Hello again fellow creators of /qst/. After a well deserved pause, I'm here again to continue our journey into the Regional Evolution of our Moon Worlds. This thread we will be visiting the Ocean Habitats of Janus.As GM, I'll do my best to actively work on phylogeny charts to track the evolutions, and also make random events for the world to drive evolution down new paths. Since this is the first time I've done EvoGames focused in a Regional perspective I'll be experimenting with how I approach these threads for better viability later on. Also we will visit the Ocean Habitats of Rienia next thread to explore life's evolution there.How to play:• Open an image of a species in MS Paint, or your editor of choice• Make one evolutionary change to that species• Save as .PNG!• Post your new species in the thread with a description of what evolution you've added and why.• Details indicating what the generation of your species is important. Please indicate. (Base Organisms are Generation 0)• Details regarding a creatures size or name are encouraged, but not required.• Nothing too outlandish. Anything silly or derailing will not be considered a canon species 95% of the time.Notes:• Unless stated explicitly, no species ever goes extinct. Old species can still evolve, even if they're not on the latest "chain"• Try to make your evolutions gradual and realistic in biological standards.• Everyday I'll add an update Phylogeny Chart to track changes. These take awhile, so please be patient.• Expect a Random World Event at least once per thread to shake up the world and game.• There will be no Mass Extinction Event in the near future, so enjoy building and evolving to your hearts content.• When this thread reaches its endpoint, we will be switching back over to Moon World Rienia next thread.• Have funNew to the Game?:• Don't be shy. If you have an idea for an organism and want to spend the time making it, please by all means do so. • We also have a Discord to keep you up to date on EvoGame activities, and chat with other folks and myself. https://discord.gg/kk8eJgJ• Work on an Imgur Gallery to track evolution and provide up-to-date info on each world is still on-going. It will be posted soon. (TBD)• There is a Blank Template that you can use to make any organisms you wish to make for this game below.• Just a note, while it doesn't matter how intertwined your organism is with the rest of ecosystem, the more dependent it is on the existence of other creatures, the more potential your organism has to survive.The Description of the present Janus, Setting, and, and more will be posted in supplementary posts.Previous Threads for Janus and Rienia: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive.html?tags=Lunt+system
Present Setting: As Janus enters the Late Magedivatian Era, another tectonic shift expands and molds the ocean's currents. This shift of the Janus' landmasses adjusts the global thermohaline circulation of the worlds oceans, bringing with it warm waters currents that reach far beyond its tropics. With the oceans now being interconnected by a global current, marine life throughout this era is able to easily migrate and take hold in many of the niches of marine habitats that have for so long remained relatively depleted in biodiversity. Familiar habitats, such as the shallow seas and gulfs, the open oceans, and the abyssal depths; in addition to emerging environments like the Glacial covered seas of the poles, and the silicates-rich lagoons of the Aftolls, life has plenty of room in Janus's oceans to flourish and diversify in ways only you could imagine. --Planetary Statistics--Atmosphere: 78% Nitrogen, 12% Oxygen, 6% Argon, 2% Carbon Dioxide, 2% Other GasesAverage Global Temperature: 76°F (24°C)Tectonics: 20% less than EarthVolcanic Activity: 30% less than EarthWeather Systems: Earth-like; Cooler-Wetter Weather Systems; Current-driven--Size Increments--• Size 1: Sugar Ant (0.1 - 1 cm)• Size 2: Bumblebee (1.01 - 2.5 cm)• Size 3: Mosquitofish (2.5 - 5 cm)• Size 4: Poison Dart Frog (5 - 10 cm)• Size 5: Giant Water Bug (11 - 20 cm)• Size 6: Birdwing Butterfly (21 - 35 cm)• Size 7: Horseshoe Crab (35 - 70 cm)• Size 8: Australian Trumpet Snail (71 - 100 cm)• Size 9: Japanese Giant Salamander (100 - 150 cm)• Size 10: Aldabra Giant Tortoise (150 - 200 cm)• Size 11: Leatherback Sea Turtle (2.01 - 2.5 m)• Size 12: Mekong Giant Catfish (2.5 - 3 m)• Size 13: Giant Pacific Octopus (3 - 4 m)• Size 14: Ocean Sunfish (4.1 - 4.6 m)• Size 15: Tiger Shark (4.6 - 5.2 m)• Size 16: White Sturgeon (5.2 - 5.8 m)• Size 17: African Elephant (5.8 - 6.5 m)• Size 18: Great White Shark (6.5 - 8 m)• Size 19: Manta Ray (8.1 - 9 m)• Size 20: Porites Coral Reef Colony (9 - 10.5 m)• Size 21: Whale Shark (10.5 - 12 m)• Size 22: Gigantosaurus (12 - 16 m)• Size 23: Blue Whale (16.1 - 22 m)• Size 24: Brachiosaurus (22.1 - 30 m)• Size 25: Smaug, The Desolater (30m+)Regional Evolution Rules, Dossier for Organisms, and Blank Template in the next posts. Also, just a note that the organisms seen in the picture above are in their original resolution, and are heavily encouraged to be used for templates.
Blank Template will be on the last post I make. Attached here is Dossier for all the Marine Organisms of Janus. Should tell you everything you need to know about each organism.--Organism Advancement--> Marine Organisms are allowed to freely migrate between each of the identified habitats.> Organisms that can be found in all habitats are not discouraged, but are not too realistic in current biological standards. Feel free to make you case and prove me wrong though.> Plant Organisms may now be as large as the size 18 increment as stated below.> Animal Organisms may now be as large as the size 14 increment as stated below.> Silicates, Calcium, and rich quantities of Iron, Copper, Silver, Zinc, and other metals are present in the environment and may be incorporated into an organisms diet/evolutions if desired.--Marine Evolution Rules--> If necessary, specify which landmass/geographic area an organism exists in. (This is heavily encouraged, but not a requirement).> An evolution that impacts the same organism throughout the whole region is allowed, but must be specified in your post.> Organisms from the Shallow Seas/Shimmering Aftolls are the only organisms that can potentially live in brackish waters or be euryhaline.> Oragnisms from the Open Oceans/Pelagic Floor are the only organisms that can grow to the size 22 increment.> Organisms from the Benthic Abyss/Deep Seafloor are the only organisms that can tolerate extreme temperatures/lifestyles> Organisms from the Polar Seas are the only organisms that can be amphibious organisms. > If you as a creator wish to establish the existence of a new ecosystem, feel free to specify this and post what organisms would belong in this new ecosystem.--Additional/Misc. Stuff--> The following geographic locations still need names. Feel free to give them a name at your leisure.- Region 3- Sea 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5- Gulf 2, 4, 5 & 6- Isles 4- Island 5 & 6- Archipelago 5 & 6- Lakes 2> This is a one-man job I've been doing here for the most part. If you think and/or want to provide me with resources to help improve the quality of information we have for the worlds (Food Webs, Trophic Levels, Mapping of individual Landmasses, Etc.) this would be welcomed and greatly appreciated.> Fanart is also accepted, and low-key encouraged.
And last but not least. Here is the Blank Organisms Template. That's it I'm finished spamming the opening thread.Enjoy the thread fellow creators, and I'll have the first Phylogeny Chart up in a couple days.
>>1583323the Plated copter kina devlopes spikes on the side of its body. this makes it a much less desirable meal
>>1583323Chain algaeThey are regular algae cells but with some tweaks, they can hang on to another and crate these big "chains" that can get up to 25 meters in total lenght. This creates a big surface area so that the colonie can obtain the most of the sun light it can absob
>>1584279they are also floating with the currents of the open ocean(not atatched to anything) (creating a safe haven and breeding spots for some animal species that can get into these "mazes of foliage").
>>1583272Can't throw in any evolutions at the moment, but I do suggest that island 5 be called "Arktus Island"
>>1584140the plated kinda coptor devlopes simple fins from these spikes that allow it to steer slightly better. these may eventually become more compicated fins
goddamnit guys, I won't be able to contribute for days!This is the worst time for this to start
The Basal Cald develops several smaller fins along its sides, for both for speed and better navigation of ocean currents.
>>1583372Some kina stop randomly meandering around the ocean and begin to focus on the chain algea ( >>1584279 ). Feeding on these relatively densely packed mats allows them to consume algea in bulk, much more efficiently than their predecessors.They develop a larger body, with space for a longer gut. The horn-like structures on their shell can be used for intimidation of small, juvenile predators and other small herbivores. Largely, though, they rely upon their green camouflage to disguise them in the algeal mat.
>>1583272A variant of Calatreaver that inhabits the Aftolls takes on the role of a larger, more generalized predator. Aside from an increase in size caused mainly by larger stores of fat, the biggest change is that the two "jaws" reconfigure themselves into a three-part mouth, much better for grinding and crushing armored or bony prey.
>>1583272Some Sparkfin Borgetta in polar waters become simplified and streamlined, exhibiting radial symmetry that makes it much easier to regenerate lost or damaged body parts. They use a ring of eight slits to jet water when necessary, but are much more content to conserve energy by simply floating just under the ice.
>>1583272Some Ab Chompers take advantage of the larger Cald descendant's soft, exposed flesh to become parasitic. They use their suckered feet to keep from being swept off, and bite off small chunks of fatty meat with their powerful jaws. The spear tongue, no longer needed to hunt for prey, is repurposed into a line of stabbing horns that is used in mating rituals and to help an individual defend its "territory".
>>1583372Some cadroo adapt to a lifestyle of hunting in rocky areas, changing their camouflage.They also develop a longer trunk, helping them to sneak up on kina and to drag prey out from crevices.
>>1586558The Cald improves it's fins, growing more aerodynamic shapes and bigger sizes. It also loses it's antennae, replacing them with feelers around it's fangs.
>>1583272Some Weird-Mouthed Twizzler adapt to life in shallower waters, trading their spiral tails for stubby fins that provide better control and maneuverability at the cost of efficiency and speed. They also shorten their eyestalks, making it easier to fit in tight spaces or hide in crevasses.
>>1583323some cralw Lanteas in the Ftoll detatch from the ground to once more sway freely in the current.For stability they incorporate many of the metals found in the Aftoll substrate into their structure, giving them a more colourful appearance
>>1583272some Weird mouthed Twizzler in the Polar seas develop a thick layer of blubber around their bodies to keep them warm in the frozen oceans, which causes them to widen. These "Polar Twizzler" Also grow far larger.
the dancing kamoina develops a wider front to contain more tentacles. this allows it to be much more efficient when eating
>>1583372Might I suggest that Gulf six be called the "Pagolan Gulf"
>>1587618the caltreaver developes multiple different sized horns across its head instead of just one. it also develops nostrils to allow it to better sense its prey. finally it gains tough warty skin, making it incredibly resistantly to all attacks. its rapid development causes it to become the Ogre Caltreaver
The Rave Skelker has a fairly wide variety of food sources, and is generally under relatively little pressure given its abyssal environment. Due to this, they are able to grow more social and intelligent, developing a larger brain and a series of algae-filled organs on their forehead that can be flashed to communicate. They spend much more of their time in groups of related individuals, playing and exploring in the Benthic forests of Lantea and Mosroks.
>>1583323>>1583372In the depths of Sea 4, the Mosroks evolve an alternative way of reproduction and survival. The Colonial Mosrok can reproduce by creating off-shoots of itself, which it stays attached to. The glowing bases of Mosroks in close proximity grow and merge each other. This allows for the sharing of nutrients between the organisms and for quicker reproduction, and therefore survival through numbers. Being more sedentary the tiller roots evolve long extremities, allowing the Mosroks to reach nutrients further down. A downside of these mutations however, is the deactivation of the gene which coded for the leaves and stems of the organism being poisonous.
>>1583372The shape of the Sparkfin Borgetta in the deep sea changes, adapting to lying on Mosrok bases and beneath Lanteas. Due to this its eyes become larger and oriented upwards, to spot potential predators lurking in the darkness.
>>1587630the stubfin borgetta develops a tough Iron shell on its underside, making it virtually impenetrable to most would be predators. this however causes it to always have its smaller cone facing upwards, creating a pocket of trapped air making the stubfin rise to the surface. as a result it unravels this cone into a flower shape, allowing it to collect large quantities of sunlight, using its jets to migrate to warmer regions when times become too tough. this low energy life style proves to be incredibly efficient, allowing it to thrive in the arctic enmasse
>>1593925Once a Mosrok gets old its stems die and an off-shoot of it, or another Mosrok organism, starts growing on top of it. Here the old Mosrok survives by making use of the luminescence the base receives from its bacteria as well as the nutrients provided by other members of the colony. They old Colonial Mosrocks can live for centuries this way, eventually dying and rotting. As millennia passes glowing Mosrok "mountain" ranges are created as a new habitat in the depths of sea 4. These structures are not perfect however, getting filled with hole-rooms during their formation. This together with the dying of old Mosroks fills the Mosrok Mountain ranges with glowing tunnels and caverns, even brighter than the depths outside. This new habitat serves a similar role to the coral reefs on earth, providing a place for life in the depths to thrive.
>>1583372Evolving from the basal Tungus found in the depths, the Angler Tunguses' tongue mimics the bulb of a Lantea. This way it lures in unsuspecting prey, seeking the relative safety provided by the glowing plants. It creates the light by itself producing a pigment similar to that of Luciferin.
Some Fractal Tungus begin preying on the organisms attracted to Algae Chains, developing a gas-filled ring where their foot used to be which allows them to float on the surface of the water. Although this does make them more vulnerable to predation and weather, the increase in available prey generally balances this out, and they grow larger.
>>1594715I mean, this is amazing
>>1583272the elegant kinita develops its appendages further, using them to more effectively maneuver and feel through caves.
>>1583372Migrating to the polar seas some Gulofins get access to some of the most Algea-rich waters on the moon. However the ice sheets oftentimes covering the waterline decreases the access to sunlight. These two factors causes the Gulofins here to grow much larger, as well as causes them to develop a hard extremity on their fronts. Using this ramming "horn" the Gulofins are capable of breaking thinner ice sheets, giving them a more direct access to the light of the sun.
>>1594715Some Dancing Kamoina adapt to live on top of Mosrok mountain ranges. Since this gives them less cover, they adopt a color scheme that closely mimics the Greater Mosrok, complete with fake Hunter Cald to scare off potential threats.
>>1594715A species of Omnimuncher develops into an ambush predator, lying hidden in the caves in Mosrok mountains. The fins adapt to be able to fold up more compact, and the body overall becomes less suited to a freefloating lifestyle. When needed, they can retract their large tongue-jaws completely into their body, making them slightly more aerodynamic.
>>1583372Some greater mosrok develop a new juvenile form, "roklings", which can emerge from a seed quicker than a physically mature mosrok.These roklings are basic - just the plant body, bioluminescent bacteria, and one tentacle root for swimming - and develop their adult traits gradually. The evolution of roklings also makes it possible for the greater mosrok to produce smaller, and thus more, seeds.
Alrighty folks, it's time put the next step with the EvoGame for Marine Life in your hands.With Polls! http://www.strawpoll.me/13258002
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>>1601093These Mosroks develop a specialized structure for keeping their Roklings until they've grown big enough not to be eaten by the smaller hervibores of the oceans.
Phylogeny Charts are up folks.Part 1 of 3 (Algea Lineages only)
>>1601888Phylogeny Charts Part 2 of 3 (Cald and Kina Lineages)
>>1601893Phylogeny Charts Part 3 of 3 (Tungus Lineages Only)
>>1590758Some dancing kamoina adapt to a benthic lifestyle of scavenging borgettid floricarrion.They evolve some of their tentacles to be longer, helping them to grasp large leaves and reach inside breached plant body walls to pull out food. Some of their tentacles also grow claws, which these new "devouring kamoina" use to shred portions off of the dead borgetta.They also grow modestly larger, spurred on by the advantages of increased tentacular power and a longer gut.
--World Event: The Last Blooms of Life's Origins-- Since the beginning of complex life on Janus, its original organisms have continued to exist unchanged throughout the eras...Until now. Towards the close of the Magedivatian Era, the genetic code that made these base organisms of Janus so malleable for life to flourish from, begins to breakdown rapidly. Within just a few million the Base Algea, Cald, Kina, and Tungus would fade from existence on Janus. This would not before these Base Organism created one last burst of divergent evolutions that are ubiquitous throughout the marine climates of Janus.--EvoGame Impact--> At midnight EST, the Base Algea, Cald, Kina, and Tungus, will permanently be removed from Janus, only to exist in name and fossil records. So this is your last chance to make a new organism out of the Basal organisms.> 11 new organisms have been released into world of Janus. They can be found in any Marine Habitat, and they are in need of the creators touch, in order to remain in the world of Janus by the end of Magedivatian Era.
The Calatshark develops sexual dimorphism, with the males going out to hunt for prey and the females staying to guard their eggs once mated. The males have longer whiskers that they use to probe crevices for hidden prey, as well as being slightly larger and having jaws better suited to stabbing and cutting. The females have mandibles designed for crushing and chewing, and use these to feed the males the food which they bring back.
>>1604291A variation of the Hermit Tungus evolves to prey on mostly immobile prey, especially Tungreys and Barnacalds. Their stubby forelimbs get larger, able to carry it in a slow, awkward stumble towards prey which they smell. Shortly after hatching, they will chip a small part of their shell off and fuse it to their tongue, allowing them to more easily scrape meat off of prey or crack open shells; this section of shell will not heal, although this is rarely detrimental to the fully mature tungus.
>>1604291Algeods thrive when near the surface, and are able to grow to massive sizes. However, once they are too heavy, they drop off to the seafloor and eventually starve to death. In order to fix this, the Drifting Algeodes leave spaces inbetween their mineral deposits and chloroplasts, these spaces are filled with ionic crystals that are lighter than water, and therefore allow the plant to float in the water, remaining submerged at a depths where sunlight reaches the organism. Their cores also become larger and more diffuse, having clear concentration difference inside of it.
>>1604291Some hermit tungus mutate the ability to selectively produce a sticky, sugary mucus. They use this to coat their shells, encouraging there the growth of algea such as the base algea and the speckled algea.This algea attracts small / juvenile herbivores and omnivores such as the base cald and young dancing kamoina, which often fall prey to the new "greenback tungus".They also grow significantly larger, growing to Size 4.
>>1604291Hoopkina living in the Deep Seafloor have mostly emigrated to the Mosrock Mountain Ranges, where they feed off of any seeds or floating leaves that may have been ripped off of the plants by the sea currents. Their semi-riggid body becomes more rugged, which helps with fending off predators. Both their mouth and eye split off into pairs, due to its head changing shape to fit in its new cultivation sac. This new organ is provides the perfect enviroment for bioluminiscent bacteria to inhabit. However, as they were forced to adapt to the diet of the Vacuum Tubina, however their livespans became shorter and instead of glowing, they began producing a very reactive enzime. In order to compesate for this, their host develop a more complex "glow tube". This tube is filled with gas that lights up when exposed to the bacteria's toxins. The animal's vascular system turns more complex, as a second, smaller "heart" is required to pump the toxins into the tube back and forth in order to keep it glowing.
Although they have been living in Janus for quite a while, it is just now that their entry is being documented into the records. The Glowing Fungacteria is a simple organism, with a short lifespan and a fast reproductive cycle. It lives off of anything that it can get it's hands on, breaking it down with digestive enzymes, and turning it into a fat-like substance. Thanks to their food reserves, they can go without eating for weeks. However, food is never in shortage for these organisms, and all the extra energy is spent on what could be considered a detrimenting evolution, a completly useless organelle which turns chemical energy into light. But for some reason, many creatures in Janus were captivated by the light given off by the Glowing Fungacteria, and they incorporated these organisms into their bodies, instead of their diets, which is most likely the reason the organelle didn't deteriorate or atrophy over time.
>>1604291As one of the lastest evolutions to branch off the Base Tungus line, the Grougus is a highly competitive species, and although they're not as evasive or graceful as their cousin, the Kyogus, they are able to compensate with their sturdiness and superior strength. Their rugged body segmentates, and their tounge gets a slightly metallic overcoat.
>>1605490I excitingly await the imminent evolutionary arms race that will likely ensue.
hoppin on the bandwagonThe Rayqungus in a relatively fast predator which, unusually, does not use its tongue to capture or subdue prey. Instead, it uses its acute sense of smell/taste to track prey, favoring wounded animals; since its tongue is fairly delicate, it is able to retract it when attacking prey. They travel in small packs and can be surprisingly dangerous when wounded, hence the bright, contrasting coloration; this is supplemented by the large false eyes on the side of its head.
>>1605490A population of Grougus are swept through the ocean currents to the shallow seas surrounding Inveritas, Extraveritas, and the nearby Intraveritas Archipelago.This once invasive petite predator would out-compete the native base tungus species of the area. They'd bumble around near the seafloor, following the scent of potential prey. When food is found by feeling movements in the water with their sensitive frills, they spear it with their barbed tongue, then swallow it whole if able. Being jawless, there is not a whole lot that gets in the way.After feeding, they'll typically burrow into mud to sleep and digest.For some mating behaviors, a few times each year, these grougus migrate towards the shore to spawn in tide pools.Got the reference. Now shaping it into its own thing.
>>1605355A new species of fungabacteria evolve. As they age, the spectrum of light which they emit shifts gradually up the spectrum from green to blue.This has little practical impact however, as the older fungabacteria are found amongst the younger and thus the light cancels out into an aquamarine colour.There are no evolutionary disadvantages, though, so the mutation goes unpunished.
>>1583323Some varieties of bulkhead skelker in the open ocean and pelagic floor find their heads developing into a tapered point. This new horn like addition to their heads both further streamlines their bodies (allowing them to move far faster when they charge) and provides them with a more deadly defence when charging. This new species is called the Bulkhead Uni-Skelker
>>1604291some Basking Kina in the open oceans grow larger and develop both tail and lateral fins, for increased speed and increased manoeuvrability respectively
>>1604291Some Caldray on the Deep Seafloor develop their facial spines into articulated mandibles that it can use to hold its food in place as it eats. Its fins also move further up its body and develop a far larger surface area, Allowing it to swim faster.
>>1604291the Algeod, due to its difficulty in being eaten and incredible ability at storing nutrients, grows to massive sizes, becoming humongous single celled structures. awhile not capable of much more then simply floating through the ocean, it has little to no biological weaknesses due to its incredibly simplistic design
>>1608014Just realised I fucked up the name on this one. Is fixed now
>>1607206The Veritan Grougus begins emigrating to the Shimmering Aftolls after mating season, where they lay their eggs and live most of their childhood. The higher levels of Sillicate and other mineral components are succesfully incorporated into the Grougus diets, and their bodies benefit greatly from this. Their bone structure becomes more complex, and they finally develop a jaw. Their back legs grow significantly stronger, which proves useful in shallow waters, and their back shell becomes sturdier and segmentates further, allowing for more movility. They also develop hard spikes in their tail, which is used as a last resort defense mechanism
>>1606384Rayqungus migrate to the Sillicon Aftolls, where carrion is widely available. They make the Sedentalgetta reefs their homes, and the mineral components available in the food there exert a significant evolutionary pression, that leads to a series of mutations that push the Rayqungus into a new niche. They develop a segmentated body, where a pattern of fins and recievers, decorated by a fake eye marks repeats until the tail of the animal. The recievers are a new organ developed by the Rayqungus, it allows them to "Charge" themselves electrically when swimming by the Sedentalgetta bio-circutry beads. The electricty in their body is used to incapacitate potential predators, and is emanated by the copper rich tail, beak and fins of the animal. (Easily identifiable by their red colouration)
>>1594079Some stubfin borgetta gather in colonies of around a hundred plants, evolving a hermaphroditic form of sexual reproduction in which each individual shoots pollen into the air and also receives pollen.
>>1608127Some lantea become semi-parasitic on the giant plate algeod, leeching their minerals.The tail lantea evolves a differently-shaped seed, which is elongate with two sharp points at either end. These seeds float through the water, sometimes being able to breach the cell wall of the algeod and establish the tail lantea there; which will then grow out into the water.If the seeds land in the soil, they still develop - though obviously they're not in their niche.
>>1605281Vacuum Tubina living in the aftolls have their cultivation sacs contaminated with >>1607977, which, mixed with the incorporation of electrostatic barbs similar to >>1608532's due to convergent evolution result in the development of a more complex glowing organ. The appendage, displaced to the front of the animal by the barbs, holds three different kinds of fungacteria (Deep Sea Red, Hue Changing Blue, and Original Green), which are given light electric shocks by the organ that holds them, ordering how strong and which ones should glow. This skill allows the Aftoll Variant of the Vacuum Tubina to emit any light color, which serves as a communication device intraspecies, and as a defense mechanism interspecies.
>>1604291The Vescigae's mucose sacs fuse into a single membrane that coats the cell's walls. This membrane is very sticky, which helps with the creation of colonies. The Equine Vescigae live among >>1609543, where they grow inbetween the Ironstubs, and join them together with their glue.
>>1604291Some Kyogus find their fins fusing together along the sides of their bodies, allowing them to move faster. Their light sensors also begin to develop into rudimentary eyes.
>>1604839some nettle algea attach themselves to the shells of Nomad Tungus, living a symbiotic relationship with them. they offer a strong deterrent to would be predators, and in return get place to attach to, stopping them from drifting along the current to colder oceans, and being able to feed off whatever gore gets spattered across the shell
>>1608127the Giant Plate Algeod eventually finds it size to hard to support, particularly with the parasitic >>1609959 attaching themselves to it. as a result it resorts to a parasitic life style, feeding off the sap and light provided by >>1593925 colonies, allowing it to grow even HUGER.has any one else realized that the current largest none colonial organism in the ocean is a single celled organism? I'm not sure if I should be worried or just laugh. perhaps one day Janus shall be nothing but one massive plate Algeon
>>1612988The Algeod isn't a single-celled organism in its basal form though.
>>1612988Actually >>1597811 is larger.
>>1612983The Shell Nettle hairs mutate, and begin excreting a dissolving substance that breaks down the calcium and other mineral components present in it's hosts shell. The incorporation of these elements causes a shift in the algae's lifestyle, which is now separated into two distinct phases. During it's juvenile phase, the Shell Amphorae looks like an amorphous coat that attaches itself to any exoeskeleton or shell that is rich in calcium, and breaks it down until it's host dies, or replaces it. After that, the plant develops a skeleton of it's own, and assumes the a conical form, with a small frontal opening, and a bigger back one. Although it still relies mainly on photosynthesis, the Shell Amphorae doesn't only use it's holes for moving alongisde the current, as it has a coating layer of it's distinctive enzymes on it's inside, and frequently traps small animals for the calcium required to mantain it's skeleton.
Janus - Alien Oceans------------------------------->The scene: an desolate ice sheet. There is nothing to be seen but mold lines between segments of combined pack ice, and piles of snow shifting in the wind - which howls as it blows across the frozen wasteland.Narrator: "This is the moon world of Janus, in its northern polar region. Janus is drawing close to the end of the Magedivatian Era, a period which has lasted almost thirty million years. Life has been thriving in these oceans since well before the era even began, developing and diversifying into ever more intriguing and impressive forms.">Without warning, an icebreaker gulofin's horn >>1597811 bursts through the ice, scattering it into the air. Cut to marine rover footage from the side of the gulofin as it slowly circles under the icehole."At six metres long, the icebreaker gulofin is the largest organism in Janus' oceans. You could be forgiven for thinking that this is a fish - but, strange though it may seem, it is in fact a plant.">Closeup on the gulofin's gaping mouth"This giant of the polar sea is a filter feeder, extracting tiny plants and animals from the nutrient-rich water of the poles. But like other plants, it is also a photosynthesiser; making iceholes like this allows it to expose itself to the light of the sun. In these freezing waters, this simple advantage can make the difference between life and death.
>>1613825>A change of scene. Footage is now of a calm, clear sea; dappled sunlight plays through the water. Some twistalgea sway slightly in a soft current."The gulofins are members of a large clade of motile plants, called the borgetta. They, and, and all other borgetta of the Magedivatian Era, are descended from a much smaller and humbler promogenitor.">A sparkfin borgetta appears on the footage, slowly jetting along."The sparkfin borgetta - the most primitive of its kind in the seas of this time - has an adult length of around fifteen centimetres. Unlike the gulofins, it is not a filter feeder; instead, it harvests all its energy from the sun. Luckily, sunlight is plentiful here as these are equatorial waters, to the south of the island of Extraveritas. Like all motile borgetta, it travels using a water siphon, sucking water in through its "mouth" at the front and jetting it from its rear siphon to produce forward motion.">Closeup on the side of the borgetta, showing its circuitry"Its electrical nervous system allows it to move, and to process environmental stimuli from its two eyes.">Closeup on one eye of the sparkfin as it scans the area."Constantly alert, it scans the area for predators.">Camera focuses on a twistalgea."The twistalgea offer an ideal cover for predatory herbivores. These simpler plants are adapted to life on the sea floor, and like the sparkfin are widespread. They are hardy, able to withstand strong current due to their twisting structure."
>>1614055"It has good reason to be cautious.">Camera shows a dancing kamoina lurking behind a rock"A herbivore, the dancing kamoina is a one of the sparkfin's main predators. On average, they are slightly smaller, but can often kill and consume their prey. The tentacles at the front of its head are adapted to grab hold of small borgetta, as well as sessile plants such as the twistalgea.">The sparkfin jets slowly past the rock. The kamoina lunges, but the sparkfin puts on a burst of speed and escapes. Camera focuses on it from behind as it quickly jets away."As is usual in nature, the predator goes hungry this time."
>>1604291The Criolga develops the ability to split its stem, allowing it to grow larger. A side effect of this is that fragments of one individual can be broken off and regrow into a separate plant, helping it spread more quickly. Due to its simple structure and fast reproduction, the Criolga is usually one of the first multicellular species to colonize new environments, although it has trouble competing with established species.
>>1604291A branch (lol) of Algeod repurposes its mineral deposits into structural supports that allow it to grow much larger. This also helps discourage herbivores, as these "wires" are often thin and sharp enough to rupture internal organs. Although fairly successful, the Wireframe Algeod is highly sensitive to changes in solute composition, and has trouble living near sources of freshwater.
>>1604291The Vescigae develops into a soft-bodied multicellular plant with two stages in its life. The mature form is a fractally growing plant that supports its watery, gel-like flesh with oxygen-filled bubbles along its leaves. Once a air sac has accumulated enough oxygen, it will break off from the parent plant and float to the surface, following the lifestyle of the common Vescigae. As it grows larger, it will begin to be weighed down and will eventually take root on the ocean floor, restarting the cycle.
>>1607206The grougus still in the area of Extraveritas, and the nearby Intraveritas differentiate from those now in the shimmering aftolls. Their bodies become more streamlined for moving through their aquatic environment. The also developed a webbed digit on their lobed hind fins. Helps a little with holding onto surfaces, or with fighting over mates.
>>1615849Forgot the size. Upper range of 3 to lower range of 4.
>>1615849>*Inveritas, Extraveritas, and the IntraveritasArchipelagoNoticed an error from just copying part of the old description.
--Era Ending Event: The Shadow of Fate--As the two moon worlds reach the end of Magedivatian Epoch, it is met with another period of abrupt geological shifts both in the oceans and on land. In just few ten-thousand years, the basal organisms that had been a stabilizing factor to life on the moon worlds fade into history, only to be remembered in sands of time. This event causes a gradual collapse of food webs, killing off organisms that had generally remained dependent on these basal organisms, or simply found themselves outcompeted by more specialized organisms. This loss of keystone organisms coupled with geological shifts, such as a sudden tenfold magnification of volcanic activity around the Aftolls would appear to set the stage for yet another mass extinction, or worse.But life is none the wiser to these changes to its fragile biosphere, simply acting as idle participants to the downward tailspin of Janus's global ecosystems. But fate had other plans for the worlds of Janus and Rienia, as one day the radiant light of Lunt, is suddenly blotted out by a massive shadow in the sky, emitting a faint amber light.Such an event even I could not have anticipated, as I gazed from own vessel in awe of the familiar figure looming over the sister moon worlds. I recognized this behemoth that had happened itself on these two worlds, and I knew from my own history that life on Janus and Rienia would be changed forever...And you'll hear the conclusion for this world event in the last Magedivatian Era thread for Rienia. That's it folks. See ya next thread fellow creators. (3-5 days usually)
>>1608252As the Grougus begins spending most of it's time on the shallow waters of the Aftolls, where it doesn't have as much space to dive freely, and has to crawl on the oceanfloor, it's middle legs strengthen to facilitate it's seabed stroll.
archivedhttp://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive/1583272/just remember, new posts will still turn up on the archived version. So evos can still be put 'ere
>>1618154... or maybe not
>>1618157Disregard this, you can