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'Burners' fact sheet by Demmmmy 'Burners' fact sheet by Demmmmy
All info should be on the sheet.
If there are any spelling errors, please let me know, I'm awful at proof-reading.

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I did try to make these as unlike Skewers as possible, but I did have this jet-propellant idea before I saw alien planet, although it was a jet-propelled cow using methane.
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alienboy1234 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Great speculative evolution art!
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whalewithlegs Featured By Owner May 31, 2010
Again, impressive stuff. I remember the spear-dropping coming across as one of those really great ideas that you've taken and made your own by going a step further with it. Giving some of the larvae a somewhat seaslug-like look was a nice move too.

I think I've asked you this before, but are you going to make this into a book?
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Demmmmy Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thank you.

Yeah you have, quite a while ago, though. As far as I'm aware, this isn't going to be a book, it's just a way to spend free time. I don't particularly plan to get it published, though it would be great to do so once I've put more into it.
The thing is, I'm also going into some detail about the other planets in this solar system, and I've got some interesting plans for some of those, too.
For example;
The biggest planet is called Thor, and it's a yellow/brown/purple gas giant about twice the size of Jupiter. One of its moons is an iron-saturated body called Mjöllnir (Thor's hammer) whose ever decaying orbit lies inside Thor's rings. Mjöllnir is so close to Thor that massive electrical arcs, thousands of miles long jump between the two bodies.
Fentil itself orbits a rocky giant a little smaller than Saturn, so Fentil is actually a moon, which itself has a moon (Ctoan), which is not much smaller than Fentil itself, so it's almost a binary set-up. Being a moon of something massive means that there is going to be extended periods of darkness as it passes behind its host planet, which will bring up some interesting adaptations for 'seasonal' creatures that hunt exclusively in these dark times [maybe I can work some truly sonar animals in here]. It's also going to be a problem for the plants, too, almost all of which have some kind of tuber-like organ to store sugars/hydrocarbons.
As tricky as it makes it, (and I've said this before somewhere) the more obstacles you put up for something to evolve around, the more original and believable it seems to be, as if the design has more 'character'.

I might have to find a certain mythology to name all the planets by, like our planets. Failing that, I'll give some colloquial names, and give the rest categorical names of the System, Expedition style. e.g. Ctoan would be - Dawkins 4.A.a. [example name for the system].
The problem with using future colloquialisms is that without explaining at least some of that backstory in future history, it's meaningless.
Ugh, even fictional universes are big -_-'


...yeah sorry for the long read. flow of ideas and such.
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NeptuneGate Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi Purple Plasmid.

First off - awesome speculative biology here! I'm really loving it :D. I have had my mind on gasbag biota for some time now, and will probably work some designs based on that soon. If you don't get it out of your head, it rarely survives (I forget things >_>)

Anyway, a point I just wanted to make - While there is no cosmic law that would forbid the creation of such a massive rocky planetary body (as big as Saturn), this would present some other things that I hope you take in consideration, when polishing this imaginative work for more plausibility shine, so to speak. One thing is, this massive body will make the star wobble significantly, even extremely if its a lower mass star (K or especially M type dwarf). Considering this, I would suggest (if you haven't thought out the star system groundwork yet), that you use a solar (G type) star, or even better, an F type star.

And here's why: This massive body would even affect the orbit of the gas giants in your system, since it will hold a lot more mass then them, and a lot more gravity (Solid, rocky objects the size of Saturn are heavier then even gas giants nearly twice the size of Jupiter), so I hope you have calculated (or will calculate) the orbits of the planets wisely.

Another reason for the F-type star is that this massive body would be more stable further out then just ~1 AU (the distance preferred for a solar type star). Having an F-type star would put this body further out. An F-type star would also give a lot of energy for your flora equivalents on Fentil, so they can store it/use it when they enter the dark ages of their planet's orbit. So this might help with those adaptations you mentioned.

Also, I hope Fentil and its "moon"/twin planet are far enough apart from each other, and together far enough apart from the massive rocky giant so that the tidal forces don't cause both planets to either hit each other, or break apart by the forces of gravity. Also, this would make both planets geologically active, so one would expect a lot of volcanic activity and some pretty intense plate tectonics (way, waaay more intense then what we have had/have on Earth). Have you thought about this? I'm not sure if you have mentioned about the geology of the planet (I think I'll check that now lol).

Sorry for the long comment - it was in good intentions! :D
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Demmmmy Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Hey.

That's all actually pretty handy, thanks. The whole Fentil-Olympus relationship is one that I've been looking hard at for a while, especially now that I've taken a step back from the project for a few months.
The solar system that Fentil sits in is supposed to be 'A System of Giants', where the star is huge, and the system's biggest planet is a gas giant called Thor (with a small, iron-rich moon called Mjölnir) which borders being a brown dwarf. So even if Olympus (Fentil's parent planet) was large, its mass would be far from the greatest in the system. Olympus is more like the size of Neptune. Probably a bit bigger.
While this scaled up solar system works as a cool concept, I've always been somewhat aware of the potential implausibility of the set-up.

Fentil is an older planet than Earth, around 8 billion years, so the planets have had time to 'settle', I guess. Fentil isn't the closest moon to Olympus, and is the 4th furthest out, so tidal forces wouldn't be as strong.
I've only touched lightly on Fentil's geology, not much beyond the current tectonic plate layout. I'm potentially thinking of adjusting Fentil to be tidally-locked, with the outward-facing side being more rugged and cratered. This would certainly solve a lot of issues, although it wouldn't make drawing the globe any easier.

No by all means, ask away. I like people bringing up these sorts of issues because I'd normally ignore them or forget them myself. So thanks.
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PeteriDish Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
But large stars tend to be short-lived, how would this work together with fentil being so old?

"Stars live different lengths of time, depending on how big they are. A star like our Sun lives for about 10 billion years, while a star which weighs twenty times as much lives only 10 million years"

I love the names Thor and its moon Mjolnir, that nomenclature couldn't have been better! =)
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whalewithlegs Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010
Hey, I like that idea of the moon going behind the planet and entering a dark period ... that's a brilliant solution to the whole planet with light/dark sides scenario. This also sets up the field for interesting possibilities of times when fentil's moon is closer to the main planet than fentil, forming a possible gravity chain of some sort, no to mention plain ol' tide effects and such.

Future colloquialisms do tend to be a big problem .. they can ruin or seriously taint a good scifi scenario, imho
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