Groob

One of the things I want to use this site for is to track the lore of my books and world, with a ‘members only’ section that has tons of maps and extra stories. The members’ section will be free.

Here’s an example of lore that applies to stories and games set in Theria, Pendra, and AVATAR.

groobs

The groob is sort of the generic cannon-fodder therian. In games, it stands still or hops around slowly, and takes only one hit to kill. While groobs look and behave in similar fashions, however, they are not a single therian species. There are at least three, associated with three genus genes.

  1. Bug Gene dominant groobs serve as larvae for most insectoid therians.
  2. Shroom Gene dominant groobs serve as the hatchling form of many fungal therians.
  3. The Slime Gene is the result of a failed attempt to create Glymr via mystic arts, and groobs with a pair of Slime Genes serve as the basis for evolution trees that mirror gelatinous cubes, slimes, and jellies from other fiction worlds. Slime Genes are super-recessive, acting as a copy of the other species gene when not paired with another Slime Gene with the exception of the Glymr Gene, which recedes even beyond the Slime Gene.

Despite the three major groob varients, the appearance on the bottom-right is most prevalent. It is difficult to know which type of groob you are dealing with without further evidence — e.g. there’s a good chance it’s a bug groob if you found it in a Vermic hive.

Groob Evolution

Groobs often undergo mitosis while evolving to their next stage. Fungal and slime groobs will have a percentage chance of evolving into two identical individuals provided there is room in their environment to do so. Female bug groobs will often evolve into a matched pair — e.g. a pair of scouts, a pair of soldiers, or a princess and a soldier.

Groobs are also known to evolve sooner than other therian hatchlings.

Sentinel Usage

Sentinels rarely bond groobs, preferring more powerful therians. Those that do cite the earlier evolution, mitosis, and the ability of some adult Groob forms, like Vermic Queens, to reproduce at an accelerated rate. Simply put, if you want to assemble a large army of therians quickly, bonding a groob is an excellent first step.

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