus. An open circulatory system bathes organs and muscles in hemacoel; this contains anti-freeze proteins to stop bodily fluids from freezing.

Previous Mutations

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


(Uncertain Agent) #596

Action: Try again to find some food.


(Immortal Dragon) #597

Thanks for the new round Stealth. :smiley:

Action: Search the channel for food.


(ፕቿክፕልርረቿ ረዐዪዕ) #598

Thanks for the round
Action: look for more food


#599

oooooho i have the power.
rest for a bit
and use my - 1 on argentine


(The Third Duke of Silly) #600

Action: Hunt


(Sound) #601

Action: find FOOd


(Radical Revolutionary) #602

Action:Find food


(Ṁ̴͙͔͒u̴͐͛̓͠ͅś̴̛̮̰̖̑͆͠i̵͚̤̥̝̬̎͋̊c̸̨̛̦̱̯̽̋͛̍ M̴a̸͙̬̐͌̈̄͌ń̸̯̉̃̌̕ ) #603

Sorry for not replying, don’t have Wi-Fi till November so I’m using my phone data atm. I can’t Google the exact terminology for some of this stuff so sorry if it doesn’t make sense.

1: evolve Bioflorecence to survive the sun’s rays
2: evolve poison glands
3:improve bodily functions to need less food


#604

Action: Swim a little higher to have more access to marine snow over my siblings
I will eat at their expense


(Stealth) #605

POTW

Round 84

Extras

Official Game Soundtrack (Nice to have as a soundtrack whilst reading a round): https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=k-mOnqVXNcY
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

~21 million years into the Atroxian~
Fressian Stage
Season: Northern Autumn, Southern Spring
Time of Day: Dawn (W), Afternoon (E)
Event - None

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. Very small moss-like plants exist on land, and create soil where they grow. Long mountain ranges trail across the desolate continent. Surrounding sea levels are fairly low.

_ Following a discussion on Discord, I will introduce a new feature for the sake of creating more variety in gameplay and extra challenge. This feature is that you do not immediately have to evolve when you reproduce. Sometimes, if you are a dominant species and you don’t want to risk change, you may feel like putting off evolution. However, reproducing still gives you a reward, which is that you get an extra dice roll when you do decide to evolve, which will result in higher rolls and better chances. The more you reproduce, the more likely your eventual evolution will be! However, there is now age imposed, and after 8 rounds of being at 100% maturity, you will perish of old age. (I will start this from now.) When you reproduce now, please specify whether you would also like to evolve or not. Hope this is clear! Enjoy the game!_


@RoboTrannic
Thanostoma stalloni (NT)
MANAURAI SEA, TEMPERATE SHALLOW SEA
As the sun dawns and brings some light back to the sea, you decide to rest after your meal. A small dip in the seafloor becomes an adequate bed and your rest is undisturbed. Above you, you notice a significant growth in plankton. Eventually, the sun rises properly in the sky. (5)
Status
Health: Healthy
Fitness: 5/8 (60%)
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: Makouridae, Makouridea, Caudaria
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

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

@agenttine
Archaiapasaria westenrai (LC) - Male
LAKE BY OLIVER RIVER, TEMPERATE RIVER
Slowly, sunlight returns to the lake during dawn. You continue to search for food, and an Autumn bloom of algae proliferates in the surface water, and you gather up plenty into your mouth by filtering the surface. Eventually, the sun rises fully in the sky. (5 + 1 - 1)
Status
Health: Healthy
Fitness: 17/25 (70%)
Maturity: 30%
Current Size: 3.6cm

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: Archaiapasaridae, Makouridea, Caudaria
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

@immortaldragon
Icthyotelus sinspica (LC)
OLIVER RIVER DELTA, TEMPERATE ESTUARY
Dawn arrives and reveals a large Autumn bloom of phytoplankton at the surface of the estuary, feeding off the nutrient rich water. You, along with countless other Icthyotelus, patrol easily across the surface, filtering algae into your mouths. Eventually, the sun rises fully in the sky. (6 + 1 = Ding, ding, ding! Congrats, you have won a bonus point! Give either yourself or another player a + or -1. Choose carefully; you cannot exchange it later.)
Status
Health: Healthy
Fitness: 6/5 (110%)
Maturity: 15%
Current Size: 1cm

Icthyotelus sinspica

Status: LC
Timespan: R.65 - Present
Habitat: Estuaries
Distribution: Northern Temperate Estuaries
Niche: Pelagic Filter-Feeder
Nutritional Value: 35
Size: 7cm
Predecessor: Charitomenchelus etalas
Classification: Icthyotelusidae, Tyrannidea, Caudaria
Latest Mutations: Tail Fins = 2, Fix Pectoral Fins = 5, Freshwater Tolerance = 3
Info: 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.
Description: It has a tapering body, lined with electroreceptors and three gills on each side. It has two pectoral ray-fins and a pair of forward-facing cup eyes on the head. An oily liver helps to maintain buoyancy. An open circulatory system bathes the organs in hemacoel, and the body is controlled by ganglia. Down the back are cartilage vertebrae. In the gut, is a primitive stomach with the ability to digest multicellular matter.

Previous Mutations

Extra-Efficient Muscles, Electroreceptors, Open Circulatory System, Axochord (L), Tail, Three Gill Slits, Notochord (L), Cartilage Vertebrae, Digestive Carnivorous Bacteria, Two Poisonous Spikes on Tail (L)

@soundwave
Soundwavia vorei (LC)
NORTH-WESTERN SHELF, TEMPERATE SHALLOW SEA
An Autumn algal bloom accompanies the arrival of dawn. At the cool surface, you mix with the plankton (being zooplankton yourself at this stage), and there is lots of other zooplankton around to hunt. You spot another Hemithateus mediossium, filtering some phytoplankton and proceed to attack it. You swing your tail at the other animal, which hits the mark and injects your poison into it. It is quickly overcome and you eat its remains. Eventually, the sun rises fully in the sky. (4 + 1)
Status:
Health: Healthy
Fitness: 4/6 (70%)
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: Makouridae, Makouridea, Caudaria
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 mutatiogenus (EN) - Male
UTEENESSA OCEAN, NORTH-WEST, DEEP OCEAN
Smelling the marine snow descending from above, you and your siblings rise above the ocean floor, wriggling your tails energetically. You rise the highest and for a short while feed quite well - but as you tire, you are forced to sink back towards the ground. (4)
Status
Health: Healthy
Fitness: 3/3 (100%)
Maturity: 5%
Current Size: 0.5cm

Asteridermus mutatiogenus

Status: EN
Timespan: R.83 - Present
Habitat: Deep Ocean, Continental Slope (Mid Ocean)
Distribution: Under Temperate and Tropical Uteenessa Ocean
Niche: Minor Predator
Nutritional Value: 68
Size: 10.5cm
Predecessor: Asteridermus luminaria
Classification: Achmachelusidae, Tyrannidea, Caudaria
Latest Mutations: Bigger = 4, Genders = 5, Oily Liver = 3
Info: This was not the first animal to evolve separate genders; Petrocoilius, a member of the same class but different order had done this about four and a half million years ago in the rivers of the northern hemisphere. But the special thing about Asteridermus mutatiogenus is that it has not two but three gender castes. A male, a female and a hermaphrodite. For most of its life, a hermaphrodite Asteridermus will have both male and sexual parts. However, when it comes to mating, the hermaphrodite will morph its sexual organs in response to pheromones from the mate. A male mate will give off pheromones which will encourage the hermaphrodite to become female, and it works the other way if the mate is a female. Once it morphs, it cannot change again in its lifetime. This means that, although this tactic is good because it might fill a gap in the short term, it does not have a huge effect on the population as it essentially becomes a normal adult. Other than this and the fact that it is slightly larger, there is little physical difference between Asteridermus mutatiogenus and its predecessor. It is reduced to mostly feeding off of scraps of marine snow, and it is too large to live off its predecessor’s prey, and has to compete with the more effective Thanostoma altium.
Description: It has a black, tapering body, lined with electroreceptors and three gills on each side. Blue, bioluminescent spots dot the skin, which can be turned on and off as a whole. Behind the head, there is a fatty hump on the back. The squat tail has a pair of poisonous spikes. It has two pectoral ray-fins. Small olfactory receptors above the mouth and a pair of forward-facing cup eyes are on the head, as well as a cartilage jaw with small, simple teeth. 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, is a primitive stomach with the ability to digest multicellular matter.

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, Olfaction, Temperate and Tropical Tolerance, Bioluminescence Control

@Biologicah
Thanostoma stalloni (NT)
UTEENESSA OCEAN, SOUTH-WEST, OCEAN SURFACE
The dawn reveals the spring sun, almost summer, and with it, warmth and energy. There is no obvious difference out in the open ocean, however, now you can see the island shelf and you are not far away from it. You can just about discern the shapes of filter-feeding Charitomenchelus come to feed on a phytoplankton bloom around the island. It looks like a long journey for your tired and starving body, but luckily, a Thanostoma superficiem, coming to hunt the filter-feeders, darts out of the gloom. The light is still fairly faint and it does not notice you until it is too late. You swing your tail and your spikes impale the smaller predator. It dies instantly and blood spills out into the ocean. You feast on your catch and regain some energy, bringing yourself back somewhat from the brink. Eventually, the sun rises fully in the sky. (4 + 1)
Status
Health: Healthy
Fitness: 28/70 (40%)
Maturity: 100% - 1/8
Current Size: 31cm

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: Makouridae, Makouridea, Caudaria
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

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 asperacuta (VU)
UTEENSESSA OCEAN, SOUTHERN, MID OCEAN
You hatch out with a dozen or so of your siblings, and there is faint light in this cold water. Using the light, you can see that you have hatched on a ledge of some kind, far from the surface. However, the side of this submarine mountain has deflected the ocean current upwards, and with it it brings more marine snow. You feed on this bounty of food by gently rowing through the calm water and grow quickly. (5 + 1)
Status
Health: Healthy
Fitness: 40/29 (140%)
Maturity: 45%
Current Size: 3.8cm

Thalakelphus asperacuta

Status: VU
Timespan: R.84 - 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: Thalakelphus svrangitensi
Classification: Zestoskulusidae, Kardiaskulusidea, Kardiarchia
Latest Mutations: Pigmentation = 3, Poison Glands = 6, Lower Metabolic Rate = 4
Info: The deep ocean life of this species means that fast movement is not something that is often needed; other animals are met rarely. It has sacrificed speed so that its body will require less food, by lowering its metabolic rate. Therefore, it is slow, but needs to consume less of the scarce food. If it does get the attention of a predator it can defend itself, as fleeing may no longer work, with bumpy poison glands along the tentacles. The colourless, mucus-like poison can be secreted at will by the animal and cause pain and death in the attacker. However, like its predecessor, it still only lives in the narrow band of ocean between the bottom of the thermocline and 800m below the surface.
Description: It has a smooth, straight shell made of calcium carbonate with several medium-length tentacles sticking out the front covered in poison glands. 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, Hyponome, Shell, Hearing

@jellyfishmon
Esoteramalimnus latacorpus (NT) - Male
MANAURAI SEA, TEMPERATE SHALLOW SEA
The increase in light from the dawn is enough to enable you to see your surroundings; you have ended up across from a much shallower section of the sea and one in which a garden of seaweed is growing. You swim towards the growth, which seems like a jungle to you, and hide amongst it hidden from the many dangers of the Atroxian sea. While it provides you cover, the comparatively large seaweeds also give you plenty of food, and you chow down. Eventually, the sun rises fully in the sky. (6 + 1 = Ding, ding, ding! Congrats, you have won a bonus point! Give either yourself or another player a + or -1. Choose carefully; you cannot exchange it later.)
Status
Health: Healthy
Fitness: 100/80 (125%)
Maturity: 60%
Current Size: 13.2cm

Esoteramalimnus latacorpus

Status: NT
Timespan: R.76 - Present
Habitat: Shallow Sea
Distribution: Temperate Southern Hemisphere
Niche: Herbivore
Nutritional Value: 133
Size: 22cm
Predecessor: Hemithateus amniotus
Classification: Esoteralimnusidae, Makouridea, Caudaria
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.

Behaviour Sets

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 faint light from the dawn enables you too see again, and search for food in the cool river. As you gently flow downstream, you continue to drift through areas that have already been stripped of food by the numerous herbivores that live here. You are unable to find food. Eventually, the sun rises fully in the sky. (2 + 1)
Status
Health: Healthy
Fitness: 3/4 (65%)
Maturity: 5%
Current Size: 0.6cm

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: Archaiapasaridae, Makouridea, Caudaria
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 normacutis (NT)
MANAURAI SEA, TEMPERATE SHALLOW SEA
The dawn appears and the sea above you becomes very active, as filter-feeders gather to feed on the phytoplankton bloom in the warm water. Naturally, predators appear to feed on them. Luckily, they are far away from you on the seabed, but their kerfuffles do cause an increase in marine snow. You feed well on the shower of food from above. (6)
Status
Health: Healthy
Fitness: 0.6/0.6 (100%)
Maturity: 5%
Current Size: 0.12cm

Almoskulus normacutis

Status: NT
Timespan: R.77 - Present
Habitat: Continental Slope (Mid Ocean), Shallow Sea
Distribution: Northern Hemisphere, Temperate and Polar Seas & Continental Slope down to 500m
Niche: Benthic Filter-Feeder
Nutritional Value: 11.8
Size: 2.3cm
Predecessor: Almoskulus caecorum
Classification: Almoskulusidae, Squickidea, Membrania
Latest Mutations: Fix Skin
Info: This took over from its predecessor Almoskulus caecorum. It had tougher skin that did not rip so easily, but it is still not particularly tough. It lives in all parts of the ocean where it’s eyes are useful, except for tropical. This means it lives from 500 metres under the surface to the shallowest parts of the seas. It serenely poses on the seafloor, filtering falling marine snow for food.
Description: The tubular body has a fleshy membrane running along the top and underside. Blank, white eyeballs hang off the edge of short, protruding eyestalks that stick out straight to the sides of the head. Chemoreceptors sit by the mouth, as well as a pair of small tentacles, with three gill slits at the back of the head. This fins are short but sturdy and curve underneath the tubular body, which varies between red and transparent. At the front of its nervous system, is a tiny brain. Its mouth has a primitive gut leading straight to the anus. An open circulatory system bathes organs and muscles in hemacoel; this contains anti-freeze proteins to stop bodily fluids from freezing.

Previous Mutations

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


(Uncertain Agent) #606

Action: Keep on eating.