|Classification||Herbivore/intermittent & Heterotrophic consumer|
|Size||(7m length 1.1m diameter) / (200.0 kg)|
|Speed||Quick Speed 2 Crawling|
|Strength||Typical Hits to wound/kill 22/8|
|Weapons||Thrasher Inflicts 9 Wounds|
|Armor||None, Attack 8, Flee 4|
|Homeworld||Didaa (Fornast 2622)|
|Reference||Ronald B. Kline, Jr.|
- It is a cephalopodoid species that most closely resembles a Terran Octopus.
- It is part of the Didaa Beach Ecosystem.
- 1 Description (Specifications)
- 2 History & Background (Dossier)
- 3 Worlds & Sectors (Astrography)
- 4 References & Contributors (Sources)
The Enpent is a radially symmetrical, poikilothermic consumer. It is an intermittent herbivore native to the beaches of Didaa (world). They are the largest of the terrestrial animal species found in the beach ecosystems. They evolved from early amphibious forms but now dwell exclusively on land, yet still near the vast dark oceans of their world.
Physiology & Ecology
They have a long tapered body with four major appendages: tentacles. Their long muscular body guides over the sandy beach surfaces, assisted by the arms. They are twice as fast as any of the other species in this environment and use this speed to escape predation. Their skin does not provide much in the way of protection.
The body is divided into thick tubular, muscular segments. The black and red striped body segments are sheathed in thick layers of keratinocytes, integrated into flexible epidermis. The surface of the skin is rough, this provides traction and facilitates their rapid movement across open ground or among the groves of plants and "trees" along the waters edges. They share a great deal of anatomical and biochemical features with the Sapow. Each feeding tentacle is driven by its own spinal nerve cord. Their breathing system is augmented to permit greater endurance. This allows them to outlast and out distance pursuing predators. Tentacles damaged while dealing with predator attacks can regrow slowly over a local year.
Their sensors are adapted to an early warning trip wire electro-magnetic reflex. They quickly start slithering away from any aggressive or rapid approaching bio-electrical field. They don't think about it, they just spook and slip away as fast as they can. Twice as fast as a human, native hunters learned to slowly approach, this requires hours, and very slow controlled movements and steady breathing to get within range with their TL–2 2m recurved composite bows. They use barbed arrows dipped in powerful neural paralytic tranquilizers harvested from dangerous spiny sea creatures.
The Enpent also uses olfactory and auditory sensors to remain alert. Their vigilance makes them extremely challenging for amateur safari parties, who lack the patience and discipline to stalk them without alerting their delicate sensors. Their other senses are less well developed.
The fatty pads that protect the thick tentacles and the fatty linings of the stomachs are not vascular and can be cleared of copper, which permits human digestion. They generally flee to avoid contact, but if cornered and alarmed they can kill with strikes from their muscular thrashing tentacles. They are strong enough to toss a human several meters into the air.
Life Cycle & Reproduction
They are oviparous hermaphrodites. Breeding when individuals meet, and egg and sperm packets are exchanged by tentacles which intertwine. The cells cross over and meet in a protective mucous layer. Fertilized eggs develop internally and are eventually laid high up in trees. The young emerge and eat the fruiting bodies of the plants they are placed on. The low population density ensures that they do not over tax the available tree clusters adjacent to the beaches. The young are small enough to stay in an arboreal mode. Eventually they grow too massive for the trees to support them. Once they crawl down to the ground, they begin to grow and mature more rapidly. Their caloric demands require they disperse to find enough to eat. They generally shun others of their species except for occasional mating encounters.
Diet & Trophics
These 3 m tentacles are muscular and enormously strong. These thrashing limbs can grab and throw predators foolish enough to attack them. They use these tentacles to grab and pull vegetable matter towards their grinding mouth parts. They have a complex series of digestive chambers running the length of their long tapered bodies to facilitate the slow, complex depolymerization of the native fiberous plant matter They use obligate microbes to facilitate much of this digestive process.
They move among the forest groves, pulling down the more nutritious and softer plant parts, these leaves and shoots are maneuvered into their grinding and chewing mouth by the powerful coiled tentacles.
History & Background (Dossier)
The original zoological notations for this species was a notation: enduring, tentacled sand serpent. This became corrupted and shortened into Enpent.
Derived Products (Goods)
They can be consumed as an edible foodstuff with minimal preparation.
- They are a popular safari beast to hunt. Trophies and stuffed creatures are quite popular.
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Worlds & Sectors (Astrography)
This creature can primarily be found in the following areas:
World Listing: 1105
References & Contributors (Sources)
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- Traveller Wiki Editorial Team
- Author & Contributor: Lord (Marquis), Captain, and Lead Naval Architect Ronald B. Kline, Jr. of the Imperial Navy
- Author & Contributor: Lord (Marquis) and Master of Sophontology Maksim-Smelchak of the Ministry of Science