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[RG]Kota Coalition
« on: January 05, 2010, 05:36:22 am »
[RG]Kota Coalition

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Index:
     Introduction
     Alien Sheet
     Technology I
     Technology II
     Technology III
     Anatomy
     Government
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Re: [AC]Kota Coalition
« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2010, 05:40:34 am »
Introduction


Six billion years ago, as the rocky planetesimal that would eventually form the planet Kecantikan began to stabilize, icy fragments left over from the early stages of the system's formation moved into relatively stable orbits. The cycle of freezing and melting of the volatiles on the comet's surface by heat of their star, Kota, allowed complex molecules to form and reform, becoming more and more complex, eventually forming a mixture of molecules enclosed by a membrane that had the ability to reproduce a near-exact copy of itself. With the first seed of life planted and thriving, its evolution over the billions of years led to the formation of a complex biosphere based on photosynthesis, and the freezing and releasing of volatiles from the icy rocks that compose the belt, which shift from heated water and steam, to warm puddles, to small, ice-covered ponds. While the surface of Kecantikan is, in its 2.5 G gravity and tropical, humid climate, a thriving biosphere, it is through the challenges of living in a space-based environment that prompted the evolution of intelligence in the form of the Kosong.

The Kosong, founders of the Kota Coalition, are unique in their evolutionary history. Arising in an environment unfriendly to metallurgy, they have come to rely on complex biotechnology to support most of their needs, using metal in limited amounts, and only when necessary. Although they have not spread to other solar systems at present pre-contact times, they have, using large fauna specifically engineered for the task, created large clumpings of kuiper-belt objects in stable orbits around Kota, leaving most of the ring system to low development and wildlife parks(excluding their capital city, Mahata, the economic and political center of the system.), along with smaller colonies scattered throughout the system.
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Re: [AC]Kota Coalition
« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2010, 06:46:57 am »
Alien Sheet

Alien sheet:  [ Kosong ]

(Section 1 -- Biology)
Type                 : Space-Dwelling
Appearance           : Otherworldly
Gravity preferences  : 0-.2g
Temperature pref.    : -120 to 80C
Atmosphere breathed  : Oxygen/Water Vapor/Hydrogen
Body cover           : Flexible Exoskeleton
Body color           : Dark Brown-Green
Hair                 : None
Hair color           : No Hair
Eyes                 : 3
Eyes color           : Black
Body characteristics : Triradial Symmetry
Diet                 :  Omnivore
Sexual reproduction  : Hemaphrodite
Reproduction method  : Eggs
Limbs pair n 1 : Long, flexible, with three tentacle-like manipulators at end surrounding central orifice.
Limbs pair n 2 : Short, locked in place, with central orifice at end.
Mass :  85 kg
Size :  75 cm

(Section 2 -- Culture)
Attributes:
  Militancy       : 2
  Determination   : 12
  Racial tolerance: 10
  Progressivness  : 8
  Loyalty         : 10
  Social cohesion : 15
  Art             : 5
  Individualism   : 12
  Body            : 15
  Mind            : 11
  Speed           : 16
  Lifespan        : 50 years
  Tech level      : Early Space

(Section 3 -- Government and Religion)
Government type   : Federation(Many different colonies, most based on republics, each electing a single leader to represent them)
Religion          : See section: Religion
Devotion          : Good

(Section 4 -- Extra things you should know)
Special abilities:
 (Section 4 Variables)
Special Abllities: (List all that apply)

360 Vision
Acute Vision
Ambidexterous
Bonus skills (Race has a knack for certain skills)
   Science
Cold Tolerance
Deaf
Dependancy (Dependant on some substance other than food or air)
Heat Tolerance
High fecundity (Has a high birthrate. Think rabbits.)
Controlled Metabolism
Infrared Vision (Predator vision, Yey!)
Light sensitivity
Light sleeper (Needs sleep 15% or less of the time.)
Manual Dexterity
Microscopic Sense (Has extremely acute sense that can detect tiny details)
Nictating membrane (Race has a third, clear eyelid)
Night Vision
Poloarized sense (Not what you'd think. Sense of the race can quickly adjust to changing conditions)
Pressure support (Can withstand heavy atmospheres or the vacuum of space.)
Quick maturity (Quickly reaches adulthood)
Radiation Tolerance
Spatial orientation (Race can naturally orient itself relative to certain landmarks or planets)
Spectrum vision (Able to see radio waves, gamma rays, X-rays, and/or ultraviolet)
Strange appearance (... Whatever that thing is, it's frea-kay!)
Warm blooded biology
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Re: [AC]Kota Coalition
« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2010, 06:01:57 pm »
It's looking awesome! I'm hoping to see more in the future.
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Re: [AC]Kota Coalition
« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2010, 06:04:07 pm »
Glad to hear it.  :) I'm working on anatomy, but I think I might work on their biotech a bit more first.

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Re: [AC]Kota Coalition
« Reply #5 on: January 05, 2010, 07:26:50 pm »
Technology I


Most of the Kosong's technology is biological, illustrated here by perhaps the most common of their ships. Mid-sized, this ship is mainly used to shuttle Kosong to the many different colonies that share their orbit around Kota with the home planet, Kecantikan. A combination of a genetically engineered fauna coupled with a fusion engine, much of the interior is filled with living quarters for the Kosong. Largely based off the basic Kecantikan body plan, the main superficial difference is the front cockpit, and multiple mouths that form a ring around front of the ship. Smaller, biological propulsion is used to steer the ship and provide some thrust, but most of the push comes from the fusion engine. A Kosong is included for comparison.
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Re: [AC]Kota Coalition
« Reply #6 on: January 05, 2010, 07:30:12 pm »
Eh, what? Have you read through the Manifesto thread? We've banned near-instantaneous travel, preferring a slow increase.

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Re: [AC]Kota Coalition
« Reply #7 on: January 05, 2010, 07:42:28 pm »
I assumed that was for starships. The Kosong have to physically drag these to their destination, which can take years. They'd be completely impractical for interstellar travel.

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Re: [AC]Kota Coalition
« Reply #8 on: January 05, 2010, 07:45:55 pm »
Everything is restricted. Dragging a near-instantaneous worm hole across the galaxy still creates a near-instantaneous connection between the two different sides. This is something we are avoiding for a while, until the technology becomes acceptable. How long until the technology becomes acceptable is generally going to be a while, until many RPs have passed.

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Re: [AC]Kota Coalition
« Reply #9 on: January 06, 2010, 07:13:43 am »
I've replaced the interface with a mid-sized Kosong ship.

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Re: [AC]Kota Coalition
« Reply #10 on: January 07, 2010, 06:21:38 am »
Technology II

The most widespread of Kosong technology, farm biofilms feed the majority of the Kosong, and provide most, if not all, of the metals used to complement their biotech. Biofilms start as a mix of different cells all working individuals, grown in a lab. When introduced to the right conditions, they will organize themselves into the biofilm they were designed for, sometimes containing cells that function as sensors, cells that gather metals from their environment and emit weak radio waves, but in the case of the farm biofilm, most simply photosynthesize. Over the lifetime of that particular stretch of farm biofilm, excess nutrients and food from the biocells not dividing outward will be devoted to growing cells upwards. Once a "fruit" has grown to a specific height, it will begin to fill its center with "chum", the common nickname for the soup of nutrients used as a cooking feedstock, from which other foods to feed the populace are produced. Any excess metals from the ground will go in the tip of the fruit, to be set apart and processed separately.

The biofilm farms are not used in the ring system of Kecantickan, but outside of the colonies found in orbit around Kota. New kbos dragged out from the Kuiper Belt will be lined up so that the longest part of the axis is perpendicular to the elliptical, then given an extremely slight spin. A farm biofilm will be introduced(see above picture), which grows rapidly. In the light of Kota the biofilms grow rapidly, stopping at the point where the bulk of the comet blocks the light. The biofilm at the end, when the shadow reaches it, will die off, and at this point solid waste and water spiked with CO2 will be added from the colonies. Bacteria will turn the biofilm and waste, over the time it takes for sun to reach it again, into rich soil for the next growth cycle. Some of the rich soil eventually produced will transfered to new comets, to start a new biofilm farm.


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Re: [AC]Kota Coalition
« Reply #11 on: January 07, 2010, 06:31:09 pm »
Oh noez! Triple post!
Anatomy


1-Mouth) The Kosong mouth is flexible, spliting into three parts, being able to open up so that the entire mouth-chamber is exposed to the vacuum. At this point the esophagus is closed, leaving the mouth unconnected to the body. It consumes its food whole(In this case we'll assume the food is a Xangfu berry. The Xangfu plant produces fruit that is primarily oxygen, with some spores inside, surrounded by a nutritious membrane.), so as to not "pop" the food, because of the low pressure of space. Once its mouth has closed, carbon dioxide from the air-arteries(not shown), is shot out through angled holes, causing the air to spin rapidly. This lifts up small stones that the Kosong saves in its mouth, which, along with the sudden shift to a higher pressure, processes the food. The air, along with any food small enough to fit, is drained into the stomach. This cycle will repeat multiple times till most of the food is processed, with the Kosong eventually opening its mouth to let any indigestible parts out.

2-Stomach) The gas from the mouth, upon entering the stomach, is immediately pumped through the small intestine(3), and into the waste tank(5). The stomach then fills with gastric acid which breaks down the food.

3-Small intestine) A long tube arranged in a spiral-shape, any processed food from the stomach is drained of its nutrients, which are redistributed throughout the organism.

4-Brain) The Kosong brain is arranged in a torus, encircling the small intestine.

5-Waste Tank) Storage space for solid waste, CO2, and Hydrogen. Surrounded by an exoskeleton similar to the one that surrounds the body of the Kosong, waste products are compressed into the tank by the small intestine and air arteries.

6-Reproductive organ) Found next to the air-tube in each front arm, these control the reproduction of the Kosong. To reproduce, a male and a female will press front-arms together, locking them by intertwining the tentacles found surrounding the central organism. The air-artery connecting the arm to the waste tube will contract just below the reproductive organ, sealing off the waste tank, while the one connecting the reproductive artery to the main one. The male will release fluid containing haploid cells, produced in the reproductive organ, which will travel between the two air-tubes and be received by the female reproductive organ. When two different genders of haploid cells meet, they will join and become a diploid cell, and start multiplying at a furious rate. Once an embryo has become large enough, it will cling to the side of the womb and receive nutrients directly. The smaller embryos will die off, leaving a single one. During pregnancy time, the three reproductive organs will bloat, becoming twice their original size. Embryos grow long and thin, curling into a loose spiral. Once they have grown an exoskeleton, each embryo will uncoil and be pushed out of the airtubes.

7-Front-arms) The three front-arms are long with three manipulator tentacles ate each end. Air tubes extend through the arms which connect to the waste tank, using the mainly air-based waste to provide some thrust, steer, and slow down.

8-Heart) Like the brain, the heart is torus-shaped. It controls movement of air through the air arteries, compressing and releasing to push the different gases and liquids through the organism.

9-Oxygen tank) Stores compressed oxygen pumped into it via heart. Is surrounded by exoskeleton like the waste tank.

10-Back-arms) The three back-arms are similar in structure and function to the front-arms, but are only used to provide thrust and for limited steering.

Not shown:

Air arteries) Arteries that coat the body, pumping gases and small amounts of water and nutrients through the organism.

Skin) Flexible exoskeleton. Most remarkable is the harnessing of light to split water into hydrogen and oxygen, via a modified skin pigment. The gases are pushed into air-arteries, making the skin the major source of oxygen in a natural state.

Flash-shell) Shown in first post, the flash-shell is used in the Kosong to communicate. Divided into four sections(see first post), hydrogen and oxygen combining in different combinations of chambers produce letters, and combinations produce words. Flashes are extremely brief, and would appear as a single "flash" to the human eye.

Various other organs, most analogues to human organs. Many are toroid shaped like heart and brain.

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Re: [AC]Kota Coalition
« Reply #12 on: January 07, 2010, 07:57:25 pm »
Very interesting. I hope you post more soon.
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Re: [AC]Kota Coalition
« Reply #13 on: January 09, 2010, 06:10:55 am »
Wow, these guys are shaping up to be very interesting. 8)

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Re: [AC]Kota Coalition
« Reply #14 on: January 09, 2010, 11:05:28 am »
Finally got a chance to read this all the way through. I love it! The biofilms are particularly intriguing to me.  ;D

Perhaps you could do some history next?