world of Zorix Encyclopedia
by Irina Lazar
Contents Planet of Zorix 4 Aquatic Zone 6 Tropical Zone 14 Desert Zone 24 Temperate Zone 34 Arctic Zone 42
World of Zorix Since 1917, when the first evidence of an exoplanet was noted, scientists kept on searching the sky and the infinite space outside our solar system, hoping they will find another planet that could sustain life, a second Earth. Now, hundreds of years later, what was once a mere dream, became reality. The expansion outside the boundaries of our solar system started a couple of hundreds of years ago, in 2910, when Earth successfully colonised the first habitable exoplanet, Skeiron. Since then, new planets were explored and the United Earthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s territories were formed, with Zorix soon to be the seventh addition to it. Unlike any other inhabited planets or moons known to humans, Zorix orbits around a gas giant, too far from any start to be able to rely on solar energy, which sparks the question: how does life manage to survive here? The answer was found in 3120 when a team of specialists was sent on Zorix on an exploration campaign with the hope that they will be able to understand the mystery of this planet. Zorix has an atmosphere similar to Earth, rich in nitrogen and oxygen, which allows life to exist on the planet. In addition to this, it was discovered that the atmosphere contains a unique type of particles that are held in place by the strong magnetic field of the planet. On the surface of the planet, our researcher discovered numerous crystal formations that have the ability to collect these particles and transform them into energy.
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These crystals collect the particles and transform them into energy, emitting light, and heath in the process. They work like rechargeable batteries and have 2 stages.
Stage 1: The crystals collect the particles. During this period, the light emitted is dim and the heath is minimal. This could be recognised as night time. Stage 2: When the crystals are charged, they begin eliminating these particles under the form of energy, light, and heath. The climate on each ecosystem is created by these crystals and it is influenced by the number of formations found on the asteroid and the density of the particles in that area. Zorix is, in reality, a group of celestial bodies, five in total. The centre body is a planet covered in the proportion of 100% in water, while the other four are islands that float in its atmosphere, each one of them sustaining a different ecosystem.
A q uat i c Zo n e
The central body of the celestial formation has an average radius about the same size as Earth and it is an ocean moon, water covering 100 percent of its surface.
It has a similar composition with our planet, and it is a rocky astronomical object with a solid and dynamic surface of mountains, canyons, plains, and more, all of which are found underwater. The moon is surrounded by floating asteroids or islands which developed different terrestrial ecosystems.
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Lucemarequi â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sea Lantern Horseâ&#x20AC;?
The Sea Lanter Horse can be found in the midnight zone of the ocean where the light does not reach at all. It is a slow-moving creature. Due to the poison produced by its skin, this animal has a small number of predators. Its main source of nutrients is small fish which are attracted by the light produced by the sphere at the end of its horns. This ability is called bioluminescence. The hypnotised prey is then paralysed using electroshocks and then ingested. The Sea Lanter Horse has two electrically charged tentacles extending from the fins.
Alliumarequi “Anemone Sea Horse” The Anemone Sea Horse can be found camouflaging on rock formations, surrounded by other colourful aquatic plants.
20 - 30 cm
Its back is covered with numerous bright coloured tentacles which helps his camouflage. The spear-shaped tail is used to fix the body onto the rocks while the six electrically charged tentacles are used to paralyse the prey which is ingested straight away.
Marepilaspicae “Sea Spikes“
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Stellacaptionem â&#x20AC;&#x153;Starfish trapâ&#x20AC;&#x153;
The Starfish Trapu uses Bioluminescence to attract its prey and then trap it inside by closing its arms. Its external tissue produces a strong toxin that dissolves the skin of the fish trapped inside
The Aquatic Insect can be found hibernating in the ocean trenches. It can grow as long as 30 m and the tail can reach 5 times the length of the body.
It feeds on everything by swallowing creatures alive through the mouth on the top of its head. It has no natural predators.
Aquatinsectum “Aquatic Insect“
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Caudatestudine â&#x20AC;&#x153;Long Tailed Sea Trutleâ&#x20AC;?
The Long Tailed Sea Turtle lives in the twilight zone of the ocean but it can travel between all three zones in order to find food or shelIts main sources of nutrients are seaweed and Medusas.
The ventral and dorsal parts of the creature are protected by a rigid shell while the tail ends with a wide flipper that can be used as a weapon against predators.
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The tropical zone is one of the floating ecosystems surrounding the moon. Due to its high amount of crystal formations and the dense concentration of particles in the atmosphere, the climate is hot and humid all year round. The ecosystem has an extremely high biodiversity, with dense vegetation consisting mainly of trees. The animals are adapted to a high amount of precipitation and climbing trees to reach the foliage where most of the food can be found.
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Fueresimia â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beaked Monkeyâ&#x20AC;&#x153;
50 - 80 cm
The large beak is lightweight and strong, and it is useful in foraging and defense The diet of the Beaked Monkey consists of about 70 to 85 percent of fruits and nuts. Its deftly prehensile tail is long and flexible. This adaptation to its arboreal lifestyle serves as a fifth hand. The creature relies on its tail for balance while walking. The hands are long, narrow, and hook-like, and have reduced or non-existent thumbs. The fingers are elongated and recurved. The tail ends with a round and spiny bone structure covered in fur. The tail can expand, and the spikes can extend making it into a deadly weapon The Beaked Monkey is a nocturnal creature. It sleeps 12 to18 hours a day and it is active at nighttime when there are fewer predators and competition for food. Its vision is highly adapted to this lifestyle
The whisperer is a plant found in the tropical zone and it is a member of a group of semi-parasite plants that reproduce via spores and have neither seeds nor flowers. It likes to take over large areas and if it does not have access to crystal energy it can derive some or all of its nutritional requirement from another living plant.
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The leaves are numerous and densely distributed around a central body.
The plant is believed to have shown telepathic abilities, by reading the thoughts of creatures around it and starting to whisper them like an echo, ability that leads to its name. Normally the central body lays in a dormant state and it awakes when a creature with a complex cognitive process is nearby, by spreading its leaves and letting the inner body show.
Pugnatumtalpa â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fighting Chameleonâ&#x20AC;?
Colour change in the Fighting Chameleon has functions in camouflage, but most commonly in social signalling and in reactions to temperature and other conditions. The membrane on their head works as a large eardrum, which allows them to capture a wider range of frequencies. The Fighting Chameleon has disproportionately long limbs and long prehensile tails. The arms are divided into 2 members, at the joint level, which can rotate 180 in different directions.
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15 - 20 cm (without the tail)
Chameleons have the most distinctive eyes of any reptile. The upper and lower eyelids are joined, with only a pinhole large enough for the pupil to see through. Each eye can pivot and focus independently, allowing the chameleon to observe two different objects simultaneously. This gives them a full 360-degree arc of vision around their bodies.
Campanulaceae Scandens “Climbing Bell” When the Climbing Bell opens its mouth, it produces a gas that is used to put any predators into an unconscious state. The sleeping gas is so strong that it has an immediate effect that can last for up to 1 hour on larger species.
This creature’s upper limbs consist of two flexible vines. They also are a part of the visual system of the Climbing Bell, each limb ending with an eye covered in a spiny shell. This gives them a full 360-degree arc of vision around their bodies.
30 - 60 cm
In addition to their two upper limbs, the creature also has six tentacles growing on its abdomen which are used to climb on the upper level of the trees where the conditions are propitious for the process of photosynthesis.
Up to 180 cm
The most distinctive trait of this animal is its four large wings. The bird can grow up to 1,8 meters and it has a wingspan of 7 m.
The lower half of the body is a tail covered with scales. This adaption allows the bird to hang onto tree branches when inactive and slide on the ground when necessary. The Snake Bird feeds only on Demon Insects and it dives at speeds as high as 320 km/h in order to catch its prey. The five eyes on top of its head give it a full 360-degree arc of vision around their bodies, which decreases significantly during the dive.
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Demoniumsectum â&#x20AC;&#x153;Demon Insectâ&#x20AC;?
The Demon Insect can rotate each of its wings in a circle, allowing them to fly forward, backward, up, down, sideways or sit in sheer space. The wings are very fragile which represents the biggest weakness of the creature. Once broken, the Demon Insect can not move anymore and it becomes a certain prey for the Snake Bird.
46 - 58 cm
Like many species in the tropical zone, the demon insect has a full 360-degree arc of vision around their body. This is thanks to the high number of eyes on its head which can range between 8 and 16.
The Demon Insect injects small quantities of poison into their prey through the stinger at the end of its tail. This is strong enough to paralyse large creatures and even kill smaller ones through overdose. The insect collects nutrients from the blood of different species it feeds on. It is adapted for piercing the skin of animal hosts and sucking their blood as ectoparasites.
Desert Zone Similar to the tropical zone, the desert zone has numerous crystal formations that play a significant role in producing the high temperatures of the ecosystem. In addition to that, the desert is a dry habitat, due to the lack of precipitation during the year. The vegetation is scarce and the few plants that grow here have developed special adaptions to survive in the harsh conditions. The animals have also adapted to the extreme temperatures by burrowing underground or having the ability to store moisture and release the extra heath through their skin.
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Canem Harenae â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sand Dogâ&#x20AC;?
The Sand Dogs have muscled hind legs that allow for maximum force, manoeuvrability, and acceleration. They are an exaggerated feature, being much longer than the forelimbs and providing more force.
It has developed an ability called moisture harvesting. The integument (skin and scales) has developed features so that the water spreads and is soaked into a capillary system. From there it is transported to the mouth where it is ingested.
120 - 150 cm
They possess long ears that have a larger surface area that help with dispersion of heat and it also allows them to detect prey from far away.
The Sand Dog feeds on any creatures it can catch. It is mostly a solitary creature, but it can work in a coalition with other Sand Dogs in other to hunt larger animals such as the Giant Camel. It has no natural predators, but individuals with a weaker immune system can be killed by the poisonous sting from a Poison Suricata.
Viridi Spinosis “Cactus”
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The Cactus have adapted to the dry climate by developing a thickened, fleshy layer able to store water. Its body is covered in spines, which are highly modified leaves. As well as defending against predators, spines help prevent water loss by reducing airflow close to the cactus and providing some shade. The head can open and release poisonous spores when in danger.
200 - 300 cm
The cactuses live and travel in large groups. They have developed a series of auditory signals by loudly tapping on the ground which is mostly used to communicate danger to the rest of the group.
Up to 10 m
The Giant Camel can grow up to 10 m high and it has developed numerous adaptions to the arid climate of the island. It has three sets of long legs which decreases its movement speed, but it also helps him cover a larger area when walking. The long ears have a larger surface area that helps with the dispersion of heat and it also allows them to detect predators from far away. The humps on its back are body fat deposits. This minimizes the insulating effect fat would have if distributed over the rest of their bodies. The fat is also used as a source of water and nutrients. The long tail covered in fur can be used to create shade. 30 Planet of Zorix
Venenoscorpicata The Poison Suricata has a segmented tail, often carried in a characteristic curve over the back, ending with a venomous stinger. The stinger has a unique round shape and it is covered in retractable spikes.
It has eight upper limbs. The top two ends with pincers that are used for self-defense and also for digging holes. The Poison Suricata likes to burrow underground where it can stay cool during the day. It can also use this technique to surprise its prey. The Poison Suricata is an omnivore creature and it can even commit cannibalism, by feeding on other individuals of the same species. It is a slow-moving creature and its main predator is the Sand Dog.
25 - 35 cm
Iasnary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wandering Succulentâ&#x20AC;&#x153;
It has a transparent body membrane covered by numerous leaves with a special tissue that can store moisture. Some of the leaves have on the inner side organs belonging to the different sensorial systems such as eyes or mouths. The Wandering Succulent is a solitary creature that travels around the desert. It represents the main source of water for most small creatures and when it feels in danger it spreads its leaves and doubles in size to intimidate the predators.
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80 - 100 cm
The Wandering Succulent is a carnivorous plant adapted to life in the desert zone. It relies mainly on photosynthesis to produce its energy, but it can also feed on other plants and dead creatures.
The Sand Frog has long legs and strong feet that makes it the fastest creature in the desert zone.
25 - 35 cm
The upper limbs have been replaced by two long tentacles which give it the ability to smell and also sense from which direction a smell is coming. Like most of the creatures in the desert zone, the sand frog is crepuscular, spending the day burrowed underground where the sand is moist. It emerges during dawn and dusk and wanders over the surface of the dunes to hunt for food.
T e m p e r at e Zo n e
The temperate zone is a combination of grasslands, forests, and mountains which hides a considerable amount of crystal formations. However, due to the uneven distribution of energy particles during the year, the climate is characterised by wider temperature ranges and more distinct seasonal changes. The animal and plant species are diverse and are distributed between the various areas of the ecosystem. They are adapted to the drastic changes in temperature between seasons.
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Talpaflorenidae â&#x20AC;&#x153;Flower-head Moleâ&#x20AC;?
The body of this creature is divided into 2 segments, underground and surface. The underground segment includes the torso, the limbs, and the head, while the surface segment includes an extension of the head, in the shape of a flower, where the eyes are attached to the receptacle.
When the prey is close enough, the flower head mole uses its long arms and sharp claws as a trap to capture it.
20 - 30 cm
The creature spends most of the time hiding underground, while the surface segment is used to attract insects and small creatures which are their principal food source. The Flower-head Mole has reduced hind limbs and long, powerful forelimbs with large paws adapted for digging.
Chiropteraves â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shadow Batâ&#x20AC;?
The Shadow Bat feeds exclusively on blood.
The Shadow bat hunts only when it is fully dark. It emits only low-energy sound pulses. Once the bat locates its prey, it uses its strong muscular legs and powerful talons to catch and hold it and carry it back to their nest.
120 - 150 cm
It has long front teeth that are specialized for piercing the skin of its prey. It is well adapted to detecting the regular breathing sounds of Round-head Rabbits that serve as its main food source.
The Shadow Bat has flexible wings that allow for greater manoeuvrability. It can position its wings into different shapes, changing the degree and direction of lift very quickly. This lets the Shadow Bat weave and dive in the air like no other animal, giving it a distinct advantage in hunting prey. he wings are connected on the lower section to the forked tail rather than the legs.
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250 - 350 cm
The Spider Bear is an omnivorous creature that lives in the temperate zone. It has large and curved claws. The spider bear has nine eyes distributed evenly around his upper half of the head. This feature gives it a wide spectrum of vision. This species is mostly solitary, although Spider Bears may gather in large numbers at major food sources. They do not have any natural predators.
Makrynchos Anatinus “Long-nosed Platypus”
The Long-nosed Platypus is a semi-aquatic animal.
It has a paddle-shaped tail used for storing fat reserves and swimming.
50 - 80 cm
40 - 60 cm
The big webbed feet are used for paddling through water and the dorsal fin is used to achieve stability and refine their manoeuvring. It is recognizable by its elongated head and tubular snout which ends in its tiny mouth opening and nostrils. They use their long sticky tongue to feed on worms, insect larvae, or other small creatures that it catches while swimming.
Currens Capranidae “Largta Goat” The Largta Goat is an herbivorous creature, and one of the fastest in the temperate zone. It has one pair of curved horns, bent towards the back, used for various tasks, including defending themselves from predators. It is a friendly creature and it has shown advanced cognitive abilities, such as tooluse (all individuals carry around their necks a piece of crystal tied with a thread made out of their own fur). These crystals seem to enhance their abilities and give them the speed required to survive in this environment. 40 Planet of Zorix
30 - 50 cm
The Round-head Rabbit has only one eye which reduces his field of vision considerably. In order to compensate for it, it has developed two antennas on its head which are used as sensory organs, to read the air motion around itself. The Round-head Rabbit has also a very well-developed hearing. Its long ears allow it to detect predators from far away, and they end with tentacles and suckers which balance the absence of upper limbs. It is a nocturnal herbivorous, and its main predator is the Shadow Bat. The hind legs have connected into one spring-like structure which allows it to jump as high as 2 m vertically and as far as 7 m horizontally.
The arctic zone is a glacier island characterised by extremely low temperatures all year round. The ecosystem has a single crystal formation located in the centre of the asteroid, and it is found in an area poor in energy particles. Due to these factors, the crystal requires a longer period to recharge which explains the difference in day and night periods in this habitat. Animals are adapted to the cold temperatures and the low supply of food, while the vegetation is scattered and most plants are small and grow close to the ground.
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30 - 50 cm
This three-headed creature is a carnivore that can be found in the arctic zone.
It lives in large groups that work as a self-defense mechanism against their main predator, the White Avermis.
Its main food source is the Arctic Dragon which lives in tunnels under the snow, so the winged rabbit uses its thermal vision to detect their movement and then attacks them with their long poisonous fangs. Encyclopedia 45
Lacerta Arcticus â&#x20AC;&#x153;Arctic Dragonâ&#x20AC;?
The Arctic Dragon is a small lizard that lives in the arctic zone. t lives in small groups and it spends most of its time hiding in tunnels they dug under the snow, away from most predators. One of its few natural predators is the Winged Rabbit, which uses its poisonous long fangs to catch them underneath the snow. It feeds on small fishes and usually swims alongside the Shark Bear eating from his leftovers. Its body is only 10 cm long but the tail can reach up to 20 - 30 cm in length and it can be used as a weapon. The back of its body is protected by two sets of spikes.
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Avermis Albus â&#x20AC;&#x153;White Avermisâ&#x20AC;?
It has a long, slim, and flexible body that refines its manoeuvring while flying. It has three sets of tentacles growing on the sides of its body. The upper two tentacles are long and muscular and allow it to catch the prey while flying and then suffocate them. The White Avermis builds its nest on the back of the Snow Demons.
100 - 120 cm
The White Avermis is a solitary animal. It is extremely fast when flying but their speed drops significantly while on land.
Up to 10 m
The Snow Demon can reach an average height of 10 m. One of its most unusual features is the teardrop-shaped head that ends with a long snout. It has multiple eyes, unevenly distributed on its face which gives it a wide spectrum of vision. Another unique feature of this creature is the spikes that grow on its back, where the White Avermis like to build its nest. It has long arms with long sharp claws and bladeshaped feet to slide on the ice. It feeds exclusively on the blood of Shark Bears and due to its size, it has no natural predators.
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Up to 4 m
The Shark Bear is a semi-aquatic creature that feeds on fishes. It has adapted to hunting underwater by developing an area in its nose where it stores oxygen for the long dives. It can grow as big as 4 m tall and its only predator is the Snow Demon which feeds on their blood. It has a fin on its back which extends into a tail that ends with a mouth. The horn on its head is long and sharp and it is used for self-defense as well as for hunting.