[ World ]
More world information will be added soon-ish.
[ Species ]
Note: Each individual of a species is their own person. The information listed below is a rough generalization, and may not apply completely to each individual.
Colossal, amorphous fleshy meat-factories with steam-spewing spires rising from their backs. Knobby roots extend from their bloated, wrinkled bodies and burrow deep into the surrounding earth, absorbing nutrients. Every few seasons they churn out a batch of about a half-dozen newborn Teratomas. They do nothing to care for their vulnerable offspring; they are sedentary, only uprooting themselves to migrate when nutrients in the area are low or if activity in the area is getting too boisterous.
Mothers gossip to one another by sending sound waves echoing along channels in the earth carved out by large subterranean annelids. Information about weather conditions, nutrients, how ugly their last batch of offspring looked, and local activity is shared, among other things mothers chatter about.
Few risk pestering an easily irritable Mother, as one swing from a sturdy root or a blistering blast of steam can kill in an instant.
The massive, and often pugnacious, offspring of the Teratoma Mothers. They are generally humanoid in shape and live short, violent lives. When they first emerge from their Mother’s flesh, they are minuscule, frail, and easy morsels for predatory creatures. Young Teratomas survive by concentrating in groups with a strict pecking order, which they begin establishing quickly after birth. Newborns are carnivorous and will attempt to eat any living creature within reach, even if it’s equal in size. Later in their lives they’ll start snacking on the various poisonous flora that populate the world, slowly growing a tolerance to the poisons and giving themselves an alternative source of nutrients.
Once they near adulthood they begin parting from their groups, seeking out territories and natural resources to defend. Some Teratomas may choose to remain together or to accompany others they meet along their travels. Groups of adult Teratomas are nomadic, and rarely remain in the same area for an extended period of time.
Teratomas viciously protect the ecosystems they rely on and are an indicator of the local ecosystem’s health. Solitary Teratomas serve as warden over a single domain or a chain of small territories along a migratory route. Groups of Teratomas traverse continuously from one region to another to avoid depleting too many vital resources. The damage a lingering group of Teratomas can inflict on an ecosystem can take years to recover, if recovery is possible. Due to competition over resources, Teratomas traveling in groups tend to be more aggressive and unpredictable. It is not uncommon for Teratomas to prey on each other to reduce competition.