Ecology of the Cactus Womper and the Kwidge

jedion357's picture
December 27, 2012 - 2:02pm
Mentioned in the Ul-mor alien update file in SF-0 they have never been detailed and frankly they dont need much for stats.

Both are herded by the Ul-mor and specifically the Kwidge produces feathers that the ul-mor dye and use for personal adornments. likely the kwidge is also food. Cactus whomper is likely also to be food.

I just hit on an idea though, the cactus whomper and the kwidge have a symbiotic relationship. The cactus whomper is in the lizard evolutionary tree like the eorna, winged ripper and yernoid. It has a thick armored tail that it uses to whomp cactus with smashing them to a pulp so that the inner juiciness can be eaton. This creature is similar in structure to the ankylasaur up to medium in size with a tail attack and tough hide.

The kwidge is a small bird with feathers- similar in structure to the loper, eorna and yernoid and is flightless. it loves to eat cactuss among other things but cannot "open" one itself thus it relies on the cactus whomper to do so. what it does for the cactus whomper is peck at and eat insects they get into its skin folds that would otherwise cause irritation for the whomper.

Thus he ul-mor has two food sources that they heard but these two species are benefial to each other. the ratio of kwidge to cactus whomper is something like 6 to 1 or 10 to 1. And the Ul-mor only ever eat a cactus whomper for special occasions.
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Karxan's picture
January 26, 2013 - 2:48am
I like the symbiotic relationship.

jedion357's picture
January 26, 2013 - 6:51am
might be time to break out some pencils and do an art piece. Right now I'm envisioning a cactus whomper as being in the same evolutionary line as the lopers. lizard like with a thick weighted tail.

need to look into what the shap of a beak for an earth bird would be for eating fruit pulp.
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!