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[NC] The Sanli
« on: July 04, 2009, 01:58:45 pm »
The Sanli

Inspiration from Zerg, Goa'Uld, Gremlins, parasites, symbiotes, and some others...





The Sanli are a species which can seem to be made up of a multitude of variations, to the point that it would seem as if they're not even a species, but a group of species, all working together. To make this assumption, is to be wrong. The truth is that the Sanli are actually nothing more than a centipede-like organism that attaches itself to hosts. These hosts, with time, eventually become entirely Sanli, with no peice of original tissue left.

Civilization Traits
-Industrious
-Organized
-Expansive

The Sanli Life Cycle

((Refer to picture at top for visual.))

The Sanli Life Cycle consists of four phases; Egg, Larva, Parasite, and Adult.

Phase 1: Egg

The Sanli, as eggs, are both similar to Earth eggs, and yet radically different. The Sanli Eggs are in fact two self-contained organisms. The egg 'shell' is in an organism in itself, which instinctually monitors the growth of the Sanli itself, the embryo. The 'shell' grows to accomodate the growth of the embryo it protects, harvesting sunlight, nutrients, and actually 'breathing' in air to photosynthesize, which also helps to feed the larva within. Despite the fact that is photosynthesizes, the 'shell' has an incredibly tough, almost armorlike outer coating. It is because of the extreme hardness, and high level of protection that the armor gives, that the Sanli Eggs must be two organisms. The Sanli Larvae are, by themselves, unable to break out of the egg. When the time comes that the larva is ready to be hatched, the 'shell' breaks itself apart at the seams of the armor, becoming multiple shards. The hatched Sanli Larva then eats the fleshy bits of the 'shell' for energy.

One noteworthy fact is that the Sanli Eggs are not only incredibly hardy, they are also able to go into cryostasis in environments of extreme cold, such as space, halting the growth of both itself and the larva within for an indefinitely long amount of time. They can also survive in environments of extreme heat, but cannot perform the same function of cryostasis. Because of this, an egg could theoretically travel between planets and stars, but if it were exposed to direct sunlight, it would likely die. Any interplanetary or interstellar eggs must be buried within an asteroid, hidden from the heating rays of the star(s) that it passes by. This also has the beneficial affect of far increasing the egg's chances of surviving re-entry.

Phase 2: Larva

The Sanli Larvae are in truth, not really larvae, but the Sanli themselves. Already completely sentient at this stage, they can survive independent of a host, but are slow in their movements. They can already communicate and organize with other Sanli, but in this form, they cannot utilize tools, and as such, cannot build a civilization without hosts. They're intelligent because a huge percentage of their larval body is brain matter.

So, they do their very best to find one. Due to their slowness, they must utilize ambush tactics, often hanging off a tree limb, waiting for a host to pass beneath, lieing in wait near food or wait, or simply attaching to a host that is captured by other Sanli.

While in this 'ambush' state, the Sanli Larva becomes as still as a rock, slowing its own metabolism and breath to extremes, where it is only aware of movement around itself. In this ambushing state, the Sanli Larva can survive for months without food or water, waiting with extreme patience for a host to come near it, or below it.

Despite being slow, larvae are not very vulnerable, as they're almost completely covered with the same protective armor-like carapace that the Sanli Eggs are covered with. Almost no stomach can digest them whole, and its very hard to break their carapace with only natural tools such as claws. Most animals simply try to avoid them, unable to eat them, and vulnerable to having one attach to them.

Phase 3: Parasite

Once attached to a host, usually at the spine/back bone or base of the neck, the Sanli begins to dig in, spreading parasitic tendrils through the host, feeding on it. Once they connect their neural system to the host's, they can influence the host, but not completely control it. This can explained as if another intelligent creature were attached to, the Sanli would be like a voice in the back of its mind. At this stage, the Sanli can cease their spreading at any moment, letting the host live, and living off of it.

It has been speculated that the Sanli can therefore act as an intelligence or awareness enhancer, feeding off a scientist in exchange for acting as a 'second head' for the scientist, feeding the scientist information through their neural connection. There is even potential for being attached to soldiers to increase their combat efficiency, but in all cases, removing the Sanli once they're attached is nearly impossible without the host dieing. Because of this, making the choice to accept a Sanli attachment is often a life-changing decision, one not to be taken lightly. Due to the moral standards of most Sanli, they will refuse to be forced to attach to an unwilling intelligent creature.

At any time, the Sanli can unattach themselves from the host, but it is likely that the host will then die, due to the network of tendrils and foreign tissue growth, along with holes in the skin where they entered, that can become infected, possibly even brain damage. If a host were to die in any case, the Sanli will live on, if it wasn't mortally injured. As such, they can be re-used in a sense on soldiers, for if the soldier dies, the Sanli can still slowly crawl away to hide, or burrow into the ground, until it is rescued. They also retain the same memories post-attachment that the host collects, almost acting as a sort of organic black box.

One more noteworthy fact is that the Sanli can act as a miniature hospital for the host, repairing damaged tissues, killing infections, slowing or occasionally stopping blood loss, etc. Hosts are also immune to death from heart attacks, as the Sanli can, and will if needed, act as an organic pace maker, regulating the host's heart beat.

Phase 4: Adult

Over the course of years, if a Sanli so chooses, it can completely replace all of the host's tissue with its own. At this point, they are known as Adults, as becoming an Adult is usually what most Sanli do, if their host isn't intelligent. The Sanli retain the same general form of the host, incorporating any specialized organs or diets, including being able to breath other atmospheres, but replacing many of the unneeded organs with its own choice of organ. As such, a Sanli could, for example, have anywhere from one heart to many, or multiple pairs of lungs, livers, etc. However, most Sanli prefer to keep things simple, and create additional muscle structure or brain matter in their 'host'/themselves.

Despite having replaced the entire host's body with a new, Sanli one, the Sanli are essentially still that centipede-like creature on the 'host's'/its back. If the 'main' Sanli is killed, it kills the rest of the Sanli. This is the primary weakness of the Sanli.

However, becoming an Adult has its own advantages. For one, a Sanli still has the option to unattach itself. Secondly, even if the 'host's'/its 'head' is shot off, the 'host body' will continue to function, unlike how it would die, as in the Parasite phase. In most cases, the Sanli can also slow or even stop blood loss by manipulating the wound to close with its own tendrils, though the 'host body' can still die due to blood loss. Crushing or destroying the heart will also kill the 'host body' just as it normally would kill the host in the Parasite phase. Stopping it through the use of electricity won't work, as the Sanli will simply shock it back to life.

Other Posts

Sanli Relations

Sanli Biology Chart, Biology, and Reproduction

Sanli History

Sanli Communication

Sanli Government

Semi-Story The Royal Proclamation of Isolation

Sanli Alien Sheet

The Two Common Sanli Hosts

Sanli Philosophy-Religion

Story The Navigators and Station 01

Story The Balancers

Story The Last Primarch

Czantan

Story The First War-Year One

Story The First War-Years Two - Five

Story The First War-Year Six: Operation Ghosts of Balance

Story The First War-Early Year Seven: A False Sense of Security

Story The First War-Year Seven: The Sacrifice of the Navigators

Story The First War-Year Eight: Fall of the Zealots

Story The First War-Epilogue: The Brothers in Arms Address
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Re: [NC] The Sanli
« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2009, 02:18:48 pm »
This looks like that one thing from Babylon 5 that goes in peoples spines to live forever.
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Re: [NC] The Sanli
« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2009, 02:43:11 pm »
You mean the things from Stargate that go in people's spines and live for ever? >_>
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Re: [NC] The Sanli
« Reply #3 on: July 04, 2009, 03:22:30 pm »
Modified first post.

It looks like it, but it doesn't actually enter the body, it remains on the outside, atleast the main part does. My inspiration is from the Zerg, Goa'Uld, parasites, symbiotes, and some other things I thought of for inspiration at the time I made them, but can no longer remember.

Oh, and I'll explain how they communicate later. And no, it's not psionically.

EDIT: Oh yeah, and I got some inspiration from the Gremlins.
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Re: [NC] The Sanli
« Reply #4 on: July 04, 2009, 03:24:50 pm »
So, do they prefer any specific host animal, or is it personal preference?
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Re: [NC] The Sanli
« Reply #5 on: July 04, 2009, 03:27:13 pm »
In civilized times, they have domesticated hosts that I'll post later, whenever I draw them. Though, some prefer more 'exotic', wild hosts. They've even made a sport out of 'who can find the best wild host' in a certain amount of time, since they find it thrilling to live like they once did, ambushing hosts.

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Re: [NC] The Sanli
« Reply #6 on: July 04, 2009, 04:44:18 pm »
Sanli Biology Chart


External

A- Eyes - Lets the Sanli see.
B- Carapace Piece - Protects the Sanli, also acts as an 'ear' in the sense that the Sanli feels vibrations through it, and the Sanli breaths through numerous tiny holes with 'mini-lungs'.
C- Mouth - Eats, receives food, and is where the tendrils originate.
D- Leg - Helps to move the Sanli.

Internal
A - Carapace Piece - Protects the Sanli, also acts an 'ear' in the sense that the Sanli feels vibrations through it, and the Sanli breaths through numerous tiny holes with 'mini-lungs'.
B - Double Eyelid/Carapace - Closes over the Sanli's eye, protecting it.
C - Eye - Lets the Sanli see.
D - Leg- Lets the Sanli move.
E - Mouth - Eats, receives food, and is where the tendrils originate.
F - Digestive Tract - Digests food.
G - Brain - The Sanli's brain.
H - Muscle - Helps to move the Sanli.
I - Anus - Waste leaves Sanli. (Yeah, I said it, get over it.)
J - Parasitic Center - Is the main 'order' center of the Sanli's brain, which manages the parasitic functions that they perform, and monitors the host along with the tendrils.
K - Heart - The Sanli's heart.

If you can't tell, it says the average length of a Sanli is one foot and a half, and that the average maximum thickness is 3.6 inches.

Sanli Biology and Reproduction

Sanli naturally breath oxygen, and eat both plant and animal matter.

They're very hardy against infection, with a strong immune system that destroys all but the nastiest of diseases. They impart some of this immune strength to their host, but not very much. However, the same level of immunity is imparted to the 'host body', once it become fully Sanli.

Sanli, themselves, live for many years, with the oldest known Sanli having lived somewhere around 520 years, with the equivalent Earth years being 582, but the exact date is unknown, since the Sanli in question had simply stopped counting the years, and had switched entirely to counting decades, due to how old he was. He held a celebration every decade that he called 'decatchdays.' The dec meant decade, and he combined that with hatch, creating decatchday(Dec-atch-day). It is thought he could've lived longer, as he was crushed under the foot of a vicious Troc that had escaped from its zoo. However, most Sanli fall short of such an age by centuries, with the more accurate average being about 300 years. Usually, death is caused by eventual accident or in battle. This is due to how good the Sanli are at repairing damaged tissue, even their own.

Sanli cannot turn other Sanli into hosts, due to a chemical that was used back when the Sanli competed for hosts, atleast for now. Some insane scientists are working to find a counter for this chemical, believing that the Sanli could become a massive collective, but their work is extremely controversial, and they often receive death threats.

While small, the Sanli heart is very strong, able to easily pump the blood in the Sanli, and throughout the massive network of tendrils. This is mostly due to the Sanli circulatory system being under almost extreme pressure in comparison to a human's blood pressure. While the human heart isn't adapted for high blood pressure, the Sanli's is designed for it. It is mostly because of this that the Sanli cannot be exposed to drugs that slow the heart, as they can actually die quite easily if their heart slows down too much. However, it would be hard to administer a drug which did this, as their lungs filter out any dangerous substances, as well as ceasing to breath entirely once they can get their energy from a host, and their carapace makes it nearly impossible for a needle to penetrate it. Their tendrils and digestive system also filter out any dangerous substances. In fact, it's hard to give them any drugs.

The Sanli reproduce asexually, mainly to maintain their genetics which have painstakingly evolved over billions of years without sexual reproduction, and to able to reproduce without need of a population. Their eggs being to grow within the 'host body', and eventually grow large enough to look like boils that are the same color of the Sanli carapace. Very quickly, the eggs are released onto the ground, usually in a clutch of four. The parent then leaves them to their themselves, or used to before the Sanli became civilized. Now, the Sanli give their eggs to the Ministry of Population, which controls the population by destroying a certain amount of eggs, as the Sanli cannot control when they reproduce, it is automatic roughly every year(or every 1.12 Earth years).

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Re: [NC] The Sanli
« Reply #7 on: July 04, 2009, 08:59:28 pm »
Interesting. Glad you cited your inspiration.
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« Reply #8 on: July 04, 2009, 10:45:50 pm »
Sanli History

The Sanli history is one of mysteries. There are no fossil records of creatures looking anything like them, indicating that they are foreign to their 'homeworld'. The Sanli's top scientists have added to this lack of evidence with speculations, mainly that the Sanli ancestors would've likely killed off all host life on their actual homeworld, reducing it to nothing but Sanli without hosts. This in fact nearly happened on their current homeworld of Czantan, where almost all the creatures, that the Sanli could turn into hosts, nearly died out. On their home continent, the Sanli did wipe out all the hosts.

The history of the Sanli, as the scientists put it, is that...

One day a great flaming ball of rock fell from the sky over the Tanzi ocean, breaking up over the waters. Held within the meteor was a group of Sanli eggs, that splashed down into the ocean. The currents then carried the floating eggs to the shores of Tamzar, washing onto the beaches. There, the eggs awoke, finally able to photosynthesize and grow. With time, the larvae were hatched, and found a lush, tropical continent filled to the brim with hosts.

There, the Sanli flourished, and expanded, recklessly. Within a few centuries, the last host was attached to. The Sanli had realized that the number of hosts was declining, and that the number of Sanli was exponentially growing, and they knew what had been coming, but continued on with business as usual. With the last host taken, a huge number of larvae phase Sanli were unleashed on the surrounding rain forest, eating through tree bark, consuming foliage, and creatures too small to attach to. The Sanli with hosts had only eaten the fruits of the trees, and the berries of the bushes, but the larvae were ravenous creatures, starving, they consumed everything. With time, the swarms of larvae soon turned on their own kind, eating away at the more vulnerable 'host bodies', despite causing the Sanli themselves great pain. Soon, there was nothing left alive on the continent, except for swarms of roaming larvae that devoured plant growth in any place they found it. They found their mouths unable to peirce their own carapaces, and so, they couldn't resort to total cannibalism. These times became known as the 'Age of Larvae Swarms'.

Having extinguished all non-Sanlian life on Tamzar, the swarms took to the seas. Full of hunger, they did what no other Sanli had done before, actually swim. Or to be more correct, they simply floated. The swarms covered the surface of the oceans like a thick, black blanket, furiously moving their small legs in an attempt to get to the point where the currents would no longer take them back to Tamzar. Slowly, they broke through the waves, and began the 'Tamzarian Exodus' from Tamzar. Soon, Sanli lived on all pieces of land around Czantan. They vowed to never be so blind, realizing that host life was limited.

On many of the other pieces of land, the Sanli found creatures which could actually manipulate their environment. Some used a trunk, others used hands, and some few used tentacles. The Sanli quickly turned many of them into hosts, discovering just how useful this ability was. Their inquisitive minds could finally work with theories they had developed before, to not simply work in the area of thought. They began to build civilizations, and domesticated various hosts, as well as for the occasional bit of food. They learned to farm, and smelt metals. They first built simple buildings, but soon progressed to much more complex dwellings. They learned to write down their universal language. Soon, the various civilizations met each other once more. They even discovered the Sanli that couldn't build civilizations, usually on islands, and brought them hosts with which they could.

With their communication, trade, and peace, the Golden Age began. They made extreme progress in a short amount of time, with them soon weilding not simply swords, but even muskets and cannon. The binary nature of their language even led them to build mechanical computers, long before electrical ones would come into use. They charted the passage of the stars, forging and building great mechanical marvels that modeled their motions. They measured time with immense precision, and mapped Czantan with longitude and latitude. Almost every seafaring vessel had a 'Navigation Computer', even before rifles were in use. They were even able to incredibly miniaturize their mechanical computers, using their small legs to place parts that would normally prove far too difficult for a human hand.

In fact, it was one of these computers that facilitated the creation of a Ministry of Population in every civilization, as it was built to predict the population growth of the Sanli. Replicating the design, a Ministry could finally predict, with almost perfect accuracy, the population of the Sanli years, decades, and even centuries into the future. Using this, they began the practice of Egg Control, smashing and destroying eggs that would otherwise cause the population to expand beyond the ability of Czantan to feed the Sanli. With the floodgates of the Sanli population built, they could finally breath a sigh of relief that there wouldn't be a never-ending Age of Larval Swarms.

At the point of technology where the Sanli were just beginning to use rifles for police control, the various governments of Czantan decided to merge under one, universal government. However, nothing really changed, because the Sanli had already essentially been united from the beginning, unable to create weapons strong enough to kill each other, they had no choice but to work together. The world government was created as a Primarchy(Monarchy), as all governments had been. However, while the Primarch had final say on things, usually it was left to the various Ministries to regulate things, but the Primarch did pick who was at the top level of the Ministries, based on merit. At this top level, a Sanli became known as the Prime Minister of whatever it was that they were a minister of. The Prime Ministers and the Primarch met every day that they could, and later on, when telecommunications became possible, they did meet every day, though not always in person.

This system ran flawlessly until the second Primarch died, and had nothing but spoiled rotten children. At this point, the Sanli were essentially at a Modern level, and had switched from mechanical computer to electrical ones. The Prime General stepped in, ordering the foolish heir from taking the throne. The televised event caused massive worldwide debate and controversy, as protests for and against the legal Primarch erupted in cities across Czantan. A poll was taken, and it was found that the population supported the Prime General 51% to 49%, in his favor. The angry, stubborn heir soon plotted the downfall of the Prime General. Just as the Prime General was being crowned, with his host body's back to the heir, exposing the Prime General's 'real' self, the heir pulled a massive pistol out of his coat, and fired it at the Prime General. As cameras recorded, the first Sanli-Sanli killing was shown around the world. Almost immediately, chaos resulted, as the Sanli realized that they could make pistols, rifles, and other weapons powerful enough to kill each other. The Primarch heir himself was shot down by a guard who realized his weapon could actually perform its intended purpose. Soon, Sanli killed other Sanli for petty things, such as stepping on their lawn. General society disintegrated practically overnight. This began the 'Age of Murderers'.

The Age of Murderers lasted nearly a century, with a simply enormous death toll numbering in the billions. It wasn't until a group of scientists invented the thermonuclear weapon, that order was brought back. They unleashed nuclear fire on the most chaotic zones, firing nearly ten bombs. As this occured, they made the grand bluff that the Sanli would reorganize back into a universal government, controlled by the scientists, or face destruction. Obviously, the Sanli submited to the scientists, who rebuilt the government as it had once been. Education stopped the murders, and the Sanli began to recoup their losses. With the Primarch which had led the scientists, now leading the Sanli, they returned to their golden age. Tamzar was recolonized, bringing back plants and animals to its once barren lands.

The Primarch put massive funding into a new technology called rocketry, advancing it by leaps and bounds. Within decades, the Sanli had sent a rocket into space, and a few months later, a Sanli itself, but without a host. The Primarch then created the Ministry of Space, to handle all matters beyond Czantan. A number of space stations were built, and colonies constructed on Czantan's three satellites. It seemed that the Sanli were almost designed for space flight, as some scientists had speculated, with the combination of their small size, their carapace will protected them from many radiation effects, and the fact that they could enter the near-hibernative state that was their ambushing state, made them perfect for long voyages. Within a few decades, the Sanli colonized other planets and satellites using STL travel, and devoted many of their resources towards trying to break the light speed barrier.

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Re: [NC] The Sanli
« Reply #9 on: July 05, 2009, 11:20:17 am »
Is that IV pic creature what I think it is? ;D

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Re: [NC] The Sanli
« Reply #10 on: July 05, 2009, 11:21:53 am »
No, I do not think it's a Photos.
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Re: [NC] The Sanli
« Reply #11 on: July 05, 2009, 11:23:55 am »
A badly drawn human host body reborn as the completely Sanlian version of humanoids, complete with additional carapace growth on the extremities?

And no, it's not a Photos. Why would I draw a Photos attached to by a Sanli? It's impossible. Sanli cannot attach to inorganic creatures, they're immune to it. Like synthetics couldn't be used by Aliens.

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« Reply #12 on: July 05, 2009, 11:29:24 am »
The Photos aren't inorganic. They just wear armor.

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Re: [NC] The Sanli
« Reply #13 on: July 05, 2009, 07:50:17 pm »
Well... In any case, it has just been brought to my attention, that there are silicon creatures in the Novus Cluster, so I am expanding the Sanli's ability to attach to silicon and carbon-based life. Robots remain impossible.

You must be pretty full of yourself if you think I'd make an example based on the photos, which you know, have a humanoid shape, which is kind of the shape of us, here on Earth, and many other creatures. Hah. You thought 'oh he made my photos an example'. That's funny.

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Re: [NC] The Sanli
« Reply #14 on: July 05, 2009, 08:01:33 pm »
Sanli Communication

The Sanli communicate by clicking a small piece of carapace on their foreheads, between the eyes. These clicks are heard as ones and zeros, binary. Because of this, the Sanli write in a series of dots and no dots, with lines breaking up the words. They convey their emotions by closing their eyelids closer together, with the closer they are, the angrier they are, and by assuming different postures. However, this usually cannot be done on a host, so the Sanli have taken up a system of communication where they first address the person or Sanli they are talking to, then state how they feel, then finally say what they want to say. While complex, it is necessary, for the Sanli to be able to communicate. Another side effect of their binary language is that it can be hard to click faster than the usual pace of clicking, as hearing the pauses becomes harder and harder.
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