Glossary of terms and concepts.
Evolution in GravWeb.
Original Cells similar to modern Archaebacteria with introns and complex
longer generation life, multicellular
time, esoteric habitats life. membrane bound
|--------------Kingdom Monera, Eubacteria
|---------------Kingdom Protista, Many forms
of Algae, complex unicellular
and colonial unicellular organisms like paramecium, Amoeba,
Some Plasmodials, etc.
|--------------Kingdom Fungi, Molds, Smuts,
Mildews, some Plasmodials.
|--------------Kingdom Plantae, Evolved from
a particular line of algal
protist, Other alternate lines of plants could have evolved
from other Algal protist lines.
|--------------Kingdom Animalia, more complex
than colonial protists,
usually some sort of motility even if attached to the
substrate, Usually some sort of neural net to control
responses to and information from the environment.
New Evolutionary classifications for GravWeb.
Colour coding: Extinct Invented
Superkingdom Neoplantae: Encompasses
all organized multicellular Phyla
that evolved from algal
Kingdom Chloroplantae -
green plants, the ones we know today.
- Plants that evolved from red algae.
- Plants that evolved from golden yellow algae.
- Plants that evolved from yellow green algae.
- Plants that evolved from (Kelp) brown algae.
- Plants that evolved from diatoms.
(cell walls made of silica)
New classes of vertibrates
- these strange looking fish evolved very early on. They have one
nostril and two compuound eyes with a third penial eye.
Their skulls are a major part of the skeleton
and appear to be the main structural support. The rest of the skeleton
seems to be cartilage.
- evolved from jawless ostracoderms. It retains the large shell like
skull. It has developed pincer like jaws from a weakening of the
first set of gill rakers. Its jaws are lateral blade like projections.
- These early jawed fishes had armoured skin. They also had large
sharp chisel like teeth. Some grew to a length of 20 feet.
They truly were the terrors of the early sea.
- Mammal like reptiles. Some of the later ones may have had hair, in the
same way that Archeopteryx had feathers. Did they have milk pores
like the (monotreme) platypus does?
- possibly not a true subclass since the dolphin is a mammal that lives
like a fish. or perhaps cetaceans should be considered a subclass
of mammals, who knows?
- These guys are really weird, they had a different ankle joint from the
branch of dinosaurs that became birds, and they had hair. Not a bird
not a mammal truly a subclass of its own.
- lizard hipped dinosaurs.
- bird hipped dinosaurs.
New Invented Classes of Subphylum Vertibrata
- a class of amphibianlike vertibrates with a more complete dermoskeleton
than bignatha and band like compound eyes.
- a class of warm blooded dermoskeletal vertibrates with large flat compound
eyes. evolved from photothelia.
- A class of warm blooded dermoskeletal vertibrates with eyes in the shape
of bands which give a wide field of view usually paired one eye above the
other. evolved from photothelia
- hexapedal amphibians.
- hexapedal reptiles.
- Warmblooded hexapeds, with a 5 chambered heart that give live birth their
offspring like mammals but do not give milk.
- Warmblodded egglaying Hexapeds with two 3 chambered hearts. Their second
pair of limbs are wings.
- a class of amphibians with a combined endo/dermoskeleton and a penial
eye. evolved from bignatha.
- a class of warmblooded vertibrates with a single combination penial/true
- a class of coldblooded vertibrates with two true eyes and one combination
- a class of warmblooded vertibrates with two true eyes and one combination
- a seperate line of amphibians with eight digits.
- a separate line of reptiles with 8 digits.
- a class of warmblooded vertibrates with 8 digits.
- an amorphous organism with a dermoskeleton made of linked hexagonal plates.
Some of these plates are eyecups which act as compound eyes. The
skeleton is silicon based. It is suspected that they evolved from
Polypolyps (phylum Colenterata)
Polypolyps are the eldest
of the sentients in the GravWeb. They can live quite a long time
and keep growing adding new polyps to the body as they go. They are
fast friends of the amiable Zalar and share their love of a civilized contemplitive
environment. They have symbiotic algae in their integumentary systems.
Zalar (class hexaplacenta)
The Zalar are unusually
small for a sentient species. Their height is similar to that of
a small pituitary dwarf ~2 feet tall. They evolved on a hot dry world
from burrowing hexapedal reptiles. They still prefer to live underground.
They prefer to coordinate the induction events when a species is ready
to take its place on the council of greater sentient species.
These echinoderms have unusually
well developed nervous systems. They are evolved from arboreal hunters.
They have symbiotic algae in their integumentary systems.
Calons (class hexaplacenta)
This species has six limbs.
The front limbs are arms, the hind limbs are legs and the middle limbs
are intermediate, and can be used for knucklewalking.
Octopoids (Phylum Mollusca)
is the most well developed mollusc. They as all molluscs are as deaf
as posts. Their ability to camoflage themselves is also used for
communication purposes. They have the ability to make pictures of
actual objects on their skin.
Therods (SubClass Saurischia)
This species evolved from
an arboreal theropod. They can hold on to things with their feet,
or hang upside-down by them. This species is meritocratic. You earn
your position in society Through hard work and ability.
Morgons (Class - ?????????
| Homeworld unknown - Found by the Zalar on a cluster of asteroids. )
species is a vaguely humanoid species with scales made of metalicized chitin.
Pachekki (Class - OctodigitalAmphibia?)
This species evolved
in an oceanic Jungle environment. The Jungle plants float in rafts
on the ocean extending up into the air and down into the sea. They
are apparently a mutant from of Octodigitalamphibia. They have Two hearts
and are much more metabolically active than any other amphibian of any
Hexones (Phylum - Porifera
Class - Plateoderma)
This species evolved from
Sponges, obviously a species with silicous spicules.
Circones (Class - Visualis)
This species has a single
band of compound eye around its head.
Soskuth (Phylum - Coelenterata)
The Soskuth are large Colenterates
with Gas bags. They live in the atmospheres of
those gas giants that contain a good deal
of water. They live in reducing atmospheres in a chemosynthetic based
Gruons ( Class - Hexapterpia)
The Gruons are somewhat like
gargoyles in that they are grey and have wings. The similarity
stops there however since they are not particularly
violent nor do they perch on cathedrals very often.
Juzzurrik ( Class - Insecta)
The Juzzurrik are a sentient race
only due to the fact that when a queen passes an egg laying age she develops
excessive neural tissue where her ovaries used to be. Four generations
of queen live together in harmony. when the eldest dies a new queen
is hatched. When this new queen starts laying eggs the last brood
queen metamorphoses into a sentient queen. This ensures that at all
times there are three sentient queens in the hive.
Skalar (Class - Alacaria)
Skalar evolved from septidigital
reptiles. They are a thoughtful race and generally live academic
It has a suction cupped
posterior end and four arms. much of its skeleton is dermoskeletal.
Kruutruu (Class - Aves)
These sentient birds are adapted
for arctic climates. They are of course flightless.
These Crabs are active individuals
who spend much of their time quantifying the worlds around them.
Yuulior (Class - Annelida)
This species exists as well
on land as it does in the water. It needs a constant source of water
when it is on the land, especially in dry climates.
Humans (Class - Mammalia)
This species has become a Junior
sentient just recently as they developed their highest technology on Earth
which is the home world and source of life on the GravWeb. Humans
come from the only genus to reach sentience on the home world and are the
only surviving species of their genus.
There many outsider races
and minor sentient races, not to mention protosentient races like apes
and dolphins. Contact me for the particulars.
Space is defined as having
3 dimensions; length, depth and breadth. Hyperspace has more than
3 spatial dimensions. If one can create a bubble of "realspace" eg
a 3d reality bubble, one can jump into hyperspace and cut across a bend
or fold in a 3 dimensional continuum saving time and distance.
Einstein once said "God does
not play dice with the universe." If he is correct, then in the light
of multiple unpredictable quantum outcomes for every quantum (subatomic)
event then obviously there must be a separate reality for every possible
quantum outcome. E. Gary Gygax of TSR fame in his GDW game Dangerous
Journeys, called this Panprobability. As an example; There can
be an uncountable number of realities just like ours in which the only
difference is the subatomic structure of a peanut sized asteroid, all else
being equal. From this it then follows that every time there is a possibility
for more than one quantum outcome that every quantum reality must split
so that there is a reality for each outcome. This of course means that
No One can mess up the timestream because their meddling only creates a
new universe with a new timeline rather than changing the old one. Perhaps
the Reality Police should be renamed the Probability Police.
Similar to recover strength.
It is cast on an object ahead of time to allow that object to provide spell
energy. It takes as long as the recover strength spell to cast.
Attaching a complex ritual to access the mana will prevent other spell
casters from using the mana siphon before you can. For every pound of weight
an object has it can hold 2 points of fatigue for spell casting. Wizards
often cast the spell on their houses or towers. True power is obviously
not portable. This is the reason Court mages of kings are so powerful,
they store mana in the castle walls.
This spell requires Magery
3 and allows one to use the Mana Siphon to draw mana from a prepared object
at a distance. Square the distance penalty.