Mentulpas (mɛntʌlpas)

This species of Astragrade is a symbiote that lives within the human mind. It is theorized that they feed on the electrical signals and ions in the brain. In return they produce a large amount of psychic energy. This energy is eventually used to power the formation of astral biofilm that becomes a person's astral body. Once that is completed, any extra energy is either used by specialized subspecies of Mentulpas that also reside in the human brain to construct mindscapes and animated Mentulpas, colloquially known as motifs, within the meta plane. Given how they survive the only time that this species and its subspecies are seen is by mental workers when working inside of a mind or an astral body comes loose from a physical body.  

Subspecies:

 

Sapiophagein corpus censere

This subtype uses the extra energy to create animate colonies that form representations of various mental concepts and ideas to store energy and possibly have influence on the mind.
 

Sapiophagein corpus hamsed

This subtype uses extra energy from Sapiophagein corpus colonies to form the architecture and shape of the mental/mindscapes.

Morphology and Anatomy


This particular species consistently lacks hind limbs like the Symbivividae species found in the Astral Plane, but their forelimbs are different depending on whether you are looking at the main species of sapiophagein corpus or their subspecies.
  In the case of sapiophagein corpus, they look completely limbless, how ever their forelimbs are actually covered in webs of neurons that grew together to make a mesh like neurological tissue that according to current studies, are believed to house the much debate "spirit" or "essence" of a person. It is believed that over time the experiences and personality of a person, their memories become encoded in this mesh. This mesh then "crystalizes" into the well known, astral body of a person.
  This is believed to happen between the ages of five to seven. This usually the time that psychic children are starting to train or exhibit powers if they have not started showing signs by the age of three. So, the theory holds that the astral body stabilizes around the same points that their psychic radiation levels stabilize and their personalities start to solidify.
  The astral body is then able to move into meta plane spaces like streams or mindscapes. When the astral body is not free from the body it rests, supposedly, between the epidermis and the dermis. But no concrete studies have been able to determine if this is accurate due to technological restraints as cameras that can capture physic radiation and other phenomena are still relatively new. But theories regarding how the astral body supports and protect the human body range from helping filter out excess psychic radiation to even being more support for the more cartilaginous bodies that humans developed in response to the radiation and the symbiosis with the Astragrades.

 

Subspecies Morphology and Genetics

The subspecies are almost genetically the same as the main species but there are minor enough tweaks in the DNA that they are distinct in their own ways.

 

Sapiophagein corpus censere

In the case of this subspecies, their limbs are long and thin bundles of neurons and storage vacuoles, rather than the large central "body" and the neuron mesh limbs of the main species.. Their limbs end in "sticky orbs" of cilia. They mold into flexible shapes by joining together via these sticky ends, which allow them to make mobile shapes and entities that can roam freely in a mindscape or a meta plane. Whether they can freely travel the astral plane is still inconclusive. The shapes and powers they possess within mindscapes are influenced heavily by personality and mental state. So, they can go from being benign one moment and hostile the next. Some common motifs are things like ghosts of the past, doubts, fears, nightmares among other things.

Sapiophagein corpus hamsed

On the other hand, this subspecies has much more rigid and shorter limbs than sapiophagein corpus censere. The ends of their limbs instead of having the cilia, they have notched ends like suction cups. They fit with other limbs from the same species. The ends then wrap around one another, creating a seal and locking the animals in place which makes them ideal for walls and other architecture that is stationary in the mindscapes, although the structures still adhere to known physics. So they can be broken, but they tend to reform whenever an area "resets" after a long rest. Not only that but Mindscapes have been shown to have platforms and moving mechanical parts among other things within them.  

Origins and Geographical Locations

It is believed that mentulpas evolved as humans and other animals did during the planet's recovery period after the Psyori meteor shower that brought the Astragrade phylum to Earth. It is believed that the species evolved from an ancestor called theoretically named Biophagein arkhos. It was believed that Biophagein arkhos could live symbiotically with humans and animals. They were opportunistic symbiotes and took what they could latch onto.

  Over time the species evolved to fit better with specific hosts, thus branching into two genera of specialists. The Biophagein genus is now considered a super genus that houses both the sapiophagein and zoophgein geneses that house species of Astragrades that have symbiotic relationships with humans and animals respectively.

The genera are thriving all across the world now. Anywhere humans and animals are or have been, there are traces of this species and its subspecies present. So much so, that it is believed that a sub genus is emerging under the Sapiophagein genus that specifically focus on bonding with left over energy from objects that have been in the presence of humans, like houses.
Scientific Name

Phylum: Astragrade
Class: Ergonacae
Order: Autoastragrada
Family: Symbivividae
Genus: Sapiophagein
Species name: Sapiophagein corpus
Common Name: Mentulpas
Origin/Ancestry
Psyori Meteorites
Conservation Status
Least Concern
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