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What is Euk's Goal? Top 2 Goals Win

Improve Feeding
1 (9.1%)
Improve Movement
0 (0%)
Improve Reproduction
1 (9.1%)
Improve Senses
0 (0%)
Improve Socialness
3 (27.3%)
Migrate to Shore
5 (45.5%)
Evolve Defenses
1 (9.1%)

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Author Topic: Eukaryota (Gen 10) - The Game of Directed Evolution  (Read 12044 times)

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Re: Eukaryota (Gen 6) - The Game of Directed Evolution
« Reply #30 on: January 29, 2013, 12:07:12 am »
Generation 6


A great many Euks died under the heavy pressure of the star's radiation, but an unusual gene carried by a few Euks made their slime coating particularly resistant to the bombardment coming from the planet's star. These Euk went on to thrive, as other multicellular life died off or were forced to migrate deeper into the ocean, leaving the surface, with all its abundant Red Algae and the resiliently simple Water Tornadoes that fed on it. But despite their slime coating, Euk was often still greatly affected by the radiation, resulting in a great loss of life, but great leaps forward in the survivors. These survivors grew to have bodies with lengths of millimeters, as opposed to often being smaller than a tenth of a millimeters, mainly because they had no predators and an incredibly plentiful food supply that was and still is too stupid to avoid their trapping tendrils.

Eventually, their body structure shifted as distinctive tissues developed, being muscular, fatty, nervous, and epithelial tissues. With dedicated, though simplistic and weak, muscle tissue, Euk found it could constrict and move its body to push itself through the water, as well as sucking water in and expelling it to move slightly faster forward. Another big development for Euk is sexual reproduction, a trait which appeared among the population in response to the radiation, resulting in an increased radiation resistance. However, the most peculiar element of this reproduction is how it's done, a fact related to a discovery made by Euk. Euk sexually reproduces by growing a massive amount of light spores within a cavity that has grown on its front, spores that are either male or female. Once grown, this mass of spores is expelled outward into the air. There they combine with other spores released at the same time by other Euks, fall back into water, germinate, and become young Euks that feed on the Red Algae until they grow large enough to eat Water Tornadoes. This method of reproduction has actually been quiet successful, especially at widening their habitat, which is now a large portion of the tropical/temperate ocean surface.

How this airborne spore reproduction is tied to how Euk made an enormous discovery: atmospheric oxygen is a hell of a lot easier to absorb in large amounts than dissolved, aquatic oxygen, and Euk is able to get at this easy source of oxygen because its slime coating keeps it moist above the ocean surface. This enormous oxygen availability has given Euk the ability to derive essentially all of its energy from air, as well as to help facilitate the development of a simple central nervous system that takes in input from Euk's limited senses to ensure Euk remains at or near the surface, including basic light senses that have also developed.

But the good times aren't going to last much longer, because the star is slowly lowering the amount of radiation it puts out. Whatever has developed in the depths will likely come looking for food, and ideally Euk is going to be prepared...

Euk's Stats:
  • Diet: Water Tornadoes
  • Predators: None
  • Reproduction: Sexual, Male/Female Airborne Spores
  • Habitat: Depths of 0m-10m
  • Population: 10/10
  • Life Expectancy: 30 Days
  • Size: 1mm (Head size)
  • Speed: 1/5 (Fat, Lazy, and Very Slow Moving Trapper)
  • Intelligence: 1/5
  • Senses
    • Simple Kinesthetic Senses [2/5] - (Can identify direction of contact and size of contact.)
    • Basic Optic Senses[1/5] - (Can perceive a tiny number of shades in order to orient body towards surface.)
    • Basic Chemical Senses [1/5] - (Can detect foreign species in vicinity and hostile environments.)
  • Abilities/Traits
    • Tendril Trapping
    • Oxygen Respiration through Diffusion
    • Sticky, Radiation-Resistant Slime Coating
    • Cellulose Digestion
« Last Edit: January 29, 2013, 12:12:19 am by Raz »

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Re: Eukaryota (Gen 6) - The Game of Directed Evolution
« Reply #31 on: January 29, 2013, 12:29:25 am »
Improve trapping, we must be able to capture the new arrivals just as we did their ancestors.
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Re: Eukaryota (Gen 6) - The Game of Directed Evolution
« Reply #32 on: January 29, 2013, 10:39:06 am »
Improve reproductions.

Stop being a parthenogenic basement dweller and start gettin' some.
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Re: Eukaryota (Gen 6) - The Game of Directed Evolution
« Reply #33 on: January 29, 2013, 01:14:43 pm »
If someone moved their vote from movement to defenses, it would be an eight-way tie. :P

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Re: Eukaryota (Gen 6) - The Game of Directed Evolution
« Reply #34 on: January 29, 2013, 05:00:27 pm »
Where's my deepsea action?  >:(
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Re: Eukaryota (Gen 6) - The Game of Directed Evolution
« Reply #35 on: January 29, 2013, 06:24:38 pm »
There isn't any deepsea action because there would be far too many problems attaining sapience.  :P

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Re: Eukaryota (Gen 6) - The Game of Directed Evolution
« Reply #36 on: January 29, 2013, 10:45:56 pm »
Catching food as it drifts by us is fine, but active hunting will give us more control and exercise those senses and nervous system.

Also in the long term I vote for keeping Euk as aquatic or amphibious as possible.
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Re: Eukaryota (Gen 6) - The Game of Directed Evolution
« Reply #37 on: January 29, 2013, 11:29:32 pm »
Yeah, I want underwater cities eventually.

I also want to see how we deal with alternatives to things like fire underwater.

Votin' senses this round, though.

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Re: Eukaryota (Gen 6) - The Game of Directed Evolution
« Reply #38 on: January 29, 2013, 11:35:47 pm »
The evolution game gods have summoned me.

Nice game.  ;D

Can't wait to see how this plays out.

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Re: Eukaryota (Gen 6) - The Game of Directed Evolution
« Reply #39 on: January 29, 2013, 11:51:52 pm »
That's the problem. There is no replacement for fire underwater. In fact, there aren't a lot of replacements for a lot of things. Trying to devise replacements or alternatives will end up bogging me down and I'll stop wanting to think about it or draw it, simply because it's such a radically different way of living and therefore a massive pain in the ass.  :P

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Re: Eukaryota (Gen 6) - The Game of Directed Evolution
« Reply #40 on: January 30, 2013, 12:04:36 am »
Well there are a couple ways to do fire for aquatic species. Have it floating on the surface of the water. Note that you may be able to dry thing out if left exposed to the air but the better option is to have some oil based fuel. Likewise you may want to have either bioelectric (like eels) ignition sources or chemical ones (like bombard beetles).

You may also want to avoid or at least put less emphasis on fire and focus on selective breeding of aquatic species. Such as in the Flintstones how they have animals for every type of appliance you might want to breed fauna and flora to become your tools and objects.

Rather than forging your weapons you may want some sort of flora or fauna to "grow" your weapon. Or using chemicals to "cook" things such as chemical heating or very acidic to dissolve away stuff.

Also you may want to take advantage of underwater volcanoes and vents where the water could boil things.

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Re: Eukaryota (Gen 6) - The Game of Directed Evolution
« Reply #41 on: January 30, 2013, 02:40:59 am »
Point is, it's too much trouble.

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Re: Eukaryota (Gen 6) - The Game of Directed Evolution
« Reply #42 on: January 30, 2013, 07:23:13 am »
I understand and respect Raz's decision to not make an underwater species. Raz should do what he likes to do most, otherwise this game will be incredibly short.
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Re: Eukaryota (Gen 6) - The Game of Directed Evolution
« Reply #43 on: January 30, 2013, 09:51:18 am »
No, Raz owes us.

Sam is basically right, he's just cranky.

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Re: Eukaryota (Gen 6) - The Game of Directed Evolution
« Reply #44 on: January 30, 2013, 10:56:24 am »
Shut up Flisch, you clearly have no idea what you're talking about. :U

Raz, you should put a size key in the corner of your pictures to show, for example, that this generation is only a couple millimeters across.
« Last Edit: January 30, 2013, 10:59:00 am by Brandonazz »