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The Long Game

Discussion in 'Imperium OffTopicum' started by Daftpanzer, Aug 12, 2018.

  1. Shadowbound

    Shadowbound Incorrugible

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    Sure yes let's have a comet hit.
     
  2. Marcher Jovian

    Marcher Jovian Emperor

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  3. Everblack

    Everblack Blacker then you

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    Action 1: Give giant fungus feelers (sensory organ) so that they can touch things.

    Action 2: Give giant fungus mucous membranes so it can secrete mucus.
     
  4. Daftpanzer

    Daftpanzer There may be more posts after this.

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    Thanks again guys, if anyone has any more input could you please post it within the next 30 minutes or so? I have a window of opportunity to update this evening, after which it may have to wait another week (I will be away Thursday-Sunday).
     
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  5. Daftpanzer

    Daftpanzer There may be more posts after this.

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    Epoch 1




    At the dawn of this era, a small comet impacted the ocean off the south-east corner of Panzerna with enough momentum to plough through kilometres of ocean in less than a second, and crash into the shallow ocean crust beneath. Huge tsunamis decimated the mountainous southern coast of Panzerna, leaving their mark in the geologic record with great boulders mixed with marine fossils piled ontop of the steep slopes, but the mountainous terrain largely shielded Iotania and the rest of the world from the full force of the impact.

    The comet was not enough to cause a mass extinction, but it was the catalyst for a great volcanic upwelling in the sea floor, with the original crater soon being replaced by towering volcanic islands - which also happened to be rich in metals and minerals. Tectonic upheaval spread out along fractures in the crust, reaching eastern Panzerna and raising new island chains from the seabed.

    A volcanic winter dawned, but was short-lived; within a century, the huge volumes of carbon dioxide were warming the planet far beyond the pre-impact average, and with this came both melting glaciers and increased rainfall; in many places, the survivors of primitive plants soon found themselves basking in abundant heat and rain. Within a few million years, primitive tropical rain forests had emerged across central Iotania - now splitting into two continents, Imperia and Topica.



    Ocean life suffered from the release of volcanic poisons - many species of fish, mollusc, and sea scorpions went extinct, and amphibious Tetrapods went completely extinct from the shores of Panzerna. Sea scorpions, already under threat from ferocious giant armoured fish, never recovered and remain on the brink of extinction. For many other branches of life, recovery was swift, however; surviving branches of trilobites, with some radical new adaptations, saw an especially rapid recovery - some became covered in toxic spikes, and some became specialised for living around deep-sea vents, feeding on the creatures that thrived among the ‘hot smokers’, even while others now venture onto land in the form of several amphibious species.

    Amphibious creatures of all kinds were aided by a rise in sea levels, flooding large areas of the continents and creating warm, shallow, nutrient-rich seas. In central Topica, these seas are now especially fertile, bordered by swampy rain-forests and hosting a huge variety of life. Here the Tetrapods flourish, branching into all manner of bizarre amphibians, as well as venturing inland in the form of recognisably lizard-like creatures which can live their adult lives entirely out of water - often in tree canopies or rock faces, hunting insects - though all still remain tied to the water for reproduction, not being true ‘amniotes’ yet.

    Where the shallows meet the sea, and nutrients flow from the new rivers that are scouring the continents, new forms of aquatic algae are evolving - aided in part by the disruption to previous populations of herbivorous fish and molluscs. By the end of this era, underwater forests of primitive, towering kelp-like plants have taken root in places along the Topica, Imperia and Nessaria. Although the largest armoured fish died off by this point, smaller varieties survive, and some have become adapted for prowling the kelp forests and warm shallows with an almost crocodilian lifestyle, being apex predators of their habitats.

    Panzerna is notably devoid of all Tetrapods, Amphibians and their descendants - partly due to isolation, partly due to the ongoing volcanism. It is however a stronghold of new, hardy, amphibious trilobites, and certain giant insects - all of which are growing larger due to increased oxygen; the flourishing of new forests, while acting as a sink for much of the carbon that was being released, also created new sources of oxygen, leading to a noticeably oxygen-heavy atmosphere. Even life forms without complex circulatory systems were able to growing larger in size. Topica in particular is home to giant millipede-like creatures - the first large herbivores; and by the end of the era, giant predatory insects - appearing like dragonflies, but over half a metre in wingspan - prowl the skies unchallenged over the tropical swamps and forest, spreading across the globe.

    Nessaria is home to some of the remnant giant fungus species, which have not yet been overtaken by plants - these have developed sticky growths to trap insects, and have become carnivorous, helping them to flourish in otherwise infertile soils. Nessaria, with rather unpredictable weather, is also home to the most drought-resistant plants yet to evolve, with branching roots able to reach water below the topsoil.

    The end of this era sees a new rise in temperature, as relentless volcanism in Panzerna continues to pump out carbon dioxide. Despite increased average rainfall, large parts of Topica remain scorched, barren desert, and these deserts only grow as the continent slowly drifted northwards... By now it was too warm for glaciers to form at the poles - ice was only seen at the tops of the highest peaks in the world - but the long polar winters are still death to primitive plant life. The peak of polar summers does see a blooming of life in northern Topica, with migrations of giant flying insects on land and fish feeding on plankton blooms in the shores, but currently only a few small plants and moss species can survive the long dark night here. As Topica heads relentlessly north, it seems more of this continent will share this fate.

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    Nessaria and Imperia are heading for an imminent collision, while the Panzerna plate seems to be largely stationary.

    [notes, questions answeres and stat updates to come - for now, I sleep!]
     
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  6. Omega124

    Omega124 Challenging Fate

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    Action 1: the evolution of amphibious Trilobites is literally the best thing to happen in a NESLife game ever. These adorable bois deserve more evolutionary love, especially when it comes to intelligence.

    Action 2: With giant insects mucking about, perhaps some of these new plant species might turn to carnivorous means of securing nutrients and possibly warding away certain insects.
     
  7. Danwar

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    With the rise of the crocobonefish and the general boom of life across the planet, especially near the coastlines, it has become both more sustainable and more necessary for groups of Tetrapod to live in groups. Once again, two points to Tetrapod evolution, but this time one point will be spent to (hopefully) finally allow them to breed on land, and the other shall be spent instilling the beginnings of a sense of communality - pack mentality, if you will - into a new subset of the species in Topica.
     
  8. Immaculate

    Immaculate unerring

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    Tectonic instability:
    Shifts within the earth's core and mantle are leading to increasing fragmentation of continental plates, accelerating the formation of high mountain chains and deep ravines, and new chains of volcanoes. Also earthquakes. May lead to increased break-up of large continents into smaller ones.
    Basically I want to make the world much more rugged and fiery than ours. Also more archipelagos.

    Deep Oceanic Chemotrophs:
    Evolve chemotrophs around deep-sea vents further. Primitive communities based on quorum signaling.
     
  9. TheGryphonPrince

    TheGryphonPrince King

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    Trilobites living in the seas are becoming more efficient at escaping predators, whereas in the land, they are also developing ways to live for longer periods of time without being underwater.

    (yes, I will be spending my 2 action points on those aspects of the trilobites. Also, sorry if my descriptions are bland, I don't know much about how biological components evolved)
     
  10. Lord_Herobrine

    Lord_Herobrine Back in the Saddle

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    As the trees begin to release the mist from the top of the trunk, it is abundant with spores that get blown into the wind or carried by creatures to new areas. The area surrounding the trees also sees a sort of irrigation, a result of the mists raining down from above. The trees soon each become a miniature oasis.

    Nudge Panzerna onto a impact collision with Nessaria and Imperia.
     
  11. Ailedhoo

    Ailedhoo wonderer

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    Action 1 and 2: I want a mighty oceanic volcanic eruption in the north west corner of the map; let any land mass that is forged from the blast be known as Moddier.
     
  12. Decamper

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    2 points to make Ailedhoo's volcano even mightier.
     
  13. thomas.berubeg

    thomas.berubeg Wandering the World

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    Action 1: The Kelp forests with the gas bladders evolve to extend high above the surface of the oceans during the day, and sinking below the sea at night. The Kelp is still rooted to the ocean floor. This probably reauires the evolution of an equivalent to a vascular system, oto.

    Action 2: This develops an entire ecosystem based around the rising and falling, with many animals riding the kelp above the surface during the day, and taking refuge underwater at night. This includes smaller flying amphibious fish, all manners of crustaceans and insects, and, yes, some trilobites.
     
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  14. Jehoshua

    Jehoshua Catholic

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    2 points to make Ailedhoo and Decampers Volcanic event even mightier [Flood Basalt for the win?]
     
  15. Marcher Jovian

    Marcher Jovian Emperor

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    2 more action points to the volcano!
     
  16. Lord_Herobrine

    Lord_Herobrine Back in the Saddle

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    That is going to be one massive volcano.
     
  17. SouthernKing

    SouthernKing crickety cricket

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    Action 1: Rift Topica in two at that isthmus thing. South Topica will continue drifting further east.

    Action 2: North Topica will move north, as far into the northern polar regions as feasible.

    I have no idea what the naming template is, if there even is one, so I'll leave that to someone else.
     
  18. Danwar

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    On second thought, instead of spending a point on evolving the Tetrapod to be able to breed on land instead spend it to bring back their gills (or in general strengthening their ability to survive in the ocean again). This volcano will make any sort of land existence difficult for a while.
     
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  19. Jehoshua

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    you should use that extra point on the volcano.
     
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  20. Everblack

    Everblack Blacker then you

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    Action 1: The Giant fungus have developed a muscular foot (like snails) to help them with moving around different terrains.

    Action 2: improve the giants mushrooms muscus gland so it can use it along with it feelars and foot to travel.
     

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