Campaign of the Month: February 2014
It is believed that the geckomander first started live in the pools of warm water springs in caves beneath the mountains running through what is modern day Sussuria to the Barrens. To distinguish this early breed from later evolution scholars often call it the Proteamander. Being a simple apigmented amphilizard that fed mostly on insects, but supplimented its diet by ingesting certain saline crystals. It was not long before Proteamander diverged into Prothamander (venomous cave dwelling amphiizard) and Sagaramander (water dwelling amphilizard).
The Sagaramanders eventually emerged through the underground water tunnels till they reached the sea. This is where you find them today basking off the Silver Coast. Certain subspecies of Sagaramanders are also found in fresh water rivers, lakes and ponds. The Sagaramander’s most distinct feature is its special ascobranchiostoma organ through which they both feed and breath. The ascobranchiostoma is a translucent organ that has developed on the underbelly and through the back. The Sagaramander has several suckers on the underbelly that allows it to attach to its prey and begin digestion. Gills draw in oxygen from the water and fill the ascum, or air pouch. The pouch is used for buoyancy and digestion. From the top side an observer can see the digestion happening inside of the Sagaramander.
The Prothamander remained in the caves. They were more aggressive and pushed the Sagaramander out of the niche of the cave. The Prothamander develop certain traits that allowed them to dominate cave life. They mutated to have a gland that produced fluorescent poison that it used both to defend itself and better catch prey. The Prothamander is sometimes called Chaos Lanterns due to the translucent bulb like sack the can hold the poison. This sack is at the end of the Prothamander’s tail. It uses the precarious light to lure prey. It also has translucent patches along its costal areas where the fluorescent poison flows, much like a lymphatic system. This is controlled by the Prothamander’s dynamic limbic pons inside its apricot sized brain. Thus, during intense emotions the Prothamander will flash as bursts of poison pulsate through these lymph ducts.
The Sagaramander continued to find various crystals deposits to feed on at the rocky coastlines where it would sprout up out of the rocks. Again an emergence that can be dated within a few centuries of roughly 20,000 years ago. This led to the divergence of the Vidarumander. The caecum (SEE cum) pouch distinguished in the Sagaramander began to close off. It also no long extricated out of the body. Instead it became a bladder that could inflate with lighter-than-air gases. The tissues connecting the legs also became more defined. Slowly the behaviors of these mutant Sagaramanders also changed. They began to climb on the rocks and dive into the water. A took almost a millennium of mutant generations before the first Vidarumander emerged, and was able to master flight. They took to the clouds eventually finding their niche on the crags beneath skyfast cities.
During the evolution of the Vidarumander, certain subspecies of Prothamander began to emerge out of the caves. These were a small less aggressive species. In order to survive the attacks of their cousin Prothamanders, they began to mutate. The poison glands began to produce a certain mucous that it would excrete over its skin. This mucous protected the new Karkamander from the venom of it more aggressive cousin. The lanterns on their tails also genetically atrophied favoring a more prehensile tail. The Karkamander became a skilled climber, a characteristic that allowed it to evade the Prothamander. The mucous coating also allowed it to leave the moist environment of the caves. Thus, the Karkamander left the cave life behind, and quickly evolved to be suited for all terrain life. Subspecies of the Karkamander can be found in the forests of the Kingdom of Greenwater, the oases of Berkay, the plains of Sussuria, and the forested hills of the Galvan Republic. They are very diverse to each region.
Thanks to “M. G. H.” for the creation of the creature.