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August Donis-Coronate/Aphotic Leviathan

Postby BBkat » August 1st, 2018, 12:07:32 am

Idk why there wasn't a thread yet but now there is.

Coronate Leviathan
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This egg shimmers like gold.

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Coronate leviathan hatchlings are tiny and mostly helpless, spending the first few weeks of life adrift in the ocean currents. They have large heads and will gobble down anything within reach, much like the adults, but their underdeveloped fins prevent them from actively chasing prey down until they get larger. It's not uncommon for the currents to send the leviathan far out to sea, even though they mostly dwell in coastal waters as adults. When their fins start to grow in and they can swim against the current, their teeth grow larger and they start to hunt as active predators. Eventually, they'll gain control over their photic sacs and follow the scent of kelp to make their way toward their species' preferred hunting grounds.

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No one is quite sure whether coronate leviathans and their close relatives the aphotic leviathans are fish, reptiles, or some combination of the two, but they're impressive animals regardless. At least, the females are impressive. Serpentine in shape with long, sharp teeth and a brilliant lure on her head, the female coronate leviathan can reach a hundred feet or more in length. The male, however, is rounder and typically only a few feet long when fully grown. While both male and female leviathans can deliver a nasty bite and use their lights to disorient prey, the females are by far the more aggressive of the two. The size difference means that a careless male could easily be eaten by a hungry female, so finding a mate is a dangerous affair for the males. They use their lights to charm a potential mate to win her favors, swimming in circles and fluttering their fins as a sort of dance. If he does a satisfactory job, the female will allow her to accompany her for a few days, though he must be careful not to linger too long or he might end up nurturing her eggs as an unintended meal.

The powerful coronate leviathans are difficult to spot in the kelp forests where they hunt, despite their large size. They are easily fast enough to catch food during the day, but their real prowess comes at night, when they use the glowing sacs along their bodies to attract unwary fish and larger creatures that eat them. When something large enough comes along, the leviathans contract and extend their phosphorescent sacs to create pulsating displays of light. The light disorients the larger creature so the leviathan can rush up and swallow it whole. They grow large enough to eat sharks, dolphins, and even other species of leviathans, making them a hazard to anyone exploring the shallow coasts. While they seldom attack ships, they have been known to prey on unlucky sailors who find themselves in the water after a shipwreck.

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Aphotic Leviathan
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This egg pulses in the dark like a firefly.

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Aphotic leviathan hatchlings are tiny and mostly helpless, spending the first few weeks of life adrift in the ocean currents. They have large heads and will gobble down anything within reach, much like the adults, but their underdeveloped fins prevent them from actively chasing prey down until they get larger. It's not uncommon for the currents to send the leviathan fry up to the surface, even though they live at the depths as adults. When their fins start to grow in and they can swim against the current, their teeth grow larger and they start to hunt as active predators. Eventually, they'll gain control over their photic sacs and descent to the depths of the ocean where they can use the lights to manipulate their prey.

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No one is quite sure whether aphotic leviathans and their close relatives the coronate leviathans are fish, reptiles, or some combination of the two, but they're impressive animals regardless. At least, the females are impressive. Serpentine in shape with long, sharp teeth and a brilliant lure on her head, the female aphotic leviathan can reach ten feet or more in length. The male, however, is rounder and typically only about a foot long when fully grown. While both male and female leviathans can deliver a nasty bite and use their lights to disorient prey, the females are by far the more aggressive of the two. The size difference means that a careless male could easily be eaten by a hungry female, so finding a mate is a dangerous affair for the males. They use their lights to charm a potential mate to win her favors, swimming in circles and fluttering their fins as a sort of dance. If he does a satisfactory job, the female will allow her to accompany her for a few days, though he must be careful not to linger too long or he might end up nurturing her eggs as an unintended meal.

The eerie aphotic leviathans are seldom seen at the surface, dwelling hundreds of meters down in the oceans' deepest trenches. Glowing sacs all around their bodies contain tiny organisms -- the same organisms responsible for the light of the Candle Archipelagos waters -- that attract shrimps and other small creatures to them. When something large enough comes along, the leviathans contract and extend their phosphorescent sacs to create pulsating displays of light. The light disorients the larger creature so the leviathan can rush up and swallow it whole. While they're the bane of the deep trenches, the lack of food that far down limits the size of the leviathans, so it's rare to find even a female longer than a few feet. They can still deliver a nasty bite to any deep sea-exploring magi who wanders too close.

Sprite art: Lazuli | Description: PKGriffin
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Re: August Donis-Coronate/Aphotic Leviathan

Postby Faleep » August 1st, 2018, 12:11:03 am

Ive already got an egg Im trying hatch of the five shard :wee:
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Re: August Donis-Coronate/Aphotic Leviathan

Postby BBkat » August 1st, 2018, 12:45:20 am

Does anyone have a 3 shard yet??
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Re: August Donis-Coronate/Aphotic Leviathan

Postby pureshadowdragon » August 1st, 2018, 12:49:13 am

I have both, the three and the five shards, and I am trying to get them hatched.
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Re: August Donis-Coronate/Aphotic Leviathan

Postby LunarCursed13 » August 1st, 2018, 1:31:27 am

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Re: August Donis-Coronate/Aphotic Leviathan

Postby BBkat » August 1st, 2018, 1:37:18 am

Huh, interesting
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Re: August Donis-Coronate/Aphotic Leviathan

Postby Reima » August 1st, 2018, 2:10:57 am

The hatchling looks interesting for one, the colors are neat
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Re: August Donis-Coronate/Aphotic Leviathan

Postby BBkat » August 1st, 2018, 4:55:10 am

Now we just need someone to hatch one of the 3 shards
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Re: August Donis-Coronate/Aphotic Leviathan

Postby Kiwi329 » August 1st, 2018, 6:50:44 am

I love the colors on the Aphotic, and from what I can tell so far of the Coronate, it's going to be pretty as well. Interesting!
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Re: August Donis-Coronate/Aphotic Leviathan

Postby MothballMilkshake » August 1st, 2018, 8:06:50 am

General description for the Aphotic:
While they're the bane of the deep trenches, the lack of food that far down limits the size of the leviathans, so it's rare to find even a female longer than a few feet.

Adult:
Serpentine in shape with long, sharp teeth and a brilliant lure on her head, the female aphotic leviathan can reach ten feet or more in length.

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