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 Genesis (Tanaxai), Update 4
OathinBlood
Posted: Sep 25 2006, 08:40 PM


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The Tanaxai


Name: Tanaxai (Tanaxis)

Life Span: 9 years

Social Structure: Scouts (Orthos), Hunters (Cerberos), Carriers (Charybdis), Queens (Geryon), Hephaetus (workers), Velitentacia (strategists), Karaxis (acid-bloods)

Reproduction:
Tanaxai females mate twice in their lives, giving birth live to a single Tanaxis each time. The Tanaxai juveniles stay with the Geryon in the colony.

Creature Type: Fish

Description: The Tanaxai are blood-red eel-like fish. They have a circular maw that is lined with vicious outwards-pointing fangs, and their entire body is covered in sharp, jagged scales. There is a lengthy, leathery fin running down their back, with a row of forwards-facing spikes on either side. They have a long, needle-like horn on their heads that is used to inject a potent neurotoxin into their prey. Skin-flaps, under which carcharas are hidden until called upon, are found towards the base of the tail of the Tanaxai. They are able to secrete toxic mucus that allows them to control their surrounding temperature, and gives a greater degree of resistence against the lava. They have many tendrils all over their body, of varying length, ranging from just 5 centimetres (approx 2 inches), to being almost as long as the Tanaxai itself. They have also developed a slightly pourus stomach, allowing trace amounts of stomach acid to seep into the bloodstream.

Recently they have evolved a second venom sac, which is filled with with a semi-potent necrotoxin, which causes cell death in the victim.

Length: 150 centimetres (5’)
Weight: 600 Grams

Current Location: Volcanic Cavern (Western)

Feeding Group: Carnivore
Feeding Method: The Tanaxai are voracious eaters, and can tear apart their prey in moments. But first they have to catch it, and this is where the Carcharas come in. Due to their slow movement, the Xivai employ the Carcharas to swarm their prey; the weight, pain, and blood loss slowing the prey down. Once they are sufficiently tired, the Orthos swarm in, injecting it with a paralytic neurtoxin. After that, the Cerberos move in, and rip their paralysed, but still living, foe to shreds, an incredibly painful process for the prey.

Should an enemy actually harm a Tanaxai (an exceedingly rare event), then they too are usually harmed, due to the razor sharp scales that the Tanaxai is covered in, the diluted acid that runs through it’s veins, and the highly-toxic mucus that it secretes.

Movement Type
: Swimming w/ Two Sets of Muscular Side Fins & Long Back Fin

Stats

Brain: 50 / 100 (The Tanaxai are smart enough to form basic hunting tactics and a social structure. They have a reasonably advanced method of communicating, and can signal “prey” and “predator”.)

Sight: 1 / 15 (The Tanaxai can only sense light and dark, but no more.)

Sound: 12/35 (The Tanaxai can hear a wide range of noises from medium to strong and even some weak noises.)

Touch: 19/50(The Tanaxai have many tendrils all over their body, varying in legnth from 5 to 43 centimetres long.)

Taste: 5/ 15 (The Tanaxai have the most basic of tastebuds. They’d be able to taste the difference between sugar, coffee, salt, and lemon juice, for exmaple, but nothing more advanced than that)

Smell: 12 / 25(The Tanaxai can detect scents within fifty-eight to sixty-eight feet with a favourable current, or thirty-two to thrity-seven feet without one.)

Electric Reception: 16 / 25 (The Tanaxai pick up the use of nerves or muscles in a creature in ranges of seventy five feet.)

Bioluminescence: 2/ 10 (The Tanaxai have evolved basic organs that produce bioluminescent bacteria. They glow very faintly, just barely enough to attract small amounts of plankton and Rutum.)

Attack: 110/150 (The Tanaxai have evolved potent venoms that can be injected through six prominent fangs and their horn, as well. They can also attack by gouging the prey with a long horn. They have spiky scales that jut out, able to wound those that brush against them. Their stomach implodes upon being ruptured and floods the surrounding water with a moderately powerful digestive acid. They have also evolved a more pourus stomach, which allows small amounts of stomach acid into the blood stream, just enough to cause stinging in enemy wounds.)

Venom Potency: 17/ 25 (The Tanaxai have developed semi-potent paralysing and necrotic venoms and two, mid-sized venom sac.)

Defence: 60/150 (The Tanaxai have evolved thick spike-like scales that just out of the skin and a thick layer of highly toxic mucus that protects them from abrasions and toxins in the water. The higher acid content of their blood also makes them a more hostile environment for bacteria, parasites, and viruses.)

Speed: 25 / 40 (The Tanaxai have evolved muscular front fins and smaller back fins, a long back fin, and a powerful tail.)

Control: 23 / 50 (The Tanaxai have a powerful tail and muscular front fins and smaller back fins that gives them satisfactory manoeuvrability in the water.)

Camouflage: 5/ 15 (The Tanaxai have a deep red skin that somewhat blends in with the lava flows.)

Metabolism Rate: 15 Hours (The Tanaxai can go ten hours without eating.)

Volcanic Caverns:

Terrain description: The volcanic caverns are extremely rugged. They are filled with crater-like depressions (in which Tanaxai and Xivai colonies reside), deep, narrow chasms (in which many Onsiosis and Carcharas reside), lava flows, and volcanic vents, which alternatively spew out thick, black, water, and form powerful vaccums, sucking in many a creature. The Tanaxai are unable to detect how far away the ceiling of the main cavern is.

There is a massively long and hugely high cliff to the north that is pocked with holes. Raglath reside in these holes, and the Tanaxai are unsure as too how deep the holes are, or how high the cliff is.

To the south is the area known as the Zone of Silence. This is because of the near-complete lack of seismic activity in the area. Cooled and hardened rivers of lava form natural paths in the area, and there are many deep pits.What resides in the pits is unkown to the Tanaxai.


Ecosystem
Prey:

Rutum- Small, slow creatures that float around in the water. They have an extremely hard shell, and are best swallowed whole when young, since the adults are too large to be swallowed. They have recently evolved a splittable shell, which they close around prey.

Rakool– Small soft creatures with a thin outer shell. They use orange and red bio-luminescent bacteria to camouflage themselves amongst the lava flows. This means that only predators that do not depend on vision, such as the Xivai and Tanaxai, can feed on them. This has led to a massive boost in the population, giving a constant food supply to those that can catch the speedy fish.

Tlefan- Large, heavily armoured fish that swim around the western and northen areas of the volcanic cavern with their 6 strong fins. They are covered in thick, boney plates, some of which have small, sharp protusions used for defending themselves. They feed by swimming through clouds of plankton and yamta, which are attracted to the dots of biolumiscent bacteria that cover the armour plates. The flat bones inside their mouth crush everything that finds their way in into fine paste and occaisionally a rutum or young Tanaxai finds their way into a Tlafan’s mouth, giving it either a nutricious snack or a horrendous stomach ache, respectively.

Predators:

Famta: Strange, luminescent creatures that look like small particles of light. They live in large clouds numbering in the thousands, and hunt by completely enveloping their prey. They give off small eletric shocks, which, while weak individually, become lethal in a swarm. They are seperated in two sections by a long, thing, armoured stem. On one end you have the mouth, electroplaques, and wing-like fins, and on the other you have the powerful, trident-shaped tail. They seem to communicate with each other by flickering at different brightnesses, and generally ignore the Tanaxai, preferring smaller prey such as Rutum.

Neutral:

The Carcharas and Xivai (we all know what they look like, don’t we?) colonies to the east.

Allies:

Oniosis: Eight-armed starfish-like creatures. They are parasitical by nature, and feed in a variety of ways, including filter feeding on plankton, eating the bacteria found between the scales of their Tanaxai hosts, and draining the blood of larger prey. The have a complex, sucker-like mouth similar to that of a leech. Their eight arms are tipped by small, sharp claws, and they have many sharp spikes on their back. They have developed sack next to their stomach, which stores the surplus bacteria they harvest from the Tanaxai and Xivai. They then secrete the bacteria in attacks, causing infections in the region of the bite.

Raglath: Massive (approx 40 metre-long when fully grown) eel-like fish that dwell in the holes of the far-northen cliffs. They have many tentacles running down their sides, each ending in a large, scythe-like blade, which they can use to slice their prey. Their mouths are filled with many rows of small, needle-like teeth, and they have many highly light-sensitive eyes placed randomly on their heads. A boney mane protects their throat, and during mating season they flush it with blood. This feeds the bio-luminescent bacteria found in ridges along the mane, creating spectacular patterns. They communicate by moaning and clicking their blades together. Recently they have evolved thick, smooth scales, which help to protect them when outside their holes.


Enemies:

Nilevoa: Large, many tentacled creatures with a powerful, hooked beak-like jaw. They hunt by steathily sneaking up on their prey, then constricting them with their large, muscular tentacles. The tentacles are covered in thousands of tiny barbs, which make it almost impossible to escape. They have developed highly non-conductive scales that block eletrical signals, making them essentially invisible to the Tanaxai. Tanaxian acid, however, quickly dissolves these scales.

In each colony of Nilevoa, there is a single gargantuan Queen, around which the young of the colony live. Unlike the Tanaxian Geryon, the Nilevoan queen is not hindered by an eggsack, but due to the swarms of infants that cover her, she is still unable to defend herself.

Saim: Small, parasitical creatures that burrow into the skin of Nilevoa. They partially burrow into blood veins and act as filters, taking in blood, absorbing any venoms as well as trace amounts of nutrients, and then excreting the purified blood. Their immunity to almost all venoms allows them to do this without being harmed themselves. The venom is stored in a sack on the back of the Saim, and over time this swells, eventually reaching such sizes that they break the host’s skin. The sack continues to expand until it is ruptured by outside forces, creating a highly toxic cloud of concentrated venoms in the surrounding area.

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Due to the loss of their Geryon, the Tanaxian genepool stagnated. For eons they remained unchanged while the species around them advanced rapidly. But what the Tanaxai lacked in phyisial change, they made up for in social advance: they started placing their tributes to the Raglath further and further away from the comfortable holes they had lived in for so long, the desire for food eventually outweighing the ingrained instinct built up over millions of years. Over the years, the Raglath joined the ever expanding Tanaxian empire, proving to be able guards and soldiers; Nilevoan skirmishers were torn apart as soon as they came close, the scales that had hidden them so well from the Xivai were shown to be useless when pitted against the keen eyes of the Raglath

The Onsiosis were also able to adapt to the Tanaxai better now that they weren’t changing so much. The Onsiosis became thinner, squeezing in beneath the Tanaxai’s scales, gathering the rarest, hardest to reach bacteria. This made them even more potent warriors, causing infections in creatures that had not occurred for millions of years, their immune systems folding before the pestilent onslaught. The Tanaxai had created their first true bio-weapons and, as hideous as they were, they would not be their last.

With the Nilevoa beginning to focus on attacking the Xivai colonies to the east, the Tanaxai took the opportunity to rebuild what they had lost, their population eventually recovering from the horrendous blow it had been dealt. In response to the good times, a new Geryon has been born.

Using the Raglath as their eyes, an expedition into Nilevoan territory was made by a daring group of Orthos. What they sensed shocked them: a vast number of small, speedy creatures were swarming one colossal monstrosity, feeding on her. Careful investigation revealed what it was: the Nilevoan queen; and the swarm of speedy creatures her children. In order to feed themselves the children were tearing off tiny chunks of flesh, the bio-electricity given off by the Queen’s pain almost overwhelming the Tanaxai’s sensitive lateral line. It was hideously brutal... almost Tanaxian...
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How do you want the Tanaxai to evolve? (Choose two, due to the abundance of food, birth of a new Geryon, and lack of predators)

A) Develop muscles beneath our scales, allowing us to move them.
B ) Develop a new organ or modify a current one. (this will lead to a subvote)
C) Grow another set of fins, greatly increasing speed and control.
D) Develop our tentacles (this will lead to a subvote to decide how to develop them (eg, amount, length, sensitivity, strength, etc)
E) Begin focusing on a certain amount of senses, at the cost of the remaining senses (the more senses you focus on, the less the chosen senses will increase by in each update, and the more the other senses will degrade)
F) Begin calcifying our cartilage skeleton, making it more resistant to being crushed by Nilevoan tentacles, at the cost of flexibilty.
G) Increase the strength of our stomach acid.
H) Begin secreting our acid through our mucus, making it more dificult for creatures to grab onto us without harming themselves
I) Increase the spikeyness of our scales.

How do you want the Onsiosis to evolve? (Pick one)

A) Develop more complex bones in the arms, making them more dextrous and starting them on the path to beign able to manipulate objects.
B ) Increase their muscle mass, allowing them to better hold onto objects.
C) Split the bacteria sack in two, allowing the second one to serve another purpose (this will lead to a subvote), but making it less effective overall.
D) Develop long, whip-like tentacles at the end of their arms, allowing them to constrict smaller prey and whip larger foes.
E) Change the placement of the bacteria sack, putting it closer to the skin. This would make it possible for it to actually break the skin once full enough. Then when an outside force penetrates it, it would fill the surrounding water with a cloud of dangerous bacteria.
F) Toughen their skin, making it more dificult to penetrate.
G) Fuse two arms together in order to form a primitive tail, greatly increasing their mobility (think Facehugger from Aliens)

What should the Tanaxai do against the Nilevoa? (Current map of known territories):
A) Send the majority of our forces to attack the Nilevoan queen to the west. This would increase the chance of success, but leave us very vulnerable to a counter-attack.
B ) Send a small part of our forces to attack the Nilevoan queen to the west. This would have considerably a lower chance of success, but would not leave us as vulnerable
C) Send a small, surgical strike team to attack the Nilevoan queen to the west. Depending on wether or not such a small team would be spotted, this could succeed.
D) Attack the southern reaches of the Nilevoa colony, where the Nilevoan presence is weakest, halting their attacks on the Xivai to the east.
E) Attack the south-western area of the Nilevoa colony, cutting off the southern part from the main colony.
F) Attack the western part of the Nilevoa colony, where the Nilevoan presence is strongest.
G) Do nothing, instead consolidating our current territories.

How should the Tanaxai expand?
A) Towards the east, towards the Xivai colonies, hopefully strengthening the relations between the Xivai and Taxanai, and the Carcharas and Onsiosis.
B )Further to the north, into the now empty holes left by the Raglath. Eletrical signals have been felt emanating from deep inside for many years now.
C)Don’t expand, instead focusing our numbers on the actions against the Nilevoa.

What do you want the Tanaxai to do? (Pick one)
A) Develop another caste.
B ) Specialise each caste, giving them their own stats, but reducing overall adaptability.
C) Start trying to hang on to Raglath using their tentacles, making them carriers for the Tanaxai and strengthening the symbiotic relationship.
D) Begin breeding the different castes with each other, possibly forming new hybrid-castes.


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