EXERCISE Creature Creation Challenge #17

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  1. Creature Creation Challenge
    This challenge explores one facet of worldbuilding: creature creation, as the title says. Whether or not you're a worldbuilder, at one point or another, you're bound to create different kinds of flora and fauna for your world. This challenge brings two new things to the table: first, all the submissions for this challenge will be put into a "bestiary" of sorts in the Worldbuilder's Guild which will be a resource for yourself and anyone who needs creatures for their worlds; second, every week, there will be a different difficulty for the challenge.

    Difficulty Levels, #7bd181
    Difficulty 1 [​IMG]
    - build a creature around a specific theme

    Difficulty 2 [​IMG]
    - build a creature with a specific body part around a specific theme

    Difficulty 3 [​IMG]
    - build a creature to fit a specific role in an ecosystem with a specific body part around a specific theme

    Difficulty 4 [​IMG]
    - build a creature based upon an animal on earth to fit a specific role in an ecosystem with a specific body part around a specific theme

    Difficulty 5 [​IMG]
    - build a creature that will survive in a specific environment based upon an animal on earth and fit a specific role in an ecosystem with a specific body part around a specific theme.

    This Week's Difficulty, #7bd181
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    Build a creature with a specific body part around a specific theme​

    Criteria, #7bd181
    Theme: Water
    Body Part: Lungs

    Creature Template, #7bd181 Feel free to use this following template for your creatures. You can add on to it or remove things from it as you wish or not use it at all.

    Name:
    Appearance:
    Role: Predator/prey/producer
    Habitat:
    Life-span:
    Sentient: Yes/No
    Sapient: Yes/No
    Means of Sustenance:
    Favourite Food Source:
    Major Competition:
    Mating Rituals: Courtship rituals, mating grounds, mating season, et cetera
    Reproduction: you can include period of gestation
    Organization: does this creature travel in packs or herds, or is it a solitary creature that only meets with members of its species for the mating season?
    Other:



     
  2. Creature Template, #7bd181
     
  3. Difficulty 4 [​IMG]build a creature based upon an animal on earth to fit a specific role in an ecosystem with a specific body part around a specific themeCriteria
    Theme: Water
    Body Part: Lungs

    Creature TemplateFeel free to use this following template for your creatures. You can add on to it or remove things from it as you wish or not use it at all.

    Name: Echinoderm
    Appearance: Composed of epidermal skin layers layered with calcite, varying colors and species.
    Role: prey/producer
    Habitat: At the bottom of sand bars, on the shore under rocks.
    Life-span: Up to 50 years
    Sentient: Yes
    Sapient: No
    Means of Sustenance: Absorbing near by minerals through means of siphoning and sifting. Scavenger.
    Favourite Food Source: Clams, scallops, left over remains.
    Major Competition: Crustaceans
    Mating Rituals: Gather during the course of a new moon, in the darkness they create new offspring. The neap tide offers a new opportunity and their young will be developed by full moon.
    Reproduction: Though capable of reproduction, a severed limb can survive on it's own and develop a new set of lungs.
    Organization: This creature can often be found next to others of kin. They rely heavily on the influence of the moon. They do not leave the surface of the water however like their rivals.
    Other: They flourish under piers, marinas, ports and harbors. When sailors catch them they have to throw them back instead of cutting them up (up to 5 new ones could be created). They are the closet relative to humanity their five limbs serve as contracting levers. Their mouth and lungs are closely related.They move at a pace that is slow compared to their rivals so they have adapted their skin's elasticity to withstand the weight of large boulders. They are most vulnerable when a severed limb is alone and exposed crustaceans that dwell at the cold depths are able to devour them. They can have over 5 limbs however and may choose to detach one at any time. Possibly inspiring the Hydra which Hera created after a crab pinched Hercules toe and was crushed. The constellation of cancer was created in honor of the crab which lurks in darkness.