Path of the Wild (Forum Game)


(Immortal Dragon) #667

Thanks for the new round Stealth. :grin:

Action: Continue eating.


(Sound) #668

Action: find a place to hide and ambush something that is safe to attack


#669

Okey, time to evolve (and hope i don’t screw up like that time

Mutation 1: Intestine (to get more nutrients out of food since there will be scarcity with all this death)
Mutation 2: Serrated upper teeth (to better grab and hurt prey)
Mutation 3: A luminous bait like appendage that falls from below the jaw (think Stomiidae family)
Mutation 4: Oily liver (for buoyancy)

Thanks as always for the round Stealth


(Ṁ̴͙͔͒u̴͐͛̓͠ͅś̴̛̮̰̖̑͆͠i̵͚̤̥̝̬̎͋̊c̸̨̛̦̱̯̽̋͛̍ M̴a̸͙̬̐͌̈̄͌ń̸̯̉̃̌̕ ) #670

Action: Filter feed in a more secluded spot


(Stealth) #671

Round 91 - 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

~22.75 million years into the Atroxian~
Cinisian Stage
Season: Northern Autumn, Southern Spring
Time of Day: Morning (W), Dusk (E)
Event: No 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.

The acidity of the atmosphere caused by volcanic outgassing is such that when it rains, it is quite common that it becomes acid rain. One such occasion occurred over the Western Shelf Sea, as heavy clouds gathered and released their vapour tainted by the acidic atmosphere. The acidic rain fell into the sea, which made the water a little bit more acidic, killing quite a few.

Not causing many ripples, a new animal has evolved in the ocean, Lampsichelus. It has not changed things much except replacing its predecessor.


@RoboTrannic
Thanostoma stalloni (CR-)
WEST TARTARUS (Shallow Sea, Temperate)
The very warm water drives you out, and you swim off in search of cooler water, taken by a current. It takes quite a journey over the shallow sea, but eventually you find a slightly cooler area of an optimum temperature, at the western edge of Tartarus. On your journey you come across yet another tempting Pictolexipotus, easily visible in the morning light, and have an easy meal. The current has deposited you close to the coast. Nearby, in the opposite direction to the beach, you noticed a group of young Almoskulus [Louix]. You have outgrown your planktonic phase and are now free swimming. (6)
Status
Health: Healthy
Condition: 60.4/50.3 (120%)
Maturity: 25% (Hatchling)
Current Size: 7.8cm

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
Unfortunately, one of the side-effects of the recent continental shift, is that the climate surrounding the Oliver River has become tropical and consistently hotter than before. You are not evolved to be adapted to such conditions, and sadly you are killed off, along with the rest of the animals in the area. (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
Condition: 0%
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)
As it moves on into late autumn, the sun’s effect starts to lessen and the bloom of phytoplankton dies down. The filter-feeders are left to compete over the remaining food. Unfortunately, you are one of the ones who loses out and this time, you don’t get to feed. (3)
Status
Health: Healthy
Condition: 23.1/21 (110%)
Maturity: 75% (Subadult)
Current Size: 5.3cm

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)
You are still being carried along by the current, so there is not much you can do in terms of ambushing. However, you do see a hatchling Hemithateus spicati and try to attack it. It notices your approach and swings its triple-spiked tail at you. You use your flippers to doge the attack and then bite down on the base of the tail. You make a deep gash, and continue to savage the herbivore while it tries to get away. In the struggle, it’s tail comes off and the fatally wounded Hemithatues swims away as far as it can, disappearing somewhere in the gloom. You feed on the floating tail. You have now outgrown the planktonic lifestyle, and now wait above the seafloor; amongst the rocks, sand and seaweed, you spot only a much too large Hemithateus spicati. (3 + 1)
Status:
Health: Healthy
Condition: 21.5/19.5 (110%)
Maturity: 15% (Hatchling)
Current Size: 2.9cm

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
Lampsichelus paladarus (LC) - Male
DEEP NORTHWEST UTEENESSA OCEAN (Deep Ocean, Non-polar)
You hatch out in the middle of the pitch black ocean, with nothing around you but your dozen or so siblings. You do not seem to be near any surfaces, not even a floor. The only thing you can see is the occasional light from your siblings, but these get further and further away. Your other senses reveal nothing either. (4)
Status
Health: Healthy
Condition: 3.9/3.9 (100%)
Maturity: 5% (Hatchling)
Current Size: 0.6cm

Lampsichelus paladurus

Status: LC
Timespan: R.91 - Present
Habitat: Mid Ocean, Deep Ocean
Distribution: Non-polar Ocean, Below the thermocline
Niche: Carnivorous Filter-Feeder
Nutritional Value: 73
Size: 11.5cm (length)
Predecessor: Asteridermus mutatiogenus
Classification: Achmachelusidae, Tyrannidea, Caudaria
Latest Mutations: Intestine = 1, Serrated Teeth = 2, Hanging Lure = 5, Oily Liver = 4
Info: In the darkness of the abyss, Lampsichelus is the most well-lit of all animals, able to put on quite a light show; as well as the numerous bioluminescent spots on its body that act as one, there is a bulb on the end of a barbel protruding from the jaw that also produces light - this is controlled independently of the others, and can be flicked up and down to be more enticing. However, rather than use it to catch prey, the lights for this species are more useful in terms of finding another individual for mating. This is because there is stiff competition for prey, such as Thanostoma altium, and so it is largely restricted to filtering flesh from marine snow. The most significant obstacle to being a predator is that it has lost the teeth in the upper jaw, probably as a result of continual filter-feeding. (The species name means Gummy Joe.) Unlike its predecessors, it can control its own buoyancy now with an oil-filled liver, although it has a shrunken digestive system, making digestion less efficient.
Description: All over the black body tapering to a short, spiked tail are light blue bioluminescent spots, as well as a line of electroreceptors and three gills on each side. The two spikes are venomous. At the front, above the cartilage jawed mouth are olfactory receptors and facing forwards are a pair of cup eyes. The jaw contains very simple, shapeless teeth but only on the lower jaw. A cartilage barbel protrudes out and down from the lower jaw, and has a light blue bioluminescent bulb and a hinging muscle at its base. A pair of oval fins, supported by rays of cartilage are attached vertically just behind the gills and there is a fatty hump on the back. Inside, the organs are bathed in hemacoel by an open circulatory system. All the muscles contin a vacuoles. It’s digestive system is proportionately very small and narrow, which consists of the stomach and gut. There is also a liver, which is filled with oils. The body has cartilage vertebrae running down the back and is controlled by two nerve cords and a rung of nerves. The tiny brain in the head controls this.

Previous Mutations

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


(Stealth) #672

R.91 - P.2

@Biologicah
Peregapodus zaxzirkrnk (VU)
A SOUTHWESTERN UTEENESSA ISLAND SHELF (Shallow Sea, Temperate)
As daylight comes it becomes even easier to feed. As the current drags you around the shelf, you can see potential food above you by the surface. Some Pictolexipotus are filtering, and they have no chance against you. You approach the nearest one and, though it tries by beating its cilia, it cannot out-swim you. It is defenceless as you plunge your venomous canines into it, and consume it whilst it dies. You are no longer planktonic. You are still above the shelf, in amongst the filtering Pictolexipotus. You can see a few other Peregapodus feeding on the shelf below, amongst them are many Almoskulus and a couple Euskulus. Further away from the shelf, over open water, you can make out at least one Charitomenchelus. (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
Condition: 68.4/57 (120%)
Maturity: 25% (hatchling)
Current Size: 7.8cm

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 Traits
  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)
As you trawl the open ocean, in the empty pitch black, you do not happen to come across any more food at the moment. However, it seems that in the fight with the Thanostoma, one of your tentacles sustained a deep scratch, that is leaking hemolymph into the water. Furthermore, it seems to be infected. You are now very weak and malnourished. (2)
Status
Health: Bleeding wound on tentacle, infected
Condition: 0.1/2.8 (5%)
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)
DEEP NORTHWEST UTEENESSA OCEAN (Deep Ocean, Non-polar)
It’s not long before the chemicals emitted by the rotting corpse do attract another predator. You can just about sense the chemicals that come from another adult Codowecoi abyssusverandix, and it is also ready to reproduce. You successfully mate with the weary traveller. (3 + 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
Condition: 28.8/28.8 (100%)
Maturity: 100% - 2/8 (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.

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
UNNAMED RIVER, NORTHERN OLYMPIA (River, Temperate)
You hatch out on the floor of quite a deep river, quite a way from the surface and accompanied by your siblings. Your first experience in life is to see a young - but still larger than you - Thanostoma victurus, looking interested in you hatchlings. It closes in. You are small enough to be planktonic if you left the floor. (2)
Status
Health: Healthy
Condition: 2.2/4.3 (50%)
Maturity: 5% (Hatchling)
Current Size: 0.6cm

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

@louix
Almoskulus normacuta (VU)
WEST TARTARUS (Shallow Sea, Temperate)
You hatch out of your capsule alongside a dozen siblings. You are situated on a sunny, shallow patch of open sand, interspersed with seaweed, and the surface above is in bloom. This means there is plenty of food falling to you on the seafloor, so you simply stay where you are and filter. You grow quickly into a juvenile and are no longer affect by the viscosity of water. A young Thanostoma stalloni [Robotranic] floats overhead and heads off towards the shallower water. Other than that, you and your siblings are alone. (5)
Status
_Health: Healthy
Condition: 6.1/4.5 (135%)
Maturity: 40% (Juvenile)
Current Size: 0.9cm

"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)


(Radical Revolutionary) #673

Action:find food for god sake,20 characters?Really


(Immortal Dragon) #674

Thanks for the round Stealth. :grin:

Action: Search for food elsewhere in the estuary.


(The Third Duke of Silly) #675

Action: Feed on the filtering creatures, yessss
Alright, time for number generator
-1 to @Louix, sorry lad


(Sound) #676

Action: try to track the injured Spicati


#677

Eat him
I WANT TO SEE THE WATER DRIP WITH BLOOD


(𝒦𝒾𝓃𝑔 𝑜𝒻 𝒯𝒽𝒾𝓃𝑔𝓈) #678

Concerning user activity here, it looks like certain users only really post here, such as @BlackInk, @RoboTrannic, and possibly a few others.

Also, this is my first post here, woo…


#679

Is that bad Bowldag? I mean, I know enough biology to help as a theorist, but I remember that’s what you don’t lack. I keep checking the updates you guys bring but didn’t see reason to comment on them :confused:

Action: try to feel for a nearby water current and start to follow it to get some food


(𝒦𝒾𝓃𝑔 𝑜𝒻 𝒯𝒽𝒾𝓃𝑔𝓈) #680

It’s not a bad thing at all, besides, your right about the updates not really being all that noteworthy.


(ፕቿክፕልርረቿ ረዐዪዕ) #681

Thanks for the round stealth
Mutations
1: Genders
2: Mandibles
3: make Bitter Chemicals smell like a corpse to attract prey


(Ṁ̴͙͔͒u̴͐͛̓͠ͅś̴̛̮̰̖̑͆͠i̵͚̤̥̝̬̎͋̊c̸̨̛̦̱̯̽̋͛̍ M̴a̸͙̬̐͌̈̄͌ń̸̯̉̃̌̕ ) #682

Action: look for food and try to survive


(Stealth) #683

POTW

Round 92 - 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

~23 million years into the Atroxian~
Cinisian Stage
Season: Northern Winter, Southern Summer
Time of Day: Afternoon (W), Midnight (E)
Event: No 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 18c, although cooled by the aerosols in the air. This makes the sea levels high. 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. There are 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 in-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.

After about a million years, the tectonic activity has been reduced and continents are no longer moving at the fast pace they were previously. Furthermore, the volcanoes have stopped their consistent erupting, although the million years worth of activity has created a basalt trap. The acidity of the atmosphere has died down, but the sulphur dioxide has also combined with elements to create aerosols - these aerosols increase Ezta’s albedo and reflect more sunlight away, cooling the global temperature by a good 3c. The effect of this is that polar climates have moved a step closer to the equator, and oceanic currents have changed. Furthermore, the sea level has dropped.


@RoboTrannic
Thanostoma stalloni (VU)
WEST TARTARUS (Shallow Sea, Temperate)
In the warm shallow sea under lots of light, you turn away from the beach and head back a little towards where you saw the Almoskulus. Arriving back here, you look down upon your potential food, which are tiny in comparison to you. You quickly nip down to the floor, and the filter-feeders scatter. The one you target [Louix] has no chance of escape and you practically swallow it in your jaws. It is little more than a morsel to you and, in fact, you lose more energy hunting it than you gain by eating it. Your growth is only slight. You are now in a slight dip in the sea floor, though still only a few meters below the surface. Above a wall of rock where you came from is even shallower ground, that gradually becomes a beach, whilst in the opposite direction the floor opens up, and you can see it slowly sloping downwards until it reaches the edge of your vision. (5)
Status
Health: Healthy
Condition: 83/74.2 (112%)
Maturity: 37% (Hatchling)
Current Size: 11.5cm

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 (EX) - Male
LAKE BY OLIVER RIVER, TEMPERATE RIVER
(The bad news is your species has gone extinct. The good news is that the suffering is over. Please choose a new species.)
Status
Health: N/A
Condition: N/A
Maturity: N/A
Current Size: N/A

Archaiapasaria westenrai

Status: EX
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 (LC)
OLIVER RIVER DELTA (Estuary, Temperate)
In the cool estuary, with plenty of light, you go in search of more food. You try and find some part of the murky estuary that is not filled out with Icthyotelus, but every channel you explore down ends up being busy. The less plentiful amount of food is being used up by other members of the species. (3)
Status
Health: Healthy
Condition: 14.7/21 (70%)
Maturity: 75% (Subadult)
Current Size: 5.3cm

Icthyotelus sinspica

Status: LC
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 (LC)
WESTERN SHELF SEA (Shallow Sea, Temperate)
In the cool shallow sea with plenty of sunlight, you keep well above the larger adult Hemithateus. With your eyes, the trail of blue-green hemolymph leaking like blood from the wounded Hemithateus spicati is near impossible to see, and you have no other ways of tracking it without it being close. So, you patrol above the flat, almost desert like sandy plains looking for a sign. As luck would have it, you find the tailless body of the herbivore crumpled in the sand. It seems dead. You approach and take a bite out. It doesn’t move, revealing that it is actually dead. Then you feed on the rest of the corpse in peace. The food helps you grow into a juvenile. (5)
Status:
Health: Healthy
Condition: 102.1/72.9 (140%)
Maturity: 55% (Juvenile)
Current Size: 10.5cm

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
Lampsichelus paladarus (LC) - Male
DEEP NORTHWEST UTEENESSA OCEAN (Mid Ocean, Non-polar)
Wandering aimlessly in the cold, black abyss, you become completely alone, with no other lights in sight. Then you realise that a current has gotten ahold of you and is transporting you slowly upwards. Here, there is more marine snow to filter and you feed well. Once or twice you brush against something, which means this current must be going along some kind of surface. (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
Condition: 47.6/33.7 (141%)
Maturity: 46% (Hatchling)
Current Size: 5.3cm

Lampsichelus paladurus

Status: LC
Timespan: R.91 - Present
Habitat: Mid Ocean, Deep Ocean
Distribution: Non-polar Ocean, Below the thermocline
Niche: Carnivorous Filter-Feeder
Nutritional Value: 73
Size: 11.5cm (length)
Predecessor: Asteridermus mutatiogenus
Classification: Achmachelusidae, Tyrannidea, Caudaria
Latest Mutations: Intestine = 1, Serrated Teeth = 2, Hanging Lure = 5, Oily Liver = 4
Info: In the darkness of the abyss, Lampsichelus is the most well-lit of all animals, able to put on quite a light show; as well as the numerous bioluminescent spots on its body that act as one, there is a bulb on the end of a barbel protruding from the jaw that also produces light - this is controlled independently of the others, and can be flicked up and down to be more enticing. However, rather than use it to catch prey, the lights for this species are more useful in terms of finding another individual for mating. This is because there is stiff competition for prey, such as Thanostoma altium, and so it is largely restricted to filtering flesh from marine snow. The most significant obstacle to being a predator is that it has lost the teeth in the upper jaw, probably as a result of continual filter-feeding. (The species name means Gummy Joe.) Unlike its predecessors, it can control its own buoyancy now with an oil-filled liver, although it has a shrunken digestive system, making digestion less efficient.
Description: All over the black body tapering to a short, spiked tail are light blue bioluminescent spots, as well as a line of electroreceptors and three gills on each side. The two spikes are venomous. At the front, above the cartilage jawed mouth are olfactory receptors and facing forwards are a pair of cup eyes. The jaw contains very simple, shapeless teeth but only on the lower jaw. A cartilage barbel protrudes out and down from the lower jaw, and has a light blue bioluminescent bulb and a hinging muscle at its base. A pair of oval fins, supported by rays of cartilage are attached vertically just behind the gills and there is a fatty hump on the back. Inside, the organs are bathed in hemacoel by an open circulatory system. All the muscles contin a vacuoles. It’s digestive system is proportionately very small and narrow, which consists of the stomach and gut. There is also a liver, which is filled with oils. The body has cartilage vertebrae running down the back and is controlled by two nerve cords and a rung of nerves. The tiny brain in the head controls this.

Previous Mutations

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


(Stealth) #684

R.91 - P.2

@Biologicah
Peregapodus zaxzirkrnk (NT)
A SOUTHWESTERN UTEENESSA ISLAND SHELF (Shallow Sea, Temperate)
In the warm shallow sea with plenty of sunlight, you find yourself close to the surface, with a bit of a gap between you and the fleeing Pictolexipotus. They become your targets, but it is a bit of a battle just catching up to them. But their escape is cut off by the appearance of an Arthroskulus, paddling with its fan-shaped tail and boring forwards with its razor sharp beak. It drives them back towards you slightly which gives you a chance to catch up and once you do, they are defenceless. The group of Pictolexipotus are decimated as you pick off one after the other with your teeth until you have killed six. The Arthroskulus also killed the filter-feeders and you end up with just the pair of you surrounding a blood bath of hemolymph. However, the gain you made in energy was not much, as it took a lot of energy to pursue and attack each animal for little nutritional reward. But it does help you to grow into a juvenile. (5)
Status
Health: Healthy
Condition: 161.3/124.1 (130%)
Maturity: 55% (hatchling)
Current Size: 17cm

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 Traits
  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 (NT)
MID SOUTHWESTERN UTEENESSA OCEAN (Mid Ocean, Non-polar)
By staying almost completely still, you manage to survive a little longer but you can’t expect to find food without moving. But the raging infection and blood loss, neither of which you have anyway of combatting, take their toll and the last of your life is sapped away. (4 = 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
Condition: 0%
Maturity: 5% (Hatchling)
Current Size: 0.4cm

Thalakelphus asperacuta

Status: NT
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
Aploskulus aploskulus (EN) - Male
UTEENESSA OCEAN NORTH POLE (Mid Ocean, Polar)
You hatch out of your capsule into cold water, and you instantly feel a gradually inclining slope of muddy ooze. You can see nothing but your chemoreception detects the presence of about a dozen siblings as well as some fleshy marine snow that has deposited on the floor. You make the short journey to the food quicker than any of your siblings, scoop it up with your mouth and have your first feeding. (5)
Status
Health: Healthy
Condition: 4.7/4.3 (110%)
Maturity: 15% (Hatchling)
Current Size: 0.9cm

Aploskulus aploskulus

Status: EN
Timespan: R.92 - Present
Habitat_: Deep Ocean, Continental Slope (Mid Ocean)
Distribution: Below Temperate and Tropical Uteenessa Ocean, Below 500m
Niche: Carnivorous Filter-Feeder
Nutritional Value: 28.8
Size: 6cm
Predecessor: Codowecoi abyssusverandix
Classification: Aploskulusidae, Codowecoidea, Aquamusculidia
Latest Mutations: Genders = 1, Mandibles = 2, Corpse Chemical = 3
Info: The population of this species is very small because the gender determination method that decides whether an embryo will be a male or female produces very few males, leading to a lack in breeding. This method is done by temperature; the cold temperatures found at the bottom of the ocean produce females, whilst males are only produced in the freezing temperatures of the poles. They must move far just to be lucky enough to find a member of the alternate gender. It is also no longer a predator because it has lost its beak, its sole killing tool. It now simply filters for flesh from marine snow that has fallen to the ocean floor.
Description: It has a blue, cylindrical body supported by a hydrostatic skeleton composed of strong, longitudinal muscles. At the front, there is a proboscis with chemoreceptors and three upwards-facing cup eyes. A muscular siphon at the rear propels out water. Inside their body, they have a simple gut leading to an anus, a stomach containing digestive carnivorous bacteria, a nerve network and small bunch of ganglia, and an open circulatory system filled with blue-green hemacoel. Anti-freeze proteins flow through the hemacoel.

Previous Mutations

Bitter Chemicals, Chemoreceptors, Proboscis, Hydrostatic Muscle Fins (2 vertical near centre of body) (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 (EX) - Male
UNNAMED RIVER, NORTHERN OLYMPIA (River, Temperate)
In the cool river with plenty of sunlight, you ignore the predator coming towards you and instead swim upwards towards the surface to find some food. But the Thanostoma victurus sees this movement and heads straight for you. When it gets close it swings its tail at you, which strikes home and impales you. You quickly die. (1 = Sadly, the end of your life has resulted in your death. The bad news is your species has gone extinct. The good news is that the suffering is over. Please choose a new species.)
Status
Health: Dead
Condition: 0%
Maturity: 5% (Hatchling)
Current Size: 0.6cm

Archaiapasaria westenrai

Status: EX
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 (LC)
WEST TARTARUS (Shallow Sea, Temperate)
You are minding your own business in the warm shallow sea, when something large partially blocks out the sun. You and your siblings scatter but the predator [Robo] heads straight for you and before you can move much, you have been snapped up in the Thanostoma stalloni’s jaws. (4 = 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
Condition: 0%
Maturity: 40% (Juvenile)
Current Size: 0.9cm

"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) #685

Archaiapasaria circulus please.


(Sound) #686

Action: Go and gulp up air into my Swim Bladder