Competition - Petrixic

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Natural_20
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Re: Competition - Petrixic

Post by Natural_20 » Thu Jan 18, 2018 1:35 pm

Alpha wrote:
Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:03 pm
Natural_20 wrote:
Tue Jan 16, 2018 10:25 pm
Alpha wrote:
Tue Jan 16, 2018 8:27 pm




I strongly reccomend that one of you changes your vote, as these two forms of locomotion require entirely different body plans and aren't really compatible. If I may, evolving some sort of fins in order to more efficiently swim as well as stabilise the body would benefit either of the two votes you have suggested.
But what if they roll max on both :P?
Thats the thing, I just don't know how I could incorporate both designs into one. If someone can offer a valid example/explanation as to why its plausible then I'm all ears, but otherwise they can't do it.
Put the jets near the "head", but vented towards the posterior? That's the only body part that stays pointed in the same direction as an eel swims. Watch: https://youtu.be/i32_wVVgPB0

The resulting animal would probably look less like an eel and more like a giant, armored sperm, but that's the price you pay for compromises.
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Re: Competition - Petrixic

Post by GabrielGG » Thu Jan 18, 2018 2:58 pm

Natural_20 wrote:
Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:05 pm
GabrielGG wrote:
Wed Jan 17, 2018 1:00 pm
Alpha wrote:
Wed Jan 17, 2018 12:08 am


Neither of you are on the same team (and you never have been).
I'm confused D:
You're on Team Prometheus with Tiberius and myself. I'm trying to fix our non-adaptive immune system so that the viruses won't just evolve around our defenses and annihilate us. We also need a proper stomach, as cytophagy just isn't cutting it for something this big and active.
So I will support your vote for the immune system
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Re: Competition - Petrixic

Post by Tiberius » Thu Jan 18, 2018 8:27 pm

Vote: Stomach

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Re: Competition - Petrixic

Post by Alpha » Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:55 pm

Votes are locked.
My Major Competitions:
Droetis
Charbiss
Petrixic

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Re: Competition - Petrixic

Post by Sassy Cassie » Fri Jan 19, 2018 1:24 am

I dunno how the hell I misread that, sorry Gabriel... Either way, I wasnt gonna change the vote. :P
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Re: Competition - Petrixic

Post by Alpha » Mon Jan 22, 2018 5:59 am

TURN 5
Years passed since evolution of Eukaryotic life: 1.55 billion (50 million since last turn)

WORLD:
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PLANET DESCRIPTION: In a solar system similar to our own, there is a small planet approximately 80% the size of Earth, known as Petrixic. Aside from this it is practically identical in terms of composition, and is located within the goldilocks zone. It has a 20 hour day/night cycle, and takes approximately 400 of its days to orbit its sun. It has one tidally locked moon which is the same proportion as Earth's moon in terms of its size relative to Petrixic. It is highly tectonically active and has a thick ozone layer, allowing the land to be colonized by tiny plants (however no land animals have yet appeared).
This planet has evolved structured multicellular organisms, and is currently at the begining of their own Cambrian explosion, characterised by the rapid diversification of animals to fill new evolutionary niches. However, no animals have arrived on land yet.

PLANT LIFE: Most plants have developed specialised sections of roots that store energy and water in periods of excess (e.g when it rains) and form structures similar to potatoes or yams, for periods of drought or low amounts of sunlight. This has allowed these plants to spread across most habitats that now exist on land, however their reproduction is still confined to periods of heavy rain due to their spores being very moisture dependent. This new group of plants has also developed fibrous, wood-like stems, allowing them to grow to much greater heights than before, often reaching a metre or more in height. By our standards, this isn't much, however it is enormous compared to the few centimetres plants could reach before this adaptation.

EVENT: Event incoming on Turn 8, geological in nature

VOTING RULES
1 - 20 is the reverse of what was intended.
21 - 40 is no change.
41 - 60 is slight change towards what was intended.
61 - 80 is evolving the desired trait.
81 - 100 is becoming specialised and extremely good at whatever is being evovled.

Vote trading is allowed, however it will be modified by 0.75, making it more "risky" to do this than to vote normally. You can have one vote trade per other team, and cannot support vote trades.
Once gene transfer adaptions are evolved, you also unlock one extra vote, however this also cannot be supported (however it is unmodified).

Votes have to be mostly realistic or at least plausible. You must be able to provide a valid reason as to why something should be evolved if asked.
They also have to follow a linear progression, aka you can't just vote for "wings" as its too far of an evolutionary step, rather youd have to vote for climbing of trees/other structures, then methods of gliding, and then finally powered flight.
Also votes have to be specific and not vague, for example you cant just vote for "a better heart", you have to explain exactly what it is you want to be changed.

Each team will have a conservation status given to them each turn. This will reflect the success of each organism.
Extinct (EX) – No known individuals remaining.
Critically endangered (CR) – Extremely high risk of extinction in the near future.
Endangered (EN) – High risk of extinction.
Vulnerable (VU) – Bad risk of endangerment in the future.
Near threatened (NT) – Likely to become endangered in the near future.
Least concern (LC) – Lowest risk. Does not qualify for a higher risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.
Species can only move up or down 1 level each turn, or 3 after a bad event. Species can go extinct if they are located in both the Critically Endangered or Endangered categories, in which the team will revert to another species similar in ancestry to their current species, but much more heavily adapted to whatever killed the original. Other changes may also occur to make this a last-resort tactic (aka the species you inherit will be much different than your other one, so you don't just get a free adaption).
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SPECIES FOR TEAM “FRIENDO”
(Members = joshthehawk, smexyfish45, Sassy Cassie)
Team Votes:
  • joshthehawk: Develop Herbivorous Cytophagy: base 10 = 10 (reverse of trait evolved)
  • smexyfish45: Develop Fins: base 98 = 98 (trait is fully evolved and specialised in)
  • Sassy Cassie: Develop Muscles that allow Eel-like Locomotion: base 78 = 78 (trait moderately evolved)
Vote Exchanges: No vote exchange :(
Sex Vote: These poor little buggers are asexual

Segmented Calciform (Celfigura Loricatorum)
This organism has become the first major multicellular carnivore/scavenger, having rapidly evolved within the past 50 million years efficient methods of locomotion as well as evolving the ability to consume non-photosynthetic cells. A distant anscestor of this organism first evolved segmentation in order to allow it to grow to much greater lengths, as previously it was constricted in it's width and height (and still is), which prevented it from growing to larger sizes due to its inability to absorb oxygen that could penetrate to its core. Soon after, small muscles evolved that could be triggered through an extremely basic nervous system that allowed the organism to move in a similar fashion to an eel, mostly as a reaction to potential threats. This method of movement was quickly augmented through the evolution of fins, with the large caudal (rear) fin evolving first to help generate thrust and two pectoral fins evolving later in order to control the direction of movement. The bone fin evolved later as a method of stabilising the swimming pattern of the organism.
Largely due to its new method of movement, the originally chemotrophic cells that were located on exposed patches of skin began to change into phagocytic cells that could consume other cells, providing a more energy intensive but riskier method of obtaining nutrients and energy than previously. However, due to a genetic quirk the Segmented Calciform finds chlorophyll (the main component associated with photosynthesis) highly toxic, only allowing it to consume non-photosynthetic organisms such as animals and bacteria. Due to the large amount of poisonous animals that currently exist within Petrixic, this organism is mostly a scavenger, feeding off the "safe" cells that make up dead animals, the poison of which has long-since degraded.
While this organism has developed a great method of transportation, its restrictive diet as well as its lack of a proper digestive, circulatory or respiratory system means it has a very low energy production, forcing it to use its caudal fin very intermittently. It can often die as it simply cannot keep up with its metabolic requirements. This has caused this organism to drop a level in terms of its conservation status.

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A small eel-shaped segmented organism, approximately 5 cm in length. This organism has an extensive and porous bone-like armour that engulfs the majority of its body. The only exposed "skin" is used as areas for the organism to feed or to sense it's environment. 8 eye spots made up of occeloid-rich cells located on the front and rear (4 on front, 4 on rear) of the organism are used as primitive eyes that can sense light and movement. This organism has 5 true fins, 4 being pectoral fins located on the second and third segments of the body, with the last being a large caudal fin located on the rear. It also has a sixth "false" fin comprised solely of bone located on the head, that provides extra stability while swimming.
Notable Features:
  • Reproduces asexually
  • Has a CRISPR-like immune system that gives them hereditary immunity
  • Eye patches are filled with a poisonous substance that is lethal in moderate doses
  • Body moves laterally in a side to side fashion similar to an eel in order to swim
  • Brainless basic nervous system used to control muscles/fins and move the organism
Diet:
Carnivorous Cytophage: Specialised patches of cells engulf other non-photosynthesising organisms (mostly animals and bacteria) in order to then digest them and obtain nutrients and energy
Habitat:
The depths to the shallows of the mineral-rich oceans of Petrixic.
Conservation Status:
VU

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SPECIES FOR TEAM “PROMETHEUS”
(Members = Natural_20, GabrielGG, Tiberius)
Team Votes:
  • Natural_20: Adaptive Immune System: base 62 x 1.5 = 93 (trait is fully evolved and specialised in)
  • GabrielGG: Support Natural_20 (+ 50% modifier)
  • Tiberius: Develop a Stomach: base 68 = 68 (trait moderately evolved)
Vote Exchanges: No vote exchange :(
Sex Vote: These poor little buggers are asexual

Bicubicite (Novaventris Bulltantus)
The Bicubicite has not changed much externally, aside from the loss of feeding stripes on its skin. This is due to the evolution of a new revolutionary organ: the stomach. Originally forming through a genetic mutation that produced a second swimbladder, this new organ was quickly repurposed to digest food, transferring the external phagocytic cells to its new internal chamber. It also developed a highly acidic stomach fluid that is capable of breaking down most organic matter. This new organ comes with signifcant advantages, as it allows the organism the ability to efficiently consume/digest food while searching for more food, instead of being forced to do one or the other as it did when it fed externally (as the organism had to constantly be in contact with food, forcing it be stationary in order to eat). It also allowed the organism to become slightly better when it comes to movement, as the majority of the skin cells that lack occelloids now have flagella stemming from them (however this benefit is fairly miniscule). It also evolved an "oral complex", similar to the original oral sphincter however now also allowing the control of a valve that allows it to "switch" between expelling/intaking food or air. The stomach that this organism has evolved, while a significant improvement, is nowhere near perfect, as the organism has to expel the contents of its stomach once it has finished digesting them, as it has no anus. This limits the regularity of its feeding schedule, as it can only eat more food once the previous "batch" has been expelled.
Another major, while invisible (at least to the naked eye) adaptation that this organism has evolved is an adaptive immune system similar to an Earth vertebrates, in which it produces specialised antibody-producing cells that can combat practically any bacterial or viral threat (given enough time). As such this organism has dominated in the ocean, especially when combined with its lack of true predators.

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A small cucumber-shaped organism, approximately 3 cm in length. Eye dots made up of patches of occeloid-rich areas of skin allow the organism a primitive method of sensing light and movement. Flagella-rich cells on the back and sides of the organism are used to propel itself, however fairly slowly. An oral sphincter allows the organism the ability to modify its buoyancy through expelling or intaking air, as well as to consume and expel contents from the stomach.
Notable Features:
  • Reproduces asexually
  • Constantly secretes a sticky alkaline bleach-like fluid that remains on the skin and is toxic to predators, bacteria and viruses. A less sticky version can also be rapidly dispersed through the surrounding water when under threat that is also highly toxic to other organisms
  • Phagocytes patrol the skin of this organism and defend it against external immune-related threats. It also able to produce adaptive antibodies similar to a vertebrates immune system that gives it a very high survival rate of when invaded by foreign organisms
  • A primitive swimbladder is located within them that allows them to adjust their buoyancy when swimming. This swimbladder also allows the organism a very early form of lung, as air can now be absorbed both internally and externally
  • A stomach is located within them that allows efficient digestion of food
Diet:
Herbivorous Cytophage: Specialised patches of cells engulf other organisms (mostly algae/plants) in order to then digest them and obtain nutrients and energy
Habitat:
The shallows and surface of the mineral-rich oceans of Petrixic.
Conservation Status:
LC

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SPECIES FOR TEAM “WHATEVERTHEFUCK”
(Members = Alexcat989, leestriter, Burger Cat)
Team Votes:
  • Alexcat989: Support Burger Cat (+ 50% modifier)
  • leestriter: Support Burger Cat (+ 50% modifier)
  • Burger Cat: Develop Multicellular Flatworm-like Shape: base 55 x 2 = 110, capped to 100 (trait is fully evolved and specialised in)
Vote Exchanges: No vote exchange :(
Sex Vote: These poor little buggers are asexual

Spotted Cyaprone (Harenaeus Planae)
This organism has formed multicellular flatworm-shaped patches that grow on the sediment of the ocean. This has allowed it greater safety in terms of nutrient and energy, as the cells can provide for other cells in times of need. However despite this significant adaptation, this organism still remains very primitive compared to other multiceullar organisms that exist within the oceans at this time, and lacks any true senses or complicated structures/organs.

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A small flatworm-shaped organism, approximately 0.5 cm in length.
Notable Features:
  • Reproduces asexually
  • Stores a potent cyanide-based poison inside it's cytoplasm
  • Steals the proteins from other cells in order to hide from them
  • Their external cells are coated in hollow spines that kill other cells that are pierced by them.
  • Able to produce adaptive antibodies similar to a vertebrates immune system that gives it a very high survival rate of when invaded by foreign organisms
Diet:
Chemotroph: Absorbs various mineral from the surrounding water to provide energy and grow.
Habitat:
The rocky substrate and currents of the mineral-rich oceans of Petrixic.
Conservation Status:
VU

Note: All of you have now become multicellular, congratulations! If I may, some adaptations that would greatly benefit you and allow you to grow larger include: develop of circulatory, respiratory and digestive systems to allow greater intake/production of energy (and therefore allow you to grow larger). Others include muscles and complex nervous systems/evolution of some form of brain(s), as well as the development of better methods of swimming and the improvement/gaining of new senses. However these are only suggestions and in the end you may vote for whatever you want (within reason).
Also I'm suprised none of you have evolved a form of gene transfer (sexual reproduction) yet, as that allows less competition between members of the same species AS WELL AS GIVING YOU A WHOLE EXTRA VOTE. Aka you can become a third faster at evolving!
My Major Competitions:
Droetis
Charbiss
Petrixic

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Re: Competition - Petrixic

Post by joshthehawk » Mon Jan 22, 2018 6:33 am

Develop a stomach.
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Re: Competition - Petrixic

Post by Natural_20 » Mon Jan 22, 2018 8:32 am

Team Prometheus
Muscles for undulatory swimming, preferably with a flattened tail.
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Re: Competition - Petrixic

Post by Alpha » Mon Jan 22, 2018 8:50 am

Natural_20 wrote:
Mon Jan 22, 2018 8:32 am
Team Prometheus
Muscles for undulatory swimming, preferably with a flattened tail.
So similar to team Friendo?
My Major Competitions:
Droetis
Charbiss
Petrixic

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Re: Competition - Petrixic

Post by Burger Cat » Mon Jan 22, 2018 10:52 am

Vote- Develops an electroreceptor organ for a type of natural sense
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