Written in 5502 AR by Glowstick Bluebottom. Based on expeditions led by Redthorn Slyrunnah in the surface, as well as by Fyki Spirits. Information were taken from library books by Croucher Donmills.
As hard as it is to define, one aspect of life is certain : the Cylinder is full of it. Monsters and critters, plants and people, spiritual entities and very material insects, all can be found. It is often said that the actual diversity of life on the Cylinder is much scarier than what most human minds will be able to come up with.
In this Encyclopedia, we gathered state-of-the-art information regarding as much lifeforms as possible in the Cylinder. The encyclopedia has been separated in categories, concerning the greater classes of life as are generally regarded : plants, animals, spiritual animals, and spiritual monsters.
From birds to flies, from tiny sea cucumber to gigantic whales, from mices to shortfaced bears, the Cylinder is home to a great diversity of animals. The following articles are snippets aiming at presenting some of the notable fauna of the Cylinder.
The flora of the Cylinder world is even more diverse than its fauna. Countless species of moss, herbs, algae and trees have been described in the Library. These various plants have adapted to a life in every corner of the Cylinder, from its deepest and darkest caves to its highest mountains.
Among the Cylinder's diverse fauna, a few species are of notable interest. Their intelligence, sociability, and tendency to copy one another, have caused them to take part in a large, shared accumulative culture: what is broadly defined by sedentary humans as civilization. The following articles present these particular sapient species.
As much as people always try to categorize every things into neat little packets, things always resist that categorization. In the case of Life in the Cylinder, this is observed in the form of anormalities: creatures that are not quite animals, nor plant-like. Things that are clearly alive, yet are not entirely or not at all organic. Things that behave like pure spirits, and yet have a physical form. Things that should not really exist, or at least which existence is hard to explain. In other terms, monsters.