Loftwhale are (unsurprisingly enough, given the name) very large tropical vegetarians, and spend the majority of their long lives high above the ground, their 4 long highly maneuverable main limbs ending in hands with 3 double-jointed fingers for easy grasping of branches. Their digestive system is highly complex; through the web-like gills along the side of their heads they draw great quantities of air while feeding, and with the help of a 5-chambered stomach and a number of other entirely unique organs they divert much of their gaseous waste products into large internal sacs—that a large portion of their body cavity is given over to—in order to take much of their otherwise prodigious weight off both their limbs and the branches of the trees below.
The six secondary arms are constantly in motion plucking at branches and tips to continuously feed; the downward facing eyes and highly developed nostrils and smell organs assist in the selection of the most nutritious and healthy leaves and branches.
The N'gul Spiders are an evolutionary leap from those known by man up until 2079. These herbivore descendants feed off of Swah's lush forests. With a daily consumption of up to 3 tons of Surn'el leafs these behemoths are Swah's air refinery, ridding the planet of these intoxicating plants. Its 8 legs help it maneuver through these rough and treacherous jungles. It can only survive on top of the canopies where it has no natural enemies and can live peacefully. The two pertruding claws on its chest work as grapplers when feeding and at night while it sleeps. the thick fur covering its back and limbs act to stabilize its body heat and protect against stings, allowing it to survive in harsh conditions.
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Concept: Tree Walker The largest of the canopy dwelling lizards, Tree Walker's diet consists primarily of vegetation from the upper canopy. Their peripheral vision is enhanced by rectangular pupils that help detect predators in their developmental years. For the few Tree Walkers (about .5%) that survive to the reproductive age are simply too large for canopy predators to approach. The adult diet still contains large amounts of foliage, but they prefer to eat flowering fruit bearing plants. As the jungles canopy has no seasons plant flowering is scattered and random so adults spend the majority of their day walking through the treetops. Adult Tree walkers are an important part of may tree's germination cycles.
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The long-necked chelyses are the largest land animals in the world and are closely related to tortoises. These creatures can be found deep in tropical jungles. They have several unique adaptations not found in most other creatures. As their name suggests, the chelyses have elongated necks which, along with flexible snouts and long tongues, allow them to graze upon the vegetation in the canopy. The chelyses are unique among their relatives in that they move along the forest floor on their backs. Their massive, plow-like shells and strong upper arms allow for this form of locomotion. The chelyses use their arms to grab trees and pull themselves as the shell tills the ground, knocking over any trees in its path. The shell also acts as structural support for the massive body of the creature. The long arms end in two fingers, a large, hooked finger for grasping around tree trunks and a smaller one for grooming. Their legs are much shorter and are used to help care for their young, which are raised on their bellies until they grow large enough to forage on their own. Long-necked chelyses play an important role in their environment. As they slowly crawl along, they simultaneously create a clearing in the canopy, till the forest floor, and leave a fertilizing excrement. All of these allow for young trees to grow in their wake.
The vast glowing Strala-Forests of the Lowlands were a magnificent sight: sparkling golden-green leaves gave them a brilliant shine, even at night.
Feeding from these nutritious leaves the Vaxtatare developed a long neck and six highly specialised limbs, each equipped with a flexible claw, allowing them to graze the trees without ever leaving the canopy (except for the rather complicated mating procedure of course). After having laid six to nine eggs, the female spins a fine and highly poisonous protective web, leaving the young for themselves.
Finding Vaxtatare's chewy meat rather inedible, the first humans to invade the land concentrated on extinguishing its natural enemies, leaving Vaxtatare to graze the glowing forests in peace.
After aeons of subsisting only on Strala-Trees, Vaxtatare's highly specialised digestive tract wouldn't handle any other diet, the result of which was the fast and complete destruction of Vaxtatare's natural habitat.
Today only the still glowing excements remind of the once large population.
The great giant of the forest. The Arbor Titan. This behemoth mammal lives its entire adult life amidst the highest canopies of the forest. Although the creature is fiercesome in appearance, it is actually quite docile. The protrusions and bony ridges are remainders of the Titan's juvenile days. These dermal growths helped it to blend into the trunks of the trees and avoid predation. These branch-like growths continue to grow into adulthood and the most conspicuous growths indicate elder Titans. Arbor Titans are primarily sedentary. They rarely move if possible and eat only once a week. This allows them to remain in much the same area of forest without exhausting their food supply. Their strong tentacles help to secure themselves to the trunks of sturdy trees. The small glowing phosphorescent nodes along the tentacles and back are used in mating displays. However, they also attract small flocks of birds which pick parasites from the Titan's skin.
With a total length from head to tail of an average 20 feet "GAM's" have characteristics of grass hoppers and birds both in partial exoskeleton protection and light weight bones.
The jumping range for these monkeys is over 300 feet from tree to tree necessary to defend it's territory, full of intensely energy rich leaves that grow very tall trees in the canopy.
Fierce confrontation awaits any trespasser to venture into the treeline to try and steal this beasts food supply.
Concept: Paeslo The Paeslo is a medium sized shy mammal that spends its entire life high in the jungle canopy. Its descriptive name, giant canopy grazer comes not from its overall size, but from its oversized hands, which evoloved at the same rate that it lost use of its legs. The Paeslo's vesitgal lower limbs mean that it never sets foot down on the ground, however from time to time they have been seen walking along the jungle floor on their hands with their extremly long tails as a balance.
Concept: Giant Treelurk The Giant Treelurk is nocturnal and most active at twilight, moving quickly through the canopy until it finds a good spot to graze during the night. It's considerable weight is evenly distributed throughout it's long body, which can grow up to twenty-five feet in length. This allows the treelurk to move freely without crushing the trees. They are solitary creatures. Never leaving the canopy, they prefer the deepest, darkest parts of the forest with the largest trees.
Like the Yeti, or Bigfoot the Giant Canopy Cow has rarely been seen by the human eye. It is believed that they live high in the canopy of some of the worlds largest rain forests, never setting foot on ground. Which would explain the rarity of these elusive creatures. But Science and new discovery prevails yet again (with a little help from the human desire to master all). Now with 99% of the rain forests wiped from the face of the earth we can finally observe the Giant Canopy Cow. Much like we studied the Yeti when the polar ice caps melted. Cheers for science and the human determination to conquer the universe!
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Some see the glass half full. Others see it half empty. I just try to see the glass!
As you can see I decided to play nice this round, no cuts were made.
There is one other thing, COW is going to be taken over by someone more permanent from now on, since I was more in function of a back-up mod for COW and will remain to be that, but it needs someone who can keep an eye on all of you 24/7 You'll see more about that in the next round!