|Official Name||Tentacle Coral|
|Common Nicknames||Tendril Coral, Slizzhair Coral|
The Tentacle Coral is the only believed species of coral known to have no exoskeleton. It will congregate in fields of the invertebrate, wafting in the water along with the current, seemingly harmless. For a long while, it was considered a popular snack for the Maiar in the middle deep of the oceans around Hadaria, until they had to vacate. However, consuming the wrong parts of this creature can cause near-fatal injuries. The poisonous creature now remains largely untouched by those with the knowledge to keep them safe, but unaware organisms are still falling for its unimposing appearance to this day.
As the Maiar kept no historical records, the origins of the coral are unknown. Long before the summoning of the Deep Sea Serpents, it was common for the Maiar to pick and eat the coral in the shallows. At first, they became very ill after consuming the product, but it had a remarkable taste. It was a few years later that the Maiar could eat the coral without any issue, evolving a natural intolerance to its poison. Tentacle Coral was quickly diminishing in numbers because of this, however, the arrival of the Deep Sea Serpents to Hadar changed all that. Unbothered by the beasts, the creature was left to flourish and spread all over the sea floor with the predators now gone.
After the inhabitants on land heard of its effects, they utilised it during the Chrysant War, feeding it to Regalian soldiers. This torture method was soon abandoned for more user-friendly ways. In addition to this, the coral wounded those who had to hold it, causing rashes and burns on the skin resulting in its attempted use at the end of the war to little success. Acquiring it was also an issue for land-dwelling races because it had to be plucked from the reefs where it resided and couldn’t be fished, or bought from Maiar. Unscathed, Tentacle Coral now flourishes in the depths of the tropical waters, only infrequently disturbed by a peckish Maiar.
Tentacle Coral essentially appears exactly how you’d expect. The body of the coral comes in a range of different hues, covering the whole spectrum of colours, and they have rings of contrasting colours lined up along one side till they reach the tip. You’ll never find them with rings and a primary colour being the same hue in a different shade. They have a cone-like shape with a base planted under the seabed keeping them in place. Another obscure fact about this coral is that they grow individually, instead of all from the same main vessel, dotted around like plants. All of the corals differ in some way too, none are exactly identical. From the colouring to the distance and diameter of rings, no two creatures are the same. All over the coral are pores that secrete a layer of poison. This poison is their only defence, as they’re easily destroyed since they have no exoskeleton. The fact that they lack any armour also makes them extremely malleable and flexible as they can be disturbed by even just the currents. They do not have one mouth, rather they have many, with the ability to digest any plankton, microorganisms or plant matter that comes into contact with them by absorbing the prey through the many pores.
Despite the high level of diversity in general, Tentacle Coral is a completely asexual organism. Therefore, they do not differ between gender, because they own no sexual organs to distinguish between the two.
Life Span and Development
Reproducing asexually, Tentacle Coral host tens of spores in its body, until they are ready to be released through the top of the coral. After two months of development, the hoard of spores will be shot out by a buildup of pressure in the coral, evacuating through a microscopic orifice at the very top of it. This is done because it allows for the greatest distancing of creatures. As they reproduce asexually, it is argued they shouldn’t be fauna. These spores scatter across the ground and embed themselves, before hastily growing to full size in less than eight months. Their bodies stay fleshy their entire lives, scholars speculate they can live indefinitely if they don’t starve or get eaten.
It’s impossible to say Tentacle Coral is intentionally hostile, as secreting poison is a natural process to aid in protection. Many consider them omnivorous, as they will happily digest anything that touches them. The creature is also able to be kept in a tank, although it can never be officially tamed. Not requiring intelligence, they have not evolved any sort of thinking patterns or mental processes. They live to simply reproduce and eat. Overall, they’re a passive animal, with no real resolution.
Territory and Groupings
The Tentacle Coral can only grow in a space as far as the released spores will go before settling into the seabed. This means that the coral is typically found all very close together, like a colony, however, they aren’t connected to one another in any way. They cannot move once their roots develop unless they happen to be uprooted. Due to how they breed, their numbers can rise exponentially and become a pest until dealt with.
- Maiar who eat Tentacle Coral have often complimented it on the flavour, saying it’s somewhat similar to blueberries.
- Staring at the moving, bold coral for too long has been known to hurt people’s eyes.
- The tentacle coral is in fact a sea anemone but is mistakenly thought to be a species of coral.