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Interbrachiocrura docilis: A Fictional Creature Profile

Average Adult Bipedal Height: ~1 m

Average Adult Quadrupedal Length: ~1.2 m (~0.8 Excluding Tail)

Average Adult Weight (Native Gravity): ~20 kg

Native Day Duration: 18 Hours 12 Minutes 16 Seconds

Native Year Duration: 388 Earth Days 8 Hours 40 Minutes 32 Seconds (512 Native Days)

Planetary Axial Tilt: 19.89°

Planetary Gravitation: 106.24% Of Earth

Scientific Name Etymology: Between Arms & Legs, Teachable

Societal Level: On Par With Neolithic Homo sapiens

Technological Level: On Par With Mesolithic H. sapiens

Interbrachiocrura docilis possesses an almost equal cranium-to-torso ratio (wherein the torso has only approximately 20% more body mass than the cranium) that houses a complex neural structure capable of highly creative, abstract, and logical thought. Though mostly centralized, this structure spans much of the body with four small concentrated nodes of neurological tissue located between each set of limbs on either side of the torso. They have hearing and balance organs that consist of no outer structure (similar to most reptiles) within the uppermost exhalation vents as well as additional organs throughout the limbs likened to certain fishes' lateral lines that aid in sensing vibrations. Forward-facing light-sensory organs on their cranium are made primarily for darkly lit environs that consists of a concentrated patch of eye-like structures nesting upon a protruding cranial ridge. This visual system is akin to earth's vertebrate eye repeating in a manner comparable to an insect's compound eye. The entirety of the patch has about a 200° total field of view. The cranium's oral cavity has a turtle-like beak and hard grinding pads on the top and bottom of the orifice with a robust tongue-like structure on roof of the mouth. Their nutritional habits consist of what would equate to omnivory, having about 55% to 95% of their average diet subsiding of a type of photosynthetic fungus-like bio-matter and the remainder being a carnivorous equivalent. Overall, their intake decreases in animal-like protein requirements as they grow in age and size and increases in fiber. Instead of breathing in and out through a nasal and/or oral cavity, they have a series of six vents; three on each side with four being on just between their limb bases and one on the neck just above the upper shoulder. The oral cavity inhales as the vents exhale after filling four lung-like sacs spaced throughout the torso under the neural nodes. I. docilis' most prominent feature is their hexapodal limbs which consist of two short, muscular legs and relatively longer spindly arms as well as a set of medium-length limbs between the two. These additional limbs can switch from arms, which grant extra dexterity, to legs, giving bonus balance, depending on the situation. The tips of each of these limbs end in four digit structures. The central two digits are fused (like that of a chameleon's) while the outer pairs are zygodactyly opposable. They also have a thick, semi-prehensile tail for balance while running or climbing. Their skin is thin compared to many creatures, as they rely mostly on finesse, stealth, and ingenuity rather than brawn. Though smooth-skinned similarly to amphibians (though less porous), they do have thick, rudimentary hair-like follicles (similar to early synapsid forms). They are usually drab and naturally colored, though these coloration patterns change drastically during mating season becoming bright and gaudy. Individuals are sexually hermaphroditic and typically select a new mate each breeding season, usually alternating whether to bear the approximately two to four live young or to impregnate their partner. Their lifestyle is highly social at times while considerably more solitary at others. When needed, their behavior becomes extremely structured, though rarely hierarchical. Instead, the basis of I. docilis grouping becomes that of merit wherein each task is done by those with the most skill and experience in that duty. Younger, less adept specimens are led by these experts whenever possible, ensuring that a wide variety of talents are accrued. In general, when sociability is not required, isolated activity is greatly preferred by most.


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