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    Cow C.O.W. - #013: Cloud Dweller - VOTING!!!

    ROUND #013 VOTING

    Topic: Cloud Dweller

    Deadline for the voting: Thursday, 19 May 2005

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    Phuzion:
    concept: In the distant future, when the mega-fauna have again evolved from the lesser creatures, you will no longer be worried about the seagulls' droppings on your head.
    The Titan Caelum Balaena absorbs hydrogen gas from the air around it and stores the gas in several large, external glands on its back and in its throat, allowing it to keep afloat. It feeds on flocks of birds, and maybe the occassional unlucky skydiver. Their only real enemy is a lightning storm, as the lightning bolts could ignite the hydrogen gas, and then you have charbroiled TCB for a year.

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    Rusty:
    concept: These titanic lifeforms are in fact plants that grow to mammoth size and can live for thousands of years.After 100 years firmly planted to the earth they detach and float to a height of 3000 metres and higher.By this age its hydrogen producing sack-like body measures 6-9 metres diameter,the long sinewy tendrils it slowly develops only after it has detached.The main body reaches full size after 300 years and can measure 30-40 metres diameter,and its tendrils fully grown can measure up to 150-220 metres long!.Feeds on both sunlight and anything unfortunate enough to fly into its mass of tendrils which acts like a huge net.Rather than drawing food to its huge mouth it digests its victim where they lay entangled by excreting an highly acidic liquid through small openings and breaking down the creature on the spot,absorbing the liquifying remains.They illuminate brilliant bright colors in the night sky,some accounts of groups of tens of thousands lighting up the night have been reported.

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    leckronium:
    concept: Irredescent Sky Tarpon
    These playful creatures are found mostly in the upper atmosphere where they spend their days chasing airplanes and punching holes in clouds. Less than an inch thick when deflated and light as a feather, the sky tarpins can fly through the air using large feathers that catch updrafts while deflating and inflating to control speed. They have a 360 degree view since their head structure has eyes that stick out on the top and bottom of the head. Flying in the sun can prove to be dangerous since the tarpon needs a moist environment to stay alive. At the end of a hard day of playing, these creatures love to park their long ribbon-like bodies on the edges of clouds and soak up the setting sun. This, in turn, gives us ground creatures a special view when the edges of the clouds appear to glow during sunset. This is the light reflecting off of their silvery irredescent bodies which gives us the phrase every cloud has it's silver lining.

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    nightfend:
    concept: WIND LEVIATHAN
    On the low gravity world of Aelis-6, the Wind Leviathan commands the skies. The Wind Leviathan is a massive creature with a windspan of over 2km in length. But for all of it's size, the Leviathan feeds off of only the smallest and slowest creatures in the sky, which it pulls into it's great maw, where its electrically charged feeding hairs can stun and digest the prey. The Leviathan stays aloft with two hydrogen filled bladders near the back of it's throat. When it needs to descend, it releases some of it's hydrogen and uses it's wing-like fins to glide through the sky. Because of its vast size, many smaller predators fly alongside the massive giant, gliding on the air turbulence it creates.

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    Rosco:
    concept: Blomper (A.K.A. Rainbow Chaser)
    The Blomper, a highly endangered aerial creature, is an outcast of the evolutionary ladder. With no known purpose, this creature spends its days chasing rainbows. The Aztecs believed this creature was the bringer of great wealth and prosperity. With a cloud-like appearance, the Blomper was lost to civilization for hundreds of years until recently rediscovered in the 20th century by the advent of the airplane. The Blomper is composes of a central brain with a nervous system sprawling outward. The cloud-like exterior is used solely as camouflage yet this creature has no known predators. For movement the Blomper has a simplistic air flow system. It has the ability to suck air in and use its tentacles to direct the flow and movement. As of now, there are only 16 of these creatures known to exist.

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    Helzon:
    concept: Helingen Harpoon
    Shown here in a complex braking maneuver. The Helingen Harpoon opens it's maw to inflate flexible bladders within it's dorsal appendage to create greater surface area and thus produce drag and slow it's forward speed.
    Nature quite inevitably makes mistakes. But it is everwise and calculating to create devices by which it may nudge those mistakes off of the stage of life. Thus, the Helingen Harpoon.
    Once merely the height and length of a horse, these predators have grown in size in direct proportion to the rise of (nimbo, strato)- cephalopods and cetaceans. Nearly sightless the Harpoon must rely on a "phantom" system of location. Cruising high above its prey, a single Harpoon will release an odorless, colorless gas stored in twin bulbous bladders along it's side. The fine aerosol like particulates descend slowly through the cloud layers to settle across the flesh and hide of it's victims. The electro chemical discharge of the prey excites the particles of gas which radiate back to any Harpoon in the area in shimmering waves. The hunters merely follow the pulse of the creature back to the source and the frenzy begins.

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    young paddy1:
    concept: Stealthed skin and a top speed of over mach 2 allow the Eastern Autocratic Government's 'sky prowler' to take the vast majority of fighter jets out of the sky with consumate ease. The jet engines are modified gills with directional squid like jets internally coated with carbon based lobster like carapace. The fuel is made by ingesting large amounts of water vapour with its ram scoop mouth and using electricity (generated by electric eel muscle cells) to split the water into Hydrogen and Oxygen which are burnt together to give propulsion. The carbon for it's skin coating and heat shielding comes from jet fuel and smog.

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    Carnifex:
    concept: Is a microscopic insect,about the size of a water flea,that lives in the waterdrops of which clouds consists. Because it only has a lifespan of about one hour,it reproduces incredibly fast (every 5 minutes). No male specimen is needed for this. Clouds full of them will become more concrete over time and are often referred to as "fluffy cotton balls of death".

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    possessed:
    concept: Name: Heavens guile
    Size: ranges from 40 cm to 3 m
    Habitat: upper atmosphere, always found in or near a cloud
    Notice: we haven't been able to capture one of these creatures.
    These strange creatures come in a variety of shapes and sizes but there is one aspect they all seem to share. All guilers have a set of limbs evolved specifically to create a cumulus. The bulbs on these limbs are semi-permeable and covered in hundreds of small openings. From these bulbs they spray a liquid which upon contact with the air forms an instant cloud around the creature. It is still unknown if guilers need to feed but the real mystery is how these creatures can stay aloft.

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    kyliegirl:
    concept: Pygmy Rhumarh
    size- 5-15cm
    habitat- Planet Nethius inside cumulonimbus clouds, young Rhumarh can be found inside stratus and stratocumulus clouds.
    The Rhumarh is one of the smallest known dragon species found on Nethius, not being discovered until 30 years after humans settled on the planet, the creature never touches the ground. Little is known about the Rhumarh, but seems to be a food source for the gauntus, a giant whale like species which dominates the skies. The Rhumarh live in large masses of colonies numbering from 1000 to 15,000 in each, living in the skies with clouds for their cover. Their size, unique colouring and ability to hide is why they were not discovered so soon.
    Their breeding season is unique, with no solid ground to support their eggs, they drop the eggs from the sky inside a strange mucus type stick in the shape of a bullet, as the bullet type sack drops at a fast speed, the outside dries and frail white hairs from the bullet shaped sack part and spread out like an umbrella, causing the egg to float down gently for the last thousand meters. The eggs at this stage now look like the seeds of dandelions so their prescence is unnoticed. The young Rhumarh which hatch from these eggs are no bigger than 1cm and make their journey up to the skies for cloud coverage.
    It is guessed the Rhumarh feed on the water which is formed in the clouds, and also feed on the pollen which raises into the sky.
    Adult Rhumarh live over 56,000 feet above land inside cumulonimbus clouds. The young when born make their way 8000 feet towards stratus and stratuscumulus clouds where it is more gentle for their frail form. Their wings shaped like a butterflies wings, but are tougher than a grasshopers. Making them ideal to fly to higher altitudes as they grow.

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    Crow:
    concept: this is a Caelum Floater, found in the upper troposphere (from about 2km to 17km above the surface of the earth). Essentially a large bladder filled with a mix of methane, hellium and hydrogen, it floats among the clouds and rides air currents. Below its sack body is a web that terminates in individual tentacles. It uses the web as a net to catch birds, and the webs markings are used with identification. For reproduction, the new floater grows out of it's asexual parent. One floater will spawn about 5-7 new floaters in it's lifetime. The one pictured here has two young floaters still attached to it's upperbody.

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    OLSEN:
    concept: The one eyed Octoturtle, also known as the "cloud dweller" due to the cloud like exo-baleen it appears to float upon, was first spotted in the waters north of japan in 2045. Some claim it to be of alien origin, but the only known facts about it is that it's huge, fairly friendly, and tastes like chicken.

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