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Morphs [Oak Catalog #]
- Clamperl 
- Huntail 
- Gorebyss 
Clamperl are small, pearl-like parasitic creatures that spent the entirety of their life in this morph within the safety of their glassy, pink egg. They are usually found in the bodies of Giant Clams, Shellder, or Cloyster.
Huntail, the more masculine of the two adult morphs, are moderately sized predatorily hunters, as the name implies. It's tail resembles a small fish, which it uses to lure in prey. It is a light blue in color, and are covered with white spots with orange borders.
Gorebyss, the more feminine of the two adult morphs and largest morph in the line, take a more slender, agile build than their masculine parallel. Instead of a mouth, Gorebyss employ a slender proboscis to eat. They are vivid pink in color.
At a glance, the baby-faced pearl and clam-like shell that make up a Clamperl appear to be the same creature the same creature. However, they're actually two separate entities, with the "pearl" being a parasite living off the host body. When a Clamperl egg is lain in the host body, it resembles little more than a large, pink pearl covered in a thick, sticky substance. Upon Hatching, the newborn Clamperl will break the bottom of the outer egg shell and begin spreading out root-like veins throughout the host's body. The Clamperl then takes control the nervous system and takes over the host's body. Because the host brain(or equivalent of the brain) and sensory organs are left unaltered, the host is aware of the entire process. After taking control, the Clamperl dedicates the rest of its time in this stage gathering nutrients, often at the expense of the host. Clamperl with only move on to their adult stage once they've come in contact with a Deep Sea Tooth or Deep Sea Scale, a method of evolution that baffles biologists to this day.
Huntail hunt by hiding in coral reef, only showing there fish shaped tails. There, they can wait for hours at a time until an unsuspecting victim tries to eat the bait, and becomes the Huntail's next meal. Huntail have been shown to be incredibly aggressive, and even sadistic with little to no warning. The will often toy with doomed prey and attack non-threatening or entities entirely on a whim, leave the corpse to float away. Huntail swallow there prey whole, and can even expand their jaws for larger prey, their teeth are purely for self defense.
Gorebyss are slightly larger than their counterparts, but have a similar hunting strategy. They will also hide in reef until prey swims past, at which point they will lunge out with pinpoint precision and stab the unsuspecting meal with its long, pointed proboscis, where a Gorebyss will inject its prey with a corrosive acid that liquifies if innards, allowing the Gorebyss to drink the remain. The body of a Gorebyss is incredibly narrow and its movement has been described as "hypnotic".
Clamperls are found everywhere that one could find a giant clam, Shellder, etc. However, they are often found in areas with high populations of Huntail and Gorebyss, which are found in temperate saltwater seas worldwide.
Clamperls live off the nutrients in a host's body, and never have to go out of their way to find a meal. Huntail are entirely carnivorous, preferring to eat small fish and crustaceans, However, they have been seen eating drifting bodies of Azurill, Spheal, and even human. If a Huntail smell blood, they will instinctively search out its source, hoping for an easy meal. Gorebyss are carnivorous, but in times of famine will eat algae and seaweed growing between rocks.
Clamperl are, for all intents and purposes, harmless, and are extremely apathetic towards humans. Huntail, as stated before, are extremely aggressive and will attack a human without warning. A Huntails bite is strong enough to tear a grown man's hand off, and the blood from the wound will continue to attract more Huntail. Gorebyss are considerably less dangerous, but by no stretch of the word harmless. They have never been seen eating human, but when the fell threatened will attack with their lethal acidic injection.
Courting and Childrearing
During spawning season (mid-spring to early-summer), male Huntail and Gorebyss will release a pheromone that will be carried through the water until it reaches a female. No courting is involved and females will instinctively go for the nearest male.
After conception the female will lay 2-3 eggs in host bodies, and them leave their offspring to their own devices.
None of the three morphs have any kind of social structure to speak of, and infighting between Huntail for hunting space is common.
edited 30th Dec '10 9:02:40 PM by Scroolly