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 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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