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January 28th, 2008 #1
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Topic: Comet Rider
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Concept: Comet Rider
The Comet Rider is a small parasite that uses it's flat, tight body to hug the surfaces of comets to combat the vacuum of space. It slowly scuttles across the rock to keep contact with the nearest star, absorbing rays through it's webbing and collecting stray particles of matter (as well as some elements of radiation) with the hairs on two long appendages extending from the back. Periodically, small spores are released from two porous bulbs connected to these appendages, which spread and eventually seed other satellites.
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February 3rd, 2008 #4
Concept Comet rider
The comet rider is a creature that lives in space and feeds of comets floating around in space. Comets are it's favorite habitat because they attract many different materials that the comet rider can feed on.
If a cometrider wants to feed itself it pins his both paws in the comet and starts eating the many materials while using an acid to make the harder parts become eatable.
February 3rd, 2008 #5
Concept: Juni Blonde
This species can be found adrift, planet side, or on various celestial debris. Its prefers the surfaces of comets. With its gaping mouth, the blonde Juni uses small suction pads to hold onto comets until its mouth fills with particles and various mineral detritus. The pads release small amounts of water, freezing it to the surface. Often times when near the sun, the juni will lose traction, finding itself adrift once again.
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February 4th, 2008 #6
The phase louse is so called because it phases in and out of dimensions until it happens upon a suitable habitat, usually a comet, although sometimes meteors can provide adequate nutrition. This process can take a while, and once a suitable comet is found it will be years before the creature moves on to enable it to reproduce successfully and securely.
When near the comet surface, the barbed squishy muzzle burrows into a nice crevice on the surface, and the creature is anchored. Dangling feeding fronds dangle from appendages and their frilled edges glean nutrition from the various minerals and ions in the tails of the comet and matter which vaporises from its surface as it travels. They tend to stay attached for a long while, and release their offspring in the comet's travel path to grow and phase off on their own.
When they die, they break apart into the trail of the comet they have called home.
February 4th, 2008 #7
The gevum are an interplanetary pest which have made a number of different planets their home. This species is known to produce an extremely high amount of offspring every three to four months; a female gevum may lay upwards of a thousand eggs per year. Roughly the size of a human hand, these creatures are constantly dispersing themselves throughout galaxies.
The original home of the gevum is unfortunately a planet which is consistently experiencing high levels of comet impacts as well as large chunks of land breaking off and being hurled into outer space. Because of this, large amounts of gevum have been sent to other planets within the galaxy but for every one comet which succeeds in transporting a cluster of gevum to a new planet with a survivable atmosphere, two land on uninhabitable planets and five never make it to another planet or are unable to reach a suitable planet within the lifespan of the interplanetary immigrants.
The reason the gevum are able to survive these long journeys is because they feed off the billions of micro parasites found on the comets they ride. The gevum have an adaptation which allows them to survive the impact of the comet which is both an anatomical and behavioural one; the gevum huddle together into clusters and their tough shells bind together to form a single, large protective layer, similar to the phalanx formation.
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Concept: Comet rider
Like it's more beautiful cousin, the solar sailer, the comet rider spends most of it's adult life in outer space. Evolution changed the tail, the legs and it's eye-stalks into very efficient drilling or clamping limbs. These allow the comet rider to hold on even in heavy gravity shocks.
The comet rider is depicted here with a fully erect spinal sail, and an inflated primary funnel sail. The secondary funnel sail is completely deflated, probably to protect it from the fierce solar winds in this region.
The sails are not only used for propulsion, they're also the primary source of food for the rider. A complicated photosynthesis-like process allow it to transform the minerals from the comet into the products it needs to keep alive.
February 4th, 2008 #9
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Concept: The Hahnork
The Hahnork scour the Oort Cloud well past Pluto's orbit for micro-comets, icy chunks of comet nuclei that have made too many trips around the sun and have almost completely evaporated. The Hahnork then push these tiny comets back toward the sun and surf their inertia for fun. As they approach the solar winds, the small chunks of ice and rock begin to evaporate again, forming a bright tail of ionized gas on the approach. The Hahnork enjoy playing their interstellar game of 'chicken' and choose the smallest comet nuclei they can as a matter of pride. The last Hahnork left standing on his comet wins.
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February 4th, 2008 #10
Concept: The Uranian Two Eyed One Eye
TUTEOE was first discovered in the late 2160's by the universal tracking observation center at Esrange. The first encounter coming from a trajectory beyond Uranus. The latest theory states that these massive beasts float about in the Kuiper Belt where they breed. From there they spread by catching a ride on any comet passing by.
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February 4th, 2008 #12
Concept: Tail Wind
The Tail Wind is a mythical space travelling creature. It clings to stationary rocks in space and slowly propels to great speeds, allowing it to travel great distances. It feeds on the rocks of the comets to feed the propulsion system on its back. It is believed to have a granite like skin, protecting it from pretty much all dangers in outer space. During its travels, which may take up many millennia, the Tail Wind becomes almost one with the comet it travels on. Breaking away from the comet is a very painfull experience. Many Tail Winds have merged with comets forever, slowly eating away at the comet until it ultimately dies and becomes a new comet.
February 4th, 2008 #13
Concept: Comet Rider
These creatures live long and slow as they travel across the universe, buried deep inside comets, curled up like a ball. They have shown to be capable of teleportation, very occasionally switching to another comet or asteroid. Although they can survive in the inside of comets, remaining mostly dormant, they rely on crashing into a planet to spread their species there. Their hull protects them from both their space environment and the crash. After tumbling down in a rain of comet debris, they will spread life across the universe, as their protective shells are always inhabited by alien microorganisms.