Aziel is the second planet of the Auralumina System located in the Cosmoria Galaxy. It is a temperate lush world with many diverse ecosystems of life covering it's entire surface. It served as the home world of the many intelligent species. The world now serves as the capital of the nation of Collective Systems of Cosmoria.
- 1 Overview
- 2 Biology
- 3 Population
- 4 Astrography
- 5 Climate
- 6 Urban Centers
- 7 Orbital Constructs
- 8 Major Moons
- 9 Mammal Fauna
- 10 Reptilian Fauna
- 11 Avian Fauna
- 12 Arthropod Fauna
- 13 Invertebrate Fauna
- 14 Aquatic Mammal Fauna
- 14.1 Irridalli: Overview
- 14.2 Irridalli: Physical
- 14.3 Irridalli: Behavior
- 14.4 Irridalli: Reproduction
- 14.5 Salatrian: Overview
- 14.6 Salatrian: Physical
- 14.7 Salatrian: Behavior
- 14.8 Salatrian: Reproduction
- 14.9 Birlen: Overview
- 14.10 Birlen: Physical
- 14.11 Birlen: Behavior (WIP)
- 14.12 Birlen: Reproduction (WIP)
- 14.13 Gelesta Whale: Overview (WIP)
- 14.14 Gelesta Whale: Physical (WIP)
- 14.15 Gelesta Whale: Behavior (WIP)
- 14.16 Gelesta Whale: Reproduction (WIP)
- 15 Aquatic Reptile Fauna
- 16 Fish Fauna
- 17 Aquatic Arthropod Fauna
- 18 Aquatic Invertebrate Fauna
- 19 Overview
- 20 Continent
- 21 Islands
- 22 Lakes
Aziel has three major moons orbiting it. Two of which, named Altum and Messoria are naturally habitable to carbon-based lifeforms. The other moon named Cadonia was once a rocky lifeless world with no atmosphere, but now has been fully transformed into a lush world. Along with the major moons, three minor moons called Erazium, Kyrlis, and Secrenium are known to orbit Aziel, being primarily used for mining precious minerals imported to Aziel.
Aziel is currently a paradisaical housing planet, one of the top tourist destinations in the Cosmoria Galaxy, and busy trading hub. A full ten percent of the planet is covered in large mega-cities designed to have as little impact on the natural environment as possible, with the rest serving as nature preserves for a large array of life, including cloned versions of animals made extinct by civilization in the past. For the sake of protecting it's ecosystem, many of the first settlements and cities have become abandoned, allowing nature to reclaim them.
Most farming on Aziel is done by massive farming towers built in places where conditions were hostile in the past. These farms comprise of up to 32% of the food income on Aziel. About 6% of the crops come from large floating farms on the oceans, which are powered hydroponically. The remaining 62% of the food comes from imports.
Most energy on Aziel comes from beamed power from the dyson swarm of the Auralumina system. A large part of the power is also generated by fusion reactors. Renewable energy is also prominent on Aziel, in the form of solar and wind energy.
Roaming the idyllic grasslands of Aziel are various species of mammals, some of which even being evolved to become semi-sentient, most commonly under a social hierarchy. While not as abundant as mammals, large avians are often seen soaring the skies, most often seen hunting aquatic creatures in the water below.
Aziel is often known for it's aquatic ecosystem of fauna, with apex predators like Irridalli seen sailing the tropical seas, or the majestic and highly intelligent Krayens are seen preying on smaller fish. The deep sea of Aziel is an unique environment, without any sunlight, life has evolved far differently that in the shallower areas. Bioluminescence is a common trait in these deep parts. Most life is gliding through the sea motionlessly, only moving when escaping or attacking, as energy is rare and precious at these depths.
The plant organisms on this world are made up of trees and flowers, with only a few dozen of grass species, even less bush species and almost no brush and fungi species. Although the grass species are few in number, they grow fast and cover wide areas. The trees and flowers cover a lot more though and because they use up most of the nutrients, other species like shrubs and fungi haven't been able to reach higher numbers.
The wonders seen on the surface are also seen underwater. A huge variety of corals and aquatic plants have made their home in the waters of this world, both living in harmony with each other, at least in most cases. Some species have developed into more aggressive forms, effectively trying to force their species wherever there's water for them. This has lead to the decline of some other species, but also to the rise of new, specialized predators.
Being the capital world of the Collective Systems of Cosmoria, the global population is around 4 trillion currently, far over what the natural holding capacity is. The population numbers exclude the inhabitants of orbital habitats and space cities.
Most of the population resides in the dense megacities, which reach far into the atmosphere. Many major cities also exist floating on water, or below it in shallower areas. A few cities are also constructed in the safer areas of Hollow Aziel.
Aziel is located the center of the Aziel Sector, a massive sector of the Delvin Arm region comprising the first ten thousand star systems in the Cosmoria Galaxy to be colonized by humanity.
The Aziel Sector is an interesting area of space, as most worlds there used to be filled with native life. While most of the life was single-celled, many worlds filled with multicellular life used to reside in the Aziel Sector. Most of the worlds that had native life have been reintroduced to it, as a part of the Cosmoria Rehabitation Program.
Aziel has one of the most diverse climates in the entire Auralumina System. It's climate is varied depending on each hemisphere, with areas warm enough to creating boiling deserts, while others are cold enough to create mazes of icebergs. Temperatures also range from being cold enough at the poles to freeze water and warm enough at the equator to fry an egg on a metallic surface. Each region of Aziel has a unique biosphere able to support a variety of plant and animal life.
This climate is also kept in check by the planet's inhabitants, using artificial climate generators in order to keep a desired temperature and climate in the various regions of the planet. These climate generators have also allowed Aziel to become more habitable to Life then it was originally.
On the vast surface of Aziel, many hundreds of thriving and advanced urban centers are spread far and wide. Since the ancient days of colonization, they have grown to cover a massive percentage of Aziel’s surface, making Aziel home to some of the biggest urban centers in the Federation territory.
Containing countless economic, industrial, commercial, and entertainment facilities, the urban centers of Aziel are extremely active in tourism, with billions of tourists from diverse worlds visiting Aziel every year. Aziel's magnificent appearance also makes it one of the only places in the Auralumina System with a fast growing population. It is expected that much more of Aziel's surface will be consumed by urban areas in the coming millenia.
The Ariopha City is remarkably known for being the oldest city on Aziel, dating all the way back to the first landfall on Aziel in the distant year of 216 CE. Since that time, Ariopha City has evolved to be the largest city in terms of population and size on the entirety of Aziel. The Ariopha City may even be seen from orbit, its brilliant lights highlighting the otherwise gloomy terrain of Aziel.
With such a large sphere of influence over Aziel, the Ariopha City has the highest population out of all the cities on Aziel. Housing such a large population, the city has been home numerous individuals well-known across the Cosmoria Galaxy and beyond, as well as innumerable amount of historical events from the past.
With the Ariopha City being the largest city ever constructed over the landscape of Aziel, over time it has been divided into many hundreds of equally powerful and distinct sectors, some as large as an entire average-sized city. Many of these sectors have a large amount of power over the entire Ariopha City, and many fewer have control over the entire planet of Aziel. Each one of these sectors has an individual purpose, be it housing, industry or tourism. Below is a compiled list of all the major sectors, many of them having made a major impact on the entirety of Aziel or possibly even beyond.
The Byzantos Ringworld is the most prominent and notable structure orbiting the world of Aziel, serving as a massive population center and tourism area, with the markets of commerce and industry going to great lengths since its construction.
The environment of the Byzantos Ringworld is very similar to that of Aziel, as it was originally intended for Humans to inhabit. However, as intergalactic tourism started getting popular in Cosmoria, the Byzantos Ringworld has been repurposed into many sections, with dense jungles and grasslands being scattered about its' surface. Since then, the use of advanced climate control systems and biotechnology have allowed most major species to live in the Byzantos Ringworld with no issues.
Cadonia is the biggest major moon orbiting Aziel, and the closest. Cadonia was once a rocky moon with no atmosphere and devoid of any life, but since it's terraformation in 56520 CE it has become a lush tropical world modeled after the more peaceful tropical areas of Aziel. Many species of both flora and fauna have been imported directly from Aziel to Cadonia, including Sand Darts and Sailphin.
Cadonia's populace of ten billion inhabitants lives in various cities scattered around it's endless forests and plains. Artificial gravity generators have been placed everywhere on Cadonia, to make it more survivable. Cadonia also contains a small subsurface ocean, which was devoid of any life before the introduction of various highly adaptable deep sea species like Caerulaen Spinefish and Caerulaen Ghostrays.
Altum is the farthest major moon of Aziel. Altum itself is a captured moon from the outer Auralumina System. This factor, also combined with a high albedo means that the frigid moon is completely engulfed by water-ice and snow. Altum, even though it is seemingly not fit for habitation, the temperatures are very much survivable, and even has a breathable atmosphere with the pressure on the surface being 0.87 Atm. These properties, and of course liquid water which is present in small lakes frozen on top, which are frequent on the moon have given rise to an ecosystem of live thriving across the moon. From eight-legged arachnids to canine snow beasts, there's no shortage of life.
As such, Altum was the second moon of Aziel to be colonized, and it's population of a hundred billion rivals even some of the biggest colony worlds. Most of the massive populace lives in the deep subsurface oceans of Altum, with all of the deep-sea habitats having almost instantaneous elevators to the surface. The deep-sea population also doesn't have to worry about deep sea monsters, as the most advanced species of fauna are currently microbes, which do not present a threat at all. While not so rich in population, the cities on the surface of Altum offer a spectacular view of Aziel and it's many moons.
Messoria is the third and last major moon of Aziel, and is as of currently considered the most inhabitable one. While it has an atmosphere perfectly suitable for carbon-based life, and even oceans of liquid water, frequently Messoria is obscured for days by massive ravaging sandstorms often covering the sky and not allowing any light to penetrate through the atmosphere onto the surface. This is the main factor as to why there is nearly no plant life on the surface. The larger bodies of water like oceans and seas aren't affected by the sandstorms, and as a result they are filled with life in some parts.
Even with these dangerous factors, many cities are constructed on Messoria, all domed by massive shields. In total the moon has an estimated population of ten billion. However when first set foot on in the year of 87,052 CE, it was originally planned to be a mining colony. Once, Messoria suffered from a war ten years after settlement which is now known as the Battle of Messoria, which engulfed the moon in total warfare for political reasons. After the war which lasted four years finally ended in pecie, Messoria became a major hub of trade, along with a high amount of technology being imported to Aziel and other worlds.
Aquatic Mammal Fauna
The Irridalli are a successful species of large-sized mammalian apex predators stalking the upper levels of the seas of Aziel, that prefer to live in tropical waters. Irridalli are aggressive carnivorous beasts feared by many, and the biggest recorded species on Aziel that exclusively reside in shallower waters, and as such, this species has been designated leviathan class. Irridalli have been imported from Thetis to Aziel.
Like many large creatures residing on Thetis, evolution has optimized their four-sided body plan into a sleek, secondarily bilaterally symmetrical shape able to move swiftly and efficiently through the ocean, with their a pair of frontal and posterior wings, covered in a fairly thick layer of translucent gelatinous matter. In addition, they have two minor fins on their rear side.
Irridalli possess two elongated jaws on the lower and upper mouth, with both of them being lethally barbed designed to swiftly kill it's prey. They also have an inner tentacle, that swiftly rolls around it's prey. A pair of eyes exist on Irridalli, with the ability to see more on the electromagnetic spectrum than an average Human.
Possessing some social intelligence, Irridalli travel in loose pods to locate swarms of suitable food, at which time they separate and attempt to drive the prey nearer the surface, thus rendering them easier to capture. Despite this initial co-operation, the actual hunt itself is performed independently of the other pod members, cooperation only resuming when prey needs to be driven towards the surface once again.
Irridalli typically swim at about 10 km an hour while they are feeding and traveling, but can accelerate to more than 25 km an hour for short bursts. They are among the loudest animals on Aziel, emitting a series of pulses, groans, and moans, and it is thought that in the right oceanographic conditions, sounds emitted by Irridalli can be heard by other Irridalli up to 2,500 km away. Scientists think they use these vocalizations to communicate and along with their excellent hearing, perhaps to sonar-navigate the dark ocean depths in which they sometimes plunge to, feasting off of various species of deep sea creatures.
While Irridalli are quite fast, many prey species are considerably faster and swimming speed is not their primary weapon: Moving in behind prey, the large eyes fix on a target and when in range two tentacles launch outwards as an elongated and lethally barbed lower jaw attempts to impale it. If the strike is successful, the tentacles rapidly coil around the doomed creature and draw it towards the mouth.
Irridalli reach sexual maturity between the age of 15 and 20. They are dioecious and undergo sexual reproduction. Normally, they migrate near the equator to reproduce. Irridalli undergo a very elaborate mating ritual. The male and female spend time rolling around each other, then they take a deep dive into the ocean abyss as they continue to communicate with each other.
Irridalli reproduce via sexual meiosis. The male and female each produce haploid gametes. Male gametes are sperm, and the female gametes are eggs. A single sperm and egg fertilize to form a diploid zygote. They fertilize internally, meaning sperm is deposited inside the female.
Since Irridalli are placental mammals, the fetus develops inside of the mother in the uterus. The Irridalli fetus grows quickly at 2.50 cm per day after 3 months of gestation, and by the seventh month it stretches to 3.5 m in length. The calf is born tail first after a 12 month pregnancy, and it weighs 1,224 kg. Birth occurs primarily in the colder seasons. When born the calf immediately swims to the surface for oxygen. The mother watches over the young calf for a year, feeding it up to 90 kg of milk per day.
Salatrian is an aquatic mammalian species native to the lush and temperate life-filled world of Kataria, but have been imported to Aziel. They are pretty much known for their bioluminescent and large appearance, making them one of the largest species of Aziel.
The Salatrians are known for having a sleek body of two main fins, many minor fins and a lot of tentacles of around twenty five meters in size, and weighing seventy to one hundred forty kilograms in total, essentially making Salatrians the second biggest shallow-water species, rivaling the apex predators of Irridalli.
Salatrians are also noted for having a high amount of bioluminescent organs, mostly acting as glands dropping from their tentacles, however various other bioluminescent areas have been noted, especially on it's stomach, which itself is effectively 'cut' open, having a filter that is able to effectively filter various species of planktons out of the water into feeding tubes leading into it's internal digestive system. Salatrians have an abnormally smaller than average stomach, and are able to process food way faster than other species on it's homeworld.
Salatrians are able to see through their two pairs of large eyes, the reason for evolving so many eyes is likely to detect predatory organisms in their habitats. A large mouth also exists at the end of their head, but it is used for scaring off predatory species with a loud echo rather than consuming food.
Despite their large size, Salatrians are one of the most peaceful species on Aziel, gradually swimming at slow speeds in colder waters which they prefer, however some Salatrians prefer to glide in tropical waters. There are so many in fact, that an entire subspecies called "Tropical Salatrian" was categorized by marine biologists.
Salatrians are highly social, and oftentimes swim in groups of ten to twenty individuals, oftentimes related to each other in some way. However sometimes Salatrians are excluded from their group, leaving them to find a new group in which they are accepted to. Salatrians operate under a social hierachy, and the leader of the group is usually the alpha Salatrian.
The Salatrians are also exceedingly intelligent, even going as far as having a single shared language, called Salatrianese by many others composed of changing the hue of their bioluminescent organs, and rarely even color in times of distress. Most communication happens between the individuals of a group, while sometimes they emit loud echoes to communicate with other groups across the world.
Between the ages of 15 and 20, most Salatrians attain sexual maturity. They are dioecious and reproduce sexually. To breed, they usually travel towards the poles. Salatrians have a complicated and not fully understood mating ceremony. The male and female spend time rolling around in circles, then take a deep dive into the ocean abyss while communicating with one another.
Sexual meiosis is used by Salatrians to reproduce. Hemiploid gametes are produced by both the male and female. Female gametes are eggs, while male gametes are sperm. A diploid zygote is formed when a single sperm and egg fertilize. Internal fertilization occurs when sperm is deposited within the female.
The fetus develops within the mother's uterus since Salatrians are placental animals. After three months of gestation, the Salatrian fetus grows at a fast rate, reaching a length of 5 meters by the seventh month. After a twelve month pregnancy, the newborn is delivered head first and weighs 1,224 kg. The newborn Salatrians swims to the surface for oxygen as soon as it is born. For over two years, the mother looks after the young calf, feeding it up to 120 kg of milk each day.
Birlen are a species of carnivorous marine mammals native to many freshwater lakes across the surface of Aziel. They are physically the largest freshwater species on Aziel. This has led to them being feared by many locals. Despite this initial fear, only two hundred specimen of this species have been discovered, indicating that this species may be near extinction.
Birlen have a large body of around fifteen meters in lenght on average, thought some specimen exceeding this initial length have been discovered. An example is a Birlen discovered residing in Lake Cormaige, that was thirty meters in size.
The average body plan of Birlen is fairly simple, consisting of a main body greatly resembling an average eel. This body makes up only around thirty five percent of the creatures total length. The neck itself is a large part of the body, taking up thirty percent of the total length of a Birlen. The tail of a Birlen is as a little bit shorter than it's neck, and is covered in a layer of translucent matter.
Birlen have two pairs of fins on either side of their long body, which allows the Birlen to catch up with even the fastest creatures on Aziel. Like their tail, the fins of Birlen are covered in a thin layer of translucent matter. These help the Birlen to increase speed in the waters. Strangely, the Birlen possess two pairs of insectoid limbs at the beginning of their long neck. They serve no purpose, and are very likely left over from when they needed them.
Birlen see through their single pair of eyes mounted on their face which resembles that of a fish. These allow the Birlen to see very far, and can very easily spot a fairly large creature moving at a great distance. These eyes are what made Birlen so effective predators. Birlen also possess five elongated and lethal teeth, seen extruding from their lower jaw. These teeth are able to penetrate through essentially all of the creatures that the Birlen can encounter.
Birlen: Behavior (WIP)
Birlen are most of the time just regular peaceful mammals. Their many fins have optimized it's speed, allowing an average-sized Birlen to travel up to thirty two kilometers per hour. While rare occurrences, Birlen can greatly increase their speed, nearly doubling it for a short amount of time. These short bursts in speed are usually only used when in threat, or when the prey is too fast for the Birlen.
Birlen: Reproduction (WIP)
Gelesta Whale: Overview (WIP)
Gelesta Whale are a species of marine mammalian organisms originating from the large and cavernous Poseiodon's Lair of Aziel, loosely resembling an average whale. Like many species in Poseidon's Lair, Gelesta Whale have evolved to be very different from the species residing on the surface of Aziel. They are among one of the most common species found in the Poseidon's Lair.
Gelesta Whale: Physical (WIP)
Gelesta Whales have a large body of around twenty five meters in length and five meters in height. While large, Gelestas Whale are nowhere near the largest species residing in Poseidon's Lair. However, they are one of the largest shallow-water species found there. Their streamlined body is covered in dark gray organic plating, highly resistant against extreme environmental pressure. Between this strong plating, many bioluminescent organs are seen, emitting a deep blue color. This body ends in a large tail, which itself possesses two large bioluminescent and almost transparent fins. Along with these fins, the Gelesta Whale
Gelesta Whale: Behavior (WIP)
Gelesta Whale: Reproduction (WIP)
Aquatic Reptile Fauna
Zefariets are a rare species of marine reptiles found dominating the shallow waters of Poseidon's Lair, swiftly attacking any species it sees. As such, they are considered one of the most dangerous species on Aziel. Thought, they are so rare it is considered exceptionally lucky to see one in it's natural habitat.
Zefariets have a rather bulky and predatorial appearance, holding a very crustacean body and many large claws. Other appendages have been noted to aid in the development of locomotion underwater. The Zefareit also have large laws which appear to detach in order to take in a massive amount of prey. Other Zefariets are a lot more toned down and streamlined for aquatic travel, as evolution usually takes its course for them. Others have known to have their biological chemistry morph so severely that they are able to feed on unicellular organisms. This is accomplished through filter feeding of such organisms, though this is noted to be very rare through Zefariets.
The Zefariets also hold a notoriously tough skin and network of bones, which make them hard to kill. They also hold regenerative properties, which allow them to regrow limbs and other bodily sections.
Most Zefariets are characterized by their bioluminescent hues, which allow them to intimidate other lifeforms, or to see in certain abyssal situations. While it does take up a lot of energy, it is still easily accomplished. Other Zefariets have evolved to save their energy for other climates, attuning to them over millions of years.
Zefariets are extremely hostile, typically attacking smaller aquatic organisms. The Zefariets have also been noted to be very social, hunting in packs and having a small system of community. However, many Zefariets are known to go rogue, hunting by themselves. Others have known to cannibalize, but this is obscenely rare in terms of the Zefariets.
Zefariets, when not hunting, glide the shallower waters of Poseidon's Lair at speeds of around fifty kilometers per hour, however, can trigger short bursts of speed essentially doubling their speed for a limited amount of time.
Sometimes, Zefariets are found travelling to the deeper areas of Poseidon's Lair, especially when they can not find any prey in their primary area of habitation. Most of Zefariets meet their death in the deeper areas, as extremely dangerous species like the Segrine are more common there.
Zefariet: Reproduction (TBD)
Zefariet have one of the strangest ways of reproducing known on Aziel. When reaching sexual maturity at around twenty to twenty five years of age. Male Zefariets give birth to tiny parasite-like organisms. Then on, these organisms glide in the waters until they find a suitable female. After a suitable female is located, the parasite-like organisms fuse with the body of the female, essentially using themselves to fertilize the eggs of a female.
When the eggs are fertilized around twenty times at average, the female moves to deeper waters and spawns. Typically female spawn around a thousand eggs in a year. These eggs have less than one percent chance of surviving. When an egg hatches, it has an equal chance to be either a female or a male.
Usually a newborn Zefariet moves to a tiny pack of other newborn Zefariets. This pack helps against the more dangerous predators of Poseidon's Lair and also helps them hunt. Usually a newborn Zefariet is around ten centimeters in length. However, when obtaining nutrients, it can fully mature in the short time of around a year.
Sand Dart: Overview
Sand Dart is a species of large marine fish exclusively residing in hot, sunny tropical waters native to the temperate world of Aziel. They make up an important part of the aquatic ecosystem, as they are the primary species controlling the population of aquatic crustaceans and such.
Sand Dart: Physical
The body plan of an average Sand Dart is effective for gaining a high amount of speed, and escaping ferocious predators of the sea. Over half the body of an average Sand Dart is translucent, helping them hide near the seabed. Some translucent parts include their fins, and their lower body. Sand Darts have two pairs of fins, one translucent and one yellow, necessary for high-speed travel.
Sand Dart: Behavior
Sand Darts slowly glide across the shallow tropical oceans in which they prefer to live, close to the seabed to avoid any contact with larger species like the Irridalli.
Sand Darts have a rich omnivorous diet, consisting of all sorts of aquatic crustaceans, while they can also consume aquatic flora, mostly in the form of kelp and seaweed. For a yet unknown reason, males typically tend to eat the plants while females eat the animals.
To escape from the predators, Sand Darts have evolved to learn to use their environment to their advantage, and often many Sand Darts are seen swiftly releasing an excessive amount of sand through their nostrils, to either distract nearby predators, or give themselves a slight boost in speed, but that rarely happens.
Sand Dart: Reproduction
The female Sand Dart scatter their eggs in the water among the plants and then the males fertilize the eggs. This is called external fertilization because the male waits to fertilize the eggs until they are outside of the female's body. The eggs stick to whatever they fall on and begin to develop. A typical female may produce up to 300,000 eggs, while some individuals may produce one million eggs over the breeding season. Larger females can generally produce more eggs. Depending on the water temperature, eggs take three or four days to hatch.
Poseidon's Smiler: Overview
Poseidon's Smiler is an anomalous species of highly aggressive and predatorial fish found residing within the deepest part of the Poseidon's Lair. Only one individual of Poseidon's Smiler has been identified, seen lurking at around a hundred kilometers below the sea-level. Currently, it is debated whether Poseidon's Smiler is a species, or simply an anomalous individual.
Poseidon's Smiler: Physical
Poseidon's Smiler: Behavior
Poseidon's Smiler: Reproduction
Aquatic Arthropod Fauna
Aquatic Invertebrate Fauna
Crystalline Cloakmouth: Overview
Crystalline Cloakmouth are a species of invertebrate predatory fauna inhabiting the lower depths of Aziel around the mesopelagic zone of the ocean. Sit and wait predation is an energy efficient way to hunt in the deep sea, and the Crystalline Crystalline Cloakmouth represents an extreme adaptation to this way of life.
Crystalline Cloakmouth: Physical
Crystalline Cloakmouth are highly sexually dimorphic, with males being no more than tiny parasitic organisms, while females being the Crystalline Cloakmouths oftentimes seen. Below is the physical description of a female Crystalline Cloakmouth.
Their reduced, soft body hangs below the highly modified mouthparts, which are dominated by huge vertical jaws. Sharp semitransparent mandibles are poised ready to snap shut on any prey lured inwards by the bioluminescent tip of the tongue. Prey that comes too close is skewered by the mandibles and then enclosed by the heavily pigmented jaws. This prevents they preys' defensive bioluminescence being detected by larger foes.
The two huge lower eyes are oriented upwards and modified to detect the bioluminescence of prey, or their shadows' against the downwelling surface light. The horizontal jaws, thin and elongated, are spread to the sides and covered in a line of fluid filled spheres able to detect vibrations in the water, a system also present around the rim of the main jaws. The horizontal mandibles are shorter and more robust than the crystalline seizing jaws, and are hidden away until prey is captured, which they proceed to butcher and then pass downwards into the pharynx.
The upper eyestalks are highly elongated and the post-ocular sections bifurcated into sensors adapted to detect the sex pheromones of conspecifics. Currents are so slow and the environment so vast that highly sensitive antennae are needed to detect minute concentrations of chemicals in the water. The small eyes on these tentacles are still functional but of low resolution; they monitor the light from the surface world and allow the Crystalline Crystalline Cloakmouth to tell night from day.
Crystalline Cloakmouth: Behavior
Crystalline Coalmouths are highly specialized predatorial species, oftentimes seen luring various deep sea species toward them through their bioluminescent organ. When prey gets too close, the Crystalline Cloakmouth ferociously closes it's jaw, leaving the prey to be trapped inside and digested alive.
Although ungainly, the Crystalline Crystalline Cloakmouth can move quickly in short bursts to escape predators. Defense consists of several stages: First, the jaws with their large surface area are clamped rapidly together, shooting the creature away in the opposite direction. At the same time, thin translucent threads are extruded from modified limbs near the tail to form a mesh in the fleeing animals' wake. Predators caught in this are tangled by the sticky threads, which bioluminescence on contact and thus render the predator visible to its own enemies. Proteins on the Crystalline Cloakmouths skin inhibit this reaction when it becomes entangled in its own threads. As a final defense, the Crystalline Crystalline Cloakmouth leaves the area using paired fins usually held tightly against its body, swimming slowly backwards to new hunting grounds.
Crystalline Cloakmouth: Reproduction
Crystalling Cloakmouth have a rather interesting way of reproduction. Usually a Crystalline Cloakmouth achieves sexual maturity in around 25 years. Typically a female attracts a male through repeatedly blinking it's bioluminescent light. The tiny male then essentially fuses with the body of the female, fertilizing it's eggs, then being eaten by the female for nutrients. A female usually mates with five males before spawning around one thousand eggs, half of which have no potential to give birth to a Crystalline Cloakmouth. After around two days, the eggs hatch, and tiny Crystalline Cloakmouths come out. Usually most are males, while females are rarer.
Aziel is covered by 4 continents, 2 oceans, and many small islands. Every continent is filled with different environments, ranging from hot savannah's to cold taiga's. Each continent, ocean, and island is filled with unique, and verdant life, from giant lizards, to tiny fish.
Equis is the second most temperate of Aziel's four continents, with massive bioluminescent forests dominating the majority of the landscape, and vast deserts in between. The aforementioned bioluminescent forest contains many wonderous species of plants, including various species of glowing bushes, grass, and vines that make up the a large part of the ecosystem. The largest part of it's ecosystem however would be it's fauna which dominates the continent. From ravaging beasts, to peaceful herd species, there's no shortage of life on Equis.
Equis is the most populated out of all the four continents of Aziel, as it's the safest with no great dangers. It's population is very large, even being larger then entire colony worlds. One of the main factors for Equis having such a high population would be it's geography, as the terrain is mostly made out of endless expanses of vast grasslands and sparse woodlands.
The continent's major exports are more organic in nature compared to the other continents, as very few factories or refineries are on the surface. Thus, things like drinkable water and food are the continent's largest exports. The reason for this would be the large amount of freshwater on the continent's surface, with its thirty six large lakes of fresh drinkable water, which many species also depend on to survive and thrive. While in the food department, the Aenpari rainforests and jungles are teeming with flora and fauna of countless varieties, as well as endless expanses of fertile soil to grow and raise the needed food supply.
In the uppermost area of Equis lies Calen Taiga, where plant life is made more common and animal life rarer. It is one of the only areas on Equis where the ability of bioluminescence has not spread to. In the western area of this enormous taiga is the Taiga of Ruins, which originally was a lush part of the taiga, however it was entirely burnt down in a massive wildfire caused by yet unknown reasons.
A line of deserts runs through the continent of Aziel, which is itself called The Three Deserts. The desert located in the west is called the Euclian Desert" the middle is called the Eyanis Desert, and the eastern one is called the Nix Deser". These vast dunes share a single ecosystem of flora and fauna. Slicing the deserts are two massive forests called Aclush Woodlands, which hold an ecosystem similar to the one in the deserts-.
Located in the center of Equis, the Seupra Forests make up around half of the continent. In these forests many bioluminescent species of trees make up most of the ecosystem, while fauna is primarily herbivorous, gently feasting on the glowing plants. An unique lightshow is constantly going on during the night, where the grass creates stellar bioluminescent waves of light.
A small savanna-like area called Rhean Savanna exists near the equator bordering the Sea of Diversity. Many species of small flora flourish there, along with the creatures to consume them.
Eyus Island is a massive island in the shape of the head of an hammer, next to the Equis continent. It is made out of deserts, and plains. The fauna and flora of Eyus Island is almost the same as it is on Equis, however some new species appear on this island.
It is colonized with massive ecological city on it, called "City of Eyus", which has a small underground section of it. The island's terrain is mainly flat, including the deserts and plains. The island is an oasis of life, as it hosts a really high amount of flora, and fauna in the plains. Most of the fauna is herbivorous.
The deserts have host no life except some rare cacti. The island is connected to the continent of Equis by a massive highway. The island also has many factories on it. As it is an industrialized island
The Lake Rockspire is a massive lake on the continent of Aenpari, with the diameter of over a hundred kilometers. The average lake depth however is only forty meters. The lake has numerous spires made out of rock on the seabed, hence its name.
The island also has a massive dormant volcano in the middle of it. The lake is home to several exclusive fauna and flora species, including the Feloars.
The Lake Cormaige is by far the deepest lake ever found on Aziel. It is located in the southern area of the Equis continent. While only around ten kilometers in lenght, the Lake Cormaige is the deepest, with the lowest part of it being approximately two kilometers below the sea level, essentially making it a rift lake. Lake Cormaige is the largest freshwater lake by volume on Aziel, containing 22 to 23% of the Aziel's fresh surface water. The depths of Lake Cormaige hide many deep-sea species, including the prominent Caerulaen Ghostrays.