Irlaggurian Plankton

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Irlaggurian Plankton
Base Information
Classification Various (Omnivore & Autotroph)
Terrain Exotic (Atmosphere: Air)
Locomotion Flying
Size Microbiota (n<1.0 mg)
Speed Very Slow
Strength Very Weak
Social Structure Large Swarm
Weapons Parasite (Non-symbiote)
Armor None
Source
Homeworld Irlaggur/Urlaqqash (Reaver's Deep 2624)
Multi-world No
Canon No
Reference Periodical: Classic Traveller Periodical: MegaTraveller Travellers' Digest No. 16


Irlaggurian Plankton (Creature) Synopsis[edit]

Irlaggurian plankton is similar to plankton often found in the seas of other worlds, but Irlaggur's higher atmospheric pressure and lighter surface gravity make the atmosphere a viable environment for this kind of microscopic life.

  • To put it in a more colloquial fashion, the world of Irlaggur has a thick "pea soup" fog-like atmosphere capable of allowing smaller lifeforms to literally float in the air as if it were water.
  • Or to put it in a more scientific fashion, Irlaggur's atmosphere is thick, and provides a colloidal matrix in which microbiota can reside due to a higher atmospheric pressure, a higher surface tension, and a lighter surface gravity.

Irlaggurian Plankton is not just one species, but many, all co-existing in a compact, floating ecosystem. The plankton is of the zoo- (animal), phyto- (plant) and hybrid zoophyte ("plantimal") varieties.

Physiology & Ecology[edit]

The world is roughly 9,000 kilometers in diameter and occupies the eighth orbital position. Irlaggur has only a few small bodies of water scattered about it surface, most of which are located near the poles.

Irlaggur's atmosphere consists of a tainted oxygen-nitrogen mix at just less than two standard atmospheres of pressure.

  • The taint is an unusual life form known as "Irlaggurian Plankton".

Life Cycle & Reproduction[edit]

No information yet available.

Diet & Trophics[edit]

No information yet available.

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

Irlaggurian plankton is similar to plankton often found in the seas of other worlds, but Irlaggur's higher atmospheric pressure and lighter surface gravity make the atmosphere a viable environment for this kind of microscopic life.

  • A human can breathe the plankton-laced air briefly without protection, since the plants are not toxic. Over time, though, some plankton will become lodges in the warm, moist recesses of the lungs, and grow into a colony "infection."
  • If not treated, the lungs will fill with the rapidly reproducing colonies within a week, causing death by suffocation.

Local animal lifeforms have adapted to the plankton-filled air in various way.

  • Some animals who feed on the plankton have unique filters in their respiratory systems that clean out the plankton, and flush the filter plankton into their digestive tracts.
  • Most animals on Irlaggur breathe in a distinctive "snorting" fashion, clearing their lungs of the plankton with each breath.
  • In addition, nearly all Irlaggurian animals have strong alkali linings in their lungs that instantly kill any plankton that lodge there.

Travellers' Aid Society Advisory[edit]

The Travellers' Aid Society recommends the following methods of preventing an Irlaggurian Plankton infection while visiting Irlaggur:

  • Use a filter mask or exotic (tainted) atmosphere helmet
  • Use widespread, preventative antibiotics
  • Ingest a diet of spicy (acidic) foods creating an acidic body pH unconducive to Irlaggurian Plankton

References & Contributors (Sources)[edit]

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