6 Earth years
Chalydna are considered vermin across Anarkand. This is the final stage in a Chalydnas development from Larva to Seeker, to full grown adult. At this stage in their development they are considered a major threat to life on the purple world due to the potential for them to poison others using their tentacles and also for the various diseases they can spread.
Chalydna are the final form, after larva and seeker. Gone are the sensory spikes of the previous stages of development, instead, they are replaced with a tough, thick skin, with the sensory spikes hidden under the skin, surfacing only when required. Chalydna still have repeating segments to their body, but of course they are much stronger, larger, and agile. Each segment contains muscles that allow the Chalydna to contract in forward-moving waves.
When a Chalydna transitions from seeker to full adult, their head is enveloped by the body and grows into it, ensuring that the full adult is completely developed as one, as opposed to separate parts that appear conjoined. By this point the Chalydnic beacon has fully developed and the Chalydna is able to look for a mate. Sensory perception is alive, be it touch, sense, or smell, and all receptors are now under the control of the Chalydna, rather than being automated
Genetics & Reproduction
Chalydna adults ( the stage beyond Seeker ) reproduce by sexual reproduction. The male and female copulate, and the male deposits his essence via the Chalydna's beacon ( the glowing blue opening on top of their head. ) After 3-4 days, the female lays batches of fertilized eggs in moist organic material. After a 36 hour gestation period, the eggs hatch into Chalydna larva
Chalydna attract partners by illuminating their beacon in a wonderful display of courtship. Chalydna that are ready to release essence glow bright blue, but those that are not ready will have less luminosity, or even worse, none at all.
Further study is required to gain a greater understanding of the Chalydna.
Habitats & Ecology
Chalydna are found all over the world and are considered to be one of the greatest threats to domesticated fauna as well as local inhabitants. Chalydna reproduce rapidly in areas where the Red Hex is at optimal efficiency. Chalydna can appear in large numbers, which creates a significant infestation across many parts of the world. Through all stages of their life, can survive and thrive in even the most inhospitable of environments.
Growth rate & stages
Chalydna grow in stages. From Larvae, which lasts up to 6 months, to then shedding its skin and becoming a seeker. At the seeker stage, the Chalydna will develop its beacon. It is still unable at this point to share essence with another until adulthood. Chalydna will remain in the seeker stage of their life cycle for around a year, sometimes 18 months, before a similar process takes place when developing from a seeker to an adult.
Chalydna operate without a family unit or any form of a hierarchy system. Once a larva develops into a seeker, the Chalydna is on its own. The lack of intelligence, conscience or emotion plays a huge role in the life of a Chalydna. Chalydna are known to be cannibalistic in their behaviours in late adulthood. This is usually down to their lack of a stable food source in certain regions of the world.
Geographic origin & distribution
Chalydna can be found all over the world. Their larvae can sustain in any kind of environment. Due to their very basic food needs, they can operate in the coldest of regions as well as some of the most dangerous. Only in adulthood do issues present themselves to Chalydna, especially when they get older and can't navigate the world as quickly as they previously could in youth.