You swim a short distance away from the Starbuds and start scanning the surrounding area for anything good to eat. The dark, empty seafloor doesn't look too promising, but as you turn around to go back something catches your attention! There is some... thing, sticking out of the sand pretty close by, silhouetted by the glow of the flowers. You swim over to investigate further, and you find...
Some purple seakelp.
This crap is even less edible than those Starbuds! Plus, it's usually filled with all sorts of nasty critters who guard their violet garbage like it's a pile of Crystal Coral or something! You just eat some sand instead, and gain 4 DNA Pts as expected. This place sure is uninteresting! Except for the those Starbuds that is, but even those are starting to bore you a bit. At least staring at them is better than getting chased by some horrible crab-beast, or a gang of tentacle-faced monsters, or the biggest freaking eel on the planet.
You have 26 DNA Pt(s)
What do you do?
A) Investigate the patch of seakelp more thoroughly.
B) Go mess with a Starbud.
C) Explore the unknown.
D) Other: ___________________
Traits: Annelid, Bilateral Symmetry.
Appearance: Faded blue; Long, slender, segmented body with a pair of fin-shaped keratin blades on your back; Pair of red stigma on sides of head and a mouth between them.
Environment: Shallow ocean waters (primarily coastlines, close to the ice-crust)
Behavior: Cautious, defensive, curious; signs of cunning. Occasionally stays within the safety of a colony.
Symbiosis: Starbud Flower [C]
Diet: Geovore, capable of eating meat in small quantities.
Size: 4.5; Less than 5 centimeters long.
SNS: 2.7; Capable of blurry, short-ranged vision; Cannot hear; Able to sense chemicals around you.
MOB: 5.5; You move somewhat well for your size, and can swim at a decent pace.
INT: 6; You have a basic brain and semi-complex nervous system.
ATK: 3.5; You have a well-developed mouth and dangerous Dorsal-Blades on your back.
DEF: 3.5; You have a thick C-Plate and a pair of Dorsal-Blades, deterring predators.
-Bud Off: Split your body into multiple organisms. Divides Belly by number of organisms. Temporarily reduces stats to a fraction of what they really are.
-Disgorge: Vomit some of the contents of your belly with mild force. Effectiveness increases with a larger Belly %. Divides current Belly by half.
-Charge: A short burst of speed in any direction, can be used offensively. (-30% Belly)
-Segmented: Receive a DNA discount when increasing your size.
-Cephalize: Evolve sensory organs at reduced cost on your "head".
-Geophagy: Gain extra DNA from soil and similar materials.
-Regen: Recover HP at a constant rate. Belly drops faster than normal when more than a third of your HP is gone.