As promised, I return with the South Continent evo game! This time, we'll be evolving creatures in the South continent of this yet-unnamed planet, which has a wide variety of ecosystems. Prominent among these ecosystems, however, is a prairie/plains kind of ecosystem.The rules are simple:1) evolve a creature by modifying their picture and giving a plausible reason.2) only a single modification/upgrade may be made per 'update'.3) you can choose different species to upgrade.4) I'll be plopping some events which you can adapt your creatures to, and decide if any updates are invalid.And we start with the Thudder, which descended from the Glund, and its evolutionary brother will evolve into the Ramel. But who knows, what will this territorial herbivore evolve to in this continent?
The second creature is the Puruu, which evolved from the Fus. In the South, they were spared from the extinction of their kin in other continents. They live in marshes near the coast, and eat algae and small plants.
Next we have the Lub, another Fus-derived creature that had uniquely evolved in the South. They formed symbiosis with an algae that grows on their skin, and they live in aquatic environments such as lakes, rivers, marshes, and the shallow waters near South.
Another holdover from eras bygone, the Schwar evolved from the Worem. Little has changed from the past, their only notable change is that they grew an air-breathing lung. These scavengers and very small creature hunters are amphibious, and thus can be found where water is abundant.
Next we have the Hamun, a Sluck descendant unique to the continent. This lithovore (it eats dirt and rock) has two armored parts which it can retract into. When it's not threatened, it will slowly munch into rocks and extend its algae-crusted tendrils in the sun. It lives in the sun-baked plains.
We also have the Gesh, a predator with a jaw that can break Hamun shells. It shares ancestry with the Geists that live in the caves below the South Continent, and is a far relative of the Cidex. It lives in the plains and marshes.
Next we have the Yazda, an Adoni descendant. It flits in the plains, jungles and marshes of the South, and the only place it haven't reached is the mountains. They suck nectar and blood equally.
>>19684425he looks like he's resting his chin on his folded arms while smoking two joints
Next we have the Lacorra, which is actually a Sluck descendant. This sedentary creature makes hollow pipes made out of metal and dirt it absorbed through the ground, and it also attained symbiosis with a plant, which grows in the pipes and supplies the creature with sugar. To complete its diet, though, it extends tentacles to grab flyers and plant spores. These tentacles also act as lungs.
HELL YEAH! This is gonna be good!
What plantlife does this continent have?
On to the plants! Here we have the Siwari, which takes the niche Hrass took on the other continents. It can reproduce by dropping its tough leaf where it will take root, and by making a small flower for flyers to pollinate.
Oh noes! why do i have to be at work right now of all times! damn you stupid sexy IG!
And there's also the Hexis, a tree that has taken over Frillas' niche in this continent. It grows in a helical fashion, and spreads its spores far and wide. They make up the forest.That's all the evolvable creatures in the surface of the continent, now go evolve them!
>>19684608Bluh, forgot pic.>>19684599Relax, it's saturday soon in your side of the planet!
a subspecies of thudder has lost all of its armor and developed a flat face. Its skeleton is still quite sturdy, and it will charge things with its hammer like head. Hammer Thudder is born.
>>19684460A strain of Schwar take to swarming over fallen Siwari leaves for food.Their old mouths couldn't cope with the tough leaves so they develop a rough, serrated edge over their mouths which they use to grate off managable strips of leaf.
>>19684690Having minimal vision, living around the Siwari and watching for a dropped leaf proves insufficient for detecting a food source.A second pair of antennae grow alongside their first; they use both pairs to feel the ground and sense the unmistakable vibration of a fallen leaf.
>>19684718These secondary antennae start to drift up and forward on the face, eventually becoming backward-facing and ending above the Schwar.While their primary antennae still sense for vibration, the secondary pair taste/smell the air around them for a sudden bloom of chlorophyll that follows a breaking leaf.
>>19684631hammer thudder gets burly. hence fourth known as Burly. Thick, heavy skeleton. Lots of muscle, no fat.Some Hexis become more squat. Creatures will bore into them to make homes, but it doesnt seem to bother the Squat Hexis.Yazda grows a second pair of wings for ease of hovering. it thinks its better then everyone else.some Gesh store excess fat on their foreheads,
>>19684528Lacorras that live close to each other begin to interconnect their "roots", and thus transmit food and genetic material with each other.Over the generations, they start to form colony like growths, as the combined efforts of multiple lacorras feed them all better than they could do alone.
Oh yeah, BTW, the Gesh uses echolocation, like the Geist. That dot on their head is actually their nostril.
>>19684443A Lub splinter species emerges. The great lub is much larger than it's ancestors. It uses lighter than air gases to float near the surface, while it's thin tentacles catch plankton for it to feed.
>>19684407A new species emerges from the thudders that didn't loose their shells.The Chompers don't charge their prey, instead, they bite it with their stronger jaws.Their face blades have atrophied, and only males retain some aspects of them, as they use them for fighting against each other for females.The chompers are faster than their ancestors, due to their lighter weight shells.
Dammit, just my luck, I've got to go to sleep. Oh well, I'll be back later, I suppose.
>>19684425The Puruu evolves a neck like structure, that allows it to munch on algae and plants that grow higher. It also can now suck in water with it's improved mouth, so and filter edible substances from it.
>>19685036I guess that I should have specified that the chompers are predatory creatures, unlike their ancestors.
>>19684482The Hamun develops glands that excrete acidic slime that helps it dig trough the soil better.The slime also makes eating the Hamun harder.
>>19684496Some of the gesh develop longer, more conical teeth, perfect for holding on to prey
>>19686102Major internal change coming for the Puruu.Puruu have always been a siphonophore like creature, actually being a colony of even smaller organisms. Some of the larger creatures develop a chitinous outer shell, and become the internal support of the Puruu by locking parts of their shells together.
>>19684616In some hexis trees, the tree's trunk splits into two parts that grow in a double helix pattern. This increases the amount of light the tree can gather.
>>19684761Yazda's eyesight improves.They also develop sharp hooks to their front limbs that allow them to cling to both trees and other creatures as they suck their fluids.
>>19685036Chompers develop longer, straighter legs for faster, more balanced running.
>>19687452Hell yeah! Branches are so Earth! We gonna multi-trunk this!
>>19687468Sometimes, while eating the Yazda are spotted and promptly swatted by their hosts. How rude!Luckily, a new generation of the Yazda possess an eyestalk that is separate from the skull, so that they can look out for danger, and, if necessary, GTFO!> If this rustles too many Jimmies feel free to retcon it as a branching subspecies.
An Hamun splits from the original. The two shells have fused into one, making it more difficult to pry into. It has also developed a taste for compost.Herbivore now.
>>19687177A small selection of Gresh begin eating the Lacorra, sucking them out of their shells like crawfish. These "Needlenose Gresh" possess long tubular mouths and wicked hooked teeth, ensuring that once pulled out of the nest, their slippery prey doesn't get away.
>>19684746> branch-off/split of the SchwarSome Schwar begin climbing tree, to get at the leaves more directly. Over time these "Tree Schwars" develop two pairs of gripping legs that help secure them to the trunks of trees while they happily munch.
An offshoot of the Gesh develop on the plains of the South Continent, developing molars (at the cost of their orthodontic dignity) to properly crush the tough leaves of the Helis tree, the softer grasses of the plain don't stand a chance.Their stomachs, guts and appendixes expand in to handle this new diet as this strain of the Gesh seem to favor a primarily herbivorous diet, their incisors and canines gradually disappearing until only a few remain.(Perhaps we could call this the Gherb?)
Instead of pulling into the shell from the front, the herbivorous Hamun now retreats into the bottom side of it. It appearance while pulled in resembles a smooth stone.They tend to live around freshwater lakes and ponds.
The Burly gets quite burly. It now will can sort of punch with its front legs, kick like a mule, or ram you with its head. Burly doesnt take shit. is an herbivore.Hump Gesh has a big fat forehead. Is an omnivore, but falls into the roll of prey due to its delicious head bump.
>>19684595the Siwari gets a little thicker, with a waxy exterior.
>>19693629Siwari grow large enough to compete with the Hexis, and now produce giant curly fruit, which is actually the second stage of their life cycle once they reach proper size.
>>19693598The Burleys slim down a bit, learning to momentarily stand on their hind legs like a bear can. This enables them to punch things taller then them right in the face, or even reach higher things to eat.The Hump Gesh has slowed down alot, to the point where mold and moss grows on it. Gesh does not care. indeed, the moss and mold seem to have psychoactive qualities to them. This ensures two things. The gesh is in a constant state of hallucination, and that any predator who attacks a Gesh herd will be tripping balls. Some creatures will "Groom" the gesh by licking them. This seems to have a strange effect on the creature depending on the species. Psychedelic Gesh man....
>>19686983The slime Hamun develops longer tentacles which contain much more algae than they used to.Their acid slime allows them to dig trough the soil without much effort, and then absorb nutrients from it. Over time, the Hamun becomes more and more passive, as it only sits down, drinks up nutrients from the slurry it's acid creates, and allows the algae to feed on them and thus provide sugar for both creatures.
>>19684595An offshoot of Siwari has developed, which has eschewed its single flower in favor of a collection of smaller blooms that then develop into tufty air-catchers, similar to dandelions. These tufts allow winds to carry new plants much farther before they take root.This offshoot has also developed a more robust root system, featuring reverse-facing barbs in an effort to make the plant more difficult to uproot.
its a little dated, and we are trying to figure out the environments and regions. I took first crack at it, its up to you guys to add and refine. Take the map, do your modifications, then post it. The next guy who has some ideas, again. and again.
Some species of Hexis in the drier plains begin to form re-filling pools of water laced with naturally produced glucose at their base. Lining the edge of the water with their pollen, the Hexis use these watering holes as a constant source of pollinators; everything from insects to animals who come far and wide to get a drink.The requirements to sustain this are taxing, however, and because of this the tree's roots have to grow further into the ground, tapping into the vast aquifers of the plains.
Prairie Fire, Original Prairie Fire: 1 part whiskey: 4 drops of hot sauce: This is set alight in a shot glass, briefly (so put it out), before shooting.-----------------------------------------------------------the rain has not been coming as regularly as it needs to, and the abundant plant life of the flat lands has grown dry. It is a time of change, of destruction and renewal.roll dice 4d3 (Type Dice 4d3 in the E-mail field of the post, the rolls go in sequence of the options here. for more then one creature's roll to save space, just double up on the dice, or triple, or more.)Environmental challanges- drought and fire1 run faster- get the hell away from disaster quick!2 burrow- dig down, advoid that fire till it passes, hibernate till the rainy season.3 migrating/ nomadic- always on the move, less chance of disasterSocial part 11 Herd-bigger then 9 members2 pack/ pride -smaller then 10 members3 solitary/ duo- self explanitorysocial part 21 mates for life- life long2 seasonal mates-a one time fling3 alpha- boss gets all the bitches, or dudes. whatever. women can be in charge, its 2012.Awake1 day time2 nocturnal3 erratic ( awake for an hour, sleep for 10 minutes, thru out day, doesn't sleep at all, whatever.)adaptations- evolve to meet the challange, make adaptations to deal with specifically what you pick. state what it is.1-pick you food source/ prey2-pick your predator/ rival3-pick a creature/ plant that you are in a parasitic/ symbiotic/ mutual interaction. (real life tick bird and water buffalo, whatever. be imaginative.)
Plantssurive the harsh conditionsroll a 3d61-fire resistant "seeds"2-thick bark3-waxy leaves1-grow much, much, larger2-grow much more numerous3-stay the same1-spores2-self replication via roots or splinters3-seeds
Rolling for Chompers>>19688674
>>19696712People need to type "dice+4d3", not "Dice 4d3".
rolled 1, 3, 1, 1 = 6Lets try this one more timeGO MY CHOMPING CHILDREN!
rolled 1, 3, 3, 2 = 9Gonna roll for some of dat dere Schwar
RIGHT, Solo creatures. Alpha male has the best coloured feelers, he gets the pussy. Bigger legs are faster legs. WHO WANTS TO BE MY RIVAL?
rolled 1, 1, 2, 2 = 6>>19697001Alright, Chompas get the hell out of there, 'cause they know that somethings going down! Also, alphas get all the ladies, and they excrete a pheromone that makes weaker males naturally submissive. Also, they eat Schwars now, cause they love dat crunch shell!.
rolled 1, 2, 2, 1 = 6>>19697125forgot the pic, wut with its smell lines
>>19697151oops! accidental role!
>>19697125A CHALLENGER APPEARS! Kind sir, this means war.
The liquid used in the Schwar's mating colouring has become a powerful neurotoxin, paralysing any predators that try and eat it, A high concentration is stored in sacs on the tail.
>>19697470Forgot mah pic
To protect it from the schwars powerful neurotoxins, the Chompers begin to ambush the schwars, so that they don't have time to use their poison. To do this, the Chompers have gained a color better suited for stalking prey on the praire
The Schwarr's sensitive feelers soon became desensitised in the heat and have grown stronger, resembling mandibles, they are used to burrow a short distance under the surface of the ground. This helps them evade the Chompers. While submerged, a pair of probusci scan the area for the scent of Chomper pheremone.
rolled 3, 2, 2 = 7>>19696712Rolling for the Water Hexis, hereupon known as the Oasis Tree considering it's properties.
>>19697701Chompas develop large, spade like claws, for digging out the schwars.
The digging mandibles have grown sharp to become more effective, and also are coated with a small amount of neurotoxin when the Schwar feels threatened. The Probusci tentacles are longer and better at sensing the pheremones of approaching Chompers, completely robbing them of their element of surprise.
>>19698276Male chompas now exude a less pungent aroma of their intimidation musk, though the musk is certainly present, just not in as great quantities. This means that Schwars can detect Chompa males at shorter ranges. To compensate for this lack of intimidation, male chompas now possess horns, with larger, stronger horns becoming a sign of health and disease resistance.Note: Female Chompas Posses neither the musk, nor the horns
>>19698603That horn didn't quite turn out how I wanted, so here's a better horn
The probusci tendrils have split, now they lay themselves out like roots just under the surface of the ground. They are sensitive to changes in pressure, and using this the Schwar can anticipate when an ambush is imminent. Instead of a defensive mechanism, the Schwar attacks the Chompa in blind rage. Its mandibles have grown stronger, and can crush all but the toughest of exoskeleton. The Schwar also have neurotoxin stingers on their probusci. Using these tactics the ambushing Chompa becomes the ambushed.
>>19698860The chompas are now finding it difficult to feed on the schwars, so many have turned to becoming herbivores, feed on the grasses of the prairies. Now only males hunt schwars, retaining more of their carnivirous ancestry than the females. To accomodate this new lifestyle, the jaw structure of the Chompas changes, and is now more suited for clipping the grasses of the prairies Males now present schwars to females in order to overthrow the reigning male by showing their skill and strength. If a female accepts the offer, she will push the offered schwar back to the male who presented it. If the female does not accept, she will smash it with her feet. Tl:drYou have out done me Modern Schwarfare. Victory goes to you, although the males of the Chompas shall forever be the rivals of the Schwars
>>19699358I went and cleaned up the Chompas. Some of their lines were looking a bit scruffy after all my editing.
Back up in the forests, away from the prairie fires, some Hexis trees have begun to grow additional and broader leaves. These allow them to catch more sunlight, thus causing them to grow slightly taller. Also, an occasional third helix grows, but this is quite rare. (not pictured)
>>19689580In response to predation the lacorras develop bioelectric organs that allow them to shock any critter trying to pull them from their shells.
>>1900404A chance mutation in the Needlenose Gresh finds purchase and is disseminated throughout the species, as it protects against the shocks delivered by this newly nasty breed of Lacorra.The extremity of the snout region of this creature's skull is sheathed with a material bearing the qualities of rubber, protecting its inner body from harm. Of course, this does little to protect the epidermal layer, so the nose of the "Rubberface Gresh" is often blackened and scorched from contact with arcs of energy, though the creature feels little-to-no pain.
>>19691917The plains Gherbs develoop shortened snouts, so that their jaw muscles can focus on less of an area, and make the Gherbs better at chewing the grasses of the prairies
>>19702236The Plains Gherb's feet shorten, allowing it to more easily reach the tasty grasses it enjoys. Craning its head downwards so, however, means it cannot keep as good an eye out for predators.Its ears grow, though for now they are but a small hole leading to the ear canal, located right behind the eyes. This way, any sudden movements, and the beast can return to an upright position and skeedaddle out of harm's way.
The droughts have not been good on the Oasis Tree. Forced to choose between removing it's precious water reservoir or shorten, it decided to grow shorter, supplementing it's smaller volume of water with more glucose and minerals, making the liquid invigorating, refreshing, and most importantly highly attractive as a water source in the scorching plains. Curiously enough, the traditional Helix design of the plant's ancestors seem to be disappearing, although it's very much apparent in the root system, the plant's trunks seem to gravitate towards arching over the water gourd, as though enhancing the promise of a cool shade and refreshing drink.The leaves of the Oasis Plant darken with wax as they attempt to shield themselves from the brutal onslaught of the Suns.Other then those developments, the Oasis Plant seems to flourish, spreading out via a massive, intricate system of roots that support each plant with water absorption and mineral extraction from the expansive underground aquifers of the South Continent. Vast stretches of the plains could be covered by a single "individual" Oasis Plant.
I haven't participated, but I really enjoy following this. So-...Bump?
>>19703874please consider playing. the edits are really easy in ms paint. and we would love your additional creativity. people seem to think these games are closed communities just for a few people, they are not.
>>19699968Poor smelly Chompers. What's a guy to do when a gal refuses your humble bug bouquet? I know, I'll show her my sensitive side, try my hand (or... whatever) at art!Now the male Chompa's got a psychedelic sexual display on their horn. It's remains just as useful for fending off some predator trying to kill the mood, but now this cat's got some funky *style* going on.>>19704101I know, I think Fortune: Evolution Game is having a similar problem (I mean, I don't know, but I suspect as much). I try my best to communicate the new players are welcome, but new blood seems to arrive at a trickle.
rolled 1, 2, 1, 3, 1, 2, 2, 1 = 13great hexis trees make up a large portion of the forests on the continent.rolling for two species.-------------------------->>19704213fortune,ill just keep offering updates, keeping em on life support. for now things are slow. I really..really..like how this continent is shaping up, its very colorful, strange, and interesting..\
Aw, would you look at that. This cute little Puruu's found a cozy new home.Some Puruus begin to take over old Hamun shells for protection.
>>19704376Just to clarify something, the yellow patches on the Puruu's cheeks are poison pouches. They poison both things they eat and things that eat them. A secondary purpose is containing an agent that neutralized poisons in food.
>>19704351Appreciated, as I'm working on updates for the next region of that game. I'll be returning the favour by evos here and there, either with my name or as an Anon (in case my/our namefag circlejerking is what's discouraging new players).While Primordial doesn't have this problem, I do try and insert a little colour and flair into these things, as well as offer a sort of balance to nightmare-fuel and grimdark critters. After all, Earth has plenty of cute, vibrant, flashy, and downright *beautiful* plants and animals.>>19704376Hnnnnnng... so damn cute. A shoo-in for "Adorable Cnidarian of the Month" award.
BurlyThe burly chompers have developed a larger feet for running faster. They live in packs of two to three families with life long mates. They nap for about an hour every six. They eat all plants. all the time. fuck you.Hump GeshThe hallucinogenic hump gesh has grown taller, able to run from threats like wild fires. They live in packs of 6-9, and mate once a season, with no real strong familial bonds once the children are able to walk. They are awake at day, asleep at night, and eat siwari plants. They have a miasma of mold, mildew, and fugus that clings to their fur, which causes intense hallucinations in them, and their predators.
>>19702470If you lot aren't careful I'll turn this damn place into some paradise of mild-mannered critters, an island of calm amidst the storm of rape that is the other continents.The Plains Gherb's ears continue to develop, a small cat-like ear structure develops around their aural cavity. The eyes of this bobcat-sized herbivore also enlarge, the better to see you with my dear.No, but seriously, they can better watch out for hungry predators now.
>>19704982I appreciate your invitation, and I'll jump in tomorrow. Also, your art style is a lot like the author from PlasticBrickAutomaton, if you're familiar with the comic. (I mean whenever he gives a shit about what he's drawing, not his stick figures.)
>>19705593If that's a compliment, thank you. I'm afraid I am in no way familiar with the series you mentioned. As long as your accepting invitations, I run an evo game of my own if you care to join. >>19675380This game (known as Primordial) also has another thread running concurrently, a subterranean environment. >>19618306Feel free to visit one or both tomorrow. No experience necessary, first 10 callers get the patented "Absolutely Nothing (tm)" free with purchase!
>>19705582Just to point something out to prevent further confusion, Gesh don't have eyes. That's their nostril. Indonesian Gentleman said this here. >>19684833
>>19706079...seems I dun' googed. Ignore the bit about the enlarged eye then. The feline ear is its only adaptation.
>>19706131It happens.For lurkers and newcomers, stop by the IRC channel and say hi.>http://mibbit.com/?channel=%23EVO&server=irc.thisisnotatrueending.com
Long ago, the front gripper tentacle of the Puruu as atrophied away to nearly nothing. Now, it has redeveloped into a gripping tongue. It is coated in venomous jellyfish-like stingers.
>>19684482The Coral Hamun, living in the plains, deserts, and other arid regions, takes to supplementing its diet with dirt particles, pollen, spores and other microscopic foodstuffs found in the air, akin to a filter feeder catching plankton (as many undersea creatures do).Basically, a sandstorm is like an all-you-can-eat buffet to these shoe-box sized mollusks.
Lets talk vegetation. Hexis is the prime type of tree on this continent. Depending on the species it can be a soft sap filled wood, like if you can imagine balsa with pine sap. Or a hard wood like redwood, mahogany, or ironwood.Great Helix- Massivly large, up to 60 stories tall. hard wood, thick fire resistant bark. somewhat rare.Helix- 12-20 stories tall. softer wood, thick pine like sap. will occasionally explode in wild fires. waxy needle like leaves. very commonForest- where there is abundant rain, and tropical conditions these trees have evolved to take advantage. spread quickly, but die quickly when the environment changes. commonFlatlands water hole- grows along the underground aquifers, spaced miles apart from one another. somewhat rare.oasis water hole- same as above, but more stunted due to a life in the desert. very rare.Basic- the fucker that started this all. is slowly beign edged out of existence by the competitionStumpy- an offshoot of the basic, suffering the same fate.feel free to use this to help in your plant evos
Some stumpy Hexises become shorter, and their tightly twisted helix-trunks spread far apart from each other. It is now more of a shrub that grows in the savanna.
>>19704213Develops bony frill like Ceratospid dinosaurs (though only the size of a pig).
The hump gesh are gone, replaced by the Gesh Dreamers. These creatures spend their entire lives in a symbiosis with their hallucinogenic mold/fungi/mildews that grow in their fur, lungs, and body. The lines between reality and not are non existent to them. Any creature that gets near them will start to experience what the gesh does. Gesh do not exactly defend themselves, but they will turn to face their attacker, and exhale/ sigh deeply, giving them a concentrated blast of hallucinogens. to eat the flesh of the gesh is briefly wade into the wells of madness and eternity. Colors will be felt, tastes will be thought.
A new lub splinter species emerges.The balloon lub evolved from the great lubs. Their ancestor's gasbags increased in volume, until they contained enough gas to lift the whole creature to air.While floating, these lubs were now safe from getting eaten by Puruus or schwars, and thus quickly proliferated. They are encountered in humid areas, as they need loads of water to survive. They are often seen floating slightly above the surfaces of lakes and rivers, only extending their "tail" tentacle to the water in order to "drink".Their smaller tentacles catch pollen and spores of plant life, from which they get their nutrients.They get their energy from the increased amount of algae that lives in their skin.
Algae that grows on Lub have started to turn into protective layer that protects the Lub from the harshness of the world... a bit.
Some Thudders have changed their coloration to be able to hide better from predators. New greener color blends easier to the colors of siwari and hexis that they use as food source.
A splinter species of puruu develops longer and more sturdier legs with toe like structures that allow them to move around and climb on hexis trees better.Their gribing tongue is now used to both grab algae and micro-organisms from water, as well as to snatch the occasional Yazda from the air. These puruu are now omnivores.To aid their new, more complex life style, their brain structure has grown in size.(reposted this with a better picture that includes their "skeleton" showing trough their transparent skin.)
Also, since I offered it to the players in my thread, here's a list of some of my favorite (relevant) artists, I think you'll find their work rather inspiring for our little game here.> http://abiogenisis.deviantart.com/> http://monopteryx.deviantart.com/> http://nemo-ramjet.deviantart.com/> http://m0ai.deviantart.com/> http://povorot.deviantart.com/> http://futurezoology.deviantart.com/> http://mr--jack.deviantart.com/gallery/125573> http://zarnala.deviantart.com/gallery/27547676> http://imaginism.deviantart.com/gallery/9515522> http://gorrem.deviantart.com/gallery/> http://hydromancerx.deviantart.com/gallery/> http://asanbonsam.deviantart.com/gallery/35647109Hopefully these talented folks will inspire your own creativity.Another link is Sagan 4, a group that's done what we've been doing writ large. This "little" project began with a single unicellular organism and evolved from there. Plants, animals, everything, all from one cell. Rather inspiring, one should think.> http://sagan4.deviantart.com/> http://sagan4.com/test/
>>19709403>mfw Sagan 4.I followed that thing religiously! I even considered trying to participate, but I never mustered up the courage.I still even remember the development idea I had for one creature.That game was what I hoped spore would be!
>>19709423Well, it's still going, perhaps you should go for it now, seize the day and all that.
Cruncher is a species that developed from the base chompers, and thus, they are the cousins of chompas. Unlike their cousins, the Crunchers retained their carnivorous diet, and over the generations, they became more and more better suited for it.They started to lose their armor, as it only slowed them down. They got bigger, and faster, their jaws got stronger and they lost the remains of their face blade.The Crunchers hunt everything in the plains, even each other, which is one of the reasons they still retain parts of their armor. It can save them from being killed by a bigger Crunchers.The Crunchers kill their prey by crushing them between their beaked jaws. They are capable of breaking bones with their jaws.They are solitary hunters, which run their prey down. They usually prefer to ambush their targets however.They only tolerate each other during the mating season, when the males and the larger females gather into large groups, and the males wrestle for dominance and try to impress the females. Curiously, they do not kill each other during the mating season. Their wrestles are only to over power the opposer, not to kill him. The mating season marks a ceasefire for the otherwise non stop lethal struggle the crunchers have between each other.
>>19707860The thumpers develop a mottled pattern of colors, making it easier for them to hide from predators
Siwari are really needing a little more diversity. So far, it looks like they've become trees.Branching off from the original, a smaller species of Siwari emerges in the great savanna. It has dropped the small fruit in favor of a structure more resembling a cone. While others have tried just resisting the occasional wildfire, this sort takes advantage of them. This Siwari's seeds are fire resistant. When all other vegetation is gone, all of the seeds have an open field of fertile ash from which to grow. The are among the first plants to reclaim an area after a fire. Smaller and faster growing.
In many of the yazda, the eye stalk has become flexible. While resting on a branch, it keeps a better look out for predators than its predecessor.
The yazda that didn't get a flexible eye stalk took a very different route. Their bodies have flattened out, and the stalk fused to the proboscis. Although not that well yet, they are now somewhat camouflaged as a leaf. They also begin to plunge their mouths under the bark of Hexis trees to drink the sap within.
Does anyone know if original gesh are still around? I see Rubberface Gesh, Gesh Dreamers and Gherbs, but I dunno what happend to the orginal gesh. Did it die out in the fires?
>>19711980Feel free to create a fourth lineage from them if you wish. We'll just pretend it's always been there. "Rubbertime" nongent calls it, I think.
>>19710334The mottled thumpers have decided that they like living in the forests so much, they want to climb trees! So they develop some claws to aid them in that endevour
With the hermit and toed puruus, the base variety is beginning to get crowded out of the shallow ponds and lakeshores. They begin to slip into extinction, with the exception of a few which have gained small flippers on their hind legs, which allows them to swim out into deeper waters to eat. Much of their diet consists of tiny fish and plankton, but they'll eat some shoreline algae from time to time.
>>19691244The Tree Schwar, faced with competition >>19712404, is faced with a crisis, as the little Thumpers are eating their food.If you can't beat 'em... EAT 'EM! The Tree Schwar begins utilizing its claws in a different manner. While great for climbing tree trunks they also do great as weapons.The Tree Schwars are now carnivorous, preying on the Mottled Thumpers via stalking and ambush. Their new dark carapace colouration aids them in staying hidden prior to pouncing, and their new mandibles make quick work of Thumper meat. Om nom nom.
>>19713680Fortune, we've dropped our names for in the threads to attract newcomers. This goes for you too Bronze.Also, I have a good idea for this. The mouth parts grow more powerful to help breaking into the gaps between the plates in the thudder's exoskeleton. Once they break through, they begin to slowly eat the vastly larger creature from the inside out.
A new yazda species emerges.The bark yazda diverged from yazdas who lacked the eye-stalk.They use their harder and sharper proboscis to bore trough the bark of helix trees and drink their sap. Their coloration has changed to match their environment.
>>19713846Right, my bad, still had it on from GMing my game.>>19707817When Lubs lived in the sea, they reproduced by spewing gametes into the water, to be mixed and carried by the current (like Earth sponges). However, in resting upon the surface of the Southern Continent's rivers like lily pads, their seed is no longer easily dispersed, usually "drooling" into the waters around the parent, to mix at the river bed, too heavy to be carried upon the wind. Of course, soon the banks become choked with these dinner-plate sized creatures.Eventually a strategy develops, thread-like protrusions emerging from their gamete pores now produce a sweet perfume, attracting hungry flying creatures (Yazda, perhaps?), who, curious as to the source, investigate, and then inevitably get the pollen-like goo that is Lub gametes. Like bees pollinating flowers, this serves to spread the genes of the Flower Lub far and wide, giving the "parent's" breathing room in their pond.
>>19704213>>19710334The Chompas frills grow, aiding in heat disipation, and, amongst the males, now house the psycadelic displays with which they impress the females
With their advanced brains, the Puruus come to the grim realization that the universe will some day suffer a grim end in heat death. To counter this, they develop the ability to draw the souls out of young girls and refine them into a powerful energy source via the manipulation of their emotional instability. To facilitate their predations, they have adopted a cute and harmless appearance, allowing them to more easily approach their prey.
>>19713846The Tree Schwar's anterior antennae move to the side, so that they don't get in the way of their munching.>>19714223You quoted two different species, which are they evolving from, hmm? Also, y u get rid of pretty horn?>>19714252Oh, you.
The puruus living near the ponds develop a bell like structure between their rear legs, that help them swim better.They use their other two leg pairs to move on the land.
>>19714670Oh puruus, how can you be so adorable?
You know, this kind of thing is way too enjoyable to me. Just seeing what changes occur to perceived conditions in the ecology. I would kill for a game like this, where you just gain points to spend to better your creature with features and just try to survive against a GM throwing shit at you to try and kill you.More than anything, I wish I was capable of drawing even the slightest bit.
>>19714736There is a Super Nintendo game that was made just for you.
>>19714745...Reveal your secrets
>>19714759Be warned that the concept was better than the execution.
>>19714777That game was pretty fucking cool. It just needed a lot more options and a lot less 'best upgrade in this body part'.
>>19714777This is a game I replay every year, The execution is fine for a plaformer-rpg of that era.
>>19714736It doesn't have to be Monet* or Da Vinci masterpieces, mate. Just some MSPaint shitscribbles is all we need. As long as it looks like a bloody arm, you're golden. The only reason some of the others look the way they do is because a lot of us are drawfags and perfectionists. We can't bear to submit anything less than our best (though in true artist fashion we're never satisfied with our work).* And Hell, Monet did his work while nearly blind from cataracts. Just remember that the next time you see "Water Lillies".
>>19714736Even basic ms paint stuff is all good, as long as the development shows out clear enough. And if you are unable to do that, you can always post behavioral updates, or internal changes to creatures, which do not require pictures.For example:>>19700404>>19701672The lacorras continue to develop their electric powers. The amount of metal in their shells also increases, as the conductive material transfers their more potent shocks to their foes far better.They have also started developing basic electro sense, which allows them to detect incoming creatures from further away.
>>19714736Hey you! yeah. you. see the pic related. I made this for you! give it a shot with one of our creatures, any of them, and we will help facilitate your dreams, no need to wish you could play when you already can!
>>19714812Ok then, I'll try my hand at it! Ignore me if this is stupid.>>19711908The leaf yazda, with their camouflage developed so readily, begin to find themselves the target of the schwarrs and their hunger for the plump, juicy leaves. Over time, as they're attacked by hungry happenstance, they begin to alter their internal chemistry, leaving them too venomous to consume.
>>19684769The Lacorra have begun to grow into grand elaborate colonies sharing a single slowly ever growing shell with interconnecting tunnels created by the growth of each individual animal. These colonies can stretch for miles creating The spectacular Great Terrestrial Reefs of the Southern Continent.
Some Chompas just want to go fast. To travel faster on the plains and evade predators Chompas born with weak shells have found runnig to be a good way to survive so they've become thinner and lighter and their legs longer. Now They're Runnas
>>19715827> Chompas> RunnasI'm noticing a pattern here, are the Southern species just going to be labelled as if named by Orks?
>>19715827The Speedy Runnas find with their new height they can munch of more delicate higher up vegetation so they run with that and develop longer necks. Their heads also become smaller and lighter for better running. The horns of the males also turn into two elaborate back swept horns for attracting females and dueling rivals. The more points on their horns the older and stronger the male.
>>19701672The rubber coating of the Rubberface's skull is not enough to defend against these larger colonies >>19715573, but a critter's got to eat.Lacorras don't shock themselves, even when encased withing their ferrous shells. The Tubeface Gresh (arising from the Rubberface) metabolises some of the Lacorra's own enzymes, granting it the electrical nullification of its prey when such chemicals are "sweat" onto the Gresh's hide.The creature's snout also gets correspondingly longer, in order to continue to be able to reach its delicious breakfast of Lacorra.
>>19715892>>19716018Runnas gain a red coloration cause RED GOES FASTA!
>>19716160Note: This is not a serious evolution
Due to the prevalence of poison in their environment, Tree Puruus now circulate a unique antivenom through their veins - the chemical isolates ingested or inserted poisons and transfers them to holding sacs within the body, which then distribute the mixture across pores in the skin. This oily chemical acts as a natural insect repellent in addition to producing a distinctly sweet scent which the Puruus can follow to locate each other.As a result, Puruus are becoming a more social species. They are drawn to each others' sweet scents - so much so that they will remain together in small packs. Tree Puruus do not compete fiercely with each other for territory, or even for mating privileges. The Puruu population does not require internal competitive control, as it is kept in check by the Chompers. Tree Puruus nest and hide in the Hexis trees for safety.Their repellent has reduced the role of many Yazdas in their diet, with the exception of the Leaf Yazdas, who fall prey due to their behavior of hiding motionlessly until the unbearable scent of a Tree Puruu forces them to stir and attempt to escape. The movement betrays their camouflage and they are easily consumed by nearby Puruus with sharp eyes and fast reflexes.Tree Puruus are losing the venom in their tongues. Fast, powerful, sticky, whiplike tongues are proving to be a much more successful hunting tool for them.
>>19716195There is an image limit and this is a very image-heavy game, so in the future, please try not to use up the image count with reactions. Thanks.
>>19716801>>19716160apologiesThough, I did come up with a serious reason for the evolutionRunnas sure are good at running. But when they're being chased, they wish they were better! Well not to fear, its evolution time! The lungs and heart of the Runnas go into overdrive when frightened. This causes their muscles to swell with oxygenated blood, so much so that their skin turns a bright red. So now Red Runans go fasta!
>>19716195This brings some questions to mind. Since an individual Puuru is actually a colony of many different jellyfish-like creatures acting as one, how do they work exactly? We should really discuss this.
>>19714286Given the feast that a single Thudder can offer to a Schwarr, they decide to spread the wealth. Female Schwarr will now lay their eggs while burrowed inside a Thudder, allowing its young a free meal at the start at their lives.
>>19716854Sorry to say, but they have an exoskeleton, so I don't think they could really get that appearance from their blood showing through skin. Unless... The shell is unusually clear in this species. Yeah... This could work.
>>19717136That or the shell itself if vascular, much like human bones.
Sexual dimorphism becomes apparent in the Oasis Tree (both the small and large variety.) Although the tree reproduces asexually, a constant influx of fresh DNA-laden pollen is needed to maintain a healthy growth. To do this, the female variety of the tree develops a unique approach to this issue.The signature pool for the female Oasis is gone, replaced with a tough, barky "nut" dotted with holes. These holes are normally inaccessible due to the presence of a rubbery, mildly adhesive sphincter at the hole's entrance. Intelligent creatures will rapidly notice however, that in the presence of Male Oasis pollen the sphincters relax and open, allowing a creature access to the sweet smelling substance within. As the creature happily laps up this nectar, however, their pollen-laden necks rub against the hole's lining, fertilizing the plant in the process.The nectar, known better as Ambrosia, is a sweet smelling, yellow viscous fluid heavy in sugars, vitamins and minerals. Ambrosia's most unique chemical, however, is caffeine. The addictive yet ultimately advantageous qualities of Ambrosia are meant to hook creatures to the substance, and in the process ensure a steady supply of happy, pollinated customers.
>>19717312(Blegh, read this over and thought I'd need to explain it a lot more plain, mind's kinda off right now; female Oasis plants basically produce a highly nutritious, caffeinated golden liquid that is only accessible if you've been drinking at a Male Oasis plant recently... Or perhaps have a specialized mouth/small enough to get through the lining. It's Pavlovian training at it's finest; you get pollen on your neck, you get your fix.)
You know who's been left out? Hamun.>>19696112The slime-hamun's slime glands distend, allowing it to cover a wider area and feed more efficiently. It anchors itself into the ground with its slimy appendages and sits in place, mixing up pools of muddy slime and feeding off the particulate. Once the pools begin to get too large for the hamun to effectively feed from, it slurps up the highly cohesive slime and shifts a meter or so before repeating the process.Not an artist by any means. I hope my edits don't clash with the original art too much.
>>19716940Functionally, they're like a single organism. I tried reading up on the Portuguese Man o' War, which is the most well-known siphonophore but nobody seems to properly understand the distinction between it, a multicellular organism, and a colonial organism.Presumably, it releases parts of itself into the water, which multiply and assemble a new puruu. If it's anything like earth siphonophores, anyway.
>>19707351The Coral Hamun's filter feeder jelly pseudopods are now vascular, and the creature now has limited control in moving its feeder-pseudopods.This allows it to change direction and get more food by turning it "coral" in the direction of the wind.
Since I am horribly late to the game, please accept this alternative contribution. Been itching to remake that map for a while now. PNG just in case anyone else wants to edit it.
>>19718263...I wish to have sex with you regardless of gender.That is quite frankly utterly stunning. My jaw actually dropped, so fast it actually hurt for a second. You are a god among insects. *cue Wayne's World "We're Not Worthy" clip*
>>19718330Heh heh, don't worry about that. I'm already taken. Also, what are the purple blobs and blue-and-orange speckled areas on the original map, so I can edit it accordingly?
>>19718356purple blobs = Frilla forests, cyan = Hrass, orange = desert or badlands. If I'm not mistaken. It's due to the different colored flora.
>>19718410Greatly appreciated. Back to work with me.
>>19718356The purple blobs are forests of frilla trees I believe, good anon. And your significant other need not worry, I only used such a phrase to communicate just how blown away by your work I was.As for the orange spots on the islands those are volcanoes.The blue speckling... I think is the "Rift" or Lem mist, but you'd have to ask one of the regulars that's been here longer. Hell, they're probably derping around in the irc (they tend to forget the thread in there, i know i did). Here, no sign up needed just make a name and hop in.http://mibbit.com/?channel=%23EVO&server=irc.thisisnotatrueending.com
>>19717501Would they actually have respiratory or circulatory systems, and do they have a strait digestive track, or just a digestion cavity like jellyfish?Might be a good idea to go to the IRC for this.In some of the amphibious Puruus, the bell like structure has moved up to be in between the two rear sets of legs. Normally, it curved around the front of the creature, and is used to swim like a jellyfish. It can also reverse this structure to curve around the legs instead, but it's more difficult to swim in this fashion. From the skirt-like appearance of the Bell Puruu's swimming membrane, it earns the nickname Lake Maiden. These are fully aquatic.
By the way, >>19718263, >>19718356, and >>19718419 are me. Forgot to put on my trip.
Alright folks, finished with the map for now...
>>19719336And an outline version of the map if you wanna color it yourself.
Too long have these plains lacked a king but No longer!The Maned Gesh is more muscular, more agile and more quick then its relatives. They hunt in prides Composed of an Alpha male and several lesser males. Back in their dens The Alpha female and numerous other females fiercely defend their territory and young. While only the males possess the white side stripes, Only the Alpha Male and Female possess the luxurious manes that are the namesake of their species. The Alpha Male and Female are obligated to mate. However the male offspring of the Alphas are forced out of the pride upon maturity. The rest of the pride is permitted to mate only in times when food and water is in abundance. However any offspring are slave to the whims of the Alphas and if food, water or shelter is scarce the pups might find themselves turned into a snack.
>>19719336>>19719343MFW... I've been drawing nearly ever day of my 20+ years of life and I'm so very, very jelly.>>19719386King? We don't have a king, we're an anarcho-syndacist commune.
>>19719464That reaction is taken from her comics, yes.
hey people.is there anything i should know about the eastern island before branching a species there?
>>19719701Read the thread and I think you'll be just fine, Anon.
>>19719701It's more jungle than plains there, to its north is the East Great Reefs, and it rains a lot there.
>>19719336impressive man, very impressive. stick around, make some evolution
while the Runnas of the plains get faster, the Runnas of the forest get more secretive.Forest Runnas are an incredibly rare sight. Their skittish nature combines with their camouflage coloration to help hide them within the misty forests of the Eastern Island, upon which they have flourished.Their scent glands have all but vanished to help mask their presence, which has caused a social devolution toward the dominant male needing to hold his ground by physical means.
Bumping before I head to bed, stay sexy, Primordials.
>>19720511What a nice blue marble. It reminds me of our own earth!
>>19720034Thanks.>>19720511Also, incredibly awesome work!
the burly has grown in size, as well as ease of editing. feel free to create offshoots. Burly beasts live primarily in the open plains. Herbivores still. Can walk for short distances on hind legs, forelegs are adapted to grasping and punching. Will rear up when threatened, punch, then drop down smashing foe with hammer like face.
Requesting an evo tree
>>19716083The lacorras continue to develop their electric potency.As the increased amount of metal in their shells, combined with the algae they house in it have given their shells a blueish hue. The lacorra colony now generates a large electric field of it's own, that allows them to spot intruders to their domain.To combat the predation of the tubefaces, the lacorras have developed a new method of defense. Offense. Now, they surge towards anything that tries to eat them, and try to latch on to the attacker's skin. They have developed small hooks that pierce skin, and when they make contact with a target, the lacorra wraps itself around it tightly, and begins to channel the electricity of the whole colony to the target. As they pierce the skin of the attacker, they deliver the potent shocks to it's innards too.
But, what became of the Shwirms and Geists?
>>19722090It isn't their time yet.The surface hasn't yet caught up with the cave thread chronologically.
>>19716195>>19708463The climber puruu continues to adapt to their arboreal existence. Their legs become longer, their body more flexible and their toes more dexterous.Their increased social interaction also fuels the growth of their brain cluster, allowing them to work and hunt together better.As the puruus are asexual, there isn't any need to compete for mates or anything. The puruu pack collectively defends their nests, which they make in the pools and other still bodies of water in which they lay their eggs. (Which are actually just clusters of basic puruu micro-organisms which then start to multiply and form a miniature puruu.As the whole pack lays their eggs in the same pool, the younglings emerging from it often contain genetic material from all the pack members. This is because in the early stages of the "egg's" development, it can easily combine with another egg, which results in a mixture of micro-organisms from both "parents". These micro-organisms can exchange DNA with each other, and thus, the puruu have micro-scale sexual reproduction going on in their breeding pools.
>>19714286 >>19717005>>19722439> no picture, behavioral change only.The 5-inch long centipede that is the Tree Schwar begins to prey on Puuru eggs, taking advantage of a curious quirk of the adorable siphoniphore's biology.As their eggs are naught but a cluster of micro-organisms, Tree Schwars can happily nibble at an egg and if there's enough left, it will end up growing up anyway. If there isn't enough left, the critters present in several half-eaten eggs will seek out and merge in order to have the "critical-mass" needed to make a full-Puuru.Puuru's recognize this, and will often not even stop Tree Schwars that wander into their nests, placidly watching as long as the egg/clusters/micro-organism packets aren't eaten wholesale. Guests with such terrible manners are ousted by the whole Puuru colony, and while it does happen, the Tree Schwar species leans toward a few nibbles in peace rather than a riskier method with little added benefit (actually, that brings up a question, what do Puurus have in the way of natural defenses?).
>>19722765Deadly neurotoxin.Those yellow spots.Poison glands.
The balloon lub develops a ballast like organ, that it can fill with water to weight itself down.This organ "anchors" the creature to a water source, making it less likely for it to get swept away by a strong wind. It also gathers nutrients from the water trough this organ.They also start forming large colonies, wrapping their smaller tentacles together for better safety against the winds. These tentacles also catch pollen and spores of plants, which the lub absorbs and eats.These balloon lub "forests" can cover larke swathes of water, as they have no competition or nor does anything eat them. As a result of their exponential growth, many of the lakes and rivers have now very little sunlight, as the balloon lubs absorb it before the rays enter the water.In coasts, they have yet to form very big colonies, as the more potent currents separate them and sweep them away.
>>19709856The Crunchas develop stronger jaws, legs and arms to help them better catch and kill chompas and runnas.As a result, they are now slightly dumber, as their newfound muscle growth demands energy that can no longer be spent on brains.They are big, strong and very aggressive creatures.
>>19720955>>19720593Thanks, here, have a vastly improved version. Behold, citizens of /tg/, I give you... the world of Primordial!
>>19714223Those little frills on the chompas are now one big ornamentation! These stunning displays become more and more complex as chompa male gets healthier, and stronger, making the females go after them
An off shot of the Burly emerges that are longer, this reduces the time they can walk on there hind legs but gives them a higher look to watch for predators and a stronger face smash
>>19724248 The longer Burly develop a bigger and broader head, witch cause more damage when they head smash. But because of this heavier head they are only able to stand on there hind legs for a short time then they fall down.
>>19724865I see what you're doing with the head. Got that claw hammer look.Long wispy flaps begin to develop on the front four limbs of the Bell Puruu. These serve as lures and stinging tentacles for helping to catch food.
>>19723798Crunchas of the forests develop a coloration more suited to stalking the runnas and thumpas of those areas
>>19724865To match with the heavier head the Burly's legs grow stronger allowing them to jump into the air followed by a head smash. I included a terrible drawing of how they preform this maneuver.
a diminutive off-shoot of the Maned Gesh take a up a life of opportunistic hunting surrounding the Gesh Dreamers. These Gesh follow the Dreamers at a far distance from up wind. Ever lurking in the distance Whenever an unsuspecting creature wanders too close or makes the mistake of attacking the Dreamers and falls into a hallucinogenic stupor these Gesh swoop in to slay the addled beast and drag its carcass away. They are the Dream Eaters.As an oddity occasionally the Dream Eaters will intentionally dose themselves with the hallucinogenic miasma of the Dreamers. This is thought to be done to build up a tolerance so the Dream Eaters will not become effected by the low doses found in the food they eat.
>>19725196Because of there constant head smashes there skulls are now much thicker.Also I think these guys deserve a new name, any suggestions if not there be called the Smashy from now on.
An offshoot of the Hexis Bush appears, utilizing the wind and fire of the plains to it's advantage for spore dispersal. The spores are covered in soft, silvery fluff, which easily picks up in the wind and rips the spore out of it's base on the plant, sending it wherever the air current takes it. The thread is often silver in coloration, but in ideal conditions when the plant has plentiful sunlight, water, and minerals, the thread takes a brilliant golden sheen as it's laced with nutrients to help jumpstart the spore within.The spore itself is fire resistant, the fluff covering providing useful food for the spore if it's set aflame during a fire. The golden variety of the spore is mildly fragrant, slightly sweet and catching to the eye, making it an attractive target for a grazing herbivore (the end result being fertilizer and an exposed spore.)(If this classifies as a new species, it'd be the Gildenthread Bush, otherwise it's a new method of reproduction for the Hexis Bush.)
A random mutation in a hexis spore has caused the mobile traits had by many plants on this world to emerge. Root tips emerge from the ground in a radius as wide as the tree is tall. When a large creature comes near, wanting to eat its leaves or drink its water, the hexis will begin to flail about at the animal, trying to shoo it away.
>>19711586>>19723262Yazda begin making straw nests in the boughs of the flubs in the Balloon Forests. Chillin' out, relaxin', maxin' all cool.Here the Yazda can raise larva in safety while they go out and collect delicious Flower Flub nectar. Mated pairs build these nests and raise the next generation, living similar to robins and other songbirds.Could this be the start of a unique micro-ecosystem within the Balloon Forests?(Gosh, I hope so, c'mon guys and gals, let's make it happen.)
>>19712404Hey, remember those mottled thumpas? Well, they're still around!Mottled thumpas have opted for a decrease in size, which allows a given area to support more of them. With new possiblities for sharing, the Thumpas gain an increased reproductive rate.
>>19726321DOH! forgot pic
>>19725196 To make there head smashes stronger there heads become larger and more tuned to smashing. To with stand all the smashing the skin on the horn has become rougher and more durable like sandpaper.
>>19726456I dub thee: Smasha's
>>19726545I love it Smasha's it is.What is the best way to smash something, by being bigger then it of course. The Smasha's now grow much larger. Because they need to eat more food to sustain there large for they no longer roam in large herds but small family groups containing 4 or 5 creatures
>>19721276That is a tall order my friend, they're a LOT of work, but then again, I suppose if we do it now rather than later...I'm behind enough on my game, so I cannot assist you, unfortunately.>>19719336>>19719343Say, what kind of bribery would be required in order to rope you into map-making services in the near future?
>>19726899I can see the future nowWhat is best in life?Smashas: SmashingGentleman Govkar: I say old bean, how are you doing this fine evening?Smasha: Smashing
>>19722439As the climber puruus spread out from their humid swamp land and riverside forests, their skin becomes thicker to prevent water from evaporating from their bodies.This also makes them mostly non transparent.Their more active lifestyle has also lead into the development of more efficient respiratory and circulatory system. They now have primitive lung sacks that allow them to absorb oxygen better from the air, as well as a circulatory system that is based on pulsating chambers that form a network within the creature's body, and transform nutrient and oxygen rich water everywhere, so all the micro-organisms that make up the puruu get fed.
>>19717392The slime hamun's tentacles extend further and become prehensile and contractile up to about 40 cm. They are well-integrated into the hamun's circulatory and nervous systems. Hamun now digest deeper, more nutritious soils quickly. As a result, hamun slowly, but steadily, burrow through the dry soil. Two rear tentacles can expel globules of slime, pressurized by modified slime gland sphincters. They also serve to collapse soil behind the hamun.Since this increased slime use puts a strain on hamun's water reserves, the shell has extended to keep all of the hamun's fleshy bits covered from the hot sun, while keeping its eyes above soil level. Hamun typically spend their entire lives burrowed like this.Hamun will eat more or less anything in its path that can be broken down into a slurpable form. Hamun that find water hexis will slurp up their reservoirs if possible with their especially dexterous front tentacles. Hamun will also eat plant roots when possible.
>>19714042A splinter species of the bark yazdas develop extra muscles around their proboscis, which allow them to cause it to rapidly vibrate back and forth. They use this "drilling" to bore trough thick bark, and occasionally trough the shells of the runnas and chompas, so they could feast on their blood.
>>19718055Do you know what it feels like? Well, do you? Because the Coral Hamun can for the first time. A chance mutation turned the ever thickening network of nerves in their jelly-fan into sensory receptors. The trait stuck as feeling the wind in your hair (or whatever) did help the Hamun know which way to turn in order to garner more microscopic food.
>>19724966Forest Crunchas gain tails, to help them maintain balance during quick turns when chasing runnas through the forests
>>19726899Because of the loss of herding the Smasha now have to rely on there own smashing powers, there front legs adapt to being able to jump higher witch in turns means stronger smashes.>>19727439Glorious future is it not
>>19728623The back fan continues to grow however, creating a larger and larger feeding fan.
>>19728933Even through smashing things is all the Smasha will ever need they develop sandpaper like skin all over there body instead of just there horn. This protects them should they miss the initial smash.
Why not spread the love a bit, and give the smashas a res for now? Not that I don't like what you've done with them....>>19724119The chompas lose their digging claws, since they no longer dig up shwars. These claws develop into hooves, for running on the open plains
>>19728986The Coral Hamun's front feelers begin to solidify (they're now the consistency of slug skin). These graspers retain their nature as a semi-permeable membrane however, and the Coral Hamun now has a new menu available... delicious greens! C.H. are now grass-munching hippy herbivores, though the majority of their diet still is mostly their above-ocean filter feeding.
Others however, the claws become more developed. Curved to scoop up clumps of ground better. Their toes become double jointed, allowing them to fold the claws back for walking and running. Other colorful patches appear on the chompa's head due to sexual selection. Due to its appearance, they earn the name Cathedral Chompa.
>>19730385Guy who originally gave the Chompa's their groovy horn... that's even better than I could have hoped for.
>>19730481The frill just looked like a stained glass window to me, and I just decided to go with that. I plan on playing a bit more with the theme.
>>19730561It's clear they're in good hands now. I've been kind of focusing on the Coral Hamun anyway.
>>19722439>>19725700As nest sites grow on the balloon lubs large colonies begin to develop and compete with the single pair Yazdas. The bigger colonies are sinking the blubs so they begin using lighter materials for nests. The lightest material they can find are the remains of dead balloon lubs. They also start to purposefully deliver the pollen that builds up in their new fur to the feeders.
The Forest Stridas have evolved.what were formerly the Runnas of the Eastern Island's forests have nearly doubled in size to help combat the threat from predators. they weave through the helix forests at a much slower rate than before, conserving energy for the quick bursts of speed needed to combat a Cruncha ambush. With less need for distance running, their front hooves have become something more similar to dull claws, used for scraping bark and leaves off of trees or for digging in search of tubers.Their scent glands now vestigial at best, males have developed much larger horns, as well as sharp wrist spurs and shaggy manes. These features are used in threat displays to males encroaching on an alpha's rangale of females, in order to deter the opponent and avoid the bloody fights that ensue if the display contest fails.
The Gesh Dreamers have grown in size, and spend much of their time eating, sitting on their rump, and gazing off into reality. Their thoughts are their own, but they are content with them. vaguely smiling the absent smile of a creature who knows no strife. The various life forms that live on and within it contribute to the strange but harmless living rot of its furry body. symbiotic Yazdas can be seen flitting thru the spore clouds that trail its body, forever altered with their relationship to the creature. to approach a Dreamer pack is to invite experiences that can drive one to the edge of madness, and there, the creature will either drown in insanity and sensory overload or learn to swim in it. If the wind blows the way of a creature and they smell the strange musky, musty, rotten fruit smell of the Gesh Dreamers they will often move on for a few days instead of dealing with them. A few days later, the gesh will move on for whatever reason comes to them.
Some climbing puruus adapt to the balloon forests. They develop adhesive spots on their feet that allow them to climb better on the smooth surfaces of the lubs.They hunt the Yazdas by flinging their sticky tongues at the flying critters and grabbing them from air.They have also developed an interesting method of reproduction.As the balloon forests lack the the still pools of water that they used to lay their eggs in, the puruus have been forced to adapt.They have developed a habit of building nests made from hexis leafs and other plant material they collect from the shores and bring back to the lub forest. There, they make a vase like structure out of it by gluing the the plant material together with their sticky saliva.They fill these vases with water and lay their "eggs" there. After the eggs have developed sufficiently, they individual puruus will grab these eggs and "eat" them, thus allowing them to develop safely in a pouch near the adult puruu's stomach, and feed on the nutrients the adult provides.After they have grown large enough, the adult vomits them out, and the young puruus climb on their "parent's" back and hang there until they are big enough to move on their own.
>>19734169the Dream Yazdas congregate around the Gesh. they groom, and eat parasites off of them, as well as ensuring their mold, fungus, mildew and various mosses do not grow out of control. In turn they get all the food they can eat, shelter, and a permanent contact high. As a result of burrowing their fur the Gesh "rot" has taken root on their bodies. Eating a Dream Yazda will result in temporary loss of fine motor control, strange behavior, and resulting sleepiness.
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>>19728927In order to keep up with the Stridas, the crunchas of the forest lose most of their armor, and gain longer tails for greater balance. They've also experienced a behavioral change, prefering to sneak up on their prey, then pouncing before it can get away.
Seems like a perfect time for an event, now that we have diversity!Strong winds are starting to blow across the plains. Sometimes they bring the rain with them, but sometimes they will pick up dust and sand, and quite dry. Sometimes, a big hurricane would form off the Central continent, bring up some sand from the desert, and deposit them on the western part of South continent. These 'yellow storms' bring needed nutrient to the soil, but the sand is quite abrasive in the high winds.
>>19734193The baby climber is fucking adorable. I squeed with joy.>>19730175>>19734944Remember how I said a sandstorm is a feast for the Coral Hamun? These sandstorms allow the CH to expand his range to the western coasts where these dust bowls (to the coral hamun, more like a *delicious* bowl) rage.Of course, the abrasion is a problem and while some poor losers get their fans torn up, others develop a wiry mucus membrane connecting their feeding fan, allowing them to eat that delicious dirt, dust, sand, and other stuff. They still supplement their diet with an herbivorous salad every now and then.Of course, expanding into this range isn't just a feast for the Hamun. The Corals are, after all, little bigger than a chihuahua, and unbeknownst to the dim little slugs... well...Hamuns are basically the Wheaties of the Western Coast. They taste like shit but they're obscenely nutritious. The shell? Don't make me laugh. Against Cathedral Chompa (or other predators') teeth, it just provides a delicious crunch. The Coral Hamun are going to have to develop fast if they don't want to turn into everybody's favorite potato chip.
While most climber Puruus have lost the stings in their tongue-like tentacle, one species has further developed, keeping the trait. The toes elongate, and the skin-layer thickens to prevent water loss like its cousin. Unlike the others however, it still only has the single modified digestion chamber that works for both digestion and oxygen exchange, along with the free flowing water-based vascular system. Because they still have this passive system, they lead slow lives so that all of the organisms making them up are able to get some nutrition. Receive little energy at a time, so they burn little energy at a time.They are surprisingly quick in grabbing prey with their tongue. When they take hold, the stingers automatically fire, and release toxins that paralyze the victim, making for an easy meal. For the next few days, they just sit and digest. The tongue is also useful in defense.Neither social nor territorial, these Sloth Puruus don't really take notice of others near by.
>>19734944wouldn't a sandstorm make so much noise interference and so much random particles in the air that it would completely blind The Gesh's sonar? How do you even deal with that?
Those sandstorms aren't good for the eyes. Chompas, at least the non cathedrals, develop smaller eyes. This makes sight much less useful for the Chompas, so they'd better get some great hearing or smelling right quick!
Cathedral Chompas don't need to chase prey, they dig up roots with their claws and chin, along with grazing and scavenging. They lose their ability to run in exchange for becoming more sturdy and larger.While a grey coloration was a recessive trait in them, sexual selection made it the more prevalent, due to the making the colors more vibrant by contrast.
>>19737276By not living on the west coast. Those living on that coast which don't make changes due to the storms move more inland.Also, I assume this to be seasonal, not constant.
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