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December 30th, 2007 #1
C.O.W. - #105: Metamorphosis "Ugly To Beauty" - Voting!
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Topic: Metamorphosis "Ugly To Beauty"
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The Fangfeng is a divine creature which undergoes an amazing change. For the years before sexual maturity, the Fangfeng is considered rather ugly, sloth-like and sluggish. Its pinkish/purplish skin aids it in camouflage on it's home planet Fong-Pai; far outside our universe. When reaching sexual maturity, the Fangfeng will transform it's body into something of a more sleek and 'sexy' design. Males usually have much longer fangs - used to attract females and fight opposing males. They should not be mistaken as felines - you wouldn't want to pet this one!
And they lived happily ever after..until Snow White got hit by a car.
January 5th, 2008 #3
Concept: Xickit Runner
The Xicit Runner is a small (chicken sized) creature that starts life in the shallow waters that feed into the wide estuaries in the HungXang province. The life cycle begins with a heavily pregnant Xictit Female depositing 300-400 Eggs into the brackish waters edge. The eggs have a sticky coating that allows them to adhere to submerged roots and deadwood in the shallows. After 10-15 days the eggs hatch to the pre-larval stage and sink to the bottom of the river and bury themselves in the mud. After another 3-4 days of living on there own body nutrient the now 3cm larva begins to look for food. They have to eat and store enough nutrients to last them through their pupation to adulthood and beyond.
These fast little nymphs swarm in the early spring month and fall prey to many of the local birds and fish who see Xicet hatches as an easy meal. After three months of surviving in these conditions 93% of the hatch has either been eaten or swept out to the estuary. The remaining 3% (now around 10cm in length) make their way up onto the bank and bury themselves high up on the muddy slopes. As they dry out they form a cocoon which hardens to a protective shell allowing them to pupate. They remain in this state through the Winter months and emerge in the early spring as fully fledged adult Xicits.
The colorful males sport beautiful yellow and purple Crests that they wave proudly in the hope of attracting a fertile female. Males battle up and down the river banks hoping to prove their virility to nearby Females. Their adult life is little over a year and they spend that entire year looking for and mating with other Xicit. When a Pregnant Female is ready she returns to the waters edge and the cycle begins all over again. They have no mouth in their adult form and rely solely on nutrients taken in as a larvae.
January 5th, 2008 #4
Artist: Spacerogue /Aiko
Sawaty live in swaps, their name are a combination of 'swamp' and 'tiger', but even though they look like tigers, or atleast a big catlike creature, this is in fact an eglaying creature that comes close to amfibians.
Sientist do not know much about the Sawaty, in their culture it brings bad luck to see, and especially to harm a Saw tadpole. While seeing a grown up Sawaty is said to bring good luck, perhaps becouse they are only beeing seen so rarely. Adult Sawaty on the other hand, don't mind eating a human trespasser at all.
(I don't think the Saw tadpole is ugly , but I wanted to participate )
time to get drilled.
break me down, build me back up. I'd love you for ever.
January 5th, 2008 #5
Concept: The Fisher Cat
The wrinkled loose skinned young of this felid are ugly, smelly and unappetising to the many fierce and tenacious carnivorous fish species in the deep and unexplored jungles. Their loose skin and foul smell give them a chance of escape should they venture too close to the water's edge, as they may be rejected as a meal because of the stench, or be able to use their 2 pairs of strong back legs to bound away from danger. After nearly a year of growth the creature is safe from most of the hungry fish species and is buried in the mud in a safe place by its mother and undergoes a metamorphosis to its adult form. The unique webbed forelegs and mesmerising pattern couple with light fur to camouflage against the sky and intrigue the once predator fish species to come closer whereupon a swift revenge is taken.
January 5th, 2008 #6
Concept: Red-crowned Tebis and the Jaikiry
The jaikiry (meaning “walking-sun”) starts life in a form so different; it was classified as a whole separate species known as the red-crowned tebis. The red-crowned tebis (so named because of its red head and the ring of external nasal sensors on its head) begins life by hatching out of eggs embedded near the roots of kau-coa trees. Instinctively, they climb upwards and feed on the leaves of the tree which are rich with nutrients. Multiple eyes allow the tebis to see in all directions in case a predator should come around. If so, it latches onto the tree, and lets its hardened skin flaps on its back serve as a shield. Before long, the tebis is ready to mature into an adult. It begins a strange eating cycle, eating everything that will fit into its mouth. However, the food is not digested. It passes directly through the body, separating into the “good” waste and “bad”. The two wastes are put to good uses. Using the bad waste, the tebis takes it, combines it with saliva, and begins to build the shell of its cocoon. The shell is much larger than the tebis itself. Once finished, the tebis begins filling the empty cocoon with the jelly-like “good” waste, storing up for its metamorphosis. When the shell is full, the tebis enters, seals the top of the shell, and becomes dormant. While it sleeps, its body is able to absorb the pure nutrients of the good wastes surrounding it. During this time, the tebis undergoes its metamorphosis. After a month or so, the tebis emerges. During the metamorphosis, the tebis has gained bright new colors, earning it the name jaikiry, the “walking-sun”. For now, the jaikiry is only twice the size that it once was. However, it will again double its size before it is fully grown. The jaikiry now only uses a single digestive tract, the other one simply shut down. Of the multiple eyes of the tebis, the jaikiry only has two pairs of dominate eyes, while the rest moved up the head to help sense aerial predators. The middle pair of legs shriveled and fell off. Twice as much energy is put into the remaining back legs, making them strong legs that allow the jaikiry to bound like an oversized rabbit. The skin flaps that once protected the tebis now serve as a sexual display tool, helping males attract females. The flaps and the shoulders flush with vibrant yellow and reds. The once gangly, ugly, tebis has become a thing of beauty.
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January 6th, 2008 #7lost german author
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When a Soap-Bubble-Ballooner becomes sexually mature it will release one bubble from its back in every full moon night. That bubble floats to the ground where a the Larva form of the Soap-Bubble-Ballooner grows. It does not eat but filters hydrogen out of the ground und pumps it to the Bubble. When the Bubble is big enough (after ca. 3 month) the Soap-Bubble-Ballooner-Larva changes its appearance to its end-form in only three hours and gigs up the ground to start flying.
When the Soap-Bubble-Ballooner comes to close to open fire it will explode because of the hydrogen. Some people belive the sound of that explosion was the inspiration to the famous song "Soap-Bubble-Ballooner a Wop Bam Boom"
Last edited by Miasmamann; January 6th, 2008 at 05:21 PM.
January 6th, 2008 #8
Concept: Pine Drake
Moment after hatching, the pine drake hooks itself onto the branches of a pine tree with the strong claw on its tail. The hatchling is virtually defenseless and immobile, and relies on blending in with its surroundings to survive. It lures insects with its scented colorful tongue and captures them with the tongue's sticky tip. The hatchling typically sheds 7 times over the course of two years. The last shedding yields a fully-developed adult with functional wings and smooth skin.
The Pine Drake is not actually a type of dragon. It got its common name from its appearance.
January 6th, 2008 #9
Since Buliblu's predators are only active at day, Buliblu developed transparent tails and bioluminescent pigment control, so it can have a disgusting looking at day and a nice one at night when it does its active life.
Last edited by Zafio; January 6th, 2008 at 03:24 PM.
January 6th, 2008 #10
Artist: Teh Gosu
snailarve is a small larve with huge mouth capacity, capable of eating creatures bigger then himself. Once a big pray (like a rat) is captured, it will slowly diggest it, simultaneous turning into a cocoon. When it hatches, it will rebirth into a big snail-like creature. His beautifull shell will protect him and lure pray.
January 6th, 2008 #11
Final Post for TSoren
The flying toad crawls on the ground in its "ugly" stage of life. It is similar to a reptile or frog except that it will take on larger prey since it has claws and teeth.
During the late summer at its maturity the skin dries and hardens. A month later the skin splits to reveal that the arms have transformed into wings and the single hind leg/tail sprouts a vaned tail to match the wings. It flies off to mate and restart the cycle for the next generation.
You wouldn't eat the ground stage animals but the flying ones can be grilled for a tasty flavor similar to that of grilled swordfish. Leave the skin on for extra tenderness.
Last edited by tsoren; January 7th, 2008 at 08:57 PM. Reason: tweaks
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January 7th, 2008 #13
TIKACOIN living in a kind of insect on the planet, scientists recently discovered species,
live in tropical jungles similar areas, the larva of the hard shoulder during keratinocyte armor,
1-year-old adult (male) In order to display their own turn into beautiful NAYI,Note: This insect is aggressive and toxic ordinary jungle animals unable to capture and implement food
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