Competition - Petrixic

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Re: Competition - Petrixic

Post by Alpha » Tue Jan 23, 2018 6:02 am

smexyfish45 wrote:
Tue Jan 23, 2018 4:07 am
i vote for our feeding strip to develop more complex feeding spines.
How do they work?
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Re: Competition - Petrixic

Post by smexyfish45 » Tue Jan 23, 2018 8:38 am

Alpha wrote:
Tue Jan 23, 2018 6:02 am
smexyfish45 wrote:
Tue Jan 23, 2018 4:07 am
i vote for our feeding strip to develop more complex feeding spines.
How do they work?
if the stomach vote goes through then id like them to siphon food matter into the gut.
if the stomach vote fails, then id just have them impale food matter on the spines so we can take the food with us and continue feeding even if we leave the area.

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Re: Competition - Petrixic

Post by Alpha » Wed Jan 31, 2018 6:50 am

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Re: Competition - Petrixic

Post by Alpha » Wed Jan 31, 2018 10:55 pm

TURN 6
Years passed since evolution of Eukaryotic life: 1.6 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 plants (however no land animals have yet appeared).
This planet has evolved structured multicellular organisms, and is currently in the middle 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: Plants have developed seeds, a revolutionary new adaptation that has allowed them to successfully breed at any time of year and grow due to their energy and nutrient deposit located within the seed. This allows plants the ability to reproduce whenever they want, rather than waiting for heavy rainfall. Large seaweed-like forests have developed, and have caused significantly more food matter for herbivores and omnivores, which has boosted their populations.

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 a Stomach: base 64 = 64 (trait moderately evolved)
  • smexyfish45: Develop more Complex Feeding Spines: base 83 = 83 (trait is fully evolved and specialised in)
  • Sassy Cassie: Develop Enzymes that break down Photosynthetic Materials: base 60 = 60 (trait slighty evolved)
Vote Exchanges: No vote exchange :(
Sex Vote: These poor little buggers are asexual

Omnivorous Calcileech (Hirudoclypeus Omnivorum)
This organism has not changed significantly in terms of external appearance, aside from one new feature. Instead, it has developed a long tubular stomach, that turns around once it reaches the organisms tail, creating the appearance of a "double stomach" that extends throughout the organism. The stomach returns to the mouth so that any excess undigested food can be regurgitated, as currently this organism lacks an anus. This adaptation has allowed them the ability to go longer between feeding, as it can store food inside itself rather than having to constantly feed.
Their stomach cells also secrete specialised proteins that have evolved to bind to the previously toxic photosynthetic pigments such as chlorophyll and take them to skin cells to be processed. However, these proteins take a very long time to break down, so the pigments remain in the skin, turning it green. At the current point in time this doesn't offer an advantage or disadvantage, however if colour vision is ever evolved then this could be modified to create an effective form of camoflauge. The older an organism, the darker green it's colour.
This organism has also developed a mouth, in the form of a large bony feeding spine. The spine is hollow, being lined internally with muscles that can cause it to suck with a lot of force. It inserts this feeding spine into the soft parts of other animals or plants, and sucks out any organic matter available. This pretty much always kills the preyed upon organism.

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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. It has green skin, due to chlorophyll being transferred to the skin from the stomach. 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. Its mouth is comprised of a bony feeding spine.
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
  • Has a long, tubular stomach that returns to the mouth so undigested food can be regurgitated
Diet:
Omnivorous: It eats the soft parts of organisms that can be sucked through it's feeding spine
Habitat:
The depths to the shallows of the mineral-rich oceans of Petrixic.
Conservation Status:
LC

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SPECIES FOR TEAM “PROMETHEUS”
(Members = Natural_20, GabrielGG, Tiberius)
Team Votes:
  • Natural_20: Develop Muscles for vertical undulatory swimming: base 46 x 2 = 92 (trait is fully evolved and specialised in)
  • GabrielGG: No Vote Given, Support Natural_20 (+ 50% modifier)
  • Tiberius: No Vote Given, Support Natural_20 (+ 50% modifier)
Vote Exchanges: No vote exchange :(
Sex Vote: These poor little buggers are asexual

Dolphin Bicubich (Delphinus Vertebrae)
The Dolphin Bicubich has significantly modfied its body structure, having developed primitive vertebrae and muscles that allow them to vertically undulate in order to generate movement, similar to a dolphin (hence the name). It has also developed a tail fin, comprised of a thick membrane stretched between two prongs of a tailbone. It can move very fast, however lacks as much stability as the lateral undulators as they have no stabilising or direction controlling fins. It has also compressed its body vertically, becoming more flat in order to become more aerodynamic when travelling through the water. Aside from this however it has not changed significantly.

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A small vertically compressed dolphin-shaped organism, approximately 4 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. It has a large bony tail fin, comprised of a thick membrane stretched between two prongs of a tail bone. A bony ridge runs along its back, which is the external view of the vertbrae that make up its spine. 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
  • Brainless basic nervous system used to control muscles/fins and move the organism
  • Has a primitive spine and tailbone which allow swimming via vertical undulation, similar to a dolphin
  • A stomach is located within them that allows efficient digestion of food
Diet:
Herbivorous: Swallows large amounts of algae and plant matter through its oral sphincter
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: Develop Muscles to Move: base 87 = 87 (trait is fully evolved and specialised in)
  • leestriter: Develop Hermaphroditic Sexual and Asexual Reproduction: base 77 = 77 (trait moderately evolved)
  • Burger Cat: Develop an Electroreceptor Organ: base 10 = 10 (reverse of trait evolved)
Vote Exchanges: No vote exchange :(
Sex Vote: Only just evolved sex

Aphrodite's Electrite (Calixepistylia Electricus)
This species has evolved very rapidly, gaining muscles that allowed it to move based upon an internal cross-shaped bone. Originally this allowed it to move slowly across the seafloor, but soon its body changed shape into a cup or bell that allowed the muscles to squeeze water and propel itself through jet propulsion (however it cannot go extremely fast). It also developed four tentacles that could pull itself if swimming did not work, as well as allowing it to manipulate its environment (although blindly). This is one of the last moving chemotrophs, with most other multicellular moving animals evolving the ability to eat other organisms.
It also developed the first method of sexual reproduction in animals, with a fifth modified tentacle becoming a gamete dispensor that attaches to another gamete dispensor in order to transfer cells across to create new offspring. Both parent organisms become pregnant during this process. Otherwise, it is also capable of asexual fertilisation to produce clones of itself. This is a significant advantage as it allows increased genetic complexity within the gene pool, reducing their prevalence of "bad" genes and increasing the variation, improving their immune systems.
This organism has also evolved the rather unique ability to electrically shock other animals. Due to a quirk in their movement, their cells overproduce chemicals that can create electric shocks in a similar way to an electric eel. These chemicals are sent to their "Electric heart", located on top of the organism which can send electric shocks through four zig-zagged black tubes that extend upon their upper tentacles. This has given them yet another defence, however it takes a long time to recharge and can therefore only be used sparingly.

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A small jellyfish-shaped organism, approximately 2 cm in length. It has a cross shaped bony ridge, from which extends four tentacles that can manipulate the environment. Has multiple zig-zag shaped black tubes that extend from their electric heart, located on top of the organism that can produce electric shocks.
Notable Features:
  • Hermaphroditic, with both parents becoming pregnant after mating. It is also capable of asexual fertilisation to produce genetic clones
  • 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. This causes rashes and irritation in large multicellular organisms
  • 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 depths to the shallows of the mineral-rich oceans of Petrixic.
Conservation Status:
LC
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Re: Competition - Petrixic

Post by Burger Cat » Wed Jan 31, 2018 11:56 pm

Vote: Develops a parasitic larva stage in which the larva will found a host, and attached iteslf onto the host using its spikes for passively absorbing the host nutrient. But when becoming an adult, it will leave the host, and develops reproductive gamate when fully matured. "Those protein stealing cells are going to be useful here."
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Re: Competition - Petrixic

Post by joshthehawk » Thu Feb 01, 2018 12:03 am

Develop a proper nervous system, allowing us to react properly to things, and to act in a more coordinated fashion.

If this vote succeeds, would we get a proto-brain, as in, a lump of nerves?
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Re: Competition - Petrixic

Post by Alpha » Thu Feb 01, 2018 12:06 am

Burger Cat wrote:
Wed Jan 31, 2018 11:56 pm
Vote: Develops a parasitic larva stage in which the larva will found a host, and attached iteslf onto the host using its spikes for passively absorbing the host nutrient. But when becoming an adult, it will leave the host, and develops reproductive gamate when fully matured. "Those protein stealing cells are going to be useful here."

Sex Vote: "Does everyone on the team can use sex votes, or only 1 person can?" Develops filter-like fibres on it's tentacles to more effectively absorb nutrients through the water.
There is one sex vote per team, and you can either designate a person to vote for you or discuss it as a team. I don't care as long as the majority of people on a team (aka 2 or more) agree on the vote.
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Re: Competition - Petrixic

Post by Alpha » Thu Feb 01, 2018 12:09 am

joshthehawk wrote:
Thu Feb 01, 2018 12:03 am
Develop a proper nervous system, allowing us to react properly to things, and to act in a more coordinated fashion.

If this vote succeeds, would we get a proto-brain, as in, a lump of nerves?
Yeah you'd pretty much get a centralised nervous system with a primitive brain. Brains require a lot of energy however, so I would advise you to also get a better circulatory (more important) and/or respiratory system (less important) to help fuel it.
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Re: Competition - Petrixic

Post by Alexcat989 » Thu Feb 01, 2018 12:26 am

-Fuse our tentacles into a singular fin

Sex Vote: A tube below the electric heart that the muscles squeeze for better jet propulsion
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Re: Competition - Petrixic

Post by Natural_20 » Thu Feb 01, 2018 1:57 am

Team Prometheus
-Sexual reproduction. Lay eggs, preferably coated in the same toxic mucus that makes us so inedible.

If I'm going to be doing this alone, I'm going to need that sex vote. Being asexual this late in our lineage is a bit silly anyway.
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