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N D Hill
January 8th, 2008 #1
C.O.W. - #106: Glacier Terror - Voting!
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Topic: Glacier Terror
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Hide this ad by registering as a memberJanuary 11th, 2008 #2
Generally sleeps on the glaciates waiting for a energy boost coming from the magnetic fields, like reptiles on sun. But contrary from the reptiles this creatures tends to move widely and feeding viciously all they can find, conserving energy until the next wave of magnetic fields
January 11th, 2008 #3
Artist: N D Hill
An Antarctic evolutionary throwback, the 5m Tundramander, shares many physiological traits with its amphibian relatives. It may be a distant descendent from the Koolasuchas of Cretaceous Australia. Tundramander has the ability to regulate its own metabolism, allowing it to essentially shut itself down between meals. What appears to be a coat of scales are actually fleshy quills which are capable of secreting a thick mucus that encases and protects the animal as it freezes. Sensing warmth or increasing vibrations signals a more plentiful food supply and initiates a slow awakening. With the shifting of glaciers and tectonic plates, many of the few surviving Tundramanders have been awakened in a new era.
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January 12th, 2008 #4
Concept: The Khan-OR
When planet X55-Benthula (later called The Second Earth) was inhabited in 3915 BC, the adventurous among men was instantly drawn to it. Once more there were great ranges of mountains to be scaled, and again one could venture into the depths of uncharted jungles.
The problem was, which was soon discovered, the native creatures were making the escapades far more exciting than most men had ever hoped for.
The adult Khan-Or lives in the higher altitudes of many Benthula ranges. It has the ability to freeze itself into a hibernating sleep, (usually clinging to the shadowy side of mountain peaks), and is in need of little food, once mature. Its supreme sense of smell alerts it to every scent and movement in the nearby mountains. When awake the Khan-Or warms up very fast by generating extreme heat inside belly. It has developed an interesting technique of hunting, by sliding down the mountainsides on its abdomen (often upon the comparatively even glaciers). This melts the top layer of glacier ice and gives the creature an incredible speed, which it can stop, if necessary, by flipping its feet downward and driving its sharp claws and tail into the ice.
Last edited by Cloister; January 12th, 2008 at 01:12 PM.
January 13th, 2008 #5
Concept: Crevasse worm
The crevasse worm's eggs are laid deep in glacial crevasses, and over decades, as the crevasse widens, the larvae grow, feeding on microorganisms and small fish. After several years, the creature's size necessitates larger prey, and for unfortunate explorers who may camp in the glacial territory of one of these beasts, it is another risk to consider for their expeditions.
January 14th, 2008 #6
Concept: Glacier Terror
The Glacier Terror is a little know relative of the common earthworm. Living among the glaciers of the North Pole, the Glacier Terror uses his teeth filled tentacles to cut trough thick ice at incredible speeds. The attack of a Glacier Terror is totally unpredictable: usually his victims will only feel the earth shaking moments before the worm emerges. The Glacier Terror uses his quick spinning both to dig and to rip apart any opposition or menace he might find. His senses are focused on detecting heat sources. Since he feeds mainly of mammals, he uses his enhanced senses to feel the heat of their bodies hundreds of meters away.
January 14th, 2008 #7
The Kryodon, a relative to the extinct sabretooth tigers, is a rare but extremely dangerous arctic predator. with it's massive claws and tusk-like teeth, it builds a lair in a crevasse to hibernate.
When the ice melts and it becomes active, it preys upon any large animal it can find, not sparing humans who dare to enter its hunting ground.
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Concept: Stone Dragon
The stone dragons are tenacious scavengers which follow the movement of glaciers on the southern continents of Essowaire, particularly far south of the Dunassai emporium. They feed off the corpses of large herd beasts in the wake of the glaciers that descend the mountains. The head on the stone dragon’s right melts large portions of the ice away by spitting up molten acid, whilst the head to its left digests what is sometimes the only matter left behind after so long; bones and hair, inedible for the creature’s primary digestive system. The powerful fore claws are used to dig away at the ice and carcass, and the exposed belly is protected from the intense cold by thick plates. The extremely slow metabolism of these creatures restricts their speed and ability to hunt live prey, but allows them to hibernate for years at a time when there is no glacier movement, awaking to the vibration of the glacier beginning to slide once more. It is said in ancient legends that they were formed by detaching from the mountain tops themselves, and the appearance of one to a traveller is a terrible omen.
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Artist: Samuel Pipes
Concept: Imiqqiq Atasqa
The Imiqqiq Atasqa (literally "Devouring Snow") is a massive, many-limbed predator that stalks the arctic and sub-arctic, laying partially buried in snow with the aid if its natural camouflage, waiting for prey to wander too close to escape.
Prey for the Imiqqiq is scarce enough in summer, practically nonexistent in winter. Therefore the beast has evolved to hibernate in extreme colds, literally allowing itself to be consumed by the annual swell of glacial drift. They are freed again when the ice recedes, though this rarely frees it all at once. The half-frozen Imiqqiq's legendary patience evaporates as it waits to be freed, often clawing at the ice and injuring itself in a desire to speed the thawing process.
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January 15th, 2008 #10
Concept: Northern Stu
The Northern Stu can travel quickly through the cravasses that riddle the glaciers of the highlands. With infrared sensors on its skull, the Stu can sense even the most distant heat source, leaving its prey no place to hide. Unlike the Southern Stu, the Nortnern Stu are adept swimmers.
January 15th, 2008 #11
Gatling - CoW 106: Oscar
Alongside the ice chippers on deck, the rope bearers, and the brave (although quite foolish) lighting engineers, Philippe and his crew sought to bag the deadliest genetic mishap and thorn in their crabbing seasons side to haul back (in many pieces mind you) to their shores.
Philippe’s bowels turned to water. He’d long grown his sea legs, but even the most seasoned fisherman wouldn’t be able to stand the conditions he faced now. His hands shook with the rise and fall of adrenaline and fear. “He will be disoriented once blinded, thrashing madly for an approximation of 10 minutes where then he may finally appear sedated.” the oceanic biologist explained before they set out on their expedition. “Then, and only then, can he be subdued and ultimately killed.” Special lights, of unknown wattages, were secured to the decks and masts of their boats. Their weight and clutter of wire did nothing to help the deck hands and navigators; even their trustworthy boats moaned beneath the additional burden-the heat they emitted even showed defiance to the biting cold. “Oh, I almost forgot. Whatever you do, make sure he is not cornered. I cannot say this enough!” The biologist fidgeted, obviously showing reservations.
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January 15th, 2008 #12
Concept: The glacier terror
This huge beast first made an appearance when the new settlements near the huge glaciers of Antarctica was attacked.
The speed of the attack had everyone confused as to what had actually happened, it was assumed the base had slid under the icemasses during a freak volcanic outburst. It was only when studied from observatory satelites that the true fate of the outpost was discovered.
January 15th, 2008 #13
Concept: Giant Antarctic Mole
How to describe an animal so angry and vicious like the Giant Antarctic Mole? A Terror is definitely a good start, but other creatures have been called that, and all of them would certainly run scared at the mere sight of this abomination. In my many years living in the Antarctic Continent (studying the formation of crevasses in the Lambert Glacier, the largest in the world), I have only heard about this legendary creature. The description is usually followed by a scary warning. Since I am not the alarmist type, and most of my readers will likely never set foot in the White Continent, never mind this Glacier, I'll spare you from that.
A survivor of the Tertiary Period, The Giant Mole was not a Mole at all, but a Land Whale. The only remains of this animal ever found point to a species that countered the common flow of evolution: after millions of years in the water, this whale developed legs and returned back to dry land. Whales are not unfamiliar with movements like that, being originally land animals, but this further return to land makes no sense at all, since Antarctica was already icy and barren by then.
There are many old reports of this creature attacking travelers. In fact, this animal seemed to be always violent towards everything that moved. Stories from survivors describe a dark shape sliding under the glacier ice, then emerging from a hidden crevasse to swallow people whole. The ferocity of the Giant Mole even created a somewhat anecdotal legend: The creature would have been exiled on land by the other whales a long time ago because of its violent behavior. As ludicrous as that sounds, some scientists believe that might not be that far from the truth: this particular species could have been pushed back to land due to competition with other, larger whales.
Whatever is the reality about the giant Mole, we might never find out. The last reports about the creature were around WWII. As the exploration of the Antarctica goes on, we get more certain that this species is in fact extinct. Except that the lack of evidence keeps fueling its legend. Every time I hear the story, usually told by some drunk in the Antarctic Base Pub, it gets more and more exaggerated. It must be affecting me, because I had a nightmare last night. With crooked, sharp teeth it devoured the lower part of my body, but I could not feel anything because of the cold. As my legs cracked like ice slush, I learned the real meaning of frostbite.
Today, i am sitting inside a huge crevasse to protect myself from the storm outside, and I can't stop thinking about it. I look at this perfect tunnel formation, full of scratch marks all over the walls, and I can't help but wonder if this is really a natural formation, or the work of busy talons looking for the next victim. Some marks look ancient but other not so much: my cold scientific logic disappears as paleolithic fears take over.
The faint light of my lantern can barely illuminate my surroundings. The antediluvian ice cracks as the glacier moves inexorably towards the sea. The Giant Mole might be extinct, but in this dark, cold cave, the Terror is alive and well.
Sir Gerrard Spencer
Antartica, April 24th 2008
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