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Old 07-08-2009, 08:45 PM   #1
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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. =)
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Old 07-08-2009, 09:02 PM   #2
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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.
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Old 07-09-2009, 03:13 AM   #3
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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.
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Old 07-09-2009, 10:05 AM   #4
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A sessile creature that grows independent mobile "mouths" that chase down prey and return it to the core?
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Old 07-09-2009, 05:00 PM   #5
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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?
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Old 07-13-2009, 08:51 AM   #6
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Or the workers of a colony bring food to the sessile smart queen/king?
An aquatic form of George R. R. Martin's Sandkings.
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Old 07-13-2009, 07:12 PM   #7
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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.
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Old 07-14-2009, 12:31 AM   #8
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What a blatant rip-off of an tv episode.
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Old 07-14-2009, 04:23 AM   #9
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What a blatant rip-off of an tv episode.
Surely you must be joking, yet I see no smiley.
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Old 07-14-2009, 12:29 PM   #10
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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.

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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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