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Ambassador of Nemesis
Abyssal Verm
Zero Entity
The Zero Beings are gigantic amorphous masses of exotic matter which zoom in on anything edible and
devour it. When they reach a certain size they fragment into several smaller individuals. These beings are
feared by all travellers of the Abyss who know of their existence.
Abyssal worms come in an incredible, possibly
infinite, variety of forms. Frequently beautifully
ornamented with bioluminescent lights and a
diverse variety of appendages, some are
apparently harmless, whilst others are fierce
predators and scavengers.
These formidable creatures appear to be synthetic
life-forms sent across the Stellar Planes on missions of
retribution. They are thought to be a weapon used by the
Ancients to keep other races from attaining too much
power.
An intelligent being encountered by the Starstrider,
these beings have an ability to reproduce at an
astonishing rate given a suitable source of electricity,
but are not always hostile. It's reflective skin and reflect
laser beams.
Zero Beings
Synthoid
The plantoid above is a denizen of Epsilon Krakonis-9. Genetic analysis of the many
peculiar lifeforms of this world revealed a problem origin for its life 1.2 million years
ago. This tallies with the young age of the yellow giant Epsilon-Krakonis, which is only
about 500 million years old. Even though lifeforms evolve rapidly on EK-9, natural
ecosystems of this complexity generally take far longer to evolve. Phylogenetic
analysis points very strongly to a purely synthetic origin of life on this planet -
unknown beings apparently created life on this world with bottom-up engineering of a
highly sophisticated type, in which genes and proteins were designed from first
principles.
Synthoid
Torosaurus
Cerotopsians: Torosaurus
Saurion
Plague Demon
Saurion
Plague Demon
Abyssal Worm
The gas-salps of eta-Lumina are sac-like creatures up
to 1.5 m in length which live in the atmosphere of a
small gas-giant planet where they produce vast
floating hatcheries. Below is a typical swarmer which
disperses from the colony in search of food and new
resources. On the left is a defensive polyp which
protects the hatchery. Above is a controller, which
houses a symbiont which has degenerated to little
more than a brain. These symbionts manage the
colonies and could be said to farm the gas-salps.
symbiont controller
sentinel
swarmer
Below: a denizen of the dark realm of Sataurus-9. This small rocky world, with a gravity about 0.8 that of Earth, has
a rapidly spinning core, suspended in a mantle of almost frictionless conducting fluid, giving the world a very
intense magnetic field (enough to interfere with normal electronics). It is a world of phosphorescence and
bioluminescence. The tripodal Sataurans are famous for their stone-work, building entire cities from
phosphoresecent stone and crystal. They stand about 1 m tall up to their eyeballs, but they develop extravagant
multi-tiered and bioluminescent cephalic appendages, giving them a total height of up to 2.5 m. The number of
tiers designates social status, the one depicted below has two tiers, but those of highest status have four.
However, apart from signifying status, the tiers represent reproductive potential since the tiers eventually detach
and develop into new individuals in a slow form of asexual reproduction the Sataurans call septation. These
developing polyps can be seen adhering to the ceilings of brooding chambers by their sucker-like feet. When an
individual undergoes septation they lose status according to the number of tiers septated. This ensures that high
status individuals do not abuse their power too excessively. An individual may undergo several such cycles of
septation in a lifetime.
The Saurions are few in number, but have formed a tribal society which guards the
Portal of Albion, a dimensional door on the Dragon Isle of the Mystic Earth which acts as
a life-spring. It records the characteristics of life through the ages, and is connected to
other such portals on other planes, and every so often it generates new life-forms by
both mixing existing patterns and by generating new patterns. The origins of the portal
are unknown. The Saurions consider the Portal to be both sacred and sinister and guard
it both from those seeking to destroy it and against new life-forms emerging from it.
Every such new life-form is analysed and if it is considered too great a threat to extant
life then the Saurions will destroy it before it propagates. Unknown to themselves they
were borne from the portal a long time ago and, having defeated its previous guardians,
now guard it themselves. This is according to the Azotic Scribes. They use the great
Ceratopsians as weapons of war, but fight only in defence of themselves and the portal.
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