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Planktonic Storm

CW: Choking, death
 
"Quick, put your mask on. Now."   "What's going on?"   "I don't know. My sensors are picking up something in the air. Well, not something. Thousands of somethings. Millions. Everywhere, all around us."   "Jari? Are you okay?"   Jari laid lifeless on the ground, hands wrapped around her neck.

How can anyone, or anything, prepare for an invisible storm, so deadly it can wipe out millions of innocent animals?

An overproduction of aeroplankton from gigantic lifeforms cause planktonic storms, invisible waves of biological particles, so dense they can clog the respiratory system, causing an almost instantaneous, but extremely painful, death.

Aeroplankton

Aeroplankton by Mochi
Ew. Imagine having tiny bits of animals floating into your mouth at all times.   Eeeewwwww.

Aeroplankton is a specialised type of plankton, airborne in nature. Aeroplankton is made up primarily of microorganisms, such as polyps, fungi, bacteria, algae, mosses, protists, seeds and grains, and incredibly tiny invertebrates.

Aeroplankton is found on every planet, and there is little that can be done to avoid it. Specialised filtration masks are made for planets where aeroplankton is an issue, such as planet Norrab.

Many organisms serve as aeroplankton as part of their life cycle. Dust storms and sea spray are also responsible in kicking up aeroplankton.

Planktonic Surge

Titan Trunk by Mochi

A surge in aeroplankton is quite rare. Planktonic storms are typically impossible if a planet does not host the right species. Norrab is home to thousands of gigantic polyp-producing cnidarians, such as titan trunks. They can produce millions of airborne polyps a day, every day of the year.

Even on a generally desolate planet such as Norrab, with the right conditions, planktonic storms can become a serious issue. Thankfully, planktonic storms are generally restricted to isolated regions. On Norrab, the only place you'll find these storms are in the Sian Lowlands, Siltlands, and the Phalan Forest, due to such a high number of gigantic polyp-producing organisms.

Planets like Adamne, Adarao, Daenis, and Osao are frequently barraged by planktonic storms. Thankfully, in Osao's case, the resident slimes are not affected by aeroplankton.

How to stay safe in a Planktonic Storm!

 
Find shelter in a titan trunk!
 
If you have a filtration mask, put it on!
 
Leave all items behind if you need to run to your nearest titan trunk!
 

Planktonic storms are a growing issue. Stay safe and follow all instructions, for yours, and other's, safety.

Related Locations
Adamne
Algol
Algol Mountains
Norrab
Phalan Forest
Sian Lowlands
Related Species
Titan Trunk
Sailfin Feeder

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Original Creation Date: 9th June 2024 (Reset for Summer Camp 2024)


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Jun 30, 2024 09:29

Not Jari!

Hoo~ Hoo
Jun 30, 2024 09:33 by Mochi

Nooo D:

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Jun 30, 2024 10:15 by Keon Croucher

Poor Jari, may they rest in peace. We will build better filtration masks in their memory, to try to insure such a thing doesn't happen again.

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Jun 30, 2024 12:43 by Mochi

She might've had a better shot if they both weren't caught so off guard :(

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Jun 30, 2024 11:17 by Owen Davies

Love the little bit of prose (poor Jari) but also this terrifies me in the best way!   Can't wait to read more!

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Jun 30, 2024 12:43 by Mochi

Thank you so much! <3

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Jun 30, 2024 12:45 by AP.

Love this! Well, kinda hate it too...the thought of an invisible storm of teeny tiny creatures to suffocate you is...well....yeah. Ew. xD RIP Jari

Jun 30, 2024 17:24 by Mochi

Hahaha, thank you! RIP Jari </3

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Jun 30, 2024 15:43 by jyliet of the house

This is so cool! Deadly and terrifying, but cool!

Jun 30, 2024 17:25 by Mochi

Thank you so much! I love writing terrifying and deadly natural disasters :D

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Jun 30, 2024 16:58 by Marjorie Ariel

No less than what I would expect from you in response to this prompt.

Jun 30, 2024 17:25 by Mochi

HAH, thank you! <3

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Jun 30, 2024 22:28 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

Absolutely terrifying, nope nope nope

Jul 1, 2024 07:42 by Mochi

nope nope nope

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Jul 2, 2024 12:22

I have but one word to say about this...   YIKES[/i}

Jul 2, 2024 18:02 by Mochi

nyehehe

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Jul 2, 2024 12:40 by E. Christopher Clark

Ahhhhh, these sound scary!

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Jul 2, 2024 18:02 by Mochi

They're horrifying :D

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