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Title: Period One, Era One
Description: Dawn of a New World


DragonSage1313 - March 22, 2008 07:59 PM (GMT)
In a distant galaxy, far in a secluded corner of the universe, life was just beginning.

Around a star not unlike our own sun, new planets were forming. On the fourth of these balls of molten lava, as the magma hardened to rock, a strange phenomena began. Hydrogen and oxygen were forming a very unique, very rare compound. Liquid water. As the water began covering the planet, it created a stabalization to the climate. Life began emerging, first in small numbers of simple algae, then in droves of strange life forms. Our lens turns to the very beginnings of multicellular life on this planet. Large colonies of two species of algae have formed a stable oxygen supply, and simple animals and fungi are emerging. The land is yet unpopulated, save by Gnarl Root fungi on the shores feeding on the washed up remains of the basic life. The two algaes, Verdant and Dull, inhabited two different depths. Verdant Algae populated the shallower areas, where as Dull Algae was able to grow much deeper at the expense of being less prolific. The Cylinder Sponges were the most common feature in the tropical shallows, with the Branch Stalks right behind. These basic animals were filter feeders, slow growing and rather decorative. The Shallow Fan was a bit more animalistic, able to move a bit. Its bendable stalk swayed with the currents as its three feathers filtered nutrients from the waves. The Filter Tube populates the shallows in small numbers. Perhaps the most complex organism at this time, it is a bony stalk with a filtering tube placed on top oriented horizontally, allowing sea-water to flow unhindered as it extracts nourishment. Within these tubes can often be found Mouth Worms, which are also filter feeders. However, these simple worms are the first swimming creatures to emerge. Other creatures include the Algae Gut, which uses a simple scraping plate to consume Verdant Algae in the tropical waters as it rolls along, and the Shell Feeder, a simple fleshy creature able to build its own chitin protection as its single 'arm' to filter feed. As the world begins, the race for survival begins as well.

This is our world at the moment:
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And the current denizens of this world:
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Name: Gnarl Root
Creator: None
Genes: Fungal Consumption x1, Water Retention x2, Spores x1
Description: A hardy, albeit unextraordinary fungus, the gnarl root is designed solely to exploit living on the shores to feast on the dying bodies of other organisms. It has a tightly bound, watertight skin that surrounds the little white growths of fungus that penetrate the surface.

Name: Verdant Algae
Creator: None
Genes: Photosynthesis x1, Green Color x1, Clumping Growth x1, Fast Reproduction
Description: A simple clumping green algae, this was the world's first plant and while plain, is largely responsible for our oxygen atmosphere and the ability to house life.

Name: Dull Algae
Creator: None
Genes: Photosynthesis x2, Pressure Resistance x1, Rock Adherance x1
Description: While not as common as its Verdant counterpart, this dull brown Algae lives in the deeper waters that the shallow-dwelling Algae cannot tolerate. It is often found sticking to the walls of trenches.

Name: Mouth Worm
Creator: None
Genes: Tube Body x1, Wriggling Motion x1, Filter Feeding x1, Fission Reproduction
Description: A simple, swimming feeder, the Mouth Worm lives until it is swelled to nearly twice its initial size, then splits along its middle in a process called fission to produce two offspring.

Name: Shell Feeder
Creator: None
Genes: Filter Feeding x1, Chitinous Shell x1, Swimming Sex Cells x1, Tentacle-Arm x1
Descriptoin: A simple, relatively stationary organism, the Shell Feeder filter feeds under the protection of its chitin shell until it is old enough to release its load of swimming sex cells, the effort of which causes it to die.

Name: Cylinder Sponge
Creator: None
Genes: Filter Feeding x1, Budding x1, Large Size x1, Pourous Body x1
Description: Tall, orange sponges that feed by filtering from the waves. They proliferate by budding at the nodes that affix them to the ground, slowly spreading out.

Name: Shallow Fan
Creator: None
Genes: Rubbery Stalk x1, Filter Feeding x1, Feathery Growths x1, Budding x1
Description: Gently blowing fans, these simple organisms sprout from the same node as their parent, and filter out essential nutrients with a unique feathery growth system.

Name: Algae Gut
Creator: None
Genes: Mouth Openning x1, Scraping Plate x1, Budding x1, Fast Reproduction x1
Description: Free-rolling organisms that srape their tough plate against the bottom of the sea to free up bits of algae to consume. Reproduce by budding rapidly to counteract their short lifespans.

Name: Branch Stalk
Creator: None
Genes: Branching Growth x1, Polyp Formation x1, Swimming Sex Cells x1, Filter Feeding x1
Description: Simple coral growths whose sex cells form polyps from which grow the new branches. Slow to grow, these creatures are the most long lived on the planet currently.

Name: Filter Tube
Creator: None
Genes: Filter Feeding x1, Horizontal Tubes x1, Stalks x1, Strong Stalks x1
Descriptoin: A tall growing, rare organism, the Filter Tube grows a unique horizontal tube through which flowing seawater is captured and nutriets are extracted. Several bud from the same node, continually replacing each other.

Extant Species:
Gnarl Root
Verdant Algae
Dull Algae
Mouth Worm
Shell Feeder
Cylinder Sponge
Shallow Fan
Algae Gut
Branch Stalk
Filter Tube

Extinct Organisms:
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Gene Bonus Awards
OathinBlood gets one extra gene for inspiring this new breed of spore game.

ReverendGreen - March 23, 2008 05:51 AM (GMT)
I'm glad I've inspired you the same way you originally inspired me. ;)

Name: Raspura
Ancestry: Algae Gut -> Raspura
Creator: ReverendGreen
Genes Added: Radula x1, Monopod x1, Flesh Digestion x1, Increased Lifespan x1
Total Genes: Mouth Opening x1, Scraping Plate x1, Budding x1, Fast Reproduction x1, Radula x1, Monopod x1, Flesh Digestion x1, Increased Lifespan x1
Description: Raspuras are a carnivorous offshoot of the Algae Gut, evolving to fill the niche as one of the planet's first predators. Raspuras, though constantly hungry, are little threat to healthy algae guts. They move along the sea floor using their one fleshy foot until they happen upon an unhealthy, dead, or dying algae gut. They fall upon the gelatinous mass with what can only be described as slow-motion ferocity, scraping away at the flesh with their tooth-plate and a toothed, rasping, radula. One algae gut will feed a raspura for a month or more, their primitive metabolisms taking days to digest.

P.S. - This is Oath, by the way. Decided to change my name to my favorite character in Clue, which is strangly Mr. Green in North America while Reverend Green everywhere else.

DragonSage1313 - March 23, 2008 05:35 PM (GMT)
Just one formatting thing and you're good, Reverend. Don't forget to put the new genes you've added into the list of total genes. Glad you could stop by. :)

ReverendGreen - March 23, 2008 08:24 PM (GMT)
My bad. I also chose my name because it's ironic, considering I'm an atheist. I always played Reverend Green for the same reason - Clue is a game of murder, and there's a priest present.

David1111 - March 25, 2008 03:02 AM (GMT)
Name: Swimming Worm
Ancestry: Mouth Worm -> Swimming Worm
Creator: David1111
Genes Added: 1x Swimming Fins, 1x Chitinous Chordate, 1x Lager Body
Total Genes: 1x Swimming Fins, 1x Chitinous Chordate, 1x Lager Body, Tube Body x1, Wriggling Motion x1, Filter Feeding x1, Fission Reproduction.
Description: The Swimming worm is slightly different that the Mouth worm. It has grown a set of swimming fins that allow the worm to slowly wobble around. It need to move around so it can go into different parts of the water for better nutrition. It needs more nutrition because it has grown a fair bi t in size, over all it is about 3 inches in length. The Swimming worm is also starting to grow a backbone, it did this because it makes the worm harder to be prayed upon, also it lets the Worm propel itself slightly faster through the water.

GeneralStoner - March 25, 2008 03:37 AM (GMT)
Name: Capture Tube
Ancestry: Filter Tube -> Capture Tube
Creator: GeneralStoner
Genes Added: Constricting Tubes x1, Trigger Hairs x1, Large Size x1
Genes: Filter Feeding x1, Horizontal Tubes x1, Stalks x1, Strong Stalks x1, Constricting Tubes x1, Trigger Hairs x1, Large Size x1
Description: The Capture tube is an omnivorous plant that continues the filter feeding of its ancestor but, in the event a organism brushes against one of the hairs lining the tubes, the tube constricts, entrapping the prey. Depending on size the tube can sustain itself for weeks off of a single organism. The digestion process being slow since the Capture Tube is forced into waiting for the organism to naturally decompose.

GeneralStoner - March 25, 2008 11:44 PM (GMT)
Name: Cluster Algae
Ancestry: Verdant Algae -> Cluster Algae
Creator: GeneralStoner
Genes Added: Photosynthesis x1, Clumping Growth x1, Fast Reproduction x1
Genes: Photosynthesis x2, Green Color x1, Clumping Growth x2, Fast Reproduction x2
Description: The Cluster Algae is a close relative to the Verdant Algae, the main difference being that the algae clumps together on itself as opposed to rocks. The Cluster Algae reproduces VERY quickly and forms clusters of algae drifting in the sea.

Jisaan - March 26, 2008 06:04 AM (GMT)
Well, I'm not exactly a biologist, but I'll give this a try.

Name: Aquaweed
Ancestry: Verdant Algae -> Aquaweed
Creator: Jisaan
Genes Added: Lamina x1, Holdfast x1, Spores x1
Total Genes: Photosynthesis x1, Green Color x1, Clumping Growth x1, Fast Reproduction x1, Lamina X1, Holdfast x1, Spores x1
Description: A large, multi-cellular green algae that has developed long photosynthesizing extensions which grow outward from a central anchorage point on a solid object. In short, it's seaweed.

DragonSage1313 - March 26, 2008 08:50 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (Jisaan @ Mar 26 2008, 06:04 AM)
Well, I'm not exactly a biologist, but I'll give this a try.

Name: Aquaweed
Ancestry: Verdant Algae -> Aquaweed
Creator: Jisaan
Genes Added: Lamina x1, Holdfast x1, Spores x1
Total Genes: Photosynthesis x1, Green Color x1, Clumping Growth x1, Fast Reproduction x1, Lamina X1, Holdfast x1, Spores x1
Description: A large, multi-cellular green algae that has developed long photosynthesizing extensions which grow outward from a central anchorage point on a solid object. In short, it's seaweed.

Just to make it clear before the update, Jisaan, that organism won't quite be seaweed. It'll be close, but it doesn't have any leaves, a stem, a stalk, etc. So really it'll be like little algae buds growing everywhere. If you want to make changes, go ahead and do so. Otherwise, you're not quite to seaweed yet.

Also, I'm looking at Sunday for the update right now. So get any further submissions in by Saturday night! I'll lock the topic then and post a new one for Era Two of Period One.

Jisaan - March 27, 2008 03:48 AM (GMT)
Name: Algae Worm
Ancestry: Mouth Worm -> Algae Worm
Creator: Jisaan
Genes Added: Algae digestion x1, Constricting mouth x1, Scraping stubs x1
Genes Removed: Filter Feeding
Total Genes: Tube Body x1, Wriggling Motion x1, Algae digestion x1, Constricting mouth x1, Scraping stubs x1, Fission Reproduction.
Description: A very close relative of the Mouth Worm, it has abandoned filter feeding in favor of the more concentrated nutrition found in algae. It swims along the bottom, feeling for its food, before using the hardened extrusions of skin around its constricting mouth to scrape the algae from its rock and into the worm's digestive system.

And thanks for the clarification DS, I guess I'd forgotten seaweed had stalks... Ah well, next update then.

Bodhi BloodWave - March 27, 2008 04:27 AM (GMT)
BEWARE, THE ERA OF THE FUNGUS HAS ARRIVED

Name: Desert Root
Ancestry: Gnarl Root -> Desert Root
Creator: Bodhi BloodWave
Genes Added: Water Retention x1, Fast Reproduction x2
Total Genes: Fungal Consumption x1, Water Retention x3, Spores x1, Fast Reproduction x2
Description: A hardy, albeit unextraordinary fungus, the desert root has changed to better survive in the desert, its main source of nourishment now being the rotten remains of other Desert roots when they die . It has a tightly bound, watertight skin that surrounds the little white growths of fungus that penetrate the surface

Bodhi BloodWave - March 27, 2008 04:28 AM (GMT)
Name: Shore Root
Ancestry: Gnarl Root -> Shore Root
Creator: Bodhi BloodWave
Genes Added: Fast Reproduction x2, Increased Lifespan x1
Total Genes: Fungal Consumption x1, Water Retention x2, Spores x1, Fast Reproduction x2, Increased Lifespan x1
Description: A hardy, albeit unextraordinary fungus, the shore root is designed solely to exploit living on the shores to feast on the dying bodies of other organisms. It has a tightly bound, watertight skin that surrounds the little white growths of fungus that penetrate the surface. The main difference from its ancestor being that it spreads faster and lives longer

Bodhi BloodWave - March 27, 2008 04:29 AM (GMT)
Name: Aqua Root
Ancestry: Gnarl Root -> Aqua Root
Creator: Bodhi BloodWave
Genes Added: Fast Reproduction x2, Increased Lifespan x1
Genes Removed: Water Retention x2
Total Genes: Fungal Consumption x1, Spores x1, Fast Reproduction x2, Increased Lifespan x1
Description: A flimsy, albeit unextraordinary fungus, the aqua root has taken a dive into the water itself in search for a greater source of nourishment. It has a tightly bound but weak skin that surrounds the little white growths of fungus that penetrate the surface.

Bodhi BloodWave - March 27, 2008 04:34 AM (GMT)
Name: Bulbed Desert Caps
Ancestry: Gnarl Root -> Bulbed Desert Caps
Creator: Bodhi BloodWave
Genes Added: Water Retention x1, Photosynthesis x1, Bulbous Growth x1
Total Genes: Fungal Consumption x1, Water Retention x3, Spores x1, Photosynthesis x1, Bulbous Growth x1
Description: A hardy, albeit unextraordinary fungus, the bulbed desert cap has evolved to survive in warmer territories as well as to gain nourishment from the sun, it also feeds on the rotting remains of its own kind when able . It has a tightly bound, watertight skin that surrounds the bulbous white growths of fungus that penetrate the surface.

Bodhi BloodWave - March 27, 2008 04:35 AM (GMT)
Name: Bulbed Caps
Ancestry: Gnarl Root -> Bulbed Caps
Creator: Bodhi BloodWave
Genes Added: Elongated Roots x2, Bulbous Growth x1
Total Genes: Fungal Consumption x1, Water Retention x2, Spores x1, Elongated Roots x2, Bulbous Growth x1
Description: A hardy, albeit unextraordinary fungus, the bulbed cap is designed solely to exploit living on the shores to feast on the dying bodies of other organisms. It has a tightly bound, watertight skin that surrounds the bulbous white growths of fungus that penetrate the surface.

GeneralStoner - March 27, 2008 05:53 AM (GMT)
Name: Shell Cruncher
Ancestry: Shell Feeder -> Shell Cruncher
Creator: GeneralStoner
Genes Added: Flesh Digestion x1, Simple scent detection x1, Beak x1
Genes: Filter Feeding x1, Chitinous Shell x1, Swimming Sex Cells x1, Tentacle-Arm x1, Flesh Digestion x1, Simple scent detection x1, Beak x1
Description: The shell cruncher has developed cells that react to different smells on the tip of its Tentacle, allowing the Shell Cruncher to detect another animal. While remaining filter feeding, if an animal happens to get to close, the shell cruncher will grab it and begin to chew away with its tiny beak, slowly crunching away!


Carnivorous Snail FTW!

DragonSage1313 - March 27, 2008 10:08 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (GeneralStoner @ Mar 27 2008, 05:53 AM)
Name: Shell Cruncher
Ancestry: Shell Feeder -> Shell Cruncher
Creator: GeneralStoner
Genes Added: Jet Propulsion x1, Simple scent detection x1, Beak x1
Genes: Filter Feeding x1, Chitinous Shell x1, Swimming Sex Cells x1, Tentacle-Arm x1, Jet Propulsion x1, Simple scent detection x1, Beak x1
Description: The shell cruncher has developed cells that react to different smells on the tip of its Tentacle, allowing the Shell Cruncher to detect another animal. Its common prey being the Algae Gut family, upon the detection of one, the Cruncher will propel itself on top of it with its simple jet and let the newly developed beak begin to gnaw away at the prey. The rest of the time they simply sit there and do as the ancestors did!


Carnivorous Snail FTW!

A carnivorous snail that is unable to digest meat. O.o You don't have a meat digestion gene, so you're still a filter feeder despite your carnivorous properties. Feel free to alter as needed, but... still filter feeder in current incarnation. Sorry.

GeneralStoner - March 28, 2008 05:44 AM (GMT)
I thought that might have been an issue, so I'll fix it, look up :D

GeneralStoner - March 28, 2008 06:26 AM (GMT)
Name: Shore Fan
Ancestry: Shallow Fan -> Shore Fan
Creator: GeneralStoner
Genes Added: Water Retention x1, Air Filter Feeding x1, Stronger Stalks x1
Genes: Rubbery Stalk x1, Filter Feeding x1, Feathery Growths x1, Budding x1, Water Retention x1, Air Filter Feeding x1, Stronger Stalks x1
Description: The Shore fan has adapted to move over to shore and take advantage of the massive amount of spores floating through the air. The Spores becoming entrapped in the leaves and those spores slowly being broken down into nutrients. The Shore fan retains its filter feeding due to the amount of water spray allowing for some nourishment still from the water.

Sorry bodhi, but I couldn't let you dominate the land :D

Bodhi BloodWave - March 28, 2008 06:34 AM (GMT)
Oooh, something for my fungus to feed on WHOOT :P on a more serious note, i forgot one fungus when posting my long list

Name: Bulbed Aqua Caps
Ancestry: Gnarl Root -> Bulbed Aqua Caps
Creator: Bodhi BloodWave
Genes Added: Bulbous Growth x1, Fast Reproduction x2
Genes Removed: Water Retention x2
Total Genes: Fungal Consumption x1, Spores x1, Bulbous Growth x1, Fast Reproduction x2
Description: A flimsy, albeit unextraordinary fungus, the bulbed aqua cap has moved into the water in search for more nurishment. It has a tightly bound but weak skin that surrounds the bulbous white growths of fungus that penetrate the surface.

Webster52402 - March 29, 2008 03:30 PM (GMT)
Yay for urchin-like creatures. xD

Name: Barbed Shell
Creator: Webster52402
Genes: Half-Shell x1, Water Filtration Feeding x1, Barbed Shell Spines x1, Budding Reproduction x1
Description: The Barbed Shell doesn't do much of anything but lie among the sea floor. It can exist in pretty much any place, though it is more prevalent in the Depths and in the Shallow Plains than anywhere else. This nasty little creature is covered in a hard shell, using its wickedly barbed spines to give anything that seeks to make it into a meal a nasty little surprise as it rips open its mouth and soft throat with its spines. This shell only covers its top, however, and on its bottom is soft flesh, meaning that if it's flipped over to reveal its filtration system and soft underbelly, it's doomed.

It feeds through simple filtration, harmlessly pulling in various things around it, and making sure that it is undisturbed by various predators thanks to the spines. When the time comes to reproduce, it does so by a small, asexual process that causes a small bulb to form off of its soft flesh. This bulb grows slowly, into a smaller form of the Barbed Shell, without its hard and spiked shell. This develops later on in its life, as the shell detaches to float away from its parent, using the currents to spread it throughout the seas. Upon its growth and increase in size, weight, etc. thanks to the development of its shell, it will sink gradually down to the ocean floor, and a new life begins.

Webster52402 - March 29, 2008 04:12 PM (GMT)
And now, another critter from the mind of Webster52402. :P

Name: Desert Worm
Creator: Webster52402
Genes: Burrowing x1, Mouth tube x1, Soil Filtration feeding x1, Asexual Budding Reproduction, x1
Description: The Desert Worm is just that. A worm. It squirms through the ground, digging through the soil using the long mouth tube that connects its head to its rear in its long, extended form. This tube filters the soil that passes through it, and feeds the creature by cleansing the soil of any debris, flesh, etc. that passes through it. Thanks to its presence, as well, the soil that it passes through becomes more nutrient-rich, and capable of supporting life.

In order to reproduce, the worm uses an asexual process called budding, where a smaller worm grows from the main parent, to detach and start its life anew, in the shelter of the underground.

DragonSage1313 - March 29, 2008 04:43 PM (GMT)
Nice job, Webby. I'm closing this topic with this post, and will post the new topic sometime this weekend. Most likely tomorrow. I've got all the sketches except for the newest two done at the time of this posting, as well as the updated map. Thanks for your contributions, everyone, and Era 2 is on its way!




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