The Beginning is the first era of Arigan which spans from the emergence of the three beginning species of fauna through the end of the third thread. While there were many microscopic forms of life in Arigan's rich waters, only three became visible to the naked eye. These were the Skrelp, the Felg and the Burz. Much life evolved during this time however 2 major events did push evolution in directions, a large monsoon period and an asteroid crashing onto the planet. These events changed life on Arigan for different, however life soldiered on in different ways
Arigan in the beginning is Primarily an arid planet with some vegetation and several large bodies of saltwater ocean, Not many of Arigan's denizens ventured into the oceans waters until a period of time after the Monsoon
Burz: Flying, carnivorous invertebrates which had difficulties with taking off from the ground. They reproduced by laying a single egg, usually on the leaf of a Fern.
Felg: Felgs were aquatic scavengers. They used smell-sensitive pores on their heads to identify dead bodies in the water, Skrelp or Burz. The sharp "tooth" at the front of their mouths were used for scraping off bits of flesh. They would reproduce by laying large clutches of externally fertilized eggs.
Skrelp: A small and primitive herbivore species. It fed with mouth tendrils and used its sense of smell to find patches of algae to feed on. It reproduced in large numbers via external fertilization of eggs.
Fern: The common fern were a photosynthesizing plant with a single root. Given ample sunlight, a single sprout could be incredibly far-reaching.
Thungus: A fungus which would develop a fruiting body for producing spores.
An early species of Burz, the Perch Burz gets its name from its ambush hunting behaviors. They would hang onto the fronds of Ferns hanging over bodies of water, and wait for something to swim past, at which point they would drop down into the water and latch onto their prey and bring it to shore. These Burz would fiercely defend their hunting leaves from others of their species that would want to take it for themselves. Those which were able to defend their leaves and were well fed were desirable mates. The egg would be layed on the underside of the male's leaf.
The hair-like projections on the legs of Perch Burz were used for cleaning their wings, allowing for easier flight after crawling back out of the water.
Armored Burz evolved from the tough competition Burz faced from other Burz. Over time, they developped gnarled horns on their heads and a harder, more complete shell on their bodies and thicker mandibules. Along the way, they had also evolved spear-like claws on their forelimbs. Burz with larger, more complete shells reproduce more easily. When Skrelps became harder to catch, said competition had increased even more.
An offshoot remaining near the pools of the species' origin adapt a new chemical formula from the venom of their predecessors, a viscous fluid rich in sugar and nutrients that glows brightly in dim light. Large groups of Emburz hypnotise water-dwelling creatures with their rhythmic dance, causing them to surface, becoming easy prey. They have also developed more pointed chitin on their lower limbs, allowing them to skewer low-hanging parasites and eat them, while also better able to grab surface-bound meals.
This species of Burz earns its name from its method of hunting. The hydrodynamic wings of the Diving Burz, coupled with the height from flying over the water allowed them to take deeper plunges into the water, thus allowing them to hunt prey further away from the shore. This hunting method frees them from relying on plants growing out over the water.
Some Have evolved a second pair of wings for mobility to outmaneuver their prey Duburz Have mildly and has formed a more orange tinge in their bodies, These orange Duburz have a distinct armor not like armored Burz that only covers their heads
The Durd as they are now classified as have developed a gland preventing them from local environmental toxins Though their eyes once bare, They now possess vertical eyelids protecting their sight Some Durd's anti-toxin glands mutate, and in addition to rendering them immune to airborne toxins, it concentrates them, causing them to excrete this concentrated cocktail as a form of paralytic venom from their beaks. These Venom Durds develop a lazier method of hunting to their non-venomous cousins. They swoop in, latch on, and peck their victims, envenoming them. Then return to the air and wait for the victim to succumb before landing and devouring them.
After an eon, the Durrds begin to develop primitive graspers. What started out as a mutation causing multiple limbs turned into a beneficial adaptation. Too bad these critters aren't smart enough to utilize this advantage...yet.
As the numbers of Durrds increases, so does competition. More and more often, durrds have to fight for their kills against other members of their species, as swarms of them descend upon prey killed off by the venom of the initial attacker.
Because of this competitive pressure, a lineage of durrds emerges that has specialized into stealing kills of other durrds, as well as quickly flying away with it's own kills. Both of these maneuvers are possible due to the grasping claws these durrds have developed on their two hind legs, as well as due to their streamlined, and agile body shape. They are also slightly larger than other durrds.
These durrds often hide in the fern foliage, monitoring their environment with their keen eyes. Upon spotting either vulnerable prey, or a kill of an other durrd, these fast hunters burst from their hiding place, and snatch the kill with their limbs, and if necessary, bite it with their venomous beak in order to quickly subdue the prey.
Their bigger bodysize, and more energy consuming hunting methods make these durrds somewhat less active than other durrd species. They spend large majority of their time hiding within fern plants, in order to consume less energy while they wait for the next opportunity to feed.
The Durrd have evolved a series of pores that emit a gas with identical properties to their the emit from their beaks venom. Durrds often use this venom as a chemical to sense suitable mates. Those they seem unworthy often will end up as the Durrds next mea
The Monsoon that affected Arigan also affected the Durrd. With the occasions of the water level rising, Many Durrd went to higher ground, Though formidably cooler an environment, Most duurd adapted by growing hairs on their body to preserve heat
Due to the cooling climate, suruds develop thicker "fur" coating that helps them protect themselves against the cold. When the weather cools down, these fuzzy suruds gather into their nests and pile up, vibrating their wing muscles rapidly in order to generate heat that is then trapped within their fluff. Even when out in the cold weather, the fuzz of the suruds helps them maintain enough bodyheat for relatively active hunting and foraging. This allows them to seek food even during the cold season, where they face less competition from their relatives.
During extremely cold times, the suruds will descend to a semi hibernation like state, where their activity slows down significantly, and they no longer leave their nest. They instead spend most of their time in sleep like state, relying on the insulating nest structure, their fuzz and the steady vibrations of their wings to keep them from freezing.
During warmer seasons, the excess fuzz is shed off, and used as construction material for their nests.
Over time the Durrd of the short legged variety and part of their diets became slightly lighter in their tones, They lost their thin hairs but small extrusions appeared near their surface, Their First pair of arms formed another 'finger' in their graspers and their 2nd pair of arms shortened into 2 segments. still able to use both pairs of rear legs to travel this gave the Clurrd the ability of holding a tighter grip on fruits and prey
With the water level risen many Durrd develop longer hind legs to increase the distance between themselves and the water. Sepecializing in grabbing debris or prey floating on or near the surface they quickly escape with their catch and feed in the saftey of their ferns.
The Long Legged Duurd eventually lost its wings and gained a longer beak, These were due to a fact that it's long limbs sometimes caused problems reaching towards the food when its graspers could not grab it. its rear two legs are primarily for locomotion
The Wading Durrd, tired of falling over into the hungry jaws of underwater predators, develops long sword-like claws, acting as a third pair of legs to help maintain their balance and prevent being bowled over by the Strongtrunk Paddlers. To combat the cold many Stridurrd have begun to co-habitate with their relatives, the Surud and take advanage of their flying relative's heat generation. These Guardian Stridurrd reside in the Surud's nests, due to their large size, generally only one Stridurrd calls a nest home. The Guardian Stridurrd continues to hunt near the Fruit Ferns and shallow water, and return to the Surud nest where they provide protection for the Surud and their eggs. The Guardian Stridurrd's color has changed due to it's close relationship with the Surud.
Some Long Legged Durrd begin to fish from a top of the floating Thungus. Eventually these Durrd develop a pointed spear, used to impale small water dwellers who reside at the surface.
The long beaked durrds have also adapted to the changing times, becoming even faster aerial hunters, who can snatch small fliers with their sharp claws straight from the air.
Over time, the venom the ancestors of these hunters used to posses has weakened, as these durrds started favoring more aggressive, and swift hunting tactics, that often involve spearing their victim with their sharp beak, and ripping it apart with their claws.
While toxins are all well and good, so many of the Venom Durd's prey items are developing hard shells for protection. Thus those with the sharpest beaks get the most prey, leading to Venom Durds with longer, sharper beaks, for cracking the shells of toughter prey.
Some of the original Perch Burz gets outcompeted in food. So they have taken to hunting other Burz, including themselves - say hello to CanniBurz. They have better mandibles and claws to hold prey, but they still can't crack the Armored Burz.
Finally, another offshoot choose to dwell upon the surface, their body elongating and their wings atrophying.
With the rise of the many variants of the Perch Burz, it became almost impossible for the long-tailed variant to find any sustenance amidst the competition. The most successful amongst them were a strange new breed, with broad wings best suited for soaring and gliding, rather than hovering. Unfortunately, these heavy wings make diving a suicidal, condemning the Burz to death if they get caught beneath the waves.
Spending their days migrating from place to place across the ocean, the larger 'Fan Burz' conserve their energy and seem to dine exclusively on the easier prey - the predatory breeds of Felg. With the Skrelp diving deeper and avoiding the surface, the Fan Burz are reliant on catching Felg unawares.
The Fanburizo has adapted to the brand new storm in its own way, even as many of its old habitats are washed away. Its wings have become rigid and oily so that it can withstand the constant battering of its wings by the great rain.
In addition to this, due to so many of its nest being washed away, the Fanburizo has abandoned small Thungi entirely and only nests in the tallest Thungi it can find, unlikely to be washed away by the stormy weather.
After the impact of a meteor, male Fanburizos with a more feminine coloration were more likely to survive predation. Their lighter pigment would blend in with layers of settling ash and dust, as well as the then-frequent frost.
The Fanburizo that thrive in the cold weather are the warmest ones. Having sacrificed their size, their tail-spikes and their carnivorous nature, this smaller breed is roughly the size of a butterfly and its long body is covered with a thick coat of fuzz. Their diet is primarily fruit-based, although they also treat themselves to the nectar of Juice Thungi when they're able.
Long ago, Fanburizo have split into two different branches. With small, but non-neglieable over time climate changes, the larger and more vicious Fanburizo return. Their jaw shape has completely change and allows them to tear flesh open with great efficacity. Eventually they grow thick hair on the edge of their wings to stay warm and scare off predators
Longer, more powerful bodies making the land-dwelling long-tailed Burz faster and more agile on land. Larger mandibules enables it to become a deadlier predator. Soon, they begin feeding on the land Skrelp.
On the ground slither a deadly, agile predator with a powerful bite, feeding on the youngs of the bigger krelps. The land-dwelling Burz are no longer Burz. They are Lurz.
With it's hard, curved mandibule, this species of Lurz has evolved to feed on Scralls by breaking the shells.
Polydactylism proves beneficial for the new Lurz, givign it a tighter grip.
Parasitic Lurz begin developing suicidal behaviors, intentionally allowing themselves to be eaten by new hosts. When eaten, a Lurz's egg sac is deposited in the stomach of the host. The mucous membrane covering the mature Lurz also covers the egg clutchs, which then transfer the mucous to the hatchlings, protecting them from digestion. This allows the newborn Lurz to nest in the stomach directly, feasting on the devoured food. In addition, Lurz graspers start to become segmented, allowing for more versatile grasping.
The parasitic Lurz have slowly decolourized, due to their new environment inside the behemoths. The Pale Lurz went extinct with the rapid dieing out of their host organisms.
Lurz which chase the Behemoths begin to die out, though the Lurz find new hosts in their mud dwelling cousins. Lurz grow progressively smaller, and develop a mucosal membrane to better protect themselves from the digestive fluids of the Mudhemoth.
Where some Lurzs have changed and adapted to a new lifestyle, some remain predators, such as the massive Great Lurz. Increasingly hungry and desperate, the surviving large Lurz attempt to feed on larger land animals, even other predators. Mandibule size and strength is increased dramatically.
While some of the long-tailed Burz evolved better gliding wings, some of them have taken a different route. The membranes on their wings thicken, and secrete a water resistant gel, which enables them to dive deeper, and even use their new wings as rudimentary flippers. A similar protective membrane grows over their eyes to allow for better underwater vision.
A subset of the Dive Burz adapts to a purely aquatic lifestyle, their bodies elongating into an even more aerodynamic form and wings becoming more and more akin to fins. With long mandibles that they use as spears to charge at their prey and stab them. And gills to maintain this aquatic existence.
Taking to hunting Fellow Simming Burz, the Aqlurz Develop and muscular tail in order to propel itself at their prey
Those that that do not hunt in pack slowly go extinct or change. The modern counterpart of the pack-hunting Swimming Burz are the Longfang Aqburz, with longer and sharper mandibules.
Another off-breed were produced to be a bigger predator in the water. gaining side fins that can squeeze close together or open wide to slow the Aqlurz down or send the aqlurz flying forward prey.
While some evolution of Aqlurz went to the deep sea-beds gaining deep sea sight to couple with this small shark size, like the deep Aqlurz, other Aqulurz migrated to the upper water. They adapted to the upper waters with thier colors sporting a light blue bottom to blend in with the sky from below and a dark blue to confuse diving predators. This adaptation allows them to stay in upper waters and sneak up on prey they also gained live birth eliminating the need to lay eggs
The Aqlurz have slowly delved deeper, Developing a bioluminescence from their to draw in prey, It also provides lighting for sight for the creature themselves. In light of their Deeper environments and the size of prey becoming larger than them, Many of these Aqlurz developed primitive jaws and sharper teeth.
Plant-life were an abundant food source in the oceans. Some Aqlurs branched off, taking advantage of this supply of energy. Their mouth-parts over time became more suited for cutting and grinding the leaves of aquatic flora.
The herbivorous aqlurz experiences a startling change. Due to a protein misplacement, specimens develop eyes in the back of the head, akin to the Earth reptile called "tuatara". While this might be seen as a useless mutation, miraculously, these eyes come with nerves that, during development in the egg, grow and seek out the rudimentary brain stem. This means that these are in fact functional eyes, and the herbivorous aqlurz can watch its own back. A favorable mutation arises in the Tuatara Aqlurz, making their fins sturdier, unlike before when they resembled the gossamer wings of their ancestors.Internally, projections of their digestive tract trap gasses from the digestion process, which begins to give them some neutral buoyancy in the water.
Longfangs population see an increase in size over time. Morphological changes can also be seen in the species. This result in an overall heavier and more powerful swimmer, a creature more capable of hunting solo.
Fin Skrelps, as the name imply, grew fins. Said fins were of great use, allowing them to more easily navigate in the water.
Proboscis Skrelps facial tendrils grew and fuse into a long proboscis that allowed them to eat from below the surface, protecting from the Burz.
A enlarged, paddle-like tail has enabled the Skrelp to swim faster.
A certain population of Skrelps has developed a different pigmentation. The purple skrelp are far more visible from above and are decimated by the leaf-sitting Horned Burz due to their tendency to remain still on leaves spotting prey. As a result, the population of purple skrelp develop stubbier dorsal fins and longer probosci, diving deeper in response to the disturbance in the surface tension by an attacking Burz.
Due to not being able to slip away from the Felg as easily, certain Skrelp have been developing a counter-measure to stop the problem at its source. Organs which appear as white spots on the skin act as a means of storing toxins naturally produced by the skrelp's body functions. Upon death, large amounts of toxin are released into the skrelp's body, making it deadly to eat.
Another branch of skrelp emerges. Their skin responds to pain (such as caused by latched on felg) by manifesting bright, slightly luminescent purple spots. They also grow too big for burz to grab.
Some of the the larger branch of Skrelp find algae is not enough to satiate them. They begin to venture onto the surface to search for larger plant life, slithering around slowly.
Some Skrelp have developed a second pair of fins by their rear, their current finds seem to have a few strengthened lines of their body Though useless currently, It does not affect their population this variant often stays in the water however
Land skrelp burrow into the soft land. Nose atrophies entirely, fins grow smaller. Reliance upon atavistic sensory tendrils increase.
Terrestrial Skrelp develop stronger, thicker pectoral fins, giving them faster movement on land.
Big green has mouth under nose now. Tendrils return. Nose grows thicker and stronger for defence. Didn't last very long.
Land skrelp develop small claws on their fins. They have the twofold usage of allowing manoeuvrability in things such as climbing and as a small measure of defence.
Some of the Land Skrelp have started hanging around some of the early plantlife Others do venture to the surface at times, Most of these variants have shells and a hardened self lubricating skin to protect them from the heat of the sun, This variant are primarily herbivorous
The presence of a cranial cap has formed as a retractile feature, cupping the shell into a proper ball when retracted into.
Pinsor Mouth Capped ScrallEdit
The Capped Scrall has adapted to the eating of leaves and other small vegetation. It has adapted to cutting pincers.
Leaking Capped ScrallEdit
The introduction of leaking ducts have appeared in the shell. These ducts secrete a sticky substance, causing predators to become trapped against the shell.
Fellow Scrall have adopted the eating of these trapped creatures.
Climbing Capped ScrallEdit
Mastering the art of clinging to trees, the Scrall have hardened their tree anchoring by developing small two toes claw grips. Their mandibles are also now sticky
Limbed Capped ScrallEdit
Limbed Capped Scrall abandonned their dorsal shell for a proper exoskeleton and become even stickier. These creatures hunt in swarms when they aren't scavenging.
These longer, more agile limbs allow these creatures to more easily pick off the things that become glued to their carapace as well as enabling them to move around by clinging to surfaces.