Edafosax

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Edafosax
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"Eater of Chamax"
Base Information
Classification Omnivore/eater
Terrain Exotic (subterranean) & Ocean (marine)
Locomotion Walker (burrower)
Size 270.0m / 120 dTons
Speed 35kph (Fast)
Strength Very strong
Social Structure Solitary
Weapons Teeth (bite) & claws
Armor Plate
Source
Homeworld Raschev (Foreven Reidan)
Multi-world No
Canon No
Extinct Extinct (Cryptid)
Reference The Chamax Plague/Horde
(Not mentioned by name, alluded to)

The Edafosax is a creature lifeform that is not a sophont.

Description (Specifications)[edit]

The Edafosax is an enormous amphibious, burrowing (fossorial) omnivore/eater, capable of consuming enormous amounts of biomass. The local sophonts developed a number of poisoning techniques that are believed to have made the Edafosax extinct. There hasn't been an Edafosax sighting in decades.

Physiology & Ecology[edit]

"Eventually, colonies were established there, and a life form native to that continent - a large, burrowing carnivore - proved to be an intolerable nuisance, tunneling through walls and collapsing whole levels of the sentients' underground cities. This problem was solved when the natives learned how to wipe out the carnivores with poisons that prevented their reproduction." from the Blue Book (IISS ref JFIN342/857b-324a11).

The Edafosax lives in the seclusion of underground burrows, coming to the surface only rarely, and then often by accident. Researchers believe that the Edafosax is a loner, only coming together during the mating season. Deep runways lead from the Edafosax’s den to its hunting grounds. The denning area proper consists of irregular chambers here and there connected with deep runways. Most of a Edafosax’s runway system is made up of shallow tunnels ranging over its hunting ground. These tunnels may not be used again or they may be re-traversed at irregular intervals. The maze of passages that thread the soil provides protective cover and lairs for several species of planetary fauna.

Life Cycle & Reproduction[edit]

Little is known or understood about the lifecycle or reproductive habits of the Edafosax.

Diet & Trophics[edit]

The favored prey of the Edafosax is the Chamax.

Because of their extremely high food requirements, Edafosax must cover a larger amount of area than do most animals that live underground. The home range of a Terran mole, for instance, is thought to be measured in tens or even hundreds of kilometers. Some scientists have estimated that an Edafosax can consume at least 500,000 kilograms a day.

As "eaters," Edafosax consume enormous quantities of plant-life and fungi, which could be the reason that most of the local flora and fungi are capable of shedding their extensive root systems through a process similar to animal autotomy. In fact, some local plants are hypothesized to only breed with the aid of the Edafosax to spread their seeds.

The Edafosax is also amphibious and is an accomplished swimmer and diver. The local natives tell stories of encountering Edafosax at great depths. It is though that the Edafosax supplemented their diet with large amounts of autotrophic, underwater plant life.

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

Eventually, colonies were established there, and a life form native to that continent - a large, burrowing carnivore - proved to be an intolerable nuisance, tunneling through walls and collapsing whole levels of the sentients' underground cities. This problem was solved when the natives learned how to wipe out the carnivores with poisons that prevented their reproduction.

Some sophontologists beleive that the Edafosax may have undergone some very significant evolutionary mutations in the past few centuries. While an Edafosax sighting has not been made in decades, careful study has shown that the primary foodstuffs of the Edafosax are still being consumed within its key habitats.

Derived Products (Goods)[edit]

No information yet available.

Travellers' Aid Society Advisory[edit]

The Travellers' Aid Society (TAS) classifies the Edafosax as very life-threatening to most sophonts regarding this creature and makes a special advisory to avoid this lifeform at all costs.

Worlds & Sectors (Astrography)[edit]

This creature can primarily be found in the following areas:

Homeworld: 1105[edit]

The homeworld of this creature is:

World Listing: 1105[edit]

Significant communities of this creature are known to be found within the following systems and worlds:

1 of 1 World articles in Edafosax
Raschev  •  
startbacknext(1 listed)

References & Contributors (Sources)[edit]

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