Kingdom 1 (prions)
Kingdom 2 (rna viruses)
Kingdom 3 (dna viruses)
Kingdom 4 (retroviruses)
The planet Donutus is Earth-like in many ways. It is somewhat less massive and has slightly less water cover than Earth. The oceans are also less salty. The terrain is dominated by gently sloping hills. There are few mountains or plains. The atmosphere is seventy percent nitrogen, twenty-six percent carbon dioxide, and two percent oxygen. Trace gases comprise the rest, of which ammonia is a major component. The metabolism of the organisms here is based mostly on the oxidation of carbon, as on Earth, it’s just that they have to work harder to get that oxygen. Climates vary on Donutus, although not as much as on Earth. The average temperature globally is somewhat cooler.
The organisms here are carbon-based, but have no amino acids, fatty acids, alcohol, or nucleotides. Polysaccharides however are common. Most life here is poisonous to humans. Donutus organisms are divided into cells with selectively permeable, non-polar membranes. The cytoplasm is between fifty and seventy percent ammonia by volume. They contain no nuclei or organelles. There is no genetic material. Instead, the traits of the offspring are determined by a series of random molecular and mechanical events during early development. The genetic information is stored in the precise arrangement of every atom in the skeleton of the parent body. Still, the offspring resemble the parents, proving that the process is not truly random. Entropy is experienced differently here. Every organism on Donutus can deliver a chaos wave in defense by some means or another. A chaos wave is a spreading pattern of destruction with multiple, independent causes. Some organisms also have partial immunity to chaos waves.
Life here is separated easily into species and classified into nested hierarchies with only some minor difficulties. The ecological system includes photosynthetic producers, which combine water, ammonia, and carbon dioxide to create sugar and other organic compounds, and consumers, which eat other organisms. All life here combines oxygen with organic compounds to release energy at some level, but not always at the cellular level. The fragile biochemical pathways in Donutusite cells are poisoned by oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon dioxide alike. Rather, the oxidation of carbon is only a proxy reaction, creating byproducts to fuel the core reactions of life. Respiratory tissues usually carry out these proxy reactions.
These organisms are highly competitive against those in other sets.
Kingdom Many Colored Plants
The members of this kingdom are all multicellular photosynthetic producers, which use sunlight to combine water, ammonia, and carbon dioxide to produce sugar and other organic compounds. There are distinct roots (for gathering water and ammonia) and leaves (for gathering sunlight and carbon dioxide, and releasing oxygen). Most species also have branched stems.
Genetic information is stored in pollen and flowers somehow. It does not seem to be limited to any particular compound or structure. All species reproduce sexually. Most species have two sexes. Asexual reproduction is extremely rare.
Sunlight is absorbed by specialized pigments. The pigments are known as Donutus White1, Donutus White2, Donutus White3, Donutus Red1, Donutus Red2, Donutus Orange1, Donutus Orange2, Donutus Orange3, Donutus Yellow, Donutus Green1, Donutus Green2, Donutus Green3, Donutus Purple1, and Donutus Purple2. The white pigments primarily absorb infrared light. By far, the most common pigments used are the purple and orange ones, being the primary colors of the landscape on Donutus. Some species are all one color, some species have leaves of different colors, some species have spots of different colors on the same leaves, some species have cells of different colors mixed throughout their leaves, and some species have more than one pigment in each cell. The use of different pigments is only somewhat useful for classification purposes.
Phylum Jelly Leaf
The members of this phylum have leaves without specialized tissues. Rather, an individual leaf consists of merely a jelly matrix secreted by pores near the ends of branches. This jelly then flows down the branch, surrounding it. Loose cells within this matrix carry out photosynthetic reactions.
The flowers of those in this phylum are soft and irregular. An individual organism is either male or female.
Class Super Oxygen
Members of this class are extremely prolific at generating oxygen. Animal-like Sand Jelly organisms nearby appear to get a temporary high from this. These Many Colored Plants are also highly flammable.
Order String Leaf
Leaves of the members of this order are found in tightly packed clusters at the ends of branches. The leaves are also very long and limp and so hang down like string. In the short species, the leaves lie all over the ground.
Order Hook Leaf
These Jelly Leaves have hooked branch ends that are often used to entangle nearby Many Colored Plants for support. Some grow quite tall.
Class Dust Collector
Members of this class contain only Donutus Green1 and Donutus Green2 pigments and must supplement their metabolic processes by digesting dust and small Sand Jellies or Air Plankton that stick to them. The leaves are highly sticky.
Order Fragile Dust Collector
These rare Many Colored Plants are the only ones that reproduce primarily by fragmentation and regeneration. They are extremely brittle and lightweight. They live in dusty areas where dust completely coats them in a thick layer.
Order Dust Collector
The leaves of these organisms perform both the capturing of food and the digestion roles.
Order Cup Bearing
These Dust Collectors lack digestive catalysts in their leaves except for those grown inside specialized pitchers. The majority of the leaves are simply sticky to capture particles from the air. Symbiotic six-legged Swivel Heads, which do not stick to the leaves, then gather these particles and drop them into the digestive pitchers, while taking their cut. Without the actions of the Swivel Heads, the Dust Collector would starve, and without the sticky surfaces to hide among, the Swivel Heads would be forced to forage large areas of land in the open.
Phylum Cluster Leaf
Members of this phylum have leaves shaped like clusters of grapes and have flower ovaries that develop into fruit. Instead of seeds, they merely have embryos feeding directly on the fruit. The flowers of those in this phylum are soft and irregular. An individual organism is either male or female. Many species are large, woody, and tree-like, while others are small, soft, and shrub-like in every class, making this characteristic useless in classification.
Class Round Fruit
Members of this class have simple, round, firm fruit.
Members of this order have fruit greatly resembling blue apples.
Members of this order have large fruit with hard, smooth husks and greatly invaginated interior flesh (resembling a walnut), which ranges from very soft to very hard in consistency.
Class Sugar Icicles
Members of this class have icicle-shaped fruit rich in sugar. The fruit’s smooth flesh is easily melted and drips on hot days. It also dissolves easily in water and ammonia.
Class Salty Fruit
Members of this class live in salty swamps and have small fruits rich in salt.
Class Necklace Fruit
Members of this class grow fruit that begins as small loops. New material is added at both bases, lengthening the loop until it dangles. The fruit is divided into “beads” that are easily broken from each other.
Class String Fruit Members of this class have string-shaped fruit.
Class Bread Fruit
Members of this class have fruit with soft, dry flesh that forms tiny bubbles throughout as it ripens. The rind is thin and flaky.
Order Bread Fruit
Members of this order have large, oval fruit.
Order Two In One Fruit
The fruit of the members of this order has flesh of two different consistencies with the soft, dry flesh partially surrounding the firm, springy flesh. Some species have fruit that resembles hot dogs on buns. The embryos extend fine roots into both sets of tissues, which contain different types of nutrients.
Class Fruit In Fruit Members of this class have fruit containing regions of different tissues separated by skin and containing the embryos. These are essentially fruits in their own right inside the larger fruit.
The outer fruit of those in this order is round with a very hard rind. The interior is filled with a thick liquid. In this liquid are several of the inner fruits, which resemble longitudinal slices of a sphere.
The outer fruit of those in this order is either oval or teardrop-shaped and flattened side to side. The rind is firm, quilted, and usually velvety. The interior flesh is usually tough and chewy. The inner fruits are small and oval or spherical. When placed in water, these inner fruits pop and release bubbles of carbon dioxide.
The outer fruit of those in this order has a flexible, transparent rind and is filled with an acidic solution. The inner fruits are long and oval with rough skins.
The outer fruits of those in this order split open to form a plate-like shape with the inner fruits stuck to the inner surface. Sometimes sections of rind of the outer fruit separate different types of inner fruit. The outer rind is hard and flaky. The inner fruits are usually chewy.
Class Lace Web Fruit
When the ovary of these Many Colored Plants ripens, it unravels into great, lacy webs and curtains riddled with perforations.
Class Nipple Fruit
The fruit of these Many Colored Plants is filled with liquid and has nipples on the outside.
The fruit of these Many Colored Plants is long, smooth, soft, and flexible.
Order Collared Needle Fruit
The fruit of these Many Colored Plants has nipples modified into long needles and up to three “collars” where the fruit attaches to the tree.
Class Seed Sticks
The fruit of these Many Colored Plants is long, thin, straight, rigid, and has the many tiny embryos stuck on the outer surface.
Phylum Air Plankton
These organisms spend their lives floating in the breeze at all levels of the atmosphere. Along with floating Sand Jellies, Many Colored Plant embryos, and Many Colored Plant gametes, they form the “air plankton” of Donutus. The flowers of those in this phylum are soft and irregular. An individual organism is either male or female. Some use pollen sometimes, but all usually collide in air, conjoining flowers directly instead.
Class Balloon Leaves
Members of this class range from five millimeters across to eight centimeters. They are spherical, consisting of branches ending in smaller spheres. These spheres are not only leaves, but also flotation devices. They fill with hot air when in sunlight. Tiny slit valves allow hot air to escape for an emergency descent. Hanging roots emanate from the core of the spherical body right out the bottom. They collect moisture and ammonia from the air.
Members of this order have fourteen leaves.
Members of this order have eight leaves.
Class Hairy Roots
Members of this class have two body sections: the root, and the leaf. Food is stored in the root section. From the root section are root hairs that gather moisture and ammonia from the air and harness the wind. During the appropriate seasons, from the leaf section grows a flower section. These organisms range from a quarter of a millimeter up to three millimeters.
The leaf section consists of simply a ball. The root section is also a ball, but larger. Long, thin root hairs grow from every spot of the root ball.
The leaf and root sections are ellipses of about equal size attached at the middle such that their long axises are perpendicular. A cluster of root hairs extends from each narrow end of the root ellipse.
The leaf and root sections are crosses of about equal size attached at the middle such that their prongs are offset by forty-five degrees. A cluster of root hairs emanates from each of the four ends of the root cross.
The leaf section is a ball attached to the center of a larger rhombus root section. Root hairs grow from all around the edge of the rhombus, but usually with more towards the corners. The hairs are always oriented parallel to the sides they do not touch.
The leaf section is round, tapering into a needle suddenly at one end. This needle is used to attach to larger organisms, such as Sky Toruses to hitch rides to different altitudes. The leaf section usually has latitudinal stripes containing different pigment distributions. The root section is attached opposite the needle and consists of two prongs pointing away from the leaf section. It is covered sparsely with root hairs.
The leaf section is a flattened circle. The root section grows from the center of the circle and forms two parallel prongs at the end of a short “neck”.
Class Root Wings
Members of this class are divided into two sections: a root section and a leaf section. Food is stored in the leaf section, which resembles a carrot or beet that points downwards. The roots are fine, branched, and have webbing between the branches that catch the air, allowing the Root Wings to glide.
Class Tail Root
Members of this class have a flat leaf section and one single, long, thin root trailing from the edge.
Order Tail Root
Order Dart Root
The rigid, straight root of these organisms ends in a pointed bulb, allowing them to attach to the skins of Sky Toruses and others to ride to different altitudes.
Members of this class have a large, flat leaf section that rapidly changes between two states: cupped around the root section and cupped around the flower section on the opposite side. It changes in such a way as to always capture any updraft, while minimizing the influence of downdrafts.
Class Round Plate
Members of this class have large saucer-shaped leaf sections. The roots hang from the center underneath and the flower forms at the center on top.
These organisms range from one-fifth millimeter to two millimeters.
These organisms range from one centimeter to three meters across and float on the surface of the sea rather than in the sky.
Class Retractable Roots
These organisms have retractable roots and range from one-twentieth of a millimeter to one-half millimeter.
Order Grooved Oval
These organisms are oval shaped with grooves running lengthwise. The roots protrude from one end. Each has its own pore the same width as a groove. Several small bumps keep most grooves from running the entire length.
Order Split Oval
These organisms are oval with four long, narrow prongs on one end and two shorter, wider prongs on the other. The roots trail from the longer prongs. The surface texture is that of an inverse quilt.
Phylum Span Leaf
Members of this phylum have leaves that span the angle between branches. Vascular tissues run from one branch to the other across the leaf. Sometimes, the branches come together again on the end of the leaf, enclosing it. The flowers are regular but often contain branches and leaves inside them. Some contain smaller flowers and the boundary between one flower and another is often indistinct. Each individual is either male or female. Multiple ovaries or stamens are common.
Class Sky Plants
Members of this class contain tetrahedral vacuoles in each cell. These vacuoles contain a vacuum that lowers the net density of the organism, allowing it to float in air. Roots or root hairs grow from the ends of leaves.
Phylum Nectar Cup Flower
Members of this phylum have leaves that span the angle between branches. Vascular tissues run from one branch to the other across the leaf. The flowers take the form of small cups of nectar with gametes floating on the surface. Backwards Wings carry out the pollination. There can be either two or four sexes, but this is of only some use in classification.
Phylum Black Plants
These Many Colored Plants live primarily underwater and consist of a single stalk with irregular, flattened protrusions coming out from random locations in random orientations. They are black or gray in color. Some grow quite large.
Members of this class resemble tall, thin pine trees and grow near salt water. Individuals in the same species are comfortable completely in water, completely in air, or protruding out of the water into the air. They are found in vast forests near the shore.
Kingdom Sand Jelly
The members of this kingdom are all multicellular heterotrophs. The cells are loosely packed and supported by a matrix of polysaccharide fibers and mineral spicules. Sexual reproduction is common, but it is unclear just how many sexes exist or are required for successful procreation in any given species.
Phylum Segmented Cuticle The members of this phylum have hard cuticles and the bodies are usually at least partially segmented. Sand grains are incorporated into the skeletal matrix throughout their bodies.
The members of this class have chelicerae-like mouthparts.
Order Fast Grabbing Twig
The members of this order have two long, grasping arms, one on either side of the mouth. The arms end in sticky pads to capture prey. The body is long, thin, and jointed near the middle. No other legs or arms grow. These creatures are very sensitive to temperature and pressure. A difference of a few percent off from their ideal state may cause them to disintegrate.
Members of this family remain permanently partially buried in the dirt and tiny projections from the rear end of the body hold them in place. They move only during mating season. Disguised as twigs, they quickly grab smaller animals that pass by to feed. The arms have three joints. The middle body joint is closer to the anterior than the posterior. The body has a triangular cross section.
Members of this family secrete glue from the rear to attach themselves to plants and, disguised as twigs, wait for prey to pass by. Occasionally, they will detach to find more suitable spots. The arms have four joints and the anterior half of the body is segmented into four segments. The body has a circular cross section.
Those in this order fill their segmented abdomens with heated hydrogen gas. The bodies are oriented with the head hanging downwards. The last segment of the abdomen is modified into a rudder that points towards the dorsal side. Most species have two small wings near the head for propulsion. Also near the head are two grasping arms that can hang free or fold up.
Members of this class have four body sections. In order, they are the head, the radially symmetrical “neck”, the thorax, and the abdomen. All sections except the head are clearly segmented.
Order Swivel Head
These creatures have long necks and a head with a wide range of motion. This allows them to turn their necks back, tilt their heads back until upside down, and thereby face backwards. These creatures are equally comfortable walking backwards or forwards.
These creatures have eight legs growing from the thorax, and eyes near the base of the short head.
These creatures have six legs growing from the thorax, and eyes near the front of the long head. The legs have few joints (between one and three) and the feet do not stick to Dust Collectors, with which they have a symbiotic relationship. The front of the head is covered with sticky hairs used to pick up and carry bits of food for both themselves and the Dust Collector.
Order Backwards Wing
These creatures have two wings and zero legs growing from the thorax. They fly abdomen first. The joint between the thorax and abdomen is very flexible, allowing the head to come forward to drink nectar while the abdominal pincers hold on to the skin of the Many Colored Plant.
Super-Family Short Neck
Family Open Pincer
The abdomen of these organisms is roughly rectangular and attached to the thorax at a lower corner. A dorsal-ventral pincer protrudes from the back end of the abdomen, but the digits are too far apart to meet. Along the dorsal side of the abdomen are additional pincer digits all facing backwards. The number of these dorsal digits ranges from two to six. The neck, head, and thorax are all short.
Super-Family Long Head
Family Double Pincer
The abdomen of these creatures is round and flattened side-to-side. A small dorsal-ventral pincer at the back of the abdomen is flanked by two additional digits. While the up-pointing and down-pointing digits never meet, they can touch each other. The head in these creatures is very elongated and narrow, while the neck is short.
Family Long Abdomen
Members of this family have long, flexible abdomens, short necks, and long heads. The abdomen ends in a pincer.
Family Swollen Abdomen
Members of this family have enormous, spherical abdomens ending in large pincers. They are usually brightly colored. To lift the abdomen, the wings are also relatively large. They have a short neck and long head.
Super-Family Long Neck
Family Dorsal Pincer
Members of this family have a dorsal hump or fin on the abdomen ending in a pincer facing upwards. A pincer is also found at the posterior of the abdomen. The neck is long and the head short.
Order Winged Neck
These organisms have a long neck with several membranous wings growing from every segment oriented in planes perpendicular to the neck. They orient their bodies with the head on top and the abdomen hanging below. The thorax has two long, jointed arms ending in three-fingered prehensile claws. The arms can reach forward or backwards. On the back of the thorax is a needle for attaching to the hide of Sky Toruses and hitching a ride to different altitudes. The abdomen is bulbous and curved forward. The overall body shape is reminiscent of the letter “J”. These creatures make up part of the air plankton. The head houses four opposed jaws and a tongue with teeth-like structures on it.
Order Scale Foot
In this order, the head, thorax, and abdomen are all small, while the neck is large and spherical. Back-pointing scales on the neck are used as feet to push the organism through tunnels that it eats in the bodies of Many Colored Plants.
Order Legged Neck
Family Open Jaws
Family Backwards Head
Order Jointed Wings
Family Spiny Neck
Family Zigzag Abdomen
Order Double Pump
Order Spiny-Headed Fish
Order Whip Wings
Phylum Glass Tree Buds
This phylum is comprised of underwater sessile colonial organisms resembling gumdrops. Each individual has a slit mouth, a set of lashing hairs to drive food into the mouth, an eye, a large ganglion, and a heart. The individuals reside at the ends of the branches of a mineral crystal tree-like structure. Tiny tubes in the center transmit blood and nerves. The exchange of material allows for sexual reproduction. Hermaphroditism is common in this phylum. The colony starts as a single larva attaches to the seabed and secretes a stalk of mineral crystals behind it. Other larvae later attach to the sides of this stalk and so add their own branches. The next generation of larvae then attach to the new branches as well as the original stalk.
The blood of these organisms contains photosynthetic elements containing the pigments Donutus Red1, Donutus White3 (primarily absorbs infrared), and Donutus Orange1.
Class Jupiter’s Arrows
This class is comprised of bilaterally symmetrical needle, sword, or wedge shaped creatures that wait in treetops for prey to pass underneath. When it does so, they fall and stab into it.
Order Spiny Ear
The members of this order have distinct heads on top, complete with small eyes, thin tentacles from each of the three mouths, and spines from inside ears on the sides. The body is segmented, with barbs on the sides of each segment. Just above the point on the bottom, there is a slight bulge.
Phylum Swimming Bush
The members of this phylum begin their lives as worm-like larvae, complete with a mouth and anus. As they grow bigger, the anal end reconnects midway down the body, forming a loop. The body and the gastrointestinal tract along with it then begin to branch. Soon, a mass of reconnected branches forms. Later, this mass condenses into a shape distinct for the species. Often, these masses are hollow. Eyes, fins, legs, and other appendages grow into the proper places. These beings are photosynthetic and are covered with leafy branches. The food they eat, after being converted to feces, does not remain in the intestine, but is rather absorbed into the leafy appendages to be used as fertilizer. The photosynthesis pigments are Donutus Green 1, Donutus Green 2, Donutus Red1, and Donutus Purple1. Usually they are found mixed into the same cells.
Phylum Looped Intestine
The members of this phylum are worm-like, with the posterior end tucked into a small shell. The usually long body contains only longitudinal muscle fibers. The anterior end is a bulb with only latitudinal muscle fibers. Usually an eye is on the side. On top is a ring of small tentacles, from inside of which the lacy intestines protrude.
In embryological development, the intestines of these creatures detach from the anus and reconnect to themselves, forming a loop. Iterated over and over in a way unique to each species, the intestines soon become a lacy, loopy mass that then turns inside out and protrudes from what used to be the mouth. They live underwater.
Phylum Torus Shaped
The members of this class are soft, with spongy skeletons of mostly polysaccharides and silicon dioxide spicules. The outer skin is only attached in one place for blood vessels and hangs loose otherwise. The skin is the only respiratory structure. It is in danger of catching on fire if in contact with any protein. Humans must not handle them. The normal embryological development of these creatures causes them to have toroid topology when grown, but quite often things go differently, producing alternate body plans. Normally, the mouth is a ring around the interior of the torus, but this goes awry as well. In embryological development, a fertilized egg in the ovary normally encounters a floating silicon dioxide spicule that stabs through it, forming a hole. This forms the basis for the toroid shape. Sometimes, no hole is made and the adult has spherical topology. Sometimes, a twist is made and the interior ring mouth connects to the ring anus on the bottom in the style of a moebius strip. Very often, a small hole is made on the side that connects the interior and exterior surfaces. This is also sometimes an avenue for the ring mouth to reconnect. It can reconnect straight across, or by twisting. Twisting allows other ring organs to reconnect through as well (an additional mouth or anus). Sometimes two torus bodies fuse along their common side holes. Other times, they fuse leaving the side holes elsewhere. Sometimes, there are multiple side holes. Sometimes, the bodies are linked in complex ways. Having a different topology often activates other “genes”, such that the adult becomes different in many other ways. This has made taxonomic classification within this phylum difficult. All members are hermaphrodites.
The members of this class are tiny, pelagic, and have a relatively high circumference-to-thickness ratio.
The members of this class have the interior of the torus stuffed with special external organs. The mouth is degenerate. These creatures have powerful suction underneath to cling to various surfaces. They are primarily marine.
The members of this class are long, thin, and move like snakes. The torus, which is very large compared to its thickness, collapses into this snake shape with a narrow slit down the middle.
These creatures have locking zipper teeth covering the central slit.
These creatures have a smaller slit in the middle of the body, leaving the long front and back ends free of the slit. In this slit are large teeth, causing the area of the slit to bulge out.
In these creatures, the torus is extended into a tube shape. The adults are small, tube-shaped, and can often be found on the skins of Sea Toruses, Land Toruses, and Sky Toruses, where they eat secretions.
Class Sea Torus
These creatures live in fresh or salt water, have feathery filter-feeding appendages projecting from the interior, and have no legs. They creep along the seabed by expanding and contracting their bodies. Most species have eyes. When they do, they are on stalks in twos on the top of one side of the body. Most also have teeth.
These organisms have both technology and culture. This genus is unique in that its members can dissolve themselves in water pools, only to teleport themselves (in the dissolved state) to distant water pools anywhere in the universe and then reconstitute themselves. They can also bring with them any objects that dissolve in water.
Order No Eyes
These organisms have a second set of feathery food filters that double as feelers. They tend to be small, slow, and have no true eyes. Those with photosensitive skin sometimes find that lensing effects of the environment happen by chance to deliver their brains a picture. This is done by emitting chaos waves. All have teeth.
Class Land Torus
These creatures have well developed eyes, feet, and teeth and most live on land. The eyes come on stalks in twos, but may be as far apart as on opposite sides. Subdermal packets of jelly form auditory organs. Frosting-like mucus secreted from the skin on top drapes over the body. It contains sugars toxic and bad-tasting to potential predators. These creatures have a preferred orientation for locomotion, even though the feet are arranged in a radially symmetrical pattern. The feet grow from all around the base of the body. However, the preferred orientation is different in respect to the organs from species to species. No common “head” or “tail” can be established.
Members of this order have feet with long toes curled downward. They move by flicking these toes at extremely high speeds to jump from place to place.
Members of this order have telescoping legs and feet that produce a substance that can be made into webs to hang on vegetation to capture air plankton or small flying organisms.
Members of this order have feet all fused into a wide fin that runs around the body. They are excellent swimmers. To move on land, the fin is pointed downwards and they balance on it.
Members of this order have fins for feet. They travel on land and in water.
Members of this order have large, hairy feet. Most have claws and large teeth. Most are carnivores. All are very fast.
Members of this order have claws on the front and back of each foot.
Members of this order have shovel-like feet for burrowing.
Members of this order have feet with suction cups to climb up vertical surfaces.
Class Sky Torus
These creatures are very large and float in the sky. Organs crossing the interior produce an ion wind effect that pulls air plankton down through the interior, where it can be filtered out and eaten. This effect also generates needed lift. Between forty and sixty percent of the body volume of an adult can be hot air for buoyancy. The eyes may or may not be on stalks. The eyes circle the perimeter of the body at equal distances from one another. Sometimes eyes can be found on lower surfaces also. The number of eyes ranges from four to one hundred thirty-two.
Phylum Rolling Torus
Organisms in this phylum are also torus shaped, but with one simple mouth on the exterior. The body plan is quite different from those in phylum Torus Shaped. Most move by rolling.
The bodies of these organisms are composed entirely of fluids that remain solid only as long as either electrical currents are run through them or magnetic fields intersect them. Even the generators of these currents and fields are themselves composed of these fluids. None of these organisms have cells. All have the equivalent of blood vessels, though only some have hearts.
The members of Edernaset can be found throughout several star systems, both on planets and floating in space.
Kingdom Rigid Structure
These organisms tend to be rigid (or at least very slow). All are planet-bound. Most are photosynthetic. Some are consumers. Some are both.
Phylum Rose Shaped
These organisms are shaped much like roses and are radially symmetrical. Often, the “petals” have arcs connecting them to different parts of other “petals” at other levels. Also, the “petals” usually have holes through them. They are all photosynthetic. Most are aquatic.
These organisms have seven distinct levels of “petals” with no connecting arcs. Each level has an odd number of “petals”. The “petals” have rounded edges. They are somewhat flexible and mobile, but quite slow.
These organisms are blue, white, green, and black in interesting patterns of grooves. Heart-shaped holes are found in every “petal” with the point facing towards the base. Although they are chiefly aquatic, they can survive in low-pressure, low-moisture conditions indefinitely.
This species has technology and culture. They do not believe in property, and cannot even understand intellectual property. They tend to be religious.
Phylum Moebius Strip
These organisms are shaped like flattened loops with twists in them. When they have only one twist, they are shaped like moebius strips. Many have additional projections and loops of all kinds. These creatures, while not truly radially symmetrical, approximate an odd-number radial symmetry. Most are photosynthetic and aquatic.
Phylum Pelagic Tentacle
These tiny pelagic organisms are all photosynthetic. They have a radially symmetrical, starburst shape comprised of six rigid, usually blunt spines with a flexible tentacle between each spine.
Phylum Arch Wood
This phylum is composed of large, rigid, photosynthetic, arch-shaped organisms. The arches are branched heavily, but every end is underground. These ends act as roots to gather nutrients.
This species only has one organism (or only a few hundred organisms, depending on one’s perspective – they act as one). It is highly intelligent and virtually indestructible. It resembles a five-pointed starfish 3.5 meters across carrying its smaller but otherwise identical children on its back. The children in turn carry their own children. Every body is covered with spines and can be thrown to spin and cut through most substances.
These organisms resemble irregular, many-armed, jagged starfish, most with extra arms emanating from above the equatorial plane. Most are aquatic, photosynthetic, and rigid.
Kingdom Flexible Structure
The members of this kingdom are flexible, planet-bound consumers. They primarily consume other organisms for nutrients, although some may also eat dirt. Most digest their prey outside the body and absorb it through the skin.
Phylum Fold Mouth
These beings have a radial symmetry based on either four, six, eight, or twelve. They all have specialized folds to place food to be digested and absorbed. The folds can close completely shut in many species.
These beings have long, smooth, thin bodies with several elastic tentacles on one end. Many of these tentacles are looped or end in loops. Some tentacles are built to shoot out at high speed to capture prey.
Phylum Wing Bearing
These tiny flying beings have a radial symmetry based on either eight or sixteen. They fly with the axis of symmetry vertical.
Phylum Loop Bearing
These tiny crawling beings have long loops for limbs to grab the substrate and drag themselves along.
Class Simple Loop
Members of this class have radial symmetry based on four, eight, or sixteen.
Class Many Loops
Members of this class have radial symmetry based on ten. The central body is extremely tiny. The many loops all overlap and loop back to form extra loops. The mass of loops often takes an asymmetrical shape.
Phylum Tentacle Mouth
These beings have tentacles ending in sharp tips to pierce other organisms and suck out the fluid.
Class Tail Bearing
Members of this class have tails to attach to Arch Woods or cave ceilings. They hang down and wait for prey to pass underneath. When it does, they extend their elastic tails and grab the prey with their strong tentacles. They have many appendages, including holders, suckers, cutters, and squeezers.
Members of this class are radially symmetrical and have three legs. On top, they have three feeding tentacles, and slightly further down they have three grasping tentacles offset by one-sixth of a turn.
This species has technology and culture. They live in an interstellar republic-hybrid-complex with species 2.
Species Pluribus Unum
This species exists as a complex, meaning that all bodies are merely manifestations of the same organism. So in a sense, there is only one individual in this species. It is physically impossible for another individual to exist anywhere in the universe. This individual coexists with species 1 by hybridizing its complex with their republic.
These organisms have many spine-tipped feeding tentacles. The tentacles are cross connected to each other in three dimensions close to the body core by either webbing or elastic cables. There is no central body. These creatures often hide in swamps waiting for prey to pass by and then attack at incredibly high speed.
Class Web Bearing
These organisms walk on jointed legs that are really modified feeding tentacles. Glands in the ends of these legs secrete web silk.
Order Cone Shaped
These organisms are cone shaped with a flat shelf around the base. The thin legs protrude from below. Silk glands are found not only in the ends of the legs, but in every joint and between every segment of the cone. The glands in the cone also blow bubbles for floatation.
Order Ball Shaped
These organisms are spherical with eight legs protruding from the “equator”. They build nests and raise their young.
These organisms are round and covered with short, wide, stiff, curled tentacles. They suspend themselves by spreading silk in groups of strands in several directions. A small cavity at the front holds three long, thin, flexible feeding tentacles ending in tiny bulbs with spines.
Kingdom Magic Orbiters
These organisms feed off of magic fields and are rigid. They come in a variety of simple, asymmetrical shapes, usually with holes and cavities. They range in size from hundreds of feet to a few miles. They circle planets, following the same path over and over. They can be found in the lower atmosphere, the upper atmosphere, and near space. Every species has only one non-reproducing individual. Each has some magical property. Many have power monopolies. There exist three hundred species.
Kingdom Fractal Structure
These organisms have an approximately fractal structure down to eighty microns.
These organisms all live in orbit relatively close to a star. They feed on solar wind and sunlight.
Class Permeable Skin
These organisms are leaf-like. They have a symbiotic relationship with members of phylum 4 of Kingdom Fractal Structure. When members of phylum 4 near a star, they release complex molecules and heavy elements (heavier than helium) in exchange for magnetic energy that the Permeable Skins release when they float through the holes of members of phylum 4. The permeable skins allow the absorption of these elements.
Class Dock Bearing
Class Offspring Throwing
Vaguely leaf-like, these organisms have gaps where there should be venation. The different regions are held together by crossbars. These gaps contain magnetic fields that gather particles for consumption. These conduits can also propel objects sideways. This is how the larvae are ejected. This ability is sometimes used to lower or heighten the orbit of the organism.
Phylum Long Ribbon
These ribbon-like organisms can reach up to ten kilometers thick, two hundred kilometers wide, and a quarter of a light-year long. At the ends, they connect to others, forming a three-dimensional network that can span many light-years. The network absorbs gravity waves and the expansion of space, sharing the energy. Signals are sent to other parts of the body by a series of light pulses and eyes. Eyes may be as far apart as two hundred thousand kilometers. A symbiotic relationship with either Funnel Bearers or (*) allows the Long Ribbons to trade energy for matter.
These organisms are ribbon-like and float by means of magic. They are planet-bound.
This species has culture and technology. They tend to be religious. They reach twenty feet long, two inches wide, and a millimeter thick. They are white with pink, donut-shaped spots all over.
These creatures are asymmetrical and sponge-like. Electrical currents flowing through the body snatch matter that passes through the holes as the creature drifts through space nebulae. Periodically, these beings approach a star to exchange matter for energy with phylum 1 (*). To do so, they pull themselves along the solar wind. To leave the star system, they ride on sunlight. These creatures can grow to over six thousand miles in width. Sometimes these beings also trade matter for energy with Long Ribbons
These creatures resemble fractal grape clusters, wherein each grape is a smaller cluster. They are usually found sitting on the surface of Tentacle Bearers.
Kingdom False Cells
These creatures have a repetitious structure made of false cells.
Phylum Funnel Bearing
These creatures have a forward-facing magnetic funnel to swallow up ionized interstellar gas and use it for propulsion and energy. These creatures are also fully capable of ionizing neutral gas. Nutrients are filtered out of the gas for growth. Sometimes, these creatures trade matter for energy from Long Ribbons.
Phylum Tentacle Bearing
These creatures are spherically symmetrical and have tentacles. They attack and eat comets, asteroids, Funnel Bearers, and other Tentacle Bearers. Every action they perform is carefully choreographed to use the least amount of energy to get the most food long-term. For example, they might purposefully attach to the side of an asteroid, causing the asteroid to lose some energy to spin so that months later, they will be much closer to the next asteroid to eat than they would have been otherwise. Waste and offspring are used for propulsion, as are rockets of hot gas. To perform the necessary calculations, they have large brains. Magnetic fields generated in the tentacles can also alter course.
Much that is eaten is separated into specific layers or sections (longitudinal or latitudinal) inside the organism by composition. A single organism can contain layers of water ice, methane ice, silicon dioxide, nitrogen ice, zirconium, iron, and iridium in any combination. Every individual is unique. These creatures have the ability to produce various alloys, such as steel, and various allotropes, such as diamonds or metallic hydrogen. Some even concentrate radioactive isotopes in specific layers for extra energy. The material may be stored as loose powder, in pellets, in corkscrews, in fibers, or as a solid filled with voids. Most materials are stored as solids, however. Acids and bases are often stored separately to be combined later for propulsion and energy. These creatures can reach sizes of more than one thousand miles in diameter and usually carry with them small ecosystems of many other beings, including Tentacle Bearer Companions, Jaw Bearers, Root Bearers, Root Eaters, and (*).
These creatures also have a sophisticated dormancy program. At any given time, more than ninety percent of the body can be dormant. Each section is turned on only when needed. Being frozen means that they can remain solid without constant electric stimulation. False cells are scattered throughout the matter storage sections and stored matter is scattered throughout the flesh sections. It is not uncommon to see volcanoes on the surface.
Class Ice Eater
These Tentacle Bearers primarily eat icy bodies, such as comets.
Class Rock Eater
These Tentacle Bearers primarily eat asteroids.
Phylum Jaw Bearing
These creatures have jaws. They are found primarily creeping on the surface of Tentacle Bearers.
These creatures greatly resemble beanbags with small, strong jaws.
Kingdom Temporary Structure
These organisms have only temporary structures (excluding molecules), whether microscopic, macroscopic, internal, or external.
Phylum Tether Bearing
When in orbit around a planet, these organisms extend a long tether. This can be used to draw energy from the planet’s magnetic field or provide propulsion by working against the field. Some species even use their tether to grab matter from the planet’s surface and lift it into space.
These organisms are round and can form mouths.
Class Tentacle Bearing Companion
Between one and fifteen feet across, these beings are found in orbit around or crawling on the surface of Tentacle Bearers. They aid the Tentacle Bearer in digesting and processing a variety of substances and form an important part of the miniature ecosystems found on the surface of Tentacle Bearers. Tentacle Bearing Companions are divided into orders based on their specialized diets.
Order Hot Ice Eating
These creatures process ices that freeze at relatively high temperatures, such as water and carbon dioxide.
Order Cold Ice Eating
These creatures process ices that freeze at relatively low temperatures, such as nitrogen and oxygen.
Order Carbon Ice Eating
These creatures eat and process hydrocarbons of all kinds, but especially methane ice.
Order Carbon Rock Eating
These creatures process rock high in carbon.
These creatures process metals from the first two columns of the periodic table.
These creatures process metals not from the first two columns of the periodic table.
These creatures primarily eat the flesh of others. They can also process sulfur. They have the capability to form tentacles and Velcro-like structures.
Between one and ten feet across, these rare organisms slowly feed on organisms much bigger.
These organisms can be found in and on the sponge-like (*), nibbling.
Order Long Ribbon Eating
These organisms can be found on Long Ribbons, scraping tracks out on the surface. They are exceptionally slow eaters and are exceptionally rare.
Between one and four centimeters across, these elliptical creatures can form two mouths simultaneously – one on each end. They burrow inside a variety of other organisms, feeding, including Tentacle Bearer Companions and Jaw Bearers.
Phylum Root Bearing
These organisms send roots down below the surface of Tentacle Bearers for nutrition. When the host attacks an asteroid or other body, the Root Bearers detach to send roots into the asteroid “prey”, helping to break it down.
Phylum Root Eating
These small organisms burrow under the surface of a Tentacle Bearer to eat roots, thereby keeping the Root Bearers in check.
The planet Azeng is sandy and rocky with about nine percent water cover. The few mountains are tall, some reaching thirteen kilometers. The seas and sand alike have low salt content. The atmosphere is a bit thinner than Earth’s and the global temperature is somewhat cooler. Gravity on the surface is about half that on Earth. Also, there is no ozone layer and much ultraviolet radiation reaches the surface.
These organisms are not made of cells, but rather interlocked loops of nucleic acids. A variety of nucleic acid types including triple backbone, quadruple backbone, and left-handed forms perform all the necessary functions of the body. No other significant molecules are present. Single-stranded molecules can link bases with several other single-stranded molecules simultaneously, maintaining the cohesion of the body.
These organisms are highly competitive against those in other sets.
Large numbers of these organisms can fit together to form large, mobile structures, most of which act much like organisms in their own right (except for reproduction). This makes classification difficult as there is no one-to-one relation of microform to macroform. Most individuals stay in various macroforms for their entire lives.
Phylum Lego Joint
These organisms resemble legos. On one side, they have evenly spaced knobs, and on the other side they have evenly spaced pits. This is how the individuals fit into macroforms. In this phylum, the individuals part with the collective often to live freely, usually dissolving it. However, sometimes a new generation will enter, giving the macroform permanence. When a macroform eats and digests another, a small number of legos will sometimes leave the doomed collective and join the winner to digest their own former comrades.
There are both aquatic and land-dwelling forms. Most species can form either and live in either environment. Among the aquatic macroforms are shark-like things, mobile polyp-like things, and things called boattails. Boattails have a head and tail, although the two are not always very distinct. The head has a large depression in the top so that it resembles the hull of a ship. Among the land-dwelling forms are lobster-like monsters each with a tail ending in a third claw.
Phylum Web Joint
Tiny and slender, when these organisms combine into larger structures, the result is a web. Sometimes these webs condense into other forms when the base creatures reshuffle. They capture prey by condensing a digestive sack around it quickly when it wanders into the web. They live in dry areas.
Phylum Twist Joint
These organisms connect at joints that allow rotation. Most macroforms are snake-like.
Phylum Point Joint
These beings create macroforms in which all base members connect at a single point or along a single line with spaces between them on the sides.
These beings arrange themselves into tiny structures resembling sea urchins. Divisions run both longitudinally and latitudinally. Individuals connect on four sides except at the “poles”. A missing member allows the individuals to slide along tracks and reshuffle. The core is hollow.
The planet Zargossia has a mean global temperature of 670 degrees Fahrenheit and a mean global air pressure of 85 bars. The air is 73% carbon dioxide and 23% hydrogen. Most of the rest is ozone, water vapor, and sulfur compounds. There are many volcanoes and lightning storms. Much of the crust is made of various salts of calcium, lithium, chlorine, fluorine, and iodine. Gravitational strength at the surface is nearly four times that on Earth.
Zargossians do not have cells, but rather they are riddled with cavities that are almost unconnected from each other. The walls of these cavities vibrate, producing standing waves in the medium (air), trapping molecules together in specific nodes. Lasers are also used to manipulate molecular motion.
Zargossians are highly competitive against those in other sets.
Kingdom 1 These Zargossians take specialization to the extreme. Although there are many species, each one is an entire ecosystem to itself, yet each individual within a species is little more than a single organ.
Phylum 1 Class 1
Order 1 Family 1
In this family, the ruling caste is little more than brains that resemble tree sap. The hunting caste is made of lizard-like individuals. The chewing caste is made of individuals that look like pizzas with large toothy mouths and ribs. The digesting caste looks like large cylinders. The distribution caste looks like flies that suck nutrients from the digesters and deliver it to all the others by injection. There is also a childbirth caste and many others. The ruling caste decides which zygotes will become which body form.
Planet Crythgenis is half covered by water and half covered by translucent oil and hydrocarbons. The cells of the organisms living here have the remarkable ability to rapidly alternate between watery insides with a lipid membrane and oily insides with a polar membrane, depending on the environment. Much of the sea is shallow and much of the seafloor is solid rock. Salt content is very low in both the ocean and in the cytoplasm of the beings here. There are also microscopic magnetic monopoles in the crust of this planet trapped in the shifting magnetic currents there.
The genetic material consists of nucleic acids supercoiled into chromosomes. There are three kinds: BNA, GNA, and XNA. Any species can alternate between them but rarely has more than one at a time. The messaging molecules come in two kinds: LNA and FNA. LNA codes for macromolecules made of fatty acids and FNA codes for macromolecules made of amino acids (proteins). Members of Kingdom Non-Nucleated Cells merely copy the genetic information onto identical molecules and do not use LNA or FNA. Every species has its own unique code describing which nucleotides call for which amino acids (or fatty acids). Translation is done in structures called ribosomes. There are one hundred sixteen different amino acids used on this planet by these organisms and although there is much variation between them in which ones are used, this is almost useless in classification due to hybridization and convergent evolution. Use of sugar is also common. Both chiralities of every molecule are used here. Unless otherwise noted, energy is carried by short phosphate chains with nucleotide tags.
The ecosystem of this planet consists of photosynthetic producers, chemosynthetic producers, and consumers that either consume other organisms or absorb nutrients from the surroundings. Although sugars and oils are common, neither is used as a food source and oxygen is not used as the electronegative agent. Nor is oxygen produced as a waste product of photosynthesis.
Organisms on this planet rarely contain more than one cell. Every organism can function as a free-living being or as part of one or another symbiotic structures containing many species. Many can belong to more than one kind. Since these symbiotic structures can also reproduce more of themselves, and can substitute some species for others that are closely related, they can be viewed as organisms in their own right. This leads to two distinct and anti-parallel taxonomic trees being used to classify the organisms of this set. The classification of individual cells is first below in sub-set 1 and the symbiotes are classified in sub-set Symbiota. Classification in both taxonomic trees is difficult below the level of orders due to extensive hybridization, organelle-sharing, and gene-sharing.
Members of this set are highly competitive against those in other sets.
These organisms are all single-celled.
Kingdom Divided Cells
These cells do not have organelles, but rather have flat membranes dividing the cell into several different sections, each with a specialized purpose. Along the edges are rods of protein connecting at the nodes in lumps. Reproduction is achieved by one section expelling lumps of protein that then connect to each other outside the cell by forming rods. Membranes are then added to divide the new cell into sections and to surround the new cell as a whole. As this happens, the parent injects genetic material into the proper section.
Kingdom Non-Nucleated Cells
Members of this kingdom have no nuclei, and instead have naked rod-shaped chromosomes. They do not have independent messaging molecules and simply copy their genetic molecules to message the ribosomes. Also, they use long-chain polyphosphates as energy-carriers rather than phosphates with organic tags (like ATP).
These chemosynthetic organisms burrow inside rocks and dissolve them from the inside out, creating slime, and then condensing the slime into beautiful and unique crystals.
Phylum Sticky Web
These organisms form sticky webs between them to capture other passing cells. They then coalesce around their prey, dissolve it, and share the nutrients.
Phylum Marriage Of Three
These organisms coalesce into groups of three and mate for life.
Class Thick Membrane
These organisms form an additional thick membrane around the triplet.
These organisms do not form an additional thick membrane around the triplet.
Kingdom Nucleated Cells
Members of this kingdom have a nuclear membrane surrounding the spherical chromosomes. There are over one million species.
Phylum Quartz Shell
Members of this phylum contain the pigment Crythgenis Green 1 for photosynthesis and are surrounded by a thin shell of quartz. Each species has a unique shape and size shell, and every member of a given species has an identical shell. Periodically, these single-celled organisms exit their shells to repair the outside, assuring uniformity. This is important, as “crystals” made of these organisms often comprise the skeleton of many symbiotic structures. Most species have shells with shapes that leave some space for nutrients to pass when they tessellate.
Phylum Paisley Fish
Members of this phylum contain complex cytoskeletons that allow them to swim like fish. The entire cell surface wiggles and undulates. Most species are teardrop or tadpole shaped. Some also have fins. Often, both the insides and outsides are frilly, quilted, intricate, and brightly multi-colored. Think paisley.
Their numerous types of pigments absorb light of many wavelengths and re-emit it at different wavelengths able to be absorbed by the other pigments in such a way that the final product light they emit is ideal for absorption by photosynthetic organisms containing Crythgenis Green 1, the one pigment Paisley Fish lack.
Phylum String Bearer
These spherical cells move by shooting out sticky-ended strings and then pulling themselves forward. They can also inject or suck chemicals such as poisons or pigments through other strings. These cells show complex behaviors and are highly adaptable. They have numerous sophisticated tools and sensory apparati. All have a special metabulatory structures on the outer surface known as Noe’s grooves.
In this class, Noe’s groove takes the form of a bottle-shaped cavity and the locomotive string launchers come in well-ordered sets with simple geometric shapes.
In this class, Noe’s groove takes the form of a saucer-shaped cavity with a narrow opening and the locomotive string launchers are scattered randomly over the cell’s surface.
Members of this phylum are shapeless and move much like amoebas from Earth.
Class 1 Members of this class are extremely thin and move in two dimensions over a surface or inside narrow crevices. A set of length-changing overlapping rods attach the cell membrane to an elliptical ring of nodes around the nucleus. Food reserves are stored in the semi-permanent pseudopodia.
These unicellular organisms are also very flat, but have a thickened edge and are flexible to move in three dimensions.
Class Sucking Tubes
These unicellular organisms have several long, flexible tubes to suck up food with that form and reform out of the pseudopodia.
Class Double Membrane
These unicellular organisms each have an inner and outer membrane.
Order 1 pointed
Order 2 droptip
Class Branching Feet
Sometimes the pseudopodia of these organisms become extensive branches with a hardened exterior and internal segmentation. They can continue to grow indefinitely.
Although these cells move primarily by pseudopodia, the outer membrane is covered with short mobile cilia that can also be used for locomotion. These cilia are shorter than, and different in structure from, the flagella of other phyla in this kingdom.
These unicellular organisms are the only ones on this planet with true mitochondria as recognized on Earth. In fact, each individual has a single, enormous mitochondrion (usually larger than the nucleus) that dominates the interior of the cell.
These unicellular organisms contain pigment Crythgenis Green 1 for photosynthesis.
Members of phylum 5 move by means of flagella.
Class Armored Vampire
These flagellates may be cylindrical, but often taper off in the back. The forward surface is flat. They are covered in a tough shell of protein with holes in specific places for the flagella to protrude. The forward surface is also bare but has no flagella. Instead, it is circled by a ring of tooth-like structures of protein. These organisms ram these “teeth” into larger cells, breaking the membrane. The “teeth” often move inward and outward to achieve this. Once the membrane has been breached, the Armored Vampire sucks cytoplasm into its forward surface until full.
These cells have multiple rod-shaped nuclei of various lengths running parallel to the long axis of the cell.
These cells have their flagella arranged in rows that spiral around the outside of the cell.
Order Helix Shell
Members of this order are encased in a helical shell of protein. Flagella protrude from the ends.
These cells each have a single flagellum in the back and a shell of protein and calcium phosphate. They also each have a single retractable lance made of the same material used for self-defense.
Class Branched Tail
These cells have branched flagella, eyespots (often on the flagella), numerous specialized sensory organelles, the ability to produce bursts of focused sonic waves or static electricity discharges in defense or offense, and a net of conducting fibers to perform simple logic functions. These cells each carry at least one magnetic monopole in pouches on the outside.
Class Giant Nucleus
These cells have flagella on opposing ends for a quick change of direction. They also have enormous nuclei that dominate the interior of the cell.
These cells have large funnel mouths in the front to eat smaller organisms. The back end tapers off gradually into an extra long flagellum.
Members of this order have folds such that they resemble a stack of paper cups. Often, the edges are ruffled.
Members of this order have many flagella all over the body.
Members of this class are crescent-shaped with flagella growing from the points. Some species have additional points with flagella between the two outliers.
Members of this class have many flagella all on one side and are extremely fast swimmers. Some species are photosynthetic and carry pigment Crythgenis Green 1.
Class Four Tails
Members of this class are spherical and have four evenly spaced flagella around the middle. They do not move in any particular direction, but merely rotate and stir up the medium.
Class Lasso Bearing
Members of this class move by means of a flagellum on the back and capture prey by means of several lassos on the front and sides. Like members of class Branched Tail, they have a conductive “nerve” net capable of simple logic functions, but they are not as sophisticated.
These nucleated cells have no means of locomotion.
Members of this class vibrate and thrash to escape the clutches of predators. They are also useful in amplifying vibratory signals as part of a nervous system for a symbiotic structure when combined with members of class 2.
Members of this class are long, rigid, and barbell-shaped. Combined with Shakers, they form “nerve fibers” of some types of symbiotic structures.
Class Four Spines
Members of this class are divided longitudinally in four equal sections of different color. From each section protrudes a spine.
These cells are spherical.
These cells are ellipsoid.
These cells in cross-section look like the yin-yang symbol, complete with a central division, two color scheme, and two nuclei of the appropriate colors.
These cells have large contractile vacuoles connecting to long canals that wrap around the surface of the cell. One species can use this for jet propulsion. These cells also have numerous external organelles stuck to the outside. They have varied and advanced chemical processing abilities.
Class 6 ribbed
All species of this phylum are photosynthetic and contain their photosensitive pigments in specialized, membrane-bound, organelles. All contain Crythgenis Green 1 and most contain other pigments, such as Crythgenis Green 2, Crythgenis Yellow 1, and Crythgenis Orange 1.
These cells are flat and usually leaf or heart shaped. Tiny tubes and one long flagellum protrude from one face. Special structures also protrude from either end of the “leaf”.
Class Spear Thrower
These cells are generally peanut-shaped and move by means of spindly lipoprotein “legs”. They are covered with “spear” launchers on one side ready to impale and injure would-be-predators.
These cells are generally teardrop-shaped and are coated with antibodies for use against predators. Most species can also detach the antibodies and allow them to float away.
These organisms are dominated by the pigment Crythgenis Orange 1.
Those organisms in this order have very long and thin cells that loop back and forth, resembling a lace trim. The cells taper and squiggle at the ends.
The organisms in this order have long, thin, flexible cells and have much Crythgenis Yellow 1 in addition to Crythgenis Orange 1.
Class Comet Shaped
The organisms in this class are oval with a ring of flagella around the middle, such that when they move, they resemble comets.
Class Hydra Shaped
These organisms are elongated ovals with a set of hairs at one end, such that they resemble the hydras (phylum cnidaria) of Earth.
Kingdom Waste Cavity
These cells can expel carbon dioxide, but not any other waste; the outer membrane primarily only works one way. Instead, as they grow they fill an ever-growing vacuole in the center of the cell with waste products. If needed, this material can be used later. Some species grow quite large and have thousands of nuclei. Eventually, this unsustainable arrangement causes the cell to die. When it does so, it bursts, releasing not only the waste, but thousands of eggs also stored in the waste vacuole.
Phylum Giant Cell
These cells grow very large, sometimes reaching as much as twelve inches across. They also posses an unusual metabulatory structure on the outer membrane known as Shorey’s pass.
Class Prehensile Tail
In this class Shorey’s pass is modified into a long, thin, prehensile tail that keeps the main body from floating away. The main body resembles a furry balloon. The fur is in reality extensions of the outer membrane used to increase surface area and therefore nutrient absorption.
In this class Shorey’s pass takes the form of a pit on the upper surface containing one, two, or three “teeth”. The teeth are jagged calcified projections capable of limited motion. The body is flattened, round, and sits directly on the seafloor.
These cells vaguely resemble palm branches with stems attaching them to some surface. The waste vacuole runs down the center of the “leaf” section.
This kingdom is comprised of members with very tiny cells. Incapable of reproducing on their own, they inject nuclei into host cells from other kingdoms, reprogramming them to complete the life cycle of the parasite. Most species can feed and metabolize independently. It is only in reproduction that they need help. They move by means of flagella.
These organisms inject nuclei into the host filled with BNA, GNA, or XNA that rewrites the genome of the host to transform into copies of the parasite.
These organisms inject nuclei into the host filled with LNA or FNA to take over the ribosomes and make them produce copies of the parasite without necessarily changing the entire host cell. These organisms can not infect members of kingdom Non-Nucleated Cells, since they do not use LNA or FNA.
These organisms inject nuclei filled with BNA, GNA, or XNA and nuclei filled with LNA or FNA. They do everything that those in the first two phyla do simultaneously.
The organisms of this sub-set are all multicellular symbiotic structures and composed entirely of the cells of species found in sub-set 1. Nevertheless, they are organisms in their own right and are listed below.
Kingdom Symbiota These organisms must be spawn from previously existing organisms of similar type and cannot simply condense out of the seawater/oil even when all the necessary species are nearby. However, individual cells (and even “organs”) may come and go and defect to other organisms. Mergers are also common. Reproduction can be done by fragmentation and regeneration, budding, division, or by spores containing at least one representative of every species in the collective. Every species contains at least some photosynthetic life.
Phylum Metal Bones
These tiny pelagic organisms grow a hollow mesh structure of minerals taken from the seawater/oil. The cells cling to the frame, leaving the pores and center cavity open. They reproduce by division.
Class Aluminum Bones
The skeletons of these organisms are made of amorphous aluminum.
Class Iron Bones
The skeletons of these organisms are made of ferric oxide crystals (with some nickel oxide impurities).
Class Gold Bones
The skeletons of these organisms are made of crystalline gold oxide (with impurities of copper oxide and silver oxide).
Class Silicon Bones
The skeletons of these organisms are made of crystalline silicon.
Phylum Creeping Carpet
These tiny organisms resemble bushy walking trees. Millions of them walk together to form a “carpet” that slowly migrates, eating everything in its path and growing bigger. They reproduce by budding or by spores.
Phylum Hemisphere Shaped
These soft organisms are hemisphere shaped with small tentacles and holes on the flat side. They are either pelagic or sit on the seafloor with the flat side up (the curved side is denser). They reproduce primarily by division.
These organisms reproduce by spores. When a spore finds a suitable spot on the seafloor, it sends out mycelial growth to grow as big as it can. Later, out of the mass of mycelia, spore polyps form to complete the life cycle. Other organs can also grow out of the mycelia.
After settling down, the spore develops into a filter-feeding anemone-like polyp and maintains some central control. The hyphae separate zones of the seafloor for different chemical activity. Sometimes, hyphae arch over other hyphae without merging to keep certain zones intact. Dissolved regions of rock in the shape of a root network (cracks) are used as often as solid hyphae.
After settling down, the spore becomes a spherical spore sack. A mass of cells and slime grow from it. Out of this, hyphae partially condense. Sometimes gaps are left, resembling synapses.
These organisms reproduce primarily by budding and resemble segmented worms with tough but flexible exoskeletons. They also have a nervous system that uses vibrations, rather than electricity, for signaling.
The forward end of these creatures terminates in a tuft of filter-feeding tentacles. They are excellent swimmers.
Class Bubble Eater
The bulbous forward section of these worms contains a large digestive cavity, which terminates there; there are no intestines. Across the opening on the top (the worms stand upright, sometimes in burrows) is a mucus membrane. From this form bubbles that capture floating food particles, fall, and rejoin the membrane, releasing the food inside. The cavity is divided into sections be semi-permeable mucus membranes. Different kinds of food are digested in different places.
The digestive bulb is spherical in this order.
The digestive bulb is long and elliptical in this order.
Order Narrow Neck
The digestive bulb in this order resembles a vase with a long, narrow neck and a small opening.
Order Large Lips
The digestive bulb in this order resembles a vase with a wide opening, large lips, and thick walls.
Order Bubble Eater
The digestive bulb is shaped like a wide cone pointing upward in this order. At the base is swelling and a rounded edge.
Class Tube Dwellers
These worms live fixed inside calcium phosphate tubes. They are capable of extending quite a distance but can fit completely inside their tubes when predators come. The anterior end terminates in a tuft of filter feeding tentacles and leafy projections filled with photosynthetic cells line the long body.
Class Pincer Bearers
These worms have pincers on their sides capable of drawing nutrients from organisms that they attach to. They are excellent swimmers.
These creatures use technology and language.
Class Single Segment
These organisms consist of a single segment open on both ends. They are parasites, seeking to join others in their phylum.
These organisms reproduce by division and resemble transparent bags of fluid under high pressure with roots. The roots need not emanate all from one point. Some species have more specific bilateral or asymmetrical shapes with specialized organs. These organisms have the ability to detach and float in the current to find better places to settle down.
These organisms reproduce by fragmentation and regeneration or by budding and have a base body plan built around a medusa form and so resemble jellyfish from Earth (phylum coelenterata).
These beings have a woody (contains Quartz Shells and others) trunk protruding from underneath the medusa bell that branches at one node (including one branch straight down). Each branch terminates in the top of a smaller medusa bell. Each of these bells, in turn, also grows a woody stem and so on in fractal fashion. They can swim, although weakly.
These beings resemble a medusa bell with antlers made of stacks of smaller medusa bells. Some species have hairy antlers. These beings move along the seafloor.
These beings resemble a stack of medusa bells.
These beings resemble a stack of medusa bells tapering off somewhat at the bottom. They can swim, although weakly.
In these organisms, the stack continues to taper off into a powerful tail. The top bell tapers into a pointed spire on the top. These creatures are powerful swimmers.
These organisms reproduce by budding or division and are pushed, dragged, or carried away by animal-like members of other phyla, which live inside and are as much a part of the total symbiotic organism as anything else. Seawater/oil is pumped through to be filtered for food or small animal-like symbiotes bring food inside to be digested. These organisms are very soft and fragile.
These beings have a cylindrical soft shell open on both ends and so resemble a rotting hollow log. Some get quite large.
These beings resemble a rotting, soft-shell clam. Two holes in the top draw water into the central cavity and two on the bottom empty it. Some get quite large.
These beings resemble bird nests.
These beings resemble rocks and sometimes begin as members of Kingdom 2.
Phylum Colored Horns
These organisms reproduce by spores, which bleed from every surface. They are slow moving balls of slime with several grains near the center. From these grains can grow protein-calcium phosphate “horns” as long as they remain parallel and maintain the same cross sectional shape as the starting grain. The grain color also dictates the “horn” color.
This phylum is a catch-all category for all Symbiotes containing less than one hundred cells. Most of them are capable of joining larger symbiotic structures while maintaining their identity. There are over three hundred species.
This organism is oval and has five lateral layers. Each layer is a single cell. In the center is a sixth cell. Between each layer are connective fibers. Some of the outer cells have special hairs.
Members of this kingdom form when Jewel Non-Nucleated Cells hollow out a rock or boulder and then other single-celled organisms and multicellular symbiotic structures come to live inside. It forms spontaneously. Seawater/oil is pulled inside the rock where it is filtered for food.
These symbiotic structures are filled with, and are controlled by, members of kingdom 5, sub-set 1. They are parasites on larger symbiotic structures. As always, multiple species are involved.
This parasitic, net-shaped symbiote is surrounded by a cellular membrane and can be thought of as a false cell. It grows in between and around the cells of its host.
This membrane-bound organism mimics a nucleus.
This membrane bound organism mimics a mitochondrion.
This membrane-bound organism mimics a true individual of kingdom 5, sub-set 1, only larger, armored in protein, and more advanced.
This organism is rod-shaped and pierces cellular membranes, remaining sticking out. It draws nutrients from the host cell to elongate and continuously break off its end, forming offspring.
This organism resembles a worm that can slowly move through its host. In reality, it does not move but merely grows on its front end by transforming the host cells into “worm” cells and shrinks on its back end by transforming “worm” cells into host cells.
The planet Kezhkzsk is Earth-sized and has an atmosphere of oxygen (20%), ozone (15%), and nitrogen (60%). Trace gases include sulfur compounds, peroxides, superoxides, water vapor, nitrous oxide, and the first six noble gases. There is very little carbon there. Fresh water covers forty-six percent of the surface, but an additional thirty-five percent of the landscape is composed of water-rich hydrates at sea level. These hydrates and much of the interior of the planet are actually living material made mostly of salts or silicates. Electrical activity is common throughout the atmosphere and planetary crust. There are many caves.
These organisms are highly competitive against those of other sets. Those in Kingdom Crystal In Bubble sell themselves into slavery as endosymbiotes to other sets and then engage in subversive activity. They also sell monopoly rights to the use of certain artificial compounds.
These organisms are made of highly conductive amorphous metal with no discernable internal structures. They have an extremely high melting point.
These organisms are little more than thin wires of metal. They move like snakes. Some go as deep as into the core and back to the surface.
These organisms resemble mycelia and fill the cracks between rocks. Compression and tension created during quakes or other movements is absorbed and stored in wound springs. The action of all these organisms keeps quakes manageably mild. At least two percent of the planet’s crust is composed of these organisms.
These organisms live in the upper mantle and lower crust capturing wave energy of turbulent magma flows.
These organisms live throughout the crust.
With a lower melting point, these organisms live only in the upper crust. Although they have “storage springs”, they store their energy primarily electrochemically.
These organisms have biochemical pathways based on silicon and sulfur. They are constructed primarily of silicates and eat rocks (or other organisms).
These organisms are fast-moving blobs of partly molten rock. They are rarely seen above the planetary surface and swim in magma.
These organisms are extremely slow-moving blobs of apparently solid rock.
These microscopic organisms have ruffled edges and thin organic fibers attached to the outside to be used as crude legs.
These organisms are not individual rocks, but rather regions of bedrock that slowly absorb (eat) adjacent regions (or are absorbed). Seventy percent of the mantle and crust of Kezhkzsk is made of these beings.
These organisms live on the surface of the planet as individual stones.
These organisms have no particular shape and are indistinguishable from rocks. Some species remain perfectly still for years at a time.
Order 2 These organisms resemble snakes and shape their bodies into a series of arches along the ground. Among the fastest in the kingdom, some species can move at a top speed of three centimeters per hour.
These organisms are laterally flattened. Their ventral surface is arched in several places.
These organisms are mostly solid, but have flexible parts to allow quick movements.
Phylum Glass Island
These large organisms have sheens of slippery glass on the sides, preventing beings from climbing on them except at designated ports. They derive energy from tides and wave action by using a set of locks and dams. Glass Islands also have a simple root system growing from a single point on the ventral-most surface. The roots are often at the sites of geothermal activity, a second power source. Glass Islands can influence the weather through the creation of magnetic fields, electric fields, heat, absorption of heat, and the release of moisture. They communicate to one another by radio. They also have radar and sonar systems. Some species grow as much as a mile in diameter.
If cut open, the cross section of these organisms resembles that of an onion from Earth. Between each glassy metallic layer is a layer of ash or soot-like material. The layers get thinner towards the core.
Class Climbing Cube
These organisms are cube-shaped and live deep underground in caves with only ninety-degree angles. The air is usually hot and sulfurous there. They move by harnessing negative friction and sliding along. They are also capable of climbing vertical surfaces and hanging from the ceiling. To enter a new surface, they must be able to find a corner wherein they can touch both surfaces simultaneously.
Class Rolling Ball
These creatures are sphere-shaped and roll everywhere by harnessing negative friction. To reproduce, a mated pair (or larger group) must find a small pebble. Holding this pebble between them, they roll it around and around, adding layers. So each Rolling Ball has a small pebble at the core.
These creatures not only resemble volcanoes, but in reality – are volcanoes. They derive energy from the motion of magma and heated groundwater. During times of geothermal dormancy, the Volcanoes must supplement their energy intake by capturing passing organisms. They do this by spitting out “tongues” of nearly molten rock and lick their slopes clean, sucking the “tongues” back in.
Phylum Sailing Stone These predators are large boulders filled with gas, allowing them to float on the surface of the sea. Scattered over their bodies are several mouths that open like camera irises. Inside are powerful teeth that can each move independently.
Phylum Iron Armored Beast
These creatures are rich in iron, armored, and covered with spines. As they age and grow, the iron on the outside rusts and the spines begin to break and become jagged. They walk on oversized spines on the ventral side. They have only one mouth.
These creatures have well-defined shapes and flexible joints.
Class Underground Scorpion
These creatures live deep underground and resemble scorpions from Earth, but without the pincers. The tail end has no stinger, but is capable of sucking up molten sulfur and squirting it out at enemies later.
These creatures can keep sulfur molten inside the body for thirty hours or more. The tail ends in an extended, straight, rifle-like appendage to increase accuracy.
These creatures are capable of creating cannon balls inside the body and firing/tossing them out the tail.
Class Many Shield Back
These segmented creatures have a series of armor plates on the back, underneath which are a series of mouths. The plates are capable of cutting through most stones. They can chew also. The rest of their bodies are covered with scales.
Order Prong Head
These amphibious centipede-like creatures swim by means of many tiny paddle-feet and by undulating the body. They stay buoyant by means of small stone bladders on the sides of every segment. The head is split into two prongs at a one-hundred-thirty-degree angle. At the end of each prong are two long, thin antennae.
Order Rock Eater
Members of this order are large with thick legs, centipede-like, and most are predators. They have grasping claws on some of the more anterior legs.
Order Short Rock Eater
Members of this order are small and short with arched backs and have only six to ten thick legs. An anterior scoop tosses rocks onto the back and holds them there so they can be chewed and swallowed.
Order Ram Worm
These large, rigid, worm-like organisms move by means of glass shards protruding through the skin. The front end contains an extendible battering ram.
Sub-Set Water Inside
These organisms contain large amounts of water and hydrates.
Kingdom New Land
Entire islands and continents grow by absorbing water, salts, and other compounds, forming complex hydrates that fill the ocean up to sea level and heightening the freezing point of water to create ice. Fractal channels allow the flow of water and other materials to where they are needed. This is the circulatory system of the decentralized organism.
Kingdom Giant Roots
These organisms have channels down the center for the flow of water, magma, or other materials. They each have the ability to grow as roots and repeatedly split. Four percent of the Kezhkzsk crust is made of these.
These organisms can function either as burrowing worms or grow long and branch like a root system. The root tips (or worm heads, if you prefer) each have a single large mouth. They do not grow in thickness once adults, but some species are eight miles thick. They lay eggs.
These organisms can function either as burrowing worms or grow long and branch like a root system. The root tips (or worm heads, if you prefer) each have a small central mouth and eight small peripheral mouths. Inside these organisms are chambers and passageways filled with air or water to house numerous symbiotic and parasitic species. There is even internal lighting. Energy is derived not only from eating rock, but also from geothermal sources and from water flowing downhill. They have powerful pumping stations, pipes, and electric cables. They do not grow in thickness, but some species are ten miles thick. They do not lay eggs.
These organisms are built around crystals rather than stone.
Kingdom Walking Crystal
These microscopic organisms are starburst-shaped complex crystals with organic fibers attached to the sharp points to be used as legs. They can walk and jump.
Kingdom Crystal In Bubble
These microscopic organisms are tree-shaped complex crystals with the trunk attached to the inside of a bilipid membrane bubble. The cytoplasm contains organic and inorganic compounds. They are equally carbon-based and silicon-based. The tree-crystal contains the genetic information and memory. These cells are intelligent and each has its own personality. They have the ability to control the minds and bodies of virtually everything they infect, including Earthset organisms, but certainly anything on planet Kezhkzsk. These cells also have the ability to mimic the physical, electrical, magnetic, optical, and chemical properties of any substance. They are expert chemists and make use of quantum dots. These organisms are highly competitive against those of other sets. Those in Kingdom Crystal In Bubble sell themselves into slavery as endosymbiotes to other sets and then engage in subversive activity. They also sell monopoly rights to use of certain artificial compounds.
Sub-Set Salt Virus
Kingdom Salt Virus
These extremely small viruses are made of salts and can infect most things on this planet except the wires of kingdom 1.
These Salt Viruses are cubic in shape.
These Salt Viruses are pyramidal in shape. Depending on the species, the base may be hexagonal, square, or triangular. Sometimes two Pyramidal of the same species fuse along the base to become one.
The planet Halyjoa has many small barely connected seas rather than a few large oceans. Fifty-eight percent of the planet’s surface is underwater. More than half of the dry land is covered by two to six feet of a soft, firm life form. Underneath that is solid rock. Most of the rest of the dry land and seafloor is also solid rock. Much of the seafloor is covered by a syrupy life form. The terrain is relatively flat. Salt content of the oceans and the life here is identical to each other and only sixty six percent that of Earth’s ocean. Geysers and geothermal vents lie scattered all over the planet. Gravity at the surface is fifty percent more than that on Earth. The atmosphere is virtually identical to that of Earth and the global temperature is slightly higher. There are no ice caps.
Sugars, proteins, and alcohol are common but lipids are not and nucleic acids are absent completely.
These organisms are highly competitive against those in other sets. Most species live on the planet Halyjoa, which is the homeworld, but some live on a nearby gas giant planet in the same system, some live in the rings of that planet, and some live in the nearby asteroid belt. Those in Kingdom House are the only truly spacefaring beings in this set and often take on passengers from these different biomes, keeping them connected.
This organism strains the definition of life. It has no boundary. Only gravity and inertia keep it on the seafloor. Between ten and forty percent of the seafloor is covered by one to twelve centimeters of this syrupy mixture of sugars, peptides, alcohol, and other compounds. Crude, small, ribosomal structures and free-floating genetic molecules create small proteins that facilitate a variety of self-sustaining reactions and grow the organism. The details and characteristics of these reactions, genes, and ribosomal structures are different from place to place because of mutations, but there is no clear boundary between species.
Kingdom No Shape
These blobby organisms are bound by a semi-permeable membrane.
Phylum Wax Skin
These creatures slither around on land and have a thin sheen of wax to prevent drying. Some get as large as two hundred pounds. Their color ranges from yellow to brown to orange.
Members of this class often rip the outer membrane when straining. Shreds of “skin” floating around the inside of the body patch up any tears.
These creatures swim in the sea and get as large as fifty pounds. They range in color from gray to blue to green.
These creatures swim in the sea and get as large as twenty pounds. They range in color from clear to white.
Phylum Pumice Shell
These organisms hold their genetic material in macroscopic seed-like structures spaced evenly throughout their bodies. Most have outer membranes.
These chemosynthetic organisms live near geothermal vents on the seafloor in hot water pools around geysers. To live, they must be out of boiling water for no more than a few minutes.
These organisms resemble bubbling cheese, but more or less keep their shape.
These organisms resemble boiling gravy.
These organisms resemble meatloaf that leaks rivulets of oil.
These organisms resemble blistering, quivering, splitting hot dogs.
These organisms resemble sponges from Earth (phylum Porifera) with a flame on the top (even underwater). They also resemble candles.
These organisms are lumpy and have several narrow chimneys on top, releasing black “smoke”.
These organisms can take on any shape but have a defined “rest shape”.
The “rest shape” of these aquatic creatures is a flattened blob with lateral undulations of regular size and shape, forming strong “fingers”.
These beings are every color at once and average one hundred pounds.
These beings are green and average twenty-five pounds.
The “rest shape” of these aquatic creatures is a worm.
These beings are translucent red or purple and average four ounces.
These beings are fast swimmers and silver colored. They average six pounds.
The “rest shape” of these aquatic creatures is a wide, helical shape floating vertically with the lower end wider than the top. Many are lavender.
Class Butter Worms
These aquatic creatures have a “mouth” connecting to an internal “balloon” capable of storing enormous amounts of water and causing the entire organism to expand very quickly to many times its size.
These creatures are tiny (almost microscopic) worms that can blow up to four feet in diameter in five seconds.
These creatures are oval and rough-skinned with large “lips”. They can blow up from six inches to eighteen inches in one second. They cannot swim, but rather inch along the seafloor.
Class Spiny Ball
These creatures are covered with large spines, which are soft to humans but will cut most life on Halyjoa. They can blow up from less than an inch to fifteen feet in diameter (not including spines).
These creatures have a fairly fixed shape, although they are very flexible.
These aquatic creatures resemble pancakes and are rimmed by short stinging tentacles.
These organisms have no outer membrane and so live inside the membranes of others.
Members of this kingdom are divided into pseudocells and contain a thick-walled digestive cavity at the core (not made of pseudocells). Growths from this cavity to the outside can form and reform. Genetic material is also stored in the digestive cavity, which also functions as a brain. The pseudocells contain “pseudonuclei” (one each) that contain some genetic material to make more pseudocells, but not new whole organisms. Most species also have additional solid parts not divided into pseudocells or true cells.
Members of this phylum are spherical and comprised of thousands of tiny pseudocells. The core is filled with hydrogen, allowing them to float in air several feet above the land or water (out of reach of most predators).
Members of this phylum are shapeless and divided into twenty to a hundred pseudocells. The pseudocells are roughly non-rectangular parallelograms.
Members of this class form toothy, jawed mouths on any part of the body instantly. They also have a thin outer skin to help keep the pseudocells inside from detaching.
Members of this class have no outer skin and the pseudocells stick to one another by weak adhesives. Although they never leave the body, the pseudocells may allow deep rifts to form along their connection faults.
Members of this class have a black, rubbery outer skin covered with tough thorns as much for defense as for gripping. They are excellent climbers.
Members of this class always have deep rifts in the pseudocell matrix, giving them wide, leaf-like appendages attached by thin, petiole-like limbs. They are fast. Some species run over land at forty miles per hour.
Members of this phylum arrange their pseudocells in rows and resemble snakes.
Members of this order are constantly evaporating away as well as splitting in half. They reproduce by fragmentation and regeneration and must eat constantly to survive.
Phylum 4 bigmouth
Members of this phylum have an outer shell with one set of jaws and usually teeth. From the opposite end emanate tentacles made of rows of pseudocells. These tentacles have the ability to merge with other organisms of this set.
Order Hook Tongue
These creatures have a long tongue equipped with a hook on the end to capture prey.
Phylum Split Dragon
These creatures may have multiple necks or multiple tails or other limbs made of rows of pseudocells that continually split and merge. To maintain cohesion, and not split the body down the middle, the rows of pseudocells often cross over.
These creatures are solid, even if usually soft. They have no cells or pseudocells.
Members of this phylum have a soft outer shell with seams that allow rotation along one axis. They are mostly hollow.
Class 1 Banana Legs
These creatures resemble banana bunches and walk on the tips of the “bananas”.
These creatures resemble the legged land vertebrates of Earth in general shape. Blob-shaped eyes flow down the outside of the body, dragging the soft, wrinkled skin with them.
These creatures resemble snakes.
These creatures live in the low-gravity conditions in the caves of asteroids in the asteroid belt and therefore have gripping legs on at least two opposing sides to jump from wall to wall (or floor to ceiling) without needing to flip around.
Order Two-Way Claw
These creatures have lateral limbs that split at one-hundred-eighty-degrees at the second joint. At the end of each split is a pincer. They can easily reach forward or backward without turning their limbs all the way around. Mouths can open in the pincers.
Family Needle Fish
These creatures taper to a needle point on the front and a vertical wedge on the back.
These creatures are round with seven many-jointed arms around the middle. Each ends in several opposable digits with claws. Mouths can open at the ends of the arms.
Kingdom Soft Land
Covering large regions of the planet from two to six feet is a soft, firm organism. Characteristics vary from place to place, but there is no distinct line between individuals. In some places, the surface is fuzzy. In some places, folds on the surface resemble blankets. In some places, the lowest six inches are fibrous. In some places, the surface is exceptionally springy. Underneath it all is about a foot of rich soil. Underneath that is bedrock. The Soft Land also maintains a four to six foot gap between it and any member of Kingdom House. Houses dot the landscape.
These intelligent beings resemble buildings complete with chambers, hallways, sealing doors, windows, lighting, faucets, stairs, shelves, waste disposal systems, freezers, rainwater collectors, and ovens. Animal-like species of many kinds are welcome inside and often bring gifts of food to the “house”. However, the primary source of energy is solar. The shape that an adult house will take is partially by choice based on the circumstances and some never stop growing. They are solid, but have different biochemistry than those in Kingdom Solid.
Hydrogen is collected from the atmosphere to burn, sometimes for supplemental energy. Usually, this is for use in rockets. These Houses are capable of leaving orbit and traveling the solar system. They carry on relations with beings living throughout the Halyjoa system.
These houses float on the sea. They are at the mercy of the currents.
These Houses continue growing indefinitely into sprawling complexes.
These aquatic, chemosynthetic organisms can exist in three possible forms. Often they resemble burning wood while hanging out near deep-sea vents. Sometimes, they change form to perfectly mimic flames. From this form, they can change into a “thick black smoke” form. Under the high pressure of the deep sea, this “smoke” can maintain its integrity and move like a blob to another location where it will condense into the “wood” form again.
These tiny parasitic creatures, when burned, can infiltrate a host while in the “smoke” form and reconstitute inside. They were once placed in cigars. These creatures have a strong shell, inside of which is a clear fluid with no membrane, but the ability to control its own surface tension.
These organisms resemble plants and burn constantly.
Kingdom Pressure Plants
Phylum 1 (ball)
Phylum 2 (sheet, fixed fins)
Phylum 3 (bilateral, retractable bladder fins)
Class 1 (filter feeder)
Order 1 (two hole balloon, ion wind)
Order 2 (zeppelin, tentacle row)
Class 2 (plant only)
Kingdom Heat Plants
SubKingdom 1 (fluid)
Phylum 1 (fluid)
SubKingdom 2 (bearings)
Phylum 2 (stretch balloon)
Phylum 3 (tiny shell)
SubKingdom 3 (slow valve, slow pistons)
Phylum 4 (internal bulbs, color change)
Phylum 5 (external bulbs)
Phylum 6 (inner tube)
Class 1 (common bulb)
Class 2 (independent bulbs)
Class 3 (sails)
Order 1 (flip leaf)
Order 2 (flip body)
SubKingdom 4 (fast valve, fast pistons, coupling)
Phylum 7 (tumble, flat, insulation variable)
Phylum 8 (multiple branch feed)
Class 1 (filter feeder)
Class 2 (filter feeder, no pistons)
Class 3 (plant only)
Phylum 9 (float valves)
Phylum 10 (sails)
Class 1 (3-circle)
Order 1 (eye-out)
Order 2 (eye-in)
Phylum 11 (float bladder rotate, 3-bulb)
The planet Anvelibytes is only slightly larger than Earth, but has over three times the strength of gravity at the surface. Differences in elevation are only slightly less than on Earth, however. Seventy percent of the surface is covered by salt water nearly twice as salty as Earth’s oceans and with a different distribution of dissolved minerals. The remaining thirty percent of the surface includes lakes, misty swamps, deserts, and “grasslands”. Average global temperature is seventy degrees Fahrenheit and no snow ever falls. The atmosphere is very much like Earth’s with seventy-one percent nitrogen, twenty-six percent oxygen, and trace gases of water vapor, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, argon, and helium.
These organisms are made of cells with water-based cytoplasm and lipid membranes. Lacking an endoplasmic reticulum, these organisms rather have a carefully planned thermal choreography that ensures that each molecule gets to its destination in proper time. Water accounts for less than thirty percent of the cytoplasm. Golgi complexes are common.
Most species combine oxygen with organic molecules for energy, releasing carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, and water. Photosynthetic species run this process in reverse. The ecosystem includes photosynthetic producers, consumers, and decomposers. Some consumers are also capable of supplemental food production by alternative means.
Various proteins are used as both structural and functional molecules, as on Earth. The top forty most commonly used amino acids include all those used on Earth, except of opposite chirality. Almost no organic molecule on Anvelibytes shares the same chirality with one from Earth (except of course for achiral ones). Sugars are also common.
These organisms are highly competitive against those in other sets and as a result, the genetic code is read differently in every individual so genetic secrets cannot be copied. Nevertheless, classification into nested hierarchies is relatively straightforward. Chromosomes are always in condensed form.
On Anvelibytes, an unusual asymmetrical energy field forces each organism to adopt a right-handed helix as part of its overall shape. In the case of spiral structures, the center is considered the top, and the periphery is considered the bottom. Some helixes are defined based not on gravity but on body parts corresponding to body parts of closely related species that are based on gravity. Any left-handed helical structure or motion is unstable and does not last long (including subatomic and molecular). Any material leaving Anvelibytes takes with it this energy field, weakly affecting its environment. All offspring born offworld retain all asymmetrical characteristics. Visitors to this world that contain helical structures (such as DNA) should be wary, although the force is weak enough that self-healing mechanisms can negate it.
Kingdom Frame Plants
These organisms are multicellular and photosynthetic. Each cell contains one membrane-bound nucleus, containing the genetic material. Chromosomes are asterisk-shaped with six points. Haploid number of chromosomes ranges from eighteen to forty.
They contain pigment Anvelibytes Red One. The body of the organism consists of branches and loops. Across the middle of each loop is the acellular photosynthetic membrane. The membrane is “framed” by the branches. This membrane also respirates. New loops form as bumps on the sides of branches flatten out, forming a depression in the center as they also grow bigger.
Phylum Horizontal Frames
These are mostly short, moss-like Frame Plants, although some grow as high as three meters. They may survive in water or on land, but most thrive only on land. The loops grow horizontally from a central stalk in a helical pattern. Most species live in misty areas. They have a holdfast but no roots. Reproduction is by means of single-celled, spring-shaped, jumping spores.
These plants grow in misty areas on the surfaces of other plants, but never on the photosynthetic membrane. Species include specialists and generalists and even a few that form “reefs” by growing on older members of the same species.
These plants grow in misty areas or on shorelines only on solid surfaces, like rock or packed dirt.
These plants grow in misty areas or on shorelines and have special holdfasts to anchor them in loose sand or on other unstable substrates.
These plants terminate in a flattened whorl on top.
Class One Frame
These plants terminate in a flattened whorl on top and have only one or very few frames that wrap helically around the central stalk with the interior edge of the photosynthetic membrane connecting directly to the stalk.
These plants grow in salt water.
These Frame Plants mostly resemble leafless celery. Most branch. The curved “stems” are composed of multiple frames, usually tall and thin. The frames grow at the top, beginning in a haphazard tile pattern until they settle into the long, vertical pattern of below. The “stems” grow from spots on the base that follow a spiral. The base stores food. All species have both roots and holdfast, but they are separate organs. The roots develop from different embryological tissues in this phylum than they do in other phyla. Most live in misty areas.
These Frame Plants resemble cabbage. The “leaves” are composed of several frames/loops each. Some families have thousands of tessellated, thin-walled frames. They grow by adding more loops at the edges. They open up during the day and close at night. The “leaves” grow from spots on the base that follow a spiral. Food is stored in the base. All species have roots.
Phylum Oil Cavity
These Frame Plants often grow haphazardly or else form a solid shell of frames all around, trapping an air bubble inside. Some species float on water, some blow in the wind, and some are home to small nesting animals. All species have roots in the “larval” stage, but some detach later in life. In some species, the internal branches disintegrate, leaving only the shell branches. At the center of each individual branch strut lies a helical tube filled with extra food (usually oil or exotic lipids). The tubes are usually separated by thin walls. This phylum represents the dominant plant life on Anvelibytes.
These Frame Plants live in some of the hottest and driest areas. The frame struts thus enlarge to dominate the outer surface, leaving the photosynthetic membranes with less than fifty percent. In some species, the membranes are at the ends of extended tubes. The struts are usually light-colored.
Phylum Vertical Frames
These primarily aquatic Frame Plants have a central helical stalk with two to nine vertical ridges. From these ridges grow “leaves” that orient themselves in the same plane of the ridges and central stalk. They have holdfasts and no roots.
These primarily terrestrial plants resemble ferns early in life (they never go through a “fiddlehead” stage) before they begin to twist into a helix with the leaves/frames on one side pointing outward growing ever larger and the leaves/frames on the other side interlocking in the middle to give the organism resilience in the breeze. They grow several feet tall in wet, misty areas. They come with two, three, four, or five rows of frames.
These salt-water plants come with three, four, five, or six rows of frames.
These fresh-water plants come with five, six, seven, eight, or nine rows of frames.
These terrestrial plants grow in such a way that the entire body of the plant above the holdfast spins, making several revolutions in a single day in some species. By so doing, these plants sweep out a large space between them and other plants that may grow tall enough to block sunlight. Most species branch and many of those have additional axis of spin at the branch nodes. While the plants are vascular, the tissue does not survive spinning at the nodes and so each section has a quasi-independent system (diffusion still takes place at the nodes). The frames are always found at the center of the stalk, vertically. Many plants have whips, spines, bristles, hooks, or blades, but many have none of those.
These plants grow only in intertidal zones. They must alternate between periods of complete submergence in salt water and complete exposure to air. Even though short, most species branch. At the terminal of each branch is a cup with the photosynthetic membrane stretched across the top, enclosing an air pocket. From the inner lip of the cup stretches a spiral imbedded in the membrane.
These plants range from microscopic to one centimeter in length and have only one single frame each. It contains an imbedded spiral that does not connect to the external frame.
These plants are pelagic and very small. They are one of the chief components of plankton on Anvelibytes.
Class Hook Bearing
These plants carry a tail ending in a venomous and explosive hook. If under attack or being digested or captured in a web or filter, the tail flexes to free the plant, while simultaneously creating a pressurized burst of hot venom.
These plants are pelagic loners.
These plants have adhesive nodes on the sides of their tails to attach to others. They tend to attach in such a way that their hooks guard each other’s frames. They can be found in pelagic clusters of two to thousands.
These plants have adhesive nodes on the sides of their tails to attach to others. They tend to attach in such a way that they form spheres with all the hooks on the outside and all the frames on the inside. They can be found in pelagic clusters of dozens to thousands.
These plants have adhesive nodes on the sides of their tails to attach to others and to the substrate. They form mats with the frames pointing both down and up. There are both aquatic and terrestrial mats.
Members of this order are terrestrial.
Members of this family react when touched, flattening themselves against the substrate temporarily before rebounding. The reaction is then copied by their neighbors, forming a sort of “ripple” through the mat. Different species react at different speeds.
These plants have a central stalk that curls into a spiral with the photosynthetic membranes forming between the turns of the spiral and cross-struts between the turns of the spiral. As the plant grows, the inner-facing and outer-facing tissues of the stalk slide past each other and the struts nodes shift (though the struts themselves may also stretch some). Some species branch, forming additional layers to the spiral. Other species branch, forming entirely new spirals outside the plane of the first. Not all species keep strictly to a plane anyways, preferring helixes. All members have holdfasts, rather than roots and grow only in misty areas.
These organisms grow primarily from the base.
These organisms grow primarily from the center of the spiral – or the stalk terminal.
The bodies of these organisms consist of frames interlocked as if part of a chain, but with cross-struts directly linking them across both membranes in question, making them rigid. Running through the core of many frame struts is a duct. These ducts branch upwards (but not downwards, though the low points are at each holdfast base) and connect to the outside at the terminals in small pores. They allow rain inside, making these thick-skinned plants able to survive in drier areas than others without roots. Most members of this phylum are short and sprawling, growing haphazardly, connecting to the ground at multiple locations, but others stick with one holdfast and grow straight up, though some may branch. Whatever the overall shape, the net effect of the labyrinthine ducts is to trace a right-handed helix. As the plant grows, pores are opened and closed to maintain this.
These rooted, mostly tall plants begin as single stalks that split to form cross-struts and photosynthetic membranes in between. The stalks may split into any number and the membranes may intersect (only in even numbers), though the tendency is to stick to the periphery. Further branching is also common. The xylem, phloem, and other stem tissues in this plant (barring integument) are side-by-side wrapped helically.
The bodies of these organisms consist of fungi-like hyphae and spore-laden fruiting bodies that turn as they grow, forming a helical grain pattern. They are decomposers. Each cell contains two nuclei. The nuclei split creating four before mitosis occurs, so that no cell is ever left with less than two nuclei. The chromosomes are asterisk-shaped, with eight points. Haploid numbers of chromosomes range from ninety-six to one hundred forty-seven.
The hyphae of most species grow in a helical pattern allowing hyphae of opposing directions to slide around past each other, allowing organisms of different species to share the same area without ever directly contacting each other. In this way, each organism gives up some of its soil space in exchange for some soil space of its neighbors.
Phylum Branched Stem
The fruiting bodies of these organisms are large and permanent (rather than seasonal). When the spores are depleted, the fruiting body closes up and begins growing more. The fruiting body has a trunk and branches. The end of each branch terminates in a common spore sack of fleshy material. This sack begins disintegrating on the very top during the correct season until the wind tears the top open, releasing the spores. Some bodies reach over sixty feet high and eighty feet wide.
Phylum Concentric Circles
The fruiting bodies of these organisms are small and temporary. Once the spores have been depleted, the fruiting body dies and disintegrates. The body consists of a stem and a spore sack that opens and unfolds on the top to reveal spore-laden “gills”. These gills may grow in one to six connected spiral lobes, although in some species it is hard to tell due to the individual spiral ridges being broken up into separate flaps, or they may grow in concentric circles, depending on the species.
The fruiting bodies of these organisms are tiny rockets that fire hundreds or thousands of feet into the air before exploding and releasing their spores. Some species have multiple smaller explosive packs on the main rocket, producing vivid firecracker displays, and others have stabilizing fins.
These organisms are multicellular. They begin embryological development as a mass of hyphae before organs differentiate. Many are mobile consumers. Each cell contains two nuclei. The nuclei split creating four before mitosis occurs, so that no cell is ever left with less than two nuclei. The chromosomes are asterisk-shaped, with six points. Haploid numbers of chromosomes range from one hundred three to five hundred twenty-one.
These sessile, aquatic organisms secrete a resin on the underside, forming a shell. Supports are also formed, such that the shell resembles a table that elevates the organism above the seafloor. The upper surface of the organisms is comprised of short, fleshy tentacles arranged in a spiral. These organisms are chemosynthetic and absorb nutrients from the water. Rarely, they may also engage in “spooky” cold fusion, releasing helium, oxygen, and heat. It is far from clear how they do this or even what structures are involved. Many species also have two horns that generate sparks between them.
A group of Tables in the same place form webs between them to capture and hold eggs so that young Tables may grow suspended above the seafloor until the shell supports reach the ground.
Phylum Two Lobes
These organisms consist of a flat-bottomed base and two large, hollow lobes pointing upwards and at ninety degrees from each other. At the end of each lobe is a small hole. These aquatic organisms move slowly through the water, spinning one way when descending and the other when ascending. They are filter feeders.
Phylum Stinky Sticks
These organisms live at the seashore. They are long, straight, and imbedded into rocks that they dissolve their way into over time. The exposed end terminates in a jagged edge with flesh hanging out. The flesh resembles soft splinters. These organisms also have a thin, rough skin and an internal, bony helix of protein (and other, more exotic organic compounds). They give off a horrible sulfur-based odor. Nutrients are absorbed through the skin from sea foam spray.
These segmented worm-like beings are nearly rigid vertically, but highly flexible horizontally. They can curl into either clockwise or counterclockwise spiral shapes, but are only comfortable in one. Since there is no difference between the ventral and dorsal sides of these creatures, they may alleviate this problem merely by turning over. The digestive tract wraps in a helix around the central nerve cord. These creatures are consumers, eating Frame Plants, Kingdom 2, dead matter, and live prey, depending on the species.
Class Saltwater Dwelling
Class Freshwater Dwelling
Class Land Dwelling
These organisms are sessile and fixed. They are marine filter feeders that resemble spiral-cut hams. In the larval stage, they resemble Earth sea urchins with the spines all curving the same way, forming a whorl effect. Under the shell, the body is divided by “seams” into lobes that spiral around each other. By adulthood, one lobe dominates. The mouth is a barred spiral. The larvae are scavengers. Other species have larvae that resemble soft, bumpy barnacles.
Phylum Spring Worms
These worms are segmented, have a closed circulatory system, a lymphatic system, a heart, and an exoskeleton. In addition, a central “backbone” forms an endoskeleton. In eight places per segment, eight branches branch off from the central bone. These in turn branch into two, which branch into two, and so on until the microscopic bone branches join with capillaries. Blood cells are created in the bone marrow.
Class Curly Worms
These small worms are flexible and move by slithering. They form helixes in their rest state. The ends do not taper, but are rounded.
This order includes worms that eat Frame Plants and Kingdom 2. The simple, toothless mouth is on the first segment. The anus is on the last segment. Respiration is through the skin.
These worms are marine and solitary.
Family 2 These worms gather in the thousands to build hives of slime. Most of these worms are equally at home underwater or underground.
These worms are exoparasites. The mouth is found on the first segment and is modified into a long, piercing, sucking needle.
Except for the first few and last few segments, these worms are nearly spherical. Many are microscopic. Both free-living and parasitic species exist.
On the enlarged third segment of these worms is a single, jointed arm ending in fingers. In the deep armpit is the mouth. The remainder of the body forms a helix. All species are internal parasites.
These parasitic worms begin life as flexible helixes, but in the adult stage the fourth segment transforms into a wide, square sheet. Several segments of tapering tail form at each corner and the rest of the lower body is absorbed.
These parasitic worms have a large head and a split tail. The central body is helical, but the split ends are straight. The ends also taper off.
Class Slinky Worms
These worms taper to a point at the posterior end. The first segment contains the “nose”. The second segment contains two lateral mouths, each flanked by cheeks attached on the posterior side. The third segment has two lateral eyes and the brain. The fourth segment contains the lungs.
Slinky Worms are rigidly helical and have three possible methods of locomotion. They may apply outward pressure to corkscrew through soil or water, flip like a slinky, gripping the ground with either end, or roll.
Order Eyes On Stalks
These intelligent, amphibious, organisms range from one to three meters (coiled). They have large black eyes on stalks with no visible internal structures. Their cheeks have finger-like projections on the edge of the mouths to aid eating.
Order Trident Head
The fourth segment of these worms is bent such that the head points in the same direction as the axis of the coil and lies over the center of the coil. Three large horns protrude from the anterior end. These strictly marine worms are often found half-buried upright in the sand.
Members of this family are extremely thin, including the horns that bend outwards at the base only to straighten shortly above.
Members of this family are generally angular, ridged, and encrusted with what appear to be cut gems. The function of these is unknown. In some species, the horns splay out.
Family Fat Head
Members of this family have rather large heads and thick horns.
Class Vent Worms
Vent Worm larvae attach themselves just on the inside rim of deep-sea geothermal vent “chimneys”. This larva becomes the head, while the body grows in a helix around the inside of the chimney deep underground. There is no limit to the number of segments. Some Vent Worms have been found over two miles long (coiled) and thousands of years old. Over several decades, the body becomes one with the surrounding minerals and the biochemical pathways are so altered that an old Vent Worm cannot be considered of the Anvelibytes Set. In some cases, the lower body has been melted away by magma. Vent Worms are chemosynthetic and play a major role in maintaining geochemical and geothermal conditions in the lower crust.
The second segment contains two mouths that fuse into one on the same side in the first year of attachment. From the cheeks grow long, thin, feathery tentacles each ending in a tuft of smaller feathery tentacles. In time, every segment from the fourth on down develops a pore and associated feathery tentacle.
Vent Worms are sentient and highly intelligent. They can also communicate to each other and Spring Worms by telepathy.
Class Spring Worms
Members of this class have fifteen to forty segments that do not taper off or round off, but rather end abruptly. The primary means of locomotion is by bouncing on the tail end while the body is coiled. The first segment contains the nasal pore, which is plugged by a mushroom-shaped organ. The stem anchors the organ in the pore while the cap lifts to allow air (or water) through the filtration gills. Spring Worms have an immensely sophisticated and adaptable filtration system to keep their oxygen supply safe. The lungs are in the fourth segment. The second segment has two lateral mouths with cheeks. From the cheeks sprout long, thin, jointed arms ending in prehensile hands. The third segment has large, highly sophisticated eyes capable of seeing the electromagnetic spectrum from infrared to gamma rays and resolving micron-sized objects as far as three meters away. The third and fourth segments store the primary brain (some Spring Worms have additional brains). The fourth segment is elongated and puts the head out at a tangent from the body coil.
Spring Worms use extremely large and complex proteins rich in sulfur and magnesium. The peptide chains are often branched due to novel amino acids with multiple amine groups or multiple carboxyl groups. Spring Worms draw from a base of four thousand three hundred thirty-nine different amino acids and have the capacity to create new ones should circumstances dictate such action. Rather than a carbon atom core, some amino acids used have silicon cores, double-carbon cores, double-silicon cores, or double-nitrogen cores. Spring Worms make use of every naturally occurring element on Anvelibytes in some cellular function or another. They also have the ability to construct artificial atoms, or “quantum dots”.
Growth and development
Psyche and culture
Livers, kidneys, and digestive system
Endoskeleton, exoskeleton, and energy transfer
Super-Order 1 flex tempmate
Super-Order 2 straight 2fuse
Order One Fin
Super-Order 3 rigid 3fuse
Phylum Red Worms
These mostly tiny organisms are worm-like with a thin, transparent exoskeleton. A helical ridge on the inside of the exoskeleton half the width of the body runs the length of the body, giving it the appearance of being segmented. These organisms are primarily consumers, but certain structures in the body fluids photosynthesize by means of pigment Anvelibytes Red Two.
Class Desert Dwelling
Class Saltwater Dwelling
These tiny aquatic organisms resemble one-eyed toothless snakes.
These pelagic, freshwater organisms have an antenna behind the eye on the back of the head. The eye is on a stalk. The back three-quarters of the body length is permanently curled up into a spiral over the back. Only the larvae are fully mobile.
These marine organisms have an antenna between the eye and the mouth. The eye has a lid. The back three-quarters of the body are normally curled up under the belly but these organisms can unravel when needed.
Members of this phylum have a helical ribbon of bone just under the skin that fits together tightly. To expand or contract, these creatures must allow the edges of the bone to slide past each other. Although they have but one central mouth, the anus is spread out into a thin line running around the body and emptying into the gap between the bone’s edges. The large intestine is flattened and curtain-like.
These digging, worm-like organisms are covered with helical, screw-like grooves that they use to tunnel through the ground with. Some species have “sawteeth” along the grooves and are capable of passing undigested diamonds or other crystals into the integument. Lubricant is secreted from inside the grooves. The front end has a tooth-filled mouth, sensory package, and two arms. The left arm is merely a short flap to cover and seal off the retractile face as it digs. The right arm is longer and ends in a powerful, clawed scoop. These creatures build expansive underground tunnel systems, eating rocks for energy and only coming to the surface to eat nutrients. They range from ten centimeters long to twenty meters long. They are equally out of their element on land or underwater. They are highly efficient at absorbing and using oxygen.
Class Hood Worm
These tubeworm-like organisms have little skin covering the helical bone and stand upright, held fast to the seafloor. At the top, they have a tuft of filter-feeding tentacles guarded by a hood made of the top of the helical bone. When needed, they fatten and shorten, causing the bone to slide past itself and close the hood tightly over the delicate tentacles. This also causes the top to turn three hundred and sixty degrees. These creatures are also chemosynthetic and live near geothermal vents.
These marine, mostly fixed organisms swallow other passing organisms, using a combination of suction, speed, and surprise. The anterior end is a flexible bag with three to five pleats. Supporting rods used to open and close the bag sometimes end in spines, depending on the species. Others end in stringy attachments, function unknown. The rest of the body consists of a flexible, helical stalk terminating in an anus and holdfast. Some species detach and wriggle away to find new sites to attach. All species must temporarily detach to defecate. One exception is those that live in sand. The extra long tail keeps them anchored and can even pull them completely underneath the sand level, hiding them.
These marine creatures have a skeletal system comprised of a series of square frames, each made of four struts that slide past each other to dilate or contract. In most species, spines protrude from these struts. The creatures move by dilating several frames in some sections and rolling them forward (the spines only allow rolling in one direction). Then, those sections contract and dig in to the substrate while the remaining sections dilate and prepare to roll forward. In this way, these organisms roll across the seafloor.
The planet Sayeliflandia is a bit smaller than Earth and has a little more than half its gravity at the surface. The surface is dry, but most of the crust is perforated by deep caves, some filled with water. Residual geothermal activity drives the water cycle through geysers, ensuring a continuing supply of rain. There are no active volcanoes or tectonic plates. The atmosphere is eighty percent carbon dioxide, ten percent nitrogen, and nine percent oxygen. Temperature and pressure ranges are similar to that of Earth.
Life here is silicon-based and made of cells containing at least some water. In the genetic molecules, the precise symbol unit order is almost unimportant. It is the combination of the numbers of each unit in the cell nucleus.
Kingdom Zircon Plants (jointed cell wall, fold-over nucleus, genes in pocket, titanium selenide inside)
Kingdom Emerald Plants
These organisms are made of multiple cells with walls of emerald. The cytoplasm contains water, other solvents, emerald, and various dissolved minerals. The transition from solid emerald on the outside to liquid at the center is gradual. At the very center is a small nucleus containing the genetic molecules. It has a thin manganese oxide shell. The average cell size is one tenth of a millimeter across. All Emerald Plants can survive under conditions of high pressure and temperature (such as in the boiling pools of the deepest caves), but not all are adapted to thrive there.
Phylum Shear Break
These Emerald Plants’ cells are rectangular prisms of exactly the same size and shape that tessellate in such a way that shear stress can easily break them along flat planes. They are primarily chemosynthetic, drawing what they need from rock, water, or air.
Class Eight Cell
These microscopic, pelagic organisms have exactly eight cells arranged into a cube. Drawing what dissolved gases and minerals they need from the water for chemosynthesis, they release oxygen as a byproduct. After members of class Taper Root, they are the largest source of oxygen in the atmosphere.
Class Taper Root
These organisms begin life as a pelagic cluster of cells that settle down and attach to a substrate. After this, they only grow by adding layers in one direction. Not adhering strictly to rules of size and shape, the layers increase in size while maintaining the same number of cells. Some groups of cells branch off and others simply stop growing. At some point, when the cells get too large, they all stop growing. These organisms have vascular fibers running from root to branch ends. Drawing what dissolved gases they need from the water or air for chemosynthesis, they release oxygen as a byproduct. They are the number one source of atmospheric oxygen on Sayeliflandia.
Order Deep Root
As these organisms grow, the original cell layer is pushed deeper and deeper into the substrate, providing excellent stability.
Order Chaotic Broccoli Form
As these organisms branch, it is primarily the smaller branches that continue growing, while the larger ones end in tufts of tiny buds. These buds in species adapted to enduring dry spells pull dew from the air. The growth pattern is chaotic, and the stems will often wrap back around the main body of the organism, each other, and any available projections of substrate nearby. This is important as the original cell layer is relatively very small and therefore only weakly attached.
The continuance branches of these organisms almost always erupt from well within the bud clusters.
Class Rectangular Prism (rs) (d)
Class Grooved Surface (r) (d)
Phylum Overlapping Structure
Class Rolodex Form (rw)
Class No Form (r) (h) (d)
Sub-Class No Roots
Order No Form
Sub-Class Root Bearing
Order Naked Roots
Order Bulbous Roots
Class Broad Leaves (Rw) (d)
Class Fortress (rW) (h)
Class Branches (rW) (h) (rad)
Order Organ Pipes
Order Bird Cage
Order Hollow Cubes
Family Hanging Branches
Family Thick Branches
Order Hollow Spheres
Phylum Water Wheel Tubes
Class Water Wheel Tubes (ramps)
Class Tendril Bearing (catch cup)
Phylum Joint Bearing
Class One Top
Order Outcrop (h)
Order Paddle Bearing
Family Overhang Bearing
Family Leaf Form
Family Turbulence Loving
Family Flag Form
Order Hair Form
Family Dry Hair
Family Hair Form
Order Shaking Club Form
Order Bowl Arm Form
Class Double Top
Order Bucket Bearing
Family Long Arms
Family Short Arms
Order Bubble Catching
Order Deep Bubble Catching
Family In Row
Kingdom Cellular Mineral Virus
These organisms are tiny, single, simple cells with a thin rhenium oxide shell. Unable to replicate on their own, they infect the cells of Emerald Plants. “Parking” just outside the nucleus, they commandeer its genetic machinery. Unlike viruses of Earth, these cells can and do process and store energy from the environment.