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Title: Symbiotes
Description: How to add them, how to use them


DragonSage1313 - April 5, 2008 11:16 PM (GMT)
What is a symbiote?

A symbiote is a creature with which your organism shares a special relationship. In the case we'll be looking at, we're talking about microbes as symbiotes. Here are some terms you'll have to learn when dealing with adding a symbiote.

Bacteria: These are symbiotes you can add relatively freely. Bacteria without symbiotes are under my control, bacteria that share a symbiotic relationship with your organism are under your relative control
Viruses: You cannot add this as a symbiote. These are under my control.

Now that we have cleared that up, lets look at how to do such things.

Adding a Symbiote

To add a symbiote, merely add the gene 'Bacterial Symbiote', no number needed. This will grant you the single microbial symbiote each creature will be allowed to have. When you do so, describe the symbiote you wish to add in your description for that evolution. I will then add in a specific few pieces of information and post an updated fact card for your creature. For example, if you describe using a bacteria as a means of faster digestion, I will give you a symbiote that accomplishes this. However, you do not determine your initial symbiote. I do.

When you add a symbiote, I will post two fact sheets. One is just about the bacteria, like this:

Name: Bacterius samplus -> This is the bacteria's scientific name. You can call it whatever you want in the description. I will only ever use Latin-sounding words that will clue people into its function.
Plasmids: Fast Growth x1, Fast Reproduction x1, Chain Growth x1 -> Plasmids are a bacteria's genes. More on how to alter them later.
Life-Span: 20 hours before dividing in ideal conditions -> This is how long a single bacterial cell will last before it divides into two new cells.
Description: It's a sample! It produces extra energy through photosynthesis and exports the ATP to Greater Gargodon. -> This is my description of what the bacteria does and how it does it. I will specify things about your symbiote here.

And your updated card will look a little something like this:

Name: Greater Gargodon
Ancestry: Gargoworm -> Greater Worm -> Finned Gargoworm -> Vulcaworm -> Spined Worm -> Primal Gargodon -> Scaled Gargodon -> Skeletogargodon -> Inferior Gargodon -> Jawed Gargodon -> Tusked Gargodon -> Terradon -> Grand Gargodon -> Tall Gargodon -> Fat Gargodon -> Lesser Gargodon -> Chronodon -> Volcano-hide Gargodon -> Greater Gargodon
Creator: DarwinOwn3d
Genes: Skull x1, Thick Skull x2, Jaw x1, Thick Jaws x1, Griding Teeth (Molars) x1, Tusks x2, Spine x1, Thick Spine x4, Spinal Chord x1, Rib Cage x3, Brain x3, Tongue x1, Esophogus x1, Saliva Glands x1, Jaw Muscles x1, Chambered Heart (Four Chambered) x1, Blood Vessels x5, Lymphatic System x1, Lymph Nodes x1, Stomach x1, Small Instestine x1, Large Intestine x1, Rectum x1, Bladder x1, Stomach Lining x7, Stomach Acid x4, Phagocytes x3, Red Blood Cells x3, Shoulder Blades x2, Pelvis x1, Femurs x4, Knee Caps x4, Ankle Bones x4, Metatarsels x12, Leg Muscles x8, Scaled Skin x3, Facial Spikes x2, Tail Muscles x3, Frontal Claws x4, Rear Claws x2, Plant Digestion x4, Shelled Eggs x2, Sexual Reproduction x1, Internal Egg Development x1, Differentiated Sexes x1, Larger Males x1, Aggressive Females x1, Bacterial Symbiote
---Symbiote: Bacterius samplus -> This is the bacteria's scientific name. You can call it whatever you want in the description. I will only ever use Latin-sounding words that will clue people into its function.
---Plasmids: Fast Growth x1, Fast Reproduction x1, Chain Growth x1 -> Plasmids are a bacteria's genes. More on how to alter them later.
Description: The Greater Gargodon is a large pseudoreptilian creature that, while extremely aggressive and territorial, is an herbivore. It uses its symbiotic partner to help get extra energy to fuel its massive body.
---Symbiote Description: It's a sample! It produces extra energy through photosynthesis and exports the ATP to Greater Gargodon.

Note that the only change to the symbiote's facts were the addition of a '---' before each part, as well as the word 'name' was replaced with 'symbiote', as well as teh addition of the world 'symbiote' before description. The --- indicates symbiote information, and is placed before all symbiote sections. Directly copy these parts when evolving your creature, but delete the symbiote description. Now lets take a look at how to evolve a symbiote.

Evolving a Symbiote

Well, that Gargodon is pretty impressive. But let's make it's symbiote better. First we start by copying everything but the 'symbiote description' section.

Name: Greater Gargodon
Ancestry: Gargoworm -> Greater Worm -> Finned Gargoworm -> Vulcaworm -> Spined Worm -> Primal Gargodon -> Scaled Gargodon -> Skeletogargodon -> Inferior Gargodon -> Jawed Gargodon -> Tusked Gargodon -> Terradon -> Grand Gargodon -> Tall Gargodon -> Fat Gargodon -> Lesser Gargodon -> Chronodon -> Volcano-hide Gargodon -> Greater Gargodon
Creator: DarwinOwn3d
Genes: Skull x1, Thick Skull x2, Jaw x1, Thick Jaws x1, Griding Teeth (Molars) x1, Tusks x2, Spine x1, Thick Spine x4, Spinal Chord x1, Rib Cage x3, Brain x3, Tongue x1, Esophogus x1, Saliva Glands x1, Jaw Muscles x1, Chambered Heart (Four Chambered) x1, Blood Vessels x5, Lymphatic System x1, Lymph Nodes x1, Stomach x1, Small Instestine x1, Large Intestine x1, Rectum x1, Bladder x1, Stomach Lining x7, Stomach Acid x4, Phagocytes x3, Red Blood Cells x3, Shoulder Blades x2, Pelvis x1, Femurs x4, Knee Caps x4, Ankle Bones x4, Metatarsels x12, Leg Muscles x8, Scaled Skin x3, Facial Spikes x2, Tail Muscles x3, Frontal Claws x4, Rear Claws x2, Plant Digestion x4, Shelled Eggs x2, Sexual Reproduction x1, Internal Egg Development x1, Differentiated Sexes x1, Larger Males x1, Aggressive Females x1, Bacterial Symbiote
---Symbiote: Bacterius samplus
---Plasmids: Fast Growth x1, Fast Reproduction x1, Chain Growth x1
Description: The Greater Gargodon is a large pseudoreptilian creature that, while extremely aggressive and territorial, is an herbivore. It uses its symbiotic partner to help get extra energy to fuel its massive body.

...Whew. Now let's see about adding some plasmids... To add a plasmid, you must use up TWO of your total gene alterations. This meands you will only be able to add one gene to the primary creature. To remove a plasmid, you use up ONE of your gene additions. So to add a plasmid and remove a plasmid, you use up all the changes you can make to the one creature that round. So here's quick breakdown of what we can do with the three gene points we have a round.
-Add three genes
-Add two genes and remove a plasmid
-Add one gene and add one plasmid
-Add one plasmid and remove one plasmid

So lets say we want to add a gene for Fast Digestion to the Gargodon, as well as adding on a ATP Transfer Protien to the Bacteria. So we update the card like this:

Name: Gaea Gargodon
Ancestry: Gargoworm -> Greater Worm -> Finned Gargoworm -> Vulcaworm -> Spined Worm -> Primal Gargodon -> Scaled Gargodon -> Skeletogargodon -> Inferior Gargodon -> Jawed Gargodon -> Tusked Gargodon -> Terradon -> Grand Gargodon -> Tall Gargodon -> Fat Gargodon -> Lesser Gargodon -> Chronodon -> Volcano-hide Gargodon -> Greater Gargodon -> Gaea Gargodon
Creator: DarwinOwn3d
Genes Added: Fast Digestion x1
Genes: Skull x1, Thick Skull x2, Jaw x1, Thick Jaws x1, Griding Teeth (Molars) x1, Tusks x2, Spine x1, Thick Spine x4, Spinal Chord x1, Rib Cage x3, Brain x3, Tongue x1, Esophogus x1, Saliva Glands x1, Jaw Muscles x1, Chambered Heart (Four Chambered) x1, Blood Vessels x5, Lymphatic System x1, Lymph Nodes x1, Stomach x1, Small Instestine x1, Large Intestine x1, Rectum x1, Bladder x1, Stomach Lining x7, Stomach Acid x4, Phagocytes x3, Red Blood Cells x3, Shoulder Blades x2, Pelvis x1, Femurs x4, Knee Caps x4, Ankle Bones x4, Metatarsels x12, Leg Muscles x8, Scaled Skin x3, Facial Spikes x2, Tail Muscles x3, Frontal Claws x4, Rear Claws x2, Plant Digestion x4, Shelled Eggs x2, Sexual Reproduction x1, Internal Egg Development x1, Differentiated Sexes x1, Larger Males x1, Aggressive Females x1, Fast Digestion x1, Bacterial Symbiote
---Symbiote: Bacterius samplus II
---Plasmids Added: ATP Transfer Protien x1
---Total Plasmids: Fast Growth x1, Fast Reproduction x1, Chain Growth x1, ATP Transfer Protien x1
Description: The Gaea Gargodon eats just as much as its ancestor, the Greater Gargodon, but it digests faster. It's symbiote supplies it with extra energy when it needs a boost, making its adrenaline rushes all the more powerful.

Add on the 'Plasmids Added' and 'Total Plasmids' as you would with genes, and add on the next Roman Numeral in sequence to the name of the symbiote. I will update the name as needed for the actual update.

Also, because bacteria reproduce quickly, they are subject to Random Mutation! This means that there is a slight chance with each update that a plasmid you had nothing to do with will either be added or removed. This is rare, and will be determined by an RNG I use. These mutations can be beneficial or detrimental to your host organism.

Removing Symbiosis

Tired of your little partners? You can spend all your gene investments for an era to remove the symbiote from your creature's genome. Just do nothing but remove the symbiote gene for your creature and delete all symbiote sections. If you then add a symbiote again later, you may get a different one than you had previously.

Questions? Comments? Concerns?

If you have a question about symbiotes, post the question here or make a new topic here and I will make a ruling on it. No specific scenarios unless it is currently appearing in the game. I hope this new addition will add a new sense of depth to the game, and will be a fair and fun experience for everyone!




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