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Thread: C.O.W. #249. Fungal Beast - VOTING!

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    C.O.W. #249. Fungal Beast - VOTING!

    Round 249 - Voting!

    Topic: Fungal Beast

    Deadline for voting: March 29th

    Round Requirements (Read BEFORE Voting!):
    - The creature must be in some way comprised of, or function as host organism to, fungal growths

    - The creature’s relationship to fungi should be symbiotic (i.e. beneficial to both parties)

    - The fungus should either comprise at least 50% of the creature (or if the creature is the host for the fungus, the fungus’ total size should be at least 50% the size of the creature)

    I hate to have to re-iterate this, but it happens almost every round: Voting for yourself is prohibited. Votes towards one's own piece will be deducted.
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    Aristille: The Newb

    Concept: Dalkin: One With The Swamp

    Uses the fungus growing on his hide to camouflage himself, making him a great hunter of the swamp. The conditions of his hide make a great breeding ground for fungus growing in the swamp.

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    I guess I finished this a bit early!

    Artist: Patonki

    Concept: Anthozoa Cetacea

    The Anthozoa Cetacea is a sight to behold. This massive sea-beast is by far the largest living organism discovered in the history of mankind. How can this goliath grow to such astounding magnitudes?
    The secret lies within a symbiotic relationship with a special coral fungus. The fungi spores attach themselves to the creature's soft ridge, when it passes by coral reefs. The ridge acts as a potent growing ground for the fungi, which burrow their roots deep into the spine of the creature.
    The Anthozoa Cetacea provides the fungi protection from changing conditions, as it seeks relatively shallow and warm waters. The fungi, on the other hand, provide the creature a share of the energy they gather from the sun, allowing both to grow into astoundingly large measurements.
    If the adolescent Anthozoa Cetacea doesn't meet the fungus, it wont grow past twenty feet.

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    Artist: SeverdHead

    Concept: Artifexfungor

    This creature is a reptile that has its body covered in poisonous fungus as a means of protection. It eats types of weeds and fungus. It can stay in the same area for a long time because it releases spores from its body to make more food for itself. Its habitat is usually the swamp where its food is plentiful.
    Last edited by SeverdHead; February 20th, 2012 at 05:55 PM.

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    Artist: ToddBushman

    Concept: Bleeding Heart Spider

    When the spider is able to walk, it finds the bleeding tooth fungus and rubs against the fungi to transfer it to its back. Once mature, the spider is able to puncture the large jelly-filled spores which ooze down and drop to the ground. Insects are attracted to the jelly and because of the spiders' height; he is able bend down and attack its prey. Its eyes and mouth are on the underside of its belly.

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    Artist: unruhe
    Concept: stricti

    A little flying beast roaming through a eclectic and psychodelic kingdom, where he happily takes advantage of the fungal fluids floating through his body and in return spreads the spores as far as possible.
    Last edited by unruhe; February 21st, 2012 at 11:03 AM.

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    Artist: Absorber

    Concept: The fungus helps the creature with it's digestion and helps creating poison for it's attack/defense mechanism
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    Artist: mat0fr

    red fly-catcher

    This lizard grow bio-luminescent fungus on his belly to attract flies at night.

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    Fungal beast

    Artist: & k o r

    Concept: Red Schenour
    The Red Schenour is a peaceful creature which lives in swamps. Because of its numerous predators, it has a symbiotic relationship with the fungus covering its body. The Red Schenour provides food to the fungus through its circulatory system and the fungus add a neurotoxin to the Red Schenour blood, making it venenous for all its predators. The red colors in its body work as a warning.

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    Red Schenour

    Artist: & k o r

    Concept: Red Schenour
    The Red Schenour is a peaceful creaute which lives in swamps. While it provides food to the fungus over its body through its circulatory system, the fungus add a neurotoxin to the Red Schenour's blood, making it a venenous snack for its numerous predators...

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    Artist: Adrian Nagorski

    Concept: The River Walker

    The river walker uses its affliction of the red mushroom fungal infection
    Not only for increased size to scare away predators but to attract prey,
    it also fishes, with the help of the toxin excreted
    from the fungus. In turn providing the fungus with nutrients from surrounding areas
    helping the fungi to breed and grow unchecked.

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    Concept: Greater Fungal Stalker

    The greater fungal stalker is the alpha predator of the Dikaryan Sea. This ocean of fungus creates a thick atmosphere of spores in which only highly specialised creatures can survive. Like all creatures of the Dikaryan, the fungal stalker navigates the ocean using a personalised cloud of spores. These spores released from the shaking stalker's tail antennae and interact with the surrounding environment. The information is relayed back to the stalker through the tubular receptors on the front four legs. The spore cloud of the stalker has mild paralytic qualities, which slow down any grazing myceanopes unfortunate enough to be caught in it.

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    Concept: Fungal Hound

    Fungal hounds are tripodal, bi-tailed fungal/animal fusions; arising from a symbiosis of the two it represents an entirely separate branch of creatures. The fungal portions of the creatures completely account for all neural functions; reflexes, decision making, sight and other senses, as well as filling most digestive and respiratory functions. The animal portions account for all muscular functions. Light detecting "eyes" sprout from the creature on stalks, which can be replaced as needed. The frontal facial array senses movement and heat, as well as chemical traces (smell and taste). This creature is liquivorous, feeding on the vital fluids of its prey after using its potent venom to kill them.

    Fungal hounds use three legs for locomotion; the hind leg is powerful and allows the creature to leap in almost any direction from a standing position. The two front appendages are used for balance and are also used to assist when running. They are also somewhat dactyl and can be used to tear into prey.

    Two tails give the creature great balance during rapid turns and leaps. Small spines on the tails can be used for defense, but are primarily used for mating. All members of the species are capable of lodging spines in the flesh of other members of the same species in an act of procreation, but typically only the pack Alpha is allowed to do so lest they risk being killed in retribution. The spines, if lodged in the flesh of another fungal hound, will swell and feed upon the host much like a parasite, but unlike a parasite it also samples the host's DNA and blends it with its own to create a zygote. A fetus then begins to grow within the spine, forming a cyst. Once the cyst has swollen fully and the embryo within reached sufficient maturity, the cysts split open and the young emerge.

    If the spines are lodged in the flesh of any other species, they will swell and become inflamed and very painful. Eventually the creature will either dig the spine out or possibly die from infection, thus the spines are an effective deterrent to larger predators.

    It is thought that this manner of reproduction evolved so that the fungal DNA may be passed along during mating as well as the animal DNA; however, only the impregnating creature's fungal DNA is passed on in this manner, thus preserving the fungal ancestry along the Alpha member's genetic lineage.

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