Red Plankton

Red Plankton is a species that lives in the Hot Sea, on the bottom of The Cliffs. They live by a combination of Thermosynthesis (like Photosynthesis, but using the heat of the sea as an energy source) and the digestion of dead red moss falling down the cliff.
Since red moss is so easily accessible, the Red Plankton's color is not what makes them a wanted good for the Magmer. Instead, it is the hallucinations they can channel, which makes them a great common tool in the hands of a magmer psychologist.

Components

The Red Plankton in fact consists of two different species:
On the one hand, there is the micro-algae. It is the part that holds the plankton together as harvestable units, and survives by consuming the remains of red moss that is falling down the cliff.
The second species is a microorganism, which gives the plankton its red color. The red substance is used by the organism to thermosynthesise.

Additional Information

Uses, Products & Exploitation

To get the hallucinogenic effect of the red plankton, a magmer must let the red algae get onto his eyes. There is also a technique to chemically extract the active substance from the red plankton, so only a tiny drop into the eye is enough to hallucinate.

It is used by psychologists to channel a very visual mind, so they can project images in front of the inner eye of their patient. This can be used to give them calming images, force them into facing their fears or make them more aware of themselves or their past.

Average Intelligence

The red plankton does not have any intelligence whatsoever, since it is not much more than a group of protozoa.

Perception and Sensory Capabilities

To utilize their thermosynthesis in the best possible way, the red plankton have thermo-sensors on its surface and within its body. Additionally, they have some perception of direction and push, in order to find back to the cliff if they get too far off, since it is the only way that the microalgae get the moss they feed upon.

I went down the cliffs to find a way out of my misery. It was a mix of boredom and stagnation that drove me. I thought, maybe I could find something interesting down here. Something that would drive me again. But I was not expecting THIS!
— Fabrut in his Work about the hallucinogenic effect of Red Plankton, 830
Body Tint, Colouring and Marking
The Red Plankton is - duh - red, and reflects direct sunlight in a pink-ish glimmer.
Reproduction
Cell Division.

Geographics
Exclusive to the shores of the Hot Sea.
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Comments

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19 Jul, 2018 18:43

Hey, this is a very interesting read! That's a very unique species, but I have to ask: what are the benefits of using the plankton to hallucinate? Is it a recreational drug that people use to get away from reality?

19 Jul, 2018 18:49

Hmm. Good that you ask, I should probably add it to the article. It is used by psychologists to channel a very visual mind, so they can project images in front of the inner eye of their patient. This can be used to give them calming images, force them into facing their fears or make them more aware of themselves or their past.

19 Jul, 2018 18:53

Oof, applied to the eyes? That's... yeah, I wouldn't say that's worth it... even if I was inclined to take it.

19 Jul, 2018 18:55

Well, the effect is fairly short and it has no known side effects. Depending on when you read the article, I also added a paragraph about how it is used by psychologists.

19 Jul, 2018 19:00

It was just my 'things in eyes' phobia haha. Nice that it's got a positive purpose, though :)

19 Jul, 2018 19:56

That's interesting. Would not have thought to use hallucinogenics as a tool for psychological counseling. Based on your quote, would it be safe to say the discovery was accidental?

19 Jul, 2018 19:59

Oh yes, and how it was ^^

19 Jul, 2018 20:03

How did he end up with it in his eyes? That's kind of terrifying.

19 Jul, 2018 20:11

Well, he was just diving. He just wanted to take a look under the surface of the sea.

19 Jul, 2018 20:13

Oh! That's amazing. I love it.