Path of the Wild (Forum Game)


(The Third Duke of Silly) #647

Action: Rest for the night

Edit: And thus I return to the luck of the damned


#648

Action: Start using my spots to look for a mate (And evolve)


(Radical Revolutionary) #649

Action:Find food
Use +1 on myself


(Sound) #650

Action: Go to the ocean floor and rest (I’m likely going to regret this lol)


(Ṁ̴͙͔͒u̴͐͛̓͠ͅś̴̛̮̰̖̑͆͠i̵͚̤̥̝̬̎͋̊c̸̨̛̦̱̯̽̋͛̍ M̴a̸͙̬̐͌̈̄͌ń̸̯̉̃̌̕ ) #651

Action: Filter feed for food


(Louix) #652

Damn it, well, back to my predecessor species haha


(Stealth) #653

Round 89 - P.1

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

~22.25 million years into the Atroxian~
??? Stage
Season: Northern Summer, Southern Winter
Time of Day: Midnight (W), Midday (E)
Event: (3) Major Event - Eruption

State of the World: Due to the very high amounts of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere - there are few plants to soak it up - the average global temperature lies at a very warm 21c. This makes the sea levels very high and the planet is virtually ice free. There is advanced ocean acidification in the sea, which brings it closer to neutral than basic. Also due to the minimal plant life, the oxygen levels are low. Recently, volcanic outgassing has pumped large amounts of acidic gases into the atmosphere, most prominently sulfur dioxide, turning the air poisonous and acidic. 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.

For hundreds of thousands of years, multiple volcanoes have been erupting effusively an usually high frequency and show no sign of stopping. Whilst white plumes of gas are continuously streaming upwards, lava oozes out of vents and over the surrounding area. The result of this is large barren, ashfields and a planet sick with toxic air. A haze hangs over the sky. Acid rain is very common, and sulfur dioxide absorbed into the ocean turns the surface of the seas slightly acidic. All of this is a sign of increased volcanic activity; the single giant supercontinent Uteeno has begun to break up, and a seaway has formed down the middle.

This poisoned atmosphere has had its effects on the Eztan fauna; many coral species have gone extinct because they cannot form their calcium carbonate shells. Shallow populations of Veroina vadum have been wiped out for similar reasons, as they cannot form their calcite spines and are currently limited to deeper areas. Other species have lost many individuals to related illnesses, which has pushed the already critically endangered Thanostoma stalloni to only a few individuals.

Despite the majority being effusive eruptions, there is at least one explosive one. A small volcano, not far from a certain lake, begins the rumblings of an eruption.

Even amongst this turmoil, new species continue to evolve: a new species of Pictolexipotus has arisen, as has an oceangoing Arthroskulus. A new species of Hemithateus with more tail spikes has appeared in the northern seas, whilst Charitomenchelus have spread to the poles as well as to the freshwater of the souther hemisphere. Finally, a new species of Archaiapasaria has evolved too, which has driven the long-suffering Petrocoilius extinct.


@RoboTrannic
Thanostoma stalloni (CR-)
MANAURAI SEA, TEMPERATE SHALLOW SEA
It’s very dark in the cool water, so you can see nothing. Your electroreception indicates that there are few organisms around you, so you decide to rest. You find a small ring of rocks, and rest undisturbed, hidden from view. Eventually, the sun begins to appear of the horizon. (5)
Status
Health: Healthy
Fitness: 4/8 (50%)
Maturity: 5% (Hatchling)
Current Size: 1.5cm

Thanostoma stalloni

Status: CR
Timespan: R.77 - Present
Habitat: Shallow Sea, Ocean Surface
Distribution: Temperate Southern Hemisphere
Niche: Apex Predator
Nutritional Value: 200
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 (CR) - Male
LAKE BY OLIVER RIVER, TEMPERATE RIVER
It’s very dark in the warm lake inlet, so you decide to save energy and rest. However, before you are able to you detect the presence of an adult, predatory Thanostoma victurus in your inlet. It has you trapped. Eventually the sun starts to appear over the horizon. (1)
Status
Health: Healthy
Fitness: 34.3/42.9 (80%)
Maturity: 50% (Juvenile)
Current Size: 6cm

Archaiapasaria westenrai

Status: CR
Timespan: R.71 - Present
Habitat: Rivers, Lakes
Distribution: Temperate Northern Hemisphere
Niche: Herbivore
Nutritional Value: 85.8
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 (VU)
OLIVER RIVER DELTA, TEMPERATE ESTUARY
As it is very dark in the warm estuary, you decide to find somewhere to rest. You allow yourself to stay suspended by the tide near the surface, and are lucky to find that it takes you into a cave cut into the land, only accessible at high tide. This cave gives you extra protection, and also deposits lots of phytoplankton, which you filter automatically whilst drifting. Eventually, the sun starts to appear over the horizon. (6)
Status
Health: Healthy
Fitness: 4.4/4 (110%)
Maturity: 15% (Hatchling)
Current Size: 1cm

Icthyotelus sinspica

Status: VU
Timespan: R.65 - Present
Habitat: Estuaries
Distribution: Northern Temperate Estuaries
Niche: Pelagic Filter-Feeder
Nutritional Value: 27.7
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 (VU)
WESTERN SHELF, TEMPERATE SHALLOW SEA
You head down to the seafloor of the warm sea in darkness in order to find some shelter to rest. Just as you are about to settle, you sense the electrical presence of a Regemsitula minor drifting nearby, and you are forced to move off, hugging the sandy seafloor. Eventually, the sun starts to appear over the horizon. (2)
Status:
Health: Healthy
Fitness: 3.6/6 (60%)
Maturity: 5% (Hatchling)
Current Size: 0.95cm

Soundwavia vorei

Status: VU
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
In the pitch blackness of the abyss, you flash your lights intermittently, trying to attract the attention of a mate. However, after a while of scouring abyssal plain, you find nothing. What’s more is that the burn on your tail seems to have become infected by bacteria. (1 + 1)
Status
Health: Burnt tail end, infected
Fitness: 47.6/68 (70%)
Maturity: 100% - 3/8 (Young Adult)
Current Size: 10.5cm

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: 62.5
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


(Stealth) #654

R.89 - P.2

@Biologicah
Peregapodus zaxzirkrnk (VU)
ISLAND, SOUTHERN UTEENESSA, OCEAN SURFACE
In the dark, cool sea around this island, you decide to rest. As your siblings disappear, you locate a crevice in a rock. After quickly checking around, sensing no danger, you hide in it. Your rest is undisturbed. Eventually, the sun starts to appear over the horizon. (4)
Status
Health: Healthy
Fitness: 31.5/70 (45%)
Maturity: 5%
Current Size: 1.6cm

Peregapodus zaxzirkrnk

Status: VU
Timespan: R.87 - Present
Habitat: Shallow Sea, Ocean Surface
Distribution: Temperate Southern Hemisphere
Niche: Apex Predator
Nutritional Value: 226.3
Size: 31cm
Predecessor: Thanostoma stalloni
Classification: Makouridae, Makouridea, Caudaria
Latest Mutations: Limbs, Tapetum, Intelligence
Info: Peregapodus, common name Zaxzirkrnkrokinkaro, has mostly replaced Thanostoma stalloni. The strangest thing about this species is that, although it seems to be halfway to attaining limbs of some kind, they are placed asymmetrically, causing an issue of balance, as well as drag. They also have no bone structure and weak muscle so are of practically no use. However, in other areas it has an advantage - it can see better at low-light levels, including night, with a tapetum behind the retina. Furthermore, it is also relatively intelligent; they have learnt not to eat members of their own species, and also hang around the capsules after they have been laid, although there seems to be no maternal connection. This species is also constantly vigilant, watching out for danger and opportunity.
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. Behind the retina is a layer of cells containing reflective crystals called a choroidal tapetum cellulosum. It also has three gill slits, and a line of electroreceptors running down its body. On the right side, closer to the head, is a stub of mainly weak muscle and no bone structure; this also occurs on the left but much closer to the tail. 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. It has more neurons in its tiny brain than its cousins.

Behaviour Sets

Behaviours:

  1. Be vigilant.
  2. Do not eat own species.
  3. Remain near to capsules after they are laid.
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, Swim Bladder

@svrangite
Thalakelphus asperacuta (VU)
UTEENSESSA OCEAN, SOUTHERN, MID OCEAN
You try to start filtering for food, but you do not find much around here. Just then, you hear some movement in the pitch black water; something is swimming quickly towards you. The spikes off an Thanostoma altium clash against your shell. Luckily. You are unharmed but it continues to attack. (1)
Status
Health: Healthy
Fitness: 1.7/2.8 (60%)
Maturity: 5% (Hatchling)
Current Size: 0.4cm

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: 58.7
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
Codowecoi abyssusverandix (LC) - Male
UTEENESSA OCEAN, NORTH-WEST, DEEP OCEAN
Using your hydrostatic body, you wriggle and squirm until you have made a hole in the oozy sediment. You have already eaten most of the corpse, but drags the few remains, mostly the inedible notochord, into your burrow. The chemicals released into the water have a bonus effect. Through chemicals, you detect the presence of a Dolophonaskulus hatchling, trying to find the corpse. You burst out of the ground, spearing the smaller predator with your beak, catching it by surprise. The attack kills it, and you feed on this body too. (5 + 1)
Status
Health: Healthy
Fitness: 38.8/24.3 (160%)
Maturity: 85% (Subadult)
Current Size: 5.4cm

Codowecoi abyssusverandix

Status: LC
Timespan: R.84 - Present
Habitat_: Deep Ocean, Continental Slope (Mid Ocean)
Distribution: Below Temperate and Tropical Uteenessa Ocean, Below 500m
Niche: Major Predator
Nutritional Value: 28.8
Size: 6.4cm
Predecessor: Codowecoi rishie
Classification: Codowecoidae, Codowecoidea, Aquamusculidia
Latest Mutations: Improved Chemoreceptors, Bigger
Info: This is the apex predator of the ocean floor, from pole to pole, very similar to most other Codowecoi species although slightly larger. It cannot swim, but it is speedy and can burrow quickly through the sediment, charging towards prey and impaling it with its beak. It detects prey for over a hundred metres with its chemoreceptors, further than its predecessor.
Description: It has a blue, cylindrical body supported by a hydrostatic skeleton composed of strong, longitudinal muscles. At the front, the characteristic sharp beak protrudes from a proboscis with chemoreceptors. There are three cup eyes facing up. A muscular siphon at the rear propels out water. Inside their body, they have a simple gut leading to an anus, a stomach containing digestive carnivorous bacteria, a nerve network and small bunch of ganglia, and an open circulatory system filled with blue-green hemacoel. Anti-freeze proteins flow through the hemacoel.

[details=“Previous Mutations”] Bitter Chemicals, Chemoreceptors, Proboscis, Hydrostatic Muscle Fins (2 vertical near centre of body) (L), Sharp Beak, Digestive Carnivorous Enzymes, Bigger, Blue Pigmentation, Open Circulatory System, Glittery Scales (L), Anti-Freeze Proteins, Hyponome, Cup Eyes, Hydrostatic Skeleton, Improve Chemoreceptors, Bigger

@PositiveTower
Archaiapasaria westenrai (CR) - Male
LAKE BY OLIVER RIVER, TEMPERATE RIVER
You start filtering the blooming phytoplankton again, slowly trawling the warm surface in the dark, when you suddenly get spooked. You had just detected a Thanostoma victurus with your electroreception and had to flee, but fortunately it was not going for you. Eventually, the sun starts to appear over the horizon. (2 + 1)
Status
Health: Healthy
Fitness: 4/8 (45%)
Maturity: 10% (Hatchling)
Current Size: 1.2cm

Archaiapasaria westenrai

Status: CR
Timespan: R.71 - Present
Habitat: Rivers, Lakes
Distribution: Temperate Northern Hemisphere
Niche: Herbivore
Nutritional Value: 85.8
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 normacuta (VU)
You hatch out of your capsule with about a dozen siblings. The water is very viscous. It is dark but warm. You seem to be on a sandy, almost-flat slope, and there is not much around you. (3 + 1)
Status
_Health: Healthy
Fitness: 0.4/0.5 (80%)
Maturity: 5% (Hatchling)
Current Size: 0.1cm

Almoskulus normacuta

Status: VU
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: 11.4
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) #655

Action: Make use of my (nonexistent) intellect to fake it out and escape.


(Immortal Dragon) #656

Thanks for the new round Stealth. :grin:

Action: Exit the cave and look for more food.


(Sound) #657

Action: find food
Ty for the new roudn :slight_smile:


(The Third Duke of Silly) #658

Action: hunt pls


#659

Ah god dammit, sounds like a small decline. Let’s try again i guess
Action: Follow the nearby water currents while using my lightspots calling for a mate. (Evolve if possible)


(Radical Revolutionary) #660

Action:Find some food


#661

look for food
addaada


(Stealth) #662

Round 90 - P.1

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

~22.5 million years into the Atroxian~
Cinisian Stage
Season: Northern Autumn, Southern Spring
Time of Day: Dawn (W), Afternoon (E)
Event: (3) Minor Event

State of the World: Due to the very high amounts of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere - there are few plants to soak it up - the average global temperature lies at a very warm 21c. This makes the sea levels very high and the planet is virtually ice free. There is advanced ocean acidification in the sea, which brings it closer to neutral and away from basic. Also due to the minimal plant life, the oxygen levels are low. Volcanic outgassing has pumped large amounts of acidic gases into the atmosphere, most prominently sulfur dioxide, turning the air poisonous and acidic. Uteeno has split into two supercontinents, Olympia in the north and Tartarus in the south, each very large with vast expanses of desert in their centres. They are surrounded by the superocean Uteenessa, and between lies a comparatively narrow seaway called the Sea of Gaia. Very small moss-like plants exist on land, and create soil where they grow. Long mountain ranges trail across the continents.

The constant volcanic outgassing caused by enhanced tectonic activity rumbles on with no end in sight. The continents also continue to shift faster than usual. The planet remains choked by acidic, poisonous gases.

Suddenly, close to the Oliver River in Olympia, a bulging volcano burst its top, and black ash clouds tumbled into the sky. Alongside, flaming objects were sent shooting from the volcano, peppering the surrounding landscape, including splashing into a nearby lake. Then, the pyroclastic flow, a wall of hot ash and volcanic materials, rushed down the slope of the volcano and across the land, which is entirely barren. However, in one direction, the pyroclastic flow made it to the lake, incinerating the wetland plants and boiling the top of the lake, including the unfortunate animals.

Above the sea on the west coast of Olympia, an area called the Western Shelf Sea, a rather intense concentration of clouds gathers.


@RoboTrannic
Thanostoma stalloni (CR-)
MANAURAI SEA (Shallow Sea, Temperate)
You hunt in the current of the cool sea, although you cannot see very well in the faint light of dawn. Instead, you rely on electroreception. After a while of patrolling, you detect the electrical signal given off by muscle synapses and swim towards it. When you get quite close to it, you can see that it is a juvenile Pictolexipotus; an easy meal. It senses your presence but as fast as it beats its cillia, it cannot get away. You close in and use your canines to deliver a fatal toxin. Then you feed on your immobilised prey whilst it dies. The sun rises higher in the sky and it starts becoming slightly warmer. In fact, it is becoming much too warm. You are still small enough to be at the mercy of the currents whims. (5)
Status
Health: Healthy
Fitness: 6.4/8 (80%)
Maturity: 5% (Hatchling)
Current Size: 1.5cm

Thanostoma stalloni

Status: CR
Timespan: R.77 - Present
Habitat: Shallow Sea, Ocean Surface
Distribution: Temperate Southern Hemisphere
Niche: Apex Predator
Nutritional Value: 200
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 (CR) - Male
LAKE BY OLIVER RIVER, TEMPERATE RIVER
You can feel a rumbling in the distance as the predator continues to press you into the corner of the inlet, trapped. Visibility remains low during dawn. Out of nowhere, a molten rock rains down and hits the Thanostoma victurus, killing it instantly. You are freed from your inlet without having to dodge an attack, although you do have to dodge the occasional molten rock. You leave the inlet behind as rocks continue to hit the lake around you at random. In the lake proper, there is chaos as Archaiapasaria and the occasional Thanostoma desperately try to flee the danger. A grey cloud covers immediately above the surface, where you also see many floating bodies. So instead you head downwards, and shelter on the lakebed. Not long after, the rain of molten rocks stops and the grey cloud dissipates. As the sun rises further in the sky, it seems this danger has passed and you have survived. The temperature starts becoming a little cooler. With that over, you could do with some food. (5)
Status
Health: Healthy
Fitness: 12.9/42.9 (30%)
Maturity: 50% (Juvenile)
Current Size: 6cm

Archaiapasaria westenrai

Status: CR
Timespan: R.71 - Present
Habitat: Rivers, Lakes
Distribution: Temperate Northern Hemisphere
Niche: Herbivore
Nutritional Value: 85.8
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 (VU)
OLIVER RIVER DELTA (Estuary, Temperate)
Faint light reaches the end of the cave, and you follow it, back out into the warm estuary. It is dawn. You are now back in a main channel, with many others of your kind, and begin to swim across the surface, filtering in the phytoplankton, which is still in bloom. There is plenty to eat, as the sun rises higher in the sky. You have grown into a juvenile. (5)
Status
Health: Healthy
Fitness: 27.3/18.2 (150%)
Maturity: 65% (Juvenile)
Current Size: 4.6cm

Icthyotelus sinspica

Status: VU
Timespan: R.65 - Present
Habitat: Estuaries
Distribution: Northern Temperate Estuaries
Niche: Pelagic Filter-Feeder
Nutritional Value: 27.7
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 (VU)
WESTERN SHELF SEA (Shallow Sea, Temperate)
The warm current drags you along the bottom of the seafloor, as you use electroreception to find food - it being too dim during dawn for eyesight to be more effective. You find the signal of another animal drifting as plankton in the current. Luckily, it is a Pictolexiptous, which should be harmless and easy to catch. Despite it noticing your approach, you are far faster, and swing your tail at its body. The attack hits home. You eat the dying animal. The sun rises higher in the sky but is partially obscured by some clouds. It is also becoming slightly cooler. (5)
Status:
Health: Healthy
Fitness: 5.4/6 (90%)
Maturity: 5% (Hatchling)
Current Size: 0.95cm

Soundwavia vorei

Status: VU
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
DEEP NORTHWEST UTEENESSA OCEAN (Deep Ocean, Non-polar)
It seems that earlier your lights did catch the eye of another Asteridermus mutatiogenus, as now you see it’s lights suddenly appear in the darkness. It approaches you, and does not attack you. It seems also ready to mate and it is a healthy-looking female. You successfully reproduce. (6 = Well done! You have successfully passed on your genes; let’s hope they fit. Choose 4 mutations to try and evolve.)
Status
Health: Burnt tail end, infected
Fitness: 6.8/68 (10%)
Maturity: 100% - 4/8 (Mid Adult)
Current Size: 10.5cm

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: 62.5
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


(Stealth) #663

R.90 - P.2

@Biologicah
Peregapodus zaxzirkrnk (VU)
A SOUTHWESTERN UTEENESSA ISLAND SHELF (Shallow Sea, Temperate)
After your rest, you need food again so start hunting. Instead of electroreception, you focus on using your eyes, as you can see light at low levels. You spot another hunting animal, one which is now a rare sight. It is a Thanostoma stalloni, a hatchling and a little smaller than you. However, it doesn’t have the luxury of low-light vision, and it’s electroreception is less useful. As such, it doesn’t pick you up as you charge at your chosen target, until it is to late. It tries to turn and fight by the time it does you are already swinging your tail at it. The spike impales your competitor right in the head, and it dies instantly. You eat the corpse, floating above the shelf. The sun starts rising higher in the sky, and it becomes slightly warmer. (4 + 1)
Status
Health: Healthy
Fitness: 8.8/11.7 (75%)
Maturity: 5% (hatchling)
Current Size: 1.6cm

Peregapodus zaxzirkrnk

Status: VU
Timespan: R.87 - Present
Habitat: Shallow Sea, Ocean Surface
Distribution: Temperate Southern Hemisphere
Niche: Apex Predator
Nutritional Value: 226.3
Size: 31cm
Predecessor: Thanostoma stalloni
Classification: Makouridae, Makouridea, Caudaria
Latest Mutations: Limbs, Tapetum, Intelligence
Info: Peregapodus, common name Zaxzirkrnkrokinkaro, has mostly replaced Thanostoma stalloni. The strangest thing about this species is that, although it seems to be halfway to attaining limbs of some kind, they are placed asymmetrically, causing an issue of balance, as well as drag. They also have no bone structure and weak muscle so are of practically no use. However, in other areas it has an advantage - it can see better at low-light levels, including night, with a tapetum behind the retina. Furthermore, it is also relatively intelligent; they have learnt not to eat members of their own species, and also hang around the capsules after they have been laid, although there seems to be no maternal connection. This species is also constantly vigilant, watching out for danger and opportunity.
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. Behind the retina is a layer of cells containing reflective crystals called a choroidal tapetum cellulosum. It also has three gill slits, and a line of electroreceptors running down its body. On the right side, closer to the head, is a stub of mainly weak muscle and no bone structure; this also occurs on the left but much closer to the tail. 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. It has more neurons in its tiny brain than its cousins.

Behaviour Sets

Behaviours:

  1. Be vigilant.
  2. Do not eat own species.
  3. Remain near to capsules after they are laid.
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, Swim Bladder

@svrangite
Thalakelphus asperacuta (VU)
MID SOUTHWESTERN UTEENESSA OCEAN (Mid Ocean, Non-polar)
(Sorry, I did it for you because I want to post these while I can)
From glands on your skin, you excrete the poison over your exposed areas. In the tangle, the Thanostoma altium comes into contact with some of your tentacles and gets the poison on itself. In great, fatal pain, the predator retreats and soon you can no longer hear it swimming away. You are now alone. (4)
Status
Health: Healthy
Fitness: 1.3/2.8 (45%)
Maturity: 5% (Hatchling)
Current Size: 0.4cm

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: 58.7
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
Codowecoi abyssusverandix (LC) - Male
DEEP NORTHWEST UTEENESSA OCEAN (Deep Ocean, Non-polar)
For a while, you are left alone in the darkness, and nothing comes to feed on the leftovers. But later you detect the chemical presence of some potential food. It’s much smaller than you, barely 2cm long, and remaining a little bit away. You decide to move towards it, tunnelling through the sand. When you get to where it is, you burst back out and charge at the young Dolophonaskulus. You are much too quick and impale it with your beak, killing it instantly. You eat most of it, then burrow back into the sand, leaving the rest at the entrance to your burrow. Nothing has arrived to investigate yet but you have now reached maturity. (4)
Status
Health: Healthy
Fitness: 51.8/28.8 (180%)
Maturity: 100% - 1/8 (Young Adult)
Current Size: 6.4cm

Codowecoi abyssusverandix

Status: LC
Timespan: R.84 - Present
Habitat_: Deep Ocean, Continental Slope (Mid Ocean)
Distribution: Below Temperate and Tropical Uteenessa Ocean, Below 500m
Niche: Major Predator
Nutritional Value: 28.8
Size: 6.4cm
Predecessor: Codowecoi rishie
Classification: Codowecoidae, Codowecoidea, Aquamusculidia
Latest Mutations: Improved Chemoreceptors, Bigger
Info: This is the apex predator of the ocean floor, from pole to pole, very similar to most other Codowecoi species although slightly larger. It cannot swim, but it is speedy and can burrow quickly through the sediment, charging towards prey and impaling it with its beak. It detects prey for over a hundred metres with its chemoreceptors, further than its predecessor.
Description: It has a blue, cylindrical body supported by a hydrostatic skeleton composed of strong, longitudinal muscles. At the front, the characteristic sharp beak protrudes from a proboscis with chemoreceptors. There are three cup eyes facing up. A muscular siphon at the rear propels out water. Inside their body, they have a simple gut leading to an anus, a stomach containing digestive carnivorous bacteria, a nerve network and small bunch of ganglia, and an open circulatory system filled with blue-green hemacoel. Anti-freeze proteins flow through the hemacoel.

[details=“Previous Mutations”] Bitter Chemicals, Chemoreceptors, Proboscis, Hydrostatic Muscle Fins (2 vertical near centre of body) (L), Sharp Beak, Digestive Carnivorous Enzymes, Bigger, Blue Pigmentation, Open Circulatory System, Glittery Scales (L), Anti-Freeze Proteins, Hyponome, Cup Eyes, Hydrostatic Skeleton, Improve Chemoreceptors, Bigger

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@PositiveTower
Archaiapasaria westenrai (CR) - Male
LAKE OFF OLIVER RIVER, OLYMPIA (Lake, Temperate)
You are continuing to filter the blooming phytoplankton at the surface, when distant rumbles shake the lake. You think nothing of it before suddenly molten rocks start raining down on the lake. You manage to dodge these rocks quite successfully (you’d have to be very unlucky to get hit by one of those.) But then a new threat envelopes the lake as the pyroclastic flow zooms over the surface of the lake. It boils the top layer, which is where you are, and you rapidly die. (2 = Sadly, the end of your life has resulted in your death. Luckily, your species still goes on. It is a time for rebirth.)
Status
Health: Dead
Fitness: 0%
Maturity: 10% (Hatchling)
Current Size: 1.2cm

Archaiapasaria westenrai

Status: CR
Timespan: R.71 - Present
Habitat: Rivers, Lakes
Distribution: Temperate Northern Hemisphere
Niche: Herbivore
Nutritional Value: 85.8
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 normacuta (VU)
WESTERN SHELF SEA (Shallow Sea, Temperate)
(Sorry, I did it for you because I want to post these while I can)
It is still faintly lit by the dawn, as you begin feeding. A light in the dark catches your eye. You head towards the rocky area to investigate this. It might be food. When you get close enough to see that the light is not food and that it is attached to a larger animal than yourself it it too late. With very quick reactions, the jaws of the Dolophonaskulus encompass you with sharp teeth champs down. The blow on your unprotected head is fatal. (1 = Sadly, the end of your life has resulted in your death. Luckily, your species still goes on. It is a time for rebirth.)
Status
Health: Dead
Fitness: 0%
Maturity: 5% (Hatchling)
Current Size: 0.1cm

"Almoskulus normacuta

Status: VU
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: 11.4
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)


#664

hunt while going to cooler areas


(The Third Duke of Silly) #665

Action: Hunt more
thank


(Uncertain Agent) #666

Wasn’t expecting a volcano there.
Action: Go out to eat some food carefully.