Putting your Suction ability to work, you eat away at the sand around the buried object, filling your belly a bit more and gaining a couple extra DNA Pts in the process. With the help of your fellow Eletus, you manage to uncover a bit more of the rock-like anomaly, when suddenly it moves on its own and disappears beneath the sand! You suck up a bit more and reveal the top of the thing once again, and the other Eletus moves in to timidly poke at the object with their head. After a bit of prodding, the object repeats its disappearing act and burrows into the sand. Clearly, this thing is a creature of some sort, and it apparently does not want to be found.
Your curious nature is in full control now, and you diligently work with your partner to dig up more of the mysterious lifeform. With some serious effort, you finally manage to remove enough sand to get a good look at it, and what you see is very strange... and also very appetizing. It is a baby Rocktopus: A type of cephalapod whose unusual skin has evolved into a hard, stone-like material that makes them exceptionally durable. Even though this attribute makes them quite hard to kill, a Rocktopus will always choose stealth when it can. Their primary method of defense is to disguise themselves as a common rock on the seafloor, and when that fails they usually expel a cloud of ink and burrow to completely hide from view.
Almost as soon as you uncover it, the young and frightened creature promptly buries itself again. That little thing sure is good at digging! You notice that one of the Orb Jelly colonies has started to move towards your current location, and you are pretty sure you don't want to tangle with the round mass of stringy tentacles. Your partner swims away from the small crater you've created and starts to idly swim in place directly above you. It seems they have had their fun and are ready to move on, now that the two of you have drawn some attention to yourselves. But, that Rocktopus looked so... delicious. Should you really just let it be?
You have 58 DNA Pt(s)
What do you do?
A) Abscond and continue your journey into the depths.
B) Leave and go back to the shallow ocean waters.
C) Try harder to dig up the baby Rocktopus (and eat it?)
D) Other: ___________________
Traits: Chordate, Starbud Infection.
Appearance: Faded blue; Slender body with a pair of fin-shaped keratin blades on back; long tail with barbs and caudal fin at the tip; head possesses a red ocellus on either side and a circular mouth with tiny teeth at the front end. [Glowing flower on underside]
Environment: Shallow ocean waters.
Behavior: Defensive, curious, cunning; will actively seek out Starbuds if not infected.
Symbiosis: Starbud Flower [M]
Diet: Geovore, capable of eating meat in small quantities.
Size: 8; Over 10 centimeters long.
SNS: 8; Capable of blurry, short-ranged vision; Cannot hear; Able to sense light and chemicals from a distance; basic sense of smell.
MOB: 8.5; You slither at a slow pace on land, and can swim well.
INT: 10; Sentient; Capable of basic social interaction with your own kind.
ATK: 7.5; You have a strong mouth with teeth, sharp barbs on your tail and dangerous Dorsal-Blades on your back.
DEF: 3.5 (5.5); You have a thick C-Plate and a pair of Dorsal-Blades, deterring weaker predators. [+2]
-Bud Off: Split your body into multiple organisms. Divides Belly by number of organisms. Temporarily reduces stats to a fraction of what they really are.
-Disgorge: Vomit some of the contents of your belly with mild force. Effectiveness increases with a larger Belly %. Divides current Belly by half.
-Charge: A short burst of speed in any direction, can be used offensively. (-30% Belly)
-Suction: Pull small objects into your mouth from a short distance or affix yourself to larger surfaces. (-10% Belly when used on non-food objects)
-Cephalize: Evolve sensory organs at reduced cost on your "head".
-Geophagy: Gain extra DNA from soil and similar materials.
-Regen: Recover HP at a constant rate. Belly drops faster than normal when more than a third of your HP is gone.