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Base Information
Classification Autotroph & Chemotroph
Terrain Ocean (Littoral)
Locomotion Sessile
Size Large
Speed 0.0kph (Sessile)
Strength n/a
Social Structure Large groups
Weapons Exotic (Bioelectric Discharge)
Armor None
Homeworld Gulistan/Star Lane (Deneb 0124)
Multi-world Yes
Canon Yes
Extinct Extant
Reference Jae Campbell

Tetherweed (Creature) Synopsis[edit]

Tetherweed is a floating plant, with exotic distribution and defensive capabilities. Tetherweed moves to different environments by "tethering" itself to other lifeforms passing by, to which it becomes attached by a combination of sticky solvents and microbarbs. The organism is also capable of discharging electrical current at organisms disturbing the Tetherweed.

Physiology & Ecology[edit]

Tetherweed is normally encountered between ten and one hundred yards in length. The entire plant is normally buoyant in water, and extracts industrial metals such as copper from the water. These resources are gathered in long cells. As it drifts through magnetic fields, electrical differential builds up. The plant uses this power to supplement photosynthesis. In addition, animals biting the plant may suffer stunning or even damage from electrical discharges. Tetherweed will grow quickly if in contact with electrical cable or a maglev tunnel.

Life Cycle & Reproduction[edit]

Tetherweed travels by wrapping itself around sensor booms and landing gear. It seems to be able to hibernate in space. Teatherweed has been traced Gulistan/Star Lane (Deneb 0124), where it escaped on the landing gear of a refuling free trader.

Diet & Trophics[edit]

No information yet available.

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

It is thought that Tetherweed evolved on a world with a limited atmosphere, such as terraformed Mars, where a breathable atmosphere pools in low areas, while a near-vacuum environment exists at altitude.

TAS Advisory[edit]

The Travellers' Aid Society (TAS) classifies tetherweed as a nuisance to most sophonts and advises caution when in the presence of this organism.

References & Contributors (Sources)[edit]

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