|Homeworld||Knorbes (Spinward Marches 1807)|
|Reference||Adventure 1 The Kinunir|
Physiology & Ecology
The adult Tree Kraken weighs 6.0 kilograms and resembles in general body form the octopus, having a central body sensory cluster and six radiating tentacle-like arms. The internal skeleton is rudimentary, consisting of a cartilaginous stiffening of the body to permit the lung sacs to function, to serve as attachment points for the muscles, and to permit leverage for the three part mandible located at the base of the arms.
The arms of the kraken consist of a stiffened central support structure surrounded by a muscular sheath. The arms end in from 2 to 7 (depending on species) smaller appendages. the ventral surface of the arm, and the ends of these smaller appendages end with a disk-shaped sucker-like organ covered with hundreds of small, razor-sharp tooth-like structures.
The eyes are paired, operate stereoscopically, and permit the kraken to detect the faintest movement at several hundred meters. Range judgment is extremely good.
Three to eight lung sacs in the body mass handle respiration. Each sac has its own connection to the atmosphere. To function, the inner lining of each sac must be kept moist, requiring the kraken to remain in regions of high humidity, such as marshes, swamps, or jungles. Tree kraken have a closed respiratory system and are endothermic.
Kraken are hermaphroditic: reproduction is accomplished through budding. During the six week mating season, pairs of kraken exchange genetic material through two tube like structures above the eyes. After fertilization, these structures swell to many times their normal size. Arms develop, becoming fully developed miniature kraken (after eight to twelve weeks.) When fully developed, the young detach themselves and go their own way. Since kraken will eat their own young, the young detach while the parent is in a digestive torpor.
Some scientists believe that the Tree Kraken evolved from cephalopodoid sea life on Knorbes. Many of these scientists believe that there are still extant ancestors of the Tree Krakens living in the seas and oceans of Knorbes.
Life Cycle & Reproduction
No information yet available.
Diet & Trophics
The Kraken attacks its prey by leaping upon it from a height, usually a tree, but often a cliff and occasionally a roof. The arms wrap around the prey, immobilizing it. The disk-shaped structures abrade the skin and other tissue into fragments which are the conveyed to the mouth. After feeding, the kraken climbs to a high place for protection from other predators, and goes into a digestive torpor. It emerges several hours later.
Tree Krakens prefer carnivorous diet of mostly medium to large animals although Tree Krakens have been known to eat plant matter when sick or ravenously hungry. Tree Krakens prefer terrestrial animal meat, but as their home world has high hydrographics, they will often prey upon fish, crustaceans, and other forms of aquatic animal life.
History & Background (Dossier)
Tree Krakens are a large animal, often hunted for sport.
Travellers' Aid Society Advisory
No information yet available.
Worlds & Sectors (Astrography)
This creature can be found at the following locations:
World Listing: 1105
References & Contributors (Sources)
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- Marc Miller. The Kinunir (Game Designers Workshop, 1979), 42.
- Loren Wiseman. "The Bestiary." Journal of the Travellers' Aid Society 01 (1979): 5.
- Martin Dougherty, Neil Frier. Behind the Claw (Steve Jackson Games, 1998), 80.
- Author & Contributor: Lord (Marquis) and Master of Sophontology Maksim-Smelchak of the Ministry of Science