Primordial Evolution Game/South Continent
- 1 Geography
- 2 Wildlife
- 3 Fauna
- 3.1 Cave Bord Evolution
- 3.2 Cave Fus Evolution
- 3.3 Cave Hoppa Evolution
- 3.4 Emil Evolution
- 3.5 Geist Evolution
- 3.6 Gesh Evolution
- 3.7 Hamun Evolution
- 3.8 Inoglund Evolution
- 3.9 Lacorra Evolution
- 3.10 Lub Evolution
- 3.11 Puruu Evolution
- 3.12 Schwar Evolution
- 3.13 Thudder Evolution
- 3.13.1 Hammer Thudder
- 3.13.2 Burly
- 3.13.3 Smasha
- 3.13.4 River Smasha
- 3.13.5 Thumper
- 3.13.6 Chompa
- 3.13.7 Cruncher
- 3.13.8 Forest Cruncha
- 3.13.9 Stalka
- 3.13.10 Chompa
- 3.13.11 Herbivore Chompa
- 3.13.12 Groovyhorn Chompa
- 3.13.13 Hoofed Chompa
- 3.13.14 Spotcha
- 3.13.15 Cathedral Chompa
- 3.13.16 Runna
- 3.13.17 Forest Runna
- 3.14 Wirm Evolution
- 3.15 Yazda Evolution
- 4 Fungi and Flora
- 4.1 Cave Raga Evolution
- 4.2 Cedya Evolution
- 4.3 Fren Evolution
- 4.4 Hexis Evolution
- 4.4.1 Squat Hexis
- 4.4.2 Methuselah Hexis
- 4.4.3 Shrub Hexis
- 4.4.4 Gildenthread Bush
- 4.4.5 Vine Hexis
- 4.4.6 Helix Hexis
- 4.4.7 Great Hexis
- 4.4.8 Broadleaf Hexis
- 4.4.9 Pool Hexis
- 4.4.10 Oasis Tree
- 4.4.11 Whipping Hexis
- 4.4.12 Coiling Hexis
- 4.4.13 Hexis Shambler
- 4.4.14 Bare Shambler
- 4.4.15 Puppeteer Shambler
- 4.4.16 Lub Shambler
- 4.4.17 Ravenous Shambler
- 4.4.18 Inverted Shambler
- 4.5 Siwari Evolution
Cave Fus: A jellyfish filled with lighter-than-air gasses that lives in the damp portions of the caves.
Cave Raga: A fruiting plant that thrives in the dim light of shallow caves.
Cedya: A mushroom-like fungus that induces stomach pains when injested.
Emil: A luminescent descendant of the Lem'Uy with acidic properties.
Fren: A fern type plant adapted to living off the low light of near-surface caves and luminescent organisms.
Geist: A small, mammal-like predator. Being descended from Cidexes, they have no eyes.
Gesh: A close relative to the geist native to the plains and marshes. This predator has a strong jaw that can
Hamun: A shelled lithovore with tendrils which contain a symbiotic algae.
Hexis: A short tree that grows in a spiral and reproduces with spores.
Inoglund: A species of Glund that have adapted to the low light environment of the massive cavern system. Despite appearances, they are more bug-like than reptilian. They give live birth to larval young.
Lacorra: This sedentary creature makes hollow pipes made out of minerals it absorbed through the ground. It also has symbiosis with a plant, which grows in the pipes and supplies the creature with sugar. To complete its diet, it extends tentacles to grab flyers and plant spores. The tentacles also work in oxygen exchange.
Lub: Large jellyfish-like creatures that lives in a symbiotic relationship with algae under their skin. Species can be encountered in the lakes, rivers, marshes, and along the coast.
Puruu: A poisonous colonial organism made up of inumerable microscopic jellyfish-like creatures. Puruus live in the swamps and marshes.
Schwar: An amphibious scavenger descended from the bladeworem. They are mostly found near water.
Siwari: A grass with branching leaves that grows small fruits.
Thudder: A heavily armored herbivore that lives in the plains. Like their relative the Inoglund, they too give live birth to larval young.
Wirm: A small Sluck descendent.
Yazda: Small parastic bugs that drink blood and sap. They are encountered most often in the jungles, plains, and marshes.
Cave Bord Evolution
Cave Fus Evolution
Cave Hoppa Evolution
Greater Cave Hoppa
One of the largest creatures inhabiting the caves, the Greater Cave Hoppa is a predator near the top of the food chain. Their tentacles are tipped with sickles for striking down prey. The luminescent organs on the sides of their heads are used to intimidate potential predators and rivals for mates. A trait unique to the Cave Hoppas of South Continent is the vocal cords in their breathing tubes. They are capable of more developed vocalizations than other hoppa species. By producing a high-pitch squeal, they are able to stun and disorientate geists, which rely on echolocation.
Lesser Cave Hoppa
Growing to about half as tall as the GCH, the Lesser Cave Hoppa is a seed-eating organism found in the caves and the surface near them. They have a specialized diet of Raga Seeds. The seeds are often embedded in carcases, so the hoppa needs to pick them out using its sickles and horizontal beaks. They are also found on the surface in the plains, where they feed on Siwari seeds.
The Cleaner Hoppa is a species from the caves that feed on Cedya spores. Using the sticky comb-like appendage, they brush off the surfaces and creatures, which both provides them with food and keeps Cedyas from growing on those that are cleaned. Due to this behavior, the Cleaner Hoppa has few predators.
The Forest Hoppa is a close relative to the Cleaner Hoppa that lives in the surface jungles and feeds mostly on Hexis spores. Unlike the Cleaner, the behavior of letting other creatures come up for a grooming is a liability since Hexis spores aren't dangerous like those of Cedyas. Forest Hoppas are skittish and quite nimble, running at the first sign of a potential predator.
A small herbivore, but sometimes eats insects now and again. Its very thick fur allows it to live even at high altitudes.
Large grumpy critter. instead of growing lots of fur to shield against the cold, it digs what is essentially a bear cave out of dirt, rock, ice, or snow and keeps warm in there. it also digs for roots and tuber with it's walrus-like teeth
Stalking predator that hunts the Redaresh, but occasionally the Eshug.
A deer like creature that lives among the foothills and steppes leading up to the mountains. Uses it's flat tusks to dig for roots and tubers as well as peel bark off Methusaleh and Hexis trees.
The Hammer Thudder was a species of Glundiform that had a layer of skin growing over its skeleton. Their flat faces provided a surface with which they'd headbutt each other in mating displays, as well as predators in defense.
The Burly was a muscular creature descended from the Hammer Thudder. They could momentarily hop onto just their rear legs in order to reach food that was higher up, or more impressively, punch. Burlies mated for life.
Chompers were a carnivorous species with of Thudder. With a weaker, but lighter exoskeleton and long legs, they'd chase down prey, striking it down with a bite from their powerful jaws. Males had a horn on their head which they'd use mostly to joust in order to impress potential mates.
Crunchers were a species that developed from the chompers, and thus, were cousins of the chompas. Unlike their cousins, the Crunchers retained their carnivorous diet, and over the generations, they became more and more better suited for it. They started to lose their armor, as it only slowed them down. They got bigger, and faster, their jaws got stronger and they lost the remains of their face blade.
The Crunchers hunt everything in the plains, even each other, which is one of the reasons they still retain parts of their armor. It can save them from being killed by a bigger Crunchers. The Crunchers kill their prey by crushing them between their beaked jaws. They are capable of breaking bones with their jaws. They are solitary hunters, which run their prey down. They usually prefer to ambush their targets however.
They only tolerate each other during the mating season, when the males and the larger females gather into large groups, and the males wrestle for dominance and try to impress the females. Curiously, they do not kill each other during the mating season. Their wrestles are only to over power the opposer, not to kill him. The mating season marks a ceasefire for the otherwise non stop lethal struggle the crunchers have between each other.
Chompas were pack predators which fed mainly on Schwars. With their long claws, they'd dig up the insectoid creatures. The males of the species produces a strong musk for marking territory and determining the pecking order in the pack. The alpha male produced the strongest musk.
Contrary to their name, the Herbivore Chompa was actually an omnivorous species. While they mainly fed on grasses and shrubbery, the predatory instincts were still somewhat present in the males. This would actually tie into the mating rituals and social structure of the Chompa. Males would present Schwars to females in order to overthrow the reigning male by showing their skill and strength. If a female accepted the offer, she would push the offered Schwar back to the male who presented it. If the female did not accept, she would smash it with her feet.
Sexual selection would change again in Chompas, at this point being focused on the horn of the male. Males with the largest, most colorful horn on his face would attract the most mates. The frill along the backs of their heads protected the necks of the chompas, as well as aiding in the regulation of body temperature.
Later on, the coloration would migrate from the horn to the frill instead.
Fungi and Flora
Cave Raga Evolution
These bushes grow in clearings in the forests, quickly spreading through them. It's common for insects to bore into these plants. Remarkably, this doesn't seem to bother the bush.
The Methuselah Hexis an especially durable plant which grows dry, rocky soil, and thin air of the high mountains. The shrub takes over a century to reach maturity. Upon reaching maturity, the Hexis produces a slow, but steady supply of asexual spores. As they often live for several millennia, a lot can happen to these large shrubs. The occasional landslide, fire, or even herbivore can cause a lot of damage to the plant. These hexises are excellent at storing energy for these events. While young and/or undisturbed, they have the typical helical form of the Hexis family. The older, battered plants appear more like a tangle of split, snapped, and possibly even scorched branches that recovered from the centuries of abuse they undergo. They store enough energy to spend the next few decades regrowing their branches if they are by chance all lost. Even though they grow slightly faster in lower altitudes, they aren't commonly found there. The more frequent presence of fauna keeps them from truly taking hold.
The Shrub Hexis was a gnarly shrub that grew in the dry savannas of South Continent.
The Gildenthread Bush produces spores which are covered in soft, silvery fluff. This fluff easily picks up in the wind and rips the spore out of it's base on the plant, sending it wherever the air current takes it. The thread is often silver in coloration, but in ideal conditions when the plant has plentiful sunlight, water, and minerals, the thread takes a brilliant golden sheen as it's laced with nutrients to help jump-start the spore within. The spore itself is fire resistant, the fluff covering providing useful food for the spore if it's set aflame during a fire. The golden variety of the spore is mildly fragrant, slightly sweet and catching to the eye, making it an attractive target for a grazing herbivore.
This cotton-like plant is also utilized by the Korobushka people. They use it to make rope and thread.
The Vine Hexis is a parasitic plant. Although it has a woody stem, it is too narrow and flimsy to hold itself up. In order to reach upward towards sunlight, it will climb up the trunks of Hexis Trees, Tree Siwari, and even ledges or Lacorra shells. To keep it's grip on surfaces, it grows wrapping around the object. This is aided by the vine's sturdy, hook-shaped leaves.
If growing along a tree, the Vine Hexis will leech nutrients from its host, slowly killing it.
The Helix Hexis was a tree that towered above all other plants when they were around.
The Great Hexis is the largest of all Hexis species. Compared to the Helix Hexis, they are 30-40% taller on average at their full height, putting them at around the height of Earth's pinus strobus. They make up the majority of trees deep in the jungle.
This species of Hexis is known for it's large leaves, which grow to about a meter in length. They grow in the rainforests to the north of the continent.
Some species of Hexis in the drier plains had pools of water laced with naturally produced glucose at their bases. Lining the edge of the water with their spores, the Hexis used these watering holes as a constant source of pollinators; everything from insects to animals would come from far and wide to get a drink.
The requirements to sustain this were taxing however, and because of this, the tree's roots had to grow further into the ground, tapping into the vast aquifers of the plains.
As a result of the plains becoming drier, the Pool Hexises became what is now known as the Oasis Tree. The Oasis Tree is a small tree adapted to conserving its water supply. The pools between their twisting trunks are smaller than what the Pool Hexis had, but are also more concentrated. Their waxy leaves aid in preventing loss of moisture. Massive, intricate system of roots support each plant with water and mineral absorption from the expansive underground aquifers of the South Continent. Vast stretches of the plains could be covered by an astonishingly small number of Oasis Trees. A covering over the pool forces animals to stick their heads in to drink, which effectively covers them in the plant's spores. Aided by the production of caffeine, animals get addicted to their nectar. This ensures that there are always creatures to spread their spores.
The Whipping Hexis was a tree with more developed muscular tissues than most plants on Borgas IV. They were a species of carnivorous trees which lured in prey with a sweet scent similar to that of Oasis Trees. Root tips blending in with surrounding grasses would detect nearby animals, which the Hexis would then pummel into submission and stuff into its digestion cavity.
To conserve moisture during the midday sun, or when it's leaves are damaged, the aptly named Coiling Hexis tightens its trunks together, becoming a tight knot. During the cooler hours, it spreads back out again to get the maximum surface area to photosynthesize. At the base of each of the tree's leaves are pores, which are used to take in any morning dew collected.
The Hexis Shambler (just Shambler for short) is a predatory tree. They hunt by tracking prey with a combination of smell, feeling vibrations in the ground, and infrared-sensitive eye spots. Despite appearances, these creatures are quite nimble. When they find their victims, they dash up and crush them with their powerful limbs. Newly grown shamblers appeared as a normal hexis, but they'd eventually outgrow their roots and take up their predatory lifestyle. While mostly found on the plains, they have taken to living in the jungles, using the surroundings as camouflage.
The Bare Shambler was a smaller species of predatory plant. After their uprooting, the leaves of this plant would wilt and fall off. This made them more efficient at retaining fluids. The tip of each limb terminated in a sharp spike and a gripping branch. What set this species apart from other shamblers most of all was that they would wrap around a still-living creature and live off of it as a parasite.
The namesake of the Puppeteer Shambler comes from their habit of using their dead hosts as puppets. After these parasites kill their hosts, they control the body by wrapping around its legs and making it appear as if it was still walking around. Upon finding a new host, they ditch the corpse and spring onto a fresh victim.
Found in the rivers and swamps of the continent, beneath the lub canopy, the Lub Shambler has a specialized method of hunting. They allow their mouths to fill with water and remain perfectly still, just waiting for something to wander into the small pool which they create, often times being lubs re-anchoring themselves. When they have a catch, the shambler immediately snaps down on its unfortunate victim.
The Ravenous Shambler is the most powerful hunter in the history of the shambler genus. The limbs of this species are tipped with highly sensitive feelers and scent receptors. While remaining absolutely still, they can get an accurate estimate of where nearby creatures are located. Around their mouths, they have tendrils which aid in restraining prey while being eaten alive. The Ravenous Shambler is most often found in forests where they use their surroundings to ambush prey, but can occasionally be found in the open plains.
Among Shamblers, the Inverted Shambler is an oddity. It earns its name from when being compared to all other species of the genus, this one's usual position would be upside down. It also differs in the fact that it is primarily an herbivore. Using the tendrils around its mouth, the Inverted Shambler rips up foliage to eat. However, it isn't unheard of for them to occasionally scavenge.