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- 2 Dzhagak (Creature) Physiology & Ecology
- 3 Dzhagak (Creature) Life Cycle & Reproduction
- 4 Dzhagak (Creature) Diet & Trophics
- 5 Dzhagak (Creature) History & Background
- 6 Dzhagak (Creature) TAS Advisory
- 7 Dzhagak (Creature) References & Contributors
Dzhagak (Creature) Synopsis
- A large carrion eating flyer native to Zhdant.
Dzhagak (Creature) Physiology & Ecology
Eshaar, a dangerous and hostile world where temperatures average 150°C... where sulfuric acid takes the place of water...
Eshaaran Planetary Data
Eshaar is a translation of the name given to the planet by its inhabitants. By human standards, it is a hostile planet, with a deadly, corrosive atmosphere, and a mean surface temperature of 150° C. Both liquid sulfur and sulfuric acid serve as water in an environment where water exists only as steam and where all other oxygen is locked up in sulfur, carbon , and mineral oxides.
The planetary surface is rough and forbidding; erosion has divided the land surface into two zones - the highlands, composed of sedimentary rock sliced by acid-carved canyons and gorges; and the lowlands, where all sedimentary rock has been eroded away and carried off to the sea. Understandably, erosion proceeds at a rapid rate on Eshaar. Planetographic theory suggests that Eshaar's single ocean, slowly migrating against the planet 's spin, collects the debris of millions of rivers and leaves behind new land, where acid erosion begins anew.
The planetary surface has been rebuilt behind the circling ocean perhaps five times in the last thousand centuries.
Despite the poisonous conditions on Eshaar, there is life in enormous variety and diversity. Native life forms are silicone-based, with a chemosynthetic metabolism that draws energy from the chemistry of their environment.
The crystalline formations that pass for plants on Eshaar take liquid sulfur and gaseous water from the environment and manufacture sulfuric acid. Animals use sulfuric acid in sustained electro-chemical reactions with various metals (generally zinc or copper) within their bodies and give off as metabolic by-products liquid sulfur and steam. Many life forms, both plant and animal, metabolize the atmosphere directly; most share in the water-sulfur-sulfuric acid cycle. Eshaaran life forms have been referred to as "living storage batteries."
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