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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.
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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.






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Re: 3rd Creature - The Tortullakeet
« Reply #15 on: July 09, 2006, 12:26:52 am »
wow! Your are going nuts with the creature editor 2.0!!  :o :o

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Re: 3rd Creature - The Tortullakeet
« Reply #16 on: July 09, 2006, 12:30:14 am »
Since I can't draw worth poo, I might as well use what I do seem to have talent for: the Creature Editor.
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Re: 3rd Creature - The Tortullakeet
« Reply #17 on: July 09, 2006, 04:17:26 pm »
A race that discovered electricity before fire! that's ingenious!  Keep up the goodwork, and thanks for acknowledging the Zrahi.

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Re: 3rd Creature - The Tortullakeet
« Reply #18 on: July 09, 2006, 04:42:45 pm »
Acctually I'm intending a lot of their technology to be discovered backwards, simply by dumb luck.

The Silicon Age

As the Tortullakeet experimented with glass and sand, they began to build domed glass huts. These provided and extreme benefit to the dense tortullakeet: they could still see the world outside, without having to worry about the hazards. They were protected from the rain, the lightning, and predators. As the various sects began to form small towns of glass huts, those who invented more ways to use the electricity and glass were given more power and prestige. As with any small child, the slow-minded Tortullakeet began to become greedy and pompous from always hearing how brilliant they were from the others around them. Thus began an age of fuedal warlords, with various king inventors sending their townfolk to steal more glass and the newly created "silicon" from other towns and inventors. Eventually this (slowly) broke out into full scale wars... of course they went very slowly and lasted hundreds of years. As the towns expanded and grew, so did the knowledge of glass, silicon, electricity. This lead to the creation of many weapons, based around electricity. Glass swords and arrows were used, which would splinter as they impaled foes. Many of these were charged with electrical wiring, and shocked before they killed. The fighting became brutal, and for thousands of years the sole goal of the Tortullakeet was to invent, steal, and kill. With new discoveries in metal, the first computer was created while the Tortullakeet were still in our version of the early middle ages, with castles, kings, chivalry, and lightbulbs.

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It took a while, but the Tortullakeet eventually figured out how to walk upright. They are and will always be very clumsy though, and prefer to walk on all sixes, standing upright only to use equipment and weapons, grab items, or move objects more effectively.
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Re: 3rd Creature - The Tortullakeet
« Reply #19 on: July 09, 2006, 04:54:27 pm »
With new discoveries in metal, the first computer was created while the Tortullakeet were still in our version of the early middle ages, with castles, kings, chivalry, and lightbulbs.

lol! thats so awesome.  Imagine Knight's holding flashlights instead of torches or a king who's dinner table could calculate all the taxes the people owed him. mmmmmm backwards advancements.

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Re: 3rd Creature - The Tortullakeet
« Reply #20 on: July 09, 2006, 10:52:59 pm »
The Stone Age

As the wars progressed, the Tortullakeet realized that their glass technology was... well, breakable. They needed something that was far stronger, and abundant, to reinforce their glass castles. The metals they found and forged were too scarce to be of use... the only alternative was use rocks. A great revolution took place, as the Savanha kingdoms began taking slaves of the still primitive jungle and forest races. The jungle race, being beautiful, were used in vast harlems to the inventor kings and their progeny, and as other in-town slaves. The forest race, however, was treated much worse, and were forced into hard labor, creating buildings which were a marvel of rock blocks and glass. Many wealthy royality sent workers to the mountains to mine stone blocks for building, and with the discovery of the desert, oasises, and the sand-tortullakeet who lived there, empires began to spead into the desert, and giant stone monuments and tombs were built to honor the kings and "pharaohs." It became very much like ancient egypt.

The Nuclear Age

Eventually the desert was conquered, and the mountain range was being stripped away. With all the sand in the desert, glass and silicon were put into high production, and computers really began to spread. Instead of being used to log data, they started being programmed to do complex math, and with the discorvery of heavier metals, led to the invention of the nuclear bomb. Soon, kingdoms were set in stalemates, armed with nuclear weapons that blew entire cities and pyramids off the map. Eventually, treities were signed, separating the kingdoms more equally among rulers. Several dictators arose in the kingdoms where the people felt oppressed by the treities and had lost land. One dictator, Reltih Hploda, of the kingdom of Ynamreg, caused a giant war which destroyed much of the kingdoms of Niatirb and Ecnarf. Ynamreg was obliterated from the desert by a massive nuclear attack, and any survivors were put into concentration camps and treated much like Jews were here.
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Re: 3rd Creature - The Tortullakeet
« Reply #21 on: July 11, 2006, 03:51:01 pm »
The Wild Wild West

As territories expanded, contact was eventually made with the Marine Tortullakeet. They had done well, and thrived with a government system similar to fuedal Japan. They were concidered ugly by the other Tortullakeet, but had advanced technology, including seaweed paper, gunpowder, and alcohol. With the production of electric trains (steam power was never invented or needed because of electricty), trade between the Savanha and Marine tribes was very good. Inside each of the kingdoms small shanty towns appeared, and with gun powder came cannons and guns, with electrified glass projectiles. Bars and whore houses were common, as were gun fights and train robberies. Of course, the wars continued, and eventually only a few large countries remained in the savanha, forest, desert, and jungle regions. The Marine Tortullakeet prospered greatly from selling to all sides, and the southern coast quickly became an industrial and technological hotspot, just as japan is today.
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Re: 3rd Creature - The Tortullakeet
« Reply #22 on: July 11, 2006, 03:55:03 pm »
Nice work, the Tortuls should be high hitters (had to make up a nick name at some time)

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Re: 3rd Creature - The Tortullakeet
« Reply #23 on: July 11, 2006, 10:13:57 pm »
Recap:
Primitive History
Silicon Age
Stone Age
Nuclear Age
Wild West

The Azilethebian Industrial Charge & The Dumb-Founded Movement

As the Marine culture and technology influenced the savanha, a revolution in fashion, etiquette, and industry began. The notable Queen Aziletheb took a fancy to marine trends, and all the royals started wearing outlandish outfits (which obviously would have been hideous and histerical to look at from an outsiders point of view). But the Tortullakeet were too stuck-up and stupid to realize how bad they acctually looked, and in fact the entire time period was named after Azile. Meanwhile, production boomed, and various new inventions appeared every day. As technology advanced, the Tortullakeet knowledge of how it all worked didn't. From their first domed huts and computers, to cars and aeroplanes, the Tortullakeet never really learnt anything. They meerly found new uses for old items, and would randomly stumble across new things. Without even bothing to understand where it came from or what it was, many new substances were used in whatever way seemed appropriate. Houses were still built using glass and stone (and are to this day), and the Tortullakeet were still slow and lucky.

The Nano-Modern Age

By the time of the discovery of nanotechnology, the Tortullakeet were extremely lazy, and had robots and VR to help them stay that way. The internet had been around forever, and was seldom cared about anymore. The Tortullakeet watched excessive amounts of TV, and became fat lazy dumb slobs. No one cared about anything, all morals and values had been lost, and the society was crumbling away. Something needed to be done.

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Re: 3rd Creature - The Tortullakeet
« Reply #24 on: July 12, 2006, 12:55:55 am »
This. Kicks. Ass.
I can't think of how else to put it. Really I can't. A race of sloth-like creatures, that have a lifespan close to Ryndalian average. Of course that average is rising faster than actual time so.... I don't know if Ryndalians will ever die of age.
But really, continue!

What will you do?