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 Genesis - Mitosis, Creature Stage - Update Archive
OathinBlood
Posted: Jul 15 2007, 02:00 PM


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Circulspiculida didigitulma – ‘Two-Fingered Arm’
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Orbiting a yellow-orange star in a solar system in a remote corner of the universe, there was a planet. This planet didn’t have a name. In fact, nothing on or near the planet had a name, for nothing living anywhere on or near the planet had the brain capacity to regard an object with such an abstraction as naming. Perhaps one day, that would change – but for now, nothing was even close to sentience, let alone sapience.

On that planet, forces were at work. Tectonic plates were pushing each other together and ripping each other apart, shifting and pulsating and raising mountains and spewing molten rock into the air. This incredibly slow process was mirrored by life on the planet, with complex ecosystems being pushed forward by the remarkably slow forces of evolution. The land had not been colonized yet, save for some black-green primordial algae-slime. In a brackish estuary where the sea met the land, there lived an abundance of organisms, each with a wealth of evolutionary options. Metre-long swimming arthropods preyed on legged worms, and venomous cephalopods with sphincter-maws preyed on swimming worms. Yet, none of these extraordinary organisms was destined for greater things – this spark of intelligence was present instead in a colony of tear-drop shaped inch-long specks on several of the fore-mentioned creatures. These were the viscera, parasitic tick-trilobites.

They sensed prey and predator with sensitive cnidocyte-laced two-fingered tentacles and were protected by a thin shell made of silicon filtered from the surrounding water. Relatively low on the food chain, the viscera were forced to lay eggs en masse to ensure the survival of their species. Yet, within these humble bodies, laid a great destiny.

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Which colony will you seize control of?
A) The colony on Swimming Arthropod #1, a timid and sedentary colony that hides between wide armour-plates.
B) The colony on Swimming Arthropod #2, an active and semi-migratory colony that feeds on the soft underbelly of it’s fast-moving host.
C) The colony on Swimming Arthropod #3, a small and tight-knit colony with a relatively sophisticated social structure. Migratory.
D) The colony on a Kreekalah, a colony that rarely sees the sun, constantly feeding in the Kreekalah’s various oral cavities.
E) The colony on the Swimming Cephalopod #1, with larger individuals and an extremely migratory life-style. High death rates to live on the environment’s apex predator.
F) The colony on the Ichthyopod, a colony with an equal migratory/sedentary lifestyle. Stronger legs.
G) The colony on Small Worm #2, small individuals with a larger colony that usual. Equal sedentary/migratory lifestyle.
H) The colony on Swimming Worm #1, a small colony with larger individuals. Sedentary.

How do you want to evolve?
A) Develop flattened oar-legs, the beginnings of swimming-legs. (Speed ++, Control +)
----- I) Flatten all eight legs.
----- II) Flatten the first two pairs of legs.
----- III) Flatten the last two pairs of legs.
----- IV) Flatten the last pair of legs.
----- V) Flatten the first pair of legs.
----- VI) Flatten the third pair of legs.
B) Develop an opaque, hard chitin shell. (Defence +++)
C) Develop leaf-like extensions from the body containing the veridiplasts. (Metabolism +++)
D) Develop a pair of antennae sprouting from the body. (Touch +++)
----- I) Located at the front end of the body, on the top side of the head.

----- II) Located at the front end of the body, on the bottom side of the head.
----- III) Located at the rear end of the body, beneath the body.
----- IV) Located at the middle of the body, on the sides.
E) Develop a second pair of two-fingered tentacles next to the existing pair.
----- I) A more sensitive, smaller pair. (Touch ++, Attack +)
----- II) A larger, stronger pair. (Attack ++, Touch +)
F) A two-segmented, longer body. (Defence ++, Speed +)
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Posted: Jul 15 2007, 10:10 PM


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Circulspiculida contrectaseta – ‘Touch-Hair’
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It is not totally known why or how a diminutive colony of viscera clinging on to the fibrous back of a celephate was fated to one day rise to sapience, but it was sure that they were. Now though, they were tear-drop-shaped armoured hemophagic ticks. Evolution was still a maze that they had to navigate, and though it held a myriad of possibilities, their future looked like it would lead to a pycnogonid body-form or perhaps some kind of semi-mobile cirripedia. Still, evolution was a slow, steady process, and the latest mutation in this colony were a pair of long bristles, better known as antennae, protruding from the top of their head. This was useful, for the celephate-viscera colony were highly mobile viscera, always in danger of another celephate attacking the one that they were currently on. Celephates were individual opportunistic predators, and cannibalism was not taboo in their crude minds.

Currently, the celephate-viscera colonies were highly nomadic. In celephate mating season, it was nearly impossible to parasitise a host for more than a few hours safely, and the hours spent not on a host were spend in dark crevices and cracks under rocks or between sponges and corals. The viscerid life-cycle was still extremely simple. Feed on blood while on the celephate, detach and hide when not, and in hard times utilize the veridiplasts for sustenance.

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What do you wish to do?
A) Try to investigate three of the ecosystem’s various species in further detail. (Sponges, corals, and plants only count as half a species, since they're easier to investigate.)
B) Change the general behaviour of the species, being bolder and spending more time in the open.
C) Change the general behaviour of the species, staying on the celephates for longer amounts of time and spending less time off the hosts.
D) Change our parasitic nature, becoming endoparasites instead of ectoparasites.
E) Change the general behaviour of the species, spending less time on the hosts and more time on the ground.
F) Change the general behaviour of the species, making the colonies less dense and enlarging the area that the viscera as a whole inhabit.

How do you want to evolve?
A) Develop flattened oar-legs, the beginnings of swimming-legs. (Speed ++, Control +)
----- I) Flatten all eight legs.
----- II) Flatten the first two pairs of legs.
----- III) Flatten the last two pairs of legs.
----- IV) Flatten the last pair of legs.
----- V) Flatten the first pair of legs.
----- VI) Flatten the third pair of legs.
B) Develop an opaque, hard chitin shell. (Defence +++)
C) Develop leaf-like extensions from the body containing the veridiplasts. (Metabolism +++)
D) Develop a small sac of weak venom. (Attack +++)
----- I) A mild hemotoxin, which targets and destroys red blood cells, preventing blood from clotting.

----- II) A mild necrotoxin, which destroys tissue and causes necrosis, rotting away flesh.
----- III) A mild neurotoxin, which targets and affects the nervous system of the host, paralysing the victim or, when more potent, causing their entire body to shut down.
E) Develop a second pair of two-fingered tentacles next to the existing pair.
----- I) A more sensitive, smaller pair. (Touch ++, Attack +)
----- II) A larger, stronger pair. (Attack ++, Touch +)
F) A two-segmented, longer body. (Defence ++, Speed +)
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Posted: Jul 16 2007, 09:35 PM


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Circulspiculida hemoraptor – ‘Blood Thief’
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The highly nomadic lifestyle of the celephate-viscera colonies began to change over gradual decades. Instead of constantly detaching in fear of their host being predated on, the viscera colonies instead stayed attached to their celephate hosts almost constantly. The celephates, although cannibalistic, were still fearsome predators, and the viscera fed well when their hosts fed well. Cephalopods, and therefore celephates, had colourless blood which turned blue when exposed to the environment. As a result, well-fed viscera were bloated and blue in colour, due to lack of their own pigment. Still, the viscera staying on the celephates had to deal with their original problem, the problem that caused them to migrate in the first place. Foreign celephate attacks. When a celephate attacked the one that they were on, perhaps ten to thirty percent of the population would be able to migrate successfully onto the attacking one. The rest either fell prey to the attacking celephate or fell off, separated on the estuary sand-bed. Neither way was successful, and the celephate-viscera colonies became among the rarest of viscera colonies. The only way to survive was to either find a way to change from one celephate host to the other quickly and effectively, or adapt to a more migratory lifestyle, as before.

The behavioural change, which took place in a matter of decades was the blink of an eye compared to the evolutionary change that gave the viscera a small sac of weak venom. The venom was a mild hemotoxin that negated clotting agents in the celephate blood, causing small wounds to bleed freely for longer amounts of time than before, so the viscera could spend more time sucking and less time biting. It was a remarkably effective change and spread quickly through viscerid gene pools.

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What do you wish to do? Choose two.
A) Try to investigate three of the ecosystem’s various species in further detail. (Sponges, corals, and plants only count as half a species, since they're easier to investigate.)
B) Change the general behaviour of the species, being bolder and spending more time in the open.
C) Change the general behaviour of the species, making the colonies more dense, concentrating in only one specific area of the hosts’ bodies in clots and knots.
D) Change our parasitic nature, becoming endoparasites instead of ectoparasites.
E) Change the general behaviour of the species, spending less time on the hosts and more time on the ground.
F) Change the general behaviour of the species, making the colonies less dense and enlarging the area that the viscera as a whole inhabit.

How do you want to evolve? Choose two.
A) Develop more advanced compound eyes. (Sight +++)
----- I) Develop apposition compound eyes, which form multiple inverted images and enable the viewer to see at a very large view angle, despite poor image resolution.
----- II) Develop superposition compound eyes, which form a single erect image and can enable normal spectrum colour vision when more complex.
----- III) Develop a pseudo-faceted compound eye, working almost exactly the same as an apposition compound eye.
----- IV) Develop a refracting superposition eye with an enlarged crystalline cone, an eye that produces a singly upright image on a specialized retina, working like a simple eye inside a compound eye.
----- V) Develop a single lens compound eye, a mixture of a vertebrate single lens eye with an invertebrate compound eye. It offers some features of both eyes.
B) Modify your pincers into a pair of longer, segmented mouthparts. (Attack +++)
C) Develop short stalks to elevate your eyes, allowing you to see better. (Sight +++)
----- I) Develop short stalks for all four eyes.
----- II) Develop short stalks for only the front two eyes.
----- III) Develop short stalks for only the rear two eyes.
D) Develop small, backwards-pointing hooks on the tentacles to adhere better to the host. (Control ++, Attack +)
E) Develop a chitinous exoskeleton to protect our body, causing our shells to devolve from lack of use. (Defence +++)
F) Develop two-hook like extensions for our legs, to better adhere ourselves to our hosts. (Control +++)
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Posted: Jul 18 2007, 03:29 PM


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Circulspiculida quartoculi – ‘Four Eyes’
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Over time the viscera changed. Evolutionary pressure altered gene pools until there was bodily change, and environmental pressure altered viscerid behaviour until that changed as well. For change was the nature of nature. Nothing in nature went unchanged over the millennia, and as the viscera changed, so did their hosts and the creatures around them. The celephates increased in size and developed membranous swimming extensions, arthropods grew body segments and larger brains, and there was an explosion of tube-swimming notochord-possessing worms and heavily armoured trilobites. Little did the viscera know, but these swimming worms were the progenitors of an entire phylum – chordata. Hard notochords possessed by these worms would one day evolve into the endoskeletons and spines of vertebrates…amphibians, reptiles, mammals, and birds. Now though, they were primitive creatures that were primarily on the lower end of the food chain.

The birth of death of mutant viscera had slowly changed the gene pool of the entire viscera population, and two major changes took place. The viscera’s eyes had grown more complex and could be identified as superposition compound eyes, letting the viscera see a single image and a semi-wide area in front of them. They had relatively good sight for an organism of their size, and could now easily sense a passing or attacking celephate with acute senses of touch and sight. Hooks on their legs let them cling on their celephate hosts in the fiercest of currents. However, the viscera’s genetic changes seemed to conflict their newly endoparasitic behaviour. Instead of clinging on to the outside of the celephate, the viscera had started feeding in the oral cavity behind the thirteen tentacles, and some even managed to enter the intestines of the celephate through the sphincter-maw, though not many survived the tooth-lined entrance. Either way, their new eyes weren’t of any use inside either of the body cavities. Before long, if this endoparasitic behaviour kept up, the eyes would atrophy and vanish.

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What do you wish to do?
A) Try to investigate three of the ecosystem’s various species in further detail. (Sponges, corals, and plants only count as half a species, since their easier to investigate.)
B) Change the general behaviour of the species, being bolder and spending more time in the open.
C) Change the general behaviour of the species, making the colonies more dense, concentrating in only one specific area of the hosts’ bodies in clots and knots.
D) Revert back to ectoparasitic behaviour on the outer surface of the celephate.
E) Change the general behaviour of the species, spending less time on the hosts and more time on the ground.
F) Change the general behaviour of the species, making the colonies less dense and enlarging the area that the viscera as a whole inhabit.

How do you want to evolve? Choose two.
A) Extend and enlarge your internal sphincter-maw, so that it could erect and suck blood from outside the body. (Metabolism +++, Attack +)
B) Modify your pincers into a pair of longer, segmented mouthparts. (Attack +++)
C) Develop short stalks to elevate your eyes, allowing you to see better. (Sight +++)
----- I) Develop short stalks for all four eyes.
----- II) Develop short stalks for only the front two eyes.
----- III) Develop short stalks for only the rear two eyes.
D) Develop small, backwards-pointing hooks on the tentacles to adhere better to the host. (Control ++, Attack +)
E) Develop a chitinous exoskeleton to protect our body, causing our shells to devolve from lack of use. (Defence +++)
F) Change the leg configuration so that the first pair of legs is held off the ground instead of being used to crawl. (Control ++, Attack +)
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Posted: Jul 18 2007, 08:07 PM


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Circulspiculida ridigiproboscidi – ‘Hard Proboscis’
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With time, anomalies that fell into the viscerid gene pool eventually developed into the newest successful species of viscera. The newest species, Circulspiculida ridigiproboscidi, had a hard chitin exoskeleton and an external sphincter-maw, though the viscerid sphincter-maw was less of a maw and more of a straw, extending into a capillary or vein when a proper hole was made. Along with the hemotoxin, blood was bloating the feeding viscera at a faster rate than ever. This abundance of food almost made up for the atrophied eyes and the slow extinction of the veridiplasts. As an internal parasite their light-hungry symbiotes were going extinct, unable to get light from inside the host and under the chitin shell. The eyes were also of little use in the tight and lightless quarters of the celephate’s body, and soon they would degenerate into patches of primordial photoreceptors. Still, the ability to bloat themselves on vast amounts of blood faster than ever before proved spectacular, and the viscera were breeding more than ever. While parts of their body were succumbing to the lack of use, the vast amount of children ensured that a golden age of evolution would pass, at least temporarily.
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What do you wish to do?
A) Try to investigate three of the ecosystem’s various species in further detail. (Sponges, corals, and plants only count as half a species, since their easier to investigate.)
B) Ensure the success of the truly endoparasitic viscera, the few which get into the celephate intestinal tract.
C) Change the general behaviour of the species, making the colonies more dense, concentrating in only one specific area of the hosts’ bodies in clots and knots.
D) Revert back to ectoparasitic behaviour on the outer surface of the celephate.
E) Ensure the success of the semi-endoparasitic viscera, the many that hide in the oral cavity behind the tentacles.
F) Change the general behaviour of the species, making the colonies less dense and enlarging the area that the viscera as a whole inhabit.

How do you want to evolve? Choose three, due to the increased feeding rate.
A) Develop flattened oar-legs, the beginnings of swimming-legs. (Speed ++, Control +)
----- I) Flatten all eight legs.
----- II) Flatten the first two pairs of legs.
----- III) Flatten the last two pairs of legs.
----- IV) Flatten the last pair of legs.
----- V) Flatten the first pair of legs.
----- VI) Flatten the third pair of legs.
B) Develop an opaque, hard chitin shell. (Defence +++)
C) Develop leaf-like extensions from the body containing the veridiplasts. (Metabolism +++)
D) Develop a second pair of two-fingered tentacles next to the existing pair.
----- I) A more sensitive, smaller pair. (Touch ++, Attack +)
----- II) A larger, stronger pair. (Attack ++, Touch +)
E) Elongate your legs to push your main body further up, allowing you to cover more ground with less walking. (Speed +++)
F) Develop a two-segmented, longer body. (Defence ++, Speed +)
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Posted: Jul 20 2007, 09:41 PM


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Sanguipotippula colusedo – ‘Intestine Eater’
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As time passed, natural selection ensured the success of the gastrointestinal viscera, the few which were nimble enough to enter the sphincter-maw without getting crushed and swallowed. The ectoparasitic viscera population dwindled and slowly died, unable to develop a means to protect or avoid rival celephates. Inside the body, the smaller viscera colony thrived, for blood flow was stronger and closer to the surface. When the blood stopped flowing, they knew that their celephate was dead, and migrated outside to latch on to the killer of their past host. Migrating to the intestines of the host had also forced their body-form to adapt. Previously, to escape the wrath of the powerful water currents, a hydrodynamic disc-shaped body was effective for clinging on unnoticed to the side of a celephate, but inside the disc-body was clumsy and ineffective. Changing to suit the needs of their new environment, the viscera developed a two-segmented pill-shaped body. Their legs grew longer and taller until they became almost stilt-like, pushing up their inch-long bodies. The shell also grew smaller and less obtrusive, and clung on to the body. All in all, the viscera now heavily resembled pycnogonids, arthropods of the subphylum Chelicerata. Such a tremendous change commended them a change of species, and the ectoparasitic ‘common viscera’ of which they were once were now a different species.

Inside the gastro-intestinal tract of celephate, the viscera found themselves in a non-aquatic environment. Here the viscera found an extraordinary advantage to their small size – they were small enough not to require a specialized respiratory system, for they could absorb oxygen through their slightly porous skin. It was harder in air because it lacked the constant motion of water, but the viscera managed. Still, due to miniscule colony sizes at the relative size and darkness of the intestines, the viscera found themselves needing a way to communicate and find each other, for their quickly atrophying eyes were no longer of use in this lightless environment.

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What do you wish to do?
A) Situate ourselves in a different part of the intestinal tract lower down and closer to the heart, where blood flow is stronger, despite more acidic environments.
B) Differ the viscerid parental behaviour, and have one or two members rear the offspring and feed them digested blood.
----- I) Have the female raise the offspring.
----- II) Have the male raise the offspring.
----- III) Have both parents raise the offspring.
----- IV) Have a ‘grist mother’ raise all of the colony’s offspring.
C) Change the general behaviour of the species, making the colonies more dense, concentrating in only one specific area of the hosts’ bodies in clots and knots.
D) Differ the viscerid method of mating of one-on-one mating sessions, and form an orgy-swarm during certain seasons of the year.
E) Situate ourselves in a different part of the intestinal tract higher up and closer to the brain, where blood flow is more strained but there are more capillaries and veins.
F) Change the general behaviour of the species, making the colonies less dense and enlarging the area that the viscera as a whole inhabit.

Now fully opaque, what colour do you wish to be?
A) Black, a generally vague and unobtrusive colour.
B) Red, to camouflage in with the intestine walls.
C) White, from loss of pigment due to living with no light.
D) Scarlet red, to camouflage in with darker areas of the inner body.

How do you want to evolve? Choose two.
A) Develop a biochemical anaesthetic, to prevent the host from feeling pain in the area in which we are feeding. (Stealth +++)
----- I) Produce a biochemical that causes analgesia, which blocks the conscious perception of pain, numbing the area.
----- II) Produce a biochemical that causes hypnosis, causing the host to become unconscious. Until fully upgraded, the host will only feel duller and slower.
----- III) Produce a biochemical that causes amnesia, causing the host to become forgetful and unable to remember the bite.
----- IV) Produce a biochemical that causes relaxation, sedating the host to prevent unwanted movements and body reactions.
----- V) Produce a biochemical that causes obtundation, dulling the victim’s mind and lessening their mental capacity, either temporarily or permanently at more potent levels.
B) Develop a larger and more complex circulatory system, allowing blood to flow around your body faster. (Speed +, Control +, Attack +, Metabolism ---)
C) Develop a finer and more spread-out nervous system, allowing your body to react faster to physical sensations. (Touch +++)
D) Develop a series of photophores just underneath the exoskeleton, allowing you to produce bioluminescence. (The ability to produce light.)
----- I) Emit light from the blue spectrum.
----- II) Emit light from the green spectrum.
----- III) Emit light from the blue-green spectrum.
----- IV) Emit light from the infrared spectrum.
----- V) Emit light from the red spectrum.
E) Develop a series of electroplaques, allowing you to use the surrounding electric field to electrically locate objects. (The ability to electrolocate.)
F) Develop microscopic porous holes in your exoskeleton, allowing you to absorb more oxygen through your skin. (To negate the need for more complex methods of respiration.)
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Sanguipotippula segnismens – ‘Mind-Slower’
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As the generations passed, the viscera situated themselves at the higher ends of the celephate intestinal tract, feeding on blood flowing to the head of the celephate. Frustratingly close, just outside of the intestinal wall were several glands and organs that affected celephate behaviour or and some important functions. The closest was the nidamental gland, a gland that secreted mucous egg cases to protect the nutrient-rich celephate eggs. Some inches beyond that lay the ventral nerve cord, a structure that resembled a rope ladder and led ultimately to the brain of the celephate. It was the equivalent of the spinal cord in a cephalopod. All these were tantalizingly close to the viscera, but without a method to burrow through the intestine wall, they might as well be in another body. Still, a new wave of physical adaptations gave the latest species of viscerid infrared-emitting bioluminescent photophores and an anaesthetic biochemical causing minor obtundation in their hosts. Viscerid-infested celephates were now slightly duller than ordinary celephates.
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What do you wish to do?
A) Situate ourselves in a different part of the intestinal tract lower down and closer to the heart, where blood flow is stronger, despite more acidic environments.
B) Differ the viscerid parental behaviour, and have one or two members rear the offspring and feed them digested blood.
----- I) Have the female raise the offspring.
----- II) Have the male raise the offspring.
----- III) Have both parents raise the offspring.
----- IV) Have a ‘grist mother’ raise all of the colony’s offspring.
C) Change the general behaviour of the species, making the colonies more dense, concentrating in only one specific area of the hosts’ bodies in clots and knots.
D) Differ the viscerid method of mating of one-on-one mating sessions, and form an orgy-swarm during certain seasons of the year.
E) Change the general behaviour of the species and remain relatively non-mobile once situated near a strong vein or artery, only detaching to breed.
F) Change the general behaviour of the species, making the colonies less dense and enlarging the area that the viscera as a whole inhabit.

How do you want to evolve? Choose two.
A) Develop a third porous tentacle which delves into the wound to absorb blood and nutrients directly from the cut, in addition to the proboscis and sphincter-tube. (Metabolism +++)
B) Develop a larger and more complex circulatory system, allowing blood to flow around your body faster. (Speed +, Control +, Attack +, Metabolism ---)
C) Develop a finer and more spread-out nervous system, allowing your body to react faster to physical sensations. (Touch +++)
D) Increase the size of the pincers, increasing their biting power and ability to tear flesh. (Attack +++)
E) Develop a series of electroplaques, allowing you to use the surrounding electric field to electrically locate objects. (The ability to electrolocate.)
F) Develop microscopic porous holes in your exoskeleton, allowing you to absorb more oxygen through your skin. (To negate the need for more complex methods of respiration.)
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Sanguipotippula nutrioflaggelli – ‘Suckling Tentacle’
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Throughout dozens of generations, random beneficial mutations spread through the celephate-viscera population, and now the latest species was equipped with two things previous species lacked. A third porous tentacle developed on the underside of the body, close to the former pair of cnidocyte-laced tentacles. This tentacle would slide into wounds made by the proboscis and mouth-pincers and absorb blood. Using this, the proboscis, and sphincter-tube, the viscera were able to triple the rate at which they previously sucked blood. In addition to this third tentacle, the viscera developed a finer and more spread-out nervous system. Two ventral nerve cords connected to clusters of ganglia on each body segment.

Aside from the physical changes, the viscera did not change much, aside from their mating behaviour. Where they would previously mate one on one, they would now form a large cluster of viscerid on viscerid spewing eggs and sperm all over one another. In the confusion of the orgy, some sperm would be able to slither into other eggs, and the resulting slimy mess would be left alone by the adults until viscera larvae crawled out of the intestine-incubated eggs.

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What do you wish to do?
A) Situate ourselves in a different part of the intestinal tract lower down and closer to the heart, where blood flow is stronger, despite more acidic environments.
B) Differ the viscerid parental behaviour, and have one or two members rear the offspring and feed them digested blood.
----- I) Have the female raise the offspring.
----- II) Have the male raise the offspring.
----- III) Have both parents raise the offspring.
----- IV) Have a ‘grist mother’ raise all of the colony’s offspring.
C) Change the general behaviour of the species, making the colonies more dense, concentrating in only one specific area of the hosts’ bodies in clots and knots.
D) Differ the viscerid feeding behaviour, and have all of the viscera feed on one wound in which they all partake in creating. This may prove fatal for the host, though the viscera will be better-fed.
E) Change the general behaviour of the species and remain relatively non-mobile once situated near a strong vein or artery, only detaching to breed.
F) Change the general behaviour of the species, making the colonies less dense and enlarging the area that the viscera as a whole inhabit.

How do you want to evolve? Choose three, due to the increased feeding rate.
A) Modify your pincers into a pair of longer, segmented mouthparts. (Attack +++)
B) Develop small, backwards-pointing hooks on the tentacles to adhere better to the host. (Control ++, Attack +)
C) Develop short stalks to elevate your eyes, allowing you to see better. (Sight +++)
----- I) Develop short stalks for all four eyes.
----- II) Develop short stalks for only the front two eyes.
----- III) Develop short stalks for only the rear two eyes.
D) Develop infra-red sensitive thermoreceptors our eyes, allowing use to see the infra-red radiation that we let off ourselves. (Sight +++)
E) Change the leg configuration so that the first pair of legs is held off the ground instead of being used to crawl. (Control ++, Attack +)
F) Process iron from the blood so that crystals of magnetite form in our brains, allowing us to sense the planet’s magnetic field and direct ourselves accordingly. (The ability to use magnetoreception.)
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Sanguipotippula oculirudis – ‘Eye-Rod’
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The atrophied eyes of the viscera underwent significant change for the past several hundred generations. Sensitive thermoreceptors in all four of the viscera’s eyes had evolved to see infrared light, so that the invisible bioluminescence of the viscera became visible to them alone. The latter two eyes, positioned higher up on the viscera’s head, grew short eyestalks to elevate them and increase their range. Last, but not least, iron from the celephate’s blood began building minute magnetite crystals in the viscera’s brain, allowing them to read the planet’s magnetic field and align themselves accordingly. Viscerid behaviour did not change much, for their new niche required no new changes – still, the addition of a new ‘grist mother’ role to the viscera population proved beneficial to the celephate-viscera population as a whole.

Unknown to the intestine-dwelling viscera, the world outside was changing. Creatures that were previously viscerid in design and intent had gone on to different evolutionary paths. These offshoots had been evolving ever since they split from the viscera. Some of them were now far-spread, having split off as cells, and others were close-by, having split off only before the viscerid took on their endoparasitic lifestyle.

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What do you wish to do?
A) Situate ourselves in a different part of the intestinal tract lower down and closer to the heart, where blood flow is stronger, despite more acidic environments.
B) Develop a crude social hierarchy, where…
----- I) Old males get to feed on the largest arteries and veins.
----- II) Young males get to feed on the largest arteries and veins.
----- III) Old females get to feed on the largest arteries and veins.
----- IV) Young females get to feed on the largest arteries and veins.
----- V) The oldest viscera get to feed on the largest arteries and veins.
----- VI) The youngest viscera get to feed on the largest arteries and veins.
----- VII) The strongest viscera get to feed on the largest arteries and veins.
----- VIII) The weakest viscera get to feed on the largest arteries and veins.
----- IX) The largest viscera get to feed on the largest arteries and veins.
----- X) The smallest viscera get to feed on the largest arteries and veins.
C) Change the general behaviour of the species, making the colonies more dense, concentrating in only one specific area of the hosts’ bodies in clots and knots.
D) Differ the viscerid feeding behaviour, and have all of the viscera feed on one wound in which they all partake in creating. This may prove fatal for the host, though the viscera will be better-fed.
E) Change the general behaviour of the species and remain relatively non-mobile once situated near a strong vein or artery, only detaching to breed.
F) Change the general behaviour of the species, making the colonies less dense and enlarging the area that the viscera as a whole inhabit.

How do you want to evolve? Choose two.
A) Modify your pincers into a pair of longer, segmented mouthparts. (Attack +++)
B) Develop small, backwards-pointing hooks on the tentacles to adhere better to the host. (Control ++, Attack +)
C) Develop the sphincter-maw to have a rasping, chitinous outer skin, allowing it to cut through flesh and bone. (Attack +++)
D) Increase the potency and strength of the hemotoxin, allowing blood clotting to be disrupted for even longer time periods. (Hemotoxin Potency +++)

E) Change the leg configuration so that the first pair of legs is held off the ground instead of being used to crawl. (Control ++, Attack +)
F) Develop a third finger-like protrusion at the tips of the main pair of manipulation-tentacles. (Control ++, Touch +)
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Sanguipotippula deplerebubula – ‘Bleeding Tongue’
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As time passed, the bodies and lifecycle of the viscera changed, as well as their social behaviour. Their sphincter maw developed a chitinous exoskeleton with thousands of minute bone hooks and spikes on it, making it capable of filing it’s way through flesh and bone. Due to the harsh exterior of the sphincter-turned-radula, it was now never withdraw into the body. Unbeknownst to the viscera, this fully external sphincter-maw mimicked a newly evolved creature with another spark of sapience inside it’s now primordial mind that dwelled just outside. In addition to the sphincter-radula, the effectiveness of the viscerid hemotoxin shot up, and it was able to pry apart platelets and prevent clotting for longer, though it was nearing a dangerously potent level. It was, for now, just the right level of effectiveness – any more, and it would turn the host into a haemophiliac, where the slightest cut would cause them to bleed out.

Their body wasn’t the only thing to change throughout the millennia. The viscera now had a complex life cycle. Life would start as an egg, the dormant larvae inside a protective cyst. Launched into the water from their host’s anus with thousands of their brethren, the eggs would quickly be diluted by currents in the water and scattered. Most of the eggs now faced their death, for only about forty percent would be fortunate enough to be swallowed by a creature. The swallowed eggs, if fortunate, had been swallowed by a celephate, and would there begin their life. If unfortunate, they were swallowed by some other creature, and could only sit there in their cysts hoping that a celephate, the apex predator of the ecosystem, would dine on their accidental host. Once they finally end up in the celephate digestive tract, they break out of their cysts and make a mad dash to the intestinal walls before the gastric acid breaks down their light defenses. Once inside the celephate gastro-intestinal tract, they quickly mature on a diet of blood and minute pieces of intestinal tissue. Huge viscerid colony-orgies begin the process anew.

With a larger array of senses the viscerid brain had to increase in size as well, to process all the new information that was coming in. With an increase in size and complexity, the brain began forming crude social links within the grist of viscera. Eventually, this led to a primitive feeding hierarchy within the viscerid ranks. Unusually, the largest veins with the most blood were left not to the dominant adults, but to the young. This insured the rapid growth of the colony’s young, so that more members of the population were sexually mature for when the orgy-swarms would begin. This social behaviour was a massive success, and generations upon generations of viscera were pumped out faster than ever before.

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What do you wish to do? Choose up to three, due to the rapid growth rate of the young.
A) Situate ourselves in a different part of the intestinal tract lower down and closer to the heart, where blood flow is stronger, despite more acidic environments.
B) Differ the viscerid feeding behaviour, and have the viscerid use their sphincter-radula to saw through the intestinal wall instead of feeding on the intestinal wall.
C) Change the general behaviour of the species, making the colonies more dense, concentrating in only one specific area of the hosts’ bodies in clots and knots.
D) Differ the viscerid feeding behaviour, and have all of the viscera feed on one wound in which they all partake in creating. This may prove fatal for the host, though the viscera will be better-fed.
E) Change the general behaviour of the species and remain relatively non-mobile once situated near a strong vein or artery, only detaching to breed.
F) Change the general behaviour of the species, making the colonies less dense and enlarging the area that the viscera as a whole inhabit.
G) Care for the eggs and carry them with the colony into the next host, instead of letting them drift around in the water waiting to be swallowed.

H) Change the favoured host of the viscera.

How do you want to evolve? Choose seven, due to the rapid growth rate of the young.
A) Develop a larger and more complex circulatory system, allowing blood to flow around your body faster. (Speed +, Control +, Attack +, Metabolism ---)
B) Increase the size of the pincers, increasing their biting power and ability to tear flesh. (Attack +++)
C) Convert the shell into a third body segment. (Speed +, Defence +, Control +)
D) Develop a series of electroplaques, allowing you to use the surrounding electric field to electrically locate objects. (The ability to electrolocate.)
E) Develop a muscular ‘neck’, allowing your head to inch out a bit from your body. (Control ++, Attack +)
F) Develop microscopic porous holes in your exoskeleton, allowing you to absorb more oxygen through your skin. (To negate the need for more complex methods of respiration.)
G) Modify your pincers into a pair of longer, segmented mouthparts. (Attack +++)
H) Develop small, backwards-pointing hooks on the tentacles to adhere better to the host. (Control ++, Attack +)
I) Change the leg configuration so that the first pair of legs is held off the ground instead of being used to crawl. (Control ++, Attack +)
J) Develop a third finger-like protrusion at the tips of the main pair of manipulation-tentacles. (Control ++, Touch +)
K) Extend the anaesthetic venom sac to the cnidocytes in the main tentacle-arms, so the sting of the tentacle-arms cause obtundation to the host in addition to our saliva. (The ability to inject the anaesthetic from our cnidocytes.)
L) Develop a sac of somatotrophin, a growth hormone that stimulates rapid cell growth. (The ability to alter the cell growth rates of our hosts.)

M) Develop a metamorphic life cycle, where the young are fully mobile, but adults have atrophied legs and antennae, only retaining their sight and infrared bioluminescence. (Adult Form Life Expectancy +++)
N) Increase the potency of the obtundation-causing anaesthetic, dulling the host’s brain and causing them to temporarily lose their instincts. (Obtundation-Causing Anaesthetic Potency +++)
O) Develop a stronger exoskeleton made of calcium compounds, like corals and bivalves. (Defence +++)
P) Develop hooks and barbs on the proboscis tip to prevent the proboscis from sliding out of the intestine walls. (Control +++)
Q) Convert the third porous tentacle into a root-like system, forcing the rooted viscerid to live a sedentary lifestyle but allowing it to gain nutrients at an unprecedented level. (Life Expectancy +++)
R) Develop a metamorphic life cycle, where the adults encase themselves into a thick exoskeleton similar to a barnacle. (Adult Form Defence +++)
S) Develop serrated edges to the leg hooks that we possess, allowing us to have more grip. (Control +++)
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Sanguipotippula hospesaugeo – ‘Host-Bloater’
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Years turned into decades, and decades turned into centuries, and centuries turned into millennia. Time did not matter on the surface of a planet where no creature had yet achieved sentience, let alone sapience. The eddies of time swirled and shifted until unknown eons had passed. On the surface of the planet, life had changed. Dramatically. The land was finally colonized by more than a carpet of briny algae. Small green shoots shot up from crevices in between rocks, and masses of fungi sprouted out of dead biomass. Animals were here as well – primitive lobe-finned ichthyoid things and armour-laden arthropods. The ocean had changed as well. Instead of a vast sandy plain sparsely populated by sponge groves and herds of legged worms, it had become a veritable forest of crinoids, sponges, corals, and seaweed. Giant eurypterids preyed on swimming worms, vaguely fish-like things, and cephalopods. Trilobites and other crustaceans scuttled across the sandbed. The celephate was no longer apex predator. That position had been taken by fifteen foot long eurypterids with spiny carapaces and crushing claws, and secondary spots were filled up by two creatures that were less brawn and more brain. They were, so far, the two smartest creatures to inhabit the planet. One was a strange five-eyed mantis shrimp with a prominent external sphincter-maw. The other was a blind lobe-finned lungfish-like creature. Both of them were of average size, and both possessed the largest brains of the planet so far.

The viscera survived the eons, and had changed massively. A plethora of changes plagued their genetics, morphing them into a better, more efficient social parasite. Their lives were now measured not in weeks but in years. Their bodies pulsed with new life. Their hosts had not fared so well, and although still a deadly predator, the celephates were loss their monopoly over the estuary’s prey. They did develop an interesting evolution, though. Under their bodies, three fleshy lump-fins had developed to helped them paddle. It was a small change, yet I interesting nonetheless.

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What do you wish to do? Choose two or less.
A) Situate ourselves in a different part of the intestinal tract lower down and closer to the heart, where blood flow is stronger, despite more acidic environments.
B) Differ the viscerid feeding behaviour, and have the viscerid use their sphincter-radula to saw through the intestinal wall instead of feeding on the intestinal wall, to gain access to more of the body’s organs.
C) Change the general behaviour of the species, making the colonies more dense, concentrating in only one specific area of the hosts’ bodies in clots and knots.
D) Differ the viscerid feeding behaviour, and have all of the viscera feed on one wound in which they all partake in creating. This may prove fatal for the host, though the viscera will be better-fed.
E) Strengthen the egg-caring behaviour of the viscera, letting the eggs have a higher birth rate.
F) Change the favoured host of the viscera.

How do you want to evolve? Choose four.
A) Develop a metamorphic life cycle, where the adults encase themselves into a thick exoskeleton similar to a barnacle. (Adult Form Defence +++)
B) Increase the size of the pincers, increasing their biting power and ability to tear flesh. (Attack +++)
C) Convert the shell into a third body segment. (Speed +, Defence +, Control +)
D) Develop serrated edges to the leg hooks that we possess, allowing us to have more grip. (Control +++)
E) Develop a muscle, nerve, and gland system to stop the obtundation-causing anaesthetic biochemical from mixing in with our saliva when needed. (The ability to control the release of the salivary anaesthetic.)

F) Develop a stronger exoskeleton made of calcium compounds, like corals and bivalves. (Defence +++)
G) Convert the third porous tentacle into a root-like system, forcing the rooted viscerid to live a sedentary lifestyle but allowing it to gain nutrients at an unprecedented level. (Life Expectancy +++)
H) Develop a metamorphic life cycle, where the young are fully mobile, but adults have atrophied legs and antennae, only retaining their sight and infrared bioluminescence. (Adult Form Life Expectancy +++)
I) Develop a muscle and nerve system to fine-tune the automatic venom release of the cnidocytes in our arms, so that the anaesthetic can be released by will rather than automatically. (The ability to control the release of the cnidocyte anaesthetic.)
J) Develop a third finger-like protrusion at the tips of the main pair of manipulation-tentacles. (Control ++, Touch +)
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Sanguipotippula flagelliradix – ‘Tentacle-Root’
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The celephate hosts of the viscera were no longer physically indistinguishable from the other celephates. An interesting gland in the viscerid body contained a powerful growth hormone called somatotrophin. This growth hormone was injected into the host via the saliva of the viscera. Effects from the somatotrophin varied from not having any effect at all to turning the host into a celephate giant whose body was unable to support it’s dramatically larger body. Hosts who were beneficially affected by the growth hormone had longer lives and a stronger blood flow, resulting in healthier viscera colonies. Hosts who were negatively affected had shorter lives and a weaker blood flow, resulting in less healthy viscera colonies. The celephate’s bodies weren’t the only thing that the viscera changed. The injection of a potent anaesthetic through the same means caused obtundation of the host’s brain, making them slower and generally duller than their unaffected brethren. Muscles and nerves allowed the viscera to control the release of this chemical in their saliva, but it was still injected unconsciously via the cnidocytes.

Besides altering their host’s bodies and minds, the viscera had other changes. Their third nutrition-sucking tentacle had developed into a full-fledged root system that spread through it’s host like some insidious, infectious plague. Adults were now sedentary creatures, latched on to the intestine wall and draining blood from their hosts constantly, expelling sperm or eggs in the mating seasons.

The celephates continued their dreary downfall on the food ladder of the estuary’s ecosystem. They were now preyed on by an abundance of creatures, none of which the viscera were able to dwell within…yet.

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What do you wish to do? Choose two or less.
A) Dramatically change the behaviour of the viscera and have them become semi-solitary creatures, with one to five viscera per host.
B) Dramatically change the reproduction of the viscera, and have them become an all-female race, reproducing by parthenogenesis.
C) Dramatically change the reproduction of the viscera, and have them become hermaphrodites, able to have sex with others and fertilize themselves.
D) Change the sexual ratio of the viscera and have…
----- I) …males outnumber females.
----- II) …females outnumber males.
E) Attack the nidamental gland of our celephate host, effectively ruining their egg protection and ending their ability to reproduce successfully.
F) Change the favoured host of the viscera.

How do you want to evolve? Choose four.
A) Increase the potency of the obtundation-causing anaesthetic, dulling the host’s brain and causing them to lose focus and be unaware of their environment and surroundings, as well as slowing down their reflexes and thought. (Obtundation-Causing Anaesthetic Potency +++)
B) Develop stronger and more numerous cnidocytes to turn the dull sticky feel of their stings into sharper, more painful stings. (Attack +++)
C) Develop a chemical base that can be released through our porous exoskeleton to neutralize the gastric acid of the intestine. (Gastric Acid Resistance +++)
D) Modify your pincers into four smaller, segmented mouth-parts able to make sound by clicking together. (The ability to make noise.)
E) Develop concentrated electroplaque lines down your body for better, more organized electrolocation. (Electrolocation +++)

F) Develop several mucus glands that can secrete mucus to protect the body from damage by the gastric acid. (Gastric Acid Resistance +++)
G) Develop muscles and nerves which control sheaths over the bioluminescent patches on the body, allowing the bioluminescence to be turned on and off. (The ability to control the on/off status of the infrared bioluminescence.)
H) Develop basic glands which secrete pheromones to communicate with other members of the colony. (Communication +++)
I) Develop the tentacle-root nutrition-giving system into a larger, more wide-spread system extending throughout the host’s body into other organs and nerves. (Host Control +++)
J) Develop a protective casing for the eggs in addition to or other than their protective cysts.
----- I) Produce a strong, basic mucus which will neutralize the gastric acid of the digestive system to protect the eggs.
----- II) Produce eggs which are virtually metabolically inactive, able to survive a number of unforgiving conditions before hatching in the right conditions.
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Sanguipotippula adnictolux – ‘Light-Blinker’
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Thousands of generations of viscera were born and died, with each one passing a random mutation on to the next, until the cumulative forces of evolution produced a new creature altogether. Sheaths that were able to close over the infrared bioluminescence opened up a new possibility for communication – the blinking of infrared lights. Another thing that the viscera evolved were four segmented mouthparts able to make clicking noises by snapping together. The viscera were now able to secrete a basic chemical with which to neutralize the gastric acid of the intestines, and their root system gave them physical access to a mass selection of the body’s organs. The nidamental gland, a ganglia that would eventually lead to the ventral nerve cord, and even the sexual organs. Still, the viscera were reaching an evolutionary dead end. They would soon be too specialized for their environment for any further development. A veritable menagerie of predators now preyed upon the celephate, and there were a variety of hosts that would be extraordinarily easy to get to. Of particular interest were the mantis shrimp and lobe-finned fish, for they possessed the most advanced brains of the planet for the time being.
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What host will you seize control of?
A) Eurypterid #1 – Apex predator. Small population.
B) Knob-Heads – Large predator. Medium population.
C) Armoured Fish #2 – Large predator. Small population.
D) Kreekalah – Small to medium predator. Large population.
E) Mantis Shrimp #1 – Smart predator. Large population.
F) Lobe-Finned Fish #1– Smart predator. Large population.

How do you want to evolve? Choose four.
A) Increase the potency of the obtundation-causing anaesthetic, dulling the host’s brain and causing them to lose focus and be unaware of their environment and surroundings, as well as slowing down their reflexes and thought. (Obtundation-Causing Anaesthetic Potency +++)
B) Develop stronger and more numerous cnidocytes to turn the dull sticky feel of their stings into sharper, more painful stings. (Attack +++)
C) Develop an shallow, ear-like structure to receive incoming sound allowing echolocation. (Echolocation +++)
----- I) Develop this structure on your upturned tail, in the place of a scorpion’s stinger.
----- II) Develop this structure on your face, like a shallow mouth.
----- II) Develop this structure behind your eyes, in the place of a triceratop’s head-crest.
D) Develop the complexity of the superposition compound eyes, increasing the amount of detail able to be seen. (Sight +++)
E) Double the amount of segments that you have, turning the body into a six-segmented body. (Attack +, Speed +, Defence +)
F) Develop several mucus glands that can secrete mucus to protect the body from damage by the gastric acid. (Gastric Acid Resistance +++)
G) Develop the muscular system in the legs, upping your walking speed and endurance. (Speed +++)
H) Develop basic glands which secrete pheromones to communicate with other members of the colony. (Communication +++)
I) Use the iron filtered out of the blood to improve your magnetoreception. (Magnetoreception +++)
J) Develop a protective casing for the eggs in addition to or other than their protective cysts.
----- I) Produce a strong, basic mucus which will neutralize the gastric acid of the digestive system to protect the eggs.
----- II) Produce eggs which are virtually metabolically inactive, able to survive a number of unforgiving conditions before hatching in the right conditions.
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Sanguipotippula carisiparasitus – ‘Shrimp Parasite’
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With the celephates quickly losing their hold on remaining one of the most feared predators of the estuary, the viscera decided to migrate over to another host. The opabinops were predatory mantis shrimp with a prominent sphincter-maw and an amazingly complex brain. They had a complex social hierarchy akin to that of wolves and were smart enough to hunt in packs, utilizing ambush techniques to bring down various swimming worms and young Ichthyopods. The viscera no longer lived in large colonies in a singular host, and now each host carried a singular viscerid, a life style made viable by the hermaphroditic nature of the viscera. Infected opabinops tended to clump together, unconsciously brought together by pheromones released by the viscerid controller of each host. Due to this widespread nature, the viscera population was no longer as large.

Something else loomed up before the viscera…they had reached an evolutionary dead end, as far as generalization was concerned. Up to this point they had been able to infect most hosts, but preferred only one. Further evolution would require either reverting to a non-parasitic lifestyle or specializing on one species of host, putting all of their eggs in one basket.

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What do you wish to do? Choose two.
A) Try to investigate three of the ecosystem’s various species in further detail. (Sponges, corals, and plants only count as half a species, since they're easier to investigate.)
B) Extend a major root that follows nerve cells to the ventral nervous cord and ultimately the brain.
C) Extend the root system so that it cuts off blood access to the opabinop sexual organs, castrating them.
D) Extend the root system so that tendrils of it begin to burst out of the opabinop body.
E) Change the infected host’s behaviour so that they become…
----- I) More aggressive.
----- II) More cautious.
----- III) More social.
----- IV) Less social.
F) Do not make any visible changes to the infected host.

How do you want to evolve? Choose four.
A) Develop a muscular ‘neck’, allowing your head to inch out a bit from your body. (Control ++, Attack +)
B) Replace the sac of somatotrophin with a sac of ecdysterone, an ecdysteroid hormone that causes either intense cell proliferation or apoptosis in arthropods. It has the power to make cells grow rapidly, and to kill off cells rapidly.
C) Increase the potency of the obtundation-causing anaesthetic, dulling the host’s brain and causing them to lose focus and be unaware of their environment and surroundings, as well as slowing down their reflexes and thought. (Obtundation-Causing Anaesthetic Potency +++)
D) Develop a larger pheromone gland allowing the scent signals to go further and last longer.
E) Develop a metamorphic life cycle, where the adults encase themselves into a thick exoskeleton similar to a barnacle. (Adult Form Defence +++)
F) Develop more complex chemical messages for the pheromones, allowing more complex statements to be ‘said’. (Communication +++)
G) Increase the size of the pincers, increasing their biting power and ability to tear flesh. (Attack +++)
H) Change the root system into less of a porous nutrition-draining tentacle and into more of a multi-branched nervous cord. (Host Control +++, Metabolism ---)
I) Develop a metamorphic life cycle, where the young are fully mobile, but adults have atrophied legs and antennae, only retaining their sight and infrared bioluminescence. (Adult Form Life Expectancy +++)
J) Develop a muscle and nerve system to fine-tune the automatic venom release of the cnidocytes in our arms, so that the anaesthetic can be released by will rather than automatically. (The ability to control the release of the cnidocyte anaesthetic.)

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Sanguipotippula animusiguberno – ‘Mind-Controller’
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The viscera, now heavily specialized to their host, still evolved, yet extremely slowly compared to the rest of the world. Around them the evolutionary race colonized land with a multitude of forms. Bony-headed amphibians, giant arthropods and a variety of crustaceans. They evolved better pheromone glands and a metamorphic life cycle, while their hosts evolved book lungs to breathe air, spindly legs to propel them out of the water, and a smaller more mantis-like body. They were now three-foot tall striders who combed the silt around them for swimming worms and lobe-finned fish. The estuary had changed as well, becoming more of a silt-filled mangrove swamp as primitive trees populated the area. The opabinops had developed more complex brains as well, and were now slightly below the level of a chimpanzee or a dolphin.

The viscera, whose nutrition-giving root system transformed into a parasitic nervous system as time went on, were now capable of diverting electric messages and replacing them with their own impulses, taking over the host’s motor control. This transformation took some time however, and as the root system spread, the host would sometimes make erratic limb movements and sudden seizures. The opabinops would learn to abandon these obviously viscera-infected individuals and move on. Only the viscera which did not alter their host outwardly at all survived – but even then, the muscle spasms were near impossible to control. In addition to fine host control, a lot of luck was involved as well.

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What do you wish to do? Choose two.
A) Make developing viscera form their cysts at the base of the neck, so that they cut off most blood access to the brain and bring their host in a catatonic-like state.
B) Extend the root system so that it cuts off blood access to the opabinop sexual organs, castrating them.
C) Start using other infected opabinops to surround and infect an uninfected individual by implanting eggs within them.
----- I) Implant the eggs by sexual intercourse.
----- II) Implant the eggs by biting them.
----- III) Implant the eggs by expelling a lot and hoping that they breathe them in.
D) Extend the root system so that tendrils of it begin to burst out of the opabinop body.
E) Replace the opabinop eggs with your own eggs, forcing the opabinop body to give them nutrients.
F) Extend your root system around the brain, so that you can fully control the host.

How do you want to evolve? Choose six.
A) Develop a muscular ‘neck’, allowing your head to inch out a bit from your body. (Control ++, Attack +)
B) Replace the sac of somatotrophin with a sac of ecdysterone, an ecdysteroid hormone that causes either intense cell proliferation or apoptosis in arthropods. It has the power to make cells grow rapidly, and to kill off cells rapidly. (Ecdysterone-Induced Cell Control +++)
C) Increase the potency of the obtundation-causing anaesthetic, dulling the host’s brain and causing them to lose focus and be unaware of their environment and surroundings, as well as slowing down their reflexes and thought. (Obtundation-Causing Anaesthetic Potency +++)
D) Develop a larger pheromone gland allowing the scent signals to go further and last longer. (Communication +++)
E) Develop a metamorphic life cycle, where the adults encase themselves into a thick exoskeleton similar to a barnacle. (Adult Form Defence +++)
F) Develop a thorny hook-lined head, to prevent yourself from getting detached from the intestinal wall. (Control +++)
G) Increase the size of the pincers, increasing their biting power and ability to tear flesh. (Attack +++)
H) Lose the chitin exoskeleton in your adult form, allowing easier respiration and more rapid growth. (Adult Form Life Expectancy +++)
I) Develop a finer nervous-root system with more powerful electric pulses to allow finer control of the host. (Host Control +++)
J) Develop a stronger set of electroplaques so that you can give the host minor electric shocks. (Electrical Discharge +++)

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Sanguipotippula automagister – ‘Puppet Master’
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Aeons passed, and the soaring of time morphed the world. Continents moved. Oceans shifted. Mountains sprouted up from the ground. More time had passed than the viscera had ever previously known. Their evolution from aquatic mouth ticks to mantis shrimp body manipulators could have repeated several times in the time that passed, for when life reached it’s ecological niche, change was slow to form, if it formed at all. The viscera’s changes were not unformidable, but they were nothing compared to how other creatures had changed. Shark-sized eurypterids roamed the seas with appetites and weapons to match, and the lobe-finned fishes had colonized the land. Amphibians were the dominant life form, with some primordial reptiles further inland. Invertebrates ruled the seas. Cephalopods, eurypterids, and worms filled the niches which the fish had not evolved for. The entire planet had not once had a mass extinction, and the primordial life-forms that first evolved on it had not been replaced by more advanced life-forms. It was still a fertile planet, with a higher oxygen level than earth and a more humid climate. Deserts were rare, as were other dry areas, which was why the amphibian population and biodiversity exploded. The only competition for niches on the land were arthropods able to grow to huge proportions by the high oxygen level.

The opabinops were sentient…and were not far away from sapience. They were smarter than any animal on Earth, overpowering the brains of chimpanzees and other primates. The brackish estuary had transformed into a salt marsh, and the opabinops had evolved long and nimble legs to stride through the silt and water. Their bodies were lithe and graceful, and they now resembled praying mantises more than their mantis shrimp ancestry. Still, they were crustaceans, not insects. They hunted by ambush, lying in wait in a stand of spindly salt-trees, their thin bodies hard to distinguish against the sparse foliage. When suitable prey got within reach – herbivorous amphibians, condor-sized flying beetles, their scythe-like arms snapped out, wounding the prey. Other opabinops would erupt from their covers and give chase, herding the prey towards other members of the pack.

The viscera had grown in intelligence as well. Their past lives involved infecting a host, thriving inside it while producing eggs, and spreading on their offspring. It was not an unsuccessful life, genetically speaking. They were essentially achieving their purpose in life and had needed no improvements. Evolution for them stopped, or at least slowed, until their hosts became more intelligent. The opabinops had begun to see that they had a parasitic infection amongst them, and would kill off members that they deemed infected. The old ways of infecting hosts began to fail, and forced to evolutionary extremes, the viscera reacted. The porous root system that fed them nutrients transformed into a sort of external nervous system, which grew over the opabinops ventral nervous cord, and eventually, their brain. Electric messages sent from the more powerful nerve cells of the viscera overtook the native opabinops nerve messages, and eventually, as the root system spread, the opabinops lost control of their body…and mind. Senses were exchanged. The viscera could use the opabinops senses, such as their sight. It was a peculiar thing, this stolen sight. The viscera could not see directly as the opabinops could, but only look. They could instruct the body to look at something, and receive information on what it looked like, but they could not see it. The same was true for the rest of the stolen senses…touch, taste, and intelligence. Although they were in control of an intelligent body, they were not intelligent themselves, and lacked the same level of consciousness that the opabinops had.

This finer control of the host body had the reverse effects of what it was intended for, however. The viscera’s root system over-rid the native opabinops nervous system, and they could not give control back to the host. Forced to mimic their hosts to perfection, the non-sentient viscera failed, and the inferior were rooted out quickly by the near-sapient opabinops. The left-over viscera were smarter and had learned to mimic their hosts, and their brains grew. This process continued over and over until the viscera were sentient themselves. They were, for all purposes, an opabinops with the intentions of a viscera. They looked and acted like an opabinops, but their thoughts and mind were in another dimension altogether. They did not comprehend something like an opabinops did, and their thoughts, however hard they tried to mimic them, were no where close to an opabinops mind.

It is hard for a human, whose planet had only ever held one sapient species, to comprehend the vast differences of thinking between two separate species. They do not value the same things, they do not have the same notions. You may take two human minds from two polar opposite cultures, and although they may have many differences, their minds still have the same structure. They comprehend things in relatively the same way, they have the same manner of thinking. It is not such with opabinop and viscerid minds. They have the same emotions yes, but they are used and reacted to in different manners delving into the depths of the subconscious.

Two species. Two different minds. Several hundred million years away from sapience.

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What do you wish to do? Choose two or less.
A) Make developing viscera form their cysts at the base of the neck, so that they cut off most blood access to the brain and bring their host in a catatonic-like state. When the viscera are mature, the cyst will disappear, and the host will resume normal activity.
B) Extend the root system so that it cuts off blood access to the opabinop sexual organs, castrating them internally.
C) Relocate the place in the body that your adult form will finally rest…
----- I) On the back of the sphincter-throat, so that all of our senses will be more useful to our hosts and through them, ourselves.

----- II) Near the base of the brain, so that total control of our hosts will be more rapid than if we were situated in another location.
----- III) At the centre of the body where we will be the safest, yet fairly far from the brain.
D) Start using electroshock therapy to ‘train’ the host body.
E) Replace the opabinop eggs with your own eggs, forcing the opabinop body to give them nutrients.
F) Develop a more social lifestyle, enhancing and highlighting your intelligence for further development.

How do you want to evolve? Choose four or less.
A) Develop stronger and more numerous cnidocytes to turn the dull sticky feel of your stings into sharper, more painful stings. (Attack +++)
B) Develop blood storage organs, so that if our host bleeds out we will still be able to thrive for several minutes. (Adult Life Expectancy +++)
C) Increase the obtundation-causing anaesthetic potency to it’s maximum strength, dulling the host into a semi-catatonic zombie-like state. (Obtundation-Causing Anaesthetic Potency +++)
D) Increase your ability to control the application of ecdysterone, so that you have more control over whether it makes cells grow or die. (Ecdysterone-Induced Cell Control Control +++)
E) Specialize your clicking mouthparts to make sound, so that their noise could be heard outside of the host body as well. (Communication +++)
F) Develop a pheromone gland system unrivalled in complexity, able to leave messages as intricate and sometimes even more intricate as any language could. These chemical messages last for several minutes to several hours. (Communication +++)
G) Develop an shallow, ear-like structure to receive incoming sound allowing echolocation. (Echolocation +++)

----- I) Develop this structure on your upturned tail, in the place of a scorpion’s stinger.
----- II) Develop this structure on your face, like a shallow mouth.
----- II) Develop this structure behind your eyes, in the place of a triceratop’s head-crest.
H) Use the iron filtered out of the blood to improve your magnetoreception. (Magnetoreception +++)
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