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3rd Creature - The Tortullakeet
« on: July 07, 2006, 10:26:46 pm »
After the low responce that the Syklarbotang received because they were too much like someone elses creature, I have instead decided to use a little guy I really like who is still a ripoff, yet different from everyone elses creatures here. I intend to give these guys a full history, full of love, war, and sheer dumb luck. Thus, I present:

The Tortullakeet




General Stats

Type: Missing Link (Reptil/avian)
Traits: Philosophical/Agricultural
Lifestyle: Social herbivore
Habitat: Grassland planet
Size: 8 ft long, 4 feet high
Weight: 400 lbs
Diet: Grasses, shrubs
Hunt/Forage Success Rate: 95%, theres always grass around
Armor: Tough shell
Defenses: Shell, teeth, tail
Weapons: Teeth, tail
Tools: mouth, front feet
Method of Eating: Gizzard
Lifespan: 1500 standard galatic years
Reproductive Rate: Low
First Age of Puberty: 100
Second Age of Puberty (breeding ability): 200
Adulthood: 300
Gestation: 3 years
Offspring incubation: 5 years
Number of Offspring: 5-7
Offspring Survival Rate (before age of maturity): Before Civilization: 40% After Civilization: 85%

Description

The tortullakeet are heavy beings, their wings being useless traits left over from their avian ancestors, now used soely in elaborate mating rituals. Their shell is equally as useless until the age of 100, where they reach puberty and eventually it hardens. Until that point the young are completely helpless to be preyed upon by the tortulakeet's closest relative, a small flying crocodillian.

They have six lumpy legs, a long tail ending in feathers, and a big mouth for gripping tough foliage. The crest on their forehead can inflate to immense proportions, releasing a ground shaking bellow that is used in attracting a mate and aiding in defence.

Pre-Civilization History

Tortullakeet are dumb. In fact, they are one of the slowest thinking sapient creatures in the galaxy. Because they live for hundreds of years, if the tortulakeet were more intelligent it's likely they'd figure the mysteries of the universe fairly quickly, and after a few generations the species would be bored to tears, with a religion of suicidal tendencies slowly crawling over the savanah. Ironically though, they are deeply philosophical beings, and will spend hundreds of years contimplating aspects of life most creatures figure out in a decade or so. The eldest tortulakeets are revered for their wisdom, which has taken an extremely long time to acheive, and burial ceremonies are elaborate and may last for days to slowly review the accomplishments of the deceased. They are basically herbivorous cavemen, and completely harmless to the galaxy, which will sadly lead to their mistreatment by many species because they're too slow to understand or stop the abuse.

The tortulakeets homeplanet used to be cold and covered in ice, with a thin atmosphere. Evolution here was backwards from earth, with the first creatures being mammals to combat the cold. However, early in the planets history, it's orbit was slightly altered by the gravity of a passing asteroid, which forced it closer to its sun, heating up the planet and melting it's ice caps into great oceans, which evaporated and condensed the atmosphere. This change in tempurature was too quick for the furred beings, and most of them went extinct. The only creatures to survive were small insects and rodentia, as with the extintion of the dinosaurs on earth. These creatures adapted to their new, hotter environment by becomming more like reptiles, amphibians, and tropical birds. The birds excelled and became the dominant predators on the planet. Competition was feirce in the sky, and the grasslands were mostly unoccupied, so one species of birds left the air to settle back down in the grass and utilize the niche and resources. These ground dwelling reptil/avians were the tortulakeet. Why the tortulakeet became the first sapient creatures on the planet is not completely understood, because even in the space faring age they are still quite slow mentally (and physically), but historians beleive it has to do with their impeccable ability to adapt that kept them alive from mammal to bird to reptile.

More on the various races of Tortullakeet, and a review of their early days in sapience, are to come.
« Last Edit: July 10, 2006, 01:20:44 am by TheNecromonicon »



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Re: 3rd Creature - The Tortullakeet
« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2006, 11:16:30 pm »
They look cool, kinda funny.

Nice job with the creature editor!
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Re: 3rd Creature - The Tortullakeet
« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2006, 11:24:28 pm »
I was aiming for a very vacant look in their eyes, like they were mentally handicapped, and their body was too complex for their head to handle  :D

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Re: 3rd Creature - The Tortullakeet
« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2006, 11:28:51 pm »
Its not that complex dude...

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Re: 3rd Creature - The Tortullakeet
« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2006, 11:39:44 pm »
Its not that complex dude...

Maybe not to you, but imagine trying to control 6 legs, wings, your tail, your head fan, and your mouth with an IQ of 65 lol

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Re: 3rd Creature - The Tortullakeet
« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2006, 11:43:19 pm »
Glad to see that the creature editor 2.0 is getting some use in the creature creation threads. Yay!!

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Re: 3rd Creature - The Tortullakeet
« Reply #6 on: July 08, 2006, 01:11:46 am »
Glad to see that the creature editor 2.0 is getting some use in the creature creation threads. Yay!!

Some? Behold: The various races of Tortullakeet. As the Tortullakeet faired so well, their populations grew (slowly) and they (slowly) required to explore new territory. Below is a list, historically, of the evolution of the (modern) tortullakeet and how it branched.

The Savanha Tortullakeet


A long long time ago, the ancestors of the Tortullakeet fell to the ground and began to rummage through the grass, eating plants and small animals. Over time they evolved into the form they hold today, perfect for surviving in the savanah sun and tall grass. Eventually however, they were required to expand, and various tortullakeet ventured (slowly) to all corners of the planet, evolving to suit new ecosystems. Because the tortullakeet aren't a very bright race and never were, they evolved over millions of years, and time passed without them noticing the changes.

The Arborial Tortullakeet


To the north of the savanha lay the arborial forests, where the next Tortullakeet ventured. To better survive in their surroundings they started to lose the vibrant coloring of their savanha cousins, and by the time of industrial civilization they looked like that.

The Jungle Tortullakeet


Around the same time as the northern movment, another group headed south, towards the jungles. They evolved brighter colors, and acctually gained more agility to manuver through the thick foliage. They are the most attractive of all the tortullakeet and known for their promoniscuity.

The Tundra Tortullakeet


Above the arborial forest lay the ice plains where reminants of ancient glaciers still remain. The tortullakeet here have evolved very bizzarely, in that instead of their skin absorbing heat like reptiles do, they are the closest to mammals as any tortullakeet can get, and have warm blood and fat deposits. They feed off the mosses and small shrubs that grow, and have the shortest lifespans of any tortulla race. They are incapable of mating with the other species except the arborials, and will likely go extinct in another million years, leaving only halflings.

The Marine Tortullakeet


Back down to the south the jungle was full of rivers which lead out to a sea full of life and food. A niche that needed to be filled, the dumpy tortullakeet began to swim, and became more streamlined, with flippers. The marine tortullakeet are concidered fairly ugly by the other tortulla groups, and rarely breed with the others races.

The Desert Tortullakeet


This group, while it seems like it would have evolved sooner, is acctually the latest addiction to the species. To the west of the savanha lay the "Big Rocks" mountain range, and beyond that, an arid desert. It took quite awhile before the tortullakeet grew the courage to traverse the mountains, and discover their trek was worthless: there was nothing on the other side. However, these settlers were able to find caves to live in, plants and small animals to eat, and adapted dark colors and a quicker step to avoid the desert heat. They are currently the only omnivorous tortullakeet.
« Last Edit: July 12, 2006, 01:18:46 pm by TheNecromonicon »

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Re: 3rd Creature - The Tortullakeet
« Reply #7 on: July 08, 2006, 01:14:02 am »
"The Tundra Tortullakeet"

You have a salt flats background you know....

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Re: 3rd Creature - The Tortullakeet
« Reply #8 on: July 08, 2006, 01:22:38 am »
"The Tundra Tortullakeet"

You have a salt flats background you know....

Looks enough like snow for my purposes  :P I can't use the other arctic ones, they're too rocky and icey. I just need snow.

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Re: 3rd Creature - The Tortullakeet
« Reply #9 on: July 08, 2006, 01:24:43 am »
"The Tundra Tortullakeet"

You have a salt flats background you know....

Looks enough like snow for my purposes  :P I can't use the other arctic ones, they're too rocky and icey. I just need snow.

Well one is glacier and the other is mountains. I did not put a tundra one...or a scrubland.... also the swamp was made but missing .. anywho, just letting ya know what the photograph really is of.... SALT :D

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Re: 3rd Creature - The Tortullakeet
« Reply #10 on: July 08, 2006, 01:29:13 am »
Thanks to the ease of the creature editor, I fixed the background to be more accurate than salt, you may go look now.

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Re: 3rd Creature - The Tortullakeet
« Reply #11 on: July 08, 2006, 01:31:06 am »
Thanks to the ease of the creature editor, I fixed the background to be more accurate than salt, you may go look now.

Cool! (both meanings)

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Re: 3rd Creature - The Tortullakeet
« Reply #12 on: July 08, 2006, 03:12:54 pm »
These are some of the creatures the Tortullakeet share their planet with.


The Crocollafinch


These small reptil/avians prey on many other little creatures, including baby Tortullakeet, by continuously attacking and ripping off their soft shells, then carrying them into the sky and dropping them to their death, to feast on them like scavengers. They are ill tempered and attack in groups, and various species will live in the same area, competeting for food.

The Slitharrot


The slitharrot is an egg eater, and it will climb trees to feed on the eggs of the crocollafinch, as well as crawl around the ground into Tortullakeet, salamallard, and frogstritch nests. They aren't venomous, but have a nasty, shearing bite from their beaks, and use their rattling tail as a warning to stay away.

The Salamallard


The salamallard is an omnivore, prefering to live in the water like crocodiles, however they will come on land to attack their prey, and even lay in wait in the grass to ambush. They swim around eating water plants and fish, but prefer red meat, and will lie in wait for other creatures to come for a drink before they strike. They are venomous and one quick bite will kill a frogstritch in a few minutes. The Tortullakeet are equally as vulnerable to attack, but have been granted by nature an immunity to the venom because they are already preyed upon enough by the crocollafinch and slitharrot. Of course, a bad enough bite will still cause death with too much bloodloss.

The Frogstritch


In contrast to the Tortullakeets slow reflexes, the frogstritch is a speed demon. They can hop very fast, around 60 miles an hour in quick bursts, and the only predator fast enough to catch one (most of the time) is the salamallard. They can glide for long distances at a low altitude using their wings, but always need to land eventually and recover, the perfect time for a salamallard to attack, and get in a venomous bite.

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Re: 3rd Creature - The Tortullakeet
« Reply #13 on: July 08, 2006, 08:38:46 pm »
(Sorry for the double post, but because the topic of history is different from the topic ofcreatures it shares the planet with, I feel it's justifyed.)

Primitive History

As mountains shifted and oceans filled and dried up, the Tortullakeet evolved, separated, formed collectives and new races. They also (slowly) grew more intelligent, spending centuries thinking about the world around them, and how to cope with the changes they saw. Sitting in their caves, burrows, and tree trucks, all they needed was something to spark an evolutionary leap.

The leap came in the form of glass.

As it rained outside their holes, the Tortullakeet hid from the lightning and thunder, knowing nothing about it except it scared them. As the bolts of electricity struck the sandy savanha, pockets of glass were formed, and shards flew through the air in strange shapes. By sheer chance, a peice of hot glass was thrown into a Tortullakeet burrow, and planted itself atop the egg clutch, cooling into a semi-barrier around the eggs. The mother Tortullakeet was very scared, and carefully approched her nest to inspect the eggs. As she reached to them, her foot was stopped by the glass, and she trumpeted loudly, nearly bringing the burrow down. Again she tried to get to her eggs, but still to no avail. She ran (slowly) out into the storm and bellowed again and again, crying, begging for help. But the primitive Tortullakeet were all too scared by the storm, and even more worried now that one of their own was in need. Iit was not until the storm let up that they walked over to see what was going on. The mother Tortullakeets mate, who had been hiding in another burrow, came to answer the calls. He carefully went inside their burrow, and went to tap on the eggs, but he too was blocked by the glass. Infuriated, he stomped around the burrow.

Now, all this crying and noise attracted the attention of the other animals on the savanha, sending the Crocollafinches into swarming frenzies, and guiding a slitharrot to the commotion. As the herd of Tortullakeet wandered around confused, the slitharrot found its way into the burrow, and came across the angry male Tortullakeet. The standoff was tense, with the slitharrot ready to bite and the Tortullakeet fearing for its eggs. The slitharrot moved over to the eggs, and tried to eat one, but it crashed into the peice of glass covering the nest. It tired again and again, then gave up and retreated out of the burrow. The male tortulla was very confused. He one again approched his nest, and with one giant angry kick finally disloged the peice of glass. After making sure the eggs were alright, he slowly approched the glass, sniffed it, kicked it, and then carried it out to the rest of the Tortullakeet herd.

As the ages continued, the Tortullakeet learnt to use the random peices of glass they found to protect their eggs, and create areas for the young to be safe. Only when they found they were short on glass did they begin to concider how it was made, and how they could produce enough to satisfy the need. This lead to the creation of primitive batteries, used to channel electricity through the ground to create glass, a dangerous yet worthwhile proceedure. It was only when one of these batteries blew up that fire was discovered, and the combination of fire and electricity was used to create enough glass to fuel the evolution of the Tortullakeet from slow-minded and  primitive tribal creatures, into a slow-minded early civilization.


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Re: 3rd Creature - The Tortullakeet
« Reply #14 on: July 09, 2006, 12:24:08 am »
(Here comes a triple post... ug)

Here is a breif visual history of the evolution of the Tortullakeet, spanning approximately 1.5 billion years.