We begin on the world of "Fortune". It is a primordial world, and life has only just arrived within the ocean. Perhaps someday it will leave, perhaps not. Either way, it's a long, long way to sentience, so let's go over some ground rules.- One change on one creature per posting. Try to limit these changes to the small. I would like this to be gradual.- Color change is free, as long as you can explain it 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)
We have three creatures to start with. All have the sensory capabilites of a planarian, or some other simple creature.> FlipperFlipper is a mobile creature with a paddle-like tail that it uses to swim through the water. It eats plankton.> PinkieA bottom dweller with 14 stubby legs. It feeds on detritus, sometimes substrate.> WigglesSedentary, attaches to rocks and catches detritus and plankton that pass by its feeding arm.
just edit the picture to show what adaptation you wish to give the critter.Explain the reasons why the adaptation occurred.Alternately, you can "split-off" a species from the main branch, rather than making it a furtherance of the previous critter.
Pinkie's mouth moves to the underside. As they crawl along the ocean floor, they sift through the dirt for food with the nubs along the rear of the mouth.
>>961893Wiggles have developed several small "sub-wiggles" which act as "feelers", allowing them to sense, and therefore, hunt, better
Flipper gains a longer body and a tail more suited for speed. This allows it to spread away from the competition and gather more algae.
In an effort to collect more plankton, some Wiggles grow longer.
>>962492In an attempt to rid the sea of competitors>>962803 who take away its plankton as well as gaining a good easy source of plankton, the flipper develops a sucking tongue with which it uses to suck away the wiggles plankton which over periods of time both feeds the flipper yet also starves its competitor wiggles.
>>962803The growth continues and wiggles become huge traps with their wigglers.
>>962008the mouth prolapses and now allows the Pinkie some rudimentary jumping in cases of emergency.
>>965115The tongues of the Sucking Flipper become more mobile in order to capture more plankton.
>>965258Wiggles continue to grow more wiggles and eventually become mobile, predatory creatures.
>>965586feeding on what?
>>965586the gargantuan superwiggle evolves from the former wigggles to feed off Pinkies and smaller wiggles.
Flippers evolve a series of vents criss-crossing their bodies that secrete a super slick substance allowing them to more easily allow them to glide more easily through wiggle tendrils.
>>965736fucked up the text a bit there. whoops.
>>965738Vented Flipper, I like it.
>>965523Offshoot time!Some Flippers take a different route to avoid the Wiggle predators, their tails becoming more muscled to allow for greater speed.
>>965708The Megawiggle evolves from the superwiggle to prey on smaller wiggles and overwhelm the muscled and slick wiggles.
>>965998dude, calm down.
>>966033seconded, game just started and the Wiggle is already a gigantic super predator.
>>965998Can't do shit now since I'm on mobile(unless there is some shit I don't know about) but holy shit calm down
>>965998the ultrawiggle evolves from the megawiggle to prey on anything small enough it can eat.
>>966033>>966060>>966066if only we had some way of knowing how large a single wiggle actually is. For all we know a cluster of wiggles might only be a centimeter wide, considering they normally eat fucking plankton.
>>966107Apparently a mega wiggle is able to eat flippers and a super wiggle was able to eat pinkies
>>966102The gigawiggle evolves from the ultrawiggle to prey on anything mall enough it can eat
>>966227This is starting to go too farAt this point half of the ecosystem will go extinct
>>966227>he thinks it can sustain itselftheres a good reason large shit died out ya know?it wiill literally go extinct due to not having enough food
>>966304how unfortunate that no extinction rules were outlined
>>966598>- No joke/fetish races/changes.This all probably doesn't count.Hey, is this the original Fortunehost, or somebody else taking up the mantle?
Wiggles taking all the plankton leaves Flippers no other choice, but try eating whats left.It evolves a hardened, beak-like lips in order to nibble on far, old and damaged ends of Wiggler wigglers, pruning them in the process.
>>962038Some cilia-covered wiggles begin moving around by moving muscles on their undersides.>>966948Well, contacted the original Fortunehost. Not him.
You motherfucker... you used the original image and everything.
>>966948Not me, as >>972868 said. Though I am touched that someone enjoyed my game long ago enough to bring it back all these years later.
holy shit! I literally finished reading through the original archives a few days ago. Will come back to evo stuff once I finish downloading paint
>>972868these wiggles develop the ability to retract their cilia things into themselves, stopping flippers from eating off of them
>>965261>pinkies develop a separate anus, allowing them to not shit out of the same hole they eat with
>>973614pinkies develop rudimentary light sensitive organs on their prehensile anuses, allowing them to have some idea where they will jump next
>>973617ok hold on these are hella small brb
>>973619pinkies evolve the ability to not be for ants, although they are still not much bigger than them
>>972707in response to wiggles protecting their cilia better, wiggles gain longer beaks to reach inside their prey and tear off chunks of flesh. as they no longer need their tongue to feed, it develops into a sensory organ.
>>965768Fast Flippers tongue splits in half, allowing for eating plankton at doubled rate.They need it too. Swimming fast requires more energy, so doubling the feeding rate is a necessity.
>>973634the split tongue flipper develops more efficient tail shape, allowing it to swim for longer distances using less energy and without tiring out.
>>973661Starting to look a bit phallic up in here.Are those Mega/Super/DuperWigglers >>965586>>965708>>965998>>966102>>966227present?And if so, which ones?
>>966198the mobile, predatory wiggle (now the niggle) grows a tooth filled mouth to help it eat the flippers it preys on directly.
>>973663yeah sorry about the shape, didn't realize until after I posted. Also, it does make sense for efficient filter feeders to be larger
>>966227ok so based on the size quoted here>>966198the mega wiggle is only about fifteen feet around. this is pretty big, but if we assume it's a group of wiggle living together communally it isn't that crazy. irk communal organisms grow to massive sizes, even if the constituent parts are very simple
>>972707Some Symbiotic Flippers dont subscribe to more aggressive approach >>973624.They split and stay purely symbiotic, moving up to service Superwiggle, Megawiggle, Ultrawiggle and Gigawiggle clusters.In order to do so, their secreted fluid makes them appear to wiggle clusters as another part of a wiggle cluster.Symbiotic Flippers also now shelter themselves inside wiggle clusters.
>>973718the fluid secreted by the symbiotic flippers becomes the perfect medium for a new strain of super-efficient algae, as well as thickening to a jelly-like consistency. This lets the cluster wiggles harvest and grow much quicker, and the now mutualistic flippers benefit from the increase in food and shelter.
>>973738forgot shitty pic :/
>>973624predatory flippers still have trouble getting to the delicious wiggle cilia in time, so they start to slap their prey, stunning them and giving easy access to the tentacles. they are now... slappers...
>>973740mutualistic flippers lose tongues, as they subsist solely on wiggle cluster cilia, and grow beaks more suited to rip and tear. they also get better looking jelly because I finally downloaded a real art app.
>>973611in response to the spread of slappers, armored wiggles develop shells
Some Pinkies, tired of being on the very bottom, grow frills and using their stubby legs float in the water from one place to another, greatly widening their feeding range.They become bottom feeding pink medusae, Pinkiedusae.
>>973756slappers begin opportunistically hunt for both wiggles and flippers in mega wiggle clusters. no image because this is a behavioral change
>>973769their shell became bigger
>>973799pinkiemedusae also take advantage of mega wiggles: they use their powerful enough frills to 'blow' the algae rich jelly out from the cluster and then eagerly use their mouths to eat it and any flippers that come along
>>973661eventually they begin the water itself to help themselves swim, by swallowing and shooting it at the back of their body
>>973621the flaps surrounding pinkie's upper body became more flexible, enabling them to swim short distance when jumping
>>973764>>973764in response to increased predation, mutualistic flippers (or 'muppers') add a foul-tasting purple substance to their secretions when they sense a disturbance in the water around them, helping to discourage slappers and pinkiemedusae. Both species have other sources of food, so they only risk entering mega wiggle clusters when they are starving
>>973666since they have no tongues, niggles are unaffected by mupper ink. also, because they are closely related to megawiggles, they are able to enter the clusters undetected and feast at their leisure
>>973873in response to niggles and hungry pinkiesmedusaw/slappers encroaching on their territory, muppers make their ink toxic. unfortunately, they are unable to damage niggles without also killing the cluster that they live in, so they still try to release it very sparingly
>>973799pinkiemedusa develop color sensitivity in their rudimentary eye spots, allowing them to only harvest cluster gel when no muppers are around to poison them.
>>966227wiggle clusters that are better at surviving mupper ink gradually outcompete those that can't, and soon they are able to conctantly fill their gel with poison without damaging the cluster. mega wiggles now depend entirely on muppers for protection and growing food
>>973834unable to get past the expanded shells of the armored wiggles, slappers use their tails to lift up and flip them over, then disembowleing them and feeding on the entrails. they grow cruelly hooked beaks to assassist in this new method of hunting
>>973862these new jetting flippers need a way of scouting out the area in front of them before shooting forward. they evolve a pair of muscular, fluid-filled membranes on their snouts. they use one to send out a sound pulse, than detect its echo with the second, going them basic echolocation. although it is efficient and reliable, they are unable to accurately hear while they are jetting forward; this works out for them, as they need to take breaks to drink up water between jumps, during which time they build a detailed map of their environment. they are now called blippers because I like puns and am a terrible human beingalso, sorry for hogging the thread, I'm at a very very boring Christmas party.
>>973756an offshoot of the slapper emerges. The slippery mucus has evolved into a jello-like cocoon that is used to enter wiggle megaclusters without being poisoned. However, some mupper ink is still able to diffuse through, so the new subspecies can't stay indefinitely. when it grows too difficult to breath, they swim back into fresh water and, using a repurposed slapping motion, throw off their old gel membrane. They also gain long, grasping tongues to reach out and snatch cilia, for which they are named slurpers
>>973853armored wiggles get strong suction cup feet to cling on to rocks when slappers try to flip them. They also used the enhanced strength to move much faster (i.e. at a visible rate).
>>974030probs gonna be my final post for the night. I'm assuming the lack of other posters is because everyone else is enjoying the company of family and friends, and I'm the only one autistic enough to be posting on tg alone on christmas.ANYWAY blippers get longer branching tongues to collect even more algae, although this does slow them down a bit.
ok i actually lied, going to start making evo charts just to make it easier for other people to join in. first is for pinkies, pretty short and basic
wiggles are a bit harder, pretty sure we have 3 major groups rn
and heres the one for the flipper line, took a lot longer because apparently SOMEONE was trying too hard and made like fifty evos at once
>>973929some self-indulgent biology because I can't sleep:megawiggle clusters begin at around two feet in diameter, but can grow to a maximum of 20 feet in extreme cases. they are able to support one mupper per cubic foot; any more, and the mupper population will 'prune' too many cilia for the megawiggle to replace, leading to the cluster starving and furthering the cycle.Megawiggle grow by asexually budding new wiggles off of the ends of their three main tendrils. this continues until the sunlight that filters down to the oldest central wiggles is too faint for the algae surrounding them to survive, causing them to release hormones that halt reproduction. unfortunately, the muppers will continue to multiply, eventually disrupting the clusters equilibrium.when the megawiggle starts losing too many cilia, the individual wiggles will do one of two things based on age: the majority of wiggles will begin regenerating cilia much faster, as well as pumping lots of sperm-like reproductive cells into the gel matrix. The original core wiggles, however, will retract their cilia and sprout three small 'fruit' at the ends of their tentacles. this fruit, actually a hardened egg casing, is very attractive to the overpopulated muppers. when eaten, the egg case will attach to the inside of the mupper, than take in the sperm and start to grow a cluster of new wiggles.the host mupper, meanwhile, become both ravenous and highly antisocial. eventually, they will gorge themselves on cilia and flee the cluster. this is when the megawiggle embryos make their move: they kill the host once it has swam far enough from the parent cluster, and use the rich stores of nutrients to grow into a new, fresh cluster, restarting the cycle.other stuff:-while wiggle are simple enough to be technically immortal, they very rarely live past a century due to disease or overpopulation.-wiggle clusters are semi-mobile: they slowly drift and bounce along the ocean floor, like a tumbleweed, to ensure sunlight reaches all sides evenly-mupper are introduced to new nests by the infrequent spawning migrations they undertake, wherein large flocks will leave their home cluster to meet and lay eggs, before returning to a random new cluster. This has an interesting effect in the population of the two organisms: because of how dependent the wiggle is on the mupper for food and protection, any clusters spawned outside of mating season will likely soon die. however, if the waves of newborn mupper do not find a new home, the existing clusters will become overburdened and trigger reproduction. These factors cause the number and size of clusters to fluctuate wildly.-the exact makeup of the bacterial micro biome contained within a mega wiggles jelly is unique between individuals; although it is mostly made of different specialized algae and plankton, a vast variety of other microscopic life thrives in these conditions. muppers use this to avoid returning home after mating
>>975369I'm just going to keep writing until I pads out or run out of ideas. neither seems very likely :/-As the cluster tumbles around, it will pick up tons of detritus, as well as the occasional live organism which is quickly suffocated or poisoned by the gel. Since muppers are solely able to eat wiggle cilia, and cilia only eat photosynthetic plankton, it would seem that these sources of nutrients and energy would go to waste. However, the 'gut' bacteria serve as decomposes, quickly breaking down dead organic material to be absorbed by the superorganism and its symbiotes. -While clusters typically do very little to control their motion, they need to stick to fairly shallow water to get enough light. The biggest danger a cluster faces in everyday life is being carried by an unfavorable current into deep water, where it will slowly starve. Mega wiggles do their best to work together and stay near the surface, but have trouble communicating quickly enough.-One use that the wiggles do get out of mobility is a crude circulatory system for the cluster: by working together, they are able to gently cycle plankton between the sun-rich outer layers and the darker interior, where they are used to feed the core wiggles. They also use this system to concentrate decomposer bacteria around decaying organic matter, and helping build up toxic mupper ink around the edges of the cluster to deter predators-muppers are hermaphroditic, and after mating, will carry a large clutch of eggs back to a new wiggle cluster, where they help each other form nests out of congealed slime. These eggs will hatch after a few months, but only take 2-3 weeks to reach reproductive maturity. This is to help space out the cycle of bloom and death in the mupper population.-As second level consumers, mupper get little energy, and most of what they do get from wiggle cilia is used to make toxins, replenish gel, or mate. They spend most of their time drifting around the cluster in flocks, conserving energy and following the current of the algae circulation.
>>974176-Blipper are some of the largest single organisms on fortune, almost a foot long. They use their speed and size to avoid predation by pinkies or slappers, and thus have few natural predators. Unlike most other flipper descendants, they do not having a communal mating season, instead exchanging genetic material whenever two cross paths. During this rather lengthy process, the two are at their most vulnerable, and to avoid opportunistic predators, they will often dive as deep as possible for the duration. This is much farther down then the rest of fortunes marine life, both due to their size and the unique pressure modicicatiobs needed to support the water jets.
>>974164Sluggles are some of the few organisms who can survive in clusters, due to their thick skin and simple exterior anatomy. To take advantage of this, it isn't uncommon to see sluggles try to purposefully and slowly move into the path of an approaching megawiggle. Once inside, they are able to use quick swipes of their tentacles to scoop up bacteria, then retreat inside to digest it, as well as letting the toxin break down. They reproduce, like other wiggle groups, by budding off from their feeding tendril. While this is occuring, they will be much more careful around slappers, to the point that the tentacle is almost always retracted. Although filter feeding decreases as a result, they are able to store fat in the 'humps' of their shell for times of hunger. If too much fat is built up at once, the shell will bulge and expose the fragile skin underneath.
>>974154slurpers do follow the trend, and will congregate at certain locations biannually to mate. They lay lots of eggs, which are put into a special slime membrane and buried under a thin layer of sand for two weeks, after which they start to hatch. most do not survive long, as they are dependent on wiggle clusters to eat, and must use a great deal of resources to build a cocoon. Sibling cannibalism is widespread. Because the gel membrane is filled with not only toxins, but gut flora and fauna, freshly discarded ones are sometimes mistaken for full wiggle clusters by 'pregnant' muppers after mating.
>>973971Slappers have smaller, more irregular mating cycles, usually triggered when enough well-fed individuals happen to migrate close together. They stop eating to carry their eggs to term within their beaks, but after they hatch, the hungry mother will usually try to snack on a few of her children. Although no longer useful against wiggles, the eponymous slap they employ is still used against pinkiemedusa and hungry niggles, as well as to stir up the substrate to look for buried food. They use their tongues like a snake, flicking them out to catch scents and bringing them in to analyze them. Because if this, they can track prey for relatively long distances (several dozen yards, they are pretty small tho). Although it looks like they have nostrils on their beaks, I meant to draw a dolphin-like blowhole.
>>973919Pinkiemedusa no longer eat cluster gel, and have gone back to feeding off of dirt. They use their leg frills to form a seal again the ground, and extends their mouths to eat everything within reach. They expel large amounts of inedible material out of their anus, which is also used to keep a lookout for predators. If one is spotted, they may try to escape, or try to discourage it by blasting it with ass-dirt in the face. They reproduce by mixing a wide variety of reproductive cells into their dirt geysers; if the right combination of cells combine it will likely grow to an adult. This is not very likely, both because the genetic material is at the whim of ocean currents, but mainly because pinkiemedusa have dozens of sexes, which must mate in certain combinations to be viable. Some genders include: egg, sperm, energy storage, material storage, shell builder, flagellum, digger, filter-feeder, stem cell producer, immune, nematocyst, chemosymthetic, venomous, poisonous, anchoring, and double egg. Not all sexes are necessary, obviously, and the specific grouping allows for a staggering variety of adolescent forms. This variety comes from the fact that all pinkie are technically examples of extreme symbiosis: they are actually separate colonies of specialized cultures that work together closely enough to function as a single organism. One or more of these species is ' dominant' in each pinkie, which determines which cells get to send out reproductive material. Although this does lead to competitive selection towards more dominant strains, if any one kind of cell becomes too prolific it will have trouble finding successful mating combinations. This ensures rough equilibrium in the different kinds of cells.
>>973666The niggle is a fairly active and aggressive alpha predator, able to trap and kill almost anything within its three tentacles. Its biggest weakness is a lack of specialized sense organs, which forces it to rely on subtle changes in water pressure and flow. Niggles are much too active to form buds on their tentacles for too long; instead, they quickly grow and drop unfertilized eggs in the span of a few days. These are eaten by muppers, and trick them in to performing the same actions as if they were host to megawiggle offspring. Once they leave the cluster, however, they are directed to begin drinking as much water as possible in the hopes that they inhale a bit of niggle sperm. If so, the egg(s) will grow and consume their host, taking about 3-4 weeks. Niggle are fairly territorial, as the ecosystem of fortune can't support many tertiary consumers, and will brutally rip trespassers apart, even if they are fatally wounded doing so. Their teeth are the hardest parts of their body, and are connected to a complicated system of small bones and muscles that let them grind and manipulate food fairly delicately; due to the way their jaws function, they cannot close their mouths. Niggle are still similar enough to megawiggles to shrug off mupper ink, and will sometimes enter clusters in order to gorge themselves on both their distant cousins and the symbiotes the rely on.
>>973868The non medusa pinkies use their flaps to tightly maneuver when jumping and, borrowing a trick from the slappers, can use their mouth-feet to deliver crushing blows to any predators. Like their close relatives, they are composed of symbiotic single-celled organisms; however, they have no dominant species, and instead 'take turns' producing and distributing reproductive cells. This cycles are often timed to allow certain favorable cell combinations to meet up at the same time for each turn, although different subspecies have different niches that they try to fill. The most common are a filter-feeding hard-shelled egg, a swimming & stinging parasite, and a secondary sessile stage that quickly divides itself to fill an area before releasing a burst of germinating embryos. Because it lacks a frill to help contain the sand it kicks up while feeding, the baseline pinkie it much more mobile, steadily working through large tracks of sea floor and leaving distinctive furrows in the ground. It generally keeps its mouth unprolapsed, unless startled or threatened, in which case in will rapidly jump away or try to kick its attacker.