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Re: New Creature - The Urshans
« Reply #150 on: December 17, 2006, 09:43:09 am »
Those are indeed pretty! :)

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Re: New Creature - The Urshans
« Reply #151 on: December 17, 2006, 10:19:47 am »
Very cool.
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Re: New Creature - The Urshans
« Reply #152 on: December 17, 2006, 12:18:34 pm »
Thanks everybody, I am happy to see you like them. These are just my first pair of creatures on a stream of wildlife on Niho. At first I wasn't sure if making the creatures of Niho was a good idea but in the end I decided one couldn’t write about a culture and race without referring to the creatures that surrounded them.

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Re: New Creature - The Urshans
« Reply #153 on: December 17, 2006, 02:57:52 pm »
The last one looks real professional.  :) Keep it up, these are cool!

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Re: New Creature - The Urshans
« Reply #154 on: December 25, 2006, 01:58:46 am »
Thanks everybody. I will continue posting on the ecology of Niho soon (time for the Mushrylians :) ). But first influenced from Balth a current report on the empire at general:

GalacticPedia:

Full Name: The Urshan Empire
Founded: Dawn of Urshan civilization, 1 AE.
Political Affiliation: Grand Union, Honorary O.T.H.E.R
Predecessor to: None.
Languages: Urshani, Auyuelcliadic, Thoonar, Forthi, Yunimui, Reg and many others
Government: Imperial Constitutional Bureaucratic Monarchy.
State Motto: Shato kian sharotuwa dutuga. May both be translated as “The Emperor shall wisely (high mindly) reign for all times” and “The Empire shall be great and noble for all times”.
Head of State: Emperor Shio Nihon, advised by the computerized emperors before him.
Head of Government: Emperor Shio Nihon, advised by the specialists chosen by the cyber word-bringers
Capital Planet: Niho, Vii (Grand Union).
Capital City: Once called Niato, now called Niho as well.
Currency: Union Dollars, Urshan Imperial Credits (Union Dollar worth 5.129 of UI Credit, flat exchange rate.)
Main Exports: Farming products (Mainly Nuka based), The Semi-Sapient race of fungi farmers (not in the form of slavery, freed from the Labor), Robotics, Silicon, Wood (for traditional furniture), religious \ philosophical \ cultural artifacts.
Main Imports: Arms and genetic surgery, from UTR. Wexxian Steel, from Wexxians. Thoon scientific and fusion based instruments, the Thoon Democratic Republic.
-Galaxy's Leading Exporter of agricultural products and herbivores’ food (Mainly Nuka based).
-Galaxy's Leading Exporter of specialized missions robots (mainly farming robots).
Military Spending: 3rd Grand Union (lately rising), 10th Known Galaxy (Especially since the creation of the GUM)
Capital Punishment? Yes, Treason against empire or emperor.
Corporal Punishment? No.
Self Sufficient? 93%
Energy: 12% Geothermal, 21% Solar, 59% Cold Fusion Based and nuclear, 4% Oils, 4% other.
State Religion: The Rise religion. Still free religion.
Soveriegnity Recognised By: All in Contact.
Territories: Vast Urshan Empire territory, Ex-Rebel colonies that were conquered, The territory of the ex-Labor, shared Seream system.
« Last Edit: December 25, 2006, 09:23:21 am by BioCat »

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Re: New Creature - The Urshans
« Reply #155 on: December 26, 2006, 03:52:44 am »
Nice. I never realised how much Urshans exported!
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Re: New Creature - The Urshans
« Reply #156 on: December 31, 2006, 12:16:04 pm »
After covering the first animals that evolved on Niho, the Aquatic Worms, it is time for the very first group of creatures that evolved from the microorganisms, the Mushrylians.

Examples for Mushrylians:



The Common SpikeShell:
This Mushrylian is one of the most common and basic Mushrylians. Like most Mushrylians the SpikeShell is an aquatic organism with a very slight ability of movement that includes cell movements and the movement of a central organ that acts like a primitive mouth and drains microorganisms from the water. It has no sensory organs but 4 rows of 10 bright green photoreceptors. The spikes are mainly used to intimidate creatures from trying to eat it, although even if someone will try to do so it really doesn’t worth it because of its extremely hard shell-like skin. It is about the size of a baseball. Some types of SpikeShells have nerve poison in their spikes. The Common SpikeShell is considered a delicates food for the rich and royal in the Urshan because cooking it is so difficult and it has a very sour exotic taste.



The Stalactite Mushrylian:
Although most Mushrylians are underwater creatures there a few species that can be found in moist land areas like swamps and tropical lands. They cannot move at all and feeds on corpses, plants and microorganisms from the ground and air. The light reflects in many unique ways through them making them shine in a very beautiful way. They can also produce powerful light and usually does it as a reflex when something is trying to pull off the ground or take a bite out of it. They reproduce asexually by releasing the light Stalactites (that are actually the baby versions) and letting water or wind drag them away. A cousin of the Stalactite Mushrylian called the Glowing Stalactiter can even gain energy by photosynthesis as well as by eating microorganisms. It is about the size of a small dog.



The Sharders:
Every family has their bizarre member. In the Mushrylians no doubt the Sharders and their cousins own this title. They evolved quite late in history, about the time the Twistlings evolved. They can actually move around by swimming with their long tail. They feed through their skin but the movement helped them mainly for escaping hungry Jettters and other sea creatures. They can see from 6 eyes in the center of their heads. It was reported they even sometimes attack weak enemies, kill them, and swim away.
 They are even slightly intelligent although they don’t have a neural system, or at list not something we define as one. Because of this the Urshans were very fascinated with them (especially because the Urshans are interested in the effect of different brain styles and neural systems on the way of thinking). They move in packs and seem to communicate by very short pulses of light. They are about the size of small fish.

More to come: The Rigid Aquatic, Sailors, and the rest of them. Feel free and encouraged to ask or coment. Enjoy.

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Re: New Creature - The Urshans
« Reply #157 on: December 31, 2006, 12:57:27 pm »
These are very cool!!  :o

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Re: New Creature - The Urshans
« Reply #158 on: January 08, 2007, 11:26:57 am »
Well sorry for again halting news about the Niho biology in favor of other reports but I just wanted to fill some missing gaps about the Urshan space faring history. In the future I will write much more about this, but right now just a general background:

The first Urshan went into space just after the last Great War in Niho between the Empire and Neo-Power. Unlike most races in the beginning instead of using liftoff fueled vessels the Urshans used fuel-less levitation that was based on the principles of ballistics. Only after about 100 years they replaced this technology with spaceships that can change their course during flight using cold fusion cells and mainly solar energy. For about 300 years the Urshans colonized their star system, the Hindo system. More than once rebel colonies emerged in these colonized plants and started fighting for their freedom against the empire and usually failed after many years of combat. One of these rebel groups invented the known Urshan cloaking device.

It all changed when a respectable imperial scientists group discovered the hyperspace. At first this was considered ridicules and the imperial officials almost decided to neglect the project. But they were given a few more years of research and the first hyper drive engine was created. It was extremely primitive and when was first used it exploded and killed thousands. Then the “Hyper-Empire” project began and millions of people started focusing on the mission of creating a stable hyper drive engine. After 40 years of experimenting the engine was created in 2800AE. Many artists and science fiction novelists started talking about other life forms and wonderful worlds but this great dream was not fulfilled for a long time. The closest system to the Hindo system was in fact a planetless binary system. For about a hundred years most planets that were found were barren and not very interesting. That it is until one space mission called the “Yokata” after a known explorer that discovered Pretak. They found an aquatic world filled with microorganisms and the most advanced life from over there was a weird worm like creature. This discovery boosted the Urshans xenobiology and genetics greatly and since it the Urshans invested lots of resources on their space programs hoping to found more species to talk with and perhaps learn the secret of reaching the higher minds. Another amazing thing found in that planet (now called Jath after the current emperor of that time) were very few signs of a civilization that lived in that planet and most probably destroyed itself. Their technology seemed about the level of the Urshans in that age though the Urshans did learn about computers and robotics from their ruins.

In the years to follow many star systems started to rebel against the empire, about 7% of them. The great rebellion will begin after the Halcyon war then about 15% of the systems would be self ruled.

A few decades after the great celebration of 3000 years for the Urshan Empire an Urshan scout received a message from a new alien race. This race was quite surprised to find the Urshans as they lived in a small cluster of star system with very weak and small suns. This race refused to show itself or meet the Urshans before they will inspect them and learn about them. They told them they would return later to learn about them and talk to them, as they were a little busy. Finally after about 50 years the Urshans decided they would try and learn about them themselves and see why they didn’t return yet. They send a very small fleet of cloaked spaceships into one of their star systems. They found out this race was wiped out by a weird race of blue creatures that walked on two legs. Soon after that they met all the other members of the known universe. They got a little hostile with a neighboring race called the Auyuelcliads over their shared border but soon from this hostility a great friendship rose. They also as a result formed an alliance with the Icthians the Auyulciads and the Vis. The rest is known to you.

(I remind you all many interesting things found in between these main events. I will share information about those in the future).

To come: Return to the biology of Niho.

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Re: New Creature - The Urshans
« Reply #159 on: January 09, 2007, 11:20:17 am »
Cool. Who were the mysterious race?
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Re: New Creature - The Urshans
« Reply #161 on: January 09, 2007, 11:36:44 am »
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http://www.sporewiki.net/images/thumb/1/16/Stalactite_Mushrylian.jpg/634px-Stalactite_Mushrylian.jpg

That one is pretty neat...


Thanks :). Took me a while to paint it right using photoshop cause of all those anoyying light effects.

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Cool. Who were the mysterious race?

You'll find out about that in the near future :). It would be one of the "biocat's expanded universe" races I already planned but didn't have the chance and time to post and draw a picture of.
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Re: New Creature - The Urshans
« Reply #162 on: January 13, 2007, 12:36:07 pm »
Woohoo 1000 posts :). Well I don’t have anything really impressing but another update on the creatures of Niho. This time, the Rigid Aquatic:



The Helmetling:
This creature is about the size of a watermelon and is most common in very deep oceans. It can survive where very few creatures live and feed on those few and the leftovers of creatures from higher levels. It got his name because ancient Urshans found Helmetling corpses and thought they were Helmets of celestial creatures and therefore used them as helmets themselves. Its shell is extremely thick and powerful and therefore can survive the depths. Its spikes are mostly to intimidate predators but rarely, when it feels in danger, it impales its enemy. Like its ancestors this creature has only one mouth that is responsible for breathing, eating and releasing used materials. Its sting on the back of its tail is much more used in battle.



The Colossal:
A huge horrible creature that survived the ancient days when the Rigid Aquatics ruled Niho. It got his name for its colossal size. The males’ average size is 8 meters and the females’ is 9 meters. It lives in the depths of the oceans but also dives and get up by using lots of special glands in its body. It has 5 eyes. 4 small ones on the end of his arms and a single huge one in the middle of its shell. Using the fact it can dive extremely fast down it hunts its prey by falling on it and piercing though its body with its teeth. He moves sideways really slow and only by moving its small arms. Because of their unique mating system that includes sticking on to the partner’s shell the Colossal often mistook early Urshan submarines with potential mates and damaged them critically (and therefore the submarines’ form was changed).



The Shell Blader:
Unlike most Rigid Aquatic this creature lives in pretty shallow waters or on shallow levels of the sea. They can mostly be found near shores or islands. They stay in small packs of about 5 members and feed on small sea creature like tiny Jetters. Their shell is only above their body and around their tails. Like all Rigid Aquatic they feed breath and release unneeded materials from their mouth under their pincers. They are used as common food for the Urshans, especially those inhabiting the islands.

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Re: New Creature - The Urshans
« Reply #163 on: January 13, 2007, 01:39:34 pm »
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Re: New Creature - The Urshans
« Reply #164 on: January 13, 2007, 04:17:36 pm »
My god! (I don't own one, just a way of speech!)

You're style is terrific! Perhaps new Urshan pictures?