EXERCISE Creature Creation Challenge v2.0 [#1]

Discussion in 'CREATING WORLDS & SETTINGS' started by Malkuthe Highwind, Apr 10, 2015.

  1. Welcome to the 1st Creature Creation Challenge v2.0!

    This challenge explores one facet of worldbuilding: the creation of fantastical flora and fauna, as the title more or less indicates. Now, whether or not you're a worldbuilder, at one point or another, you're bound to create all manner of beasties, big and small, for your world. This challenge aims to tickle your creativity into bringing to life some of these creatures, and to that end, it brings two 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; and second, every week, there will be a different difficulty level set for the challenge. Can't have you budding and veteran worldbuilders alike growing complacent, after all. ;)

    Crash Course in Difficulties
    Difficulty 1: [​IMG]
    - This one's easy. Just create a creature that fits a certain theme.

    Difficulty 2: [​IMG]
    - This one's a bit more difficult. There's a theme to follow but you also have to use a specific body part.

    Difficulty 3: [​IMG]
    - Here's where things get challenging. You will still have to make your creature match a theme. You're still going to have to use a certain body part. However, now it has to fit a certain ecological niche. Predator or prey, to give you two examples.

    Difficulty 4: [​IMG]
    - Ooh boy. This one's tough. Your creature has to match a theme, has to have a specific body part, and has to fit a certain ecological niche, but that's not all! This time, you have to base that creature on a specific animal that lives or has lived on earth.

    Difficulty 5: [​IMG]
    - This is the ultimate challenge for someone wanting to create a species without having to consider sentience/culture. You not only have a theme, specific body part, ecological niche, and real-life animal basis to worry about, but now you have to make sure that that creature also survives in a specific environment as well. Say a volcanic spring, for example, or maybe even the icy-cold, soul-sucking darkness of space.
    This Week's Difficulty
    - This one's easy. Just create a creature that fits a certain theme.​
    Theme: Excess (as in decadence, not overabundance)
    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.

    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?

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    *will edit later with actual challenge completion*
  3. I think I'll try my hand at this challenge.

    Name: Infinite-Imple, "Tum-Killers"
    Appearance: Vegetation (Think: Carrots)
    Role: Producer/Predator
    Habitat: Swamps, Bogs
    Life-span: Questionable, Unknown
    Sentient: Yes/Questionable
    Sapient: No
    Means of Sustenance: Flesh and Blood, Victims
    Favourite Food Source: Traveling mammals, Wayward humans
    Major Competition: Other vegetation, None
    Reproduction: Asexual reproduction via Mitosis
    Organization: Solitary/Colony

    Explanation: The Infinite-Imple, or "Tum-Killer" vegetable is a fake and a wretched farce. The vegetable tends to resemble a common soup ingredient (like a carrot), and can be found rather innocuously at the side of a given path in the deep of the swamp. These creatures do not possess sentience as we understand the concept, nor do they possess any means of traveling on their own - for all extents and purposes, they are literally vegetables until they are being digested.
    The digestive fluids of other organisms trigger a reaction of the inner cells within the vegetation, causing the creature to suddenly resume sentience. At this stage, the victim has no way of knowing there is anything wrong. The creature begins to dispense itself within the stomach, resisting the digestion process by disguising its cells as nutrients.
    At stage two, the cells of the creature have begun to accumulate throughout the victim's systems. These cells begin to multiply at a terrifying speed - in a sense, weaponized cancer. The victim's first and only warning is when their bloodstream begins to turn to a deep orange. At this point, the victim may as well already be gone - they have a mere two hours at best.
    The third stage is when the creature has successfully infected the entire body of the victim. The victim's nervous system nearly completely hijacked, the specimen may command the body at will while consuming it from the inside. The victim remains completely conscious during this stage, despite being unable to affect even the body's breathing or vocal abilities. The creature will control this body for a long period of time - likely up to two years.
    During the time the creature controls the body, it is likely to engage in as many pleasures of the flesh as possible. It will cheat and commit violence if necessary, and make every effort to enjoy the body it possesses while it can.
    Once the body has been mostly consumed, the creature begins looking for a new place to enter biological stasis. The fourth and final stage is when the creature lies the body down to die on fertile ground of choice. As the body finally deteriorates, the creature will begin entering a form of extended hibernation, resuming its original form. It then waits. The victim's relations will never know what happened - the creature never leaves so much as the bones behind.
    #3 Lord Calibur, Apr 11, 2015
    Last edited: Apr 11, 2015
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