remember how punk culture was supposed to be anti-elitist and then it morphed into this cesspool of elitist shits trying to decide who/what is and isn’t punk
that’s some irony you can drizzle on a cake and eat that’s how rich it is
Velvet Worm - Slime Guns
The velvet worm - among the phylum, Onychophora - hunts by shooting fast drying adhesive at its prey and yes, I know what you’re thinking. The segmented worm-like organism can range from 0.5 to 20cm long and slime glands are located in the center region of the body making up about 11% of the total body weight in slime which is made mostly of water and some proteins.
In order to detect prey it senses slight changes in air currents with bumps on its skin and chemical sensors on its antennae to let them essentially taste something to determine if its food. When a prey item is eventually encountered, the slime is forcefully squirted through oral papillae near the head and launched up to 30cm in a sort of spray-and-pray manner. Once the slime contacts the victim, it quickly dries ensnaring it, where now the worm then seeks to eat the organism by injecting its saliva and digestive enzymes turning the innards into a slurpee. Mmm delicious.
The velvet worm are primarily nocturnal ambush predators and their senses and locomotion allow them to hunt. They move silently and fluidly with pneumatically inflated sets of valves to inflate/deflate their legs, meaning they don’t really rely on muscles for movement and is why it looks so cool as they glide along the ground. Another awesome thing about them is they have a tubular heart that extends almost the entire length of the body creating an open circulatory system.
Here is a diagram of the velvet worm anatomy
Seriously though, Y’all would like Animorphs.
It takes a concept that would fit a Saturday Morning Cartoon and deconstructs it painfully.
The concept of “Teenagers gain shapeshifting powers and fight off alien invasion” seems so friendly and trite and charming.
The teenagers [who are about 13 at the start of the series]
kill people both in battle and in cold blood, because that’s what they have to do
They have nightmares that make them dread sleep.
They’re impaled, shot, eviscerated, disemboweled, nearly bleed to death on a weekly basis, limbs come off, innocence is lost, sanity slips
There’s an entire book primarily composed of descriptions of physical and mental torture of a character
he’s not ~magically better~ the next book
Characters try to stop characters from killing their own family
Characters order characters to kill their own family
and go through with it
Friendships fall apart, innocence is shattered, genocides occur, sanity slips, morals are greyed to a hazy muck, ‘Bad guys’ aren’t so easily identifyable anymore, alliances are formed with ‘evil’ characters, alliances are broken and made by coersion and blackmail with ‘good’ characters, main characters die [And don’t come back, either]
All while keeping it a secret
Plus there’s really good POC and Lady representation and a canonically androgynous character. [Sometimes. it’s complicated.]
But hey, go ahead, make fun of the starfish cover. [She bludgeons someone to death with her own severed arm in that book anyway.]
Patrick Stump’s part at the end of W.A.M.S. from Folie à Deux.