Shardworld: Monsters and Ecology

Due to the alien ecosystem being built in Shardworld, it may be difficult to keep track of all the creatures and how they interact. Thus, every god can summarize his/her/its important species here, along with diet, habitat, and (if applicable) stats.
STATIONARY PLANTS

The following floraforms are immobile, mundane organisms that take the place of trees or grass in Shardworld. None of them warrant a statblock.


Floatstem

These small, vinelike plants resemble long threads or coils of brownish plant matter, ranging from 1 to 4 meters in length and averaging 5 centimeters in diamater at the base. Some strains are smooth-skinned, while others have sharp thorns. Floatstems are usually long enough for part of their length to float on the surface of the water (hence the name).

Floatstems grow in coastal seas and saltwater marshes, where they can quickly cover a large area of shallow water in intertwining growths. They draw most of their nutrients from the seabed, but also play host to photosynthetic algeas, who supplement their energy intake. The upper parts of the stems are bright green and slimy because of the algea coatings.

Floatstems are grazed on by fish, night scourges, and coastal davons. Often, floatstems will grow on the outer bark of a sea stalk.


Burrpod

A burrpod is a floating, thick skinned bulb about the shape of a watermellon and twice that size. Their bodies contain organic oil sacks, which are light enough to keep them afloat. They are a deep, dark green in color, and are covered in thorns and barbs.

Burrpods constantly roll and bob about in the waves, exposing all of their surface area to the sunlight for photosynthesis. They reproduce by periodically firing hundreds of corn kernel-sized spores into the air, which are carried by the wind to new waters. It takes approximately three months for a burrpod spore to reach full size.

Thanks to their thick outer shells and strong immune systems, burrpods are only rarely killed by parasites. Daggerfish and toothy black bags are the only things that have been known to eat them.


Ciliphyte

This strain of floatstem has developed a symbiotic relationship with the tiny earth elementals known as cilicits. The stony worms form an impenatrable "skin" around the plant, the cilicits reproducing at a proportionate ratio to the plant's growth. A ciliphyte is hard and shale gray in color, and feeds through numerous, tiny pores that the cilicits strain for heat and toxins. A ciliphyte can grow to a length of seven meters, with a one-meter diameter base. Despite their great size, these plants are non-vascular; their insides are made of dead and fossilized cells. Only the outer layers of cilicits and plant matter are alive.

Ciliphytes absorb water and nutrients through their entire surface area, and their inorganic skin makes them largely immune to toxins and disease organisms. As the plant grows larger, its roots dig deeper into the ground, anchoring it securely in place. Due to the support given by the firm exoskeleton, ciliphytes can extend out of the water (assuming it is shallow). They require an aqueous or muddy area to first take root.

Ciliphytes reproduce by releasing spores and occasional free-living cilicits into the water. In half-submerged cases, the upper parts of the organism use rainstorms, dew, or geyser eruptions to release their spawn. When a plant spore takes root, it emits a pheromone that attracts cilicits to colonize it. Unlike their floatstem ancestors, ciliphyte plants lack thick skins or thorns, and thus rely on the worms for protection; if the plant cannot attract a skin for itself, it dies.


Sea Stalk

The first new plant species to arise after the appearance of the sun, sea stalks are well adapted to a cyclical day and night. These aquatic stalks can grow up to forty meters in height, with the base of a large one measuring one and a half meters in diameter. Unlike floatstems, these plants are inflexible, possessing a barklike skin and calcified endoskeleton (precursor to wood). Each stalk is topped with a gigantic bud, that opens during the day to reveal huge, floating leaves. These leaves cover a roughly circular area of ocean surface, which can reach up to five meters in diameter. At sundown, the leaves fold up into hard buds, which remain sealed until the following dawn.

Sea stalks reproduce, like their floatstem ancestors, by budding. Every so often, a number of swollen growths or "knobs" appear on the sides of the stalk, eventually bursting to release a cluster of spores. Those that are not eaten by microscopic animals eventually sink to the bottom, where they take root in sand, mud, or solid rock. After a brief chemiosynthetic stage (where they live off the soil and water alone), the tangle of roots sends a stalk rocketing skyward, connecting to the surface and growing a bulb in just a few days.

Minerals that the plant cannot use are pumped out by the roots, where they eventually form crystalline mineral deposits around the plant's base. This attracts large numbers of cilicits, which grow somewhat larger than usual due to the abundant food and shelter.

Toothy black bags and fish have been known to bite off the spore knobs as they swim by, or even (over the course of several attacks) destroy the leaves, while davons swoop down to pick at the open leaves during the day. These large animals occasionally draw the attention of obsidian reavers. Sea stalks sometimes form massive, underwater forests, each plant struggling to fill the space between the leaves of its neighbors to get enough sunlight. Whenever a sea stalk is killed by black bags or disease, a dozen or more sporelings immediately race against each other to take its place. Some sea stems are covered in commensualistic floatstems and algea mats, providing refuge for small fish, who in turn attract fisherpods to eat them. So far, sea stalk forests are the most productive ecosystem in Shardworld.


Rivertree

Rivertrees are land plants that resemble giant nettles. A rivertree can grow up to four meters in height, and has tough, woody flesh. Their trunks reach one meter in diameter, and split into three to six branches about halfway up. Each branch ends in an erect bulb, nearly identical to that of a sea stalk, which opens to form a leafy platform when the sun is overhead. Rivertrees grow near freshwater, relying on cillicits to spread the moisture. Some strains have adapted to life in the stormtree marshes; these ones tend to be shorter, so as to avoid being struck by lightning.

Rivertrees were the first plants to develop sexual reproduction. In the center of each leaf platform, protected by the bulb at night, is a large, orange flower. These flowers are tube shaped, and contain large amounts of nectar and pollen. Small davons squirm halfway into the flower to drink the nectar, and become covered in pollen, which they then spread to other rivertree blossoms. Some species of rivertree spread their young by attaching the sticky seeds to davons, which soon drop off and hopefully land near a water source. Others generate hollow armor beasts to carry their seeds to an ideal location. The davon-seeders are much more common near the rivers and lakes, while armor-makers are more common in stormtree bogs.

A rivertree grows about two meters a year until reaching full size, and begins blossoming after its first year.


Stormtree

These are similar to rivertrees, only taller, made of actual hardwood, and without branches; just a single leaf bulb at the top. They stand seven meters tall, jutting into the air in search of both sunlight and lightning. While closed into a bulb, the leaves reveal a metallic undersurface, which draws lightning strikes. Since the bulbs close whenever there is not enough sunlight, it can be taken for granted that they will be ready when a thunderstorm appears.

A stormtree has a much more elaborate root system than the rivertrees and sea stalks, entrenching itself into the soil for nearly one hundred meters around. An area infested with stormtree roots becomes watery due to the plant's electromagnetic properties, and the ambient energies in the soil make it easy for algea, cillicits, and other simple organisms to begin growing. Because of their wide root spread, stormtrees never grow closer than 120-150 meters from one another, allowing other, less "rooty" plants to set up shop in between.

Stormtrees blossom much like rivertrees do, their one leafy bulb revealing bluish white flowers when open. After being pollinated by nectar-feeding organisms, a group of stormtrees will simultaneously shoot green lightning beams into the sky, working together to create a Greenstorm. These fast-moving rainstorms cover many square miles with rain and stormclouds, and are filled with lightning. Occasionally, a special, green lightning bolt will strike the ground, planting a baby stormtree in the soil. These seedlings fill up on water and electrical power from the storm, giving them a head start in their growth process.

Stormtrees are most common in mountainous or steppeland terrain, where they soon create oasises of wetland among the rocks.


Arcvine

The arcvine phylum is a large one, containing hundreds of species of sedentary plant. Some use rocks or other plants to support themselves; others are sturdy enough to stand on their own. Some are free living, others are at least partly parasitic. Some are no bigger than small herbs; others grow taller than the rivertrees. All arcvines share the following traits.

-Black leaves. Due to the small percentage of their surface that comes in contact with the sun, arcvine leaves are extremely good at absorbing all types of light, giving them a pitch black color.
-Wood. Upon reaching their full size (which varies by species), arcvine stems begin to turn into woody trunks with bark. Most thorny varieties lose their thorns at this point.
-Arcs. Arcvines can somehow sense the presence of another of their species, and the plants will grow in an arch pointing toward each other. When they connect, the plants fuse together, forming an upside down U shape. Some types can merge multiple vines, creating tangled arches with dozens of "legs." This fusion allows them to reproduce.
-Arcvines do not produce flowers (as they fertilize themselves well enough). Their seeds are diffused either by the wind, or by sticking to passing animals.

Arcvines are one of the most abundant plants in existance. Various strains of them grow in swamps, along riverbanks, and along the seashore. They constitute much of the lower foliage of the rivertree forests and storm marshes.
Black Bag

Black bags are Large colonies of Microorganisms. They are shaped like a black bag with sixteen tendrils extending from it. These tendrils are used for locomotion and capturing prey. The black bags eat primarily algae and occasionally other black bags. Black bag colonies have no organs, as they are simply a colony of Microrganisms living together.

Recently, Toothed Black Bags have been forming. These are far more agressive and have the beginings of organs in their teeth, which are made from older, dead, or dying microorganisms. They Prey on anything in the seas, and range from the depths of the sea to the shallows, occassionally going up rivers.
Cilicits

Small flat wormlike creatures. They are an anorganic lifeform and are the equivalent from algea and plankton to plant and animal life. There core exists of some sort of clay encased in strong stone rings. Each ring is about the size of a grain of sand.
Their size ranges from 3 to 20 segments.

To grow, they absorb particles and minerals from the water. Their size is limited by this. To reproduce, long chains break up into several smaller ones.

It is unknown if they have any predators.

Hollow Armor

Hollow armors are cilicits that are made out of mineral plates, with a mucus layer on the inside. They crawl and climb around with the aid of 4 crystaline legs.

These small hollow cilicits live in symbiosis with many of plant/elemental hybrids. They would carry the seeds of these plants around, and in time, would burrow themselfes in a good spot for the new plant to form. In exchange, the plant would now produce new hollow armors, allong with new fruit/seeds. This would complete the life cycle of the armors.


Obsidian Eals

Obsidian Eal
Medium size aberration

Hit Dice: 3d8+9 (23 hp)
Initiative: +4
Speed : 30ft ; Swim 40ft ; Climb 20ft
Armor Class: 18 (+0 size, +4 dex, +4 natural), touch 14, flat footed 14
Base Attack/Grapple: +3/+4
Attack: Bite +7 melee (1d6+0)
Space/Reach: 5ft/10ft
Special Attacks: Stunning Shock; Lethal Shock; Constrict; Improved grab
Special Qualities: damage reduction 10/adamantine, darkvision 60ft; cold resistance 5; electricity immunity; telepathy 20ft (only between other eals)
Saves: Fort +4, Ref +5, Will +5
Abilities: Str 11, Dex 18, Con 16, Int 5, Wis 13, Cha 9
Skills: Climb +13; Hide +12; Spot +3
Feats: Improved Initiative, Combat Reflexes
Organisation:clutch (3-5), colony (6-12)
Challenge Rating: 4
Alignment: always neutral
Advancement: 5 HD (medium), 6-12 HD (large)

Constrict (Ex): After it get bites a victim, the eel will start to wrap its body around it, crushes it, dealing 2d4 damage.

Stunning Shock (Su): The eel can send out an electric shock, shocking a single target within 5ft. This attack deals 2d8 subdual damage to a living target. (reflex half DC 12)

Lethal Shock (Su): When more eels are together (25 ft), the eels can work together to form a stronger
electric field. This field has a 25ft radius and has the centre around one of the contributing eels. The shock does 1d8damage for each eel contributing. (reflex half DC 10 + # eels contributing)
Ciliphyte added.
Magma Rays

Enormous elemental beasts, said to be of cilicit origin. Completely adapted to swim in the molten metal and rock, they propel themselfes through the blazing ocean with there obsidian wings, similar to manta rays.

Rumors say they live in the core of the world and it is said that the currents they create there, causes the world to spin.
Rainsack

A rainsack resembles a huge, bloated, black bulb, with swollen, light greenish bags of buoyant gas growing from its upper body. The bottom (which is the largest part) of the plant hangs down like a sack (hence the name). Built into the bottom of the dangling bulb is a single, mouthlike orifice that constantly oozes a trickle of pure water. A rainsack is about four meters tall and three meters across. The dripping "mouth" is about two meters in diameter.

Rainsacks are ravenous photsynthesizors, and live entirely on solar radiation. As a byproduct of their bizarre metabolism, they produce water, which rains down to earth in trickles called "skyfalls."

The reproduction of the rainsack occurs by binary fission. The creatures grow and divide quickly, making them ubiquitous throughout the skies. Their only source of attrition so far is the cloudcalves, who sometimes crush the sacks either by accident or to protect their territory. When a cloudcalf attacks, the rainsack will try (succesfully or otherwise) to fend it off with thorny vines from its mouth, which resemble smaller versions of Moth Igura's appendages.

Rainsack
Huge Plant
Hit Dice:
6d8+18 (45)
Initiative: +2
Speed: fly 10 ft.
Armor Class: 14 (-2 size, -2 dex, +8 natural) touch 6, flat footed 14
Base Attack/Grapple: +4/+17
Attack: 4 vines +7 melee (1d4+5)
Space/Reach: 15 ft./20 ft.
Special Attacks: Improved Grab, Constrict
Special Qualities: immune to lightning, skyfall
Saves: Fort +8, Ref +1, Will +1
Abilities: Str 20 Con 16 Dex 6, Int -, Wis 10, Cha 1
Skills: -
Feats: Improved Initiative, Lightning Reflexes, Power Attack
Challenge Rating: 5
Alignment: always neutral
Advancement: 7-12 HD (Huge), 13-18 HD (Gargantuan)

Improved Grab (Ex): You know damned well how Improved Grab works.

Constrict (Ex): If it begins a round with a victim held in one of its vines, a rainsack crushes it, dealing 2d4+10 damage.

Skyfall (Ex): A rainsack secretes half a liter of fresh, drinkable water per round.
Phyla:Glowmeracota
Commonly known as Night Scourge

Spawned from the joined powers of the sun deity and Moth Igura, these fungal organisms are the first parasites on The World. They were first created through the transformation of Glowsacks.

They appear as bleached fungal cysts (which glow ghostly in the night) with threads varying in thickness from hair to cables reaching into the surrounding area in search of plants to attach to, to feed on. They do this by attaching these fibrous threads onto the skin of the plant, and then digging in through the organism as a normal plant would dig through the earth with it's roots.

As plants are devoured and grown over, the Night Scourge will produce more base cysts around it's perimeter area. These cysts act as cores which take stolen nutrient and produce spores. Whenever a full compliment of spores is made, the cyst explodes, sending millions of the microbial spawn through the air.
fire elementals are, at their most base form, vessels for the Fire Deity to explore, and see this world without waiting for a weird flame to start. when they are uninhabited, they simply look like small-huge sized tornadoes of flame. The whirlwind isn't necessarily fast moving unless the elemental is threatened. They mostly avoid combat, and will simply wander the Earth as long as they can, taking their time and possibly waiting in one place for years.

When they are inhabited by the Fire God, they sport a large blue eye at the tip of the whirlwind and move under It's complete control.
Umbra Lichen

The oldest lichen strain in Shardworld is a parasite, growing on any bioluminescent organism it touches and slowly devouring its host. Complex animals like davons can use their advanced immune systems to keep the parasite from getting out of control. Simpler creatures, such as nightblights and sea scourges, are quickly cannibalized by the lichen.

Infected creatures have patches of a brownish mold growing on their epithelial tissues (including skin, throat, and vascular systems), and suffer from chronic malnutrition, dehydration, and secondary bacterial infection. There are several varieties of umbra lichen, some terrestrial and some aquatic. This is an air/waterborne disease.

Umbra Lichen
Infection:
inhaled
Fortitude Save: DC 14
Incubation: one day
Damage: 1 point of strength and constitution damage.
Special: only infects bioluminescent organisms.
CARNIVOROUS PLANTS

These plants can move around to varying degrees, and all of them prey on free living wildlife. None of the ones in this post are stattable monsters; those will get their own posts.


Fisherpod

A light greenish bulb about the size of a lemon, the fisherpod can crawl slowly (about one inch per minute) across the seabed, rooting itself in place with its many suction cups when it finds a good spot. Although they undergo some photosynthesis, most of their energy comes from the small fish and microorganisms they lure into their maws. They can be likened somewhat to a sea anemone in form and function.

After it has rooted itself, the pod opens, becoming a luscious, undersea flower with red, yellow and green petals. The bright coloration of the flower, as well an attractive chemical it releases into the water, cause small fish to come and investigate. When they draw close enough, the petals snap shut into a bulb again, trapping the prey inside of its body cavity for digestion. A guppy-sized fish takes an hour or so to digest.

When it is about to die (lifespan of 2-4 years), a fisherpod buds, creating dozens of seeds. As it dies, the pod releases a final surge of pheromones, attracting fish who unwittingly allow the seeds to stick to their bodies. After several days of riding the fish, the tiny seed drops off and germinates, growing to maturity in about a month.

Although most fisherpods roam the rocks and sea stalk forests, some seeds are dropped on the shells of obsidian reavers. The resulting fisherpods are symbiotes, releasing a more potent pheromone that attracts bigger fish, which the reaver kills and eats. The roots of the fisherpods dig into the reaver's outer shell, which provides them with the nutrients they need out of the surpluss food attracted by the plants.

Fisherpods are sometimes eaten by large fish and black bags. The ones that stick to obsidian reavers are preyed on less often, for obvious reasons. Daggerfish sometimes destroy the pods, but also serve as one of the most reliable vectors for seed dispersion.


Stranling

Stranlings are Diminutive, vinelike plants that crawl around like caterpillars. A stranling is six inches long, half an inch thick, and covered in tiny thorns. Stranlings feed by both photosynthesis and predation, hunting insects among the folliage and stems of larger plants.

Stranlings are ambush predators, hiding near thing that insects like to eat and waiting. When a bug comes within reach, the plant leaps on it with incredible speed and wraps around it, crushing it to death. After the prey has been constricted, the stranling drinks its juices through its hollow thorns. These thorns also carry a mild venom. Stranling stings only produce a painful blister (like a bee sting) on larger creatures, but are often fatal to insects. If the constriction can't kill a bug, the poison can.

Stranlings reproduce sexually, fertilizing one another and then dividing into several pieces. They supplement their diet with rivertree nectar, serving as a secondary pollen spreader.
Dovans
A single dovan looks like a simple insect with six wings and a wormlike body. As a whole, they can detect things visually, but a single Dovan can hardly see at all. When in proximity with another Dovan, a band of bioelectricity quickly forms between the two.

Dovans are remarkably good at storing energy. A Dovan who has eaten a glowsack will store the energy and begin glowing. They can maintain this glow for days. Given an abundant supply of food, a Dovan can continue glowing for months, and some have been known to glow for years.

When an illuminated Dovan colony meets a dark Dovan colony, the two are naturally attracted to each other. They exchange one dovan, and soon both colonies are glowing brightly.

When a Dovan is attacked, the damage is spread out among the entire colony.

The process by which a Dovan digests its food causes it to be inextricably linked to the plant life. Many Dovans make their homes in Igura's swamp, granting life giving light at all times. This causes the plants to grow at an astonishing rate, allowing the Dovans to eat their fill without endangering the overall ecosystem.

Once a year, however, all the Dovans meet at the place that They where constituted. They swarm together, with flashing lights and a mad buzzing. At the end of this three day ritual, the dovans go their seperate ways, filled with the knowledge of the other colonies.

Fish:

Fish range in size from miniscule creatures barely larger than black bags, to monsters nearly rivals in size to the obsidian reavers.

All fish share several qualities.

Entirely Aquatic
Sense of smell, taste hearing, and touch
Distinct body parts
resperatory system, including gills
Light sensitive spots

Other than that, a fish can look like nearly anything. Here is a list of the most common fish.

Daggerfish
Daggerfish are communities similar to Dovans in that they work together as a unit. Daggerfish almost exclusively eat Burrpods. A daggerfish uses it's sharp nose to ram into a burrpod. This causes a tiny nick in the burrpods armor. When all the daggerfish work together to do this, the burrpod is soon a pile of green, soft meat.

Daggerfish are preyed upon black bags, and also prey upon black bags. All that really matters is who senses who first.

Like all fish, Daggerfish are attracted to fisherpods. Unfortunately for the fisherpod, the Daggerfish always attack en masse.

Armormouth
Armormouths are the only species that regularly eats Daggerfish. Their mouth is broad and the lower jaw extends like a shovel. They use it to scrape along the bottom of the ocean. The sand that they acquire lines their mouths and allows them to eat daggerfish with relative ease.

Gallfish
A gallfish is a truely bizzare creature. It's brain is rather small, and it buries itself under layers and layers of sand. The Gallfish has ten or more mouths, which are distributed over a 60 foot radius. Each mouth is on a long ribbon of flesh. Some mouths are filter feeders, and some are specialized for plant eating, and some are carnivorous. By cutting off every head, the Gallfish loses the ability to breathe.

Galfish are unique in that they have no light sensors at all.



More fish later


Also. For simplicities sake, can we just assume that the ecosystems are continually growing until it runs into another type of ecosystem? So the swamp and the Skyeater forests continue to grow out instead of being stuck in the same place until someone spends more AP.
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Non-Stated Populace:

Observers (AKA Moon Rocks):
Large, white rocks, about the size of a soccer ball. They gently float no more than two feet from the ground and gain energy from lunar light. Aside from their floating and pale glow they appear like little more than white rocks. These creations' sole purpose is to explore and observe, as their name might note. After a prolonged period of time (usually about a month after creation) a blue sphere of light can be seen at the core of each Observer. Thence forth, the glow becomes more and more intense until the rock is split asunder and the glowing orb travels quickly and directly towards the Moon. The Moon then learns everything that moon rock experienced. The remaining bits of the rock slowly grow in size until they reach adult form and then goes on to continue the work of its predecessor. These creations are frequently used as a physical form for Liadon the Moon God.

Spiked Observers:
Created by Liadon while in a more paranoid mood. They are little more than standard Observers with crystalline spikes jutting randomly out from its core.

Ithilosse (Moon Blossoms):
White flowers, found predominately around areas associated with the moon such as Lunar Wolf dens, the Moon's Mountain, 'dead' Observers, etc. They are almost entirely like paper-white flowers except they are extremely tolerant to abuse and extreme temperature, and emit a faint white glow when in blossom.
Thickshadow
Medium Shadow
Hit Dice: 9d12 (58)
Initiative: +2
Speed: fly 40 ft. (Perfect)
Armor Class: 14 (+2 Dex, +2 Deflection) touch 14, flat footed 12
Base Attack/Grapple: +4/-
Attack: Freezing Touch +6 melee (1d6 Cold, Plus 1d2 Strength drain)
Space/Reach: 5ft./5ft.
Special Attacks: Strength damage, Shadow Form
Special Qualities: Darksense 60ft., Incorporeal traits, Shadow traits
Saves: Fort +3, Ref +5, Will +7
Abilities: Str -- Con -- Dex 15, Int 3, Wis 12, Cha 14
Skills: Hide +14*, Listen +9, Search +6 Spot +9
Feats: Alertness, Dodge, Mobility, Combat Reflexes
Environment: Any
Organization: Solitary, Pair, or Mass (3-300)**
Challenge Rating: 7
Treasure: None
Alignment: always neutral
Advancement: 10-14 HD (large)
Level Adjustment: --

Thickshadows are creatures formed of darkness, peacefully feeding off of the shadows of another creature. Their touch, when angered, can freeze the very material of a being. Thickshadows protect their "parent creature" fervently, and will assist It in combat, even taking hits for him until badly wounded.

A thickshadow is impossible to see when completely immersed in shadow, but can be spotted easily when exposed to bright light.

Thickshadows cannot speak intelligibly.

Combat
Thickshadows are peaceful and docile until attacked or hurt.

Strength Damage: The strike of a thickshadow deals 1d2 Str damage to a foe, a creature reduced to 0 Str by a thickshadow dies. This is a cold effect.

Shadow Form: A thickshadow assumes the shape of the shadow of the creature it is following, To strike a thickshadow, one must either shine an extremely bright light upon it, revealing the shadowstuff it is made of, or attack your own shadow, and hit yourself in the process. When formed to a creatures shadow, the thickshadow's AC is equal to the AC of the "parent Creature". When not in conflict with the creature it follows, the thickshadow grants shadow traits to the "parent creature".

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Shadow Traits:
+4 to hide when in shadows
Shadow Blend special ability
+2 deflection bonus to AC
Darksense(similiar to darkvision, but only sensing what the shadows touch) 60ft.
Also. For simplicities sake, can we just assume that the ecosystems are continually growing until it runs into another type of ecosystem? So the swamp and the Skyeater forests continue to grow out instead of being stuck in the same place until someone spends more AP.

I've been working under that assumption. Sedentary plant and animal forests will naturally expand.


Thickshadow

Cool creature! The CR should be a lot lower, though. No more than 5 or 6.
(Actually, it is based off of the Greater Shadow from MM1. Which is a cr 8. I basically just added some abilities, and removed the create spawn ability.)
(btw, I created a new subtype in making him, extremely similiar to undead, except they cannot be turned, and they have a fast healing of 5 while immersed in shadow. which warrants the +1 to CR from Greater shadow.)

(Changed CR to 7)
The greater shadow is horrendously over-CR'd, in that case.

I agree that the template warrants bumping the CR up a point or two, but 9 is still way excessive. Go with 7.
Lunar Wolf
Medium Magical Animal
Hit Dice: 2d8+4 (13 hp)
Initiative: +2
Speed: 50 ft. (10 squares)
Armor Class: 14 (+2 Dex, +2 natural), touch 12, flat-footed 12
Base Attack/Grapple: +1/+2
Attack: Bite +3 melee (1d6+1)
Full Attack: Bite +3 melee (1d6+1)
Space/Reach: 5 ft./5 ft.
Special Attacks: Trip, Spell like abilites
Special Qualities: Low-light vision, scent
Saves: Fort +5, Ref +5, Will +1
Abilities: Str 13, Dex 15, Con 15, Int 2, Wis 12, Cha 6
Skills: Hide +2, Listen +3, Move Silently +3, Spot +3, Survival +1*
Feats: TrackB, Weapon Focus (bite)
Environment: Temperate forests
Organization: Solitary, pair, or pack (7–16)
Challenge Rating: 2
Alignment: Almost always neutral
Advancement: 3 HD (Medium); 4–6 HD (Large)
Level Adjustment: —

Lunar Wolves or Arcane Hunters look much like an average arctic wolf but with the innate ability for disrupting the flow of magic and finding those who use it. It greatly enjoys the taste of magic imbued flesh but will seek out other prey if nothing arcane is immediately available.

combat:
A favorite tactic is to send a few individuals against the foe’s front while the rest of the pack circles and attacks from the flanks or rear.
Trip (Ex): A wolf that hits with a bite attack can attempt to trip the opponent (+1 check modifier) as a free action without making a touch attack or provoking an attack of opportunity. If the attempt fails, the opponent cannot react to trip the wolf.
Spell-Like Abilities: 1/hour - dispel magic (DC 14) as the spell cast by a 3rd-level sorcerer; 1/hour - detect magic as the spell cast by a 3rd-level wizard.
Skills: *Wolves have a +4 racial bonus on Survival checks when tracking by scent.
Added stormtree; will likely open up a whole new can of worms to inhabit lightning-rod charged ecosystems.
Sigil Star

(I'm not very good with making stats, so, if anyone wants to do that knock yourself out. Just know they're Colossal, nearly immortal [They regenerate after a year], and they're very very fast.)

Sigil stars each represent a piece of knowledge. Each one represents a number or letter, and together in their patterns they form concepts. All together, they form all knowledge. To even understand them you would have to have the knowledge of what each one stands for. currently, the only one to know their identities is Iok, as he was the one that made them.

They do not attempt to hide themselves from view. From any point in the void you can clearly see the sigil star's forms.

If ever forced into a battle, a sigil star will try to use it's confusion spell-like ability. If the attacker persists, the star launches orbs of powerful destructive light.

If one were to die, all related concepts would lose cohesion, and a domino effect of chaos would spill through the skies. However, after a year, the sigil would regenerate and take it's place to restore order.

Stats Courtesy of Space_Dragon:

Sigil Star
Size/Type: Collosal Outsider (fire)
Hit Dice: 16d8+130 (202 hp)
Initiative: +4
Speed: fly 240 (48 squares) (perfect)
Armor Class: 22 (-8 size, +4 dex, +12 natural, +6 deflection) touch 12, flat footed 18
Base Attack/Grapple: +16/+42
Attack: slam +18 melee (2d8+15 and 4d6 fire) or 2 light rays +12 ranged touch (8d6, half normal half fire)
Space/Reach: 60 ft./20 ft.
Special Attacks: Confusing Flare
Special Qualities: spell resistance 25, regeneration 20/cold, true seeing
Saves: Fort +18, Ref +14, Will +14
Abilities: Str 30, Con 26, Dex 18, Int 4, Wis 18, Cha 22
Skills: Spot +23, Listen +23, Search +23, Intimidate +25, Perform (unknowable cosmic dance) +25
Feats: Dodge, Mobility, Flyby Attack, Shot on the Run, Power Attack, Combat Reflexes
Environment: the sky
Organization: solitary
Challenge Rating: 15
Alignment: always neutral
Advancement: -
Level Adjustment: -

Light Rays (Su): A sigil star's light rays have a range increment of 60 ft.

Confusing Flare (Su): Once per encounter, all within 100 ft. must succeed at a will save (DC 24) or become confused for 10 rounds. The save DC is charisma based.
Holy crap!!!

These things remind me of the crystalline entity, from Stark Trek. These things will be pretty important once the shardination occurs!

I'll try to come up with stats for you sometime this week.
Thank you! Oh, by the by, what is this Shardination? Sounds important and nasty.
Note that this project is called "Shardworld."

Think about it.
Ah, when the page is removed.
Sigh....

No.

At some point in the distant future, Shardworld will fall into chaos and violence, culminating with the Creator destroying it in disgust. That will transform the world into a cloud of shards or planetoids, and realign the planar cosmology somewhat.

This is the state that Shardworld was in when Ooulzoth discovered it, in the original Lords of Creation project.
Sounds like a grand ole time, and yet it also makes me feel like I'm in a spin off...which is dismaying.

Oh, and I've added the pwetty flowers to the observer post.
Sounds like a grand ole time, and yet it also makes me feel like I'm in a spin off...which is dismaying.

Hate to break it to you, but you are. Of course, you could also see the glass as half full, and think of this as "new and improved." :D

Oh, and I've added the pwetty flowers to the observer post.

Noted.
Tenochs

These are snowy white bipedal creatures of medium height. They slouch forward and sport three pointed fingers per limb. Upon their back are four pods with glowing intricate lines etched upon them. From these lines project the insectile wings that carry these creatures so quickly. Their heads are much like their maker's, the only difference being the glowing numeral rune in place of the abyssal socket.

They have no thought processes at all, operating automatically, shelving and retrieving orbs, transcribed and untouched. They work together to lift the orbs they deliver to their master.

They need no sustenance, being made of the plane-stuff that makes up Archsutc. And simply inhabiting the plane around them seems to sustain them well enough. However, were they ever to leave the confines of that divine library, they quickly crumble into oblivion.

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Sorry, but these definately seem like a 2 AP endevor.

AHA!

I just had an awesome idea.

I'm going to make something eat the sigil stars. They're not just going to eat the body though.

They're going to eat the mind.

And I'm thinking that's how i'm going to naturally evolve towards intellegence.

Please, no one steal that idea.
Sorry, but these definately seem like a 2 AP endevor.

Crap. Am I going to have to rewrite all that?


Also, Zomg! Major chaos on the horizon!
Just make them simpler for now (little white worms or something) and spend another AP to upgrade them into humanoids later. That should only be a minor retcon.

Don't worry delfedd, I've had my own ideas for sentient life from the beginning.
not quite on the horizon. Waaay over the horizon.

Why don't you just spend a CP? I'm thinking that I'm going to give you one for the plane making.

If not, you should copy it into a word doc and save it. That's what I do.
Yeah I guess Ill just spend that CP then. Btw that should really be in the rules post, I can't see it anywhere. The Cp -> Ap thing that is.
Nonsentient creations
Waterclot

For unknown reasons, water gathers together and manifests limited intelligence. These "waterclots" grow larger with age, as they are able to hold more water within themselves.

They are predominantly found within the Water Sphere, acting as its custodians. They are nearly invisible in water, but on land they appear as tall, oversized drops of water.

(These are Shardworld's version of Water Elementals; the stats are the same for now.)

Aurasaras
(Needs stats)

The Aurasaras are part portal, part living creature. Boiling water from the Water Sphere is constantly flowing from the outer edge of the creature's mouth, which forms its serpentine body. Behind the mouth is a collection of watery, specialized organs and brains used for movement and reasoning. Knowledge is passed onto the next generation, allowing new Aurasaras to find food and landmarks with ease.

An Aurasaras receives all the nutrients it needs to survive from the water flowing through the portal; it only eats to increase in size. Larger Aurasaras usually undergo a form of binary fission, creating two smaller daughters. Some Aurasaras are able to repress their urge to split, growing to massive sizes.

An infestation of Aurasaras can lead to flooding, as the water flowing out of their mouth-portals quickly flows though its system to the surrounding area.

Sentient Creations
Deefos
With a carnivorous, wolfish head; four long, flexible tentacles; and a powerful, scaly tail; Deefos are one of the ocean's top predators. This dominance is less from their strength or speed, and more from their intelligence and pack hunting behavior.

A group of Deefos is referred as a pack, and a pack may have a name for itself. Packs consist of one or more families living in harmony, caring for children, and cooperating in hunts. Individual Deefos name their children (or themselves) after a significant trait. Examples include Gorger, Bluescale, Prophet, Longtail, Thinker, and Quickarm.

Each pack will have at least one Mouth of Poshisra. These Deefos claim to have a greater connection with their creator, Poshisra, and lead the packs with moral and mundane advice. Deefos not of the Mouths usually join the group when the divine 'communicate' with them, leaving those 'unspoken' to place their faith in the Mouths or doubt their decisions. The Deefos that have doubts with the Mouths are the most likely to convert to the worship of other deities, or no worship at all.

[needs stats]
Arcvine added to my list of mundane plants. Mist spawn coming soon.
Mist Spawn

Mist spawn are nomadic, elemental creatures that feed on magical energy. Possessed of animal intelligence, they often hunt in concert with lunar wolves, sharing the meat of any magical creatures they can bring down. Unlike lunar wolves, however, mist spawn also give birth to living spells using their excess energy. This ensures a continuing food supply.

A mist spawn in its natural form resembles a thin, spidery form made of some brittle, snowy white substance. Walking around on five legs and waving a pair of thin tentacles overhead, they vaguely resemble smaller versions of Moth Igura. At will, a mist spawn can become a cloud of fog or mist; an ability they use to travel quickly or ambush their prey.

Mist spawn also run very quickly, and can leap for dozens of meters straight into the air. They have even been seen leaping between the tops of hillocks or up and down cliffs. Combined with their gaseous form ability, this makes them some of the most mobile organisms in the world.

When two mist spawn encounter each other, they both enter mist form and fuse together. Together, they form a localized stormcloud, which floats into the sky and begins raining and thundering over a small area. In the wake of this storm, vast fog banks occur on the ground below. When this mist clears, the two mist spawn will have become eight.

Whenever it has fed well, a mist spawn releases a low level living spell. These amorpheous creatures can siphon magical energy out of the wind surrounding them, and eventually divide like amoebas to make more living spells. Thus, the mist spawn never go hungry.


Mist Spawn
Size/Type: Medium Elemental (air, water)
Hit Dice: 4d8 (18 hp)
Initiative: +8
Speed: 40 ft.
Armor Class: 18 (+8 dex), touch 18, flat footed 10
Base Attack/Grapple: +3/+7
Attack: 2 tentacles +11 touch (1d4+2 and Improved Grab) and claw +8 melee (2d6+6)
Space/Reach: 5 feet/5 feet (10 ft. with tentacle)
Special Attacks: Gaseous Form, Improved Grab
Special Qualities: spell resistance 20, absorb magic, ghost touch, skills
Saves: Fort +4, Ref +9, Will +2
Abilities: Str 18, Con 10, Dex 26, Int 2, Wis 12, Cha 8
Skills: Spot +8, Hide +8, Climb +14,* Tumble +18,* Jump +54*
Feats: Weapon Finesse, Multiattack, Spring Attack*
Environment: Any
Organization: Solitary
Challenge Rating: 5
Alignment: Always Neutral
Advancement: Medium (5-8 HD), Large (9-12 HD)
Level Adjustment: -

Gaseous Form (Ex): A mist spawn can become a cloud of mist at will. In this state, it becomes amorpheous, gains damage reduction 5/magic, and gains a fly speed of 20 (perfect), but cannot attack.

Improved Grab (Ex): If it hits a creature of its own size or smaller with a tentacle attack, it can attempt to start a grapple as a free action without provoking attacks of ooportunity. Held creatures take automatic tentacle damage each round.

Ghost Touch (Su): Can attack and grapple incorporeal things without the usual miss chance.

Absorb Magic (Su): If a mist spawn kills a living spell, or if a spell fails to overcome its damage reduction, it gains one temporary hit point per spell level.

Skills (Ex): +10 Climb, +10 Tumble, +50 Jump.
Shadow Wisps
Shadow wisps are born when the "eggs" of the Thickshadows are coagulated into a mass. When they hatch, they split into long wispy tendrils. These are completely harmless and float along on the winds, feeding on the shadows of clouds. (sort of like lamprey)


Mimicks

Primarily residing on the plane of shadow, these beings are shadowy replicas of creatures in the Real World. They look like pitch-black versions of their Real counterpart, with only two physical discrepancies: Mimicks lack mouths, and only have mist-filled sockets for eyes.

A mimick exists for each and every living creature in the Real world. However, only Intelligent Creatures’ mimicks are intelligent.

Occasionally disturbances happen on the plane of shadow, such as a Real being traveling there. If a Real being meets his/her mimick, the mimick goes insane and will stop at nothing to ensure the death of it’s Real counterpart. If a mimick and it’s counterpart touch while on the Real plane, the Real being absorbs the shadow and dies. Shortly thereafter, a Niman (a mimick who can have emotion) is born on the plane of shadow. Such spawnings are rare, and the child is usually left to fend for itself.

Niman
Niman are a playable race, spawned in the likeness of someone who was killed my his Mimick while on the Real Plane. Niman are exactly like Mimicks, but display emotion and thoughtfulness.

Traits

Shadow traits
(have same stat bonuses as the base race)
+2 to Wisdom, Niman are particularly quick witted.
-2 to Intelligence, thay lack some of their counterpart's intelligence.
I don't remember you making these.
I don't remember you making these.

I was told to retcon my post, so I did.

If there is a complaint about their being intelligent, they are only intelligent if their counterparts on the real world are. I just paid the AP as if they were all Intelligent.

The Nimans won't come into play until planar travel is developed among sentient races.
Shard Pheonix
Size/Type: Gargantuan Elemental
Hit Dice: 12d8 (48 hp)
Initiative: +11
Speed: fly 120 (24 squares) (perfect)
Armor Class: 23 (-4 size, +11 dex, +6 natural), touch 17, flat footed 12
Base Attack/Grapple: +9/+26
Attack: Bite +20 (3d6 damage plus 1d2 Con damage)
Space/Reach: 20 feet (long)/20 feet
Special Attacks: Death Throes
Special Qualities: Reflective form, Semi-translucence, DR 15/Bludgeoning, Elemental traits, Immune to Cold, Vulnerable to Fire +100%
Saves: Fort +8, Ref +13, Will +9
Abilities: Str 21, Con 10, Dex 32, Int 2, Wis 21, Cha 22
Skills: Spot +17, Tumble +14
Feats: Fly-By Attack, Weapon Finesse, Improved Natural Armor, Wingover, Dodge
Environment: In clouds
Organization: Solitary or Two
Challenge Rating:
Alignment: Always Neutral
Advancement: Large (4-7 HD), Huge (8-11 HD), Colossal (18+ HD)
Level Adjustment: -

Shard Pheonixes were the first creatures made by Icil, the Bringer of Cold, and are the bringers of snow. They resemble crystalline lizards with eight fine, ice wings and many icy shards for legs. They are entirely made of ice. Most reside near the poles were fairly little sunlight strikes them, but when the sun moves away from a part of the planet for extended periods they tend to move to those parts, wishing to expand. They reproduce by literally smashing into each other in midflight, causing each one to split into two equal halves, instinctively releasing pieces until they form back into their parental forms. These released pieces are what cause snow fall and some refer to the shattering as they collide as White Strikes.

Apart from that they are fairly solitary and will use their only weapon, their bite, when provoked. Their entire purpose of life is to exist and spread anew, creating a continual cycle of rebirth and snow, spreading Icil's influence.

After colliding with each other they regain size by flying through clouds and other sources of moisture, such as some of the higher Rainsacks. Once moisture contacts their body they use it to shape their bodies into larger and larger versions of themselves until they reach a desired size, at which time they collide into each other and the cycle continues.

Combat:

Shard Pheonixes hardly ever involve themselves in combat, but when they do they are usually doing so because they see the other as a threat to their survival and will stop at nothing to insure their own survival.

Although their only attack is a bite, it is usually enough to finish off most smaller creatures, as the icy shards in a Shard Pheonixes' mouth rend and tear at the creature, often times piercing vital organs.

Death Throes: When a Shard Pheonix is killed it releases all of its contents worth of ice in the surrounding 100' area. These jagged ice pieces of itself rip through most flesh and cause 8d6 Piercing damage to any creature in the area who does not succeed on a DC 24 Reflex save. Those who do succeed take half.

Reflective Form: Because being made of ice yields a reflective quality, most ray spells have a 30% chance to bounce off the Shard Pheonixes' body.

Semi-Translucence: The Shard Pheonixes' naturally clear body is often times very hard to see unless something is coating it, such as snow, but even then it may be difficult. An uncoated Shard Pheonix grants a 50% miss chance to any ranged attack against it and a 25% miss chance to any melee attack against it. A coated Shard Pheonix grants a 20% miss chance to any ranged attack against it and a 5% miss chance to any melee attack against it.




Let there be snow! =D
Also if anyone sees anything that I should change just tell me, and also, I don't know what CR to give these things.