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    175 KB Fortune: Evolution Game - Part 3, the Age of Ice FortuneHost 05/04/12(Fri)01:52 No.18971217  
    Once a tropical paradise, now a frozen palace of ice.

    Welcome to Fortune. The Age of Ice has arrived.

    The great glaciers from the planet's north have crawled down, bringing the chill of a thousand winters with them. Snow and frost blanket the continent, and even the seas themselves have lost what little warmth they once possessed.
    Fortune is a changed world. Prior, it was a tropical world, with warm seas and soft breezes, its continent one of lush jungles and humid rainforests. These are no more, replaced by fields of white, forests whose boughs are weighed down by dagger-like icicles.
    The creatures of Fortune had to adapt quickly, but not all of them did, the glaciers acting as harbingers of frigid doom, towering monoliths to frostbitten death.

    In the first years of the Ice Age, *millions* perished, such that only the strong or the desperate survived. Natural selection has a very steep learning curve, and some species fared far better than others. Of course, the initial cold snap is but the beginning, as now Fortune's ecosystems must withstand a million years of cold.

    > /end intro
    Alright, let's get started. The field was too long, so my next post will be the rules/guidelines (as well as previous threads). After that, I need a few moments to post all the critters you'll be able to evolve, so give me a moment, and when I'm through, I'll let you know and you can post to your heart's content.
    >> Guidelines & Previous Threads FortuneHost 05/04/12(Fri)01:54 No.18971237
    Part 1: the Dawn of Life
    > http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/18909443/

    Part 2: Winter is Coming
    > http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/18929052/

    > Guidelines, for Newbies and Returning Posters
    - One change on one creature per posting, but anyone can edit any creature any number of times, as long as each is a different post.
    - Try to limit these changes to the small. I would like this to be gradual. The more radical a change is, the more posts/stages it should take to get there.
    - Each edit requires a picture. It doesn't have to be Rembrandt, but images help me keep track of the changes.
    - Color change is free, as long as you can explain the change in pigmentation sensibly.
    - No "alien intervention" or "meteors from space" or "cosmic radiation". These changes will occur due to environmental pressures ONLY.
    - No joke/fetish races/changes. (eg. no dick shaped creatures, no "reproduces-by-rape", and no creature-with-a-spine-so-flexible-it-can-kiss-its-own-ass)
    - When you create a creature, make sure you "quote" the post containing the creature you are changing/adapting. (Be warned, I'm going to be downright *anal* about this one.)
    - Make sure to specify whether your creature is a branch-off (a fork in the evolutionary tree, so to speak) of the main species or an evolution of it
    - You can only branch-off or evolve the most recent iteration of a species.

    Feel free to ask if you have any questions. Hold off on posting for a moment (I'll let you know when to start) as I give the introduction and introduce the creatures available to evolve.
    >> Anonymous 05/04/12(Fri)01:58 No.18971277
    >> Map of Fortune FortuneHost 05/04/12(Fri)02:05 No.18971342
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    Amazingly... NO EXTINCTIONS, though a few came *really* close.

    Now, here's a map of the planet Fortune the one I promised in the previous thread. The first/top map is the planet during Part 2. Under it is the current frozen world we are playing in now.
    >> FortuneHost 05/04/12(Fri)02:09 No.18971389
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    Also, for the future, here's another map, defining the planet's regions/climates. Please indicate where a critter/branch-off lives. Usually it's going to stay in the same place, although it can also expand or perhaps migrate. That said, there has to be a good reason to do so.
    The regions are as follows
    A) Glacier
    B) the Middle Mountains
    C) Frozen Steppes
    D) Snow Forest
    E) Coastline
    F) Coastal Waters
    G) Eastern Ice Flows
    H) Western Ice Flows
    I) the North Sea
    J) the Abyss
    K) the Western Ocean
    L) the Eastern Ocean
    M) the South Sea
    >> FortuneHost 05/04/12(Fri)02:20 No.18971499
    It should be pretty obvious as to what's what, but just in case...
    The Glacier (A) is a glacier. It's a giant block of ice. There is no plant life and the ground is miles beneath your feet.

    The Middle Mountains (B) are the alpine heights, now, in the Ice Age, these things are partly holding some of the glacier back (you can see the glacier is more fractured as it pushes against them). A good Earth analogue for the region would probably be the tops of the Himalayas. The mountains are regularly bombarded with blizzards.

    The Frozen Steppes (C) are mostly flat plains, covered in permafrost. Think of Siberia or Alaska.

    The Snow Forest (D) should resemble the Canadian wilderness. If this were earth, pines and other evergreens would thrive here.

    The Coastline (E) is rocky and little plantlife grows here. Further inland there may be scattered steppes or copses of trees.

    The ice flows (G, H) are just the ocean, but full of icebergs, think of the Arctic ocean.

    The oceans (F, I, K, L, M) are all pretty similar in climate, lots of water full of fish. The only outstanding feature is that the North Sea (I) is more prone to stormy winds because of Fortune's weather patterns.

    The Abyss (J) is a deep-as-fuck trench. It is home to deep sea creatures, like the Raveshark.
    >> Available Species: Carrion Fly & Snow Bugs FortuneHost 05/04/12(Fri)02:24 No.18971543
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    Alright, now for the critters. As mentioned at the end of the last thread, you all had to roll to see if the various critters survived. Good news, no extinctions this time. That said, some were pushed to the very edge, and may yet die as this thread goes on. At last, here are your critters.

    Carrion Flies
    As insects, the Carrion Flies were struck particularly heavily by the coming of the Age of Ice. While once so common as to be ubiquitous, now their numbers have plummeted, and further predation by Neo Serpents brought them ever closer to extinction. The only areas that Carcass Flies are thin strips of land along the coast. (E)

    Snow Bugs
    The enviromental pressure did, however cause an entirely new subspecies to emerge from the Carcass Flies, a species that utilized genes not seen for millions of years, and the new breed posessed remarkable resistance to the cold. These Snow Bugs were a very light shade of blue, almost white, and they gained hardened carpaces, that, while grounding them, retained heat far better than that of their cousin's. They are still a relatively new species, and are rarely found outside the southernmost parts of the forests (D).
    >> Available Species: Asparagus Tree FortuneHost 05/04/12(Fri)02:32 No.18971611
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    Asparagus Trees are the descendants of the Curly-Qs, who survived the cold by folding up their leaves and sealing out the frigid wind. In their center a coiled up leaf contains a packet of protein-rich resins that the plant uses for incubating the next generation, releasing them in death, scattering them to the winds.

    The roots of this tree are large and tangled, and, while sheltering oneself within the tree would keep you warm, the twisting labyrinths that the plant's underground structure creates are so large, but also so twisted that once one gets in, getting out rarely happens, lost until starvation takes the poor creature. The victim then fertilizes the soil beneath the tree, providing rich nutrients that often provide a small growth spurt.
    The only creature able to avoid such a fate is the Barkbug.

    Asparagus Trees can be found in the mountains (B), the steppes (C), the coast (E), but are most common, for obvious reasons, in the forest (D).
    >> Available Species: Barkworm FortuneHost 05/04/12(Fri)02:38 No.18971662
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    The Barkworm is a descendant of the Saproot Serpent. They are found within the gnarled roots of Asparagus Trees, and are common anywhere that plant is. They eat dead and rotted roots of the Asparagus Tree (similar to how cleaner fish pick dead skin off larger fish) and they also eat desperate creatures who have gotten lost and died in the plants roots, helping to break the victim down.

    Barkworms are the result of a desperate gamble on the part of their Neo Serpent ancestors, forming a symbiotic relationship with the trees. Such a partnership saved the Barkworm, but now they are dependent on the trees, and should anything happen to the plants, the worms would suffer terribly.
    >> Available Species: Egglayer Scorpion FortuneHost 05/04/12(Fri)02:46 No.18971713
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    This subspecies of bluefly has developed a stinger/ovipositor that can be for both defense and delivering its eggs within the skin of larger creature where they can gestate in the warmth of the larger creature and feed upon its flesh, eating alive as soon as the hatch. It is for this reason it is called the Egglayer Scorpion. It is common along the coastline (E) and the forests (D).
    >> Available Species: Shellfrog FortuneHost 05/04/12(Fri)02:51 No.18971756
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    Shellfrogs (also called Parrotfrogs) are common along the coastline (E) and feed on bugs and fish for the most part. Their descendants, the Sand Snails possessed a high grade of intelligence (about that of a housecat) but such brainpower has dulled (now more like a chicken) and many of the former's advanced sensory capabilites also were scrapped in the need for mere survival.
    The genes however are just under the metaphorical surface, waiting for the right evolutionary conditions to bring them to light again.
    >> Available Species: Spinebacks FortuneHost 05/04/12(Fri)03:01 No.18971832
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    Alright guys, feel free to start. I have a few more species to introduce, but if I don't let you guys go now, I'll have to go to bed before seeing any of your creations. Have at it.

    Spinebacks are mighty bus-sized predators common to the steppes (C) feeding on Wretches and Chompers. They have very efficient digestive systems and can survive many weeks on a single meal alone.

    Spinebacks are mostly wandering loners, save during mating season, where the males stake out a small patch of land as their territory and then try and entice females to it (usually done by booming calls that, frankly, could be mistaken for thunder). The male and female then have a form of ritualized combat, locking tusks. The male must win, overpowering the female by tossing her on her back, to be allowed a worthy mate. After this, the female rolls herself upright and allows the male to mate, after which the two part and the male stops defending territory, returning to a nomadic existence.
    >> Available Species: Wretch FortuneHost 05/04/12(Fri)03:07 No.18971880
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    Large bear-sized descendants of the Wretch Gulper, the Wretch wanders the steppes (C) and forests (D) eating almost anything it can get its hands on. In the forests, it tends to devour Treeserpents, while out on the steppes, Chompers are the dish of choice.

    Their heads and backs are covered in hard bony armor, which they sometimes utilize as a battering ram against their prey (or the trees that they live in, in the case of the serpents). After that, they will end the hunt with a single bite to the head or sometimes may effectively "tenderize" the meat with their armored faces.
    Wretches mate for life, but only near their waning years, and most die only a few weeks after mating and producing eggs.
    >> Anonymous 05/04/12(Fri)03:34 No.18972067
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    A population of asparagus tree in the steppes shorten their trunks significantly to withstand the icy winds falling from the mountains.

    (These are a bitch to edit in MSpaint without making it look horrible )
    >> Anonymous 05/04/12(Fri)03:36 No.18972080
    If only I had that image with the guy who hears about flying scorpions and decides to kill himself.
    >> FortuneHost 05/04/12(Fri)03:48 No.18972164
    Don't worry about it. I made these in Paint.NET, it's a free program... it's no photoshop, more like MSPaint Plus. Your pick looks fine to me.

    Chompers thrive in greater numbers, boosted by the new food source in their midst. As the centuries pass, their predators, Wretches and Spinebacks, also begin to recover from the initial Ice Age die offs.
    >> fatherofthemoons 05/04/12(Fri)03:56 No.18972213

    I see someone else has taken to my glorious trees already. No matter. I shall wait to see what else there is to play with this round. Good to see you back FortuneBro.
    >> Anonymous 05/04/12(Fri)04:06 No.18972264

    This is just a local variation in the steppes, your main branch remains unspoiled for you.
    >> Anonymous 05/04/12(Fri)04:11 No.18972279

    You did these in Paint.NET? It's great software, but you are a very talented artist, still.
    >> fatherofthemoons 05/04/12(Fri)04:11 No.18972280

    Well aware, just in the mood for something a bit different this go around.
    >> Available Species: Treeserpents FortuneHost 05/04/12(Fri)04:20 No.18972322
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    D'aaw, shucks. You flatter me. Still, these each took about an hour or two each to do.

    Found only in the temperate regions of the Snow Forest (D), the Treeserpents congregate in extended family groups of 8-30, ruled over by a dominant mated pair, usually the oldest able adults (elderly or weak/sick members are left when the troop moves on, if they get better they become solitary loners, sometimes surviving for years afterward).

    Treeserpents feed on the leaves of various tree species, although the occasional Barkworm wandering into the open in always a welcome treat.

    Despite the name "serpent" the Treeserpents are Fortune's first mammals, as the females lactate. The young are born live and are cared for by all adult females of the group.
    >> Anonymous 05/04/12(Fri)04:23 No.18972335
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    Their trunk size further reduces.

    Just a quick gestion; do Aparagus trees performs photosynthesis? Their leaves' surface area seems so small.
    >> FortuneHost 05/04/12(Fri)04:41 No.18972435
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    Here, this is Musclebob. Shown for scale as well as where the tree is in relation to the ground. Many of the roots are above the soil.
    >> FortuneHost 05/04/12(Fri)04:43 No.18972444

    In other words, yes they have photosynthesis, and their leaveas aren't as small as they seem, plus, the bulb at the top is all leaves, and they too collect sunlight.
    >> Anonymous 05/04/12(Fri)04:46 No.18972467
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    The Egglayer Skorpion evolves a new method of adult feeding - replacing it's jaws with a long retractable tongue that allows it to slip between the leaves of the asparagus tree to sip on it's resin core. Their numbers increase in the forest, due to increased adult survival rates.
    >> Event: Scorpions eating Resin FortuneHost 05/04/12(Fri)04:51 No.18972494
    Wait... they're eating the RESIN? Oh shit... roll a d10.

    fatherofthemoons, what have you created?
    >> Anonymous 05/04/12(Fri)04:52 No.18972504
    rolled 10 = 10

    Surely the die could be rolled by anyone?
    And I don't know what's so fancy about eating the resin.
    >> Anonymous 05/04/12(Fri)04:53 No.18972511
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    The Shellfrog develops thick eyelashes to protect it's sensitive eyes from the cold and snow.
    >> fatherofthemoons 05/04/12(Fri)04:53 No.18972512

    I was actually working on a little bugger that was beginning to develop in the resin, as I had suggested in the past thread. But now I'm curious and might readjust depending upon the outcome.
    >> agent of evolution 05/04/12(Fri)04:57 No.18972530

    Ah, I didn't realise there was anything special about the resin as I have not read any of the previous threads, but I do love the evolution games.
    >> Nad 05/04/12(Fri)04:58 No.18972533

    >Am I kawaii? Uguu~
    >> FortuneHost 05/04/12(Fri)05:00 No.18972543
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    Said die can be rolled by anyone. As for the resin, it's an idea that fatherofthemoons, who made the resin for the trees, gave me.

    >rolled 10
    Ah, the new Proboscis Scorpion suffers no ill effects from their consumption of the resin.
    Treeserpents have a new food source, however, as the Scorpions are far easier to obtain than the Barkworms cloistered within the trees.

    Proboscis Scorpions are only present in the forest (D).
    >> Available Species: Chomper FortuneHost 05/04/12(Fri)05:06 No.18972574
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    About the size of a gorilla, the Chomper wanders the steppes (C) and the forests (D) either alone or in small groups of 5-10. They are herbivorous, eating roots, tubers, leaves, shoots, and other vegetable matter. They are not picky eaters.
    They are often preyed upon by the Wretches, who often go after weak or sick members of the troop. Interestingly, the Chompers will defend the vulnerable amongst them. While most animals let the Wretches have their dinner, Chompers are showing a hint of empathy, something rare in animals.
    Such empathy has limits however, such as when a Spineback comes running. The troop also moves on if the troop member is caught. Once the Wretch grabs hold, no more assistance is given.
    >> FortuneHost 05/04/12(Fri)05:11 No.18972593
    No, no, continue. I just figured it'd be something to add a little randomness into the mix. Go ahead and develop said little critter.
    >> Anonymous 05/04/12(Fri)05:24 No.18972638
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    They develop bigger leaves so they can produce more nutrition. Resins are now produced much earlier in their lives and in greater numbers, which leads to a shortened life-cycle. This helps them cope with damage caused by chompers.
    >> fatherofthemoons 05/04/12(Fri)05:27 No.18972651
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    Oh I shall. Even though my draw skills are poor at best.

    Within the Steepes the Asparagus Trees move onto a different way of life, something akin to their past lives even. And while some in the forest are able to still spread their seeds the amount of Proboscis Scorpions feeding on their resin prevents anything else of interest to happen.

    However within the coastal varieties, a strange thing begins to develop within the resin packets. The combination of a constant water supply and animal materials allows the resin to be rich in proteins for life. Though it is difficult to obtain alone, a cluster of creatures have begun to lay their eggs within the seedlings and mature alongside them, thus creating a symbiotic relationship. The critters known as Tadseeds die relatively quickly when the Tree expels its seedlings, but the cycle continues on due to Tadseeds breeding relatively quickly.

    Perhaps if they are able to develop further along the species will have a fighting chance out in the cold harsh world of fortune. Also... I'm awful at drawing creatures, so yeah. Hopefully I can get a hand with that.
    >> FortuneHost 05/04/12(Fri)05:30 No.18972660
    The Frozen Steppes begin to be dotted with copses of these short, leafy trees. While Chompers seems to enjoy the main body, they leave the resin packets alone, as most Chompers who eat them die soon after, affected by strange illnesses.
    Does the plant contain poisons or neurotoxins? If so, why do *some* Chompers live and others die?

    (The answer is my little secret.)
    >> FortuneHost 05/04/12(Fri)05:36 No.18972686
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    So, wait, the Tadseeds are layed in the resin, but always die before growing up? Or is it that many generations reach maturity in the resin, and the one group unlucky enough to be caught inside when released is just shit-outta-luck?

    Also, for anyone who cares, a fourth, and for now, final map, an elevation map of Fortune. Note that the elevation shown is that of the land, but that some of it is covered by the glacier (everything north of the mountains in fact) so the elevation of those locations is rather moot currently as is unreachable.
    Sea depths/levels are also shown.
    >> fatherofthemoons 05/04/12(Fri)05:39 No.18972693

    The latter. They've yet to begin evolving beyond a tiny life span. Possibility to live, but not for generations.
    >> Anonymous 05/04/12(Fri)05:49 No.18972722
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    Updated to show the large clutches of resins. Also, more leaves.
    >> Anonymous 05/04/12(Fri)06:00 No.18972771
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    Showing that the little critters are still around, by failing horribly with paint.net

    > Pink Leech
    > Carnivorous (bloodsucking parasite)
    > Aquatic (anywhere there are hosts to be found, though common in mid-to-surface depths.

    The Pink Leeches largely unaffected by the ice age and long stuck in the same shape for millions and millions of years starts to grow their tentacles a bit longer to make it easier to latch on to prey.
    >> Anonymous 05/04/12(Fri)06:13 No.18972828
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    Their leaves start to form a protective and isolating blanket over their entangled roots. Occasionally, they will shed some of their leaves, which the barkworm will quickly carry inside their nest. The warmth generated by the decompostion makes it a pleasent place to be and also aids the tree by melting the permafrost around the roots and thus allowing it to more easily expand its root network.
    >> Anonymous 05/04/12(Fri)06:25 No.18972875
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    The spineback has developed a hard skull and neck plate to facilitate its charges, as well as to support its slow expansion into the forests where it pushes over Asparagus trees. Once pushed over the spineback will begin to use its tusks to rip out the roots and its chameleon like tongue to get at the substantial amount of smaller life forms in the root network.
    >> Anonymous 05/04/12(Fri)06:27 No.18972884
    sorry about that, forgot my cross reference.
    >> Anonymous 05/04/12(Fri)06:36 No.18972918
    you said all creatures lived right? then where are all the sharks, crabs,baloon elephants and so on? I don't want to edit any of them if you got a new picture for them like the others in this thread
    >> Anonymous 05/04/12(Fri)06:41 No.18972937
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    ((Going to bed, and this one is just a minor one))
    The Spineback has become slightly larger and more muscular, with bigger legs and feet to support its bulk, as well as an increased footprint to prevent it from sinking into the snow.
    >> smokeyprogg 05/04/12(Fri)06:43 No.18972942
    are sand snails completely gone now replaced by the frogs?
    >> Anonymous 05/04/12(Fri)06:45 No.18972949
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    > Tough Pinkie (branch-off of Pink Leech)
    > Carnivorous (bloodsucking parasite)
    > Aquatic

    Some of the pink leeches star moving closer to the surface and have their scales become softer to allow them greater flexibility and less weight.

    If OP hasn't posted anything I'm guessing he hasn't made anything new for them. And if he has it could always be a branch-off.
    >> Anonymous 05/04/12(Fri)06:56 No.18972975
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    This is not a branch off and it still lives in the same areas.
    The gain more flexible / less fast running legs
    >> Anonymous 05/04/12(Fri)07:16 No.18973042
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    Anyone who knows what font is OP using for the pictures?
    The colour of the swimming skin of the Tough Pinkie shifts colour differentiating them from the Pink Leeches
    >> Anonymous 05/04/12(Fri)07:30 No.18973111
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    rolled 1 = 1

    This tree has modified its trunk extensively into a primitive extension/ retraction system. When the leaves of the plant are disturbed sufficiently it will violently eject its woody seed pod upward on its modified trunk. if the organism that is accosting the tree is above the kill mechanism, it is likely to die. the blood and gore falls down into the plants roots nourishing it.

    tree is pictured in partial ejection, normally they look like harmless green shrubs with big roots.

    ((if this is overkill, please let me know by killing it off immediately. I'm also rolling for you to interpret it as however you want, in case you want a roll))
    >> agent of evolution 05/04/12(Fri)08:09 No.18973279
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    The Wretch grows larger claws and more muscular fore-limbs - it uses them to burrow into the snow and ice to create sealed igloo dens, saving it the trouble of seeking a cave or sleeping in the open.
    >> Anonymous 05/04/12(Fri)08:18 No.18973330
    It also uses the claws to dig out the crabs heat domes for a easy crunchy snack.
    >> Anonymous 05/04/12(Fri)08:22 No.18973350
    can we only use the available species your posted here, or can we use some of the others from the end of part 2 as well?
    >> Anonymous 05/04/12(Fri)08:30 No.18973397
    Well, I assume the raveshark is still going strong

    After all, he wouldnt be facing any changes at all.
    >> Anonymous 05/04/12(Fri)08:52 No.18973513
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    The sail flipper equiped with a icebreaker blade
    >> Anonymous 05/04/12(Fri)08:53 No.18973527
    Its like a tiny sailship!
    >> Anonymous 05/04/12(Fri)08:54 No.18973531
    As much as it pains me to say it, Im not exactly sure how the swordfish is still alive.
    >> Anonymous 05/04/12(Fri)08:57 No.18973551
    Just read some from last thread

    In colder regions the Fast Flippers begin to darken, to better absorb more sunlight and heat.
    Their belly armour also thickens and fuses, forming an extra layer of insulation from the colder waters they sit in.
    They also become more aggressive hunters, eating any plant or animal they can find to build and maintain a thicker layer of blubber.
    >> Anonymous 05/04/12(Fri)08:59 No.18973560
    But there isnt any food available on the water surface anymore. So he would have to submerge entirely.

    Even if he could break ice, he wouldnt achieve anything as there isnt anything on / in the ice to eat.
    >> Anonymous 05/04/12(Fri)09:09 No.18973615
    I have some ideas for that but I'm not somewhere I can draw them up yet.
    >> Temporary Farewell FortuneHost 05/04/12(Fri)09:14 No.18973639
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    The font is called Copperplate Gothic Bold.

    As I said, all the critters survived, although Blueflies did so just barely. If you're willing to go through the previous threads and save me some work of re-iteration, be my guest.

    I'll be honest, I have no idea how to answer this one...

    Sorry I disappeared for a while, I... actually fell asleep. I do this at night and sometimes if it goes late I doze off. I apologize, especially as I have to leave again, though this time because the work day has started. I'll finish postan' the other critters when I return, though I see for some you have saved me the trouble.

    Here's the Sailfin, I can't remember what it's diet was from the previous thread, but this was my updated version of the pic. The sailfins are common in the Western Ocean (L) and the South Sea (M)
    >> agent of evolution 05/04/12(Fri)09:14 No.18973641
    File deleted.

    Standard Chomper develops a hump of fat on it's back, food storage for these leaner times. No doubt this makes them all the more delightful a meal for a Wretch or Spineback.
    >> Anonymous 05/04/12(Fri)09:23 No.18973699
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    You kinda missed out on this

    Also here is a updated pic of the bathtub-blimpie
    >> Anonymous 05/04/12(Fri)09:24 No.18973709
    I love him. He is never allowed to die out.
    >> Anonymous 05/04/12(Fri)09:25 No.18973720
    Hmm, what happened to the bananagrass? Did it die out?
    >> Anonymous 05/04/12(Fri)09:27 No.18973735
    It is right there, isnt it?
    >> Anonymous 05/04/12(Fri)09:28 No.18973755
    Well.. shouldnt it be having difficulties surviving on blimpies alone?
    >> Anonymous 05/04/12(Fri)09:30 No.18973772
    Who says it only lives on blimpies?
    >> agent of evolution 05/04/12(Fri)09:30 No.18973774
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    Fixed. Hump for energy storage.
    >> Anonymous 05/04/12(Fri)09:30 No.18973775
    Thats why I was wondering what happened to the bananagrass....
    >> Anonymous 05/04/12(Fri)09:32 No.18973797
    >I can't remember what it's diet was from the previous thread
    It is an omnivore (specifically one of its ancestors was and that trait wasn't changed.)
    >> Anonymous 05/04/12(Fri)09:33 No.18973804
    Ah sorry for my autism,
    But i think FortuneHost said nothing died off, and i would assume plants included
    >> Anonymous 05/04/12(Fri)09:36 No.18973836
    Fortunehost said nothing actually went extinct, so theres still those floating plants, and presumably fish that feed on them too.
    >> Anonymous 05/04/12(Fri)10:42 No.18974420
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    The Steppes Asparagus Tree brings forth longer and thicker stabilising roots, making them a lot harder to uproot.
    >> Indonesian Gentleman 05/04/12(Fri)12:01 No.18975027
    bumpan this awesome thread.
    >> agent of evolution 05/04/12(Fri)12:54 No.18975454
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    The Carrion Fly adapts to it's new precarious position by becoming toxic to consume. It's exoskeleton changes colour to a bright red to warn would-be predators.

    The Snow Bug takes advantages of the many large animals in it's habitat, using it's sturdiness and strong claws to cling to their skin, while an adapted leg siphons blood from it's host. Wretch and Chompers are the most common hosts.
    >> smokeyprogg 05/04/12(Fri)13:01 No.18975518
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    The sand snail that live in the coastline develop a internal heating system in the shell that allows it to survive in the icy areas too.
    >> Anonymous 05/04/12(Fri)13:04 No.18975551
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    The Snow Bugs of the southernmost forest regions in (D) tend to avoid the trecherously thriving asparagus tree roots in favour of scavenging the left-behinds of Spinebacks and Wretches.
    They develop a rough row of keratin 'teeth' and claws over their mouths and on their 'hands', respectively, which they use to scrape every last scrap of flesh from a carcass' skeleton. Regions of the forest where Snow Bugs reside are littered with pearly white bones.
    >> Anonymous 05/04/12(Fri)13:07 No.18975580

    For the sake of clarity, I'll call my scavenging Snow Bugs 'Snow Beetles', they're a splinter species that live in the forests closest to the coast.
    >> smokeyprogg 05/04/12(Fri)13:15 No.18975666
    anywhere on the map like wet land? with pools?
    >> Bobski 05/04/12(Fri)13:21 No.18975731
    Wait, so if there are no extinctions does that mean the critters from the last thread are still around or have they changed into one of the things in the thread?
    >> Bobski 05/04/12(Fri)13:26 No.18975787
    -By which I mean are they all still available for evolution. Or is it just the guys we see here in the current thread?
    >> agent of evolution 05/04/12(Fri)13:28 No.18975816

    I believe the creatures in the top left corner have been re-worked by the GM into the creatures with the fancy new illustrations, so they are probably not available for continued evolution.
    >> Anonymous 05/04/12(Fri)13:30 No.18975848
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    Snow Beetles develop a node on their rears which, despite its colouring, emits heat and a soft glow.
    Since they enjoy the cold, their heaters are actually to clear areas of permafrost and, through gathering in these areas, create welcoming oases in the harsh forest for sick and abandoned Treeserpents.
    Naturally, these Treeserpents rarely recover and eventually provide a feast for the entire Snow Beetle nest.
    >> HELMSAN 05/04/12(Fri)13:39 No.18975938
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    Along the eastern coastal shore of (D) a smaller variant of the Asparagus Tree has shown up. Most of these smaller trees have root systems that connect to larger, more well established trees that serve as a bridge of sorts. Trees connected in this way share a small amount of the energy each prodcues amongst the rest it's connected too.

    I am naming this new variant the Pargus Tree
    >> Anonymous 05/04/12(Fri)13:52 No.18976086
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    >Demo of a Snow Beetle colony nesting area.

    The Snow Beetles retreat underground and heat the area above them en masse, inviting more wildlife, especially aforementioned loner Treeserpents which they monitor from below by detecting vibrations.
    Once they sense a creature dying above their nest, scouts emerge from the various tunnels hidden around the area, pull and saw (Scouts have evolved saw-hands, will show in next drawing) chunks of the carcass apart and drag them underground into food storage.
    >> Quick Lunch Break Update FortuneHost 05/04/12(Fri)14:07 No.18976235
    You're correct. I just fell asleep before being able to upload them all (sorry).

    Not really, the whole damn world is kind of frozen over.

    See >>18975816

    The only problem with that picture is that the Curly-Q trees are probably bigger than the Blimpie is (and had evolved into what got renamed to "Asparagus Tree".
    Blimpies are about the size of a Great Dane, the trees are the size of well, trees.

    The banana-grass did not die out. It is common in the mountains (B) and in small numbers in the steps (C).
    >> smokeyprogg 05/04/12(Fri)14:13 No.18976291
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    They are the old relatives I presume but if you wanna use an older species go ahead and treat it like a new creature many modern animals still have distant relatives.
    The sandsnails develop camouflage and claws to drag prey into lakes/rivers
    >> Anonymous 05/04/12(Fri)14:20 No.18976378
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    Snow Beetles start developing individually to suit their tasks.
    Scouts grow saw-like claws which are used to cut and drag carcasses to bring them back to the nest.
    Workers grow shovel-like claws to aid in digging and expanding the nests.
    Caterers guard the food storage and dispense it around the colony, workers usually get the majority share though successful scout parties are rewarded with first pick of their spoils.
    Scouts and workers tend to be male and caterers female, though this is merely a trend.
    >> Anonymous 05/04/12(Fri)14:34 No.18976543
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    The wretch eye colour adapts to better suit its hunting lifestyle and develop a second toe/claw with fur in between the two for balance.
    >> FortuneHost 05/04/12(Fri)15:29 No.18977111
    It's been an hour, have a midday bump, comrades.
    >> fatherofthemoons 05/04/12(Fri)16:01 No.18977465

    Ah just when I was getting back online too. Let's do a little evolving.


    The Tadseeds for the most part live a life of Gorge, Mate, Die and repeat so within the thick resin they generally just stay put, however some have begun to develop a pseudo spine by directly interfering with the seedlings growth. This spine of roots allows them to move their bodies back and forth enough to travel through the resin, and thus have greater breeding potential. It however does not help them live any longer then a minute outside of the Resin packet.

    (Essentially the creature is taking advantage of the Asparagus Trees feeding on living flesh and repurposing it to evolve themselves.)

    I also, still cannot drawfag this up, but it is minor right now anyway.
    >> FortuneHost 05/04/12(Fri)16:18 No.18977641
    Thanks, man. Mind keeping this bumped for me while I'm at work?
    >> Anonymous 05/04/12(Fri)16:19 No.18977648
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    The humpless Chomper's hands become dual-thumbed paws for uprooting / digging around in asparagus trees
    >> Deus vs Machina 05/04/12(Fri)16:21 No.18977676
    Hm, and I was just attempting to start a new Convergence thread when I saw this. Guess I'll contribute to this one then, since it seems the image uploading bug has been fixed. Will upload my contribution after reading the rest of the thread.
    >> fatherofthemoons 05/04/12(Fri)16:23 No.18977697

    I shall do my best. Hopefully some more people will come on as well.
    >> Bobski 05/04/12(Fri)16:43 No.18977939
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    -Meanwhile an alternate branch of snowbeetles, Called ICE beetles, arrise. These Ice beatles have a paralzying saliva that while in small doses is inconsequatial , is deadly when done en mass by an angry Ice beetle colony. This allows them to fend off those who would dare try to raid their homes for food as well as occasionally (if rarely) take down smaller beasts that intrude on their feeding ground.
    >> Bobski 05/04/12(Fri)16:44 No.18977956
    *For the most part they are still scavengers however.
    >> fatherofthemoons 05/04/12(Fri)16:48 No.18978005

    I enjoy how many bugs are seeming to thrive despite it being a winter wasteland.

    Hoping for gigantic bugs someday when this damn Ice Age is over.
    >> Anonymous 05/04/12(Fri)17:29 No.18978467
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    wretch living in snowier areas develop lighter colourings.
    >> I Have Returned FortuneHost 05/04/12(Fri)17:44 No.18978594
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    I introduced the Snow Bugs intending them to be "just-barely-above-grass" food-for-everyone critters.

    You turn them into a cross between a remorhaz and army ants. Fucking awesome. That's what I love about these evolution threads, you never know what's going to become of it.

    That's the reason I started this thread, to just give you guys a playground and watch you cut loose. I look forward to each new post like opening presents on Christmas.
    >> Deus vs Machina 05/04/12(Fri)17:49 No.18978654
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    Here we go, shitty Raveshark graphical update.

    The Raveshark, relatively unaffected by events on the surface, continues life in the darkness of the Abyss. It develops sensory organs on the front portion of its head to further aid in navigatioin in the deep seas.
    >> Bobski 05/04/12(Fri)17:49 No.18978656
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    As do I
    Eventually like their Snow cousins, the Ice beetles split into two inner castes for the sake of the colony. The larger bull Ice beetle digs the nests, lays the eggs and collects the food at the cost of its paralyzing saliva being weaker and only good for keeping an already paralzyed target down. The smaller suicide ice beetle on the otherhand has its teeth form together into a peircing probiscis, and then spends its entire short life in the suicidal pursuit of killing anything non beetle nearby so that the bulls may harvest the corpse or live prisoner, which is chopped up and taken to the hive or if small enough taken down whole. When the small suicide beetle runs out of its poisonous saliva or dies from starvation, it dies and is recycled by the colony as food for the younger beetles.
    >> Anonymous 05/04/12(Fri)17:50 No.18978664
    The Wretch's claws continue to develop, one of the front becoming large and prehensile, and a fourth sprouting from the back, giving it unparalleled grip and mobility on ice and slippery surfaces.
    >> Anonymous 05/04/12(Fri)17:51 No.18978668
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    Dammit, lost my picture.
    >> Bobski 05/04/12(Fri)17:51 No.18978672
    Don't suppose you could update one of the cliff crabs/ice nibblers etc ?
    >> Deus vs Machina 05/04/12(Fri)17:53 No.18978689
    I'll work on it. Just give me a moment.
    >> Bobski 05/04/12(Fri)17:54 No.18978698
    Yay, thank you! I have lots of ideas but suck at major graphics changes.
    >> fatherofthemoons 05/04/12(Fri)18:13 No.18978905
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    The relationship between the Tadseeds and Seedlings continues. Despite the Tadseeds seemingly taking advantage of the seedlings it would appear the tables have turned with the newly developed spinal root. Tadseeds that manage to live longer, and thus breed more, have the roots penetrating their bodies and forming a rudimentary skeleton, seeing as this branches off from the spinal root the first "bone" seems to be a skull. Along with this the Tadseeds had begun to develop basic eyes with only the ability to see in the infared spectrum and even then only the light itself due to their environment.
    >> Available Species: Stone Crab FortuneHost 05/04/12(Fri)18:19 No.18978982
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    Thanks a million man, saves me about an hour's worth a work, that does.

    They're next.
    The bowling ball-sized Stone Crab lives in the mountain alpine areas (B) exclusively, where individuals and mated pairs farm the Banana-leaf plant. While such farming is a sign of developing intelligence, it is currently done without innovation. For now the farming is all done on instinct, scurrying away with seedlings, replanting them in a cave, and using rotting vegetation (which has the added benefit of producing heat as it decomposes) to fertilize the "field" of 1-5 plants.
    The Stone Crabs use their dexterous forearms to cling to rocks in heavy winds.
    >> Anonymous 05/04/12(Fri)18:20 No.18978986
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    The tree serpent develops lighter colours and small limbs to help climb/dig and other simple tasks as it moves along.
    >> Anonymous 05/04/12(Fri)18:21 No.18979008
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    Continuing their adaptation to the cold, the wretches gain a sort of "Frost Sac" organ, allowing them to expel a sudden burst of freezing liquid that was stored within. With their claws and coloration, this makes them excellent Ambushers, popping out of the snow suddenly, expelling their frost sac, and tagging the mark.
    >> Deus vs Machina 05/04/12(Fri)18:25 No.18979039
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    Sooo, I appear to be a bit late. Is this the same as the cliffclimber crab? Because that's what I based mine off of.
    >> Bobski 05/04/12(Fri)18:27 No.18979069
    Jesus Christ how horrifying. We must use it!
    >> Species requiring Entries FortuneHost 05/04/12(Fri)18:28 No.18979075
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    Well, shit, looks like I have an errand to run, my Fortunates. Keep the thread bumped for me and I'll return to your awesome critters.
    Feel free to update the organisms, Bobski, still need to introduce the following species.
    > Pretender Crab
    Renamed to Snow Crab, it huddles in groups under snow drifts, lost bright coloration. Seen in the steppes (C)

    > Silt Serpent
    Spins webs like a spider in the forest (D) eating stray snow beetles and barkworms. Renamed to Siltspinner.

    > Blimpie
    Renamed Floaters, Gardenbacks, Floating Gardens, Floating Gardenbacks (something like that). Common around the east and west oceans and along the south sea.

    Then there's the Mud Cows (renamed to Gel Walrus) and the Banana-Leaf, (renamed to Alpine Herb).
    >> Anonymous 05/04/12(Fri)18:28 No.18979079
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    This cannot go well...
    >> fatherofthemoons 05/04/12(Fri)18:33 No.18979119
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    >mfw that image

    You're freaking awesome for drawing that too.
    >> Anonymous 05/04/12(Fri)18:34 No.18979135

    Are you saying you have new versions of those guys to introduce or we need to bring them back?
    >> Deus vs Machina 05/04/12(Fri)18:36 No.18979156
    Skeletonplant abominations? I approve of this strongly.

    Do the Snow Crabs still have the plantlike growths on their back? Or did they change shape since we last saw them? I assume we are free to update these ourselves if we wish?
    >> Anonymous 05/04/12(Fri)18:36 No.18979160
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    A population of tree snakes living in the extreme northern area of it's range is cut off from the rest of the species. The cold temperatures, and incest, spur the development of a soft insulating fur coat, to help keep their body temperature up.
    >> FortuneHost 05/04/12(Fri)18:37 No.18979177
    I need you elegan/tg/entleman to bring 'em back.


    ... damn, that's even better than mine. Retcon, the Stone Crab is an offshoot, and that is the "straight-path" evolution of the Cliffclimber Crab, renamed. Maybe renamed to "Alpine Crab" or "Glacier Crab" (though that could be used instead for a species that lives alongside the glacial walls that press against the mountains).

    Also, I realized I thanked Bobski for the drawings when they were the work of Deuv vs. Machina. Apologies for the slip-up.
    >> FortuneHost 05/04/12(Fri)18:40 No.18979210
    > and incest
    Lolwut? What'd I say about fetish creatures? Ha ha ha.
    >> FortuneHost 05/04/12(Fri)18:44 No.18979272
    > Yes, they remain, though they are smaller and differently colored (greys, whites, and very pale blues). They may adapt a new use for them or lose them over the course of millenia.

    That's really the kind of thing that should take 5-6 posts to develop, maybe even 10. Slow down there... Plus, there needs to be a some sort of environmental pressure for it, and it'd have to be a pretty unique circumstance for such "comic-book science" to develop.
    Hopefully I'm not being too tyrannical/overbearing.
    >> fatherofthemoons 05/04/12(Fri)18:48 No.18979312

    I can't even compete with that level of awesome drawing so imma stick to just descriptions. Also mayhaps time for a new name and some more evolving

    Over time the root skull become the first part that the Tadseeds develop post birth. The power struggle between easily melded creature and easily manipulated plant continues on but still it doesn't result in anything but death once the Asparagus Trees open. The Tadseeds develop their eyes slightly further but still only process in a dulled infrared. Brighter skulls means bigger Tadseeds and likely female ones at that. In fact female Tadsees are the only ones that develop the rootskull while male seedlings only keep the spinal root and their uses only go as far as impregnating the female and subsequently dying.
    >> Anonymous 05/04/12(Fri)18:51 No.18979347
    Sorry, by 'incest' I meant that the inbreeding caused by being a trapped population, as well as the non-fur covered tree snakes occasionally freezing to death would speed the development of their fur coats in the surviving population.

    Just seemed quicker at the time.
    >> Anonymous 05/04/12(Fri)18:51 No.18979352
    It's hardly comic book science. It's pretty much them upchucking a goo that freezes really fast. And honestly, their biggest food source seems to have pack mentality, but moves on when they grab the prey, so what better way to be able to grab their food then slowing it down.

    I mean, there's a shrimp that fires supersonic sound bullets, a lizard that shoots blood from it's eyes, and plenty of things that spit random crap.
    >> Anonymous 05/04/12(Fri)18:52 No.18979361
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    >> Bobski 05/04/12(Fri)18:56 No.18979406
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    The glacier crab develops longer legs so that it may climb and walk further distances increasing its foraging range. This also frees its forward claws so that they may carry objects, rather than have them carry things to take back to the nest such as food.

    To increase awareness they develop smaller secondary eyes on each side of their head, but they are only good for detecting changes in movement rather than detail making them little better than "rear view mirrors."
    >> Bobski 05/04/12(Fri)18:57 No.18979417
    *rather than have them drag along the ground, allowing them to carry things back to their nests.

    Damn editing mistakes.
    >> Anonymous 05/04/12(Fri)19:09 No.18979564
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    Now that mud is a thing of the past, the Mud Cows have had to adapt drastically to survive.

    The Gel Walruses now inhabit the Frozen Steppes (C) and have learnt to brush away the frost with their old mouth and feed on dirt. Swapping food for dirt was a long and arduous evolution spanning many generations of Gel Walrus, this has left their population decimated and herds rarely exceed 5. Naturally the dirt contains very few nutrients and only the Gel Walruses' highly adaptable digestive system can manage it as food; luckily there's plenty of soil to eat but it means they have to be eating constantly.

    To combat the harsh winds, the Gel Walruses' old muddy carapace has become a luscious mane of fur.
    >> That one guy 05/04/12(Fri)19:29 No.18979788
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    Yay! We're still going!

    Living in Alpine areas usually result in some stone crab dying in the snow. The stone crab, to avoid extinction, have developed small holes at the front of their bodies in order to detect avalanches as well as predators, or otherwise sense prey.
    >> Anonymous 05/04/12(Fri)19:36 No.18979849
    So wait, it'ss a walrus made of gel? It's only semi-solid and such?
    >> Anonymous 05/04/12(Fri)19:40 No.18979899

    Pretty much, their ancestors were jellyfish. Also worth noting that their mouths are under those flaps before its tail; long story.
    >> Anonymous 05/04/12(Fri)19:46 No.18979947
    I love the artwork and such but I don't even know how to go about editing it.
    >> Anonymous 05/04/12(Fri)19:53 No.18980018
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    Cheers, try going from this instead.
    >> fatherofthemoons 05/04/12(Fri)19:54 No.18980020
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    The female Skullroots(former Tadseeds) continue their line of development. The Skullroots begin to develop lines and dots of red to entice the male Tadseeds to them. (Picture related in terms of design) Though they seem pointless the ones with more ornate designs are more likely to attract males and as such more likely to breed larger clutches of Tadseeds. Along with this the roots attached to the bottom of the spinal root begin to form a sort of lower jaw, however it is split into two mandibles that are used more as arms to pull the male Tadseeds. (The female Skullroots are capable of handling multiple pregnancies at once because of this). Still they fail to live longer outside of the Asparagus Tree but within it they thrive and continue to evolve.

    Essentially the female Tadseeds, which are now Skullroots, have continued their evolution out of necessity to breed. While the male Tadseeds have entirely stopped theirs because there used are incredibly small outside of breeding and dying.
    >> Deus vs Machina 05/04/12(Fri)19:57 No.18980054
    I don't know about you, but I can't look at the Gel Walrus without seeing Elvis.
    >> Anonymous 05/04/12(Fri)20:03 No.18980125
    sure is Lamarck in here.
    your all inventiveness is awesome however.
    >> Anonymous 05/04/12(Fri)20:04 No.18980135
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    What are you doing with sunglasses, you gormless gelatinous geophage, you don't even have eyes.
    >> Anonymous 05/04/12(Fri)20:15 No.18980234
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    In accordance with the changes the Steppes Asparagus underwent, the Barkworm's life changes quite a bit. The tree's fastened metabolism can sustain a greater number of worms in a single tree. Thus, the Bark Worm develop simple social structures; a colony usually consists of a pair of adults and their adolescent offspring, who stay with their parents until they themselves reach maturity.
    Also, their front limbs evolve into simple pincers to cut up fallen leaves and tend to the compost pile in the heart of the nest.
    >> Anonymous 05/04/12(Fri)20:39 No.18980457
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    To help them dig through substrate for richer nutrients the Gel walrus have grown larger, stronger and scooped shaped tusks.
    >> OP has Returned FortuneHost 05/04/12(Fri)22:40 No.18981553
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    You are a beautiful person, Anon... came back from my errand, saw these... simply wondermagisplendiferous.

    > dat filename
    Made my night.
    >> FortuneHost 05/04/12(Fri)22:48 No.18981611
    Yes, very much so... I tried to avoid that, but it seems almost unavoidable in these kinds of threads. The point of the game is less "accurate evolutionary science" and more "have fun being creative".
    >> fatherofthemoons 05/04/12(Fri)23:21 No.18981939
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    Another evolution in celebration of the glorious return of OP.

    The male Tadseeds have become nothing more then glorified sperm cells at this point. Most of their body in fact is just their sex organ. This serves a dual purpose. One, the Skullroot can continue to engorge itself upon resin, without having to deal with the male competition, and 2 the dead Tadseed body further aids the growth of the tree while the Skullroot itself is able to live, free from the trees interference upon its own body.

    The picture shows some previous evolution, one being the infrared markings akin to a sugar skull that the females take on to attract the more primitive males. And the developed mandibles, that only see use from trapping the Tadseeds and serve no purpose but to hold them there while the tree eats them.

    Also the Skullroots still lack the ability to live outside of the Resin Packet, though some survive a bit longer then usual now, the cold is truly what kills them and they may be unable to survive until the Ice Age is truly over.
    >> That one guy 05/04/12(Fri)23:24 No.18981972
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    Oh god I love this world. It's a good thing the Americans haven't found it yet, or else...

    Rock Crabs develop communication through chirping.
    >> FortuneHost 05/04/12(Fri)23:28 No.18982011
    What about us Americans would be bad? (I can think of a number of things, I just don't know which you're referring to.)

    Also, the Stone Crab communication makes me think of Prairie Dogs' little barks.
    Also, guys slow down... evolution is gradual, some of these changes should take *at least* two posts to happen. Sorry if I sound like a broken record...
    >> FortuneHost 05/04/12(Fri)23:37 No.18982108
    Hey, I had a question, if these things die after they leave the resin, how did they ever spread beyond one tree?
    >> That one guy 05/04/12(Fri)23:44 No.18982183
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    >Digging up oil, destroying land scape
    >Using oil to dig more oil, poluting atmosphere
    >Causing global warming
    >Global warming causes ice caps to melt
    >Sea level rises
    >Habitats lost
    >This video:

    Banana Leaf roots are highly flammable. When burned, they produce a faintly sweet aroma.
    >> fatherofthemoons 05/04/12(Fri)23:44 No.18982189

    Haha I should have mentioned that at some point. Essentially it all depends upon development level, since they are a "parasite". The parasite can lie dormant within the seedling as opposed to grow inside the resin packet, and then wait it out until the tree matures and then infects the resin packet. That and if a tree is infected it likely will never stop being so, thus after it expels its seedlings and then wraps up again the new resin packet will become infected as well. Its possible for them to all die out at some point, especially if they aren't able to get out of the resin packet life cycle.
    >> FortuneHost 05/04/12(Fri)23:49 No.18982223
    Grrr... can't even get the majority of Americans to even acknowledge the existence of climate change because of oil company propaganda. *calms down* (Leave the politics on Earth...)

    What caused this adaptation in the roots of the Alpine Herb? What benefit does it confer? Or are you simply adding fluff to the world, because that's fine too.
    >> FortuneHost 05/04/12(Fri)23:57 No.18982299
    So they lay some of the eggs in the seedlings of the Asparagus plant, in order to continue spreading?
    >> Anonymous 05/04/12(Fri)23:58 No.18982313
    >can't even get the majority of Americans to even acknowledge the existence of climate change
    The majority of Americans do acknowledge climate change though. And they should, since it measurably happens. Not acknowledging something and not doing anything about it aren't the same thing. Everybody is acting pretty much in a reasonable fashion regarding climate change, except the assholes who try to pretend it's entirely human caused and keep showing the Mann hockey stick graph even though it's the result of a systemic error.
    >> fatherofthemoons 05/05/12(Sat)00:02 No.18982344

    Basically yes. Its not done on purpose though seeing as they are entirely unaware of the cycle that continuously wipes out a clutch and then restarts it. It is also entirely possible for a single tree to just birth male eggs and thus never grow into anything and the tree would no longer be infected. In fact its entirely possible that further down the lone the female would be the most important part of the clutch and despite being overabundant currently it could get to a point where a female fights for dominance of the clutch and thus all of the resin and mates.
    >> FortuneHost 05/05/12(Sat)00:13 No.18982418
    Look, let's just drop it. Leave the politics on Earth, I should never have even said anything.

    Also, working on the updated Blimpie illustration. Will post when it when done.
    >> That one guy 05/05/12(Sat)00:16 No.18982443
    The burning helps nutrients get into the soil for the next generation of banana leaves, keeping the seeds mostly unscathed. Apart from that, it's just fluff since I don't recall me or anyone else giving the rock crabs noses.
    >> Anonymous 05/05/12(Sat)00:47 No.18982721

    Yeah, 'cause obviously every American does these things, and it's not like no other nation on Earth doesn't do them. Stop being so bigoted and ignorant and presuming things about an entire nation of people.

    (Leave the politics on Earth, whatever, but I'm not just going to stand by as an entire group of people is insulted for no good reason.)
    >> Anonymous 05/05/12(Sat)00:53 No.18982782
    >Causing global warming
    >implying that it isn't just the little ice age ending
    We're still cooler than during the Medieval Warm Period.
    >Global warming causes ice caps to melt
    >implying that having ice caps is the Earth's usual state
    They've been solid for only a tiny portion of the planet's history, even counting only the parts when there's been life.
    >> agent of evolution 05/05/12(Sat)01:06 No.18982918
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    Skullroots are often consumed by Proboscis Scorpion's by accident. Some of them have evolved to become parasites within the gut of the Scorpion, using an adapted bit of root to anchor themselves in place and feed on the resin the Scorpion consumes.

    This is a branch evolution, named the Parasite Skullroot.
    >> Deus vs Machina 05/05/12(Sat)01:19 No.18983055
    Just a question: are you using Paint for these pictures? If so how do you manage to get the nice tapering ends on lines without using the Brush which creates issues when using the Fill tool?
    >> agent of evolution 05/05/12(Sat)01:23 No.18983087

    I'm using GIMP, which is free photo editing software. I use the pencil tool on images that are using hard edges (like the skullroot) and I use the airbrush for images with soft edges.
    >> baby 05/05/12(Sat)01:32 No.18983168
    what happens to pretend crabs op?
    >> Anonymous 05/05/12(Sat)02:09 No.18983380
    There's several critters/plants that haven't had their ice-ageness stated aren't there?
    >> agent of evolution 05/05/12(Sat)02:32 No.18983542
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    The Rock Crabs develop a special organ that takes a portion of the food they eat and turns it into a rich fertilizer for the Banana-Leaf. The crab vomits this material onto the seeds as it plants then, ensuring a richer harvest.
    >> HELMSAN 05/05/12(Sat)02:41 No.18983608
    The Pargus Tree continues getting smaller, lessening its own production of energy in favour of growing many thin long rootlets which seek out Asparagus Tree roots to cling to. These thin rootlets are much more efficient at drawing energy from the "parent" trees, fueling the Pargus's increasing growth.
    >> HELMSAN 05/05/12(Sat)02:42 No.18983613
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    forgot the pic oops
    >> Deus vs Machina 05/05/12(Sat)03:06 No.18983785
    Cool, just finished downloading it. Gonna try to learn to use it instead of Paint.

    I assume you're using the calligraphy brush type with the Pencil, or is it some other setup?
    >> Available Species: Floater FortuneHost 05/05/12(Sat)03:11 No.18983837
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    Alright, it's 2 in the AM in my time zone guys, I've got to get me some shuteye.
    I fucked it up due to being half awake, so the shading and what-not is a 'tad off, but here it is. Now, I'm off to sleep, perhaps to dream.

    Take it easy guys, I'll catch up with you in the morning.
    >> agent of evolution 05/05/12(Sat)03:12 No.18983840

    Nope just the round one, but I work with such a small brush for stuff like that, it is only a 3x3 cross of pixels.
    >> Anonymous 05/05/12(Sat)03:14 No.18983852
    >perhaps to dream.
    fyi it's actually "perchance to dream".
    >> FortuneHost 05/05/12(Sat)03:14 No.18983853
    Also, don't forget to vote for this thread on suptg.
    > http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Fortune%20Evolution
    >> FortuneHost 05/05/12(Sat)03:15 No.18983859
    God dammit, I really am tired...
    >> Anonymous 05/05/12(Sat)04:06 No.18984239
    Bumping for justice, and for Eastern Hemisphere bros who are still actually awake.
    >> Anonymous 05/05/12(Sat)05:02 No.18984681
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    The symbiotic relationship of the Steppes Apsaragus with its inhabitants thickens as modified resin pockets that start to grow on its roots act as a sort of chemical glands. They will release tiny drops of sap as nutrition for the Bark Worms to lap up. The worms, in return, who now need to spend less time looking for food themselves will patrol the the immediate area around the plant to fend off potential threats.
    >> Anonymous 05/05/12(Sat)05:16 No.18984778
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    the tree grows it dense fields now. the root network is interconnected, and when a creature is suitably far into the field the trees trigger a mass ejection of their central spike, impaling large individuals or grazing herds.
    >> Anonymous 05/05/12(Sat)05:25 No.18984840
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    After years of close symbiosis, the fungus accompanying the former Banana Leaf has started to grow above the roots, growing around the body of the Alpine Herb and extruding its fruiting bodies at odd angles. This change in growth likely has something to do with the accumulation of volatile chemicals in the roots of the herb and the nodules of the fungus, volatiles which protect against freezing, though they may lend themselves to combustion under the right circumstances.
    >> Anonymous 05/05/12(Sat)05:43 No.18984957
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    spine back just got spinier to ward off the more nimble pack hunters from attempting to jump on its back. It will now burrow into the dense snow with only its back and tail exposed to rest as a defensive posture.
    >> agent of evolution 05/05/12(Sat)09:38 No.18986228

    Maybe people are intimidated by the fidelity of the pictures for this evo? Seems like it's going slowly.
    >> Anonymous 05/05/12(Sat)10:09 No.18986452
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    a species of floater develop a more muscular trunk and collect food and deposit into its open bath like stomach this species is now a Blyoat and is omnivorous and will eat any thing its trunk can lift above it.
    >> Anonymous 05/05/12(Sat)10:17 No.18986497
    I know I sure as hell am.

    The gel walruses have become even less solid and more gel like. Rather than using a mouth they now absorb matter through their purple bits into a stomach that is used to break down a substance into nutriance before it is permeated throughout the body. Because of this they have become semi-transparent and no longer have mouths or nostrils.

    (I tried)
    >> Anonymous 05/05/12(Sat)10:18 No.18986502
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    And the image...
    >> Anonymous 05/05/12(Sat)11:14 No.18986950
    Don't mean to butt in but I'm pretty sure their nose is the only sense they have, probably a good idea to keep that..
    The permeation thing is alright though, they've kinda gone full-circle.
    >> agent of evolution 05/05/12(Sat)11:55 No.18987317

    Perhaps they feel with their jelly.
    >> Anonymous 05/05/12(Sat)12:02 No.18987392
    >that feel when u jelly
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    Losing their nostrils was quite detrimental to Gel Walrus survival. The best survivors did so by evolving a stiff and sensitive pelt, able to detect the tiniest changes in air currents and temperature, warning them of changing weather and incoming predators.

    (do they have predators?)
    >> Anonymous 05/05/12(Sat)12:06 No.18987432

    Assuming there's any benefit to eating jelly, a Spineback or a couple Wretches wouldn't say no.
    >> Morning Bump FortuneHost 05/05/12(Sat)13:23 No.18988069
    Well they live in the steppes, so Wretches *may* eat them... if they were starving or something. Spinebacks might use them to "cleanse the palette" or something, but I don't know if the Gel Walruses have much in the way of regular enemies.

    They have *very* much gone full circle.

    Dammit, I worked hard on those pretty pictures so that people would be *attracted* to the game. [sigh] Seems I cannot win for losing.

    Thanks, no need to feel intimidated. You're doing just fine and dandy.

    The Gel Walruses may have moved on to punk, but Walrus Elvis will always have a special place in my heart... he will remain the King.

    Quick bump for all the Fortunates [my new name for y'all] I have things to do today, but thought I'd check this morning 'fore I leave.
    >> Anonymous 05/05/12(Sat)13:47 No.18988261
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    The stomach of the gel walrus is now little more than a pool of highly corrosive acid (that the walrus is naturally immune to). This allows the walrus to break down virtually any material and the energy released from this provides an internal heating source. It also makes them even less appetizing and even deadly to would be predators.
    >> baby 05/05/12(Sat)14:12 No.18988501
    OP what happened to the pretend crabs?
    >> Deus vs Machina 05/05/12(Sat)16:42 No.18990054
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    This is very late, but here's my graphics update for the pretender crabs, or snow crabs as they're now called.
    >> FortuneHost 05/05/12(Sat)17:00 No.18990278
    Thanks for the update.

    Why is this so slow going, been gone for a number of hours and see maybe 2-3 posts?!
    WHY WON'T YOU LOVE ME /end silliness

    Nevertheless, it feels taboo, but I'll be updating some of the critters, right now.
    >wtf captcha, how am I supposed to type Greek?
    >> That Other Norwegian Dude 05/05/12(Sat)17:05 No.18990347
    You dont, you just type in Nigger and let it slide.
    >> FortuneHost 05/05/12(Sat)17:12 No.18990447
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    The Cliffclimber Crabs slowly develop spines on their back carpace. These help widen their burrowing chambers when digging out a new home. They have the added benefit of making the crab less appealing meal to potential predators (though for the moment they have very few).

    > captcha: Rumpar Society,
    >> Anonymous 05/05/12(Sat)17:53 No.18990866
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    Blyoat develop a fuzzy fur which keeps in heat and also prevent water collecting on their skin
    >> FortuneHost 05/05/12(Sat)18:18 No.18991166
    The Bloat begins to move inland, now that it can withstand the colder temperatures of the mainland. The vast majority stay on the high seas, however.

    The possibility remains that this land-wandering population may evolve into a separate sub-species.
    >> Stooge !2oBeAJCdvY 05/05/12(Sat)19:22 No.18991943
    Oh man, I saw this thread in the suptg archive and had no idea it was still around, let me quickly catch up on everything and rustle something up. Just to be clear on this, do the sailfins fly? I've had the idea for a surface flipper offshoot hunting blimpies since early during last thread.
    >> Bobski !XDg.YiZHFE 05/05/12(Sat)19:23 No.18991950
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    >They have the added benefit of making the crab less appealing meal to potential predators (though for the moment they have very few).

    A cannibalistic offshoot of the cliff climber evolves, THE MURDER CRAB! Feeding on its cousins and on any small critters it can find, they work alone, climbing to a height and then falling on their prey. Their digging tool becomes much sharper, able to pierce between the gaps in their cliff climber cousins armors for a swift kill.
    >> Anonymous 05/05/12(Sat)19:53 No.18992286
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    The furred bloats hovering over land split off eventually into their own sub-species, developing a split in their trunk that allows them to better grasp onto, twist, pull, and eat the anchored land-based flora.
    >> Stooge !2oBeAJCdvY 05/05/12(Sat)19:56 No.18992323
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    The inland-heading bloats catch the seeds of some of the few remaining mud shrubs. The hot water and sediment in the floats' 'tub' provides a hospitable environment and smaller shrubs sprout there, their seeds eventually spreading onto both land and sea based bloats.
    >> Anonymous 05/05/12(Sat)20:03 No.18992385
    The sea-based bloats find that their fur has become a haven for photosynthetic bacterial mats, which grow in thick, sticky layers of goop held onto the bloat by its fur.
    >> Anonymous 05/05/12(Sat)20:04 No.18992392
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    crappy pic!
    >> Stooge !2oBeAJCdvY 05/05/12(Sat)20:13 No.18992476
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    The far northern fur serpents further adapt to the extreme temperatures by developing their feelers into a form suitable for burrowing - they withstand colder periods of time by burrowing in large groups, and begin to develop hibernation during winters.
    >> That one guy 05/05/12(Sat)20:25 No.18992624
    The rock crabs learn how to use the combustible roots of the banana leaf plant to create fire. This fire is used to melt ice to water banana leaf plants.
    >> FortuneHost 05/05/12(Sat)20:36 No.18992696
    Slow down there, tribal stage will be later. Sorry to just hit the brakes on you, but for now we're still animals. Hope that's all okay to say.
    >> That one guy 05/05/12(Sat)20:39 No.18992720
    That's cool then, because now I can invest all that DNA into making it do cool shit like breathing fire to keep warm :)
    >> FortuneHost 05/05/12(Sat)20:44 No.18992743
    It's not that crappy, it's just fine.
    >> Anonymous 05/05/12(Sat)20:47 No.18992762
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    the Alpine Herbs in the Frozen Steppes react to there new climate and that most available water is frozen. Their leaves grow wider to absorb more sunlight but they become dry and brittle, losing coloration in the process.
    >> Stooge !2oBeAJCdvY 05/05/12(Sat)20:47 No.18992775
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    Some sailfins develop a different fin structure and a new behaviour, jumping out of the water and gliding above its edge for short periods of time, allowing them to catch stray low-altitude bloats.
    >> Stooge !2oBeAJCdvY 05/05/12(Sat)20:54 No.18992836
    Oh, by the way, Fortunebro, will we be getting some continental drift after the ice age? I'd argue for a split into just two continents, there's not a lot of landmass and this way it would be easy to keep track off.
    >> FortuneHost 05/05/12(Sat)21:03 No.18992922
    As long as you don't do that in a single post. That's the kind of thing that should take a while.

    Count on it, I had already planned on just such a thing. I actually have the fault-lines and plate tectonics planned out. No, I won't reveal them, not unless/until your species develops surveying equipment.
    >> FortuneHost 05/05/12(Sat)21:08 No.18992968
    The Sailfins, despite taking a hit due to lowered temperature (and encroachment by Midnight Ravesharks) begin to bounce back, or at least this subspecies does.
    >> Anonymous 05/05/12(Sat)21:11 No.18993004
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    the some Alpine Herbs in the Frozen Steppes grow larger and drier leaves. With no plants to give them shade from the summer sun, the large leaves wilt and shrivel up around the base of the plant. This acts as a natural kindling and when combined with the combustive properties of the plant's fungi symbiont, the plant explodes. The explosion kills the plant, but disperses the fungus and parts of the plant bulb in a large area and leaves behind its root structure. The plants quickly begin spreading.

    These new plants are called Burst Herbs.

    (hope I'm doing this right, its my first evo game.)
    >> Anonymous 05/05/12(Sat)21:14 No.18993023
    I should note these burstings happen at the height of the summer.
    >> Anonymous 05/05/12(Sat)21:23 No.18993098
    Neat, I guess we've gotta get everyone's habitats figured out before splitting them, though I think it's fair enough to make assumptions for some of them. I'm just sad I found this thread so late, I'll come back tomorrow and play around with the new sailfins some more, anyone's welcome to do whatever with them though.

    I'll be busy for the most part but if I catch a break I might try my hand at making a complete flipper evo tree, I've been itching to see one given how crazy divergent flippers have gotten.
    >> Flipper Evolutionary Tree FortuneHost 05/05/12(Sat)21:33 No.18993184
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    I would be enormously grateful. I've got some started. There's the Gulper split-off and here I'll give you the start of the Flippers.
    P.S. Don't worry about the little circle system, I scrapped it. Feel no need to continue to uphold it, frankly I think it makes the tree look messy anyway.
    >> FortuneHost 05/05/12(Sat)21:40 No.18993255
    You're doing just fine, that's a great evolution. Plus it ties in wonderfully with the previous adaptations. I like that, need more of it (tying with previous stuff, that is).
    >> Anonymous 05/05/12(Sat)21:56 No.18993430
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    With its strengthened stomach, Gelwalruses have greater calorie intake and they begin growing thicker manes that extend down their backs. These furrier Gelwalruses stay warmer, helping to adapt them to the colder climate.

    >> fatherofthemoons 05/05/12(Sat)21:59 No.18993463
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    Man moving sucks, haven't been able to keep up with my favorite game thread at all today. No matter.

    The Skullseeds as a whole have slowed down their growth as a specie in return for a somewhat longer life span. Their spinal roots grow down further and develop more of their natural roots as they(the seedlings) prepare to leave the Resin Packet. Whether this will benefit the Skullroots or not is completely up in the air, though it does provide more of a "skeleton" to grow upon if they can manage it in the future.
    >> FortuneHost 05/05/12(Sat)22:03 No.18993500
    The Gel Walrus numbers begin to swarm. Being difficult to eat, plus being able to literally eat dirt and survive means there is very little to ever seriously hurt their numbers.
    >> FortuneHost 05/05/12(Sat)22:15 No.18993618
    At last, a celebrated regular returns (they may already be here, but I can't recognize 'em as Anons. Welcome to all regulars... and newbies).
    >> Anonymous 05/05/12(Sat)22:19 No.18993650
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    The explosion bulb dispersal technique of the Burst Herbs becomes more effective as the bulbs segment into smaller knotty sections (kind of like a ginger root).
    >> fatherofthemoons 05/05/12(Sat)22:20 No.18993663
    Haha Thank you I appreciate that. I had an idea for the Skullroots so its time to slow drag it out now.


    Wait... So its like a pile of firecrackers?
    >> Anonymous 05/05/12(Sat)22:22 No.18993679
    Man, this is a hell of a weed. First we had intoxicating herbs and now our spin off fucking explodes.
    >> Anonymous 05/05/12(Sat)22:26 No.18993723

    Its not much of an explosion, more of a burst. It allows the plant to scatter bits of the bulb and fungus to spread and reproduce.

    The explosion is dependent on three factors, the chemicals in the fungus symbiont, the wilting of the large dry leaves, and an ignition from the summer sun (it most likely could not spread into the forest or mountains due to shade, although I'm not clear on how the plant spread before my evolutions).
    >> fatherofthemoons 05/05/12(Sat)22:29 No.18993770

    So its a natural recreation of the slash and burn farming method, only less detrimental to the environment since it is relatively contained. That's pretty awesome, I could see that causing massive forest fires in the future but otherwise that's a really neat adaption. Good show chap.
    >> FortuneHost 05/05/12(Sat)22:34 No.18993808
    I kind of want to rename it the "Boom Ginger"...
    >> Anonymous 05/05/12(Sat)22:36 No.18993844
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    I like that, and as its creator, give you permission to call it Boom Ginger instead of Burst Herbs.
    >> FortuneHost 05/05/12(Sat)22:43 No.18993919
    Hooray, a happy GM is I.

    > I could see that causing massive forest fires in the future

    Don't give me any ideas...
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    The remaining, none-exploding Alpine Herbs have grown tired of having their leaves eaten so much by crabs and have begun taking in toxins produced by their fungal symbiote, specifically compounds that give them a terrible taste. This turns the leaves a yellow color as the toxins flood in and compete with the chloroplasts for color.
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    The tree has become decentralized over several generations, its trunk now actually a network of roots. Its leaves waxy and tough to protect against the winter chill. The central seed pod is a thing of the past. The tree reproduces like a starfish can. If torn up each root segment has a chance of sprouting into a new tree. Finally, its spring loaded defense mechanism is now multiple smaller roots in an omnidirectional spread as opposed to a single large seed pod acting as a lance....GENTLEMEN BEHOLD...I GIVE YOU...SPIKY TRAP...DEATH PLANT!!!! MWAHAHAHAHAA
    >> Anonymous 05/05/12(Sat)23:03 No.18994129
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    The Ravesharks continue their dominance of the deep sea. They grow larger and their tentacles longer. As food dwindles they turn to cannibalism, further selecting the species for larger and more aggressive genes.
    >> Anonymous 05/05/12(Sat)23:15 No.18994237
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    The Ravesharks with bigger skulls begin to dominate the genetic field. The larger skulls allow them to prey on young Ravesharks more easily, and all other smaller fish. The skull size is acompianed by an increase in eye size.
    >> FortuneHost 05/05/12(Sat)23:20 No.18994281
    Oh man, the crabs are in trouble, their entire life cycle on farming those plants... They have no recourse...
    Roll 1d10 for me...

    The trees have a great survival rate, curious critters die and fertilize the roots.
    >> Anonymous 05/05/12(Sat)23:23 No.18994325
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    The Midnight Ravesharks in higher waters continue to lighten in tone, providing them greater camouflage for their new habitat. They get slightly smaller.
    >> Anonymous 05/05/12(Sat)23:25 No.18994347
    rolled 3 = 3

    Here's hoping they don't all die.
    >> Anonymous 05/05/12(Sat)23:25 No.18994356
    rolled 8 = 8

    rolling for those little crab guys...
    >> Anonymous 05/05/12(Sat)23:26 No.18994367
    Flowers lose leaves in response to ethylene, a gas. If you want to keep those flowers looking good, keep the fruit bowl away from it.
    >> Event: Crabs Interbreed FortuneHost 05/05/12(Sat)23:38 No.18994506

    Their trials have made the crabs hard and ruthless... they have survived by going out and feeding on their relatives... and then interbreeding with them. The Murder Crabs, Clifflclimber Crabs and Stone Crabs begin to blend together into a single species. (Will post a picture soon, need to make it.)
    >> Deus vs Machina 05/05/12(Sat)23:42 No.18994540
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    Updated graphics for this...
    >> Deus vs Machina 05/05/12(Sat)23:43 No.18994556
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    ...and this.
    >> fatherofthemoons 05/05/12(Sat)23:47 No.18994602
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    The Skullseeds have managed to expand their thin grey skin slightly more, in particular over their spinalroots and in between unconnected parts. Though generally unnoticable their "faces" have become slightly more stream lined and with the formation of a unified jaw seeming to be in order a pointed chin might result.

    This growth seems to be made of necessity to instead of outright mate and eat the males they intend to store them inside of their "mouths" for future use and making an effective head would do so nicely. However along with this comes the news that the Skullroots are becoming scarcer within the Resin Packet clutches, not drastically currently but their inability to survive outside of the resin is preventing them from furthering their race. However the continuation of their "bodies" will help prevent them from going extinct but currently it is unknown.

    Also, I may or may not be trying to create a proto Hamadryad over a long stretch over time here. Maybe.
    >> Anonymous 05/05/12(Sat)23:49 No.18994630
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    rolled 4 = 4

    The Spinebacks get furrier and fatter. They hold their tails lower to the ground now.
    >> Anonymous 05/05/12(Sat)23:54 No.18994699
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    nice I missed the new graphic! Looks great.

    The Ravesharks front tentacles grow longer and more suitable for grasping and struggling with other Ravesharks.
    >> Anonymous 05/05/12(Sat)23:58 No.18994758
    The smaller non-bigheaded Ravesharks, with selective pressure killing off the brightest, have evolved much of their luminescence away, though traces of it remain, primarily on the leading edge of their fins. These smaller "dark" sharks survive in the shadows of their bigger kin by being as unnoticed by them as possible. (Total split in the Raveshark heritage here)
    >> Anonymous 05/05/12(Sat)23:59 No.18994765
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    Quick doodle
    >> Anonymous 05/06/12(Sun)00:04 No.18994827
    Little reminder for the Ravesharks for those who don't know. The normal variety can only survive in the depths and pressure of the abyss. The Midnight Raveshark lives in shallower water.
    >> Available Species: Mountain Crab FortuneHost 05/06/12(Sun)00:05 No.18994847
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    Mountain Crab, the only species. THERE COULD ONLY BE ONE.
    >> Anonymous 05/06/12(Sun)00:09 No.18994890
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    The shell frogs begin growing smaller shells, more akin to their ancestors. They offer little protection, but allow greater flexibility and movement.
    >> Anonymous 05/06/12(Sun)00:11 No.18994916
    tell us about the mountain crab, what kind of behavior does it have?
    >> fatherofthemoons 05/06/12(Sun)00:15 No.18994966
    Man look at this thread suddenly taking off again. Working on the next step for the Skullroot as I bump.
    >> FortuneHost 05/06/12(Sun)00:16 No.18994972
    From the Murder Crabs, the creatures develop a cannibalism. Upon birth, the young take their teeth to one another, and then disperse, to establish lairs of their own in the cold unforgiving rock. There is little meat in the mountains, and it is not unheard of to see such cannibalism even into adulthood.
    Other than that, the usual fare of the Mountain Crabs are wayward Bloats, the odd Chomper, lots of scavenging.
    >> Anonymous 05/06/12(Sun)00:18 No.18994997
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    With the increased strength of its stomach acids, the Gel Walrus loses its tusks. Instead of digging with its tusks, it now disgorges stomach acids onto the dirt it wants to eat, and slurps up the sloppy results.
    >> Anonymous 05/06/12(Sun)00:31 No.18995178
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    The Fur-Serpants become better burrowers with the aid of greater manipulators. Their tunnels become longer and better made.
    >> Anonymous 05/06/12(Sun)00:31 No.18995180

    Not all Pink Leeches joined in that evolution, a branch of them split off, darkening their bodies to blend in with the rock, making their initial capture easier via the use of disguise.

    > Rock Leech
    > Carnivorous (bloodsucking parasite)
    > Aquatic (anywhere there are hosts to be found, though common in mid-to-surface depths.
    >> Anonymous 05/06/12(Sun)00:31 No.18995188
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    Woo color change
    >> Anonymous 05/06/12(Sun)00:46 No.18995392
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    Those Rock Leeches that live in the deepest waters have their tentacles change, becoming longer and thinner as the rest of their body slims. The new tentacle shape is used to wrap itself around the tentacles of other deep sea creatures, even sometimes the Rave Sharks - if the leech can avoid being pulled into its maw.

    > Rock Leech
    > Carnivorous (bloodsucking parasite)
    > Aquatic (Deep Sea/Sea Floor)
    >> fatherofthemoons 05/06/12(Sun)00:52 No.18995457
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    (I know the formation of the jaw was a huge jump, but I couldn't do it in steps without it becoming a huge pain.)

    The Skullroots have developed something of a mouth now. Though not used for eating it is the only orifice that will allow in Tadseeds and resin for processing. This particular development came at a huge price though, the Skullroots unable to produce such a deviation either through breeding with offspring off the jawed variations or having enough time to develop it themselves began to die out quickly due to being ignored by potential mates. No more then a dozen per Asparagus Tree live anymore and only half of those are able to produce viable children to future the race. Their unorthodox breeding, short life spans, and parasitic nature are turning their species into ruin.
    >> Anonymous 05/06/12(Sun)00:56 No.18995501
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    So here are the Ravesharks at the moment
    Midnight Ravesharks live in mid to high water. It ses photoluminesce to attract mates and can starve as the lights scare off prey.

    Great Ravesharks live in the Abyss and have large skulls and long tentacles to help in hunting. They eat young ravesharks and Shadow ravesharks. They also are photoluminescent

    Shadow Ravesharks also live in the deep, but have gotten smaller and have less photoluminessence.
    >> Anonymous 05/06/12(Sun)00:58 No.18995525
    The harsh cold of the fall and winter of Fortune's few forests has bred an unusual development.
    A Chomper, after some... interesting trial and error, begins using it's hands to pull off the spikes of the Spike Trap plant to get at the yummy plant stuff within. This Chomper, by using this skill repeatedly around other Chompers, inadvertently teaches the other Chompers to do the same. Within a few generations, Chompers all across the forests and steppe have learned this skill. Some are even beginning to use this potential tool as primitive cutting tools, though they lack the mental capacity to do anything beyond gathering food. The Chompers, at this point, have reached the intelligence of a chimpanzee.
    >No art because I suck at art.
    >> FortuneHost 05/06/12(Sun)01:05 No.18995605
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    Gods, their everywhere! Party hard across the ocean!

    Hmmm... its rather soon for such intelligence, but I'll allow it, though it probably won't move (intellectually) for a while.
    >> Anonymous 05/06/12(Sun)01:15 No.18995706

    Sorry about that. Unless there is a drastic shift in their environment, the intelligence of the Chompers has plateaued, due to the fact that they are well adapted enough not to need a boost in intelligence again.
    Just thought I'd explain myself. Sorry about the lack of artwork too, but I wouldn't want to have stick figures mess up the thread.
    >> Anonymous 05/06/12(Sun)01:17 No.18995727
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    The Sea Blyoat's trunk extends, allowing it to hover higher above the surface of the water.
    >> Anonymous 05/06/12(Sun)01:20 No.18995767
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    Shadow Ravesharks continue to shrink in size and now have completely lost there photoluminescence. Due to their smaller individual size, they have begun to form schools for defense as well as taking down larger prey.
    >> FortuneHost 05/06/12(Sun)01:20 No.18995769
    No, no, it's fine, I just... frankly I find the "creature" stage the most interesting, so I'm kind of artificially drawing it out like the loser I am.

    (sorry, just watched "Roast of Charlie Sheen" and self-depreciating humor seems to be flowing rather naturally from me...)
    >> FortuneHost 05/06/12(Sun)01:23 No.18995806
    How small are we talking? Could they actually serve as food some other critters, we're rather low on "food beasts" because we all can't help but make each or our critters the coolest/most adapted.
    Maybe I should just make some so we can keep doing that.
    >> Anonymous 05/06/12(Sun)01:29 No.18995859
    They're certainly small enough that other Rave Sharks eat them, that's why they're trying to be stealthier.
    >> Anonymous 05/06/12(Sun)01:32 No.18995889
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    Male Shell Frogs develop a large throat sack, which when inflated can produce a prolonged clicking croak. The males use this to attract females.

    my god why is this so much fun?
    >> Anonymous 05/06/12(Sun)01:36 No.18995911
    I agree we need smaller food creatures. things that are poorly adapted. Thats why i brought the shellfrog back in. What about all the fish from the other posts? You should preview a few of those simple fish.
    >> Anonymous 05/06/12(Sun)01:36 No.18995915
    Fortune, if you'll indulge me, I was planning on diversifying abyssal life in what I hope will be an interesting way via the leeches (I've been reading the Real Monstrosities website >.>),
    >> Anonymous 05/06/12(Sun)01:45 No.18996007
    Hey fatherofthemoons. I'm a little confused on how this thing works. Could you recap the evolutions and features of the Skullseed? Its getting complex and it should interact with other things.
    >> Anonymous 05/06/12(Sun)01:46 No.18996008
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    the spineback's armor extends down it's back, while its tail evolves into a sort of biological Wrecker, able to rip thru the spike trees and expose the tender organisms that live in its roots...though it this way it sort of perpetuates the spike tree. way to be a jerk spineback.
    >> FortuneHost 05/06/12(Sun)01:47 No.18996019
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    >>18995889 >>18995911
    Thanks for developing the Shellfrogs, they've not recieved much love since Part 2.
    Why is this so fun? No idea, but if you figure it out let me know, then I'll understand my own madness (the madness that made me look forward to Spore the way others look forward to Diablo).

    Not heard of this website, but whatever you're planning, go ahead with [pic related].
    Just know that we're 269/300 posts, and 300 posts is when we autosage, so just keep that in mind. I'll keep an eye on the thread 'till it 404s, but you're creations may not get as many views beyond myself until part 4.
    >> Anonymous 05/06/12(Sun)01:48 No.18996034
    nonsense good sir! why just look at the spineback! it has masterfully evolved to be big enough so that everything else is a food creature. Well played spineback, well played. see below.
    >> Anonymous 05/06/12(Sun)01:49 No.18996037
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    > Rock Sucker
    > Filter Feeder
    > Aquatic (Deep Sea/Sea Floor)

    Some Rock Leeches, under the crushing pressure imposed by roving bands of Shadow Sharks and Great Rave Sharks, have given up trying to latch on to dangerous quarry and instead have traded teeth for maxicilia and live on the sea floor, cramming dirt and muck into their mouths to extract any food from it. The life of a bottom feeder is hard and the competition with the existing locals fierce, but at least there's a chance they might not get eaten.
    >> fatherofthemoons 05/06/12(Sun)01:59 No.18996118

    I'll start with the fact it does not and cannot interact with the other species thus far due to how it develops.

    Alright the Skullroots(originally Tadseeds) began to develop by forming a symbiotic relationship with the seedlings of the Asparagus Tree inside of its Resin Packet. At that time they had a lifespan of gorge upon resin/mate/die, repeat in future cycles. They are a parasite upon the trees natural reproduction which is to expel the seedlings and resin from their heads, once a tree is infected it stays infected, and seedlings will be infected until they mature when the parasites begin to grow again.

    Now the currently version started as the Tadseeds repurposing the seedlings growth patterns to develop a psuedo skeleton, and thus the Skullroots were born. At that point the Skullroots all became female, while the Tadseeds remained male, and essentially glorified sperms. THe Skullroots attract the Tadseeds via the bright patterns they have that the Tadseeds basic infrared sensing eyes can see, the Skullroots have also developed infrared vision but it is nearly as basic.

    The reason they've yet to expand beyond the resin is because as soon as they hit the outside world, they have zero to support themselves on as their diet is only resin thus far and the world is far too cold for a plant based symbiote to survive.

    This is effectively stream lining their development into only doing so for breeding purpose while at the same time hurting them immensely because of their lack of outside world knowledge or developments.

    Probably next thread I'll begin work on having them adapt to the post Resin Packet world. And then my beautiful proto Hamadryad race can begin. Haha
    >> Anonymous 05/06/12(Sun)02:03 No.18996158
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    Alright Cap'n, I'll skip a couple steps of slow evolution and just get to the gist, based on this creature: http://www.realmonstrosities.com/2011/08/tongue-eating-louse.html


    > Tognue Eating Leech
    > bloodsucking parasite
    > Aquatic (Deep Sea/Sea Floor)

    After feeding on, and being eventually eaten by, the Great Ravesharks, a chance mutation making the Rock Leeches "taller" with longer tentacles proved to be a vital change for the species. While many of their cousins continue their normal way of life, these longer, taller leeches began infiltrating the Rave Shark's tentacles, latching on to them at their base, gorging on blood until the tentacle withers away, and then the leech takes its place, eventually fusing its body into the shark's as it uses its twin tentacles to feed the rave shark and its durable rocky shell to protect its host's ravenous maw. The Great Ravesharks appear either to not notice or not care about the replacement of a few tentacles in this manner.
    >> FortuneHost 05/06/12(Sun)02:03 No.18996160
    My concern is food for the smaller critters, that's the worry. So far though, Fortune is a world with a startling amount of cannibalism.

    Wow, much like the Gel Walrus, they've come full circle. Sometimes it serves to go back to the basics.

    > you're
    God dammit... my grammar is slipping. It should read "your".

    Any idea where this fine anon gentleman went? I was hoping I wouldn't have to be the one who made the ENTIRE Flipper evo-tree.

    Thanks for that, fatherofthemoons, I had, admittedly, lost track, just a tad[seed] too.
    >> agent of evolution 05/06/12(Sun)02:06 No.18996194
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    The Parasitic Skullroot has adapted to a new host - the Tree Serpents who prey upon the Proboscis Scorpions. Their numbers increase, as the proportion of spores that make their way back into the resin via animal faeces is much higher, due tot he Tree Serpents proximity and longer life span. They have evolved additional root structures to better adhere to the insides of the Tree Serpents more complex mammal gut.
    >> fatherofthemoons 05/06/12(Sun)02:08 No.18996208

    No worries, I realize that my evolutions get lengthy and rather drawn out that and I hadn't mentioned anything about the Asparagus Tree or post resin lives in awhile so that was my mistake. Regardless, I'll probably throw up one more evolution before bed.

    Also totally forgot about these guys, >>18996194 the only variation that managed to get outside of the resin packets. But I haven't been doing much with them as that was someone else, so my mistake again.
    >> FortuneHost 05/06/12(Sun)02:10 No.18996229
    The tongue louse, dear god, the tongue louse... and I thought the Spinebacks were a horrifying critter. Ladies and gentlebeings, we have nightmare fuel.

    Great, tapeworms too. This is clearly turning into planet Australia or something. What's next? Those dick-eating fish from the Amazon?
    > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Candiru
    Sweet dreams.
    >> agent of evolution 05/06/12(Sun)02:16 No.18996278
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    The Mountain Crabs repurpose their inherited fertilizer organ - they now spray a noxious fluid, used to poison bloats and bring down Bloats out of claw reach, and to repel Spinebacks. The liquid is an irritant to most creatures, but toxic to Bloats.
    >> Anonymous 05/06/12(Sun)02:17 No.18996290
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    The Boom Ginger spreads out of the Steppes towards Ocean F. On the coast it begins growing in shallow salt water. This kills its fungus symbiont. After a few generations, the plant takes a sea green color and no longer explodes.
    The new branch is called Sea ginger
    >> agent of evolution 05/06/12(Sun)02:18 No.18996292

    I'm from Australia ;)

    Great to see so much evolution going on while I was asleep!
    >> Anonymous 05/06/12(Sun)02:18 No.18996297
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    Sorry, perhaps half to a quarter the size of the grand ravesharks.
    The shadowsharks with their strength of numbers have learned how to hunt in packs and are now able to take down their former hunters the grand ravesharks in feeding frenzies like deep sea piranha. Using both stealthy sneak attacks and great numbers they are able to shred the larger less mobile grand ravesharks.
    >> Anonymous 05/06/12(Sun)02:22 No.18996329
    Just a freindly reminder to all future drawfags; A Gelwalruses' mouth is where the "anus" is. It disposes waste products out of it's "mouth", I believe.
    >> Anonymous 05/06/12(Sun)02:22 No.18996330
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    This gives us something like this for the Pink Leech lineage.

    Of all these, most of them should still be alive in their ecological niches. The Long Tentacled and Rock Leech probably out-competed the basic Pink Leech, The Later Tough Pinkie obviously replaces the former, but the rest live in their own habitats or have their own unique niches so they should all still be going strong and serving as fodder for other creatures or nightmare fuel for Fortune.

    Thanks for letting me skip on to the end of the "living on the rave sharks" branch I had in mind Fortune! Saved us like 10 intermediate steps that no one would have cared about.
    >> Sleep is for the Weak! FortuneHost 05/06/12(Sun)02:28 No.18996366
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    No, no, don't apologize, I like the lengthy descriptions. At best they should read like a nature program.
    Also, should anyone find a veritable boatload of cash lying around, feel free to hire David Attenborough to host this thread.
    That or the Kratt Bros. from Zoboomafoo. For non-Americans, it was a kid's show hosted by two naturalist brothers and the show's namesake, a puppet lemur. It was on when I was 9. It was their second project after a short-running program called "Kratt's Creatures". Those of you who remember this show know that I am kind of showing my age when I mention it (doubly so with Kratt's Creature's, even Wikipedia doesn't seem to remember that one).

    Australia-bro, huh? How do you survive in a place where Mother Nature clearly wants to *kill* you? Hell, how did the Aborigines survive even?

    That's a great picture. I love it, now the sea critters have something to munch on besides those ubiquitous water berries (or each other).

    I would've cared. *sadface* Anyway, thanks for the evo-tree. I in no way intended for you to "skip ahead" but at this point when we're so close to autosage, it probably was a good idea on your part. I also thank you and the other leech-adapters for filling out so many niches with the guy. He had no love/attention at all in the second part.
    >> Deus vs Machina 05/06/12(Sun)02:33 No.18996387
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    The Great Raveshark's tentacles become more prehensile, to aid in hunting.
    >> Anonymous 05/06/12(Sun)02:38 No.18996412
    We had both of those shows in America. Thanks for the nostalgia. It'd be weird seeing them talk about the creatures in this, scratch that. Make it any of the evolution threads.

    Discovery should have come to us for when they made Alien Worlds. Or was it National Geographic? I don't know any more.
    >> Anonymous 05/06/12(Sun)02:41 No.18996421
    Oh wow I read your post wrong. How did I miss the "non."
    Real life nat 1 spot check.
    >> Anonymous 05/06/12(Sun)02:43 No.18996430
    Oh well, at least it's done and out there, and now we've got something weird. ...at least it wasn't an eye worm like real world greenland sharks have living on (and eating) their eyes. Is this thread going to be it for the ice age, or is there going to be an Ice Age part deux?
    >> Anonymous 05/06/12(Sun)02:43 No.18996431
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    Sea Ginger slowly over time begins to process the overabundance of salt from the sea. The plant then expells the excess salt from its leaves where it grows in the form of crystals.
    >> fatherofthemoons 05/06/12(Sun)02:45 No.18996454
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    Jesus christ all of these horrors. Alright one more from me then I'm off.

    The Skullroots recently have been rebuilding themselves via the plants themselves. Most ten to have more roots covered in "skin" and then use this to their advantage, within a clutch now only a single female is either born or decided. If multiple females are born they will likely end up fighting for mates, resin and control of the genetic destiny of the Skullroots.

    Lower town their spinal roots seem to be merging and growing in length as well, perhaps for future skeleton growth. Perhaps even the Skullroots are getting ready for a life outside the Asparagus Tree.
    >> agent of evolution 05/06/12(Sun)02:48 No.18996473
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    A branch of Sea Blyoat found a new solution - they become bigger, so big that they were no longer easy prey for Sailfins. Unfortunately, with such bulk they can no longer fly and instead float on the surface of the ocean.
    >> Anonymous 05/06/12(Sun)02:50 No.18996485
    I don't see how that's going to help them all that much...
    >> Anonymous 05/06/12(Sun)02:51 No.18996494
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    The bus sized spineback has become agitated at its prey creatures and their feeble defenses, Bone plating has covered a majority of its body and it now crashes thru the frozen forests with abandon. The shattered trees and trampled creatures it leaves in its wake scatter seeds and leave carrion for smaller creatures to consume.
    >> agent of evolution 05/06/12(Sun)02:54 No.18996524

    Think whales and sharks. Sharks don't eat whales.
    >> Anonymous 05/06/12(Sun)02:54 No.18996529
    You know what we need is a page that summarizes each generation for us. I'm pretty sure a lot of things don't get evolved simply because they get forgotten about.
    >> Deus vs Machina 05/06/12(Sun)02:55 No.18996536
    Great Ravesharks increase in length, gaining a more eel-like body that aids in swimming with undulating movements
    >> Anonymous 05/06/12(Sun)02:56 No.18996541
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    The shadow ravesharks slowly loose their tentacles, as they aren't very useful with the shadow rave sharks diminutive size. Their teeth and mouth become more pointed to allow for easy tearing of their prey.

    For Raveshark sizes I'm imagining
    Midnight Raveshark 6 feet
    Great Raveshark 10 feet
    Shadow Raveshark 3 feet
    >> Deus vs Machina 05/06/12(Sun)02:56 No.18996546
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    Derp, forgot the picture
    >> 2am Update... OP Wide Awake FortuneHost 05/06/12(Sun)02:57 No.18996548
    It was on Animal Planet, and you've no need to link it, I got it on DVD from my folks.
    You know that was actually an adaption from a book? The book was called "Expedition" and it was featuring a series of paintings by Wayne Douglas Barlowe, accompanied by the ecosystems and background stories he'd written for each.
    Barlowe's one of my favorite artists ever, and if you've seen any movies lately you've seen his stuff. Hellboy, Harry Potter, Blade 2, John Carter of Mars, he also did the video game Dante's Inferno. The game was good, but not as good as his own novel, "God's Demon" which was part of another series of paintings of his, which all began when he began to develop a biology and ecosystem for the Christian Hell. Those books draw a lot of influence from Paradise Lost.

    (I'm a huge Barlowe fanboy, especially since I rattled all that crap off without having to look it up.)

    You got an /a/ thread open there, 'cause I don't think the Sailfins look anything like that, ha ha ha.

    At this rate, I'll be having Ice Age part 2. I have a solution to end the Ice Age, but so far the critters seem to be doing pretty damn well. They've bounced back marvelously.

    Also, don't forget to vote the thread up on suptg, guys and gals. You'll find them under the tag: Fortune Evolution
    > http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Fortune%20Evolution
    >> FortuneHost 05/06/12(Sun)02:59 No.18996572

    Oh god, sorry, on http://archive.foolz.us it shows your pictures as some little anime chick. I use it to keep up since it auto-refreshes (and for some reason my 4chan extension doesn't). Disregard the /a/ jibe. Sorry.
    >> Anonymous 05/06/12(Sun)03:25 No.18996765

    > Predaleech (branch-off of Deep Rock Leech)
    > Carnivorous (eats Rock Suckers)
    > Aquatic (deep see/abyss)

    The Rock Leech's teeth evolve into something a little sharper and harder with a muscle that lets them be pushed forward out of the mouth, almost but not quite a beak. These new "Predaleeches" go around eating their relatives, grappling them with their tentacles, then cracking their shells open and slurping the delicious goo inside up with all seven mini-beaks. They're still quite helpless against any other predator, but at least they're a step up on the food chain. Enterprising Predaleeches hitch a ride on other animals and scour them for rock leeches, killing and eating any that are found and providing a valuable service to the community.
    >no pic, because not sure how to draw little beaky things
    >> Deus vs Machina 05/06/12(Sun)03:27 No.18996786
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    The Great Ravesharks have grown additional fins for faster swimming.
    >> Anonymous 05/06/12(Sun)03:27 No.18996791
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    The Sea Ginger spreads along the coast line and the Shell Frogs begin eating the salt crystals. With this extra food intake the male Shell Frogs develop an extra throat sack. They can alternate between two different clicking croaks.
    >> Anonymous 05/06/12(Sun)03:28 No.18996794
    Eh, Animal Planet's mainly owned by Discovery. I'm sure some others around here might be interested in the link. I did not know that it was based on a book. That ecology of Hell one sounds interesting.
    Somehow, that idea makes me think of the moon.
    >> Anonymous 05/06/12(Sun)03:28 No.18996798
    > Pink Predaleech (branch-off of Predaleech)
    > Carnivorous (eats Tough Pinkies)
    > Aquatic (shallow)

    These Predaleeches have been carried up or migrated from the deep ocean nearer to the surface, adopting a pigment similar to their Pink Leech ancestors and have begun hunting the soft-shelled Tough Pinkies, repeating their "ride on the parasite's prey until one comes aboard" trick in these shallower waters.
    >again no pic lol
    >> The Ice Age Continues Elsewhere FortuneHost 05/06/12(Sun)03:35 No.18996848
    NEW THREAD HERE >>18996830
    Thanks for making my very first quest such a success, all of you are awesome. Give yourselves a pat on the back.
    >> Anonymous 05/06/12(Sun)03:40 No.18996900
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    I've added your leaches. But you should try drawing!

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