Author Topic: Alternate Earth - Archives  (Read 2528 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline OathinBlood

  • Fishing Derby Champion
  • ***
  • Posts: 362
  • Cthulhu Cultist
    • View Profile
    • Genesis - Spore Game Forum
Alternate Earth - Archives
« on: March 13, 2008, 11:49:49 pm »

Generation One - Philippine Eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi)
The caws and calls of various creatures echo throughout the steamy jungles of Mindanao, a large island in the Philippines. The mountainside rainforests teem with life. Monkeys crawl through the ropy green canopies above, while smaller birds and snakes stalk the ground below. We reign supreme, the apex predators of the ecosystem. Screaming colugos, howling monkeys, hissing serpents, and growling wildcats - all fall prey to our razor talons and seven-foot wingspan. The only threat to us - those upright beasts, hacking away at the mother forest - are now gone, their cement edifices barren. We reign supreme.

The Philippine Eagles hold the niche of apex predator in their ecosystems, dwelling in mountainside rainforests. They live for thirty to sixty years, building a nest and mating for life. They are massive creatures, weighing up to twenty pounds with a twenty foot wingspan and immensely powerful muscles behind a tearing beak and ripping talons. Large monkeys, colugos, and even venomous snakes are all prey to us, though life is changing in the absence of the humans. If we don't keep up in this evolutionary race, the hunters could soon become the hunted.

WINNERS
  • Improve Hunting
  • Improve Intelligence
« Last Edit: March 13, 2008, 11:53:34 pm by OathinBlood »


Quote from: Plank of Wood
It's a lot quicker to type normally than to move your finger over the shift button constantly, meaning you eat slightly more food in your life time. That extra food you have to eat could feed a whole nation of chinchillas!

Offline OathinBlood

  • Fishing Derby Champion
  • ***
  • Posts: 362
  • Cthulhu Cultist
    • View Profile
    • Genesis - Spore Game Forum
Re: Alternate Earth - Archives
« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2008, 11:50:09 pm »

Generation Two - Unknown Dinaetochid
Mindanao has changed. Raging volcanic activity has increased the size of the island twofold, and pushed up the mountains at the centre of the island. Life has changed on the island - subtle changes, but changes none the less. The native colugos have diversified into several subspecies - one of them has evolved stronger jaws with three-pointed teeth, and feeds on rodents and insects on the forest floor. Another has tripled in size, a giant gliding giant with muscles strong enough to carry figs and coconuts in its claws. The primates are being slowly pushed out of the jungle by the ever-diversifying colugos, and several have already taken to inhabiting small caves in the vast jungle clearings that dot the island. There, they are easy prey for us. We have evolved as well, becoming terrifying giants of the sky. Our brain has seen one of the most rapid expansion rates in evolutionary history, almost tripling in size - the optical lobe alone has expanded almost 400%, giving us the fastest claw-eye coordination in all of Asia. Our bodies have grown, feasting off the giant colugos of the forest and the ground-dwelling monkeys in the clearings. Denser bone growth in our wings allows the very beat of our eight-foot wingspan to become a fearsome weapon, capable of knocking a human, were they still around, unconscious. A freak mutation has also helped us some, bending an unneeded wing bone outwards, turning it into a blunt spike. Interdimensional ornithologists have classified us as dinaetochids - roughly translating as 'terror eagles'.

These dinaetochids still hold the niche of apex predator on Mindanao. They are solitary predators, reigning across a massive and viciously defended territory. Their increased size and lessened dexterity has forced them to move from the dense mountainside rainforests of their ancestors, and into the more open forests around jungle clearings and the like. Their average life span is forty years, though some especially long-lived specimens have been seen to reach seventy. The trouble of making a nest large enough for two adult 'terror eagles' has forced the life-long mating of their ancestors into extinction. Reproduction is now a touch-and-go process, though the fledging death rate is rather high. Tyrants of their domain, nothing is challenging these terror birds.

WINNERS
  • Improve Social
  • Develop Social
« Last Edit: March 20, 2008, 11:25:03 pm by OathinBlood »
Quote from: Plank of Wood
It's a lot quicker to type normally than to move your finger over the shift button constantly, meaning you eat slightly more food in your life time. That extra food you have to eat could feed a whole nation of chinchillas!

Offline OathinBlood

  • Fishing Derby Champion
  • ***
  • Posts: 362
  • Cthulhu Cultist
    • View Profile
    • Genesis - Spore Game Forum
Re: Alternate Earth - Archives
« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2008, 11:27:10 pm »

Generation Three - Unknown Dinaetochid
The island of Mindanao continues its ever expansive growth, fueled by rivers of molten rock spewing forth from the planet's core. Plant life grows almost as fast, covering new land as soon as it is cool enough to seed, growing out of the ashes like a phoenix rising. Meanwhile, Mindanao's resident phoenixes - the massive 'terror eagles' known as the dinaetochids continue to evolve. With no life on the island even able to hold a match up against the dinaetochids' raw size and strength, evolution has pushed forth in the brain once again, this time towards the realms of social behaviour. Reproduction has grown into a complex, life-long affair once again. Mating rituals alone last several months, involving an ever-increasingly detailed series of decorative flights, dances, and displays. Once a dinaetochid has chosen its illustrious mate, the pair mate for life. This complex reproductive behaviour has pushed the evolution of a crown of long feathers in males, used to attract females. Other life on the island has not been idle either. Twenty pound colugos jump from tree to tree to feast on giant ripe fruit, now too heavy to glide. The rat-colugos have grown into gaunt skeletal forms with dagger-like incisors and sharp, piercing claws. They've been known to hide on a branch and jump onto a passing dinaetochid, living off of its blood until it flies back to its nest, where it hides until the fiercely protective avian parents leave to hunt. Upon that happening, it ravenously devours eggs and chicks, then making its get-away. Such occurrences are rare but devastating. The ground-monkeys have grown larger and more powerful, their skeletons adapting to live life on the ground. Their build is now a mixture of baboon and gorilla, and they dwell in packs dozens strong on the ground. With their sharp eyes and loud voices, they are hard to sneak up on without alerting the entire herd. This has sparked more evolution in the social lobe of the brain. Dinaetochids are now believed to have occasionally demonstrated pack hunting techniques, chasing ground-monkeys into the jungles, separating them, then snatching them up to tear apart and eat. If true, it is a remarkable step into new ground for the avian race.

Dinaetochids, as their name implies, are still the dominant predator on Mindanao, though with its rapidly expanding land, their position may be in trouble. Deep in the heart of the jungle, where the trees are too dense and the overgrowth is too thick for the wings of dinaetochids, animals are going missing. Large animals, like the dwindling populations of vine-swinging primates. The dinaetochids are not the only predator on the island now that time has given other species a chance to catch up...

WINNERS
  • Improve Movement
  • Develop Defences
« Last Edit: May 09, 2008, 08:51:10 pm by OathinBlood »
Quote from: Plank of Wood
It's a lot quicker to type normally than to move your finger over the shift button constantly, meaning you eat slightly more food in your life time. That extra food you have to eat could feed a whole nation of chinchillas!

Offline OathinBlood

  • Fishing Derby Champion
  • ***
  • Posts: 362
  • Cthulhu Cultist
    • View Profile
    • Genesis - Spore Game Forum
Re: Alternate Earth - Archives
« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2008, 11:49:09 pm »

Generation Four - Unknown Dinaetochid
Mindanao is now a very large isle, surrounded by many smaller islands, together making up more than half of what used to be the Philippines. The concrete structures of humanity still stand, overtaken by jungle growth and slowly decaying, giving back to nature what it once stole. In these decaying concrete ruins life has evolved a myriad of forms, either adapted for hiding amongst the rubble or hunting amongst the rubble - an ecosystem of stealthy rogues hunted by stalking predators. The ground-monkeys have adapted to this new niche, becoming predatory and solitary primates, their bodies lean and thin to ambush the ground-dwelling swarms of nut-gathering colugos. Another variant of the gliding colugos has adapted to a niche not unfamiliar to that of our ancestors - flying predators preying on small animals amongst the canopy. These eagle-colugos, though plentiful and relatively harmless, often inhabit canopies far too dense for our massive wingspans to penetrate. The new deep jungle threat has so far managed to evade contact with dinaetochids enough as to not penetrate its image into our inherited genetic memory. Whatever it is, it has managed to take down a couple dinaetochids here and there - something nothing else on the island has been able to do. Thankfully, evolution has handed us a couple of adaptations. A bulbous lump above our beak allows us to funnel air in through the nasal cavity and snort it out rapidly, creating a loud trumpet-like call that can be heard for miles around. This new defense has allowed us to alert others when danger is around, as well as to call for mates during the breeding season. A minor adaptation in the structure of our feathers has made us slightly more aerodynamic, allowing us to take the place of the fastest flying animal in the world for our size.

Successful as a long-lived, colossal giant of the skies, the dinaetochids of the Philippines are still among the most ferocious predators on the earth. Still, their apex position is getting increasingly competitive as the passage of time and the process of evolution gives other species a chance to rise up as predators, whether they be slender, muscular primates or gliding bundles of muscles and fangs.

WINNERS
  • Develop Social
  • Improve Intelligence
« Last Edit: May 09, 2008, 08:50:58 pm by OathinBlood »
Quote from: Plank of Wood
It's a lot quicker to type normally than to move your finger over the shift button constantly, meaning you eat slightly more food in your life time. That extra food you have to eat could feed a whole nation of chinchillas!

Offline OathinBlood

  • Fishing Derby Champion
  • ***
  • Posts: 362
  • Cthulhu Cultist
    • View Profile
    • Genesis - Spore Game Forum
Re: Alternate Earth - Archives
« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2008, 09:13:28 pm »

Generation Five - Unknown Dinaetochid
Mindanao. A series of isles now unrecognizable from its human-inhabited past. The concrete jungles of mankind have now long since crumbled and decayed, replaced by the emerald jungles of nature. Hundreds of new species inhabit the leafy canopies, from new species of fruiting trees to the ape-wolves and rat-colugos descended from the wildlife of the past. The primates of the island have diversified more than successfully, their many variations inhabiting the jungle at many different levels. On the ground, amongst gnarled roots and dense undergrowth, live the ape-wolves, vicious carnivorous predators who hunt in packs and prey on the descendants of boars, largely unchanged. In the trees are the descendants of monkeys, now something more akin to a hairy warm-blooded lizard, living in dens and snapping up insects when given the slightest opportunity. The true apes congregate in herds dozens strong in the large jungle clearings. Their form is similar to that of a gorilla, though having been achieved through convergent evolution and being the first true Asian ape, it is a remarkable step in the evolution of primates. We have changed as well, though our success has slowed our evolution. Our trumpet-horn has swelled and grown remarkably, now a fully-fledged auditory organ able to emit foghorn-like calls that reverberate through thick and thin plant growth alike. Our brains have also near doubled in size, and are among the largest brains on planet Earth, in the absence of man. We are intelligent, though not overly so. With the ability to count and the ability to freely associate, we are at a level of intelligence somewhere between a crow and a domesticated dog.

Still the feared kings of the jungle, adorned with a crown of feathers, we are facing a new threat in addition to the mysterious predator of the deep jungle. A descendant of the colugo has gained the ability of flight, and has proved rather prolific in the nourishing arms of Mindanao's jungles. It looks somewhat like a fruit bat, though it has a distinctively primate look about it, despite it not being a true primate by any shot. Its diet has proven problematic for us - it feasts mainly on fruit, though it has taken to robbing our nests of late. In and of itself it is not a problem at all, its scrawny body and shaky flight no problem for our rending claws and tearing beaks, but it tends to fly into the deep jungle with our eggs, where our massive wingspans cannot reach.
Quote from: Plank of Wood
It's a lot quicker to type normally than to move your finger over the shift button constantly, meaning you eat slightly more food in your life time. That extra food you have to eat could feed a whole nation of chinchillas!