The Myretaka is an ambush predator, it buries its massive body under the sand, exposing only the top of its hood and eye stalks. Once prey has entered the strike zone, the head springs forward from the shell to make the capture. The texture along the carapace allows the Myretaka to camouflage against the surrounding ground. It also uses its powerful claws to dig into the earth.
Experiment 18 is a world building project I started with help from my friend back in college for my capstone project a couple years ago. Trapped on a dying planet, humanity seeks salvation in the stars. But after every effort ends in tragedy, it looks like all hope is lost. Until one day a forgotten experiment suddenly activates, sending a handful of scientific and military personal halfway across the galaxy. Throw into worlds of alien life, both civilized and savage, our protagonists seek the answer to one questions, "If so much life was just beyond our star, why have we never heard from them? Or them from us? With more being manipulated than just politics, will Humanity find a new home amongst the Galaxy at Large, or be relegated to extinction on their blighted world?
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