[Cosmosdex] The Fictional Encyclopedia

[Cosmosdex]

The Zodiac

The star Zodiaca is, in stellar terms, unremarkable. What makes it different to the teeming billions of other stars is that it is orbited by twelve habitable planets and on every single one, a native sentient species. Together, they are the Zodiac.

Lore

A series of entries containing the lore of the Zodiac System and its varied inhabitants.

History

The Zodiac system is set aside from many others by its long history, extending far into the very earliest reaches of the modern Eras.

From quiet beginnings, to a silent resistance, and a modern resurgence, the species of the zodiac persevere.

The Council

The Zodiac Council has managed the needs and equality of billions of individuals from a dozen species for five thousand years.

Some of its debates feel like they're taking five thousand years, too.

Species
of the Zodiac

The zodiac system is one of the most diverse in the universe. Find out about its native species here.

Ariesa

The ariesa have a strange “Temporal Dimorphism” that splits their species. If conceived during the day the offspring will be of the “Sun” ariesa, and if conceived during the night, the offspring will be of the “Moon” ariesa. The differences between the two lead many to believe that they are two separate species, but they are most assuredly not.

BVo9

BVo9 are a genetically-engineered livestock species who give themselves numerous external and internal augmentations. Most notably, at maturation age, BVo9 have their claw-laden legs amputated below the knee, replaced by prosthetic sockets. These sockets can be capped by pistonlike appendages with pneumatic grippers, or they may lock into customized four-wheel-drive truck chassis. Most have had a tough rubberlike fiber coat installed with various tools, mechanical upgrades, and cosmetic tweaks impulsively added on for performance improvement or because they would "look cool."

Gemimi

The gemimi at first glance appears to be a person hiding behind a poorly constructed bed sheet that commonly has a type of face cut out of it and replaced with a black fabric. A quick attempt at pulling off the sheet will reveal the true form under the sheet, a mass of black, white, or red tentacles that once they notice that their disguise has been ruined, will writhe around and grab whoever possible to cover their eyes.

When a gemimi is wearing a sheet they will take their tentacles and tie them loosely in such a way that someone may confuse them for just being a simple person under it. This is an evolutionary trait they have gained from when they used to carry large bushes on their back in a disguise attempt.

Carcili

Carcili are gargantuan armored eel-like aquatic creatures, native to the deep seas of Bellidae. They are predatory beings which, when fully grown, are up to five meters wide and between one and two hundred meters long. Their strong psychic power results in their mind often drifting loose from their body when they dream, frequently ending up in the bodies of other species, trapping the body's owner in the carcili's dream.

Carcili have a bulky, heavy head covered in armored plates and a cluster of eyes on each side. They have a pair of mandibles on either side of a many-toothed mouth with a third sharpened one below, and the teeth extend out of the mouth and up the underside of the head.

Leo

Leos are tall, colorful, and centaur-like in shape. They possess 4 short legs, 4 equally short arms, and a long, sweeping tail that ends in a poofy tuft of fur. Their pelts are often brightly colored and adorned with seemingly random marks. These marks are created when a Leo's body part grows back after falling off; the fur always comes back in a new color from the Leo's pallet.

A thick, round, and often striped mane resembling a elizabethan collar separates their long torso from their head.Their face consists of 2 round ears, 4 small eyes, a nose with 4 nostrils, and a large maw packed full of teeth.

Virgora

The virgora are ambulatory plants that resemble a hooded, humanoid figure. When speaking to a virgora, most are often not looking at the true face of the virgora, as their bodies are wrapped up within their cloaks, a pair of animated leaves that allow them to walk. The true body and face of the virgora is a gnarled root, possessing one eye, a large gaping mouth and two thin arms.This root tapers downward, and at the bottom they grow a pair of thin 'tails' with small leaves at the end, which pick up vibrations and effectively act as the virgora's ears.

Libraille

Libraille are heavyset bipeds, something of a cross between mammal, reptile and jet plane in appearance. They have elongated snouts, short sturdy legs, and a thick counterbalancing tail. Their arms are long and sturdy; each has a vestigial thumb claw and two larger, digging claws. These almost touch the ground even when a libraille stands upright. Smaller robotic limbs are melded into their inner forearms, allowing libraille to manipulate small and delicate objects their organic claws cannot.

Skokakrio

A skokakrio is roughly tripedal in form. The head of a skokakrio can be best described as "spiky", with two or three carapaced protrusions sticking out of the skull. The face of a skokakrio is thickly carapaced in blue, or black, or anywhere in between, along with the rest of its body.

On the face are four permanently closed eyes, and below those eyes are the mandibles of the skokakrio where it produces sounds, be it a click or dialogue.

Sagittari

Sagittari are parasitic creatures that kill a host creature, then take over their corpse. The actual sagittari is usually in the shape of a common arrow, which is launched from another sagittari's bow or other projectile based weapon and used as arrows or bolts. Should more than one arrow land in a single host, all the arrows will come together to make a collective personality. It should be noted that the creature that is shot by a sagittari must be killed with the arrow still inside them in order for a sagittari to take over the body. After about a week, during which the leathery skin of the sagittari is grown and vital organs are repaired if needed, the host creature will reawaken as a sagittari.

Kapricanus

A large, goat-like species, bearing close resemblance to the archetypal fish-tailed goat of Capricorn zodiacal nature. The kapricanus is mostly piscivorous, transitioning from a carnivorous diet as fry to a fish-only diet as adults. A kapricanus fry resembles a small adult, albeit with shorter horns and much smaller limbs. An adult kapricanus is tall, with a pair of spiraling horns wrapping around their ears. From the front, a kapricanus closely resembles a scaleless baphometti-- however, once a kapricanus show its teeth or tail, the resemblance is broken. A kapricanus has a mouth crammed with long, thin, needle-sharp teeth, much like an anglerfish.

Duckarium

Duckariums are a duck-like species that are about six feet tall, with about four antennae on their heads. These four antennas end with a small ball that functions as the eyes of the duckarium beyond their normal eyes. Although they are extremely similar to ducks, they have more kinship with snails and slugs, explaining their various behaviors and a bit of their biology.

They are large in size and also almost always portrayed with a vase on their head, even though they do not always use pots and may wear items ranging from boxes to even buckets.

Aqualisces

Aqualisces are frog-like quadrupeds with a mouth that can split the head into either a plus or a an X. Aqualisces have two fins at the back of their heads and one running between their eyes from the mouth to the back of their heads. On each side of their heads are large fins protruding from circular water sacs that they use to gather and squirt water into containers for young tadpoles to reside in. These fins have can be crooked or have a different curvature depending on genetics. They have four sucker-like toes on each foot spread in the same way as chicken feet.

Ophiuchus

In ancient times, before they could talk or fly between planets, the inhabitants of the Zodiaca system would see flickers in the corner of their eyes, movement where nothing existed. They never saw it no matter how fast they turned, but everyone knew when it was there. The unknowable fear of all their species, that no matter how hard they tried to banish from their minds would never go away.

Notable
Locations

This section contains the planets and places that make up the Zodiac System.

Anatida

Anatida from afar is an entirely blue planet, generally confused by the less intelligent as a planet of water, it is composed of thousands of rivers and lakes as well as strange trees with blue leaves. Cities, towns and homes are common around the lakes, commonly set there so the people can fish for food. Civilization on Anatida has a symbiotic relationship with the fauna on it. Fauna walk through the big cities while the duckariums are not attacked by them, unfortunately this only applies to the duckariums. Several tourists die every year by attacks of several types of fauna, one of which looks exactly like bread, but isn't bread.

Unity

A lush and muggy planet with shallow seas, extensive swampland in low-lying regions, and thick jungle at higher elevations. From space, the effect of a long history of meteor impacts is visible through the numerous ring-shaped mountain ranges.

Multiple major meteor impacts have left Unity rock rich in metals, and millions of Stayd libraille live and work in a globe-spanning network of tunnels.