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Rowan 07-08-2009 08:45 PM

GURPS [Space] question.
 
Hi ya. I was playing around with the alien generator tables, and I got this result:

Environment: Reef (water)
Type: Chasing Carnivore.
Movement: Immobile.


So it looked 'odd' to me obvious, then I got to thinking. Could it have very large, very very long tentacle like appendages that lie along the sea floor, and can make quick, running grabs at passing prey?

Or would that make it more like a Trapping Carnivore.

Any help sorting this out is appreciated. =)

David Johnston2 07-08-2009 09:02 PM

Re: GURPS [Space] question.
 
Makes it more like a pouncing carnivore, really. Me, I'd simply reroll until I got something that made sense. Or say it has a sessile life-cycle stage.

Captain Joy 07-09-2009 03:13 AM

Re: GURPS [Space] question.
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Rowan (Post 817189)
Hi ya. I was playing around with the alien generator tables, and I got this result:

Environment: Reef (water)
Type: Chasing Carnivore.
Movement: Immobile.

So it looked 'odd' to me...

How it can be "Immobile" and "Chasing" seems impossible at first glance, but possibly not. I would go ahead and finish generating the rest of the details. Maybe that process will generate some plausible ideas.

tratclif 07-09-2009 10:05 AM

Re: GURPS [Space] question.
 
A sessile creature that grows independent mobile "mouths" that chase down prey and return it to the core?

Flyndaran 07-09-2009 05:00 PM

Re: GURPS [Space] question.
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by tratclif (Post 817388)
A sessile creature that grows independent mobile "mouths" that chase down prey and return it to the core?

Or the workers of a colony bring food to the sessile smart queen/king?

nerdvana 07-13-2009 08:51 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Flyndaran (Post 817567)
Or the workers of a colony bring food to the sessile smart queen/king?

An aquatic form of George R. R. Martin's Sandkings.

Rowan 07-13-2009 07:12 PM

Re: GURPS [Space] question.
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by nerdvana (Post 818928)
An aquatic form of George R. R. Martin's Sandkings.

Okay, I 'finally' had some time to read this.

Wow! That's some interesting writing. =) I think I may just adapt this idea to my immobile carnivore.

Flyndaran 07-14-2009 12:31 AM

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What a blatant rip-off of an tv episode.

sir_pudding 07-14-2009 04:23 AM

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Originally Posted by Flyndaran (Post 819346)
What a blatant rip-off of an tv episode.

Surely you must be joking, yet I see no smiley.

nerdvana 07-14-2009 12:29 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by sir_pudding (Post 819384)
Quote:

Originally Posted by Flyndaran (Post 819346)
What a blatant rip-off of an tv episode.

Surely you must be joking, yet I see no smiley.

LOL, I have to agree with sir_pudding here... Just in case you aren't I assume you are referring to the episode that launched the Outer Limits in the mid-90s which is based on the novella... not the other way around.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Rowan (Post 819216)
Okay, I 'finally' had some time to read this.

Wow! That's some interesting writing. =) I think I may just adapt this idea to my immobile carnivore.

I'm glad I pointed you to it then. I actually may still need to read the actual story (I'm not 100% sure if I've read it or not)... I have the graphic novel though you see. :)

Nothing would prevent this from being the normal approach to life on the planet in question. Sandkings on the land and you are making their aquatic cousins. ;)


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