Friday, September 16, 2011

A Rolling Stone Gathers No Splashmoss

Though my class and work schedule are keeping me pretty busy, I managed to get a little bit written for the plant section of the website. As always, the text is subject to change, especially this early in the process, but I hope it gives a bit of an overview of what's to come.

As I've been researching and preparing, I've noticed that some of my plant ideas may need some drastic redesigns to move them more into the plausible end of the spectrum. I've provided images and descriptions of some plants throughout the animal and biome pages, but some of that information may be contradicted by my upcoming work with the plants themselves. I'll try and correct these points where I can, but otherwise consider the plant entries to trump information found elsewhere.

I also included a paragraph about the idiosyncrasies of the fictional scientists for a bit of flavor. I've always found such things an enjoyable inclusion to speculative projects, helping to flesh out the connection between the imaginary creatures/biosphere and the human audience.

At some point in the near future I will have the page up for the first group, the Coleria.


  1. glad to see you back.

    fictional scientists are oft fun to read about.

    the overview is a great idea, and its an enjoyable read.

    >trump information found elsewhere.
    that makes sense.

  2. had a thought...the first group says that its cultured cells, which made me think of a petri dish - maybe one (remote?) subgroup of this clade forms its own shallow bowls, like reverse stromalites?

  3. That's an interesting idea. Dead cells could serve as a containing basin for new generations, kind of like coral. This would also help to catch rain in biomes where the colerian has adapted to life away from water. I'm just trying to figure out how the culture would instinctively coordinate something like that.

  4. maybe starting like bracket fungi, or as flat plates (which place them above other photosynthesizers)...and gradually going from flat to saucer-shaped to a shallow bowl.

  5. That's a good idea. I might just incorporate the features into one of the genera I have planned. The shape might be useful for several purposes...