Hello, and welcome back to the Big Tank! This is an evo game where each poster progresses the evolution of a species by adding a single trait to them in paint or the art program of their choice. Try to make the species better adapted to their environment, but keep an eye out: Halfway through the thread, I will post a Big Tank Forecast with a warning of what the following thread's environment will be like. At the end of the thread, I will pick up to six species to survive and be the starting species for the next thread.Era four is COLD, DARK, and SALTY. Much of the ocean is covered in ice year-round, leaving the water that is left extra salty and untouched by the sun. It is inhospitable on top of the ice or on dry land, but at least there's sunlight...As you can see by the opening image, our surviving species are the Pleamp, Tlump, Scut, Schutto, Bloon, and Bleengi. Their individual posts will follow.Remember to link your evo to its direct ancestor, as this makes it easier to trace evolutionary trees.
The Pleamp is a thick-stemmed photosynthesizer that produces floating nuts. These nuts put roots down in shallow water, allowing the rest of the plant to grow out onto land or ice to get sunlight and avoid predators.
The Tlump produces energy and warmth in the chemosynthetic bulb at the base of the plant that is kept safely below ground. It has two types of pumps along its stem: one for drawing plankton in, and another for expelling a simple deterrent toxin.
The Scut is a small herbivore, protected by scales and hard spikes. It punctures the stems of plants with its proboscis to slurp up their nutritious juices, which are stored in insulating fat deposits all over its body.
The Schutto is a soft-bodied nut-eater covered in thick burgundy fur. It spends much of its time buried part way into the ground. It has two eyestalks and one motion-sensitive orb at the top of its body that remains exposed even when the rest of the Schutto is underground.
The Bloon is a fatty preditor that produces its own insulating bubble. It has a relatively advanced sensory system, with electro-receptors and color-sensitive eyes. While the electro-receptors are used mainly for hunting, the eyes are primarily used in concert with color-changing fluorescent strips along its body to communicate with other members of its species.
The Bleengi is a filter-feeder with many long gripping tendrils. It moves by reaching these tendrils out to its destination, then pulling itself forward- like a child on monkey bars. The grey front tendrils are also highly sensitive, allowing the Bleengi to gather information about where it is going before it chooses to go there.
That's the whole cast; you may now begin evolving!Past threads are up on suptg, but you don't need to read them to jump right into this one.
>>5559793while most plants would try to be hidden, this evolution of the Tlump boldly announces its danger to anything nearby
>>5559791The Pleamp grows a multicoloured flower on top, to better soak in sunlight and collect rainwater.(Sorry for the shitty art, I'm not that good at it)
I made a uh a thing uh idk. This gun thing isn't going very gunny.
>>5564357Link to the post you're evolving from I'm begging you>>5559893
>>5564357thickening outer layers twisting pushing upwards in a spiral and clusters of thrown turned inwards forming plates
>>5567587Aww shit, time to abuse this.
>>5567587The plant's determination to grow in power has caused it to produce a hefty amount of excess organic scales. Instead of shedding them, like any normal plant would do, the extra scales were slowly, then methodically pushed inside the gas pumps and relatively soon the members of local fauna had to respect the THUMP's independency if they hoped to cozy up in its proximity. SCUTTERS BTFO.>>5559798Cute! Spent projectiles might be chewable for Schuttos, idk.Used up projectiles might be chewable for Schuttos, idk.
>>5567657glad to hear someone is a fan its too bad i am no good at doing spirals then i could have expanded it over the whole thing or like have it inflate so it untwists
>>5567873Nice ID. Yeah me neither, unfortunately. My range of skills is limited. I'd say it's good as it is, and if you want to do more complex things with the body later, it'd be time to drop the spikes and the algae(?) growing out of the body. It will provide a clearer view and make any changes much easier. Just not the top ones, I need them as a base for the Sundowner shields.
>>5567836I love the arm of the alien giving this lecture on Big Tank evolution
>>5567986Thank you. It's the Thump's thumptacle™ holding a Bleengi pointer.
>>5559796Now that the Scut's main food source (the Thump) is much harder to feed from, it must turn its focus to softer meals. It now preys upon the calory-rich blood of the soft Schutto, getting longer legs and a slightly thinner body so that it can keep up with a food source that can actually move.
>>5559803by use of more riggid strand structures inside its frontal barbels its grip strenght and selective riggitity as increased making grapples more effective and allowing it to swim with the limbs outreached creating less turbulence that would be detected when hunting prey giving a false image of being further away then it really is>Plesiosaur hunting
>>5567836thorns flatten and elongate acting as triggers for its guns to not waste ammo
>>5559796while the plants are not too heavily protected in some regions that could be easily stabbed and sucked burrowing into the ground means safe places to reproduce and underground parts to suck fluids from plants
give ME SUGGESTIONS AND I MAY DRAW THEM AFTER I THROW A DICE I MADE OUT OF PAPER AND TAPE
>>5559803Bloomfesmaller bubble developed for hydrodinamic advantegeslong pedipalps on the sides on the head carries genetic material When two Bloomfe meet and these pedipalps automaticaly and unconciously move towards each other to exchange genetic material.and small black eyes on the sides of the head for (currently limited) extended vision
>>5571704idk, maybe give the schutto more dextrous feet or better grabbing claws.
>>5581328>>5559798longer feeding appendages and limbs means you can reach more nuts and carry more nuts and it helps when burying with sweeping sediment over themselves
>>5559798by using a tendon tension system of ligament its limbs are able to be this spindly and tall reaching far up enough too feed upon fresh leaves with its hypertrophy and simultaneous atrophied feeding limbs mostly not collapsing under the near neutral buoyancy of its body
>>5559798a near Sessile lifestyle is not so bad staying hidden half buried sifting sand and cracking nuts with its malformed feeding abendages that recessed into its body with the force of it pseudo pods
>>5563817develop a strange curling extra stem producing cells that horizontally transfer genes too other pleamps speeding up the evolutionary process making the rain collector flower more common due to not being a disadvantage.the motion of the water at the shores makes this gene mixing quite easy but not as effective as it could be due to the synchronized nature
>>5559796feeds on the root system leeching the chemicals walking upon its pods using its legs to wiggle
>>5559798living at the edges of polite society the schutto coomber feeds upon the special cells emitted by>>5584478 catching it in its bristles before using its bifurcated hardened limbs to collect it
>>5559798BY THE POWER OF cephalization over many generations, the mouth, sense organs, and nerve ganglia become concentrated at the front end, producing a head region making frontal movement more specialized in eating the nuts other schutto species buried
>>5572658positioning of the eyes, mounted on the sides of the Bloonfe's distinctive hammer head, allows 360° of vision in the vertical plane, meaning the animals can see above and below them at all times and close-quarters maneuvering and generating lift as it swims, its head has grown wider increasing the accuracy of its sensory sweeps
>>5559803SCHLOORP goes the schutto into gullet has not way to process hairs yet but its good eating along the dark depths of the world feeding numbs stiffening with internal rings of collagen giving them some force, feeding tendrils shortening and stiffening gripping or anchoring as it dicks down and TWIST AND PULLS, "POP" goes the food out of the silt
Hey pals, OP here! You might have noticed that it's past page 5 and I haven't posted a Big Tank Forecast yet. There won't be one for this thread because my computer decided to bite it. Depending on how fast we get to page 10 the next thread might be delayed too.In lieu of a proper Forecast, I will tell you this: adaptations made to deal with the current HIGH SALINITY will help you survive into the next thread!
>>5586610i wonder if we will get any land dwellers from that fleeing the salt
>>5587969Climbing up onto land is one of the ways to avoid the salt!Other viable methods include: extruding it, sequestering it, and some other shit I haven't thought of
>>5559805grows its digestive cavity larger or more its just increasing internal surface area desperately oxygenating pumping salt out of its cell walls trying to not have its cells rupture from the salt making there cells overfill with water
>>5572658its bubble contains its own waste excretions and plant juice strained from its herbivorous prey producing a salty juice of sorts that generates heat when put under sunlight without chemically disassembling its own flesh or kidneys
>>5572658sequesters the salt internally into chunks before painfully expelling them... those are not ears
>>5591246lets squeeze in some accursed creations at the end
i need me some more prompts or like a cool video as i soon will get a pair of nonwork days soon